Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Hearing or Life?

My mom called me tonight and told me about a little segment she saw on Good Morning America today. After hearing her tell me the story of this young woman, I wanted to see the story myself. It's a touching story that reminds you not to take some of our everyday conveniences for granted. It made me tear up and pull out my ipod when I was done watching. Please watch this. It's not long and I hope it reminds you to count your blessings today!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Honeymoon....the breakfasts

One of the best parts of our honeymoon, hands down, was the breakfasts we had each morning at the B&B. We figured the breakfasts would be "okay", but we weren't expecting anything close to what we got. The owners of the place went above and beyond with this meal. And since we were in our own cottage, we would find breakfasts waiting in a basket out front around 9:00 each morning. Who can complain about that?

when we first got there they asked what we liked as our morning beverage, and lucky me, I got hot tea each day! And as another bonus, one of m favorite tea companies, Stash, is based in Oregon, so each day I had a full assortment of Stash teas to choose from!

And just as an added bonus, we had our own little patio/deck that sat along a creek, so we were able to enjoy breakfast at the little table outside. It was so lovely!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Today I:

Today I:
  • Got more done in the classroom! It's starting to look like a classroom! Can't wait to show off the finished product!
  • Became a little stressed by the curriculum I'll be teaching next year. We had a workshop on 4th grade social studies and math, and while it was helpful, it has me feeling a little anxious about all I'm going to have to do.
  • Realized that my new school could not be a better fit for me, no matter how hard I tried. I am just so pleased that this is where I ended up at the end of my job search. I applied for a job here without knowing anything about the school, and I am now feeling very blessed to be able to have gotten a job here.
  • Watched my dog get drooled on by a massive Great Dane named Dalton at the dog park. Eww. And then she rolled in the dirt. Who doesn't love a dog caked in dirt and another dog's drool?
  • Ate Chik-Fil-A for lunch with a new coworker! Waffle fries and polynesian sauce are a major weakness of mine!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

honeymoon day 1

Our honeymoon began with an early morning flight out of Virginia to Oregon. It was nice traveling west because we gained three hours thanks to the time difference. We got there at 12pm, so we still had a large chunk of the day to take in. We accidentally drove into Washington, but that was okay with us since neither one of us had ever been there. We decided to make an adventure out of it and eat lunch there.

After lunch, we got on the road to head to our B&B . We made a lot of stops along the way, at scenic pull offs and to the Tillamook Forest Center, which, by the way, I highly recommend! Awesome displays here and a pretty view!
We finally made it to our B&B. It was so adorable. So much attention to detail. Hence the heart shaped brownie and sweet note:
We found a local brewery for dinner, where we both had a locally caught fish. Delicious! And the microbrews weren't bad! One of our favorite parts about visiting Oregon was all the local beer.

It was a wonderful first day that ended with a gorgeous Pacific sunset! Something we don't get over here in Virginia!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Oregon Honeymoon

This is just the beginning in a collection of honeymoon posts!

Not long after we got engaged, J and I started talking about what we wanted in a Honeymoon. We knew we didn't want to go somewhere with lots of people. We wanted something quiet and peaceful. And that's exactly what we found in the Oregon coast. It was a beautiful place. It was a little cold for me, being a girl from the mid-Atlantic. We had such a nice time. Our B&B was adorable and cozy and romantic and the breakfasts were incredible! They were brought to us in a basket each day, and everyday I was too full for lunch.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008


Confession: I have a severe addiction to fountain soda. I love it even more when it's Pepsi or Cherry Coke. I think it started in college, when the only soda I drank was fountain soda, since that's what all the dining halls had. This past year as I have been on my own, I am discovering that I crave it. I can buy canned soda at the grocery store, but it's truly not the same thing. I need the bubbly fountain-es that comes in a cup with a straw (even better if it's a bendy straw) and good ice (I prefer crushed).

Now that I am done confessing my love for fountain soda, I will move on to other important developments in my life.

School is getting close! I have been at my new school every day this week trying to get stuff done. On Monday, I met the other new teacher in 4th grade who will be my partner. After meeting her, I became even more excited about this school year. She's around my age, which is exciting because we've already found a lot that we have in common. Last year, I spent most the year feeling completely on my own, and I know that I had nothing in common with my team. They ate lunch together everyday in one of the teacher's rooms, and never once asked me to join them. That should give you a good idea of how much we got along. But anyway....that's the past! I now have a new partner, who I am pretty psyched about working with. I will be teaching the math and she's doing the reading. As a student, I never enjoyed math, but I love teaching it. As a student, I always had A's in language arts. Loved it! Now, as a teacher, I dread teaching reading. It was the most painful part of my day last year. I know my school year won't be perfect, but I do know that it's starting off well!

Yesterday and today I started the unpacking and cleaning that comes with moving into a new room. I have a long way to go, but some progress has been made. I also got up my bulletin board papers and borders. Teachers out there...does this ever get easier? It takes me forever to put up the paper! But it's done now, and I can go into work week knowing those are already finished.
My lovely closet space. So much still has to go in here

The room is a mess...but it's slowly improving!

Reading area, still have more books to put on the shelves, and my mom is going to make some big pillows to put on the ground!

At least that bulletin board is done!

So anyhow, this is what I've been doing lately. Well, this and playing Mario Kart with my husband. A friend of ours gave us this game for the Wii as our wedding present, and we're LOVING it. We've gotten pretty competitive, and it's rare that I win. But I do want to post on here, for all to see, that I won a race last night. I only beat him by 2 points, but in the end, that's all I needed to brag for the next 24 hours.

And seriously, there will be a honeymoon post soon, I promise!

Monday, August 11, 2008

the bracelet

I know I said honeymoon photos would be next, but Sara asked a question about my bracelet today, and I thought it would be more fun to answer with a full post!

As you can see in the photo, the bracelet, has my name, Rachel, engraved on it. This bracelet belonged to my great-great-grandmother, who was also named Rachel. I don't know for sure how it was passed down through the years, but my maternal grandmother gave it to me as a birthday gift when I was either 12 or 13 (I can't remember!).

Back in February, my mom asked me if I'd wear the bracelet as my "something old" for the wedding. I, of course, said yes, but didn't think much of it then since my wedding was still 5 months away. It gets to be a week before the wedding and I realize, I still haven't found my bracelet. I have done a LOT of moving in the past few years, between moves for college and moving in with my husband, and I realized that I had no idea where that bracelet had ended up. I did a lot of searching, and after freaking out a little bit (ok, it was more like freaking out a lot), the bracelet was found in an old jewelry box of mine at my parents' house!

I went into the wedding just wearing it as my something old. I didn't think anyone would even notice it. I was SO wrong though. It caused so much conversation at the wedding! I had so many questions about it. But of course that made me happy. It was fun and special to wear something that is over 100 years old, and holds significance to me and my family.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

7.26.08: Reception

My collection of reception pictures could keep you busy for hours. Jennifer did such a fantastic job and took SO many photos. Hopefully, they will give you some sort of idea as to how much fun our after party really was!


Saturday, August 9, 2008

7.26.08: Formal Shots

Have you been watching the Olympics? I have been loving it. The Opening Ceremonies were pretty incredible last night. I am looking forward to watching swimming, diving, volleyball, and gymnastics; however, I am sure I'll become a fan of a new sport before it's all over!

As promised, here are the formal photos from the wedding. I can't believe that it's already been two weeks!! This summer is flying by. There's a lot of photos in this post. Hopefully you aren't too tired of wedding posts. I promise there will only be a few more!

Next post: Reception Photos!