Thursday, December 25, 2008

I got a video camera for Christmas last night. It's awesome. It's smaller and lighter than a digital camera. Instead of taking a video on a tape or DVD - it takes digital videos. It has a really nice picture too. So this is the test run - to see how long it takes to get the video from my computer to my blog.

The video below is Charlie playing with the toy Cricket got her. I put all her toys in a box and buried a bone on the bottom so she had to dig for it. After she scarfed down the bone she came back and searched some more - then picked out a toy.

Of all the toys in the box this was the one she picked. I was trying to keep my feet out of the video, but unfortunately it was not working.

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Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Um...What?!?!

I graduated on Sunday. I am a college graduate. It's crazy and awesome and scary and weird. It's been really great enjoying break knowing I don't have to go back to school. It's nice not having to count down the days. We took a lot of pictures on the day I graduated. So I'll try and narrow it down to my top 20. Ok, maybe top 10. This first shot is right after I got out of graduation.

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Here is one of the whole family. We took this pictures in front of the "castle." It's the building that is on our West Chester Logo. It's one of my favorite buildings and has whispering arches. If you whisper into one side of the arch it travels around to the other side. It's awesome!

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Not really sure what what happening here.

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The photographer.

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Transition picture:

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We were very excited. And there's Dad - solid as a rock.

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It was a nice day for pictures.

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We did it!!

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Mike and Kelly came along too. My other parents.

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Do you feel the love? I know I do.

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I graduated six days ago. This morning I accepted a position at an elementary school. Six days after I graduated I got a job. That just doesn't happen. It's awesome and it feels like comfirmation from God that I'm doing the right thing.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Merry Christmas?

Mom and I started decorating Sunday night. It has really started to feel like Christmas, especially when Charlie decided to break in the tree.

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This is Charlie's first Christmas, so I was interested to see what she would try and do to the tree. I don't think this tree is as fun as a real tree will be - because this one is fake. And what Charlie did is not what I expected.

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As soon as we got the tree up - she plopped right down and started licking. Thanks Charlie. You have made your first Christmas a memorable one.

She has also had this thing going on lately where she sleeps on the top step. When we are in the basement and I lock her down here, she sleeps at the top step to let me know she wants to go upstairs. Though, I can't lock her down there anymore because she fits through the cat door.

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But sometimes, it's just where I find her. She just seems to like it.

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Then I wake her up by taking pictures and she gives me the look. It's not nearly as mean as Tigger's look, but it's still pretty rough. This is the look of drowsiness, not to be confused with Tigger's look of disdain.

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One last photo of the pup: This is Charlie whining at me to get her ball that was under the cabinet - even though she had one right next to her. Some people just want it all.

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Oh, and one more thing - I graduate on Sunday. It's very exciting and I can't wait.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Phew

As I sit here waiting for class to begin, I have the distinct pleasure of listening to my classmates talk about how great they are. Don't believe me? Trying sitting in my seat for the past 30 minutes. It's terrible, no wonder Cooperating Teachers complain about us. As good as we are at what we do - the real problem comes in the fact that we know it.

Instead of being humble and seeking advice and guidance, my classmates choose to give advice and guide their teachers.

I have had the privilege to grow up in a home where talents and gifts are attributed to God. I've always known that whatever talent I may posses belongs to God and should be used to his glory.

Sitting here listening to these kids talk makes me really appreciate the fact that I know who I am living for. As I listen to them talk about how they are amazing and wonderful and perfect, I realized how much I still have to learn about my profession.

Working with two wonderful ladies and Shamona has taught me that I have so much more to learn...so much more to seek out.


So thank you Mom and Dad for giving me the education I really needed, along with the education I wished for - to become a humble Physical Education teacher.

Monday, December 8, 2008

So Fresh

Walking into our newly finished living room is like walking into a breath of fresh air. Ha - I know what you're thinking. But after having a mid-renovation living room since the beginning of the summer, you would feel the same way too. The first couple days after it was all finished, walking down the stairs into the living room felt so nice. Knowing that we didn't have to do anything felt sooooo good!

So without further ado...The new living room (and a puppy)

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Leia didn't mind taking a look around. I opened this window to vent out the room and she decided that I did it for her.

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The floor and the trim are amazing. Luckily we had all hands on deck to move everything in and get it all cleaned up. It's it wonderful?

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Seeing it with the furniture in it definitely makes it look complete. Sorry this took me so long!!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Up and Coming

Hello All,

I haven't updated lately because I have actually been - lazy. Believe it or not. I get home from school and just wanna sit down. Especially now, with 3 days to go...I have to make sure everything has been done. No detail can be forgotten or graduation will pass me by.

I have taken many picture since the last time I have updated. Among the things you will see are:
The finished living room.
Christmas decorations.
Charlie breaking in the new tree.

And a short video:
Charlie dreaming.

And I'm sure there are more I don't remember. So stay tuned. Along "Updating" is on my to-do list.