Sunday, September 30, 2012

I might be the luckiest girl alive...

because this was my view from the couch the other night.

Yes it's blurry, but that is my man.
In his ugly slippers.

Don't get too excited ladies...because he's all mine :)

Sunday, September 23, 2012

feeling sew sew...

Ty has been saying forever that I need a hobby.
My first reaction every time is that I don't have time for a hobby, because my JOB is my hobby.
I enjoy my job and love researching new teaching methods, or finding new ways to teach certain concepts. 
And it takes up a LOT of my time. A LOT.
But I'm beginning to think that he's right.
I need a hobby OUTSIDE my job, because I don't want to get burnt out.

Today Ty asked if I knew how to sew buttons, because a button fell off his shirt.
I immediately started laughing, as I thought back to 7th grade Home Ec.
I failed button sewing miserably.
I remember taking my button sewing project to my teacher...she looked at it and said, "Oh,"
And I haven't sewed since.

So 12 years later, when my husband asks me to sew a button...I'm slightly embarrassed that I can't. 
I think every wife should be able to least a little bit.
Ty suggested that I take a sewing class.

Now, if you know me at all, you know that I often take ideas and run with them.
And I tend to run with those ideas to somewhat unrealistic places.

So in my mind, "sewing class" turned into a magical land of mint-colored sewing machines, gloriously adorable fabrics, and a thriving business that makes millions (or at least hundreds of thousands.)

Here are some of the things I would make...
or maybe they're pictures I found of stuff I would LIKE to make:

DIY sewing project

Personalized Pillow Cover Custom Wedding Gift and Family Name Modern Design

Custom Owl Pillow Chunky Shabby Hoot Owl / stuffed owl / bird / Custom made just for you / You Pick Colors And Fabric

Anchors Away  Wristlet and Mirror Set

Nantucket Bag -  Reversible Purse with Zipper Pocket - Black and Grey Chevron Stripes

Throw pillows turquoise set of three 20 x 20 decorative throw pillow covers mix and match

 personalized baby blanket with monkey for boy or girl

So if you'll excuse me, I'm off to book a sewing class.
Or, maybe to book an accountant for my future business.

xoxo, wife.

Monday, September 17, 2012

my secret life dream

I love my job.
Like, seriously love.
I look forward to getting up in the morning and going to work.
It's never boring, and I feel good about what I do at the end of the day.
And I've worked really hard to get to where I'm at right now.
But I also have another possible dream for my life that I don't talk about much at all.
This dream would take place in the {near-ish} future. 

There are two components of this dream.

Number 1:
Be a stay at home mom.

I love the idea of having kids and getting to be there for ALL their milestones.
I want to create daily routines with them, like rocking in the rocking chair in the morning, folding their little clothes at nap time, running errands with a baby strapped to me in one of those swaddle-thingies, noon-time walks in the stroller, cleaning the house while a sleeping baby lies in the swing, plenty of time to marvel at each new stage of their lives, meeting Daddy outside when he comes home from work, etc.

I was blessed enough that my Mom was able to stay home with me for the majority of my childhood, and those are precious moments that I remember and cherish. I'd love to have that with my kids.
At this point in my life, I don't want to have kids yet because I don't want to think about sending them to daycare, or some other babysitter who will get to "steal" all those precious moments that I want to be the one to experience. At this 25-year-old moment, my brain thinks, "Why have kids if we're going to be away from them all the time?" (Not that there's anything wrong with working parents...I'll likely be one as well...this is just my opinion at this moment.) And that is my main reason for wanting to wait awhile before starting a family. I'm hoping that my opinion on that will eventually change, because as I said, I enjoy what I do now.
But to be totally honest, just thinking about being a stay at home mom makes me smile.

Number 2:
Have some sort of "crafty business" that I run out of my home.

I realize that I will probably never be able to be a stay at home mom just because of monetary reasons.
IF I were ever blessed enough to be able to do that, I'd feel terrible about not bringing in any kind of income.
Yes, I'd try to do my best to SAVE money for my family, but I'd also like to contribute as well.
This is where my "crafty business" would come in.
I'd like to think that I can be crafty.
And I'd like to think that other people could enjoy the crafty things I might make.
I'd love to have some kind of Etsy store or something like that, where I can make things, and people could buy them.
The only detail I haven't come up with would be what to make.

Wedding Gift Handstamped Necklace - Pearl Bride and Groom Names


Burlap around a styrofoam wreath, house numbers from Lowes, and dried moss around a letter initial from a craft store!

I'm not sure. 
I just know I would love making things.
And having people like those things enough to buy them would be even better!

Do I think that this secret dream of mine (being a stay at home mom with a crafty home business) will ever come true?
97% sure it never will.
And I will be 100% content if it never does, because I will know it's not meant to be.
But that doesn't mean that I can't think about it, right?

xoxo, wife.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

{dear husband}

Thank you.
You've been absolutely amazing the past few weeks.
A very challenging student was moved into my classroom from the other Kindergarten classroom because it was thought that I would be better able to handle him than his original teacher.
That proved to be wrong in the beginning.
But you've been there every step of the way.
You've hugged me when I've come home crying because of how much he scares my other students, who I consider my babies.
You've listened to the countless stories of him hitting me, throwing chairs at me, using classroom supplies as weapons, throwing things at the other kids, etc.
You've tried to help me come up with different things to try with him.
You've tried to help me figure this kid out.
You've brought me flowers on more than one occasion, when you've known it was a rough day.

You calmed me down when I said those awful words that I still cannot believe came out of my mouth: "I hate him...I hate him."
You helped me to realize that there is a reason this little boy does these things, and I just need to figure out why, and help him overcome.
You've texted me throughout my day to check in on how he's doing, and shared my disappointment when he's been sent home for yet again becoming violent.
And most importantly to me: the other night at our Bible study, when giving prayer requests at the end, you asked our friends to pray for me. That God would give me patience and understanding in this situation I've been put in, and that He would bring me through this.
You have no idea how much that meant to me.

I realize that my problems with this boy have dominated much of our conversations these past few weeks.
I realize that my mood has been affected.
I realize that I'm so exhausted after dealing with him all day that I don't want to do anything else besides lay on the couch and mope...or complain about how I cannot figure this kid out. 
But I want you to know that I appreciate your help, concern, interest, and prayers.
You've helped me to realize that perhaps this little boy has been given to me for a reason.
My view of him has changed this past week.
I don't hate him anymore.
On the contrary, I now love him.
I've begun to actually consider him my student.
I'm invested in him.
I NEED him to be successful.
And I'm learning that I'll do whatever it takes to help him.
And I owe that attitude change to you.
Thank you.
And I love you.

xoxo, wife.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

family reunion 2012

Every other year, Ty's family has a huge family reunion over Labor Day weekend. 
There's about 100 people there from all over the country, and I really only know about 15 of their names...ok, maybe 18.
Anyway, here are some highlights from this year's reunion.

Canoe ride, courtesy of the Hubs. He didn't even make me row at all! (But complained the whole time about me not rowing...) 

This was a huge hit on Saturday. After you climbed to the top, there was a zip line to ride. Did I attempt this? What do YOU think? Yeah, right. My sister-in-law did though...and may have made a fool out of herself in the process. Yet another reason to keep my feet planted firmly on the ground. :) 

Every year there's an auction to offset some of the costs of lodging and food at the 3 day reunion. This is the item Ty bid on and won for himself. (Benjamin was the "founding member" of this family, so they call themselves the 'Tribe of Benjamin.') His plan is to hang this in the Man Cave.

Maybe not quite as cool, but this is the item I won in the auction.

The family hires these two amazing Amish cooks for the weekend, and they make some killer food for us. My favorite part of the weekend is always the homemade pretzels and cheese. I can't even describe how fantastic theses are. I think everyone gains the "Family Fifteen" during these reunions.

 WHAT?! Is that my husband? In an apron? Washing the dishes?
Had to document this one for posterity. :)

Trying to do my best "not impressed" look like McKayla Maroney. Don't know what I'm talking about?
Must mean you didn't watch the Olympics. Go google it.

Am I allowed to have favorite family members from the Hub's side?
Ok, then I don't.
But IF I did...these guys would be it.
(Sister-in-law, brother-in-law, niece, husband, & nephew.)

Apparently, there was something in the family water last year, because this reunion had LOTS of new babies! This isn't even all of them!

And maybe I'm biased, but I think my niece might have been the cutest one there!
Look at those eyes!
Love baby Lydia!

Here's the official family photo of just our immediate family. 

So that was Family Reunion 2012. And it was really only half of it. 
I left early so I could come home and get some work done.
To sum up the reunion this year, I would say:
Lots of laughter,
Lots of food,
Lots of humidity,
Lots of games,
Lots of love.

xoxo, wife.