Friday, November 26, 2010

After Thanksgiving loves.

Hi all,

I had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday this year and I hope you had the same. We ate some great food prepared by my mom, my dad even came over and spent the holiday with us. Thank God everyone survived the day. lol. It was a great holiday with family and friends and I had a great time playing bingo with Collin, Chantel, and Nate.

My cousin Collin and Me playing with photobooth.

I also welcomed my first god-daughter, Leah Camille Gaston, on November 24th. She weighed 6 lbs 35 oz. She is the most precious little thing I've seen in a long time. I've been spending lots of time with this one in the last few days. I have to freshen up my baby skills. My youngest god-son is 6 now so it's been awhile.

Leah Camille in the hospital

The thing I love about this time of year is the point right after Thanksgiving until right before Christmas. What I love about after thanksgiving is the holiday music and christmas lights. This is my favorite time of year. Not just because my birthday is in two weeks......but because everyone tends to be in a better mood, people are nicer, and more caring, and the world seems to become a better place to be. At least to me. Oh and also because I get two more weeks off work for Christmas..........Teaching has a few perks.

I will be post Christmas cards starting on Monday so get ready for that. And expect to see Miss Leah's face around here as well.

Hugs & Ciao.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

Hi there, and Happy Thankgiving.

Today I'm relaxing at home cooking pecan pies, my holiday celebration food contribution, lol. Also my dad and I are in the craft room making christmas cards. Want to see what we've done???

What do you think? We're pretty creative, if I do say so myself.  Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. Hope you all enjoy your day with friends and family. I'm off to enjoy some great food courtesy of my mom. Love her.

Hugs & Ciao.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

New Layout: My Boys + Glee!

HI all.

This marks my first blog post since going on Thanksgiving break. Oh the benefits of being a teacher. But here it goes. My little brother Taylor came into my office the other day with these pics of him and my first god-son Landon. These pics are at least 5 years old but they reminded me of when my babies were little and so so cute. They are still cute, btw. But I just loved these pics and they screamed scrapbook me. Now I'm not a huge scrapbooker. This is only my 4th layout that I've ever attempted but I say it's my 3rd since my first one was so horrible (Let's just not mention it at all) but I've gotten better every time I've attempted a layout and I absolutely love this one. Plus I got to use some of my PapertreyInk goodies on it, namely the banner dies.

Sorry for the poor picture quality. I took this with my iphone. I'll post a better pic later this week.


Papertrey Ink - Stampers Select White cardstock, Banner Builder Collection Dies, buttons, large scallop border die.  Stampin' Up! - Pear Pizzazz, Not Quite Navy, Peach Parfait, and Real Red Cardstock, Pear Pizzazz, River Rock, Sahara Sand Classic Ink. Making Memories - Big Kids Boys 8x8 Paper Collection & stickers, EK Success - Large Scallop Embossing border punch, The Twinery - Marischino Twine, Recollections - Alpha Clear Stamps (from my stash & purchased at Michaels)

I just finished up some grad school homework and was checking out my google reader when I came across this great video via Glee. Now I'm not a huge fan of TV at all. I don't get the opportunity to watch much of it but I'm a musical theatre junkie (My fav is Cats and I have it on VHS - don't laugh. ha!). So enjoy.

That's all for now. Ciao.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Why I love my Job....


Coming from a corporate background where the money was great, the perks were awesome, and the stress level was crushing, I looked at teaching as something I never thought I'd be doing. I always knew that I didn't want to be a teacher, even when I didn't know what else I wanted to do either. Everyone that I'd ever encounter always told me that I needed to be a teacher. I've always been a people person and I've always been a lifelong learner.  Truth be told,   Teaching has been the most rewarding, fulfilling job that I've ever had.

I was a pharmacy recruiter right before I got my first teaching job. I'd been working there about 1.5 years when the economy tanked. I'd been doing very well up until that point even obtaining my first promotion within 6 months of starting that job, however when the economy went south so did my commission, and so did my job security. I knew it was a matter of time before I was let go and I knew I didn't want to be behind a desk anymore. I'd had enough of being on the telephone and the computer screen for 8 hours a day 5-6 days per week. I had to make a move and I wanted to make one that I could be happy with and for a long long time. I started looking into alternative certification programs here in Texas since I already had my bachelor's degree.

Now here is where God stepped in. I didn't know when I was going to be let go I just knew it was comming eventually so I started making my back up plan. I contacted the certification department of PISD (after having tried another program and hating it) and submitted all my paperwork. I wasn't accepted right away because I never took the THEA College Entrance test (I was exempt because of my SAT scores) and these scores were among the criteria for acceptance into the program. I signed up for the test and submitted my scores, was accepted, and scheduled my start date. A few weeks later my start date rolls around and I'm excited. The certification specialist advised all of the participants to keep their jobs until they had secured another position within the district so the certification classes were all scheduled at night.  I went to work at 7:30 am, was laid-off at 9:00 am, and started my program at 5:00 pm that evening. I literally started my Alternative Certification Program the same day that I was laid-off. It was hard packing up my cubicle (So glad I no longer have a cubicle!!) and driving home while everyone else was on their way to work, but the pain of being asked to leave was softened by knowing that I was on my way to a career that I'd love.

And loving my career is a huge understatement. Teaching is challenging, rewarding, and asks so much more of you than simply teaching a student how to spell, write in complete sentences, and know the difference between an article and an adjective. I've heard stories like this more often than I'd like and it's so hard to process that information, try to help in any way possible, and maintain some sort of detachment when I go home, but I do my best and I try my best and I give all that I have everyday; The rewards come with every student who trusts me with their story and the angry kid who breaks down in tears and hugs me, and tells me that no one has every made them feel as safe as they do when they are in my class. I get those rewards everyday and they mean more to me than any bonus that someone can pay me. (Although a bonus would certainly be awesome....ha ha!!). I love my job, I love my school, I love my colleagues, and I love my students. It doesn't get any better than that.


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Monday, November 8, 2010


Have you seen the "New" release sneak peaks. OMGoodness. I have my eye on this right now.


Banners are the hottest thing right now and I'm just loving the fact that Papertrey is jumping in on this trend. I'm sure this stamp set will be one of my favorites. Hopefully there will be a matching die. *I swoon.


In the words of Rachel Zoe, "I die". Seriously.


You can't help but love the mat stacks. They are super awesome and a must have for cardmakers like myself. I simply can't wait until the 15th.

Enjoy. Ciao.