Sunday, April 30, 2006


I'm redoing our upstairs loft into a guest bedroom and I'm SO excited because we finally have the bed (minus the mattress) and the armoiour (SP???) also known as a case you can't figure out what I'm trying to spell. IF anyone knows the spelling of that word, please let me know! I haven't been able to figure it out. Our great friends, Michael & Emily, helped us transport the bed & armoiour down to our place. They look AWESOME! Once I get it all decorated, I'll post pics. :) I'm so excited about redoing this loft. I LOVE stuff like this.

So, if anyone want's to come visit...just let us know. I guess you should wait till we get the mattress though as it's a little hard on the boards at this point.

Ready for a new week tomorrow. Can't believe there's only 7 weeks of school left!! This year's FLOWN by.

Friday, April 21, 2006

Funky Munkyz

My whole class with their monkey masks on. We even had tails!

Well, today at school we had a Tri-"R"-Athon. I had no idea what one was until this year. The kids all get sponsered and collect pledges from adults. Then, at school, they run laps for 20 minutes, read for 20 minutes and do math pages for 20 minutes. Each page they read counts as a "lap" and each page of math they complete counts as a "lap." They then collect the pledges for the school. Our's is going to our computer lab and to purchase new computers. Well, anyways, they wanted each class to have a team name and good team spirit. I decided to leave it up to the kids to choose the name because then they'd be more behind it. They selected a bunch of silly names but settled on the Funky Monkeys. We made a class banner that had Monkies spelled wrong to make it a little funkier. The kids all helped make vines for the classroom and brought in stuffed animal monkies. Our room mom (who is awesome!!) voluntered to make fur tails and wristbands for the kids and to tie-die strips of t-shirts for headbands for the students. My class threw this together in 2 days and I must say they did a GREAT job. They were very gung-ho about getting to dress up and they did really well in all of the events. Check out the pictures. :) I also have head-shots of each student making a monkey face but I can't post their faces on the internet w/o parent permission.

One of my boys taking his math test w/his monkey mask on. (We all had matching monkey masks).

My classroom with all my little Funky Monkies & decorations

Me with my monkey face...the kids' turned out SO much better!

Our class "mascot" for the day

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Easter Beach Trip

Here's a few pics Phil & I took at the beach today after church. We had a beautiful drive out the 126 to Ventura.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

June Mountain Vacation

Well, Phil and I just returned from a wonderful trip to one of our favorite places ever, June Mountain. We were planning on leaving EARLY Saturday morning but we didn't make it to bed until pretty late so when the alarm went off, the eyes stayed shut. We ended up with a nice leisurly drive (Phil volunteered to drive the whole way!) and ended up in June too late to snowboard that day. We had plans to get on the mountain early pretty much every day but needless to say, sleep won out each morning. Sunday I didn't feel really well so I only boarded about 4 runs then waited at the lodge for Phil. The snow was pretty icy that day too. After a very relaxing Sunday afternoon and evening we headed up to the mountain the next morning around 10. The snow was MUCH better because it had snowed about 2-3 inches overnight. We had a fabulous day boarding all over the mountain until one of the screws fell out of Phil's bindings!! Aaagghhh! We ended up leaving the mountain and heading to Mammoth to purchase new bindings for Phil.

While in Mammoth we drove up to the Mammoth resort and took pictures with the MOUNTAINS of snow at the parking lot level!!!! It's even deeper higher up the mountian. Check out the pictures of Phil and I posing next to the snow in the parking lot. Also, look at the stairs that are supposed to be going DOWN and instead the snow leads you up!! Crazy huh? Mammoth will be open to July 4th at least. June Mountain always closes April 20. :(

While in Mammoth I saw many people with the typical snowboarder/skier tan. The area around their eyes is white and their cheeks, nose and the rest of the face is tan. I pointed it out to Phil and kind of laughed about it because people who have goggle tans look like they have dirty faces. Well, this morning when I woke up and looked in the mirror I realized that I have a nice raccoon-like face just like the boarders I saw up in Mammoth. Only, at this point, my cheeks are pink with sunburn instead of brown with tan. Let's just say it's very noticeable. Oh well, I guess it makes me look like a true snowboarder. I posted a picture of the raccoon face & my new haircut. Not a great picture...but the best I could get of both the face & haircut.

Our last exciting part of the trip was on Tuesday, our final day on the mountain. Phil and I decided we would try skiing since both of us started with snowboarding and had never been on a pair of skis. We rented skis for a half-day and enjoyed the challenge of learning a new activity. We both did really well considering we had no lessons and had to figure everything out by ourselves. The hardest part was learning how to get up after falling and learning how to stop. On the runs we did, we only fell a few times. We made it down one of the longest runs on the mountain without falling at all! and we both completed a blue run (a medium difficulty level). We both had a great time skiing but agreed that we definitely wouldn't stop snowboarding.

All-in-all, we had a wonderful time relaxing, snowboarding and just enjoying each other's company. I can't wait to do it again next season!

Our kitty, Puma, was very excited when we got home and wouldn't stop meowing at us even after we had unloaded the car and came inside. She was thrilled that we were home. She's currently laying across my lap, asleep, as I type this blog. :) What a cutie!

Friday, April 07, 2006

Haircut, Newborn & Packing

Today I cut my hair! and I've decided I like it. :) (It's always a little scary getting my haircut...never know if I'm going to like the results or not). I cut probably 5-6 inches off. It's now just below my shoulder. I'll post pictures at a later time. Gotta pack for our trip tomorrow.

I also got to see baby Natalie, Kirstal and Shawn this morning. Natalie was SOO precious and I really enjoyed getting to hold her and enjoy the comfort that a content newborn brings. Kristal and Shawn, you sure have a keeper!!! I can't wait to see Natalie again.

Off to pack...the downside of going on trips

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Spring Break Relaxation (& Shopping)

Well, I've been finding out how dangerous it is to be on Spring Break when both I and my husband have jobs. Monday I cleaned the house all day. Tuesday I shopped and today I shopped. *Big grin* I tried to be very careful in what I spent but I've been wanting to "decorate" the house more to make it feel more homey. I'm a bargain hunter through and through. I've wanted to puchase some flower arrangments for the condo but when I look at the pricetags they're between $30-90! No way am I paying that price. So, I hunted hard today and created my first two floral arrangments after much hemming and hawing. I think they turned out well and best of all, Phil liked them too! He's pretty honest when it comes to things he likes and doesn't like so I was happy to hear that he liked my choice of flowers and containers.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Happy Birthday Kristin!

I want to wish my wonderful friend Kristin a happy 24th birthday! Kristin and I have been friends ever since she introduced herself to me at church the day after I moved to CA! Wow...this August it'll be 9 years! The memories we have together have been fun and meaningful. Kristin is a truly faithful friend who is dependable, kind, God-honoring and a KEEPER. :) Here are some pictures of a few memories we've shared. (Too bad I don't have any cross-country ones or Hawaii pictures on my computer.)

Beth, Kristin, Michaela, & me

Memories of times with Kristin: (just to name a few)
Church-1st time meeting
Cross-country (getting lost!)
10-12th grade-lots of fun memories!
Hanging out at my house-flooding the bathroom! hahaha
Hawaii with your grandparents-that was SO much fun
Visits to Santa Rosa, Redding & Santa Clarita-we've both taken a few road trips huh?
You visiting my "ghetto" apartment-no comment
Wedding dress shopping-you helped pick the winner!
Wedding shower-you planned
Wedding week-you helped so much!
Wedding bridesmaid/singer-you were wonderful...and so much more!!!

Beth & Kristin at the fair

Kristin, thanks for being a faithful friend!

Kristin helping make favors for my wedding.

Kristin & her mom at Sarah Roebers' wedding.

Kristin, I want you to know you are loved and remembered by me even if we don't get opportunities to see each other very often! Have a great birthday!