Saturday, December 20, 2008
Merry Christmas to me! I am the proud new owner of some pretty awesome shoes. I told one of my students that this was what I wanted for Christmas. He didn't come through, so I thought I would take it upon myself to buy them for me. I always seem to get me just what I want for Christmas. I also got myself the boardgame sequence. We have already enjoyed it several nights here at Sparks II and I have converted several of my roomates to its greatness. Tomorrow I leave for Arizona, so until I see you again, or when I see you there, Merry Christmas!
Sunday, December 14, 2008
This means that five of the list six Christmas days I have not been home. You may find that sad, but really the memories I have from Arizona are far better than any I have had at home. I love being able to see my cousins and to play games with each other. We especially love playing hearts, we have played a game of hearts with about twenty people and three decks of cards. It is crazy! Especially if you get all three queens.
I love everything about Christmas. I love the spirit of giving, the music, and being with my family. Unfortunatly I won't be able to see or talk to my brother this Christmas since he is in the MTC. Him being on a mission has helped me stay focused on the true meaning of Christmas and on what life is truly all about. I hope that we can all remember the true meaning of Christmas.
I hope that your Christmas is a great one! May all of your wildest dreams come true.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Here are some things I am thankful for: First of all my family, I am so lucky to have a family that loves me and that I know will do anything in their power to help me. To have a brother that is my best friend, a mom that is fighting through cancer treatment and the blessing she recieved from our Bishop that she would live, and a dad who can make me laugh.
I am also thankful for my wonderful friends. I have been so blessed to have friends that have stuck together. We just can't get rid of each other, even those that are married, we all try and see each other at least a few times a year. I wish we saw each other more, but I know they are still there for me if I need them, and I would do anything for them. I also have such great friends here at my apartment, life without them would be uber lame.
I am grateful for a job and money in this time of economic difficulties. I am glad I worked hard to graduate at the age of 23, two and a half years after I got home from my mission, so I could be where I am today. I love my job and have grown a lot. The kids make everything worth it, even with the hard times.
I could go on and on forever, I could talk about how I am thankful for grapefruit, trees, sports, lettuce, air, water, freedom, the gospel, indoor plumbing, carbohydrates, grass, clouds, hydrogen, music, blankets, hands, health, the list goes on and on. I hope we each can take some time to really think about how good we have it here. I know I for one am very thankful, Happy Thanksgiving!
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
When I have a week like I have had this week, it is great to have something to look forward to. Yesterday I stayed after school until 5:30 working on a math lesson for Monday with my Vice Principal. After spending an hour and a half with her I still had no idea what I was going to teach, talk about frustrating. I then spent over half an hour talking to the teacher next door to my classroom who was still there working. Leaving school at 6:15 on a Friday night was not my idea of fun, especially when I had nothing to show for it.
I pulled into my apartment complex about 6:45, frustrated and glad the week was over at least. Then I remembered that the Jazz play in fifteen minutes! A small smile slowly came to my face. Maybe it's a little silly to let something as seemingly unimportant as basketball determine my happiness, but hey, I needed it yesterday.
I love playing sports, I am so glad that I played on three BYU intramural sports teams this semester. I looked forward to those games more than anything, especially soccer. The feeling you get when you make a great play is like nothing else. To feel like you are in control of your own destiny, working together with a group of friends, with one goal in mind, is pure joy.
We are blessed right now in the sports world. The Jazz have the best record in the NBA, as one of only three teams that have not lost yet, and having one more win than the other undefeated teams. BYU has been ranked and finding ways to win all season, Real Salt Lake made it into the playoffs for the first time in its short history, and Team Girl Squad is going to be the BYU intramural soccer champions of the world! Long live sport! Thank you for making the hard days a little easier to get through.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, "Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?" Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God within us. It is in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence, automatically liberates others." -Nelson Mandella
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Since this weekend I talked more about the negatives than the positives of school I thought I would include some funny things from our monthly district news.
Physics Teacher: "Isaac Newton was sitting under a tree when an apple fell on his head and he discovered gravity. Isn't that wonderful?"
Student: "Yes, sir, if he had been sitting in class looking at books like us, he wouldn't have discovered anything.
The second grade teacher came up with a good problem. "Suppose, there were a dozen sheep and six of them jumped over a fence. How many would be left?"
"None," answered little Norman.
"None? Norman, you don't know your arithmetic."
"Teacher, you don't know your sheep. When one goes, they all go!"
An earth science teacher was lecturing on map reading. After explaining about latitude, longitude, degress and minutes the teacher asked, "Suppose I asked you to meet me for lunch at 23 degress, 4 minutes north latitude and 45 degrees, 15 minutes east longitude...?"
After a confused silence, a voice volunteered. "I guess you'd be eating alone."
A child comes home from his first day at school. His mother asks, "What did you learn today?"
The kid replies, "Not enough. I have to go back tomorrow."
Little Johnny wasn't getting good marks in school. One day he surprised the teacher with an announcement. He tapped her on the shoulder and said, "I don't want to scare you, but my daddy says if i don't start getting better grades, somebody is going to get a spanking!"
"Isn't the principal a dummy!" said a boy to a girl. "Well, do you know who I am?" asked the girl. "No," replied the boy. "I'm the principal's daughter," said the girl. "And do you know who I am?" asked the boy. "No," she replied. "Thank goodness!" said the boy with a sign of relief.
"If there are any idiots in the room, will they please stand up," said the sarcastic teacher. After a long silence, one freshman rose to his feet. "Now then mister, why do you consider yourself an idiot?" inquired the teacher with a sneer. "Well, actually I don't," said the student, "but I hate to see you standing up there all by yourself."
Anyway, here is to a great October!
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Life is a little crazy, I don't even know where to begin. It has been a rough couple of weeks, thank goodness for my marvelous friends who help keep me sane. I wish I had more time with them, more time to sleep, and more time to prepare for my amazing students. I guess you can't have it all, I have the best friends, the best job, the best students, the best coworkers, and I have the gospel. If anyone can find me some more minutes in the day, even milky ones, let me know and life will be complete.
Oh and some more time to write on my blog would be nice.
Monday, September 1, 2008
At the front of our parade we had Matt's convertible with Melia our Labor Day Queen. We also had Jeremy riding around on a scooter entertaining the crowd. Then in the truck we had Jared, Chris, Joel and I. Chris and Joel took turns waving a big American Flag. As we drove all around the streets of Provo and BYU campus. We also had another car start to follow us and stand up through their sunroof. Pretty awesome! People come up and video taped us and made a lot of people's days. How cool are we?
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
It began Friday when my good friend Sarah and I went and worked in my classroom. It is really starting to look good and come together. Having help was such a blessing, not to mention a lot more fun than doing it by myself. Later that day we had a ward activity where we got to go bowling for two hours and then eat pizza and ice cream. Three of my favorite things all in one activity! I am sure right now you are saying, Wow! What an amazing day, you spent time with Sarah designing a dazzling dream room, then got to go bowling, and eat pizza and ice cream. How could your day have been any better? Well it did! After the activity a group of us went and played capture the flag and had a blast.
Saturday we had a Stake activity where breakfast was provided, I know... two meals in a row that I got for free. Sorry if you are jealous. At the activity we got to create something with the cans we brought for the food drive. We created the great wall of China and the Olympic village with our food donations. It was really something special. After that Trisha, Elyse and I ran away from the wild world of Provo. Our adventure began at Wal-Mart, led us to Freedom Elementary, continued on to Salt Lake where we watched the Joseph Smith movie, ran around temple square, ate dinner, and then explored the great gateway mall. On our way home we were able to watch two firework shows along with a great lightning show. We ended our night with milkshakes from the malt shop. Wow, what a day!
The fun didn’t stop on Saturday though, we woke up at 8:00 to watch the USA vs. China basketball game (which didn't start until 9:00) and enjoyed a great soccer game while we waited for that. USA won and it was an amazing game to watch. Church was great, I was able to eat dinner and spend some time with my family and now I am about to go and have even more fun. Life is good, so was this summer, and especially this weekend. Did I say life is good?
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
So my good friend Chris is such a great example of making lists. I decided it was about time for me to make one of my own. And no, it's not my top 5 list of girls at sparks II. I have only shared that list with one person.
So I was looking through my old yearbooks for the most interesting quotes. There were plenty of things that people wrote that were very sentimental but these aren't those. In no particular order:
1. Dave, You are the awesomest weirdo I know. Your dad’s name is Waldo, and you are ambiguously awesome! Peace. (Not everybody can be the awesomest weirdo, extra points for using ambiguously)
2. Dave- Have a Super summer! You are a Hottie! -Dianna –pizza hut- (Not very many people have the privilege of having the hot waitress at pizza hut sign their yearbooks)
3. Dave- Hey! Thanks for all the help in cheer! You are the best yell leader! (Funny because I was not a yell leader)
4. David- You are a cool dude. I hope you die. You have been a good friend and I hope it lasts forever. –Bottom Feeder (Rather contradicting, wanting me to die yet have a friendship that lasts forever, and who is this bottom feeder?)
5. Dave Dave Dave, You are hot j/k Have fun this summer. (j/k? that's messed up)
6. Dave- Tab Warriors Rule! We’re Seniors. You know what’s cool, we say that every year basically. (I don’t think we have said any of that more than once in our lives)
7. Dave- Thanks for being my husband! You’re so great! Have fun in the world w/o me. You’re the best! -P.S. sing more- you’re great at it. (See ladies I make a great husband! and I sing well!)
8. Dave, You’re so cool! Seriously of all the people to be friends with you’re like #4 on the list! Really, you’re cool. Choir was fun. Se ya around! (#4 really isn't that bad when you think about it)
9. Dave, For such a smart kid you sure act strange. (Is this a complement?)
10. -David- Be a nice kid during the summer, then come back and be yourself. (I don't know what they are implying)
*I hope you make it into the WNBA with me –Ben
*David, who don’t you want?
Sunday, July 27, 2008
So my good friend and I like to "joke around" sometimes, last night happened to be one of those times. I was sitting in my apartment about to start watching a movie and I decided I would text her. I said, "My lips are lonely". She didn't text back and I was a little bit sad that I didn't get a better response.
Well to my great pleasure, today I learned that she had been on a date last night and that she did get my text and the response was much better than I could have ever anticipated. Not only did she see it, but her date saw it as well. She had a lot of explaining to do... She tried to convince them that she wasn't a player and that the most we had ever done was high five maybe.
Anyway, I thought this was pretty funny. My lips are still lonely though...
Friday, July 25, 2008
I have been thinking lately about how valuable time is. Like usual, this realization came due to a discovery of how time is running out. A lot is changing in my life right now and I’m not sure I'm ready to let go of the way things are. Luckily, I will always have the great memories of the past and will be able to continue to create many more.
Things changing... The last week and a half I have kind of disappeared. The reason is that one of my all time favorite cousins, Audrey, is in town. She along with my brother and I have had many adventures the last week and a half, and have for many years. Unfortunately, for me, this will be our last hurrah as she is most likely to be engaged in the near future.
Not only is this the last time the three of us will be able to hang out like this, but my brother as well. He leaves for his mission in Mongolia in October. Things will not be the same when he gets back, who knows I may be married... I have really enjoyed this time to spend with both of them, as well as my amazing mother and father.
If that wasn't enough to make me think, I begin my official career as a fourth grade teacher in about two weeks, CRAZY! Am I really that grown up? Don't answer that! Anyway, you can see why time has been on my mind.
It is so important for each one of us to value every moment of every day! Time is something that can not be made up. We can, and must, learn from everything we do, but we can never get back time that we have wasted.
So let us work together to continue to have great times together and remind each other of all those we have already had. I will do my best to keep this updated with those memories. Thank you for your friendship and all you have done to make me who I am today. I wouldn’t be nearly as awesome without you!