Monday, August 31, 2009

A few of my favorite things

I love whales and tongues

I love french fries

I love hand-mouth coordination

I love O RLY!? faces

I love stretches after a long walk!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

While the baby sleeps!

I wanted to post some more pictures while Ellie was sleeping. Not a whole lot is going on. I had grand plans for my classroom today, but instead, I got a crying baby that won't take longer than a 15 minute nap. Soooooo, I've been hanging out at home more than I had anticipated.

Oh, there goes the crying again! I guess this will be a short post :) Enjoy the pictures!

So picked on!

And another picked on!

Tasting her clothes and other's clothes is a favorite past time!

We don't know how she was able to sleep like this

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Shots and Furniture

Princess Unicorn Rainbow went to the doctor on Friday for her 2 month old shots. I think she handled it like a champ, and I think I did, too! I was getting a bit upset there at the end, but consoling her calmed her down quickly, so it made me feel better. Next time I'll take the doctor's advice and drug her up before we come in ;)

Friday was also her 2 month old birthday! So we had to take a picture with Blaire, the hippo for comparisons later. She has definitely gotten bigger, longer, and less wrinkled. Speaking of bigger and longer, she was 23.5" long, and 12 lbs. 11 ounces. Both of which were in the 90th percentile. Her brains were off the charts on smarts. LOL :) She's smiling tons for us, and coos all the time- I am loving it!

2 months old with Blaire, the hippo :)

As some of you know, there's been some minor complications when it comes to Drew's job that haven't been in our favor. This had led us to some searching and praying to figure out what to do. On Thursday, I was given the opportunity to go back to work full time. I didn't give them an answer right away and ended up calling up Drew, bawling the whole time about it. In the end, I have decided to take the position even though it was the VERY last thing I expected. It is the right thing to do, even if I don't want to do it.

The problem with this position is that at the end of this last school year, I was expecting (if anything) to come back part-time. This allowed me to be fairly lenient with the furniture I had accumulated over the last couple of years. I try not to be attached to things and was OK seeing it go. Once I got called back to part-time status, I got a few pieces of furniture that were deemed "mine" from other teachers that had stuck their claim on them. I was pretty happy with the way things were going. Now that I'm going full time, there seems to be a short supply of furniture. I can't take everything that was mine out of my former co-teacher's classroom- that would be absolutely cruel to leave someone else with nothing. But I also don't even have a full set of desks in my classroom for students. I spent several hours on Friday trying to hunt down furniture and came up with a teaching desk from one of the schools. I still don't have enough desks for students nor chairs. I don't have any tables for them to sit at during literacy and math groups. I don't have any bookcases for teaching books OR for student books. I have no tables for computers. I have no student computers (I don't have a teaching computer, but I know where to get that). I don't even have a filing cabinet OR any curriculum. This my friends, is WORSE than a teaching starting out their first year. This is just a disaster.

AND to top it all off- I took Drew with me to move boxes from the dungeon room to the other side of the school and the door to my old room was locked. I decided to go and put up paper over the ugly chalk boards in my new classroom and my keys didn't work!!! I ended up crying the whole way home. I sure hope Monday goes better than today did, otherwise, I might have a breakdown, and no one wants to see that.

On the plus side, I have a happy, healthy baby that I love dearly!

We scared her to try to get a picture of her picture perfect frowny- this picture doesn't even do it justice.

She was SO happy!

Fell asleep screaming, so I left her!


Monday, August 17, 2009

The Coast

Our little girl asked if we could go see the ocean this weekend, so what would good parents do? Say ABSOLUTELY, of course! Ellie had lots of fun tasting the windy air and wearing her too big for her sun glasses!

It was extremely windy, and perfect for all the kite surfers!

Daddy and his little bundle

Playing in the stream

Say cheese!

First time in the ocean!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Our trip to Salt Lake

This might be my new favorite picture!

We went down to Salt Lake to visit family for a week and got back a few days ago. That was the most jam-packed trip I think we have ever taken. I think we (on average) got about 5-6 hours a sleep a night and would wake up and get going with something different every single day! It was exhausting!!! We had a ton of fun though, and I actually left missing my family more than I ever have before!

Here's some pictures from the week, I have tons more on shutterfly and facebook if anyone is interested that isn't already one of my 133t friends ;) (or if I don't have your email address)

Cousin Jimmy with Ellie- he was so cute and constantly asked if he could hold her!!! I was in love!

Our little family

The whole family minus Monica and Isaac cause Isaac wouldn't have any of this nonsense!

Me with Elliecakes

This is my favorite picture!! Thanks Michele!!!

I love this dress!- Thank you mom for saving it for me :)

Nana Laurie with Ellie

HAH! Got Michele to wear the brain squisher!

Kenz and Jimmy sportin the Sounders gear!

Chubs watching soccer!

My little girl!

I don't know why Drew's head always gets chopped off, but this was at Ryan and Becky's wedding reception.

Great-Grandma Bricker with our pirate child

Grandma with Ellie

Papa and Jimmy at the Sounders/ReAl game

Jimmy and Ellie - she looks so long!

Goleman's- we hadn't seen them in years! I'm glad we had a chance to hang out!!

We got to pump gas, so we had to take pictures!!

Pumping the gas!

fuzzy, but she was smiling and had to get a picture really fast!

Mike, Drew and Charlie- I think this is the same position they were in at our wedding! I need to go find the pic on the cd and upload it for comparison!

Charlie, Natalie and James! I miss them so much!

I had to pick and choose the pictures and still ended up with a bunch on here. We had a great time visiting family, friends, and eating lots of food. We miss you guys! But I missed my ocean more! hehehehe :) j/k

Saturday, August 1, 2009


Our little girl is smiling more and more lately!! Mainly in the morning when she first gets up, Drew and I usually each get 1 or 2 smiles out of her. Then it's down to business for the rest of the day, and no smiles again til the next day.

Yesterday, we were on our way to run some errands and she was sitting in her car seat ready to go. I had to put on hair accessories so she looked like a girl since she was wearing green and I got a teeny smile out of her while she was waiting!!

This is one later that day. She looked hilarious all wide mouth and passed out. So fun!

Drew is done taking his bar exam and now we have to wait til Sept. 11 for the results! Let's hope and pray things go well and we don't have to deal with him having to retake that brutal test!!