Monday, May 25, 2009

Day 7

Unfortunately, I have been unsuccessful at daily blogging. I guess I cannot fault myself, since I am 19 days away from my wedding, 11 school days away from summer, trying to find a summer job, trying to find a house, and dealing with the other day-to-day stresses. So I am going to continue the 365 days of graces, but I am going to post when I have time and energy to post.

5 things I am grateful for today:

1. Seeing my future husband wearing his wedding ring, and seeing his delight and excitement about wearing it. (He was previously against wearing a ring and was not looking forward to it. After having HIS ring on, he is more excited and pleased)

2. An extra weekend day. Chad and I had a great day: lounging around in the morning, cleaning the house, running errands, sitting in the backyard drinking beer and playing Gin. (I lost)

3. Sleeping pills: I know, I know. I am dependent on something to help me sleep. I can sleep just fine without my meds, but here is the thing: I have the craziest, weirdest, scariest dreams. One night, I dreamed Chad died in an explosion and I had to learn how to live without him days before our wedding. Chad said he heard me whimpering in my sleep. I look forward to a nightmare-less sleep tonight.

4. Dollar stores: I got my students their "graduation" presents for a great price! I alsos got some baskets for the bathrooms at the wedding. I love the dollar store!

5. Fighting with my significant other. We have had a rough week. We are both stressed out about many things and we have been taking them out on each other. We haven't seen eye to eye on many things this whole week. Fortunately, we discussed them, realized they were small things, and enjoyed a great, stress-free day today. I appreciate the fights we have because I know we are strong enough to work through our disagreements and still love each other. I look forward to enjoying the next 18 days before we start our marriage together!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Day 6

It was a very long week. The last weeks of school are always the longest. The days seem to pass so slowly.  Thankfully, I have something to look forward to each week: field trips, concerts, fun stuff on the weekend.  

Five things that graced my presence today:
1. Happy Hour with work friends

2. A cat running to the door when I come home

3. Time in the morning to get a Medium White Chocolate Mocha with Skim milk and no whip at Starbucks...

4.  Being locked out of my house yesterday and then having the time to sit at Gigi's in Uptown to drink a glass of wine and read my book in the sun

5. A forgiving spouse who comes home from work to let me in, instead of going to Happy Hour. He even does it with a smile on his face :)

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Days 4 and 5

I don't even remember yesterday so I don't know why I didn't write. I do remember that yesterday was 1 month until our wedding. Today is the 30 day countdown. So I have a lot of graces in my life right now...

Day 4:
1. I am marrying a man who has been my best friend for the last almost 5 years...and I know he will always be my best friend!

2. Chad is funny, sensitive and caring

3. I laugh every day with him

4. He loves my kitty (even though he's allergic)

5. When he comes to bed, he always kisses me on the forehead and tells me he loves me :)

Day 5:
1. It was a beautiful day for my field trip on a boat down the Mississippi River

2. A student said about the boat, "Does that boat move? Is it going to move? I am not going anymore."

3. While looking at ducks, another student said, "Look at the chickens."

4. My group of 3 kids was great! They got along, locked arms with mine and told me how much fun they were having

5. Tomorrow is Friday!

That's all for now. I am going to try and get some exercise since it is so nice outside. I may take in a softball game in Plymouth...guess I need to start working on being a good "wife."

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Day 3

I almost forgot to write has been a busy day.

1. Kitties who love to lay on paper. You may think this is annoying, and most of the time it is. But she is just so darn cute when she does it :)

2. High school classroom volunteers: My volunteer, Lisa, is from Cretin Derham Hall. She is a senior and their school put on a dinner for all the teachers who mentor high school students. It was a really nice dinner and I got to go with my other teachers...they also have volunteers from Cretin in their class.

3. 10 minutes to talk with Chad without any distractions

4. A new book from Amazon in the mailbox

5. MCA science test today...a nice 75 minute break from teaching :)

Nighty Night!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Day 2

So today was a reasonably good day...for a Monday. My students were quite enjoyable and we had fun together. It was a beautiful day so we even got to spend 25 minutes outside! Here is my list for Monday:
1. A job where I can sit outside and do the crossword for the day (even though I do have to watch children as well)

2. Having a wedding planner...what would I do without her?

3. Listening to 5th graders write poems about themselves...they can be so insightful!

4. Email!!! I probably send/receive up to 100 emails a day on wedding related things...What am I going to do with my life when this is over?? RELAX!!!

5. A fabulous day yesterday with my great steaks on the grill!!

Till thankful!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

365 Days of Grace

I know I haven't written in a really long time, as few have pointed out to me. While searching the Internet, I found a blog I really enjoyed. Then I found that many people are writing blogs similar to the one I saw. Their blogs focus on finding 5 things each day that grace them for 365 days. I love this challenge and think it's a great way to get back into blogging.

So, I am beginning one year of posts called "Grace In Small Things". Every day for 365 days, I will post a list of five things that have graced my life, either on that day or at any time in my life. Feel free to join me. Or mock me. Or, you know, do whatever's in your heart. You can start on whatever day you want, so if you come across this six months from now, don't let that hold you back.

For my mom on Mom's Day, I am grateful for:
1. Having my mom help me with every decision with the wedding

2. The second I walk into my parents' house, my mom pulls out a snack, usually carrots and dip

3. My mom's practical side...I can always count on her to tell me the truth and be honest with me

4. Mom always helps me with whatever I ask of her

5. She gives me unconditional love...

Love you mom! happy Mom's Day!