Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Birthday Celebration

Well, yesterday was Michael's birthday. I ended up working all day on my classwork. I got up and worked from 9 am to noon and then I went for my health screening. After that Michael and I ran for a quick lunch. After lunch I worked from about 1:15 to 5:30 and then we rode with Michael's parents over to Parnell to the K and T to eat supper. I actually finished my reading while we drove over. After we finished supper we stopped by Michael's co-workers and I picked out two new kittens for us. I'm pretty excited about getting them. Afterwards we went to Michael's parents how and while everyone else was eating cake I took a quiz and worked on a threaded discussion. I am really starting to resent this class. It seems like it is taking away almost all of my life time, my summer. I hate that I had to do all that on Michael's birthday. Even when we got home I had to write a paper! Today and tomorrow I have to read two chapters and take two quizzes! I have to do all of that and work a funeral dinner and go to a church supper tomorrow night! Then on Friday I have to take a midterm that is supposed to take between two and five hours!
Sorry, I just really need to complain today and get it all off of my chest!
Anyway, I better go and get to work!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Good times except for class

I am actually doing rather well. Michael and I relaxed on Friday night and on Saturday I worked on my class a little bit. Saturday evening we ate Pagilia's and then went to the bar with Bubba! It was really good to see him. I got the lucky job of driving the two boys home since I stayed sober for them. :) I was exhausted when we finally made it home after one in the morning! We got up on Sunday and went to church and after I went to my mom's. She had roast, mashed potatoes, home made noodles, and rolls. It was AWESOME! After we were done we went shopping for a bedspread. I actually found one I liked and will look nice in our new bedroom. There's a picture at the bottom of this post! Of course the bed in the picture isn't my bed! Anyway, I headed back so that I could watch the season premiere of True Blood. We LOVE that show. It was GREAT too!

Today I watched some kiddos early for one of my friends. I came home and ate lunch and then took a nap. (I couldn't get to sleep until after two o'clock - so I was in dire need of a nap.) After Michael got home we went and looked at refrigerators at Sears. We found one we liked but we weren't sure if it would fit in the spot in our kitchen. We ended up going and getting the garage door opener for the house and measuring the spot and going back to Sears. We ended up buying the fridge and got one heck of a deal! I am pretty excited because I really like the fridge! There's a picture of it at the bottom of the post too.

Tomorrow is Michael's birthday so I ended up making him a special meal because tomorrow he wanted to go to Parnell and eat with his parents. So I ended up making breakfast for supper. We had eggs, bacon, toast, and hash browns! It was really good!
I've done enough procrastinating ... guess it's time to do my school work. I'll probably be working all night long but oh well! At least I'll be done in two weeks!

Enjoy the pictures!
Here's our new fridge!

Our new bedroom set!

Thursday, June 11, 2009


I decided that it was time to jazz up the blog a little bit. I'll probably do this throughout the summer but it's because I have time during the summer. I'm lucky during the school year if I write once a month! I decided I had to try this background because it was titled Pookie and that's my nickname from Michael.
Today should be another long day! I still have a ton of pages to read in my textbook, not to mention I need to clean the house up because my parents might be coming to town this weekend! I am really struggling with reading this book because it isn't written in a people friendly manner. I feel like when they wrote the textbook that they just wanted to make everyone else feel stupid and them to feel really smart. I'm not stupid but jeez... this textbook is something else. Yesterday I finally just had to stop because I couldn't handle it anymore. I was kind of going stir crazy because all I had done was stuff for the class!
I did accomplish to walk three miles last night with my friends so that made me feel a little better!
I'm pretty excited today because I know I have one built in break! My friend, Carrie, is in town this week to help with one of the camps out at NW and she and I are going to eat lunch together. I'm also going to drive her by the new house! (I'll try to take some pictures of it at some point and put them on here!
We'll I better go! Lot's to do!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


Well, I have decided that I'm never going to take an online course again! Don't get me wrong, I really think I am going to like the class and the knowledge I gain from it but seriously.... it is EXTREMELY time consuming. I spent almost the whole day yesterday working on the class in some way or another. I had to go to Wal-Mart to buy a printer and then I had to go back because the printer didn't come with a USB cord. I had to print off all of the note, hole punch them, organize them, and get them into a paper. I had to read through the syllabus. I think had to go through the directions for my journal review, read a story and respond to it.... Can you tell that it's time consuming???? Sorry, I just feel like complaining today, maybe I'll be in a better mood tomorrow!

Here are some pictures from the Vegas trip!

The whole family (minus Aunt Jill and Uncle Terry) in front of our Hummer Limo. We're headed to The Mirage.

Michael and I at Hoover Dam!

Michael and I with one of the members of the Blue Man Group. It was a GREAT show!

I'll put more on later but this at least gives you an idea of what a great time we had at Vegas!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Viva Las Vegas, Packing, and Class

Well, we have went to Vegas and back!

We left Thursday and met my parents in St. Joe. We rode with them to Kansas City so we could save some money on parking. We had a little bit of turbulence at the end of our flight into Vegas. We checked into the hotel and hung out for a while. We then left and rode in our first taxi. To say the least the cabbie was on some very good drugs. He was driving like a maniac. We finally made it to Mandalay Bay, where we were watching The Lion King. We got our tickets and then ate at the House of Blues. The show was absolutely AMAZING! The costumes were so impressive. Right as we got back to our hotel, The Mirage, the volcano was erupting. We watched that and decided that we wanted to watch the Bellagio fountains. We trekked all the way to the Bellagio and watched the show and it was wonderful!

Friday we got up and ate breakfast with the whole family. Afterwards we got on our bus and headed to Hoover Dam. We checked out the dam and did the tour and everything. We even got to go to the Lake Mead Overlook. It is a pretty amazing feet that they were able to do everything that they did without computers. Michael and I decided that we needed to take a nap so we wouldn't be exhausted for our show that night. After our nap we got ready for supper at The Palm. It was the most delicious meal that I have ever had. Michael's prime rib was $47! It really was worth every penny. After the meal Michael and I went to the Blue Man Group. THEY WERE AMAZING! It's hard to put into words exactly how much we BOTH enjoyed it. That's a pretty big deal when Michael will admit that he liked it.

Saturday morning we decided that we would go down to the pool (before all of the skinny people made it down to the pool). The pool was really nice but we got out pretty quickly because there were some dark clouds coming. It never did rain (imagine that!) but it was cooling off - especially for Vegas. The whole time that we were there it only got over 80 one day, I think! After swimming we cleaned up and went to check out more of the strip. We ended up eating at Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville! It was a lot of fun. Then we went gambling at The Imperial Palace. They have what they call Dealer-tainers. Their blackjack dealers are celebrity impersonators. I decided I wanted to try Blackjack. Dolly Parton was my first dealer. After her I had Michael Jackson and Bette Midler. I had a blast and actually did pretty well. I ended up leaving with $66 of profit! We went back to the hotel and changed clothes for dinner and met the family and walked over to the Bellagio for their buffet. We were in line FOREVER but we finally got to eat! The desert at that meal was to die for! We decided to go downtown and watch the light show. It was a tribute to KISS. It was pretty amazing. I also found a cheap souvenir shirt! Then we rode the taxi back to the hotel and did a little gambling on the Wheel of Fortune Slot Machines! I was ready to crash so I went to bed. Michael made it home a little bit later.

I got up early on Sunday morning because I knew that I really wanted to play blackjack on more time before we left. Michael and I walked across the street to McDonald's and ate breakfast and then we headed to O'Shea's. It is a smaller casino and they had a $5 blackjack table so I decided to play. I started with $100 and I gave Michael $50 so that we wouldn't loose a ton of money. I ended up making some in the first couple hands so I gave Michael a total of $100 in chips so I was basically playing with the casino's money. I ended up walking away with $125 profit. Overall I ended up winning $191. I think that I lost around $60 so that made my profit for the week about $130. I was pretty excited that I was walking away from Vegas up and not down!

We went to the hotel to pack up and check out. We rode our hummer limo back to the airport. Our flight on the way back was uneventful and we even made it back 30 minutes early.

Monday I got up early and logged on to my on-line class. I did some classwork and then went for a walk with a friend. Michael and I ate lunch together and then my same friend, Amy, came over and helped me to start packing boxes for our move. I got a total of seven packed. Michael is so far behind at work that he didn't make it home until almost seven o'clock! He went to the store, since I was still packing stuff (which is taking longer because I'm getting rid of stuff), and we finally ate supper at 9:00.

This morning I got up and started to work on school stuff and decided that there's just too much information for this class to flip back and forth on the computer so I went and bought a printer so I could get organized. I am going to continue to work on school stuff this afternoon. I have to clean the house and do laundry sometime today too! Uuuggghhh.... so much to do - at least it's summer!

We'll I better go! I'll try to get some pictures up soon!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Leavin' in the AM

I'll be headed to Vegas in the morning!!!! We will be going to The Lion King tomorrow at 8 pm. Friday and Saturday we have a big supper planned for all of the family. I can't hardly wait to actually get to Vegas! I'll try and post pics when we get back from our trip.
Michael and I signed our papers for our mortgage. I'm pretty excited about the whole house thing! It'll be WONDERFUL as soon as we actually get to get into the house. I'll try to get some pics up of our new house too!
Well I better go so I can get packed.... I'll write when I get back!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Class done - Preparing for the Trip

This morning was WONDERFUL! I got to sleep in. I knew that I wouldn't really get to sleep in for a while since we'll be headed on our trip on Thursday. I wanted to take advantage this morning! I was sleeping extremely soundly and then the cat, Callie, jumped on my head and laid down on the pillows above my head. I started to pet her and then looked at the clock and it was 9:30!!!! I don't know the last time that I actually slept that long. I was amazed. Normally during the summer I wake up when Michael gets up but I just slept right through him juggling stuff around this morning.
A friend called me to see if I wanted to go with her and her kids to go get golf balls out of the pond at the country club. I was game so I headed over to her house. We ran around the golf course and found about 14 golf balls. Afterwards we went and ate at Applebee's for lunch. We both had some coupons so that helped out our bill A LOT!
Mid-afternoon I finally made it to school. I got all of my students' portfolios organized and turned in. I also finished cleaning up my desk so that it's ready to be moved out of the classroom. Every year they have to remove everything from our rooms so that they can rewax the floor. I'm just glad that I have everything ready to go so that they can wax the floor and they aren't waiting on me! :-)
I'm pretty excited about tomorrow... I am going to get stuff packed and ready to go for our trip. We leave on Thursday morning and we will be in Vegas until Sunday. After we get back I am planning on starting to pack things up around the house. I will also start my first Master's class on Monday right after we get back!
Well, I better get to bed!
Good night!

Monday, June 1, 2009


So, my summer has semi-official started. I had my last day of school on May 22nd. Then I spent Memorial Day weekend with my family and friends. We went to the Great American BBQ in Bonner Springs. The boys accomplished to get second place in the World Brisket Contest. As for the rest.... they were disappointed! Michael and I got back on Sunday and he had to put some rub on more meat! On Monday he cooked the pork for the St. Greg's Golf Tournament! While he was working on that I went to school to finish up grade cards. Monday we also looked at a house. It belongs to a family friend so we just called him to see if he would let us in. Michael's parents came with us. I completely loved the house. Michael liked it a lot too. It was built in 1971 and needs some updates but the structure itself is in great shape. We decided that we would like to go with our Realtor the next day and my parents to look at the house.
Tuesday morning we meet for some end of the year information. I had planned on cleaning and boxing up my classroom but I got a call from a friend that her babysitter was sick and she was in a bind. I ended up spending my afternoon watching two ADORABLE little boys from noon to about 4:15. I was pretty amped up by this point to go back and look at the house. My parents came up to look at the house with us. They liked the house too! We talked to the Realtor and decided that we wanted to put an offer on the house.
On Wednesday I had my catechatical class for school all day but in the middle of the day I snuck away and went to sign the papers to make the offer on the house! Thursday I had the same class all day. I was really nervous about the house but I was pretty hopeful. Friday morning, while I was at the St. Greg's Golf Tournament helping out a friend, Michael called and asked me if I wanted to buy a house! We were able to come to an agreement and we signed the papers on Friday mid-morning. I am still in shock that we are actually going to have a house of our own. One that needs a little TLC but a house of our own. To say the least I am totally STOKED!!!! We're supposed to close on July 15, but I'm hoping somehow we will be able to close sooner. We talk to the Mortgage guy tomorrow!!!
Michael and I will be homeowners!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)
This past weekend I had a friend come and stay with us. It was really nice. We relaxed and watched movies and just talked. Today I went to my classroom and I am almost compeltely finished with everything. I really only have a couple things to do tomorrow... That's why I said my summer has semi-started. After tomorrow I am completely free for my summer, except for my summer classes ;)
This Thursday my family is going to Las Vegas. When I say family I mean extended family on one side of the family. My aunts, uncles, cousins, sibling, parents, etc. We will all be heading out on Thursday and we won't be back until Sunday. I am pretty excited about this little vacation and I know Michael is even more excited than me! So even though my school year has ended our life is still pretty crazy!!!!