Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Conferences

Well, it is that time again...report cards are done but I'm in the midst of conferences. I have finished 11 and have 19 to go (13 tomorrow!) So far, conferences have been fairly good. Almost all positive responses (or acceptance) from parents with just occasional questioning of grades. I sat on the right side of the table yesterday and switched sides today and that really helped not stress my back out too much! Learned that lesson from last year! So, if I can make it through tomorrow, I'll be nearly there!


On a brighter note, my friend Kim went to Home Goods with me to help me find kitchen decor last week. We had a nice time looking at stuff and Kim helped me pick out some things that I really like but may not have been brave enough to buy on my own. Although I like color in things, I tend to buy things that are neutral/white/silver/black for some reason. I now LOVE walking into my kitchen (except for looking at all the dirty dishes!) because I have cute decorations around it that also add some color. I tried "grouping" things as best as I could. I'll be adding a few things too like greenery that will make it even better. However, for now, I am proud of what I came up with...with Kim's help!

One end of my itty-bitty kitchen




On top of the fridge...I love the platter! I bought that last summer.




This is my favorite part of my kitchen. I love the white jars with the green ducky. It reminds me of "Make Way for Ducklings" which I loved as a child.


While I was at Home Goods I saw a piece of furniture that I absolutely LOVED. I've always wanted a buffet ever since we had one in PA. I think it's a great place to add some decor to the dining room and a great area to use for entertaining. I tend to like the style better than a hutch and I found the perfect buffet the other day. So, I showed it to my parents who liked it as well and then I dragged Phil down to HGoods and showed him. I asked for it for a Christmas present. :) Although we don't have a lot of room in our current place, there is a spot that it will fit snugly in our dining room. However, after seeing it, Phil told me all of the reasons why we shouldn't get it. One more thing to move, one more thing to get damaged in the move, more money to save for the move etc. I was sad and gave up on the idea of getting the buffet because I saw his reasoning. However, the next day when I came home from work, I walked into my living room and there was Phil, a friend and MY BUFFET! I LOVE IT! It has some nice storage space and actually fits in our present apartment! Although it doesn't match our current table, that will come someday. So, here's a picture of my newest piece of furniture. Hopefully I didn't bore too many people with this blog because it's not really that exciting to anyone but me. Hope you like the pictures though.













My new buffet. Isn't it pretty?

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Museums and Visiting



Well, this weekend, my parents drove back from Phoenix and stayed with us for two nights. Phil was fighting a fever (which I am praying none of the rest of us get) so he stayed home most of the weekend. On Saturday, Mom, Dad and myself drove to LA to visit the Gene Autry Museum. They had an exhibit of Yosemite that was beautiful and a great deal of Native American and History of the West. We saw many beautiful artifacts and had a little fun at the same time. Mom got to star in her very first, very short film while riding on the back of a horseless sadle. As you can see, she was very in character. (You'll have to wait to see...I couldn't get those two pictures to load). I got to ride in my very first stagecoach...that didn't move and Mom and I ended up in jail near the end. We were able to pay off the bailif and exited freely with Dad.

That evening, since Phil was feeling better, we went out to a Japanese restaurant called Yamato's. If you haven't been to one, try it. We had a lot of fun watching the chef prepare our food in front of us and watching him make a flaming volcano with an onion.

Mom and Dad are now gone. I am fighting off Phil's sickness and trying to finish up my report cards. I only have FIVE more comments to write! I can do it!

This will be a pretty intense week at school as I have conferences Tuesday through Friday with 13 on Thursday alone! Hopefully, everyone is receptive to what I have to say. I can't wait for the week after next where I have an ENTIRE WEEK OFF!! YIPEE! Phil and I are going to visit the Kuhner's and I will get to see Baby Rebekah for the first time! I can hardly wait to spend some time with my sister, niece and the rest of the family. It's less than two weeks away!

Sunday, November 05, 2006

The Camps' Playdate

One of the families in our Sunday School class, the Clark's have 3 children: Jordan, Matthew and Morgan. A few weeks ago, Morgan asked her mom, "Mom, when do I get to have a playdate with Megan." Her mom thought about it for a minute and then began asking Morgan which Megan she was talking about. She replied with a few Megans that she knew near Morgan's age. Morgan then said, "No Mom, Miss Megan. She wanted to have a playdate with ME. :) Anyways, her mom mentioned to me when we were down in Mexico a few weeks ago what Morgan had said and I told her I'd have her over for a playdate and we could make cookies. Well, today at church we were talking about it again and Phil said all the kids could come over to hang out after church. So, today Phil and I have our very first "playdate." Or, at least our first in a long time. I don't know how many grown-ups get asked to have playdates but I feel very special. So, if your kids want to have a playdate with us too, maybe all you need to do is ask. We might be up for it. :) We had fun and fed the kids lunch afterwhich, the boys all played videogames and Dance Dance Revolution (DDR) and Morgan and I baked Thanksgiving themed sugar cookies and frosted them. We all had a great time.











Phil and the boys playing DDR
















Morgan and I showing off our beautiful cookies.

















Morgan with her dark brown frosting she created
(you can't see the frosting that's on her face too).