Sunday, May 29, 2011

so much stuff, so little time

Sorry that I have been slacking on my blog! 
Working two jobs [9 am - 9:30 pm] and trying to have a social life doesn't really allowing blogging.

But here I am! 
With some time to breathe and catch-up. 
I love Sundays. :)

So my trip to Atlanta ended well.
I spent time with my family, and my puppy.
And I went boating. Man I miss being out on the water!
Sadly, all the pictures were on my little brother's camera, and he is inaccessible  right now [more later].
[me and Luke Skywalker]

After ATL I came back to my life. My job. My roommates (yay!). 
I taught preschool again this past week.
We learned about the weather. 
Check out how cute my classroom was:
The kids cut out (or ripped) the clouds and painted the sun. 

This next week I am moving up, though, and away from my adorable and crazy 3- and 4-year olds.
This is sad in some ways, but also a blessing.
I was getting really stressed with trying manage THIRTEEN 3- and 4-year-olds.
So starting Tuesday I will be in charge of the Elementary Kids.
The plus: Field trips Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

And guess what?!
My little brother entered the Missionary Training Center on Wednesday!!
He is going to serve a prostlying mission (aka going to teach people about Christ and our purpose here on Earth) in Carlsbad, California. 
He stays in the MTC for two weeks and then heads out.
So this is why I can't get his memory card! :)
[He's a good lookin' guy, huh? Sorry, ladies, he is off limits for two years!]

look what I did last night:
Glass etching!
It was my first time, so don't judge too harshly.
I loved it, though, so I just might have to do it again!

I hope you all have a great week! 
And let's be real, I probably won't post again till the weekend.
Have a great Memorial Day!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Vintage Dresses

I am currently at my parent's house, and I was looking in the closet of my room here and found two of my mom's old dresses! The wheels in my mind started spinning and I thought, what if I could adjust these and make a couple really cute vintage dresses?!

So I had my mom help me pin them to give me an idea and see whether it was worth it or not.
Worth it to take it to someone of course, cuz I sadly don't know how to sew (although this is making me really want to learn how!). 

So please take a look at these dresses and let me know what you think! Are they cute enough? 

Dress 1:
Mom's Senior Prom Dress

Dress 2:
Mom's bridesmaid dress for her brother's wedding

Now, they are just pinned, so the skirts are doubled up and poofier than they'd be if I actually got it sewn that way. The hem line will also actually be straight. So remember that...and now judge them! [I may or may not have my own opinion, but I want to hear yours!]

What do you think?
Do you have a favorite? Or do they both stink?
Any suggestions from people that actually know how to sew?

And please be honest!
I don't want to make them if they aren't cute!


Thursday, May 19, 2011

the end of D.C. and the start of Atlanta

We spent our last day in D.C. (Monday) being tourists. 
We started off in the Museum of American History...of which I sadly have no pictures. 
How did that happen?

Then half of us walked to the Lincoln Memorial. 
It's quite a little walk, and my dad was injured so my younger brothers stayed behind with him.
We passed some other cool things on the way too.
The Lincoln Memorial...
I was so very excited to see this.
I've been to D.C. two other times and never been here.
It's sad because for some reason, Lincoln has always been my favorite president.
It might have to do with this story my mom used to read to favorite book as a kid:
So here I finally was, at his memorial
Then we moved onto the Korean War Memorial, and The Air and Space Museum.

We left the next day for Atlanta and went straight from the airport to a Brave's game!

And now after this crazy post with too many pictures (sorry, I can't help myself),
I will leave you with the cutest nephew in the entire world

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

With my 77-year-old grandma.
In her room to Bobby Darin and Engelbert Humperdink records. 
My older brother came in and she grabbed his arm and took him for a spin around the room.

I couldn't stop smiling.

I just love days like this!

image here

Sunday, May 15, 2011

so far in D.C...

I have been in Washington, D.C. since Friday evening. Good news and bad news. Bad news: I have allergies and I am not feeling so hot. Good news: My entire family is here! My parents and my two little brothers from Atlanta, me and my older brother from Provo, and my oldest brother, sister-in-law, and nephew from here in D.C.!

Its been a blast so far. My family is awesome.
The reason for us being here: my oldest brother's graduation with a Masters from George Washington University. 
Basically, he is awesome.  

Saturday was ceremony number one, and instead of going, my 15-year-old brother and I babysat our nephew. Right in downtown D.C. Super awesome.

We took him to the American Indian Museum.  I saw a lot of people doing double-takes.
Baby, me, baby, Sam, baby, me, baby, Sam.
It was pretty funny. 

Here are a few pics from our outing:

[Yeah, I know, I have the cutest nephew in the world. What of it?]

Then today I actually went to my brother, Steve's, graduation ceremony. 
It was on the front lawn of our nation's capitol. 
Can't get much better than that. 

We were a little bit worried.
Why you ask?
The forecast for the entire day: Thunder storms.
We lucked out though! 
We ended up having to move our chairs away from the blaring sun!

Congrats, Steve!
I love you big bro!

[Sorry, this was the best one we got. Also, the Washington Monument is behind us. Above my head. Too bad you can't see it better.]

Stay tuned for an adventurous day in D.C., then my trip to Atlanta!

P.S. Before I left I went skating with some friends. much fun!

Anyone else do random things with their friends?

p.p.s Wow this is a really long post!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Preschool and Spring Cleaning

First of all, the reason I haven't been blogging is because being a preschool teacher is hard and time-consuming.
I could go into the details, but I'll spare you. 
Just know I get headaches almost everyday.
I am stressed because I don't know what to teach.
And I'm worried that I'm not good enough.

That being said, I somehow still love it. 
I get to spend all day with adorable 3- and 4-year-olds [and sometimes a couple 2-year-olds].
The hugs and "I love you Miss Katie" never gets old.

Right now on top of teaching preschool I am also working my old part-time job.
The joys of a teacher salary.

Other than my new crazy job, I've been doing....hmmmm. 
I need to find some time do something.

Last week, BEFORE my job, though, I did spring cleaning!
I have THREE full garbage bags of clothes to take to D.I. [local thrift store].

Yay for clean rooms!
[yes, I have children's books on my shelf. what can I say? I'm a teacher.]

In other news...
I go to D.C and Atlanta in less than one week!

*I will try to be better at blogging this next week, but no guarantees with 50+ hours of work.*
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