Tuesday, September 30, 2008

School Days

I apologize for the lack of posts. I thought with Dan being gone I would have more opportunities to write. Boy was I wrong. What I didn't realize was that school was going to take over my life.

Tomorrow grades and comments are due for progress reports. This is the worst/most stressful time for a teacher. We are required to put all of our assignments and grades into a program on the computer. Thankfully, the computer will average all of the grades and tell you what letter grade the student has earned. That saves me a ton of work! No longer do I need my calculator! The downside is that I have to transfer all of my grades from me "paper grade book" to my "computer grade book". What a pain. I found that I was a bit behind in my grading today, so I stayed after school to finish my grading, put my grades on the computer, and to start my comments. Comments are the worst. I never know what to say. I never know how to put, "your child is rude, disruptive, and out of control" into nice, kind, helpful words. It takes me a very long time needless to say.

I love those kids who I can say, "Great start to the year! So and So works hard and gets all of their assignments completed on time!" to. Why can't they all be that way? If you're a parent, make sure that's you kid :p

Anyway, I'm starting to miss Dan like crazy. I can't stop thinking about when he'll be home (next Friday) or when he'll be out of the Navy (Sept 1, 2009). It's so close, yet so far away. I think the closeness of it makes it harder for me since I'm so anxious. If only I could stop thinking about it. Fat chance.

Well, I was hoping to post about my awesome over the weekend, but I don't feel like hooking my camera up to the computer to upload pictures. I guess you'll have to wait until later.

**It's not that exciting.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

A New Addition

I am a proud aunt to the 4 most ADORABLE little girls.





(Thank you Beth and Amy for the pictures :) )

These little darlings are the spawn of my sisters in law. I love them to death!

On my side of the family there are no grandchildren.... yet. I have wanted so badly to give my parents their first grandchild. I figured there was no competition since my little brother doesn't have a girlfriend, my older brother Brian had just broken up with his girlfriend of 6 years, and my oldest brother and his fiance are no where NEAR where they need to be financially/emotionally to have children. Score for me! Here I am, happily married, financially stable (with lots of savings!), and wanting to have children. Looking good for me right?

Wrong. A few weeks ago, one of my older brothers called me. I knew something was up since he doesn't call me very often (we both work a lot!) He proceeded to tell me that I was going to be an aunt in 8 months. "Excuse me?" I said. He repeated himself. My jaw hit the floor and my eyes sprang a leak. I know it's selfish and stupid of me, but the first feeling I had was sadness. I wasn't going to give my parents their first grandchild. I then got over myself and listened to my brothers story. To make it short, he got a girl he went out with a few times pregnant. She's older than he is divorced with 2 kids (13 and 10). Obviously it was totally unexpected and threw their worlds upside down. We talked about how this was not the ideal situation, but that he was excited to become a father. He's wanted this for many years now (and was ready to settle with his ex... long story) and is ready. I am happy for him. He and the girl are trying to make things work. They are getting to know each other and are seeing where things go. They are not going to rush into marriage.

It took awhile for it all to sink in. Never in a million years did I think something like this would happen to my family. We are all concerned for my brother and for his unborn child, but we're excited for a new addition to the family. I will have my first "blood" niece or nephew to spoil and play with. I only wish I lived in Ohio again so that I could be a bigger part of his/her life.

So, will I add to my "collection" of nieces or will I get my first nephew? You'll have to stay tuned to find out!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Day 5

And what a good one!!! I had an awesome day today!

I woke up this morning at 7am with a major headache. This was not going to stop me from having fun today! I got dressed, ate some breakfast, hopped in the car, and drove to Newport News. While there I took some Equate for my headache and began a shopping spree with my sister-in-law Valli.

We drove to Williamsburg to shop at the Outlets. They've added a ton of stores to the outlet mall making it HUGE and awesome. We started by going to JCREW where I proceeded to but my husband a pair of plaid shorts and a polo to go with. Very cute. He will be excited! We then went to the Gap outlet where I bought a pair of dark brown corduroy pants for work. I'm pumped about these pants because they fit nicely and are comfy for work! We walked around many other stores and chatted up a storm. I bought a measuring cup for Dan (he's been wanting it for awhile :p) and a totally awesome corduroy skirt from BASS. My friend Keisha and her friend Victoria met up with us and we tackled the best store of all:


Keisha and Victoria were buying 2 purses each and I felt left out. I found the purse I had really wanted at the NEX a few months ago but missed out on. I decided to buy it and return the one Dan bought me for my birthday. He had wanted to get me the one I bought today, but it was out of our birthday price range so he got me the smaller version. The outlet price was just $20 more than the price he paid for the small one so I thought, "What the heck??" and spent the money. Hopefully we can return the small one to the NEX and I can keep this nice big one :) We shall see. My husband may just kill me :)

After shopping we decided to eat lunch/dinner at the Olive Garden. This was a grand time. We ate, chatted, and laughed a lot. "Would you like some boiling water?" Oh my.

We finished our spree with a trip to the Yankee Candle store. Very enjoyable and I didn't spend a penny!

All in all it was a fabulous day out with the girls. I really needed today and hope we can all do it again soon. I sure do miss my husband, but says like today make his being gone a little easier!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Day 1

Day 1

Today was 85% better than yesterday. Everything that could go wrong went wrong yesterday. I cried all morning as I got ready for work, I forgot my lunch at home and had to spend $3.50 on a tiny disgusting salad at school, my class was full of disrespectful children, and I had to drop Dan off at the ship that night for 24 days. I'm glad that day is over.

Today my class was pretty well behaved, I caught myself having FUN teaching *gasp!*, and I got to catch up on all of my DVR shows!!! I did have to remind myself an hour ago that I'm not going to be sad, but all in all it's been a pretty good day. Now I'm getting ready for the Big Brother Finale and bed. 2 of my favorite things!

Here are 2 cards I made recently. Enjoy!

Valli: When someone starts buying my things off Etsy I will gladly post more :)

Sunday, September 14, 2008

I'm Still Alive

I'm here! I haven't forgotten about my blog. Dan's been home for a week and school has been in full swing. When I get a free minute I'm snuggling on the couch with my hubby or trying to create a new handmade card for my Etsy shop. I promise to update more starting Tuesday. Dan will be gone for a month so I'll have plenty of time for blogging and hanging around on the computer.

Sunday, September 7, 2008



Notice the 2 huge tomato plants next to my cucumber bush. See how large they are??? They have lots of tomatoes on them....

Post- Hanna:
The lost branches and tomatoes....
My sad garden :(
The good news: I still have 2 healthy tomato plants! Woo!
They let Dan come home Friday evening because news was that Hanna wasn't going to be as bad as they had predicted. I was elated. We had some heavy rain and winds for about a half hour to an hour on Saturday morning, but nothing like what they said we'd get. That afternoon Dan and I were out and about in Virginia Beach with no fears of Tropical Storm Hanna. So much for the state of emergency and evacuation plans!!!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

I HATE the Navy

I hate hate hate hate hate the Navy.

Dan JUST got home from being gone for 15 days and now they're taking him away again. They gave the IKE a 72 hour warning that they could be called at any time to go underway because of HANNA and IKE. Dan just called and told me they're going underway tomorrow morning and he doesn't know when they'll be back.

Does that make sense? Taking husbands and fathers away from their family when there is a Tropical Storm and a Hurricane coming for their families? What am I supposed to do??? I'm all alone in this huge house... in this huge city. How am I supposed to know what to do or how to keep myself safe? All I want is my husband beside me to tell me every thing's going to be ok. This has got to be the worst thing the Navy has ever done to me.

To top it all off, Dan leaves for a 25 day underway on Sept. 16th... he's home for 4 days... and then he goes on a 13 day underway. COME ON!! Really? Must they do this to me???