Wednesday, January 13, 2010

250/365 - Boys Will Be Boys

I didn't pose them.

Okay, fine, I did.

Rockfish Hoke Elementary - Raeford, NC

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

249/365 - My New Friend

So I decided to buy a medicine ball to help me with my workouts. It's been a great investment and I plan on using it a ton to add a new variety to my workouts.

My apartment - Fayetteville, NC

Monday, January 11, 2010

248/365 - Yeah Free Books!

Another teacher got a local store to donate some books for our school and we drew at random for who would get them and I won for our grade level! Gotta love more books!

Rockfish Hoke Elementary - Raeford, NC

Sunday, January 10, 2010

247/365 - LOVE IT!!!

Eileen got me this totally awesome picture frame for Christmas! And I put my favorite picture in it!

My apartment - Fayetteville, NC

Saturday, January 9, 2010

246/365 - ?

I'm not sure where this picture is, but I'll find it. I don't remember skipping a day.


Friday, January 8, 2010

245/365 - Everybody Cut Footloose

Another capture of Footloose Friday. They LOVE it and it's a great sendoff for the weekend.

Rockfish Hoke Elementary - Raeford, NC

Thursday, January 7, 2010

244/365 - Around the World

My kids love to play Around the World. They especially like when I let them be the person who gets to hold the card. I've been drilling them on addition and subtraction facts and the work is clearly paying off. For me, I remember playing all the time at St. Gerard. I've always been good at math, but there were always a few people who were a little bit better. I remember to this day beating Stuart Mora, the smartest kid in my class once. I was 7 years old and haven't forgotten how excited I was!

Rockfish Hoke Elementary - Raeford, NC

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

243/365 - So long, farewell

Today was one of my student's last days. She will be missed.

Rockfish Hoke Elementary - Raeford, NC

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

242/365 - Learning Shapes

Learning how to classify and categorize shapes.


Monday, January 4, 2010

241/365 - Yum

I should be a food photographer. I enjoy taking pictures of the new things I make.

My apartment - Fayetteville

Sunday, January 3, 2010

240/365 - Really!?!

So I've spent ALL day working on school stuff (as I usually do on Sundays) and I was looking up creative ways for my students to practice their spelling words at home, rather than just writing each word 3 times or something lame like that. I begin to type into Google, "fun ways to" and these are the auto suggestions I got. I laughed for quite a while. Oh Google, you are funny.

My apartment - Fayetteville, NC

Saturday, January 2, 2010

239/365 - Hope

2010. The start of a new year is upon us already and now is the time to reflect upon the past year as well as contemplate what we hope the next year will bring. Hope is a powerful tool. Hope is what keeps us moving when we want to give up. Hope is the break of sun through the clouds. Hope is faith holding out its hand in the dark. With so many days left of this new year, there is a lot that I hope to see or accomplish in the many days ahead.

01. Run a 5K (and something bigger if possible.) I want to start small and build from there.
02. Become more of an established photographer. Take more pictures for people. Get my name out there. Inspire people with my work. Begin what I hope to be my professional photography career.
03. Take time every day (even if it's just for a few minutes) to relax and meditate on what I am grateful for.
04. Continue with Project 365 when this batch ends.
05. Travel. There are places I want to go and things I want to see and do, I just hope I have the time and finances to do it. Or maybe the urge will be so strong that I will ignore the time and money factors and do it anyways.
06. Sell some of my artwork (paintings or photographs) and begin to make a profit for what I do.

Hope keeps us hanging on. Hope inspires us to always look for the best that is to come.

My apartment - Fayetteville, NC

Friday, January 1, 2010

238/365 - Lifting

"A cloud does not know why it moves in just such a direction and at such a speed...It feels an impulsion...this is the place to go now. But the sky knows the reasons and the patterns behind all clouds, and you will know, too, when you lift yourself high enough to see beyond horizons."

Here's to a new year and more adventures!

My apartment - Fayetteville, NC

Thursday, December 31, 2009

237/365 - Party

This is how I spent my New Years Eve. Meagan and I woke up early and gutted our apartment. We took most of our clothes out to be washed, bedding, everything. We put it all into plastic bags to trap any fleas that may have been in there. We moved a lot of stuff into the kitchen onto the linoleum and then bombed the apartment. We got this really awesome spray that is supposedly the best on the market. So my day consisted of gutting the apartment, vacuuming and cleaning, spraying everything, sitting at the complex laundry place for several hours, and generally being a grump. Dave and Sally invited me over for dinner and to play cards so I spent the evening with them. As crabby as I was, I knew I didn't want to spend New Years alone!

Happy Near Year! Here's to a clean and flea free apartment!

My apartment - Fayetteville, NC

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

236/365 - Brake Lights

Today Dawn, Kelly, and I spent all day on the road driving back to North Carolina. I spent the entire trip in the driver's seat so I didn't really have much opportunity for taking pictures. I got home at around 10:30 at night to discover that there were still live fleas in my room. Ella has had fleas for about 2 months and we've been doing everything to get rid of them. We completely closed off my room when I left and I was not expecting to find LIVING fleas in there when I got back, especially with about 2 weeks of no contact. I was so frustrated that I cried. Then I went and slept at Laura's apartment with Meagan.

This is probably the poorest excuse for a picture I have ever seen, but it is the only one I took all day. Had I not been so exhausted and upset when I finally made it home, I might have taken some more. We had a smooth drive except for one part when we had to slow down and crawl through the mountains. There was an accident so that's why. After our trip home, seeing brake lights is never a good thing.

I-77 - Virginia

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

235/365 - Standing Solo

I spent my last day in Michigan visiting with friends and family. I made a special trip to Grand Rapids at the last minute to get Eileen some of the black cursive words that I have that are hard to come across. I invited Molly and Arianna to go with me so we could hang out a bit before I headed back down south. When I got back into town, I visited with Allison and the kids for a few then went over to my grandparents' house to go shoot pictures out back. It was finally a sunny day so I'm glad I was able to go. It's beautiful back there and I wish there was more snow, but I got some good shots. For some reason, this picture stuck out to me the most. It always catches my eye to see a single tree.

Solitude can be a very powerful thing. So many of us are ridiculously and completely dependent that we forget how to function alone. Be it on coffee, a friend, chocolate, or whatever guilty pleasure we might have, sometimes it's good to step back and give life a break. Being able to do things independently is incredible and it's good to take a break every once in a while and just have "me" time. When is the last time you were able to do that?

My grandparent's house - Lansing, MI

Monday, December 28, 2009

234/365 - Making Melodies

Today was an all-around wonderful day! I got lunch with Kelly, Niki, and Pat and it was great seeing them again. We had some good conversations and those generally make me happy. Then I went to play Rock Band with Allison and Arianna for a little bit. After that, I met Mrs. P and Carli at Biggby, then I drove to Marshall to get dinner with Leah. It was a non-stop kind of day, but probably the best day I've had of my whole break! Leah got me a harmonica for my birthday and I've been playing it. I'm learning some songs. Baller!!

My room - Lansing, MI

Sunday, December 27, 2009

233/365 - Gorgeous

While driving around the other night, my mom pointed this house out to me. The lady who lives here owns an interior decorating/furniture store. I stopped by tonight to shoot some pictures. I think this is absolutely beautiful.

Walmar Estates - Lansing, MI

Saturday, December 26, 2009

232/365 - Catching Up With Old Friends

Tonight I got to see some of my old buddies from high school. We went over to Kelly's house and ate and drank wine and caught up. The last time I saw them was last Christmas. It's always great to see everyone again!

Kelly's house - Lansing, MI

Friday, December 25, 2009

231/365 - The Reason for the Season

Merry Christmas! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday! Here is a nice obligatory sibling picture on Christmas morning!

My parent's house - Lansing, MI

Thursday, December 24, 2009

230/365 - Mi Familia

We spent the evening at my grandparent's house celebrating Christmas with my dad's side of the family. Here's a nice picture of my family. It's been so nice being home and being able to spend time with them! Can you guess which kid is the mailman's kid? :o)

My grandparent's house - Lansing, MI

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

229/365 - Puppy Love

This picture is precious. Arianna is such an animal lover and you can see it on her face. Love these two.

My parent's house - Lansing, MI

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

228/365 - Warmth of the Season

I played around with my low-light shooting and my tripod around the house to see if I could capture some of the Christmas decorations. I still have a ton to learn about this camera, but slowly I'm getting there. Christmas is at our house this year so my mom put the decorations on the railing. Once it got dark enough, I thought I'd play with my camera. I really really enjoy how this picture turned out.

My house - Lansing, MI

Monday, December 21, 2009

227/365 - Reunited

Today it finally worked out for me to see my munchkins. I met up with them at the Y where Allison was working and they about had a heart attack when they saw me. It's nice to know that someone gets that excited to see me. It really makes my heart smile. We hung out for a bit and went to McDonald's while we were waiting for my car to get fixed. We had a blast and I took tons of great pictures. I always have wonderful days when I'm with these two. It's hard to believe I haven't seen them since July!! You two hold a very special place in my heart. I love you both.

McDonald's - Grand Ledge, MI

Sunday, December 20, 2009

226/365 - Diesel

Today was a great day. I finally got to sleep in a bed and catch up on all of the sleep I didn't get in the car. I went to St. Gerard with the Piecuch's, then out to lunch. It was wonderful seeing them and it made me super happy. They are my favorite and it was great to catch up! I also spent a lot of time playing with the puppy. He's so fun!!

My parent's house - Lansing, MI

Saturday, December 19, 2009

225/365 - Surprise!!

So I was supposed to get home at 3:30am this morning after the drive from NC to MI. Let's just say I got in at 9:30. Not am, but pm. It took us THIRTY hours to make it home. The South and East got hit with a massive snowstorm and the roads were just ridiculous. Not because of the snow, but because of the people. There were trucks jack-knifed all over the place, cars off in ditches, it was just a disaster. We were just into Virginia at 3:30am when we were supposed to be home. I didn't get any pictures because my little camera was dead and my big camera was in the trunk of my car. If I had known this was coming, I definitely would have documented it better. They closed the highway we were going to take so we had to take an alternate route home, which worked, but still!!! I got home and my mom and dad came out to greet me. Then they told me that the rest of my family was home and my brother and sister came walking out of the family room followed by this little guy. He's our new puppy! His name is Diesel and he is a yellow lab. I am in love with him! I love dogs!

Home - Lansing, MI

Friday, December 18, 2009

224/365 - I'm Gonna Knock You Out

Since I was planning on leaving right after school to head back to Michigan, my car was all packed and ready. I decided to bring my Wii and my MacBook inside so they wouldn't sit in the cold all day. I then decided in the afternoon after lunch, I'd hook up my Wii and let my kids take turns boxing. They loved it. It was a very fun afternoon. It's crazy that I won't be seeing them for two whole weeks!!! I hope they each have a wonderful Christmas.

Rockfish Hoke Elementary - Raeford, NC

Thursday, December 17, 2009

223/365 - Shoes

So today was first grade's Polar Express day. We got to wear PJs, drink hot cocoa, watch the movie, and have all sorts of fun. One of my kids wore gorilla pajamas to school so I told him he should wear my monkey slippers. Then one of my girls decides that she needs to wear my shoes. It was cute. Love first graders!!

Rockfish Hoke Elementary - Raeford, NC

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

222/365 - Sunset from School

This evening when I walked outside to get into my car, I thought the sky looked beautiful. Sometimes the prettiest part of a sunset is the pre-dusk sky. I also always love what bare trees look like against the dark blue sky.

Rockfish Hoke Elementary - Raeford, NC

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

221/365 - Dog Like Cat

Ella thinks she is a dog. The little ring that holds my measuring cups together fell off and was on the ground and she went crazy chasing it around. Reminds me of a puppy.

My apartment - Fayetteville, NC

Monday, December 14, 2009

220/365 - A Dutch Christmas

This week at school we did Winter Holidays Around the World. I had Holland, which is where they celebrate St. Nicholas and get candy in their shoes. They loved it!!

Rockfish Hoke Elementary - Raeford, NC

Sunday, December 13, 2009

219/365 - We're Like Totally BFFs

Ella just loves to chat with her friends online. What a little social butterfly. I mean cat.

My apartment - Fayetteville, NC

Saturday, December 12, 2009

218/365 - Christmas Present

Today I finally decided to give myself a Saturday without doing any school work. I ran errands and bought a few Christmas gifts (as well as some super comfy PJ pants from Old Navy) for myself. I figure it's about time I give my pumpkin pants a rest. I was able to put together 7 of my Christmas presents. I am making about 16 and they are slightly time consuming. I made some soup tonight too for Laura and myself and it was delicious. It was perfect because today was a cold day. I finally broke down and turned the heat on.

My apartment - Fayetteville, NC

Friday, December 11, 2009

217/365 - Staff Social

Tonight was our staff social at school. There was a pretty good handful of people there and I had a good time. I was excited about it all day! I love getting dressed up and spending time outside of the normal school day with co-workers. These women are some of our amazing office staff (and a special education teacher) whom I love very much. They are wonderful women and I look forward to seeing them every day. They are always so helpful and have made my first year as a teacher go well. You are all appreciated!

After the party, a few of us went out to Applebee's to hang out and have a drink. It was good times. I'm happy down here!

Rockfish Hoke Elementary - Raeford, NC

Thursday, December 10, 2009

216/365 - Look and Look Again

Part of my purchase at Barnes and Noble was this Santa Clause look and look again book. There were about 45 pictures in it (kind of like Where's Waldo.) I ripped each page out and laminated them for the kids to do with dry erase markers. It's been a huge hit so far which makes me happy!!

Rockfish Hoke Elementary - Raeford, NC

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

215/365 - Books Books Books

So I remember having Snowmen at Night read to me during my time in the College of Ed. I loved the book so much (especially the pictures) that I went out and bought it. I used it for a lesson with my 1-3 graders at Grand Rapids Montessori too. I was at Barnes and Noble tonight playing with the Nook that is finally out (I'm getting one for Christmas) and of course had to look at the books. I've spent several hundred dollars on books in the last month. Whoops. They are all legit purchases though!!

My apartment - Fayetteville, NC

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

214/365 - Temporary Cure-Alls

Tonight I went with Sally to help her pick out a laptop for her husband for Christmas. We look around at Best Buy for a while and finally settle on one. After about an hour we are out of the store. Since it was still kind of early, she asked me if there was anywhere else that I wanted to go. Michael's was just across the street and I needed canning jars for my Christmas presents, we decided to stop there. We were inside for about 20 minutes and headed back to the car. Someone has broken her back window and stolen the brand new laptop right out of her car. I can't believe it happened and it really disgusts me that some people have no morals at all. I just don't understand how people can do something like that. At all, let alone at Christmas. We called her insurance and the cops to file a police report and I got some duct tape and a garbage back to try to cover the window. Oh, did I mention it was raining and tape doesn't work well if it's wet? After a bit, we are somewhat fixed and on our way to drop me off. It's about 10:00 at this point. Not long after I got home, Eileen called me rather upset so I told her I was just going to come over. I passed Sally's house on the way so I kidnapped her and said she could come to our pity party. When we got to Eileen's I made them both hot chocolate with marshmallows and extra creamy cool whip. (Sidenote: there is now Dark Chocolate hot cocoa. I will never drink milk chocolate again. The dark chocolate is much better!) We hung out for a bit and finally decided we should get some sleep since it was a school night and all.

Duct tape and hot cocoa: temporary fixes to life's little problems.

My apartment - Fayetteville, NC

Monday, December 7, 2009

213/365 - Here Fishy Fishy Fishy

I bought one of these little aquarium things that is fake. Ryan LOVED these things and I was going to send this to him for Christmas. I decided to see if Ella liked it and judging by the picture, you can probably figure it out. I put it in my classroom and the kids enjoy it too. I need to buy another one for Ryan. Hopefully his father actually plugs it in and lets him enjoy it.

My apartment - Fayetteville, NC

Sunday, December 6, 2009

212/365 - The Messiah

I went to Duke this afternoon with Dawn and some of her friends to see the Duke Chapel Choir and Orchestra perform Handel's The Messiah. The chapel and campus was beautiful. I'll definitely have to go up there again on a nicer day and take some pictures.

Duke Chapel - Raleigh, NC

Saturday, December 5, 2009

211/365 - Mmmm Chocolate

So I've had a bad last few days. Sally and I decided to make it better by going to Ruby Tuesday and getting dessert. Dessert and good company always makes for a great night!

Ruby Tuesday's - Fayetteville, NC

Friday, December 4, 2009

210/365 - Cat Nap

So this afternoon I was out running some errands. I come home to find Ella taking a nap. I laughed when I saw where she was. I leave my computer shut when I'm not home now. :o) Silly girl!

My apartment - Fayetteville, NC

Thursday, December 3, 2009

209/365 - Boys vs. Girls

So I started giving my kids 5 Minute Math drills every day. I had some time to kill at the end of my math lesson I split them into random groups and cut a strip from the worksheet and gave each team one strip with 10 problems. Each student did one problem and passed it on. It was one of those spur of the moment ideas that was a huge success! The kids loved it! We've been doing 5 Minute Math for almost 2 weeks and every single one of them has improved quite a bit.

Rockfish Hoke Elementary - Raeford, NC

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

208/365 - I'm So Purrrrdy

Steph was playin around with Ella and I had to snap a picture of this face. So funny!

My apartment - Fayetteville, NC

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

207/365 - Quarter of a Century

Today was my 25th birthday. The day started with Pam's first graders coming in with balloons that they had blown up for me. They were tossed into the air and we had about 45 first graders going nuts. There was some "Happy Birthday (cha cha cha)" action and then they left. It made my day!! Before we popped the balloons, I figured I should get some pictures with my kids. I love this picture. Sally gave me a birthday hat and you better believe I wore it all day! I also had a balloon tied around my waist. I'm not obnoxious.

After school about 25 of us went to Crazy Fire Mongolian Grill for me and Laura's birthday. It was really good and I had so much fun. It was great being in such good company. 25 was the best birthday I've ever had. Ever. Thanks to everyone who made it special!!

Rockfish Hoke Elementary - Raeford, NC

Monday, November 30, 2009

206/365 - Whoops

So Steph came down to visit me for my birthday a few days ago! I hadn't seen her since August so it was great to have company! Her car has been acting up and it wouldn't start one night so we had to get it towed. A few hundred dollars later, she was able to go home. The whole ordeal landed me one extra day with her, so no complaints from me! Thanks for coming Steph!!! Love you!

Rockfish Hoke Elementary - Raeford, NC

Sunday, November 29, 2009

205/365 - Cooooookies

Funfetti cake has always been my favorite, but did you know that you can make cookies from the cake mix? It's sooo good, especially paired with Steph's homemade buttercream frosting! Num num num!!

My apartment - Fayetteville, NC

Saturday, November 28, 2009

204/365 - Num Nums

Today I made chicken caesar salad pizza and boy was it phenomenal. I'd make it again for sure!!! I love to cook and I love to photograph it too!

My apartment - Fayetteville, NC

Friday, November 27, 2009

203/365 - Engagement Session

Today was my first attempt at professional photography. I spent all day with Eileen and her fiance Lass taking pictures. We had a great time and I think there are some good shots. This one is my favorites because it is fun. The colors are so pretty and makes me happy! I wish the best to you two! Thanks for giving me this opportunity!

Cape Fear River Trail - Fayeteville, NC

Thursday, November 26, 2009

202/365 - Food Coma

Today we had Thanksgiving at Kelly and Trent's house. Laura's sisters came up too and we had a great time. We stuffed our faces (as per usual), played some games, and layed around and let our food comas take over. It was a great Thanksgiving! There is so much I am thankful for. Life in North Carolina is terrific and I love what I have here. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of my transition.

Kelly and Trent's House - Raeford, NC

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

201/365 - Spectacular Sunset

We've had some gorgeous sunsets lately. Tonight was no exception. I've discovered I get a much better perspective if I go up to the third floor and take pictures. I get a much better reflection in the little bit of water that's on the other side of the fence. This picture makes me happy.

My apartment - Fayetteville, NC

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

200/365 - Bath Time

Wow! Day 200! A milestone!! Not only am I lame, my friends are lame as well. Today was Eileen's turn to give her stuffed animal a bath in my sink. The only difference is hers hasn't had a bath in like 20 years. It was like a whole new stuffed animal. It's about time she made her appearance on my blog. We met a little over a week ago and seem to have found quite the friend in each other which makes me happy! :o)

My apartment - Fayetteville, NC