Sunday, July 31, 2011

Sunday Funday

Today my sister and her family came to visit me in Raleigh.  :)  I love spending time with them.  We had lunch at The Diner on Glenwood Ave, hit the NC Museum of History, and finished up with a special trip to the Lego Store. :)

First was lunch.

James...He was a bit naughty at the restaurant!

My sister Jaclyn and brother-in-law, Jim.

Not the greatest picture of me, but I love any picture with my niece and nephew. :)
Of course they needed gumballs after lunch.

Lunch was good, but when we were walking back to the car I slipped on the steps (wet from the rain) and I fell backwards down the steps.  Fortunately, I didn't hurt my back and just skinned my elbows.  My niece worries at the sight of blood and asked if I was going to die.  Poor kiddo!!!  I hate that she has that kind of fear.  Jaclyn has like three first aid kits in her car and cleaned me right up.  What a great big sis!!! :)

Then we were off to the museum.  :)   We limited out visit to an hour.  With a 4 and 6 year old in a history museum, an hour is pretty much the limit.  We're going to make a few trips back until we see everything.  :)  My camera died, but not before I got a few pictures.


Royce and James liked the cow display best.  Did you know a cow can produce 6 gallons of milk a day?!  Wow!!

After the museum, we made our way to the Lego Store at Crabtree Mall.  That place was crazy!  Kids galore and loud loud loud voices! :)  I didn't mind it though.  I like seeing kids excited and enjoying themselves.  My nephew LOVES legos.  And those things are not cheap!  He loves the Lego Deathstar from Star Wars and it's $400!!!!  Who in the world would buy something like that?!  Jim and Jaclyn spent $65.  That's a lot of money for plastic!  The kids were building people so I took a couple pics on my cell.

We had a really great day together.  Jaclyn, Jim, and I all had a good laugh about the cooler they packed for the trip.  Here's what they had: coke, lemonade, crackers, energy bars, granola bars, leftovers from the restaurant, a pack of water, and mini bags of chips.  They live an hour from me!!!!!!  CRAZY!  But with kids, I guess you never know what you may need for a quick day trip! :)

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Saturday, only the BEST day of the week! :)

Sleeping in, sigh. I don't think I could be any happier right now.  :)  I love going to bed on a Friday night and not having to set my alarm for the morning.  Just knowing that as I snuggle myself into my blankets I can just sleep is the best feeling to me!  No schedule, no plan, just SLEEP.  This morning I rolled my lazy bones out of bed at 9:30.  And I feel great!!  I'm currently lounging on the couch, having my morning cup of coffee, watching an old favorite on T.V., Fried Green Tomatoes.  I love this movie.  :)  Saturday is and will always be my favorite day of the week. :)  I don't know what I'm going to do when I have kids one day and can't sleep in, or worse, take random weekend naps anymore?!  No weekend naps?!!!!!???  I just can't imagine not having those!! hahaha  :)

Anyway, I'll catch you up on what's been going on with me.  I just wrapped up my third week of school and I am so pleased with how everything is going with my 22 kiddos.  I have such a great group of sweet, respectful, and CUTE kids.  My co-worker, Megan, who is a 2nd grade teacher and my track-mate (we're both on track 2) has a son and he's in my class this year!  He is such a great kid and I am so happy to have him in my class.  It's the first time I've ever had a teacher's child in my class.  :)  I couldn't ask for  a better teacher's kiddo to have!!!!

Speaking of school, we've been so lucky to already have our first outbreak of lice in 2nd grade.  AHHHH!!!! Not in my class, PHEW, but still in 2nd grade.  The minute you hear that lice is making it's way to clean heads (that's what lice prefers)  your head starts itching.  And me being super paranoid, thinks I have it when my scalp itched ever so slightly.  When I was in 2nd grade I was lucky enough (yeahhhh, suuuuuuure) to get lice.  And not just once, several times!  My mother had lost her mind by the time time she finally got rid of it!  Poor girl, with 7 kids how in the world to you keep that under control?!  My older sisters were mean to me too (I don't believe they ever got it) and referred to me as "licer."  Wahhhhhhhhhhh, meanies!!!!

So, besides creepy, crawly bugs making their way from head to head, last weekend was a BIG weekend for two very special 4 and 6 year olds.  That's right folks, my niece and nephew's joint birthday parties!!  Whoo-hoo!!  Talk about a great time for James and Royce.  Not only did LOTS of their friends come from their preschool classes, but they were lucky enough to have Nana, (my mom)  Papa, (my dad)  Aunt Dean (sister, Shannon), Aunt Lullabell, (sister, Courtney)  Uncee Roy, (little bro)  and of course Mitz (ME..AKA Aunt Mitzy) there to join in on the celebration.  :) (YES, I am aware that we all have unusual names that our niece nephew call us it.  It's a family thing!!!!)  And what a celebration it was.  Between the princess theme, Star Wars theme, lion pinata, and tasty food, it was a fun party.  All of the parents stayed (of course, since the kids are still too young to just drop them off and go) and it just made me excited to be a mom one day and see my children so excited to be at a party. :)  Here are some pictures from the party.  I like to include photos not just because pictures freeze the moment in time, but also because my younger sister, Dominique lives in Alaska and doesn't get to see the kiddos often at all!  Here you go Domi!!!!!!

Royce--the big 4 year old


Singing happy birthday to the kids.  James looks so sweet.  He's bashful in this picture.  

It's was soooooo hot outside.  The party had to be held inside.  Hence the indoor pinata!


 Royce :)

 James and Aunt Mitzy

I love my nephew so much!!

 Little fishy face

 Royce playing with her birthday toys.

James and Aunt Dean (AKA Shannon)

It was so nice to be able to spend time with the kiddos last weekend AND to see my family.  And I was ever so luck to partake in a very special sleepover with my nephew Saturday night.  How lucky am I??!!  This weekend I'm also lucky enough to have another visit with the kiddos when they come to Raleigh tomorrow for a family visit!  YES!!!!  I'll definitely post more pictures of whatever our adventures may be.

My weekends have been filled with lots of family time and I couldn't be happy. :)  I'm also happy to announce that I am going to be moving in about a month!!!  I'm moving in with my very sweet friend, Yazmeen.  But not only will I be living with her, I'll also be living with Ace Man Jr.  Oh who is Ace Man Jr. you ask?  Well take a look!

Acey Pooh!!!!!

This sweet picture was taken at Lake Gaston on the boat.  Ace is looking so sharp in his float coat!!! :)

I'm really looking forward to my new living adventure with Yazz!  :)  Here's a picture of us at our dear friend, Celeste's Kentucky Derby themed bridal shower.

And so I must end this post.  I have t say it's taken me almost two hours to write because I'm watching the movie and blogging at the same time.  That's okay though.  I'm relaxing and enjoying my Saturday morning. It's about to get busy though.  PACKING TIME!!!!!!!  See you soon!!! :) 

Wednesday, July 27, 2011


My friend, Amanda is a blogger just like me.  She did the same 30 day challenge I did and is currently working on a 30 day clothing challenge.  She sent me a couple links of fun blogging topics.  I took a peek and I found some really neat topics to write on.  For my first topic this is what the prompt generator gave me:

What was your first car?

Well first of all I should tell you that I didn't get my driver's license until I was 20 year old.   Actually it was 2 weeks before my 21st birthday.  I can't believe I was so old!  My older sister Courtney took me.  It was kind of random.  I already knew how to drive, and had my permit like 6 different times since I was 16, but I never bothered getting my license.  It mostly had to do with the fact that I knew my parents weren't going to buy me a car, (they paid for college instead)  and living in the dorm, and later close to campus in an apartment, made it so I didn't need a car.

However, I knew that eventually I would have to get my license and a car.  One afternoon my sister, Courtney he was like, "Want to get your license today?" I remember we got there before the DMV opened and she had me practice parallel parking.  I did well and knew I was ready.  When I took the actual test though I did a crappy job at parallel parking but the guy still passed me anyway. Oh, and just so you know, I'm pretty good at parallel parking and don't mind having to do it at all. ;-)  

Okay, enough about that and on to my first car.  The last semester of college was my student teaching.  I had two placements.  First, I student taught in 3rd grade, and then I moved on to 6th.  I moved back home with my mom and dad to student teach because it was easier.  For the first part of my student teaching my mom drove me every single day.  That's right.  She dropped me off each morning and picked me up after school.  And to be honest, I didn't mind it one bit.  I didn't have a car yet and it's not like I could just keep my mom's car all day while she sat at home.

Now, while in my first student teaching placement, my sister Jaclyn (who lives in Burlington) was in the process of buying a new car.  She wanted to get rid of her old one, but instead of selling it, she gave it to my mother for my sisters and me to use.  My mom agreed and met her halfway to pick up the car.  (If you've forgotten, my parents live in WV.)  It was registered and all that jazz and then there was a car.  At first Courtney used it, but then somewhere in the mix it became my car.  This was right around the time my first teaching placement was ending and my next one in 6th grade was beginning.  When the 2nd placement started I used the car and took myself to and from the middle school each day.  I drove that car through the remainder of my student teaching and for a little while after.  At the end of December (I graduated in 3 1/2 years so I had a December graduation)  I moved to Alabama for a few months and the car was passed back to Courtney where it lived out the remainder of its days.

Anyway, for the actual car.  It was a 1989 baby blue Toyota Corolla.  Ohhhh yeah!!  Here's a picture of the car.  (Note: this is not an actual picture of my car, just one I found on the web)

Isn't she a beaut?!  :)   I actually LOVED driving this car.  It was the best for parallel parking and there were no blind spots in this car.  Oh, and the heat worked AWESOME!  :)  However, there were some downfalls to the car.  To start, when Jaclyn owned the car she had a CD player installed in it.  Where she lived she parked along the street, and one night some people busted in the window and stole the CD player and all her CDs.  She never had it replaced so there was no music to cruz to.  Don't think for a second this didn't stop ghetto fabulousness from taking affect.  Courtney had an old cd player and speakers so we used that when we drove the car.  Hahahahaha, how ghetto!!!  Another thing about the car was the pick up, errrrr, or lack there of.  Living in WV you are faced with many inclines on the interstate.  Well this old girl struggled to make her way up hills.  The gas petal would be all the way to the floor and the car was barely scooting along.  About halfway up the hill the car would finally pick up speed.  And really I didn't mind it one bit!  That car was good to me and I loved it. :)  I wonder what ever happened to it?  At 22 years old I can't imagine it being anywhere but the dump!  

So there you have it, the story of my first car. :)  

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

School and Family

So this blog is going to be a two parter.  I'm going to go all cheesy for the 1st part.  I took some pictures of my classroom last week on the first day of school.  I don't typically take pictures of my classroom, but I had this day so I could show Guillermo what my "school world" looked like.  Let's just say I never had the chance to show him.  Anyway, keep in mind that I teach at a year round school so I change classrooms 4 times a year.  Because of this all the 2nd grade classrooms are set up pretty similar and aren't too fancy pants.  Anyway, here you go!!

Ms. Pride's Class is all Heart!
Cheesy yes, but so perfect for 2nd grade! :)
My door decorations.  Hearts with the kiddos names
on them and flowers to jazz things up. :)

22 desks patiently waiting for 22 nervous children. 

Another view of the room.  There's my desk!

They're here! :)  Hard at work on their Marvelous Me! packets.
To wrap up part one, I have to say that I have such a great group of kiddos.  I am more motivated than ever to do my best each day and remain positive.  After all, I am impacting the lives of 22 beautiful children.

Now on to my next topic.  Mi familia!! My parents came in from WV earlier in the week.  They were staying in Burlington to help take care of my sister and her kids.  Jaclyn (my sis) had to get her wisdom teeth out and so the 'rents came to help.  I drove to Burlington Saturday morning to meet up with everyone and spend time with the family.  I had originally planned to stay just for the day, but my mom called and asked me to stay the night with her and my dad (they stay in a hotel when they visit since Jaclyn's house is just three bedrooms.)  I loved that idea and gladly said yes.  I hadn't seen my parents since early May when my brother graduated college and I missed them!  Also, Guillermo and my breakup was just two days old and I wanted my parents.  It amazes me that even at 27 years old when I am feeling upset all I want to do is go home and be with my parents.  In this case home was a room at the Microtel.  hahaha.

Anyway, so Saturday kicked off with lunch at the Ye Old Country Kitchen restaurant out in the boonies.  No really, it was quite a drive.  Lunch was good and I ate a lot of food.  It was just too good not to eat!  And I can't forget the slobbered on watermelon my nephew, James and I shared.  I'll tell you that I love that child so much my heart could just burst!  Whenever I see that little guy he always come running towards me for the biggest hug!  He is stuck to me like glue when I'm there to visit.  I have to laugh because my sis and bro-in-law call him a hover craft.  I agree!  After we ate, James and Royce went to play around on the old fashioned playground equipment.  Pictures!!!


 My sis, Jaclyn


 Such a big boy! :)

brother and sister :)

Once we got back to Jaclyn's house we all pretty much relaxed...okay, okay, who am I kidding, we napped. ha!  My mom, dad, Jaclyn, and me.  I really mean it when I say I come from a napping family!  Jaclyn made dinner and we all hung out and talked around the dining room table.  After having a fruit tart for dessert and coffee, it was time for ghost stories.  It was super cute.  My niece came into the dining room and started telling the cutest scary story she could think up.  It involved monsters and missing peanut butter and jelly.  Of course James wanted to get in on it too and share a story.  By this point in the night the kids were soooooo hyper (it definitely has something to do with the pixie sticks my mom bought the kids) and they were screaming and running and it was soooooooooooo crazy!!!  When we left, my parents and I made our way back to the hotel in total silence after such a crazy night with the kids.  Here are a few pics of Royce sharing her ghost story with us.

Three Generations :) 

The weekend was wrapped up the next day with a family brunch at a little Italian restaurant, Sal's.  I love my family. <3

Saturday, July 2, 2011

ZipLining = AWESOME! :)

Hola!  :)  Happy 4th of July weekend!  I hope y'all have something fun planned.  Nothing too crazy for me, but still will be spending time with good company. :)

Anyway, Guillermo and I went ziplining last Saturday, June 25th.  Talk about total AWESOMENESS! :)  A few months back I bought two Groupons to Carolina Canopy Ziplining Tours in Westfield, NC, near Mr. Airy.  It was too good of a daily deal to pass up, and so I bought the deal as a surprise for Guillermo.  Well, let's just say I spilled the beans early to him. ;)

We tried to use our Groupon about a month ago, but unfortunately we couldn't go because the place was going to be closed that day. :(  So, we booked it for Saturday at 2 and together we made the 2 1/2 trek together.  Yes, it was a bit of a drive, but it was so totally worth it! :)

We got there around 1:45 not really knowing what to expect?  Immediately we were greeting by one of the owners and she was super nice.  She especially liked Guillermo and when we came back 2 hours later to drop off our gear, she remembered his name, but somehow managed to forget mine.  Uh-huh...she had her eye on my Latin Hottie!! :P

G and I were both surprised that there was no training or anything prior to getting harnessed up.  All we had to do was sign a waiver and we were set.  After a picture, and a restroom break where G knocked on the door pretty much the whole time I was in there, and then me in return trying to lock him in, ;) we were on our way to the first line.

We're ready to roll! :)

There were 10 people in our group.  3 guides (super nice) and 7 zipliners.  When we got to our first line (practice line) I was nervous.  After a quick tutorial it was time.  When we were asked who wanted to go first, I got nervous and volunteered Guillermo.  Hahahaha...can you believe I threw him under the bus?! :)  He went and then after a few more people, it was my turn.  Wow, talk about scary!!!  I was definitely freaked out.  After we all made it across, it was time for our 2nd practice line.  In order to get to the line we had to walk across a wobbly bridge one at a time.  I was reallllllly scared!  Halfway across I kind of stopped for a second because I wasn't sure if I could make it all the way.  Well I did, and thankfully that was the only bridge we crossed while  we were there.  Guillermo is fearless and he wasn't scared at all.  :)  Lucky boy!  

After a few lines, I started keeping my eyes open while zooming across the line and I loosened up and starting LOVING it.  I was a little freaked out when we were about to cross a line that we would be traveling over 50mph on.  EEK!!!  The guides told us that at halfway across the line we would have to begin slowing ourselves down.  (We wore gloves and on one glove there was a rounding piece of leather stitched to the palm.  We had to put our hand on the line behind our head to use as a steering guide and a brake.  To brake you simply put pressure on the line by pulling your hand down.)  Well, when I got to the halfway point and began applying pressure to the line I wasn't slowing down.  Ahhhhh, fortunately it was fine and I didn't get squashed on the tree when I was coming in. :)   The guide was able to stop me and all was good.  I did get joked though for coming in so fast.  :)

Let's break for some photos. :)  (Guillermo had the camera the majority of the time.  That's why there are more of me than him.)

 Guillermo took this pic after we crossed our first line. 

 Here I cooooooooooome! 

 WOW, what a rush!!

 Seeeeeeeeeee yah!

Cute Latin boy I picked up while I was there! ;-) 

The best part of the entire trip was when we got to go on the 1300 ft partner line.  It was super fun!!  Guillermo filmed it from his perspective.  Check it out!

After the 1300 ft line, it was time for the 1500 ft line.  And the coolest part was we could push off from the tree to gain some speed.  Of course G and I did that.  Here's Guillermo gearing up to go:


 Being hooked up. :)

 About to push off. 

Bye Babe! :)  

In all, we were able to zip along 12 different cables.  Depending on which platform we were on, we were 20-80 ft off the ground.  I have always had a fear of heights.  BUT, after ziplining for nearly 2 hours, I realized that I'm not as afraid of heights as I initially thought I was.  Guillermo and I had a really good time. I definitely recommend you try it out if you haven't already.

I took some silly pics of Guillermo. :)

So there you have it!  Our ziplining adventure. :)