Sunday, August 29

All dressed up and nowhere to go...

First of all, I'd like to start of by stating 2 things...
    1. I know I'm spoiled, get over it!
    2. This means I get to travel to see my family more...

Alright, with that out of the way, yesterday, Chip and I went to North Country Ford (thanks to our neighbor) and there was an amazing deal on a Ford Flex. Yep, that's the car that I've been eyeing for so long now. You either love it or hate it, I happen to love it!! This thing in almost fully loaded with SYNC, Moon roof (and glass roofs for the other 5 passengers), power lift gate, rear parking assist, dual climate, blah, blah, blah! Truly, everything I had on my list except AWD. However, I think that's the one thing I needed to give up to make the car affordable (and findable!). So, with our neighbor connection we were given the royal treatment and a great deal that we just could not pass up. So we didn't. After about 5 hours of waiting and finagling, we came home with my new (used) Ford Flex. I can't wait to ride in it with y'all! 

That purchase really topped off what has been a glorious, recharging final 2 weeks of summer. Going into my 4th year, I've never felt this rested and assured that it's going to be a great year ahead. We've spent some time with friends and even more time with family (which I NEEDED). And now that I don't have a mileage budget to worry about, I won't be soo frugal about going up to see mom or Jack or my other family. Which makes me quite happy!! 

We're still waiting to hear about Chip's job, he has a potential offer on the table and we just need a phone call to let us know what's going on. Hopefully we'll get that tomorrow (and hopefully it's what we want to hear!). Chip has been a bundle of nerves (and allergies) since he's had his interview, and for good reason. This will be his first (real) job switch. Which is a big deal and a stressful time. (Fingers crossed.)


Tuesday, August 24

Mosquito Land

We had a great night with some colleagues/friends eating, drinking and playing a few games. Unfortunately, the mosquitoes had to be too thick and we had to bring bocce ball indoors and it turned into Apples to Apples. Hey, we made it a great night!

Thanks all!

Monday, August 23

Garage Sale Boredom

I've been sitting out at this garage sale for an hour and a half and I haven't had anyone so much as walk by, drive slow past the driveway, anything! It's so boring sitting out here by myself, especially when I compare it to hanging out with my momma yesterday.

Oh, well. Hopefully I sell at least one thing today!

Sunday, August 22

Back to School

Last night was a great success. Though many of our friends and family couldn't make it to the 1st Annual Back to School BBQ, we pulled in a staggering amount of supplies that filled the buffet and filled my heart. Just knowing that there are such giving people on this planet and in my life provides a great deal of comfort. The idea was to donate supplies to Room L at Highland Elementary in order to enjoy a social evening of food, drink and people. Typically, my classroom is undersupplied, as our building budget isn't great and sometimes my families aren't able to supply anything beyond our standard supply list. It didn't matter how many people were in attendance, we had an amazing night and my students will be extremely grateful as the school year gets underway. Thanks again, y'all.

The husband and I also just returned from a week of traveling around the state, cabining and visiting. We really only hit up two different locales but we did stack on the miles. Our first stop was our friend Arae's family cabin in Park Rapids. A very remote location provided a peaceful weekend of staying up late and enjoying the company we were with. There may have been a little booze involved but I'm pretty sure songs were written, tricks were played, gators were driven, Wal-Marts were visited and jet skis were motorized! All-in-all, it was an exciting weekend. You'll have to check out a few of the photos to get the details.

Our second stop was at my momma's house in Alexandria. Though it was just the three of us, we had a blast! We played a lot of Mexican Train and drank an abundance of wine. Surprise, surprise!! But, we still had time to help mom with a few projects, hang out with Katie and Jack for a day, run to the winery and clean up after our naughty puppy! Hopefully she'll learn right and wrong one day!!

We arrived home around 8:30 on Wednesday night and were happy to be sleeping in our own bed! We spent the next couple of days cleaning and prepping for the aforementioned BBQ and that brings us full circle! We've been having a relaxed summer so far with a few exciting prospects on the horizon. A possible job for Chip and a possible return to school for me. We'll keep you posted along the way and hope to hear from or see y'all soon.


Thursday, August 12

Summer is drawing a close...

I'm finishing my week of RC 1 training. It's been a long week and I'm ready for it to be over. There are a few things that I have been refreshed with and I'm ready to implement this fall. The next 2 weeks are going to be filled with friends, family and traveling. I'm a little more than excited for it...

Don't forget, we're hosting a Back-to-School BBQ at our house on August 21st. Bring some school supplies and we'll supply you with food and booze!! See you there.


Wednesday, August 4

August :-(

I can't believe it's already August. Summer school is drawing to a close, a week of training awaits and then a couple weeks off....that brings us to workshop week! WOW! Time flies. I have to say, though, this summer is the smoothest, most relaxing one I've had since I started my career. I've been able to do just about everything I'd hoped - and then some. Things that have been on my list for awhile were stricken off this summer.

The end of summer also means sad news for Phoebe. She'll have to cut back on her puppy play dates. She enjoys them so very much and it breaks my heart, but when I go back to school, there's no telling what time I'll be leaving at the end of the day. She'll get used to her old schedule again soon and she'll be just fine. Phoebe is well loved and she knows it.

I'm excited to have a couple weeks off so we can make our rounds and visit the fam. We're going up to Alex to visit the Hooch and hopefully Adam, Katie and Jack will be able to join us for a day (or more, we wouldn't mind!). I've been checking out the pics and I can't believe how much he's grown. This reminds me, I need to make some calls and get back on the adoption wagon. I got us all worked up about a month ago and we sat down a had a ton of questions answered, not we've been sitting on some information for awhile and I need to make a couple more calls so we can sit down with a couple more people. I would like to get this process moving. My baby meter has been tickin' for a long time and I (and I'm pretty sure Chip has crossed to my side) am so-o-o ready to have a baby in my life. 

I've also been looking into getting my Masters program started. I would love to start reaping the benefits of that extra education. I have all of my application materials in order, I just need to make sure I'll be able to start this fall if I complete my application. It would be kinda fun (and stressful) to be back in school. I never minded my Education education, the heated debates, professors that drove me nuts, snooty classmates, ahh, the memories! We'll see about that soon.

And, at last, I checked in to getting Chip added to my benefits. It wasn't a big surprise that he couldn't be added, but I thought I'd investigate. Just another reality check. It was GREAT to hear that Prop 8 was ruled unconstitutional by a federal court today, we'll have to see this one out in Supreme Court, that the battle continue!

And then there's my Noodle. He has been jumping into the career search circuit! He knows he needs to move on and into a big-boy job. One where he can find the respect he deserves and be able to prosper into a money-makin' machine, I mean, into a position where he feels comfortable and dignified! ;-) I'm excited for him to finally be on this path, it's time. We'll keep our fingers crossed that all things pan out.