Do you have hope for your future? Or do you generally expect negative or disappointing things to happen?
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Do you have hope for your future? Or do you generally expect negative or disappointing things to happen?
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Thursday, April 18, 2013
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Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Keep a watch on your words,
For words are wonderful things;
They are sweet like the bees' fresh honey,
Like the bees they have terrible stings
They can bless like the warm, glad sunshine,
And brighten a lonely life;
They can cut, in the strife of anger
Like an open, two-edged knife.
--Mrs. E.R. Miller
Posted by Sarah D. at 11:12 AM
Thursday, February 07, 2013
No; the two kinds of people on earth I mean
Are the people who lift and the people who lean.
Wherever you go you will find the world's masses
Are always divided in just two classes.
And oddly enough, you will find too, I think
There is only one lifter to twenty who lean.
In which class are you? Are you easing the load
Of overtaxed lifters who toil down the road?
Or are you a leaner, who lets others bear
Your portion of labor and worry and care?
-Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Posted by Sarah D. at 11:25 AM
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
I failed to post about our yearly trip to Tennessee for Thanksgiving. I can't believe I forgot it! It's the one trip I look forward to every year. Here are a few pictures from that trip. We stayed in a lovely home in Signal Mountain. We debated going to Gatlinburg this year. It's getting expensive and crowded and there's just not time for it. So we stayed in the Chattanooga area. We got to visit with family there. We also went and looked at Christmas lights at Rock City. It was a really good time for us.
I also failed to post on our Christmas Day festivities. However, there are a couple of good reasons for that. One: it was very low key, since we had just returned from Florida. We were worn out! Second: we only took two pictures! And as you can tell below, they weren't really good ones (As a side note, he's not giving the thumbs down because of Christmas, it's because he didn't want me to take his picture!). Chad's battery was dead on his phone and his iPad's memory was full. I, on the other hand, just didn't think about getting my phone out. Oh well. There is so much more from December that we will remember, besides just Christmas day!
Posted by Sarah D. at 3:45 PM
Monday, January 21, 2013
I really love it! It's is 2013 Toyota Highlander SE. It has black leather seats and almost all the bells and whistles. We got it on Christmas Eve. It sure would have been nice to have for our trip to Disney, but that is a whole different post in itself. In fact, I'd like to forget all the drama that the Audi caused us.
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Saturday, January 12, 2013
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Monday, January 07, 2013
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Friday, January 04, 2013
When I booked this hotel, I had so many questions. Everyone kept telling me it was the 'best of the best' and if I had the opportunity to stay there, I should do it. After doing the research, I found it was very far out of our price range and there was no way we could afford it. However, a friend from high school emailed me that she could let me use her employee discount (she works at another one of Disney hotels part time). Because of the time of year we were going and with her discount, we were able to get the room for 50% off of the regular price. After talking to other people who had been to Disney and weighing the options, I decided we were going to spring for it and stay there.
One thing you have to realize is that Disney is almost like an alternate universe. The prices for everything are sky high. So even with our 50% discount, we were still going to be paying WAY more than we would normally pay for a hotel room. I had reservations about the room the entire time, but was holding my judgement for when I actually saw the place!
When we arrived, I was in awe! The lobby was so amazing. Five floors tall with a huge Christmas tree and a life-size, real, gingerbread house. There were three restaurants there, as well as, about four shops. Every night there was some type of live music. From piano, to choirs, to a jazz-type band, the atmosphere was amazing. The hotel, itself, was almost like it's own amusement park. The resort is massive! There are rooms in the main building, where the lobby is. And then there are about ten satellite buildings with more rooms! Each building has a name and has it's own beautiful lobby. There is also a pool with a huge slide and rock waterfall. At the pool, there is also a ping pong table, private cabanas and a poolside restaurant, too. There is even another restaurant by the lagoon with amazing water views. There are boat rentals and a beach, too! I'm telling you, you could come stay at this hotel and never have to leave. That's how fun it was!
Each afternoon and evening they had scheduled activities for the kids. In the afternoon, there were fun games with prizes by the pool. In the evening, they had a big blow up movie screen on one of the lawns where the kids could play mario kart on the wii, watch a movie, or trade pins (more on that in another post).
A few other things I loved about this resort: I loved the convenience. We could ride the monorail to Epcot or Magic Kingdom and in a matter of less than five minutes, we were where we wanted to be. That was SO nice! I think it may have been worth the extra money just with that! We also were right on the Seven Seas Lagoon. So we had our own private ferry boat to take us back and forth to the Magic Kingdom. That was just as fast as the monorail and was very enjoyable. The other thing I loved about the Grand Floridian was that we could see Cinderella's Castle from the courtyard, just outside our building. Each night, we would sit out there and watch as the lights came on and then watch the amazing fireworks. For me, I can't handle big crowds. And as much as I wanted to have that experience of being on Main Street for the fireworks, I had usually reached my level of people-handling by evening and we would have to go back to the resort. The kids were usually tired out by this point, too. So, it was nice to see it from a distance, without being shoulder to shoulder with a million other people. We could hear the music and everything, too!
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Thursday, January 03, 2013
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Monday, December 31, 2012
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Friday, December 28, 2012
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Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Animal Kingdom was lots of fun. I wish we had been able to spend more time there!
Posted by Sarah D. at 11:58 AM
Friday, December 21, 2012
We made it to Disney! And, miracle of all miracles, I managed to keep it a surprise from my children! If you know anything about me, you know I am a terrible secret keeper. The stress of it all about did me in. And if I did it again, I'm not sure if I would keep it a surprise for so long.
Here's how it all went down: We told the kids we were going to Florida to visit my parents for Christmas. Which, technically, we were. Just not right away. On the way down, we told them we were going to try a "new way." We told them, the "new way" was taking longer than we expected, so we were going to stop and spend the night. I had already booked a hotel with an indoor pool, so they could get their wiggles out from the ten hour drive. When they woke up the next morning, we told them they could open one present. I gave them their present and inside was a Mickey Mouse shirt with their name on it, and an autograph book. They were a little confused, but as it sunk in, they got very excited. We ate breakfast and then left for Disney. It only took about two and a half hours from where we spent the night.
For our first trip to Disney World, I had done lots and lots and lots (and lots) of research. I bought books, followed people on twitter and Facebook. Bookmarked websites. Asked friends. Asked strangers. And one thing I found is that it is definitely important to plan ahead. But the other thing I found is that once you get there, most of the plans just go down the drain! I had taken a lot of time to write out itineraries that included all the popular attractions and rides. And you know what? We didn't follow a single one of them! It is such an amazing place, that we just wanted to take it all in at our own leisure. If we found something that looked interesting, we did it. If we saw something that didn't look to our liking, we passed it by. And even though we spent five nights there, there is no way that we could have seen it all. So, even though we didn't do all the things we might have "planned," we still had a really great time.
The one thing I wish I had planned better was, our food. We had gone all out, financially, and stayed on site in the Magic Kingdom at the Grand Floridian. I also booked two character meals. One, in Animal Kingdom, at the Tusker House. The other, in Cinderella's Castle at Magic Kingdom. Because of these splurges, we were trying to save money on all the other eating expenses. Food is so expensive there, even the "cheap" stuff. So we did not really eat any great meals. I wish I had stopped at the grocery store before we came in so we could stock up our refrigerator with breakfast, lunch or dinner things. I had only brought snack items. That way, if in the middle of the day, we came back to our room, we would have something to eat. Or, I should have gone on ahead and gotten the dining plan. That way, the money is already spent and you don't have to worry about who eats what and how much it costs.
I am definitely glad we stayed on site. It was so convenient to be able to quickly go back to our room and rest for a little while and then head back later on in the evening. If we had stayed off site, it would have taken ten times as long to get back and forth, making it even more tiring. Also, from our hotel, you could see Cinderella's Castle and the firework displays each night. It sure was nice watching it from the water rather than in the middle of a large crowd on Main Street.
Posted by Sarah D. at 2:05 PM
Thursday, September 20, 2012
The 2012-2013 school year looks to be a great one! My babies are no longer babies and are growing up faster than I care to think about. Those rough days as infants, toddlers, and preschoolers are gone. Those precious moments go by so fast, if you blink, you miss them. Don't take for granted one moment...one memory. The dirty clothes, messy kitchen, dusty furniture will always be there. But, your kids won't. Love them while you have them!
Savannah starts fifth grade this year. I'm hoping this will be a great year for her. She is an amazing student, who is very smart.
Caden starts first grade this year. This is really his last year that I can "baby" him. As a first grade teacher, I know the amazing transformation that takes place in this grade. He goes in as a little boy and comes out at the end of the year as a big boy.
Here are a few pictures of them on their first day of school.
Posted by Sarah D. at 8:15 PM
Monday, September 10, 2012
Now that school has started and summer is almost over, I can look back and say we had a pretty decent summer. We went to Nashville for the weekend. The kids and I went to Florida while Chad was in Japan. We also visited Chattanooga for a friend's wedding. Here are a few highlights, in pictures.
Posted by Sarah D. at 6:33 AM
Sunday, September 09, 2012
I am so busy, I don't know whether I am coming or going. A lot has happened over the course of the summer. At one point almost two years ago, I had sworn off teaching forever. I tried over that course of time, to find a new career. I watched two precious children from my home. I worked in retail and was training for a regional manger. I even considered going back to school for another degree. And through all the searching, I found myself right back at teaching. That's right, I have gone back to teaching elementary school this year. I don't know why I tried to move away from it. It has always been my first love. I love kids. I love school. I love all the craziness that goes with it.
However, that is not the point of my post. In going back to teaching, as well as both my children going to school, baseball, gymnastics, and all the church activities we are involved in, we have been busy! And one thing that has suffered in all this busyness is my writing. I'm not a really good writer, I know. But I enjoy it. I enjoy blogging and telling random people that I may, or may not know, all about the rocks rolling around in my head. But, I have been so busy I haven't had time to really sit down and write. I've written one short story (a novella, if you will). I've started a second one, but have gotten to a road block where I can't think of what to make come next in the story. I have lots of ideas for blog posts, but every time I think about them, I'm nowhere near a computer to sit down and write them. I'll try to get better at it. I want to write more. I want to get better. But until I get rid of this writer's block on my story, I'll never get better. How do you get past writer's block? I don't want to start something new, without finishing the old.
So here I am, writing to you out in the great blue yonder, about my writer's block. Maybe this will help something come to me. Hmmmm, I'm waiting......
Posted by Sarah D. at 8:08 PM
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
We've never had "big" birthday parties every year for the kids. We decided long ago, we would only do small ones with family unless it was a milestone birthday. Well, around here, 10 is a milestone birthday! I mean, it's double digits, people!
Savannah invited about 12 friends over. We rented a few inflatables and a snow cone machine and we had lots of fun! She wanted Subway sandwiches for lunch, so we ordered a few trays of those with her favorite chips and soda on the side.
For her present from us, she wanted a white iPod touch and we debated on that for awhile (actually, she wanted a phone, but around here, we think it's stupid for 10 year olds to have phones--she can wait until she drives for that), but in the end decided on getting her one. Chad came up with the design for her cake and we had our friend, Celeste Johnson, make it. We didn't let Savannah know what it looked like until it was time to sing Happy Birthday. She was thrilled with it!
I can't believe my girl is 10 years old--time flies when you are having fun!
Posted by Sarah D. at 12:38 PM
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
We are officially done with the school year! My baby has graduated from Kindergarten. My big girl has finished fourth grade with flying colors. So proud of both of them. I sure hate to see them grow up. It happens way too fast!
Now, on to summertime. I give them three days before boredom strikes.
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