My goodness. Can I just be totally honest and say how much I hate, however strong that word is, how long I've been out of the blog world?! I just caught up briefly on some of my favorite blogs, especially my friend Hilary's blog, and can't believe how long I've been away! I just HAD to do a brief update post.
As you know, I'm in the midst of student teaching! it has been such a whirlwind! I absolutely love it. Honestly, I love being in the classroom, being with the kids, and working with other educators. I know that is is my calling from God. Howeeeever, that being said, it has been so hard and busy!! Student teaching is kicking my butt!! With all the paperwork, the edTPA (they no longer do teacher portfolios in order to get licensed, but do this new edTPA business), my Capstone graduate class, the lesson planning, etc. I am WIPED OUT!! When I get done at the end of the day, I am so pumped just to sit on the couch with my kids!
During spirit week, on pajama day!
I get lots of special notes from my kids! LOL
On wacky day with some of my kids.
In contrast though, although I've been stressed with school/teaching, it's been an amazing time for me to concentrate on ME, and not the girls. Getting out of the house and being away from them has been super refreshing! I love the adult interaction I get, the lunches with other women who make me laugh until I cry, and a reason to buy nice clothes and get dressed up! It's been great. And because we are spending so much time apart, Joey and I have actually made more of a point to get a babysitter to go out here and there. Our marriage is stronger than ever!
My time with the girls on the weekend is so much more valuable now, and it's been so fun spending time with them! Noelle and I had a fun mommy/daughter day complete with a trip to the hair salon for haircuts, and then nails!
She thought she was pretty posh!
Oh, I LOVE these faces!!
Joey has actually taken a lot of time off in the last month as well to be home with the girls since I can't be. Noelle doesn't ride the bus anymore this semester, and instead Joey drives her to school. I never got to do that because I did daycare at home, so it's been really great for her. She really hated the bus! Now she loves that daddy swings through Starbucks first, gets her a cake pop, then escorts her down to her classroom each school day. :) Halle also just LOVES all the new alone time she gets with Joey. He took several days off last month and just hung out with the girls, a couple times just with Halle, and they really had great bonding moments.
Little boo boo!
The girls having cupcakes at Grandpa Don's birthday party one weekend at La Casita!
Noelle having so much fun with cousin Harrison!
Making Valentines for her teachers and friends!
Chipotle date with my girl!
Trying to get some stuffed animals out of the crane box after pancakes for dinner with Grandpa Joe at Perkins!
Pizza with my love on Valentine's Day!
So it's all been really great! God is responsible for all these blessings! We are finally seeing the light at the end of our tunnel, and cannot wait to see where this all leads! I will be done student teaching in May and will start applying for full time gigs for the following year!
Another device junkie!
Last night we were busy dying frosting different colors to make some dessert!
Decorating her cake!
Very proud of her Monster High cake!
Halle gives the cake a thumbs up!
I have to admit that I miss my kids, and I miss the luxury of being able to be home with them and to spend my days doing whatever I wanted with them, but everything happens for a reason, and I know this will be good for my family. God has a plan anyways, regardless, so I will wait to see what happens once I am licensed. :)
Noelle has been OBSESSED with Monster High! She still loves ponies, but I think the crazy pony phase is over. She's officially a ghoul fiend!
She absolutely loves Catty Noir (one of the characters) and likes us to call her Catty Noelle! LOL
In other news, roughly 3 weeks ago I got into a major car accident! I totaled my car after it spun out on the road onto oncoming traffic on a day that we had a snow storm. Since then I have had some appointments for my ears (some fluid got shaken up and went into my eardrum, causing some hearing problems) and for my jaw and neck! Thankfully nothing else happened, and although my car is kaput, we are thankful that no people were truly harmed, and no children were present at all! Cars can be replaced, not so much people! My neck has bothered me some, but I am getting treatment for that starting this week!
Lastly, I will talk about my sweet dear friend Matt's dad's passing. He has been one of my best friends for over 13 years. His father passed away roughly 2 weeks after finding out that he was diagnosed with stomach cancer. Matt has been in California, and resides there but came home for this sad occasion. We were able to spend some time with him, and I attended his father's beautiful celebration of life at our church Calvary. (Matt's family also attends Calvary and have for over 15 years.) I had to share this because Matt's father Craig was such a Godly, sweet, and kind person. His service really drove it home for me that God is good, and will provide no matter what. We all have our doubts. Especially my family - we have been so busy, stressed, and have so many obstacles to overcome, but at the end of the day, it's all good. We are so blessed and so happy. We have each other, and life is good. It's all good. There are obstacles, people, and circumstances that will test you, but at the end of the day, it's your choose how it will end. And that's how I remember that in the chaos of life, not being able to catch up with friends and family, feeling "lost in the shuffle," it is still ALL good. :)
Matt and the girls! Noelle loves Matt, but Halle wasn't too excited to meet him, lol, hence why she's crying and he decided to cry in the photo as well, haha.
That's it for now! Can't wait to post more, especially about my sweet HALLE who is just around the corner from turning 2 years old!! :)
More soon! <3