Tuesday, April 13, 2010

field trip

This weekend the fourth grade traveled to Austin and San Antonio. We have been studying the Texas Revolution, and had been pressing social studies so much last week to get them prepared. Come Friday we felt they were well prepared and ready to go. Sunday morning we left the school and set out for the Alamo!

While in San Antonio, we were able to see the Alamo and Mission San Jose. We walked along the Riverwalk and had dinner, and enjoyed the hotel as well! Monday we set out for Austin. We toured the Visitor's Center, the Capitol, and the Bob Bullock Museum. They were 2 jam packed days of learning and fun, and overall the trip was a huge success.

Fortunately the entire 4th grade had Tuesday (today) off since we had school all day Sunday, and it has been a fabulous day with an equal balance of productivity while being able to rest up and prepare for the remaining days this week.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

beth gets married!

After getting back from New York, I went to a wedding back in Houston. My good high school friend Beth got married to Erik. She looked so beautiful! We had a blast, and it was great seeing old friends.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

new york :)

My good friend/co worker and I had an itch to get out of the city. In a last minute whim, we flew to New York for four days during spring break. Oh yes we did! Jessica and I had an absolute blast! We spent the week with Lindsay, one of Jess' good friends from college and even got to see my dear friend Daniel while we were there!

Enjoy the pictures below.

This was the theme song for the week.

Day 1: Indian Food! This restaurant was featured on "Man vs. Food," look it up! It was so good. Everything about it was appealing.

Day 2: Alice's Tea cup. So delicious and so cute. Just ask Leti!

Brooklyn Bridge :)

St. Patty's Day :)

We got last minute cancellation tickets to see Wicked (that is, after waiting in line for 3 hours). Sorry, no pictures of that!

Central Park

Does this place really exist?!

Sunday, April 04, 2010

julie and julia

The other weekend my grandma was in town. My mom rented Julie and Julia, a movie she has been wanting to see forever. We ate corned beef and cabbage with cooked potatoes and carrots that my grandma made, and then homemade chocolate pudding for dessert. I thought it was very fitting considering our movie choice.

john, michael, and david

Life in Houston proves to be keeping me busy these days. I have simply owned the fact that blogs will just have to be written in waves when I have the time to sit and write.

I have been very proud of myself as of late in my spontaneity. There were a handful of concerts that I wanted to go to last month, but had trouble finding people to go with. I almost went solo to a couple of them (because I told myself that I had to go no matter what!), but actually found some concert buddies last minute.

A few weeks back I went to the John Mayer concert with my friend Lindsey. Both being first year teachers, we hadn't spent any time together post August so this was way over due. We bought tickets at the door and decided to see what was best available. So glad we did because we scored AWESOME seats on the 4th row. The concert was incredible. Mayer has mad guitar skills, but is haughty as hell.

Michael Franti and Spearhead opened, who were equally entertaining. So much so that Lindsey bought their album soon after.
The week after, David Gray played in downtown Houston. I had been wanting to go hear him, but never got around to buying tickets. (I refuse to buy them online now because the service charges are just ridiculous). Terry and my step brother Andrew were already planning on going, and come that night (a school night right before spring break), I sadly decided to stay home, rest and get things together for school because I had stayed out late the night before at the rodeo. Shortly thereafter, Terry gives me a call saying that they had 2 extra tickets for the concert! At that point I am in my pajamas with lots of school work around me. I hesitated for about 2 minutes, and then succumbed to the pressure. I called my friend Jessica, picked her up, and got there about 30 minutes after it started. OH MY GOODNESS. David Gray was so good! It was totally worth going, regardless of the work that awaited me at home.

In the past I have been so frugal and not so quick to jump on an opportunity, but that has been changing. It has been great discovering a balance and a happy medium. Please let me know if you are ever in need of a music buddy because I am totally there!