Thursday, August 26, 2010

How long has it been?

At least I know that I wasn't underestimating how hectic the first week of real school for me would be. Between my students returning to school and everything that goes along with that, Adam's professional development beginning and Charlotte starting daycare, our family hit the ground running early Monday morning and haven't stopped since, well, about now. Tonight has been the first night we had a chance to breathe, sit and eat dinner together, and the first time I have had in about a week to blog.

It goes without saying that it is very difficult to be thoughtful and introspective when you are frantic. My days have been so constantly packed that I don't really have any inspiring thoughts for you. In fact, the more difficult this week became for all of us, the more determined I am to come home and stay home to raise my children. Eventually. For now, enjoy these pictures of Charlotte taken by Adam last week while I was in work week. I'll try to have something deeper to share this weekend.

Perched on a pillow, reading...

Dancing....


In her Firehouse Subs hat...




Saturday, August 14, 2010

To explain...no, there's not enough time. To sum up...

Life has been busy for the past two weeks. If you know us, then you know this. First of all, we praise God that Adam has gotten a teaching job. God has literally made a way where there was not a way, blessing us in our obedience to stay in Virginia. He will probably be teaching first grade, but that could change since his school doesn't go back until after Labor Day. My work week, on the other hand, starts Monday. I know that I am teaching English this year, and that's about it, but I am ready for the year ahead. It has been a very relaxing summer with my family, and I look forward to what else God has planned for us in the next year.
First on the picture list are pictures from the rehearsal dinner for Adam's sister's wedding at Buca di Beppo in Columbus, Ohio. Here's Adam's parents, Barney (who Charlotte calls "Papa" for "Grandpa") and Kim.

Here's Brit making a crazy face....

And here's me...

The next day, wedding madness ensued, and I don't know what Charlotte would have done without Brit there, since Adam and I were both in the bridal party. The coolest part of the wedding day though, by far, was the bridal party getting pictures taken on the Ohio State football field.

Neat, huh?

Since we've gotten back from Ohio, we've taken it very easy this last week of summer for me. We made a trip to Lynchburg to visit Kohl's (which is a very long story) and had lunch at Firehouse Subs, one of our new favorite spots.

Ultimately, though, this post was inspired by this morning's chocolate chip pancake experience. I will have more meaningful posts soon, but for now, this is it.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Some pictures before we leave...







Yesterday, Charlotte requested to wear her tutu all day. One of my favorite things about having a toddler is that we let her, and got to see how cute she was in it all day.

Then on Monday, she wanted to wear Adam's tie, so he tied it for her and helped her put it on.

Here she is in her headband, looking at herself in the mirror.


And one of the current favorite games is playing with bags, any kind of bag. She understands that things go in bags, and that when you put something in a bag, you can carry the bag and carry the thing. This, to her toddler mind, is delightful. She loves to find bags, put random things in them and carry them around. This day, she was using this gift bag to carry around a bunch of random receipts that she found around the house. She would put them in the bag, walk to the couch, unload the bag and look at the receipts, then put them back in the bag and walk to another room. Hilarious.

And here she is with "Kitty," after walking around with her as well. She's really not big enough to carry Hello Kitty, so that was quite amusing as well, but since I couldn't get a picture of that, here's a picture of them together.

We are going to Ohio later today for Adam's sister's wedding. Woo Hoo! Enjoy the pictures and I'll post soon.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

And like a flash, it's August.

I told Brit the other day that the summer for teachers is kind of like a long, long weekend. June is Friday, the one day you have to get through until you can rest, and when you get through it, the relief of a break washes over you. July is Saturday; you can sleep in, stay up late and basically do whatever you want. August is Sunday without the time of worship...it's Sunday after church and lunch when you start to focus your mind on what is to come tomorrow. It used to fill me with dread, both August and Sunday afternoons, but amazingly, right now, I am okay with the thought of going back to school. I know that it is what I must do, and even more positively, I know that Adam might be going back as well. The excitement of him maybe returning to teaching far outweighs any kind of apprehension I have surrounding this new school year.
I should have apprehension. In fact, everything that I have known at my school has been turned upside down. We have mostly new administration. Our bell schedule will be different to accomodate teaching extra classes. Our department has been disassembled by various factors. I don't know what I'm teaching next year, or if I have a classroom, and if so where it is. Our school might still be in shambles, with or without air conditioning, due to the renovations. But for some reason, at this point in time, I am not apprehensive at all. Like it or not, I can do this job. Whether I would love to be a stay-at-home-mom or not (which I WOULD, for the record), I can handle my job as it approaches. This is the first time that I haven't felt sick at the thought of going back. Maybe it's because I hope I am getting into my last couple of years in the public school classroom. Maybe it's because after 6 years of experience, I finally feel like I know what I'm doing. Maybe Charlotte and our past year of trial has mellowed me out a little bit. I just know that I can handle my job and my home this year. Will it be perfect? Absolutely not. I'm not sure why I feel this so strongly, but I do. Whatever it is, I'm glad for it. Feeling unintimidated by this year is definitely all of God and none of me.

Speaking of all of God and none of me (or us) is the news of job interviews for my husband. I won't go into too much detail here now, but it is all by God's grace that there are even positions open, let alone that Adam is in the position to be considered for these positions. We have found the psalmist to be true when he says: Why should the nations say, "Where is their God?" Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases. Psalm 115: 2-3.

Today was an extended session Sunday, and next week we are out of town, so no sermon thoughts for a while. Since I was in extended session until about 12:45, I trust that it was a good sermon ;). We went to Zaxby's afterward where we ate with Joe and Kathy, the Stricklands and the Dellingers. What a pleasant surprise! Here's a picture of Joe and Charlotte that Adam snapped with his phone.
Last night, our Sunday School class was going to go to a Salem Red Sox game....and it rained. So we went to Frank's Pizza instead (yum!). Charlotte both identified and happily ate her pizza.Here's Charlotte with the piece of pizza almost as big as she is. I cut up pieces for her, but she definitely prefers to eat like everyone else is eating. Haha. Below is Brit playing with her (and maybe mooching some of her pizza :)).