Monday, March 23, 2015

Super Busy and Movies/TV...

I hate that it has been a month since I posted as I have forgotten all the little cute details of Norah's life and slacked on pics. It is that time of year that becomes very busy at school...come on Spring Break! Plus there is always something going on anyway when you have a family...so here is a brief recap. Unfortunately...I know I'm leaving things out but hopefully I will do better in the future.

Norah's class dressed up and 2nd grade did a program regarding a book they had read. Her class was to dress to represent China by wearing red. They sang a song in Mandarin which Norah thought was so cool. I was glad that I got to see her in it!
They played a game that was a Chinese version of "Duck, Duck, Goose"

This is Norah and a cute friend in her class. Norah loves all the kids in her class! She went to a birthday party for this sweet friend at MagiQuest and had a blast!

Jeff and I squeezed in a date during Happy Hour one Friday and it was really fun!

Norah and her dogs! Finn turned 4 years old this Month and Darcy will be 4 in April....kinda hard to believe.
Another thing that has kept us busy...Disney World planning. It is almost time and we are all excited about having a vacation!
We live in a great neighborhood and it is nice to have a last minute get together! Oysters, beverages, kids playing....and burning trees! Always fun!
Jeff and I were talking the other day that this April we have been together 13 years...seems long and short all at the same time. :)
There have been other things...Norah still going strong academically and loving school. We were in a little fender bender (not my fault and everyone ok), Norah had her physical for camp and still off the charts, and embarked on the Gluten Free way for her which we are figuring out. Norah has a new playroom set up which she is loving including her own "couch" and new TV. Jeff and I have been busy at work and trying to get some house things done. We have been trying to get back in gear going to Church more regularly and find that going to the 8 AM service is a better fit for us lately as it allows us to still have the day to do the usual run errands, work, etc. Anyway...on to a few fun things I actually remember! ;)

We have seen some great movies lately. First one..."McFarland USA" which Norah actually picked. This movie is fantastic! Every family should go see it and I think schools should take kids to see it...wonderful story. I hope I can instill half the work ethic, team spirit, perseverance, etc. in Norah...the kids prove that hard work pays off.
My mom came in town which we enjoyed! So she, Norah, and I went to see the new "Cinderella" movie and it was done right! First....I do love all things British so that is a major plus. Effects, wardrobe, acting...it was all great!
Today we had standardized testing at my school so we watched "Big Hero 6" in the afternoon...another super cute movie! I love all these movies lately where a character is so selfless and kind. (Baymax reminds me of Groot in "Guardians of the Galaxy.")

Now I admit that up until this weekend...Jeff and I have been non-stop with "things" to do. But this weekend we actually had some down time which was extremely needed. So instead of reading (which I am behind on!) I watched some Amazon.com via Roku. First up, "Death Comes to Pemberley"...which not only do I love all things British but Jane Austen and Pride and Prejudice characters...yep...love it. Of course Matthew Goode and Matthew Rhys are not bad to look at either! :)
Jeff did not watch the above with me but we did watch two episodes of "The Affair." Once it started...I admit it was nothing like I expected. I find the set up of the show split into two segments where Noah retells the memory and then Allison retells the same memory from her perspective...and to see the differences an incredible way to do a show. I think that is fascinating how people remember certain details differently. I also wondered if their names, Noah and Allison, related to names in the book/movie, "The Notebook"...anyone know? Oh well...hope to watch some more of that and still saving "House of Cards 3" for binge watching soon!

Hard to believe it is April next week but I'm excited for warmer weather and soon summer!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Tuesday things...

Well today we are home (no school) as it was predicted that we would have gotten some snow/ice but instead it is just cold! That is how we roll in Pawleys Island, SC. :)

Norah as cute as always!

We had a very low key weekend...maybe too low key in productivity. ;) There was a couple games of Apples to Apples which was a lot of fun!

Norah and I made the front page of a local paper about our new library...I'm even quoted on page 4. Kinda fun!

I did not watch the Oscars but did check out some dresses the next day...here are some of my favs. Had to put a guy on there for the perfect tux! (Jennifer Aniston's dress would have made the list if the bottom half was not see through...because color and fit were great.)


Well I was in a small car accident yesterday. A young driver reversed right into me so I have to take my car in for an estimate. Such my luck! Norah and I are also debating whether to go to the movies today...she wants to see the movie "McFarland." Well here is to hoping that the week warms up and March brings the spring weather!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Five for Mid-week...

1. "Gilmore Girls" Yes...I watched all seven seasons and then have started re-watching (or really just have it play in the background when at home) as there is nothing on TV these days. I really like it. I must admit that I'm a little more Team Chris and not Team Luke and I love Logan. I do hope they make a movie like they did for "Veronica Mars" as there is a lot they could do with it. We will see!




2. Books...so behind on reading (I blame #1 above for this!) Our new library opened in town and it is fabulous! (Lesson learned about going places with no make-up and stuff early in the morning...)I hope this is motivation to get back to reading! What I'm reading and what is up next...


3. I have decided not to return to my current school for next year. It has been hard this year to handle Norah's schedule with mine. I am really sad to leave my school kids but know it is the best thing to do right now. I think I will do something in a work capacity next year on a part time basis but not sure what that means right now...I also know that I will go back to "work" on a more full time schedule once Norah gets older. Right now I feel like she needs me more before, during, and after school and I know I will never get this time back.

(I just wanted to add that I have always taken my job as a teacher seriously (even though it is my passion and second career...I know it is not looked upon as prestigious as other professions to some people) and I was told by an adult the other day not to worry so much about the kids and school stuff...after I was stressing about getting my school kids ready for next year, etc. This kinda makes me sad because don't we all want our teachers of our own kids to care too much? Otherwise what is the point? Anyways...I hope all my students know that I really care that they learn and grow and I constantly have ideas run through my mind of ways to help them not only in math but with life skills. I also hope Norah has teachers who feel the same way. But on a happier note...thank you to the parents who have asked me to stay next year...that means a lot and I will miss your kids more than you know. I also want to note that in the 4 years of my teaching...I have had the best "teams" of teachers...the Mountaineer team to my Middle School Triangle of teachers at my current school...everyone has been amazing!)



4. Norah has started Speech Therapy at school for "R" sounds which I'm really happy about and I think she is too. Staying on the Norah topic...she is going away to Camp Seafarer this year which she and I are super excited about but at the same time...I know I will cry and miss her terribly!! Any advice on camp (for her) and how I'm to survive without her for the week...I'm all ears!




5. Tomorrow we are on a 2 hour delay for school due to cold weather. This could lead for the same for Friday. Only in the South do we close for cold weather...no sleet, freezing rain, or snow. Funny but it does give our Southern ways our true personality... :)

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Lately...

Well we have been a house of germs for the last few weeks (hence, lack of pics and posting.) It started with Jeff, then Norah, and finally me. This week is the first week in a month that we are finally all well. Today was a teacher workday for me (loved a three day weekend!) and Norah had school. Last week we enjoyed Valentine's Day...The middle school teachers I work with are awesome and we had a Middle School party with our kids. We even made them a special Valentine...see pic below!

The kids spoiled us too with flowers, candy, and cards galore. So very sweet! Norah also had a Valentine's Party at her school and she loved it! The week prior...Norah had a Daddy/Daughter dance and it was precious. She loved having time with her Daddy!





A couple weeks ago a friend of Jeff's family let us use their beach house for the weekend. It was awesome! Especially seeing the sunset and sunrise...what a view!



I found a few pics on my phone from our night at the beach house...here is one of them. Ha! I think the kids had fun!
Around my birthday time...a student gave me "butter beer" since he know my obsession with ole' Harry Potter. Love my school kids!

Well it is cold here but no snow for us...boo! I see Charlotte schools are closed again tomorrow and I am a little jealous...I mean if it is going to be super cold here...I want the white stuff!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Norah time and my birthday...

So Norah made the BEACH program which we are still ecstatic about...then she got all As which is principals honor roll for second quarter, and hit the next point club in accelerated reader. So she got a new Lego Friends set she wanted. Love to see her concentrate in putting it together. I'm also the proudest parent ever when it comes to Norah!

Norah did her second swim meet this weekend. It was a 6 am-3 pm kinda day...but she did great! We were so proud of her! We volunteered since it was held at Georgetown and Frankie, Denny, Susan, and Bill came to cheer her on which she loved. She had the best time...so fun...and we loved watching her!







Saturday night we had family dinner at my moms but then crashed early as we all were exhausted from swim meet. We did do a just us family dinner night on Friday as I really wanted sushi for my birthday. 700 Modern delivered!


Well today is my actual birthday! I've chilled with lots of extra coffee, "Gilmore Girls" on Netflix, and online shopping!


A little Tory Burch from my sister and lighting fixtures from my mom, step-dad, aunt, and uncle. All things I love!

Then a last minute outing to a local restaurant for music and chill time! Thanks Wilcox Fam!


And from my favorite girl Norah...she gave me a clay sculpture she made and is writing me a book...she is the best! Well I'm excited about 2015...even if I'm actually 37 instead of 29...girl has got to dream!!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A little break...

Last week we headed to Charlotte for the weekend. We got to stop by our old 'hood and visit our neighbors. Norah was beyond excited to see William and I think he was happy to see her too! Too cute! I loved seeing my neighbor Sarah and her cute kids! We miss y'all!
We stayed with Jeff's mom and look what we saw out her window ...that is a lot of deer!

Gotta have a family selfie!

We got to spend a lot of time with family...lunch with Jeff's mom, brother, and sister-in-law which was great. Dinners with Jeff's mom. Norah loves all the family time too! We also went to the movies. Jeff met up some buddies and watched "American Sniper" which he said was awesome. Mrs. Hoppe, Norah, and I went and saw "Paddington" which I thought was super cute and really liked. I now want a pet bear that talks with a British accent. :)

It was such a great trip but it went by so fast! I always wish we could see more people and do more things but I guess that just means we need to go back soon! We did eat Panera for breakfast on Sunday as Jeff is obsessed with it! :) I was cracking up as they were both reading the paper...

This was the view from Jeff's mom's back yard on the day we left...she lives on a golf course and it was so pretty!

Basically I "Heart" Charlotte!
We got home and it was so nice to have Monday off too! We have new neighbors here and they have three kids...Norah loves it! So she went over there to play some...I found a new series that I have never watched before... "Gilmore Girls." Yep, new addiction...on episode 10 in first season. It is really cute!
Well the ole' birthday countdown is on...just 5 more days! :)