Monday, August 30, 2010

Transition Complete!

We had whirlwind week trying to get ready for seminary to start. We looked at paint colors, bought sample paint, painted splotches, didn't like the splotches, bought new paint, decided on final colors, moved the couches and reorganized the formal living room, bought more paint, painted and painted and painted, moved the TV above the fireplace and DH took care of mostly hiding all the cables, we put up a large tile board (to write on) and sheet metal to use for putting up things with magnets. We picked out and hung curtains, put together a little "teacher's desk/podium" for me to use, put up pictures, spot-cleaned the carpet, and set up chairs.

Whew! All of that would have been much easier without DH working a 40+ hour week and our four children traipsing in and out and around. We also didn't get much work time in the evenings - on Tuesday we went to the state fair, Wednesday we watched some friends' kids, Thursday we got to go to the temple to watch some friends be sealed to each other for time and eternity, Saturday we had the missionaries over for dinner... We ended up doing a lot between 9pm and 2am. And we're definitely not done - next up, fixing up the downstairs/powder bathroom. Here are the pics...




The pictures don't really do it justice. I really love the colors we ended up with and I think it's looking great!

AND this morning was my first day of teaching! It was nerve-wracking; I could barely sleep because I was anxious and excited. I think it went pretty well. I had 25 students and all of them stayed awake and most of them even laughed at my jokes. :) I of course keep thinking about how I could have done a better job for the first day, but hopefully I will get more comfortable as the days go by. And just keep praying they keep coming back!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

A little lost...

It's a Wednesday evening. And I am at home. I'm feeling a little lost because for pretty much the past two and a half years, I have spent Wednesday evenings at Young Women (youth group at my Church). On Sunday I was released from my calling as YW President. It has been a little harder than I thought it would be. I have spent almost every waking moment (and some sleeping ones too!) these last 2+ years thinking about these precious girls. Daughters of a Heavenly Father, who loves them. Girls who are striving so hard to live righteously and morally in a crazy world. I have LOVED attending activities, teaching lessons, going to baptisms at the temple with them, chaperoning dances, going to Girls Camp, attending their various activities, crying with them, laughing with them, praying for them, worrying about them, watching them love and take care of each other, basking in the light of their testimonies, and just thanking my Heavenly Father for the blessing it is to have this calling. I will so so so so so so miss them!!! But I know it is time to move on and I know the new president (one of my sweet friends) will do amazing things and help the girls grow in new ways.

My ultimate goal is for my sweet YW to remember two things about me: 1 - that I have a strong testimony of my Savior and of the gospel and 2 - that I LOVE every single one of them individually, that I recognize their individual talents and trials and care deeply about them. I hope I have accomplished these two things!

Here's a tribute to my girls -

And I intentionally picked "Say Hello Wave Goodbye" because before I was released, I was actually given a new calling....

Early Morning Seminary Teacher!!!

I am SOOOOOOOO excited! I have been aspiring to this calling for pretty much ever - I love love teaching and I love love teenagers (Yep, I'm crazy) So I really have the best of both worlds - getting released as YW President but I still get to see most of my awesome girls! EVERY morning! At 5:45am! With lots of exclamation marks! :)

Seminary will be at our house, and there are 24-30 students, so DH and I have been diligently fixing up the living room as a classroom. I'll have to post the finished product!

Change is good. Waving goodbye but saying hello!

Oh yeah...

... with the craziness of the first day of school, we almost forgot about our
8 year anniversary!!

Holy cow, eight years ago I could not have imagined what life would be like today. To be honest, I definitely wouldn't have thought I would have four children with one entering Kindergarten! Although marriage is definitely an adjustment, recognizing differences and accepting changes and compromising, it's the best decision I ever made. To be sealed for eternity to my fantabulous, adorable husband :) He deserves an award for putting up with me... but we celebrated by going to the
North Texas State Fair!
One of my young women was in the Miss Teen North Texas State Fair pageant and we decided to go to support her. Of course, the fair wouldn't be complete without the livestock, rodeo, overpriced food, and kiddie rides. The kids had a blast, it was a perfect Texas evening after the rain cooled us off, and it was nice to spend our anniversary with the most important people in my life!

The Bubbs was our anniversary photographer... this is take #1...

And take #2. Not bad, huh? I especially love how the Buggs is trying to get my chip. Back away from the nachos, baby. I'm very territorial with my cheesy goodness!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Letter to the Bubbs

Dear Bubbs,

Today I took you to your first day of Kindergarten. You have been nothing but excited for the past few weeks, and today was finally the day! Last night I asked you if you were nervous or scared for the day and you told me you were just excited!!

This morning we got up, ate a yummy oatmeal breakfast, got dressed, watched where the bus will come to pick you up tomorrow morning, did your hair, painted your nails, grabbed your backpack and drove to the school. You walked in so confidently and when we got to your classroom, you dropped off your stuff and let go of my hand and sat down at a little table without looking back. Sitting now with your new classmates. New friends in the making.

I stood to the side and watched for a few minutes, but you didn't look back at me. Even though you can be a little shy, today I saw a sure-of-herself little girl, excitement shining in her eyes and a smile on her face. And my hand felt empty. I know you'll still hold my hand and give me snuggles and let me tickle you for years to come, but this is the beginning. A new adventure for our family. You are the trailblazer but next year Sim will join you. And then PJ. And when you're in 5th grade, we'll even be bringing the Buggs.

I only shed a few tears. I, too, am putting on my excited big girl face today. Because I am confident too. Confident that you will grow this year. That you will make new friends and learn new things. Confident that you will make good choices and begin to understand how to rely on Heavenly Father when your mommy & daddy aren't there. Confident that my Father in Heaven will take care of my baby. You have talents to develop and to share - you love reading and coloring and you have a gentle heart and care about helping others and being a friend. As your momma, I know you'll be an asset to your little Kindergarten class. :)

But princess, my hand still feels empty. And there's a void in our house today. We miss you; is it 2:50pm yet? When it is, I'll be waiting for you - ready to hear EVERYTHING about the day and to put that hand of yours right back where it belongs. In mine.

Love always and forever,

PS - had to include this picture. Totally the kind of mom to try to butter up the teacher. Yep, that'd be me. Yep, it's filled with chocolate dipped fortune cookies. Yep, I'm pretty much awesome :) (But most of the thanks goes to the eighteen25 blog for the great idea!)