Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
For the past few weekends I have been complaining about the amount of time Mr. R and I have spent cleaning, shoveling, hauling, and making trips back & forth to Home Depot. I kept saying Saturdays are supposed to be fun days! (I, of course, was imaging trips to the beach, the river, and days reading by the pool.) As I look around my house and the ever growing to do list, I need to get used to home imporvement saturdays and be thankful that I do get one day of rest. If you need me on Sunday you will find me by the pool.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
I offer you my solemn vow to be your faithful partner in sickness and in health, in good times and in bad, and in joy as well as in sorrow. I promise to love you unconditionally, to support you in your goals, to honor and respect you, to laugh with you and cry with you, and to cherish you for as long as we both shall live.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Thursday: Had a fun dinner with Mr. R at an outdoor restaurant downtown. I decided to be adventurous and tried crawfish etouffee. It was fantastic! We listened to free music at the plaza and shared gelato on the walk home. Have I mentioned how much I love summer?
Friday: Since I am on the get fit train, I spent Friday at the gym and shoveling stones at the puppy park. It was incredibly hot and I was incredibly sweaty. I think I managed to slip a nap in there too.
Saturday: I was glutton for more punishment! Back to the gym for a 5 mile run and more shoveling rocks. The puppy park is 1/2 finished. We only have a bout 25 more loads to move. That is if I can even move my arms again. I feel like the little brother in the Christmas story, except he couldn't put his arms down and I can't lift mine up!
Sunday: Father's Day is always a rough day for me. It's been 9 years since my dad passed and I miss him so much. Some days are worse than others and I know that I will see him again someday in heaven. I spent the day visiting my grandfather and remembering that I have been blessed with great father figures throughout my life and with a heavenly father who continues to provide for me when I don't deserve his grace, forgiveness, or everlasting love.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
If you squint and stare at the walls you might just be able to see the stenciling.
Dining room details to come soon.
See I did pay attention in English class.
To buy your own dachshund art: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=25606368&ref=sr_gallery_3&&ga_search_query=wall+art+dachshund&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_page=&order=date_desc&includes%5b%5d=tags&includes%5b%5d=title
Friday, June 19, 2009
I was also one of those girls that said I didn't believe in two souls becoming one. And then I fell madly in love with married life and was willing to let go of some of things I loved when I was single.
I was one of those girls who swore I wouldn't give up my "me time" and "my girls". And yet now I have moved away from my high school and college friends and spend many nights hanging out at home with my husband.
Normally, I relish in married life. Having someone to share my days with, having someone to sleep with and cuddle next to. I love spending time together learning new things or exploring new places.
But.. I am starting to miss the old Hilary. The girl who backpacked across the Northwest, moved to New Orleans knowing no one, the girl who thought nothing of protesting for things she thought were wrong, and was brash and brazen at all times.
Is it possible that I lost her in the shuffle of marriage, moving, and new jobs? Is she just hiding under the cover of dutiful wife and mother to two adorable dogs?
Time to grab the shovels, rakes and wheel barrow. Wish me luck!
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
This afteroon I will set up my classroom at Marine Science. Wander over to whitney lab to check out the new animals and seafind my kiddies will see on Monday. Visit Target and find a watch that is water proof. Make final plans for date night... and then hit the YMCA for my first triathalon training. Summer is here & life is fantastic.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
She makes me want to paint my whole house tan, pink, and brown. I also now really want an Emes chair! If Mr. R and I actually ever get around to having a little republican I am demanding an Emes rocker for the nursey or maybe the living room.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
On a completely separate note:
I think a little bit of the south is rubbing off on me. I just finished reading my new Rachael Ray magazine and I am feeling the need to host a few dinner parties, game nights, and cookouts. Those glossy pictures and weekly menus get me everytime. More party ideas to come...
Can you believe it? I have one day of school left!
When I was younger I loved summer. It signaled long days at the beach. Nights spent roaming the boardwalk eating Mac & Manco pizza and riding roller coasters in the warm salt air. Summer meant weeks spent in sunny Florida visiting my grandparents and endless car trips up and down the east coast (seeing every historical town and battlefield I-95 had to offer).
This year my summer officially starts on Friday June 12th. My days will be filled with afternoons at the beach (making sure 18 middle schoolers remain safely above the water), nature hikes and cast net fishing, and early morning training runs. (Let's cross our fingers and say a prayer that I actually manage to get my lazy butt out of bed early enough to run!) I cannot wait!
Monday, June 8, 2009
This week Mr. R and I seem to be running in completely opposite directions. Mr. R has meetings on Monday, Wednesday, & Thursday of this week. I have meetings on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. We are having dinner together tonight (Monday), but I think that is the only time we will have together (besides the 7 hours we sleep) until Friday. To help keep us connected and up the romance factor I am planning a little surprise getaway for Mr. R and me. We leave Friday! For awesome ideas for the couple on a budget check out Cher's blog Love, Actually.
I made a few clues for Mr. R with details and pictures describing our trip. I hid the clues around our house (in a few places he visits frequently). And I plan to hide a few more throughout the week. I would love to post more info, but Mr. R reads this blog too. Check back on Saturday for the final reveal!
Saturday: Kayaking with friends while getting paid. (I know, I live a charmed life!) Learned how to hook up a trailer to an SUV, figured out how to tie kayaks to said trailer, became a master at boy scout sailing knots.
Saturday Night: Dinner in Orlando, Drinks @ Hard Rock Cafe, and Jim Gaffigan! Hot pockets, bacon, sea cow, bed... I love him!
Sunday: The alarm went off for 7am church too soon and was quickly followed by the snooze button. Second day of kayaking, today we actually made it to the inter coastal. The weather cooperated! (Don't you love how we say that. As if the climate and humidity should accommodate my plans instead of nature's). Early bird dinner with the hubs at Carrabbas. (What can I say I was hungry at 4:00pm)
It was a fantastic weekend with hours of quality time with Mr. R. I know this sounds very unliberated of me but the time I get to spend with my husband is the highlight of my week. This coming week is my last week teaching the 2008 - 2009 school year and I am ecstatic!
Friday, June 5, 2009
Today I will be chaperoning my class on a field trip to Sea World. I almost think I am more excited than the kids! I have wonderful students this year who I can honestly say I will miss as this year comes to an end. I hope the rain holds off until tonight so we can all have a fantastic, sunny, rollercoaster ride filled day. I'll let you know how I make out on manta. (I am trying to be brave, but the idea of being strapped on my stomach while going through corkscrews scares me to DEATH!)
Tomorrow is still to be decided, than announced.
I was given the opportunity to take a certification class in gifted ed. (I teach so MANY gifted students in the advanced classes and I am without the necessary classes) The class runs from 10am to 4pm. At the same time I need to practice setting up and loading the kayaks for marine science (my summer job). I will be taking the kids kayaking twice a week to a new location that I am unfamiliar with. This means I need to step it up and be prepared. I am hoping there is some way I can to accomplish both tasks. (Cross your fingers).
And tomorrow night is GAFFIGAN! A few months ago Mr. R surprised me with tickets to see our favorite comedian Jim Gaffigan. (Bacon!) Mr. R has been watching him since his Conan days and I discovered him on the TV show My Boys (which I love and watch religiously!). He is playing (is that the appropriate word for a comedian?) in Orlando and I am super excited for some quality time with Mr. R and a great date night. (I am hoping we can get drinks at Margaritaville before hand!). Hint! Hint! Mr. R! (if you are reading this.)
It's getting close to 6:00 am and I need to hit the showers and prepare for a 13 hour day in the land of Disney. Wish me luck!
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
I discovered how much I loved to plan events and from then on I have relished every party, family dinner, and game night we have thrown. I love writing the invitations, selecting the perfect graphics, creating menus, and arranging the house to create cozy seating areas.
Mr. R recently decided to host a large even this fall for Marco Rubio our new Young Republican senatorial candidate. (He is running against the incompetent education shunning Charlie Crist, so you know who I am rooting for!) He will be speaking here in Saint Augustine and we are hoping to host around 250 people. Mr. R, not being a details man, asked me to help in the planning and of course I said YES! (Another wedding! Well, almost). I may not be saying "I do.", but I still get to select a venue, dinner menu, dessert selection (almost a cake), music, and invitations.
I made a quick to do list tonight with a few things I need to nail down before the end of the month:
1. Find venue (needs to seat at least 150 -250)
2. Find caterer for venue (if necessary)
3. Come up with theme that is not too election-ish
4. Create mock invitation/ticket to present to fellow YRs at June 8th meeting
If you have any ideas you want to share my ears are open!
***Photo taken from Rubio for Senate 2010***
For the past week I have been stressed about school ending (only 6 more days!), grades due (I still have a few tests to grade), our summer plans (we need to visit family and squeeze in a vacation), money (I am always worried about money), and our home renovations plans (which suck up large amounts of both time and money). I also haven't been feeling so hot (mostly due to stress) and I haven't been holding up my share of household duties (which means our house may look clean, but please don't look in any closets or under our bed!).
I find that when I am most stressed, I end up harboring my worries until they overtake me and manifest themselves in the form of a migraine, cold, or stress eating. As a Christian this approach to stress is crazy and yet I do it time and time again.
A few months ago I subscribed to a daily devotional blog. I read it every morning with my coffee as I am getting dressed for work. While I read the passages and message daily, they have never spoke to me like they have today.
Today's post centered around Psalm 23, which I could quote since the age of four. It's one of the first scriptures they teach up pentecostal kids in Sunday school. As many times as I have read and said the words "The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever." I still doubt that I can rely on God for my prosperity, my comfort, and needs. God is constantly providing for me even as I stumble around looking for ways to take care of myself.
Today and for rest of this crazy week I am going to remind myself that it is not my job to fix and change my circumstances. It is my job to rely and trust my Shepherd to guide me, comfort me, and take care of my household. After all, its much easier to be faithful then to be stressed!
Monday, June 1, 2009
1. Eat more fruits and veggies
2. Cut out soda (even my precious coke zero)
3. Work out daily
4. Save $
5. Keep house clean
While I am constantly trying to do all of these things I am failing miserably.
Today I actually ate Doritos for dinner? Who does that? My fridge is stocked full of delicious fruit, fresh cut vegetables, and all the fixings for a healthy dinner and I choose Doritos?
I plan my daily workout for the afternoon, lay out my workout clothes, and upload a playlist on my ipod and I find myself here on my couch at 7:30.
Mr. R and I are trying to save up money for a kitchen remodel and yet I find myself getting annoyed with him when he asks if I really need a new dress for school. (Yes, I do realize we only have 6 days left).
And while I am very conscious of how great my house looks when everything is put away, I choose to be a slacker and postpone most of the pick up and cleaning for the weekend.
What is wrong with me?