It’s not always rainbows and butterflies…

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Today has been an “off” day. Not to be confused with a day off. You see, now that summer is here, Brian and I spend a lot more time together. Since we don’t sub, our only work is Cabela’s and we do that together!

We love being together and spending time with each other. There is a great amount of comfort just sitting across the room from him, not talking, just doing our own things.


I don’t know what’s wrong with today. I think it could have something to do with how our yesterday went. We helped a dear friend move from one apartment to a different apartment in the same complex… it was a pretty easy task, but definitely required lot more stair walking and lifting than we are used to. It was also horribly humid. Thankfully, the temperature wasn’t in the triple digits, but it still wasn’t a comfortable process.

Then for some reason when we got home and were ready to go to bed, neither of us could get comfortable or feel sleepy enough to actually fall asleep. And Netflix was down so we couldn’t watch a show on the tablet. And I thought it was like 5 AM already (it was 11:30) and I declared that I wanted to go to Daylight Donuts (in Kearney). Brian corrected me on the time and denied a trip to Kearney at 11:30, but said if I would drive, he would run in and get a donut from Wal-Mart. So, we did.

While I’ll save my horrifying people of Wal-Mart story for another day, I will tell you that the donuts were awesome and we did watch the very first episode ever made of The Simpsons. It almost felt like we were back in college!

And got up at the normal-ish Saturday morning time. But as I said earlier, we were both a little off.

I know I can’t blame our Friday night happenings for my mood today, but I really need to be kept on a strict sleep-schedule or I get as cranky as a toddler. And I don’t think Brian was having any of it today!

So we did our usual Saturday things, but I was snippy and constantly asked him what was wrong, because I could tell he was in a funk as well. It just created a lot of tension. We weren’t fun to be around.

Then we had to go to Red Mango for their grand opening (read: FREE fro-yo, not missing that for anything in the world, even some crankiness). And stop at a few other places. Finally, at our last stop, I felt like I was just going to fall over asleep. I demanded we leave the store immediately and get me laid down for a nap!

Ya know what? I couldn’t even close my eyes by the time my head hit my pillow. And I thought Brian was going to scream at me for complaining I needed sleep, then not being able to! But instead, we both just moved to different room and had some rest/alone time.

Then we went to pick up some things for dinner, and just walked around the store for a bit laughing and talking like nothing had been wrong all day.

So you see, our relationship with each other isn’t always “perfect.” But a day like today reminds me that we are PERFECT for each other because there’s no one else I’d rather spend a cranky day with. I know that as soon as we lay down tonight, sleep will come almost immediately and tomorrow will be a new adventure.

BINGO!!! An Update of Sorts…

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I have developed three addictions so far this summer:

1. Iced Tea — by far the least worrisome of my addictions. I’ve been brewing my own tea and it’s amazing! 🙂 But I get a horrible headache if I don’t have a tea before lunch. I now feel Brian’s pain… he is a major coffee addict and in the past I’ve dared him to go as long as he can without coffee. It was very cruel of me, and I see the error of my ways.

2. Sunflower Seeds — there is only one gas station chain that carries my brand of seeds… Spitz! I like them because they have less salt than other brands and the kernels are HUGE! And I can’t go without them… it started as just eating them in the car when we were out running errands, but then I brought a bag into the house… they are now my go to munch-on food. I hope I can break this habit soon!!!

3. Bingo Blitz on Facebook. I have sat down many a time to write weekend updates the last few weeks but decide that I would much rather play Bingo than blog. In fact, I think I’ve almost convinced Brian to actually take me somewhere in town that plays bingo so I can do it for real! Although I guess the healthy part of my Bingo Blitz addiction is that it only costs me time… not money!


That brings us to tonight: my tea has been finished, my seeds are hidden away, and my 5 free tournament games have been played. So I decided to sit down and blog. I honestly have a ton I want and intend to blog about, but for now you just get a sneak peek!

So here’s a list of things we’ve done this summer that are worth blogging about:

  • We helped welcome the newest member of the Weiss family! It’s been such a joy and privilege to be present at the birth of their three children. We have such an awesome bond with these three boys that I can’t believe I haven’t blogged about them sooner!
  • We celebrated our one-year anniversary. I want to share with you some of the things we learned about ourselves and each other over the last incredible year. Plus, celebrate the anniversary of our honeymoon trip to Chicago!
  • We’ve been reading a ton of books and visiting the library a lot! We love to read, and we love the *free* activities that the library has for adults this year. I’m in a reading slump right now (I just finished two great books and am properly mourning the loss of the characters from my life before I can start another book), but Brian is on a reading kick!
  • We have a garden!!! Our little patio has enough space for a topsy-turvy tomato plant, 6 pots of vegetables and herbs, and I think our little pot of flowers might actually have flowers and not weeds growing!
  • We’ve also been experimenting in the kitchen. We’re trying to find out what we can make ourselves that we usually would just buy at the store. So far, we’ve made home-made pasta three times (which inspired us to get an awesome attachment for our Kitchen-Aid Mixer). We bought dried beans instead of canned. And we’re trying to make some of our favorite desserts a little bit healthier!
  • We’re also trying to get healthy. Our Y membership is slowly starting to get a lot of use! And we’re trying to make better choices about what and how much we’re eating. We’ve been given an opportunity this summer to have the time to focus on US, and a part of that is getting in shape.
  • I don’t know if I’ll blog much about this, or if I’ll just pin my ideas. But I’ve started tutoring this summer for a little girl, and we are having a great time! I love creating lessons that are differentiated specifically to HER! I think Brian and I are both going to try to find more tutoring opportunities soon (so if you know of any leads, let us know!).


Oh my goodness! I blogged a lot more than I thought I would. I guess I’ll leave it at that and go brew my tea for tomorrow. And as always, please send your positive thoughts and prayers our way that we are lead to the place we are supposed to be for the next school year.

365 Days

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Today is our anniversary. We had a great day!

I was going to blog today about the year we’ve had, but instead, I just enjoyed it with my husband. We did a lot of “US” types of things. Some might not think it was a very romantic day, but it was perfect for us. And that’s why I know we were meant to be.

I’ll blog tomorrow about lots of things… but for now, go kiss the person you love and look forward to the next 365 days.

We’re Baaaaack!!!!

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I have failed at blogging! So much for weekend updates, craft projects, or recipes. I wish I could say that the reason I was gone for so long was because we were busy — which we were. But that’s not the entire truth.

The job search has been incredibly difficult for us. It’s been a struggle and challenge to find the good in life when such a big part of it feels like it’s going in a downward spiral! And that is hard to talk about… it already consumes most of our thoughts, and I didn’t want to complain about such a personal part of our lives. I wanted to be able to handle it ourselves.

And to be honest, we haven’t figured out what the future holds for us. But that’s why it’s the future… we just have to wait for it to happen. And I trust that something will come along for Brian and I that will be the right fit for next year. Maybe that’s a full time teaching job, and maybe it’s not. That does NOT mean we have failed. We just haven’t found the building where we fit. I say this like it’s an easy concept to grasp — but I  struggle with it on a daily basis!

What I know is this: I am meant to be a teacher and I will never give this dream up. And the same goes for Brian. So, we’ll take what we get and continue to find the good in life.

That being said, I’m back to blogging! I find it very relaxing and enjoy sharing our creations and adventures. And let’s face it… this isn’t a blog that is read by people all over the world. It’s our family and friends who mostly know this stuff anyway, right?

So, I’m back. Weekend updates, recipes, crafts, and book reviews. I think it’s going to stick this time. But understand if we don’t share much about what’s going on on the job front. It’s a lame part of life right now. And we have more exciting things to discuss!

See you tomorrow with a jam-packed update!



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