18 week update!

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Well… it’s time I start recording some of the pregnancy memories/milestones, huh?

I think the fact that we are going to have a baby is FINALLY sinking in for both of us. I mean, it still boggles our minds most days — but we’re not feeling worried or scared anymore. Just excited and nervous for the unknown. I think those are normal feelings…

Symptoms: I was very sick during my first trimester — we’re talking constant nausea, no appetite, just sickly all the time. Oh, and I had ZERO energy! Thankfully, the morning all day sickness has subsided. I have an appetite, I’m not ALWAYS tired. Now I’m only tired about 60% of the time!

I’m starting to feel round ligament pains, especially when I sneeze. And my lower back is starting to hurt.

Sleeping is uncomfortable — thankfully, I made an awesome U-shaped pillow that will hopefully make sleeping a little more comfortable. It doesn’t help that I wake up about 2-4 times a night to use the bathroom. During the first trimester, I had insomnia pretty badly. Now, I can usually get back to sleep after I get up. About once or twice a week, though, I will wake up and just won’t be able to fall back to sleep!!

Another symptom — that’s kind of weird — is that my nose is a mess! I thought it was all allergy related. But all my pregnancy apps brought it up last week. When you’re pregnant, you have an increased blood supply. A side-effect to that is your nasal membranes can get inflamed — causing nosebleeds and/or stuffy nose. BINGO! My stuffy nose isn’t JUST because of allergies already this season, it’s just because I’m pregnant!

Cravings: This is about the second week that I’ve had the same cravings — so I think they’re the real deal! I feel like I NEED – not just want – cheese! Sharp cheddar, please. And the other day, I just begged the lunch ladies to let me have two chocolate milks with lunch. Also, yogurt sounds delicious. These are kind of strange cravings because I don’t like cold cheese… and I never just drink milk to drink milk. Yogurt has always been a hit or miss food for me, but lately, I can’t get enough!!!

I’m also hungry for cherry tomatoes and sweet peppers — fortunately for Brian and I, those are the two veggies that are still producing well in our garden!

Now in addition to all these healthy foods, I just have to have Butterfingers. We finally invested in big bags of mini-Butterfingers. Usually, one little bar satisfies my chocolate needs, so that’s better than needing a whole candy bar!

Our Baby:ย  It’s crazy to think about how big our baby is right now. (We first saw our baby at 6 weeks when baby was just a fetal pole and a flickering heartbeat. Then again at 8 weeks when it had a head and body and tiny little leg and arm nubbins. We got a glimpse of it at 12 weeks — it looked like a real little baby!!! We thought it was big then, but the doctor told us that it was still super small and that we were really going to be amazed when it was born!)

Baby is about 5 inches long and weighs about 6 oz. (My baby apps compare it to a sweet potato!) Baby is busy busy busy growing — and pumping 25 quarts of blood a day! Baby’s ears are starting to form and it can hear sounds now. Apparently loud sounds will startle it. We make sure to talk to baby. I can’t wait to watch Lion King a million times so it knows it word for word like Daddy!

Next Appointment: October 3rd, I have a monthly check up with my OB. They’ll draw some blood, listen to the heartbeat, and at this appointment, I’ll have to take an early glucose test. I’m kind of dreading that… but I know it’s something that needs to be done.

Then, on October 12th, we have a pretty exciting appointment. Because of my Intercranial Hypertension, my OB wants me to see the high-risk doctor for my anatomy ultrasound. This way, we’ll get another opinion on how to proceed with my IH in the last half of my pregnancy. My OB has some concerns right now about labor and delivery, so we want as many opinions as we can have! PLUS… the high-risk OB has better ultrasound equipment and does a more thorough exam to ensure everything is OK with baby. HOPEFULLY, (and the doctor keeps telling us that you can never be 100% sure on gender until the baby is born, but…) we should be able to see if we’ll be parents to a little son or daughter. EEEK!!!

Best part of the week: When I lay on my left side at night, I can feel Baby fluttering around. The last few days, I’ve even be able to feel it at other times during the day (usually around 2:00). It’s kind of a crazy thing. I can’t wait until I’m able to feel real kicks, and I KNOW Brian is anxious to be able to feel them, too!ย 

So… my last post was 10 months ago… Let’s catch up!

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Wow. October 7, 2012 was a long time ago! So much has happened since then. I don’t know why I got out of blogging. I’d like to say it was purely because I was busy… but it’s also because it just got too hard to keep up with.

I think now, we have a pretty good reason to keep this thing updated. But I have ten months worth of news to share before we get to that…

October 2012

  • I turned 25.
  • I started coaching the one-act team. It was a great experience. I loved working with the other director and I ADORED bonded with our student actors.
  • We had trick-or-treaters!!! It was so much fun to have kiddos actually knock at our door!

November 2012

  • We did much better in one-act than we thought we would… I was so proud of all the hard work our students put in!
  • We spent Thanksgiving with our family — something we just love getting to do. We went to North Platte to celebrate at Grandma Alyce’s house. Then we came home and my family came over… it was pretty fun to host a major holiday!
  • It was a pretty mild November if I remember correctly — which is something I super appreciated!

December 2012

  • I started having daily headaches that increased to daily migraines. More on that “next month”…
  • We went to Wyoming to help my grandparents celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary and Christmas.
  • Speaking of Christmas, we spent most of winter break traveling. We went to Mahoney State Park to celebrate with the Moser family. Then to Dannebrog to celebrate with the Stantons. Then we made our way to Wyoming before getting to spend a few days at home before we went back to school. Whew! I forgot how tired that made me!

January 2013

  • A new year! To be honest, I don’t remember where we were as the year turned… but I bet we had a good time.
  • Back to the headaches. My regular doctor went from thinking the headaches were hormone related to being worried there was something else wrong. So we went to have some tests done that came back all clear… a blessing and a curse. It was nice to know that I didn’t have a tumor or lesion or any other scary House, M.D. disease. But, it meant I still had headaches every day and we didn’t know why.
  • At the end of the month, my neurologist was finally able to see me. He did a neurological exam which showed something was off when he looked into my right eye. Whatever it was he saw was an indicator that I could have too much spinal fluid building up in my brain. So I was rushed to the hospital where I had a lumbar puncture. MY CSP (cerebral spinal fluid) topped out at 25. So they removed about 20 cc’s. It was crazy. As soon as they started removing the extra CSP, I INSTANTLY felt relief. The tests on the CSP came back clean. The neurologist diagnosed me with idiopathic intracranial hypertension. Essentially, my body produces too much spinal fluid and no one knows why. The symptoms: constant headaches, elevated blood pressure, and a risk of other nasty things. The cure: who knows?!?! They put me in on a medication that would keep my csp levels in check. And the medication worked! I’ve been essentially headache free since February 6.
  • Oh… also, our speech season started! We were pretty much busy every Saturday until mid-March. Our kiddos were great.

February 2013

  • We spent our first Mason City Valentine’s day going to the local diner (which is now closed…) and then just hanging out at home. Instead of gifts, we sent each other love notes throughout the day via email/text messages. Totally OUR style. ๐Ÿ™‚
  • More speech meets.
  • We hosted our conference tournament after two snow days and a weekend. Stressful much? OH YEAH!
  • No headaches.
  • I finally started feeling like I have a LIFE again!!!

March 2013

  • We sent TWO girls to State Speech in THREE events! This was the first time Litchfield has had a presence at State Speech in the last eight years. We were amazed and SO proud.
  • Here’s what I had to say about our season for the paper/year book/awards night:”The Speech Team traveled 944.4 miles to 7 different cities, hosted the Loup Valley Conference tournament, won 11 medals, 3 ribbons, had 2 state qualifiers in 3 events, stopped at 7 different ice cream establishments, petted two zebras, not to mention several other stuffed wild species.

    As first-year coaches, we see the season as a great success and we were so lucky to have 10 great high-school students and 6 spectacular junior-high students to work with. We look forward to next year!”

  • We bought two baby chicks and all the necessary chick equipment! I wish I would have blogged about how this all went down, but suffice it to say, we were crazy… and SO lucky it worked out!

April 2013

  • Raising the first two chicks, Yellow and Stripey, went so well that we decided to get TWO MORE!!!
  • The new chicks, Oreo and Rollie, were much more feisty than the first two… So we had to deal with that… ๐Ÿ˜›

May 2013

  • We “built” a chicken coop… okay, we assembled one that we bought… And moved the baby chicks outside!
  • We started a garden! 25’X25′ … SO MUCH PRODUCE!!! LOVE IT!!!
  • SCHOOL’S OUT FOR THE SUMMER!!! I’m so proud of Brian’s first year of teaching… he did such a great job and I know he’ll do even better this year. I’m proud ofย myself for making through my year of craziness — subbing, coaching, after school program, and anything else I was asked to do. My first year of subbing didn’t leave me feeling great, but last year I finally felt like I was an actual part of something.

June 2013

Get ready… this month is EXCITING!!!!

  • We celebrated our two year anniversary on June 4. It was a laid back day for the most part — a good dinner, movies, new cotton towels!
  • Two days later, I had a POSITIVE pregnancy test!?!?!?! WHAT? For real life? I guess we’ll give it a few days and see…
  • After the weekend, I had a blood pregnancy test at the clinic right before we left for our anniversary trip to Chicago.
  • We rode the megabus to Chicago, had an absolutely lovely time with Amanda, Brandon, and Chloe, and ate So. Much. Pizza!!!
  • We got home and a few weeks later, we had our first ultrasound to see our little baby. At that time, it looked like a blob… A blob with a HEARTBEAT!!!
  • We told Brian’s family the Saturday of Father’s Day weekend, and my family the Monday after Father’s Day. Everyone was so overjoyed for us. It was such a special time for Brian and I… I’ll never forget the reactions we received from our families when we shared the great news.

July 2013

  • We start selling produce and homemade pizza crust at the Mason City Farmer’s Market. While we don’t make a TON of money from it, it’s great to know that the produce we can’t eat isn’t just wasted. Plus, it’s fun to spend time with people from our little town.
  • Two words: Morning. Sickness.
  • We went to two weddings. One for a high school friend of mine — the wedding was lovely and it was so great to see her so incredibly happy. The other, a family friend of Brian’s… the wedding was unlike any we’d ever been to. It was an absolutely perfect statement of their individuality and true love for each other.
  • Oh! THEN we directed the Mason City’s first annual Children’s Play!!! It was well-received and our kiddos (grades 2-9) were GREAT! It’s definitely an activity we’ll continue to do in the future. ๐Ÿ™‚
  • We also finally realized that out of FOUR chickens, we only had ONE hen and THREE roosters. Needless to say, we gave one rooster away (Oreo) and will eventually get rid of another (Rollie) as soon as he gets too aggressive.
  • Speaking of chickens… Yellow (the only hen) is laying eggs! Although right now, she’s sitting on one that we can’t get to so we’ll probably have a chick eventually (hopefully!).

August 2013

  • We took another trip. This time to Minnesota with Brian’s family for a reunion. It was a LONG, but well-worth it, trip.
  • Finally, all our grandparents knew that we were expecting a new baby… so, we were able to make it “facebook official”
  • I am exactly 12 weeks today. Due February 18. And SO ready to be done with the first trimester! I’ll do a better post in a day or so.
  • Brian started back to school today: two days of a workshop, then next week we’ll start the real thing!

…I guess that catches us up to the present.

When I started this blog, I had a feeling it would eventually become a baby blog. Now that it’s happening, it still feels surreal. But we are incredibly happy with this new adventure, our new town, and our lives in general. I’m hoping that I can keep this blog up and going. I want to remember this time in our lives. We are seriously happy with every aspect of our little world right now… It may be boring to some, but it’s worth remembering for us!

What were we THINKING?!?!

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For my Facebook friends, skip this paragraph if you followed the conversation yesterday. If not… read on!

Brian is the class sponsor for the ninth graders this year. It’s a pretty neat system… he will be their sponsor until they graduate high school, then he’ll get a new batch of kiddos. Since he’ll be so involved with them, I asked if it would be okay if I helped out. He (and the five freshmen) loved the idea of having me involved!

Our main goal as a class is to raise a bunch of money to plan prom when they are juniors. But they weren’t too big on the idea of doing magazine sales or candles or wrapping paper. So we’ve had to think of creative fundraising ideas. That’s where they were lucky to have me involved! I came up with tons of ideas that none of them had thought of. The best and easiest idea was to hold a raffle for a “Dinner at the Moser’s” on the night of homecoming. I know that “city” kids go out to eat before dances, but there aren’t many options when the only thing open on Saturday night is the bar/grill.

So I thought that Brian and I could showcase our culinary prowess and create a fancy-schmancy dinner for four. The freshmen thought it was a great idea, the principal thought it was a great idea, and it didn’t take as much planning as the Halloween dance would have. Plus, all the money we raised was profit since we donated the food. Win-win.

We ended up selling $75 worth of tickets and the winning group was a group of four seventh graders. We handed out menus to each of them and let them choose which options they’d prefer.

Salad: House salad or Crunchy Asian Salad

Entree: Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo or Sauteed Porkloin with rice and a garlic-lemon sauce

Sides: Corn, Beans, Broccoli

Dessert: Dutch Apple Pie or Brownie ala Mode

We found out that Girl D wouldn’t be able to come, and Boy A, Girl B, Girl C all chose Fettuccine and Brownie. Score 1 for Brialynn — we didn’t have to prepare 2 different entrees or desserts!


So yesterday, we cleaned the living room, kitchen, and moved boxes out of the breakfast nook and put a table cloth on the table. Our guests were coming over at 6, so we started cooking at about 4. We would have started earlier, but we had to run to Litchfield’s little market to get a few last minute ingredients.

Brian turned on the heat in the house (we didn’t want them to be uncomfortable and cold!) and started making bread, I started prepping salads and setting our little table for three. All of a sudden it was 5:00 and I felt like we had so much to do! But in the next hour, we boiled the noodles, mixed the brownie batter, and did all the last minute stressing that gets done before a dinner party.

At 6:00, our guests arrived: Boy A, a different boy (who didn’t even go to Litchfield), and a different girl. And Boy A’s mom. Oh man! We’d prepared one entree and dessert! What happened if these two new guests didn’t like chicken alfredo or brownies?!?! And then we found out the mom was staying — which was fine, we had plenty of food. But our table is so small that I was worried about everyone fitting comfortably!

Our solution to the lack of options was simple: we didn’t make mention that there had been other options. We just went with what we had!

We served some flavored sparkling water (in wine glasses to add to the fancy-schmancy-ness) and salads, popped the brownies in the oven, and started our home made alfredo sauce. There wasn’t a lot of talking and it felt extremely awkward. But as we started to pass out entrees, the conversation started to liven up.

Then Brian burnt his finger, chipped a plate, and our sauce wasn’t thickening up. Panic! But, with some quick thinking and turning up the heat, everything smoothed back out again. By the time everyone had finished their entrees, dessert was ready.

Brian passed out some apple cider and I plated the brownies — topped them with ice cream and home made hot fudge.

By the end of the meal, we had four stuffed guests who kept saying thank you for the wonderful meal. We almost got Boy A to do our dishes!!!

The kids ran around outside while Boy A’s mom chatted with us for a bit. Then they headed off to the school, we ate supper, kind of picked up the kitchen, watched about 20 minutes of the horrible Husker game, and then headed to the homecoming coronation ceremony.

We were proud speech parents when two of our speech kids won King and Queen!

Finally, Brian and I headed home and completely crashed! I’m so thankful that we were able to do such a fun thing for our Freshmen and for our lucky winner and his friends, but man… it was a tiring day!

But we better get used to it. I have a feeling this won’t be the last time we host a “Dinner at the Moser’s”!

Finding Routine

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I crave routine. I thrive when my life is in order and I can see and plan what my immediate future will most likely look like. Substitutes don’t get routine — especially if you’re willing to take any job that is offered. Needless to say, the lack of routine really bothered me last year. I would go through periods where I wasn’t subbing at all and got into routines around the house, then I’d get a call to sub and almost felt like I shouldn’t take it because I didn’t want whatever semblance of ‘normal’ I had to become lost. So when I got my long-term subbing opportunity at the end of last year, I was in heaven! Routine, a schedule, plans… a PURPOSE!

When I decided to sub again this year, I knew something had to change. I couldn’t just let myself get caught in this rut of not having any sort of day-to-day schedule. So I was more than willing to help when the principal approached me about helping with the after school program.

I was excited when Brian and I realized that we could car pool in the mornings — that way I could help with speech class, then come home, then go back to after school program, and finally take Brian home.

Now, no matter whether or not I sub, I have a purpose every single day.

But this means that on days I do sub, we’re gone from 7:30-5:30. And then we come home and don’t feel like doing anything, including making supper.

During the transitional part of our summer, we were in an eating rut. We went through too much mac n cheese and pizza rolls. I don’t want our fall to consist of even more mac n cheese and pizza rolls! So we’ve needed to come up with some quick “go-to” decently-healthy meals.

I think some of our readers can relate to this same frustration. How do we have delicious, fast, healthy meals without having to spend lots of time in the kitchen when we get home from work? Yeah, I know. Rachel Ray can teach us tons of 30-minute meals — but sometimes they don’t look all that appetizing and I’m not as fast in the kitchen as she is! Add in the fact that we make one big shopping trip and try to plan for 14+ dinners and never know exactly what will sound good makes it hard to shop and cook.

We’ve started to pre-make a lot of dishes on Sunday so our week goes more smoothly. And when I don’t sub, I try to get dinner pretty much ready before I go to After School Program. That way, when we get home, we can warm it up and go!

So, I want to know: What are your “go-to” meals? What tips do you have for making cooking during the week seem like less of a chore?

If you, my dear readers, will answer these questions, I will start a series to share what we learn… including pictures and recipes and tips. Please comment! I think this is something that could help a lot of us… so let’s work together! ๐Ÿ™‚

Our Little Town

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Here are three things I never want to forget about our new little town:

1. When a really full train goes by, the house shakes and I get nauseous. The trains are also really loud and annoying. I want to remember this because I know at some point in the (hopefully) near future, it will seem like second nature.

2. The tornado sirens go off Monday-Saturday at 7:00 AM, noon, and 6:00 PM. We have no clue why… and I kind of don’t want to ask. Every time it goes off, it’s like a little mystery.

3. In our first week here, we had 4 families come introduce themselves and bring a welcome treat. The people are so nice and caring! I am planning to return the gesture as soon as I find a delicious recipe that I have all of the ingredients for.

The Real Housewife of Mason City

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Greetings, readers! I know it’s been entirely too long. But the last time I posted we were battling with the feelings of hopelessness because we hadn’t gotten full time teaching positions despite having tried our hardest. Miraculously, Brian received an English teaching position in a small Nebraska town and we packed our things and moved to an even SMALLER town.

With Brian’s paid full time job, I was also offered some great opportunities in Litchfield. I am the new head speech coach (with Brian as my assistant). I’m also helping with the school’s after school program. It doesn’t pay much and is only 10-ish hours a week, but it satisfies my soul!

I also head over to the school every morning with Brian and help him teach speech class — and I help him out by planning most of our activities and lectures.

So no, our dream situation of both finding jobs near Grand Island and getting to stay in our lovely apartment didn’t come true. But what we have is so much better. Brian is a great English teacher and seems to have a great report with the staff and all of his students. If I can’t teach full time, I’m doing exactly what I’d want to be doing. Coaching, subbing for great kids (whom I also have a great report with), and helping with the after school program — which allows me to work one-on-one and in small groups with some awesome elementary kiddos.

Oh, and our house! That’s right, we upgraded from a small (but perfect for us) 2 bedroom apartment to a ridiculously well priced, newly (and by newly, I mean they’re still working on it as we speak!) renovated 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom HOUSE with a deck and gardening space! And our landlady… yeah, she’s probably the nicest lady we’ve ever met. She’s so good to us!

Adjusting to life in a small town has been an adventure. We were used to going to the store almost daily this summer. And eating out — or at Hy-vee — about once a week. Needless to say, we’ve had to change our eating and shopping habits. We plan for at least a weeks worth of meals before making a huge shopping trip to Wal-Mart or HyVee on the weekend.

My parents got us the BEST house warming present ever! A DEEP FREEZE! It’ll be great to start stocking up on meats, veggies, and other frozen goodies. Hopefully that will help us this winter so that we can make it two to four weeks between shopping trips.

I think that pretty much sums up life for the time being. We’re still working on getting into routines and figuring out small town life. But, we’re happy. God’s plan for our life was so much better than our plan was. It was a summer of practicing having faith that things would work out. A summer of learning to be patient and letting things happen. A summer of testing our strength as individuals and as a married couple.

Today, the fall equinox, is the beginning of a new season. A chance to let go of all the bad feelings we had over this summer. And we can do that.

We’re making wheat bread and chili from scratch, lesson planning, and watching movies and football. Life is good. We’re so grateful for where we are right now.

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! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 Iย  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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