The Garden and Other Happenings

>> Friday, May 21, 2010

Ryan and I successfully planted our first garden yesterday afternoon. We have a great variety of tomatoes, peppers, strawberries, rhubarb, raspberries, cucumbers, honeydew, and cantaloupe. We also planted some leeks, red onion, and Walla Walla sweet onions. I'm sure I'm forgetting a few important veggies that we will hopefully be enjoying in the near future, but you get the idea. With that said, some of you may be receiving calls to come get some home-grown goodness before it goes bad.

This last weekend Ryan and I went to Hoodsport with the usual suspects from the Yellow House. We had a great time and love time spent with friends in the water and top side. We enjoyed crab, oysters, and shrimp from right out front of the Yellow House caught by us. It was so delicious.

I'm still waiting to hear about a job. Truth is, I'm going crazy. I want a teaching job in the Fall so bad it hurts. I'll continue to be patient and hope for the best. It always seems to work out. The good news is that Ryan and I have succeeded in making the summer a good one already. We have been so busy and productive around the house that we can't seem to stop.

I truly feel so blessed for my family, friends, and all we have. Life is so good.


Some Time on My Hands...

>> Monday, May 3, 2010

Well, my student teaching experience ended on Thursday. To say the least, I was sad. However, I feel as though I won't be gone long. I meet some colleagues, friends, I will know for years to come. And the students were/are wonderful. Wonderful because they allowed me to be myself, teach them, laugh with them, and learn with them. They also scored major points by coming to a party, in my honor, sponsored by my mentor, Jois.

Jois also took it upon herself to assemble a scrapbook made by the students. Each student, 80 juniors, wrote me a letter and some students attached their pictures as well. One student asked, "Will you remember my face?". Needless to say, I cried. Correction, I bawled. Of course I will remember their faces. I will probably remember more than they would like me to remember. I have so many memories from this last year. I can't think of a better profession for me. Everyday flew by, I enjoyed every second, and I miss it already. What's next? I have six weeks left at the University. I will then be a certified teacher with a Masters degree in Teaching. So close!! I had my first interview on Friday. All things went well. I will just have to wait and see. I feel as though I did my best. That's all you can do:-).


Two Books that Make My Heart Sing!

I read The History of Love first. Miranda gave it to me the weekend before student teaching started.I wanted to hug her and hit her at the same time. I had so much to do, but I couldn't stop reading it. I finished it in one day. I have to read it again. It is one of those books that sticks with you. Truly lovely.

The second must have book was given to me by my wonderful mentor, Jois. I didn't know what to expect at all. It was a little difficult to get into at first. I was reading Extreamly Loud while the students were listening/reading to The Boy in the Stripped Pajamas. I found myself laughing out loud. I was so lost in the book I had forgotten where I was. So great. Just so great.

I'm not sure if you've noticed, but I frequently get books as gifts. I love books. Sometimes I think if I had to choose between books and food which would win. Probably books... but only for the first few days.


The Wedding!

We did it! It, the wedding, was everything we could have asked for. We laughed, cried, danced the night away, and were thankful for all we have. The night ended at two AM with a bonfire and my feet killing me. We were married outside at Edgefield. We then moved the party inside for dinner, dancing, and all that goes with a reception. The toasts were heartfelt and beautiful. The whole day was beautiful. For those who couldn't make it, you were missed! This first picture above does not show two members of the wedding party, so here they are looking wonderful.

Sorry, that's us:-).

A big thank you to our wonderful wedding party!!


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