Thursday, July 31, 2008
I went back to work this week...teaching session 2 of summer school. Originally, I decided to teach summer school to help us pay off some debt, but the more I learn about myself, the more I know that 3 months off for me is too much. Way too much. Maybe if I had expendible income and could travel around the world, than maybe I wouldn't think 3 months was so bad. One month off is ample. :)
When I say summer school, I'm talking about something different than you may be imagining. I'm teaching Special Ed summer school. The kids who not only deal with cognitive and physical challenges who I teach in the regular school year, but also have severe behavior challenges in addition to that. If you want to learn how patient you can be, trade places with me for a day...no, not a day...just an hour....you'd be surprised! Despite all the intense and hard work it is, I LOVE it. LOVE my kids! You can't help but to fall in love with these kids--they are rockstars! It is an all consuming, physically demanding, emotionally draining job that I wouldn't trade for the world. I am one of the lucky ones who absolutely loves their job--because we all know teachers don't do it for the money! ;)
One of Dusty's oldest friends and her new little family came in town yesterday. Shea, Kyle, and their little bubby, Carson. One of THE cutest kids I have ever seen. Can't believe I didn't take any pictures. We hadn't seen them since our wedding almost a year ago. They were only over for maybe an hour, but it was great to see them! Wish they lived closer than Arkansas!
One of my bestest friends, Alyson, is getting married next Friday--8-8-08! I am the matron of honor...is it just me or does "matron" sound old? Whatever! I can't wait. They are getting married barefeet in the sand on the beach...love it! I guess since I'm the matron of honor, that means I have to give a toast, correct? Any of you out there done that before? I think I'm just going to shoot from the hip...I do better that way. Stay tuned for pictures!!
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Since becoming a married homeowner, I have become addicted to those house flipping shows (and let's not forget the Food Network!!). I've seen a bunch of houses doing concrete in their kitchens. I immediately loved that idea...I thought that would be a great way to do something different yet inexpensive. Then I meet my good friend, Kelley, who also happens to be one of my aides at work. (Love her!) She and her husband have the best decorated, most eclectic house ever...and their kitchen floor was also concrete. It was a sign!
So, when Dusty and I finally got serious about beginning home improvements, that was my big suggestion. I have good ideas every once in awhile. Usually, its my stud of a husband who thinks things up--he is a genius when it comes to any kind of construction/ artwork stuff. He is remarkable.
In between coats of paint, Dusty began ripping up the ever so pretty linoleum.
It came up somewhat easy at first until Dusty discovered a second layer on linoleum underneath. And that was even uglier. Thank goodness they covered that crap up--I may have passed on the house! Anyways...the whole process ended up taking Dusty 3 days start to finish. Like I said, I had the idea on this one. He was the elbow grease! Gotta love him!!!
When you do the concrete finish, you have to put some sort of concrete sealer on it. And that takes forever and a day to dry.
Stay tuned...more changes to come!!!!
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
We had no idea what we were in for. I did a lot of painting in college and I quickly remembered why I was so happy for that job to end. We started with the primer--first coat took almost 5 hours! It was about 1:30am when we finished the second coat of primer and hit the sack.We got up the next morning and began the first coat of paint. We naively thought we would get away with 1 coat...we were sorely mistaken. Two coats of paint and 10 hours later, the walls were complete. I forgot how sore painting can make you...we were both hobbling around the house last nite and this morning!
We think it looks pretty good!! Our living room looks so much bigger and brighter! We're pretty proud of ourselves! The kitchen is next...stay tuned.....