Monday, April 30, 2012

Happy Birthday Est!

Happy Birthday to the best big sister a girl could hope to have!  Even though technically your bday is almost get an extra 12 hours of fun because it doesn't end in this timezone until midnight.  So party it up! 

If you would like to know more about my awesome big sister, check out this post I wrote.  Every work still rings true.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Pardon My Drooling

Prepare yourself, this is a cop out post.  I have been meaning to show you the new carpets, but I just haven't had the opportunity to take any photos.  I'm stuck in this transition stage - starting a new job, trying to figure out what to do and how to do it, not having everything unpacked, waiting to unpack, and getting used to new hours.  My day is basically the same length, but I start and end at different times.  When my body normally goes into shutdown mode (3:30) I'm still at work.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining.  This job is just too good to be true and I'm excited to go to work every single day. These past 2 months have been a roller coaster and I feel like I'm finally starting to level out - but I am tired, so...

I won't be posting again until Monday, May 7th.  I'm taking next week off.  I have so much to blog about, but I need to take some pressure off myself for a little.  I usually do most of my writing on the weekend and I haven't had a free weekend in awhile.  Plus, I haven't even gotten to my second week of my photography challenge.  Normally I would have found time to do it - the fact that I haven't tells me that I need a break. 

Just so this post isn't boring and photoless - here are some things from West Elm that I have been drooling over...

Ceramic Turtle
This little turtle is something I've wanted for quite awhile.  He's just adorable and would look lovely on my desk.

Room View 
I want all of these little vases.  I don't usually have flowers or giant leaves around my apartment, but I'm sure I could find a use for these little guys. 

Tall Glass Jars
 Once again, I don't usually have vegetation growing in my place, but I'm sure I could find a home for these glass jars.

Aluminum Wood Side Table
I cannot express how much I love this side table.  It's just incredible. 

Allegra Hicks Printed Harlequin Jute Rug
This rug.  Oh how I love this rug.  I love the simple patten and the mix of colors.  It's perfect.  It's warm and cool at the same time.

3-Jar Chandelier
Boy oh boy, don't I wish I had a place for this chandelier.  These glass jars are beautiful.
 But I've saved the best for last...

Perch Glass Lamp
This yellow lamp reminds me of an old camping light we used to have.  I love the shape of the base and the size of the shade.  It's perfect.  As much as I love the yellow, I LOVE the glass one.

I need to be a home owner.  ASAP.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

A Beautiful Day

After my last drive home from my apartment, I started to unpack the last load from the van.  I was interrupted by the beautiful cherry tree next to me.  The flowers were in full bloom.  I say "were" because the peddles have already started to fall off; so sad.

Here are some photos I snapped of the blossoms on one of the best climbing trees in the neighborhood.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

"Color It."

After finishing his enchilada, Cam headed over to see Grandpa.  Cam sat on my dad's lap saying "Color it. Color it. Grandpa color it. Color it."  His pleading fell on deaf ears.  When the men are talking mechanics, the rest of the world is on mute.

He got distracted by dad's drawing for a few minutes, but then he was back to pleading.  Instead, he directed his pleading at me.  "Color it. Color it. Color it."

 He may have been distracted for a moment or two, but he had coloring on the brain.  That pen no sooner hit the table than Cam was coloring away.

He's becoming such a big boy.  He even took care of the check.  You should have seen the look on his face when he handed it to the waitress.  He was stunned, but she was thrilled.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012


I have had some serious problems with blogger the last few days. My posts don't go up on time and it's not allowing me to update from my iPad and phone. Enough of this madness! Today's post will be up tomorrow! Sorry for the problems! Dear Google, get it together and figure this out.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Status: In Progress

Moving in is more difficult than I imagined it to be.  It's hard to find a place for everything and put everything in it's place.  Plus, we are waiting for carpet and that has us at a stand-still.  Today the carpet gets here! So hopefully, we can make some good progress this week.

Here's our status so far - painted, carpet out, cabinets out, waiting.  This room will be my living room and office, but until there's carpet in there room we cannot more anything in.  The gray paint has really brightened up the room and it's looking fantastic.  This will be where I'll be taking most of my pictures, so it's really great to see such nice light in there - and this picture is from a cloudy day!

Looking good!  Notice that the cabinets are gone!  Dad did a lot of work on this room before we painted it; spackled the walls, sanded where the blue stripe met the brown walls, taped, sanded, wiped down the walls.  He's a very patient man and I am so thankful he did all that work because it turned out beautifully.

Before you see the rest of this mess - allow me to explain two things you see in this photo.
1. That stuffed lamb is one my oldest and most favorite stuffed animal.  It ended up back in my room when Cam and Leia were playing with it the other day.  I put it up on the chair because I don't want Charlie to think it's a chew toy.
2. The crate! Ah!  We are back to crate training.  Charlie is used to getting her own way in this home - sleep where she wants, wake up Mom when she wants, go outside when she wants, bug Mom all the time.  That needs to change.  When I lock Charlie in the room with me at night, she will literally whine for hours to be let out so she can see Mom.  When I let her out Tuesday morning, after a night of being in the room with me, Charlie bounded down the stairs to Mom.  Sunday morning she ran down the stairs, only to realize Mom was in the sewing room.  I could hear Charlie fall as she tried to turn around quickly to get back up to Mom.  She's obsessed. 

My bedroom, on the other hand, is complete chaos.  I'm enlisting the help of a master organizer to get this mess cleared up - my mom!  She's good at staying focused while organizing.  Me? Not so much.  I feel like a chicken with my head cut off.  I clean one spot, but before I'm done I move on to a different place.  I just can't get anything done!

 Thank goodness for moms.  Hopefully, the pictures I post next time will show new carpets AND a clean room.   You'll definitely see new carpets and lets just hope I've gotten my life sorted out by then.  I can't handle living in this mess.

Friday, April 20, 2012


Today is my last day as a Phys. Ed. teacher.  I'm really going to miss my kids and the teachers I have worked with.  Two years ago, I started a Quote of the Day tradition with a fellow teacher.  Whenever something crazy/funny/gross was said, I wrote it down on a post-it and had a kid deliver it to Lorrie (and when I ran out of post-its, I used scraps of paper).  It was our little break from the craziness of the day.  Plus, this little activity had me looking for the hilarious moments throughout the day and not focusing on the problems.

As I left school Wednesday, Lorrie handed me a notebook full of the post-its she had been saving for two years.  I just read each one again and laughed the whole time.  Here are my favorites (be prepared, there are many):

1st Grade Boy: "Isn't skipping for girls?"

Me: "How many feet do you use to hop?"
1st Grade Class: "Two!"
Me: "No, not two."
Boy: "Three!" 

1st Grade Girl: "Sometime when I do stuff it makes my breath come out."

Lorrie (to the kids when the electricity went out): "If I start freaking out then you can freak out."

Me: "His name is Herbie."
1st Grade Boy: "Is it ok if I just sometimes call him Gary?"

1st Grade Boy: "They shooked it too fat!"

Me: "Why haven't you traced your hand yet?"
5th Grade Girl: "I was sniffing markers."

1st Grade Boy: "My dad is a ferret."

Lorrie: "Honey, I'm not sure why your head is almost on the floor."

Me: "You alright buddy?"
3rd Grade Boy (as nonchalantly as possible): "Yeah, I just threw up in my mouth a little bit."

3rd Grade Girl: "Ms. S, you smile too much."

Kindergarten Boy: "I love schwim!"
translation: "I love gym!"

Kindergarten Boy: "A little bit ago my brother kissed the toilet seat."

Kindergarten Boy: "I didn't did it!"

Me (to a student that was playing with a string): "What is that?"
Kindergarten Girl: "It's probably from my undies."

Me (to two kids): "Why are you faces touching?"

Kindergarten boy: "Is this a medal?"
Me: "It's a ribbon."
Boy: "It's a medal?"
Me: "It's a ribbon."
Boy: "It looks like a medal."
Me: "It's a ribbon."

Kindergarten Boy: "You're not a bad adult."
I was curious, so I said: "How do you know?"
Boy: "You know, cuz you talk nice to kids."

Kindergarten Boy: "Here Ms. S." (he hands me something)
Me (after taking it): "What is it?"
Boy: "A hair."
Me: "EWW!"

And now, my all-time favorite:
1st Grade Boy: "Feel my forehead!"
So, of course, I do...
Boy: "Sweaty, right?!"

Is it any wonder why I love teaching elementary students?  They are just hilarious!  When one of my first grade classes came to the gym for our last day together, they brought me a folder full of goodbye letters.  I read them during class and would probably have teared up a bit, had the kids not been completely out of control.  The letters are very sweet.

"Dear Miss S, we will miss you.  You are a good techar to me. and gym class is fun hath (health) is to.  I am share you will miss us to.  I will tri to come see you at cranfises (conferences).  Have fun at your job you will have new frains (friends). love you."  

"Dear Miss S, we will miss you.  My favrite thing in fitness is balinsing (balancing).  My favrite thing in Health is keeping Germs.  I love you.  You are my favrite Jim techer.  You are a good techer."  

"Dear Mis. S, We will miss you.  I wod like to say good-buy and I am going to make a rane dowe." (on the back of his letter he drew me a rainbow)

It's hard to feel sad about leaving teaching when I am so excited to start a new adventure, but then I think of my kids.  With my last gym class complete, I've realized just how much they have meant to me these past three years.  I will miss them greatly, especially moments like this:

Kindergarten Girl: "My poop and pee got all mixed up and my poop was sloppy.  Can I sit out?"

Gotcha! You probably thought that last one was going to be a sweet and sentimental quote.  I teach elementary, people!  We don't do sweet and sentimental; we do honesty, too much honesty.  Alright alright, to clear that image from you mind and leave you a little confused, here's one more...

1st Grade Boy: "In real life, if you step over a turtle it won't turn into a bridge."

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Women's Retreat

This past weekend I went on a retreat with some women from my church.  The Women's Retreat was wonderful and eye-opening.  It was a great time to connect with other women in my church and to be challenged as a daughter of Christ.  While I was there, I also had some time to connect with Jane.

ps.  Tomorrow is my last day as a Phys. Ed. teacher.  Crazy!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Some Camo

 My nephew is my favorite little guy and my favorite little guy has a favorite little girl.

This is our neighbor Leia.  Leia loves Cam and Cam loves Leia.  They are a match made in Heaven.  Leia even measured Cam and marked his height on the wall in their house.

This is the look Cam gets in his eye when he sees Leia.  He really loves that little lady.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

A Smile

My first photo in this challenge was completed at the Women's Retreat this past weekend.  I had the opportunity to take photos with a good friend who is expecting her first child.

Kelsey makes an excellent model and is incredibly adorable.  Look how cute that baby bump is!  I can't wait to meet that tiny human!  My guess is that the baby is a girl.

 This is a photo of Kelsey (left) and Charlotte (right).  Kelsey is due in late August and Char is due mid September.   I know I'm a little biased, but those are the two cutest pregnant ladies I have ever seen.   I must admit, I'm hoping that the baby in Charlotte's belly is a girl.  If it's a boy that will be wonderful, but I am dying to know what Charlotte's girl would look like!  Plus, the little dresses at Target are completely adorable and I don't know if I can resist them much longer.

Monday, April 16, 2012

The Now

This is what my apartment looks like post-move.  I'm living with the bare minimum so that I do not have to move any of the big stuff this weekend.  This is my last week of work and when I leave school on Friday, I won't be back.  I'll turn in my keys and be home for good.  It's my last weekend before starting a new job and I don't want to spend it driving back and forth to this apartment - which is why we've already moved the bulk of my things.

It's not so bad actually - this air mattress is actually really comfortable, I still have the tv, computer, and internet.  It's sort of like glamping (glamorous camping) and it's only for five nights.  I can handle that.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Done and Done!

Well, we have officially moved everything out of my apartment in York.  It only took us an hour and a half.  That's what happens when you have two strong men (my dad and a family friend) to move the big stuff. 

I took some photos with my phone to show you just how empty my apt is...but they didn't work for some reasons.  Oh well, you'll just have to imagine it!  Back to packing and moving!


Thursday, April 12, 2012

A Fresh Coat of Paint

Over the weekend, my mom and I attacked the bedroom with our paintbrushes.  The yellow paint is no more!

I know it looks white, but I promise it's gray.  Not only did I paint the walls, I also touched up the ceiling mistakes and cleaned the carpet.  This picture is pre-carpet cleaning.  See that pee stain? 

No more pee stain here! 

My parent's own a carpet cleaner and that thing is absolutely amazing.  It only took me 15 minutes to clean the carpets in this bedroom and what a difference!  Do you see the brown mark on the carpet, way back in that corner?  

It's gone! 

I've already started to move some of my stuff in, but it's slow going at the moment.  My parents are coming this week with the trailer to get the bulk of my things from my apartment.  I have two weeks left as a teacher and it's time to get serious about moving.  

When they leave with a full trailer, this apartment will be pretty empty.  It'll be me, the computer, an air mattress, and the dog for my last week of work.  I will be using those last few days to paint this darn apartment.  It will save me a ton of money to just paint it, but I'm really not looking forward to it.   Guess it's time to suck it up and get it done.  Any volunteers to help a girl out?  

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Another Challenge?

Yes, another challenge. This entire post stems from the following statement: I miss my camera.

Lately, my camera has been used for one purpose - taking average photos of the move.  I'm so excited to be moving home, but I've been so busy that I don't have time to do what I love to do - take photos for fun.  I miss my camera.  I miss spending time getting into weird positions to get a photo just right.  I miss spending my hours editing (yes, it takes hours).

It was a slap in the face to look back at the last 3 days I spent with Cameron and not have one, single picture to show for it.  Who am I?  I once took 200 photos of him in 4 hours.  I worry that once the new job starts, I'll be dealing with this same problem, so I've come up with a solution - a weekly photo challenge.

I absolutely adore the 30 day photo challenges, but I just cannot keep up.  I have great intentions and then day 7 comes around and I'm done.  I even tried taking a 30 day challenge and spreading it out to 3 time a week...and then two times a week...and then I quit altogether.  Hi, my name is Ginner and I'm a quitter.

Here's what I've come up with:

This is my own personal challenge, but you are more than welcome to follow along!  Each week, I'll tackle one photo and make sure to follow my own rules {be original. be fun.}.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Thank You!

To say that I have been stalking this lamp would be an understatement.  I think Target knows how awesome this lamp is because it hasn't gone on sale even a little bit since they first put it out months ago.  I feel in love with it as soon as I saw it and I pass by it every time I'm in Target.  And now it's mine!  The only thing left to do is decide where to put it.

When I was looking for a shade, I didn't want something plain white.  I was looking for something with texture that was a light gray.  I got my wish!  I stood in the shade section of Target for at least 10 minutes trying this and that when I finally saw this baby.  Then my heart sank when I saw it wasn't the right kind of lamp and then I saw the lamp harp and all was right in the world again.

There are ads on the side of this blog that earn me a few cents each day.  It's slow going, but it all added up to a nice check that arrived two days ago.  I decided to spend this money on whatever I wanted and this lamp is what I wanted.  So thank you for clicking on those ads and reading this blog.  I owe you big time because you made this happen.

ps.  I'm currently on spring break, so I won't be posting again until Wednesday, April 11th.  See you then!

The Rest of the Story

Yesterday I told you how my Dad made Cam's birthday present.  Today I'll show you what Cammy thinks of it.

Cam's reactions aren't very exciting.  He doesn't scream or squeal, he just plays.  When he saw his present, he went right over and dropped a car down the ramp - a sure sign that he loves his present.

 Frank helped him out by putting the cars on the platform and then Cam spent the next five minutes sending cars down the ramp.

Hey Cam, get off the ramp!  Can't you see I'm taking pictures here?

Contrary to what you may believe, I did not tell him to do this.  I know this photo is a little out of focus, but I love it unconditionally.

This is one happy little boy.

And that's the rest of the story.  

Side note for my fam:  Recognized that last sentence?  In case you forget, it's from Paul Harvey's show.  I can still hear it coming from Dad's ancient radio.