Saturday, October 31, 2009

And this is why I'll never be a first grade teacher...

Happy Halloween!

I went to Bumblebee's Halloween party at school yesterday. Let me be frank: I love my kids. They are, of course, the most amazing children on the planet. Other people's kids are pretty cute too. But twenty four six-year-olds in one setting?

Check it:
*photo of Bumblebee's first grade class:
first grade2

Bumblebee's teacher either has a great prescription for chill out pills, or she's got the patience of a saint. The kids got pencils in their treat bags for the party and she played a CD for them so that they could use the pencils as drumsticks on their desks. Holy Excedrin Headache, Batman...
*photo of Bumblebee and a few of her classmates drumming with their pencils:
first grade3

I left the school feeling dizzy, completely overstimulated, and in desperate need for a nap! I didn't have time for a nap, so I settled for a beer. I'm fairly certain that a teaching career is not in my future.

I get to spend the day with Bumblebee's class again today. We're going to see a production at the children's theater: Ramona Quimby - from Beverly Cleary's books. I'm so excited to see it! But I'll admit it... I'm going to take a prophylactic Excedrin before I leave.

Raise your hand if you thought I meant 'condom' when I used the word 'prophylactic'...

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

A Thousand Words...

wedding conversation

Sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words. Brother Z and his girlfriend came along with us to the wedding this weekend. They spent the past few months on a ‘break’ from their relationship and are recently back together, so it was wonderful to be able to spend time with them as a couple again. They're still in the early stages of working things out. Awkward, tentative, hopeful.

Brother Z took this picture. It’s of his girlfriend and our dad’s wife. They are talking, reconnecting after the time apart. You can see the fondness they have for each other, as they laugh about whatever private joke they are sharing. The autumn colors and the lighting prove that this shot was taken on a perfect, crisp fall afternoon.

What strikes me the most about this photo, though, is that you can see it through Brother Z’s eyes. Don’t you just feel like you’re watching her yourself, from his point of view? It's like when you're searching a crowd and you finally lay eyes upon the one you love from across the room and it gives you butterflies...

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

I Love Family Weddings

My cousin got married this weekend. I love family weddings. Especially ones like this one that had so many great things about it.

First of all, there was this adorable little church in an adorable little Iowa town on a perfect autumn day:
*photo of a small brick church:
church wedding

And then there was the ceremony - officiated by my cousin's husband (does that make him my cousin-in-law?) When he was done, he said, " the power vested in me through the state of Iowa and the world wide web, I now pronounce you husband and wife."
*photo of the bride, groom, and Jim at the altar:
bride groom & Jim

And of course there was a beautiful bride and her handsome groom:
*photo of Jason and Michelle pouring sand into their joint sand jar:
bride and groom sand jar

And the bride's colors were purple and white so I was in love. Because purple, especially this beautiful deep shade of it, is my favorite. And speaking of purple, the bride and groom were transported in style to the reception in this beauty:
*photo of a purple semi-truck with a sign that says 'just married' attached to it:
wedding semi

The reception had everything it needed to be a success:

There were pretty candles and chocolate kisses all along the tables - and a good looking young man thrown in for good measure:
*photo of The Boy at the reception:
the boy reception

There was a handsome guy with his adorable daughter:
*photo of The Husband and Bumblebee:
TH and Bumblebee at wedding

And there were a couple of cousins who don't get to see each other very often, but have fun together when they do:
*photo of Hollywood and David K.:

And finally, there were lots of wonderful family members to hang out with:
*collage photo of many of the K family wedding guests:
wedding family

Congratulations to Jason and Michelle!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

My Desk on a Sunday

Isn’t this picture depressing?
*photo of my desk at work.
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It’s even more depressing since I took it today. On a Sunday. While I was at work. Follow along as I show you how I cope with working on a Sunday.
* not one, but two computer screens so that I can do twice the amount of work:

desk on a Sunday 2
* The phone receiver is off the hook because it is on speakerphone so that I can listen to everyone test the new system together.
desk on a Sunday 3
* McDonald’s caramel lattes are really, really tasty. This cup o’ joe brings my caffeine intake for the weekend up to approximately 780 ounces which equals 6.09 gallons.

desk on a Sunday 4
* My dayplanner is open to SUNDAY. There is a highlighted note on the page. Usually weekend planner pages are blank. Because work and Sunday go together like socks and sandals.
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*This is my fantasy football team roster. It is sitting on my desk so that I can keep track of my score while I am working on a *SUNDAY*
desk on a Sunday 6
*I have the ESPN gamecast of the Packers game on my screen. Not being able to watch the game may be the most depressing part about working on a Sunday.
desk on a Sunday 8

desk on a Sunday 7*Other useful artifacts on my desk: sticky notes, a funky sour patch kids pencil, wasabi & soy sauce almonds, water, my Green Bay Packers mug filled with pens that don’t work and a ruler that I never use, hand lotion to keep my often washed hands from drying up and falling off, and a photograph of The Husband and me on our wedding day. Because when I’m stressed out and working on a Sunday, nothing makes me happier than looking at how young I looked thirteen years ago compared to now, when working all the damn time has made me look old and withered.

Friday, October 23, 2009

It's been a whole lot of crazy around here!

Halloween is coming! I'm so excited. It's such a fun holiday. I mean, would you look at these creepy monster kids I have? How can I not love Halloween?!

*doctored up photo of The Boy looking like a zombie:
Creepy Halloween Boy

*doctored up photo of Hollowood looking like a vampire:
Hollywood Vampire

*doctored up photo of Bumblebee looking like a ghost:
creepy Halloween kid

I’ve been horrible about blogging. Funny how I go in spurts where I write every day for a while and then I go weeks without blogging.

Anyway, I have been very busy at work. A two year project is being completed this weekend, and it’s complete chaos. I had to work last night and will be working tonight and tomorrow night. And also Sunday morning. I don’t typically have to put in weird hours like this at Giant Ass Bank, so thank God for that. Since this is only the second time in 5 years that I’ve had to work on weekends, it’s not all that bad. I will survive. Even on almost no sleep.

But oy! It’s exhausting!

And it’s been raining, raining, raining here. The sun is all sorts of gray and I’m tired of it! I want a pretty sunshiny day, please!

In between poorly timed conference calls this weekend, the family is heading up to my cousin’s wedding. I wish we could spend the weekend there and really relax (read: kick back with several glasses of vino) but it'll be a day trip up to the wedding and back. I'm excited to see my extended family. I’m really very lucky to have the awesome giant family that I was blessed with. And not only because I look ‘popular’ because I have tons of Facebook friends!

I was seriously considering not going up to Jason’s wedding because of this crazy schedule at work. Truthfully, it will be hectic and chaotic. What’s worse, I haven’t even considered what I’ll wear! But… it’s the only thing that I’m looking forward to this weekend, so I’m glad we decided to go. Spending even a little bit of time with family is worth a little chaos.

I’ll try to pop back in soon. And I’ll bring pictures. I haven’t taken any in a while. Which is so unlike me!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Have you ever seen more pinchable cheeks?

This kid is growing up - he'll be a teenager in a few months. Gack! Look at that crazy, wild, bird's nest hair. I don't know what I'm going to do when he loses these cheeks:
*photo collage which includes six closeups of The Boy's face:
The Boy Filmstrip