Friday, December 31, 2010

Goodbye 2010

2010 was one crazy year!  As a teacher, I usually think of years being school years and sometimes I have to think if something happened last year or last school year.  I get confused.  Let's see if I can recap.

Matthew proposed on December 20th and the first 6 months of 2010 were all about getting ready for the wedding, marriage, and moving.

School was pretty tough.  I mean really tough.  Looking back I know that the teaching and the students didn't make it unbearable.  It was the lack of professionalism and working with people you couldn't trust with a 10 foot pole (besides a few people).  It made me question whether or not I made the right decision in becoming a teacher.  I spent the spring really considering grad school in order to get my Masters in Social Work.  When I was at Baylor I was able to spend A LOT of time at Mission Waco and serving the poor/homeless and I loved it.  I decided that if teaching wasn't my thing then Social Work must be it!  I started grad school at UTA in the fall and as soon as I started interviewing places for my internship I realized that Social Work isn't what I am supposed to do.  I decided to quit in the middle of the semester.  It was a really hard decision to make but I know I made the right choice.

I was super duper sick for the first half of 2010.  I came pretty close to needing minor heart surgery but it was scary enough.  I'm so thankful that Lord is The Great Physician.  Got the heart under control and therefore got the passing out problems under control.  I've also been on a miracle drug and haven't had any major allergy, sinus, or asthma problems since the spring!  That is one big deal!

Planning the wedding was a lot of fun!  There were a few stressful times but it seemed like everything fell into place; like it was meant to be  :)  Matthew's favorite party of wedding planning was cake testing.  His least favorite was licking the envelopes and sticking the stamps on.  He was a great sport.
I had my bridal portraits done.
We had engagement photos done.
Had a bachelorette party (photos not appropriate  :P )
And we had an incredible wedding!

My lease in my apartment was up in February so I got to live with my partner in crime, Angie, for a few months.  We had way too much fun together.  We could write a book about our adventures of living together.

In June I quit teaching at the school I had been at for 3 years.  It was hard to leave the students and a few friends but I really wasn't sad to leave.  Matthew and I moved into our new apartment.

Matthew and I went on the PERFECT honeymoon.  We spent 2 nights in San Francisco down at Fisherman's Wharf and then drove to Healdsburg in the Sonoma Wine Country.  We spent 4 nights at a cute bed and breakfast.  The owner used to be the head chef at Churchill Downs in Kentucky and made the most delicious breakfast.  We visited wineries, drank wine all day long, and even went on a hot air balloon ride!  I can't wait to go back.

My grandmother sold her house and I was able to spend some time with her helping her move.  It was a lot of fun to go through my grandparents things.  It made me miss my granddaddy like no other but it was good to talk about it him as much as we did.

This fall I helped teach Sunday School to K-3rd graders.  It was a lot of fun and as cute as can be but I don't know what to do with those little people.

I've been fortunate to do some long term substitute jobs this semester.  I've already been hired for this school district and both schools that I've taught at want to hire me for next school year.

My dad has been cancer free for all of 2010  :)

The Lord has been so good and faithful.  I'm healthy, my family is healthy and I never thought I would be married, especially in my 20's and here I am, married to my best friend and the one and only man for me.

I'm looking for to what the Lord has in store for us in 2011.

Texas Bowl Adventures

Wednesday Matthew dropped me off at the airport bright and early so I could go to the Texas Bowl to see my Baylor Bears win.  My friend Angie picked me up from the airport and we went straight to lunch.  When we're together, we're pretty good eaters and we always have a little something something to drink when we dine together.  We had lunch at a really yummy Italian Restaurant called Zio's.  When we arrived it was right after 11:00.  As soon as we were seated the server offered to give us samples of a new white wine, 7 Daughters.  We always take free samples!  Then he offered the bottle to us.  Usually, when people ask if we're going to have any wine its a fast reply of "Of course" but since it wasn't even noon yet we were a little hesitant, but not for long!  Being the out of control girls that we are, we decided to order a bottle.  During our three hour lunch, we happened to make great friends with our server, met the local manager, met the guy who's in charge of designing the menu (yes, Angie said she would like to see more pictures in the menu) and we also met the guy who owns all of the Zio's in Texas.  Apparently they were having a pretty important meeting.  We managed to get all of the guys to sit down with us and visit for about 15 minutes each.  I love hanging out with Angie, she makes friends where ever she goes!  On January 24th a Zio's will be opening in the DFW area.  I'm pretty excited, they had some really delicious food.
We left for Angie's parents' place and hung out with her family for a little while and then Angie, Angie's mom, and I headed for the Baylor Game.  I was pretty excited because I just knew my Bears were going to win.  When we finally arrived at the game and found our seats, the Bears were already trailing by 6 points.  The Bears never caught up.  The Bears must have been nervous because they played awful!  It was a little embarrassing.  I felt like I was at a football game from my college days when we expected them to lose.  There were a ton of Baylor fans at the game.  I'm really proud to see that many fans come out and support the Bears even though they didn't show up.  Being at the game was fun, I had a good time teaching Angie and her mom the sic'em bears, and all of the cheers.  Also, Angie and I were enterainted by the crazy man sitting across the way from us.  He was not too happy with the calls the refs were making and he let everyone around him know that he was not a happy camper.
Better luck next time Bears.
That was all we did.  Angie and I drove back to DFW the next morning.  I really miss seeing Angie 5 days a week.  We still talk just about everyday but it isn't the same as seeing each other.  It was great to spend that much time with her.

Crazy Guy from the Baylor Game.  I love his wife's BU socks  :)  I'm sorry the picture isn't the best

Good Bye Houston!  See you next time!  I love this statue  :)