Sunday, February 27, 2011


Grand Tetons

The sun was out and it was a beautiful day. On our flight home from Montana I spotted Grand Teton National Park out of my window in the distance. It looked beautiful...the picture doesn't do it justice.

Saturday, February 26, 2011


A New Beginning

Today Joshua, my cousin, and Christy became man and wife. They had a beautiful ceremony in Bozeman, Montana - Christy's hometown. There were moments of mixed emotions today. At many points in time I so wished that my Aunt Julie could have been there to share in their special day - she would have been so proud.

One of those moments was when we released lanterns into the cold, night sky. I know there was at least one that reached heaven. We miss you Julie...

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


A Happier Place

After one of the toughest days I've ever had, I was able to get away to a happier place for a little while. The weather was nice today and I was able to get out and walk on my favorite trail behind the school. I ran into a few patches of mud and ice, but it was a much needed time out and in the sun. My heart is still so full of sadness...I miss my Bailey.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


Our Brown Dog

Today we lost a family member of 14 years. Bailey has been with Chad and I since our first Christmas together. Whenever there was a mess to clean up or he did something bad, we would always joke - "He's your dog." But today...we lost "our dog."

Monday, February 14, 2011



We had our "official" Valentine's celebration on Friday night with dinner at our favorite restaurant...Flemings. But today, even with a sick sweetie, I found two roses in my car after school. It reminded me of our college days. (The roses were usually left on the outside of my car, but it was very windy today.) Thanks sweetie!

Friday, February 11, 2011


New Apple Product?

This is the BEST!! I was in a classroom after school today and saw this. It may look like the newest and greatest Apple product, but it's actually a Valentine's box!!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011



The first word in our school's motto. What did YOU do to live today? Today is Buddy Check 9 Day. a self-breast exam and remind your female friends & family. Men...remind the women in your life.

Monday, February 7, 2011


Duct Tape

So, I've come to a conclusion...duct tape is good for ANYTHING!! And for me, it serves multiple "foot" purposes. I won't bore you with the long story, but due to lost luggage, I had a bad fin incident on one of our dive resulted in me only being able to wear flip flops for an entire month when we returned home and scars on two toes - one on each foot. To this day I still get hot-spots on my toes. So what do I use?? Duct tape! I wrap small pieces around several of my toes and it works great!! Much better than the mole skin that comes off after one dive - I usually have to cut off the duct tape by the end at the day.

Well, I have now found a winter use for it as well. I've had these boots for years and they've become dried and cracked - resulting in water leaking in. With our recent snow and my crosswalk duty, I decided to solve that problem and duct tape them.! It worked great - no leaks! I wish I would have thought of this sooner! I only had one student comment on my new fashion statement.

Sunday, February 6, 2011


Super Bowl

We had a great time at Kelly & Alex's Super Bowl Party. I had to honor their Packers with a photo of the GREAT cupcake and "cheese" cakes. Thanks guys and congrats on your Super Bowl Champs!!

Saturday, February 5, 2011



After bitter cold temperatures last week, and two cold days, it was time for snow. The storm moved in quickly and has dropped several inches in a short time...predicted to get up to 8 by tomorrow morning.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011



A second "cold day" off from school called for a "Matty Day"! I finally broke into the alphabet cookie cutters - been saving them for over a year. :o) We had fun making everyone's name...and every letter was "E!"

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

02.01.11's cold!

The proof is in the picture. Another day off tomorrow...glad I'll be able to kidnap a certain someone for the day!!