December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas Everyone!

I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas! Love you all!

8 Things you didn't know!

8 Shows I Watch:
1. Jon and Kate Plus 8
2. Little People Big World
3. Grey's Anatomy
4. All things Food Network!
5. The Hills
6. Ghost Hunters...haha I love that show..
7. Property Virgins
8. America's Next Top Model

8 Favorite Restaurants:
1. Surin West- a Thai/Sushi restaurant in Bham
2. Carrabas
3. Felix's
4. Los Arcos/Alcupulcos
5. Bonefish
6. Beef O'Brady's
7. PF Changs
8. Hunan Wok

...Taco Bell is in their too! Mmmmmm....


8 Things that Happened to Me Today...(not much considering its 10:30 in the AM)
1. Woke up
2. Played with Lexie
3. Read the Newspaper
4. Ate some toast
5. Watched the Rachael Ray show
6. Wrapped one more present
7. Talked to Mom
8. Played on the computer

...all very productive things!!!

8 Things to Look Forward too!
1. Tomorrow!!
2. Seeing Thame on Friday!
3. GRADUATIONNNNNNNNNNN
4. Dave Matthews Concert in April (cause I will be going!)
5. Kendall turning 1!
6. GRADUATIIOOOOOOOONNNN
7. Thame getting accepted to Med School (PLEASE!)
8. Hopefully moving home in the summer!!

8 Things I wish for:
1. a good experience with student teaching
2. to find a good teaching job
3. Thame getting accepted at South for Med School...well anywhere really at this point!
4. To move home!
5. All of my family and friends to stay safe and healthy!
6. a good economy!
7. to one day have a family of my own! (one day!)
8. a partidge in a pear tree!

Once again...MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

December 13, 2008

It's officially Christmas break!!

I'm so relieved this semester is over! I'm officially done with my undergraduate classes at UAB...it's so crazy!! Now its on to my internship next semester and then GRADUATION!!!! I cannot believe it...4 years goes by really fast! I got my student teaching placement today and I am so happy with it! I was afraid that I would get place in an inner city school again because my area code is Birmingham city...which is weird cause where I live is actually considered Homewood, BUT I DIDN'T!! I will be teaching 3rd grade at Rocky Ridge Elementary School in Hoover! I am sooooo excited! I was hoping I would get 3rd grade because I hear a lot of good things about that grade, so I got lucky. Rocky Ridge is a really nice school too...it's very diverse though so hopefully all of my students speak English! Anyway, I'm excited about it so i'll update more on that when I get there!

In other news...I got a nanny job! I will be keeping a little girl named Bayona (weird huh?) Monday through Friday...i'm taking her to daycare in the morning and pick her up when I get out of school and keep her till 6 or so. I'm really excited about it...I babysit her every now and then now so I already know the family and they are great. Both of the parents are residents at Childrens Hospital. She is 18 months old and cute as can be!

Hope all is well!

December 12, 2008

Happy 50th Birthday!!!!

Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to DAD!!! Happy Birthday to you! Hope you have a wonderful day!!!

December 08, 2008

A yummy recipe!

I made this recipe up for the most part and I thought it was really good!!! Thame loved it...he was licking the pan after we ate haha!

Chicken with a creamy mustard sauce:

-Chicken breasts or tenders (however much you think you need...I used 6 tenders)
-spicy brown mustard (3 tbsp)
-garlic (1 tsp.)
-onion (yellow or white)- (1/2 cup)
-heavy cream-( 1/2 cup)
-white wine- a splash
-salt/pepper
-olive oil (2 tbsp)
-butter (1 tbsp)

*Season chicken breast with salt and pepper on both sides. Add olive oil and butter to a skillet. Add the chicken and cook till golden brown on each side. Remove the chicken and keep warm.
*Add onion and garlic to the same skillet and saute quickly.
*Add the splash of wine and boil quickly to thicken and reduce. (1 or 2 min)
*Add cream and mustard and stir together.
*replace the chicken in the skillet and cover with sauce and let it simmer for a few minutes.
*serve and eat!

It was super easy and really really yummy! Enjoy and let me know what you think if you make it!

**Michelle...hope you enjoyed the elf yourself I did of y'all...Thame told me what Garrett thought so I put him in one!

December 04, 2008

Wow, sorry for the lack of updates!

This was the last week of classes for this semester, which means that EVERYTHING was due. Therefore, I was super busy trying to scramble and get things done. I still have 1 final next Thursday and then I will officially be in my internship! I should know something about my student teaching placement in the next week or so, hopefully!

Thanksgiving was great! Just went home for the week and visited with everyone. I am so disappointed in myself for not taking but like 2 pictures the whole time! I promise to take more over the Christmas break. Thame and I put up the Christmas tree this past week and it looks good! I still need to find a tree topper or ribbon or something, cause something is missing and then I will post a picture for y'all. I can't believe Christmas is coming up so soon! I need to start shopping!

Anyway, I hope everyone is doing great and be looking for another post soooooooon.

November 20, 2008

So tired!

Sorry for the lack of updates! It's the last few weeks of this semester...which means EVERYTHING is due. I didn't go to bed till 3:30 last night cause of a project that was due today...and I had to be up at 6:30. Let's just say that I definitely underestimated how long that would take...hopefully I did well. I had my last day at my school this past week. Believe it or not, I think I will actually miss those kids...as bad as they were! Here is a picture of my class!

Sorry it's a little blurry, but you get the idea! Can you pick out the trouble makers?? (you may be able to click on the picture to make it larger)

This weekend consists of homework and babysitting! Yay. I'm babysitting all day Saturday and Sunday...but I gotta be able to buy Christmas presents! Friday night i'm catching up with my old friends from Canterbury (my old job) so i'm really excited to see all of them!

I'm coming home next Tuesday for Thanksgiving and i'll be home till that Sunday. I'm so excited!!!! I have got to get my hair done like something fierce...it is naasssssty! haha!

Enough rambling...not too much to say! I probably just bored you all :)

Have a great weekend! LOVE YOU!


November 12, 2008

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to MOM Happy Birthday to you!!!! Have a wonderful day! LOVE YOU!



On a side note...my teeth are killing me!!!!! My bottom front teeth feel like i could just pull them out...literally! They are wiggling! If I lose my teeth I will freak out. I'm going to the dentist tomorrow so keep me in your thoughts! AH!!

November 08, 2008

YAYYYY!!!!

I passed my comps!!!!!!!!!!! I can officially student teach now!!!!!!

November 01, 2008

Halloween ridiculousness...



Happy late Halloween everyone!! Thame and I had a great time...and we looked great too :)



Oh! I just wanted to let y'all know that if you want to comment on my blog than you can't respond to the email that gets sent out. That just tells you that my blog was updated, to comment you have to go to my actual blog page and hit comment on the blog and then you can either comment as annonymous and write your name in the message or get a google name and then comment. Just thought I would share cause my mom told me some were having difficulties! I would love to hear what y'all have to say!!!



Here are a few more pics to leave you with :)



October 28, 2008

Fun weekend!


I had a great time in Mobile this past weekend...wish I didn't have to come back to Birmingham... :( BUT oh well! Friday night we (Me, Thame, Mom, & The Chavers Fam) went to The Melting Pot in Pensacola for dinner. It was SO yummy! I could have eaten just the cheese and bread and been happy...it was delicious and such a fun way to eat! I couldn't do it often, though! Here is a pic of me and Thame at dinner....


Saturday we just watched the game...the horrible game, mind you! Geaux Tigers anyways! We ate lunch with the Dougherty's (thanks for the burgers, they were delicious!!) and Miss Kendall is getting so big and so cute! Then we babysat baby Fisher that night...and of course I had to act as the papparazi (?) and took a million pics of him and his cute self! He is getting so chunky, I just love it! He has wrist rolls!!!! :) (He loves his aunt! haha...love that bib!)



Sunday we went to Woofstock. It was fun, there were SO many dogs...Thame has now found the next dog that he wants...a great dane! Could you see me with a small pony of a dog??? Haha I could ride him to class! Save on gas, though! Hahaha! Lexie behaved much better than I had
anticipated...the only dog she barked at was Murray, which is crazy!! She remembered that she did not like him the first time they met. It was so crazy because of the hundreds of dogs there, he was the only one she barked at! I love Mr. Murray, though! He is a lap dog...a giant one!
Overall, it was a wonderful weekend...i'll be back at Thanksgiving!! One month!

LOVE YOU ALL!

October 19, 2008

Look what me and Thame did!





We carved pumpkins! (mine is on the left and thame's on the right) Mine says Happy Halloween if you can't tell...that was reallllllllly hard to do! My hand hurts! Thame's is so cute! It's a little monster.

Also...here is a new video of Lily and Lexie playing...it's funny!




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October 17, 2008

24 pages later...

And I am done with Comps!!!! I am sore from writing so much, haha! I had to write 3 essays in 3 hours with no breaks. I should get my results back in about 2 weeks or so and if I need to retake any part of it I can in November. The retake rate is as high as 60% so they evidently are very picky in their grading policy. I feel very confident on two of my essays and then the last one I wrote I am okay with...hopefully they are all good enough and I won't have to do it again. The good thing is I only have to retake the parts that I did not pass. Anyways, I will let y'all know when I get the results back! If you ever want to know about my personal teaching philosophy, lesson planning, or a comprehensive reading program I am sure I can help you :)

I also started my full days at the school this week. Let me tell you...it was a LONG week. I taught my first math lesson Thursday. It went well, I just introduced the lesson and then broke them into learning centers and worked one-on-one with small groups. I enjoyed it and the kids seemed to get what I was teaching, so that's good! I confused myself at one part during my whole group lesson and I was just like..."yeah ignore that.." ha I felt stupid. I'm really enjoying it, I have an excellent teacher that I am with and a great class...especially to be inner-city. I'm still trying to remember the kids names...I have a Kentaveyon, Keyonteze, Kenneth, Kamryn, Kendall, Aerial, Aislynn, Ashley, Aleycia, Antonio, Darrell, Damien, Jamayah, Jakeria, Jaleel, Teresa, and little man Tyler. WOAH! They get confusing...especially the first 2. They are too cute, though. I'm gonna get a picture with them soon and i'll post it.

Not a whole lot going on this weekend...sad the Chavers family isn't coming to visit anymore :( I cannot believe my little man Fisher is 6 weeks old already!! I cannot wait to see him next weekend!!!!!! And the beautiful Kendall is already like 8 months old!! Ahh time is going by too fast! Oh, i'm coming home next weekend! I'm taking Lexie to the Woofstock thing going on downtown in her Halloween t-shirt haha! But yeah I am just laying low this weekend...it's Homecoming, but UAB is doing terrible in football, so I almost don't even want to go to the game tomorrow...we will see! I have to babysit on Sunday, but other than that I will just enjoy my weekend! I need to get back to my workout...I have slacked all week because of comps!

OH and Thame had his interview with UABSOM (UAB School of Medicine)! He looked great in his suit and said that he felt really good about it. I am so proud of him! South should have all of his stuff by Monday so hopefully he will get an interview there soon!!! Pray that he gets in this year and he/we don't have to go through another year of waiting!

Have a wonderful weekend!! LOVE YOU ALL!

OH and HAPPY 16th BIRTHDAY TRENT!!

October 10, 2008

Only 154 more days till I graduate...

This was a long week!! I had 3 midterms, 2 on back to back! Blah! SOOO sick of school! I am done with all but one of my classes now, though, until end of November! Yay! I am officially in the teaching phase of this semester. I am at Avondale Elementary all day Tuesday through Thursday, picking up a lesson each week until I teach all day by myself! I'm nervous!!!!! Did I mention it is inner-city? I just have to keep telling myself that these are the kids that need me most! They are sweet, though. I am in a first grade classroom and I have 18 students! Tuesday I start teaching math...Mr. Kevin, you may be getting some phone calls!!!! I'm also tutoring with a program called Better Basics in another inner-city school. It is the saddest looking place ever, the building is falling apart...the kids are in 4th grade and are on a 1st grade reading level. It is sad. Anyway, I am ready for school to be over!

This weekend will consist of studying for the Comps. I take the comprehensive exam next Friday, which a test that covers every single education class I have ever taken at UAB. I have to pass it to student teach in the spring, so it is like really important. We have 3 hours to answer 3 questions that each have to be at least 8-10 pages. That is like 30 pages of writing in 3 hours in case you didn't catch that. It takes me like 3 days to write a 4 page paper and I have 3 hours to write 30 pages!!! WHAT were they thinking! And giving this to us right after midterms?????! UAB School of Ed. needs to rethink their whole program. It is so unorganized! Well, keep me in your thoughts and wish me luck!

Love you all!


October 06, 2008

Check out Thame's new suit!


Thame got his suit this past weekend for his med school interviews. He has his interview with UAB on the 16th, so wish him luck!! He is nervous, but so relieved to have gotten one! I am SOOO proud of him! He looks so handsome :) I love the tie! I picked it out...



I am attempting to train for a half marathon walk/run that Mom wants me to do with her. I did a 6 mile walk/run this morning in 57 min!!!! I am excited! Although, I am feeling the effects of it now. My hips hurt SO bad!




I have a test tomorrow...wish me luck!! I'll probably update later on this week, I just wanted to show y'all Thame's new suit. Have a great night!

October 05, 2008

And because I did one for Lexie...I have to do a post for Lily now!




Lily is Lily. Haha! She is crazy...but so sweet when she wants to be. I have had her for a little over 2 years now. Here is a pic of her the day I got her...
She is still pretty small, but bad as ever. She used to play all the time until I got Lexie, but Lexie will not let her play without attacking her! They love each other though...just watch the video and you will see :).



video

Lexie Lou!




I thought I would add some cute pictures on my little Lexie, or miss priss! This is her Halloween t-shirt I got her the other day at target. SO CUTE! She hates it!! Haha! She just had her 1st birthday on September 23rd. I can't believe I have already had her for almost a year! Time flies! Look how tiny she was (at the top)!!!

First time blogger...

I know I probably won't have much to talk about, but I created a blog to keep up with what's going on in my life! I just went to Break n' Bread, which is like a taste of Mobile kind of thing, where a bunch of restaurants come together and you can taste all of their food. It was fun! I'm excited to know of some new restaurants to take the fam to when they come visit Bham. My recommendations:
  • Kathy G's
  • Hot & Hot Fish Club
  • Ocean
  • Irondale Cafe
  • Open Door Cafe'
and pleeeeeennnnttty more! So whoever comes to visit me, we will have to try those places!