Thursday, January 28, 2010

Done with the Singles Ward

So, it's official. I am no longer a member of the Singles ward here!
I told the folks at my ward that my last day would be the 24th. Our ward executive secretary is super on top of things. My records were probably transferred on the 24th, but I just logged into the ward website page on and I am officially out of the singles ward.
I'll be honest, I'm a little freaked out about it, but it's all good and I know I'm doing the right thing. I'm sure I'll meet lots of great people and will have wonderful experiences. Right now, I'm just glad that I will still see my friends often! :)

School Shenanigans

I had some fun and/or interesting happenings at school lately, so I thought I'd post some of them on here.
It was class picture day last week. Kristie and I have known that we have the same sweater, but luckily have never worn it on the same day . . .until picture day. So, it will now be recorded that we have the same sweater and that we wore it on the same day.
We made our Oreo penguins again this year for our Antarctica unit. The kids really enjoyed it, probably because they got to eat this art!
I loved this shot!
Here's a close-up of one that is missing part of it's head. I decided to take a close-up a little too late. Most of the kids were munching away.
Also part of our Antarctica unit was a presentation last Friday. A friend from my ward, Melissa, works for Exxon and has been to Antarctica twice. She's a geologist. Anyway, she made a powerpoint and did a presentation and even let the kids drill her with questions. Everyone loved it!
We also did our snowman scenes like I do every hear with my class. This little guy was too cute for me not to take a picture. We use model magic and they always turn out so cute!
This one keeps cracking me up. I noticed a few weeks ago that some of the girls in my class were doing this with their hands during a couple of our "pledges" in the morning. We do FOUR PLEDGES! We pledge to the American flag, the Texas flag, we have a Panther Pledge for our school and a "Go Green" pledge. For the American and Texas pledges, the kids had their hands over their hearts, but on the last two pledges, they were doing this. I asked what it was all about, and apparently, they're panther claws. Instead of holding their hand straight up (like when you take an oath), they raise their hand and make a panther claw. I can't stop laughing when they do that! I meant to get a picture of them in the act, but settled for grabbing a couple of them after school at the YMCA program at our school.
This video is ridiculous. Every morning the kids come in and unpack. They have a warm up paper on their desks that they get right to work on. They get a book after that. That's been the routine since the beginning of the year. Well, the tardy signal in our school is the "Pink Panther" theme. When the kids hear that music, they know they better get to class so they're not late. Every once and a while, the office puts some different music on. This day, they randomly put the Charlie Brown music on and this is what happened. Notice my good few who are actually doing what they're supposed to. Also, my apologies if you see one of my boys dirty dancing at the very beginning. He wasn't doing that when I got out the camera. Bad timing for me!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010


Check this guy out! Thanks for sending this to me, Mom!
Thanks to Nate for sending this one! This girl is awesome!

Where's Waldo?

I've been a bad picture taker lately! I had a super fun weekend and I didn't take a single picture. Worse yet, this weekend was two weekends ago!
It was all in honor of Kim's birthday. We started out with lunch at the Cheesecake Factory in the Woodlands. It was delicious, of course.
We then watched "Leap Year." It was very "chick flick" ish, but it was enjoyable. We were all fans of the guy in the movie!
The fun, creative part came as we played the Martin version of Where's Waldo in The Woodlands Mall. We wore disguises and dispersed ourselves throughout the mall. Those who were not dressed up had to go find those that were. I got found right away - BAD LUCK! Julie and Katherine kept everyone searching for quite awhile. They had that baby carriage that really threw folks off.
Here are all of us that dressed up. We had a good amount of people that showed up for some or all of the events. We all hung out at Katherine's after and enjoyed some time by the fire because IT WAS COLD!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Happy New Year!

My New Years this year was low key and a lot of fun.
I had a few friends over for some Navajo tacos. We should have used a timer so Julie could be in the picture too.

Katherine brought a lot of her hats so we could add a little more fun to the evening.
After dinner, we headed upstairs for some ping pong. Here's Kim posing with the "guardians." We put these guys by the stairs to keep ping pong balls from going down.
Here are Katherine and Julie #2 getting warmed up. We were going to do another tournament, but ended up just playing around the world.
After ping pong, we were ready for round 2 with the fry bread. We put honey on it this time and it was quite tasty.
I was excited to have Jessica and Jason come for a short visit. They played ping pong with us and visited for a while.
We got a picture of the girls who knew Jess when she lived here.
I thought this was a funny picture. I had a marker out so we could write our names on our cups so they wouldn't get mixed up. Julie's hilarious!
Jess & Jason left and we watched a movie. Julie #2 had to leave because she was headed back to Idaho the next day. The rest of us had a little slumber party.
I made some yummy breakfast on Friday morning. These are aebleskivers. Susannah gave me the pan for Christmas. We made them Christmas morning, but I had to try it out again. They were pretty good!
I only had enough buttermilk to make 3/4 of a batch so I made some pancakes too. It all tasted really good!
This could actually be another post, but I thought I'd stick it on here. After the girls left my house after breakfast, I headed over to the Tomball area to pick up my new bike that Adam found for me on Craigslist. I LOVE it! On Saturday, Katherine, Julie, and I got our bikes and headed downtown for a ride. It was a lot of fun.
We stopped by Minute Maid park for Katherine to jump around for a bit. She did really well!
Julie and I wanted to see how steadily we could ride. We stayed right next to each other for about a block before we had to stop at a light. It was a fun time all around.