Hello World

I am alive, don’t worry {I know you all were concerned}….I feel like I have been on another planet since school has started, which, I guess in a way, I sort of am.  I do consider school a kind of realm of its own, with the children as aliens from another galaxy.  Anyway, school is school.  I love it when I get to go in my classroom, close my door and TEACH!  All the other business at school is for the birds.  I have been updating my school blog fairly regularly, so check it out, see all the awesome things my kiddos are doing 🙂

As you all know, this past weekend was the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, which was very emotional for me, as well as I’m sure everyone else in this great country.  And yes, I will loudly and proudly say I LOVE AMERICA and I DO think it’s GREAT!  I truly believe we live in an amazing place with amazing opportunities.  I won’t say that everyone IN our country thinks this way nor do they take advantage of how lucky and blessed we are.  {If that sentence describes you, there are plenty of other countries I will gladly ship you off to!}  I’m probably going to sound like I’m ranting, but if you truly think you would be happier somewhere else, that another country is so much more amazing, PLEASE LEAVE!  I am tired of people complaining about the USA when we have hundreds of people overseas [my honey included] fighting for your right to even say those things!  I don’t know, I understand the economy is down and things are not rainbows and sunshine for everyone, but, well, here, I will let this say it better than I can:

Now, if you can’t say you’re blessed, I don’t know what to tell you.  I know I complain about this and that, but overall, I know that I am blessed beyond words:  I have an amazing family, tons of incredible friends, the most wonderful man in the world by my side, a great job, a roof over my head, food on my table, and my pup to keep me company when I need a friend 🙂

Anyway, back to 9/11–I hope this past weekend made everyone stop for a moment and think about all they are blessed with and continue to be blessed with every day.  I do have a heavy heart for all those who were directly affected by the attacks, and pray for their friends and family.  I really can’t believe that it has been 10 years.  I remember that day, that moment, like it was yesterday, and honestly, I hope I always do.  The images and footage on TV send chills through my bones every time I see them, as they should.  One of the most bizarre things about working with children under the age of 12 is that most of my students weren’t even born when 9/11 happened.  These kids really had no concept of why were are in a war, or really that we were in a war, other than knowing that soldiers are overseas.  I know a lot of the teachers took some time last week to really explain (in child-friendly terms) what happened and what this war really is about.  I hope the children of our nation grow up to also know and understand how great this country is and how blessed we all are.

Whew, sorry that was a little heavy…I apologize.  I am counting down the days until my honey gets back [figuratively since we don’t know the actual pinpointed date yet], and I can’t wait!  I wish the military would just tell me a date so that I could buy plane tickets and go give him hugs and kisses and know that he is safe and sound.

I think for my pictures today, I shall go with a theme (random, I know)…

Any of these + wine + a book= HEAVEN!

trying not to labor on Labor Day :)

Hello friends!  Happy Labor Day!  My Labor Day weekend was wonderful and I am thankful that I was able to relax.  I have truly not done a whole lot this weekend {other than delve deeper in to my Pinterest addiction}.  Yesterday I did clean and take Roxie to the vet.  That damn dog costs me an arm and a leg every time we go there!  The vet did give her (and I) many compliments, saying everything looks good and healthy [and she is a perfect weight, so ha to everyone who thinks she is too skinny!], and has gorgeous teeth.  If nothing else, I can take care of a dog properly 🙂

Some lovely ladies came over last night to drink wine and gossip, which was fabulous.  I miss just hanging out and being social with my girls!  I got to see one of my good friend’s engagement ring which is SO exciting, I am beyond happy for her and her hubby-to-be!  I may have had one too many glasses of wine {and I am glad that Brandon was awake to answer my ridiculous texts at whatever time in the morning it was in Afghanistan}, but I think a good time was had by all of us 🙂

Speaking of Brandon, he should be home within the next month or so, which is incredibly exciting.  I think I said this before, but I can definitely tell we are becoming a bit impatient and are just ready for this deployment to be over!  Hopefully we can work out some sort of schedule between the two of us to spend as much time as we can together!

I am also looking forward to my sister’s bridal shower that I am planning at the end of September.  Not only am I super excited to see friend and family, I am also interested to see how people respond to my bridal shower theme.  I would expand upon that, but I would rather my sister know as little as possible right now 🙂  After the shower is over I will explain it all and post pictures for sure!

I am going to get back to enjoying my labor-less Labor Day!

Oh, I forgot to mention, I went to a photography class with my friend Megan, which was wonderful and I learned a lot about my camera…can’t wait to play with it more now!

playing with aperture/depth of field
depth of field again

shutter speed practice
lots of texture

shutter speed again