Saturday, April 24, 2010

Okapi Goes to DC

I went to DC to visit Jocelyn for Spring break.  We had a blast!  Okapi joined us on many of our adventures.

Here is a video that I made for a digital storytelling assignment for my Technology in the School Library class.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Happy Halloween Fancy Nancy!

This was the first year since I’ve been teaching that we’ve been allowed to wear Halloween costumes to school! I’ve been planning on being Fancy Nancy since June, so I was very excited when my principal decided to let us wear costumes because who will appreciate my costume better than first graders?  My first graders absolutely loved my costume (and everyone else who knew about Fancy Nancy)!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

New Paint!



It’s really amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do for a house!  The walls in my house were so absolutely filthy that you didn’t even want to touch them.  Now they look so nice, I don’t want to touch them!  I’m very pleased with what a nice job the painters did.  And a happy mistake: they started a day earlier than scheduled, so they finished a day earlier as well!

Here are just a few quick snapshots of some of the house.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Cleaning House

IMGP2261If it’s not one thing it’s another.  I signed papers on Monday for my house and was to get the keys Wed or Thurs.  Well, the realtor listing the house didn’t get an updated approval letter from the 2nd bank, so title is waiting for the letter before I can close on the house.  So, I signed a paper saying that due to the pending purchase, I can occupy before the closing.  This way I can get in to clean and rip out carpet and get things started on the house.

Today I got a bunch of friends from church and work to help me clean the house because it was filthy!  We cleaned that house from top to bottom, including ripping out the carpet and pad.  I took a few pictures to document the cleaning process, but I got so busy ripping out carpet that I didn’t get everyone.  All told there were ten adults plus two girls helping.  I don’t know about everyone else, but every muscle in my body aches!

Hopefully the updated letter will come tomorrow so that I can get the keys on Tues/Wed!  It’s hard being patient!

A big thanks goes to Amber (and Julia and Lindsey), Jenny, Rachel, Sonya, Theresa, Leah, Ferlayna, Emily, and Krystal for all of their help!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

My House (Almost!)


Mom, Dad, Brent, and Chelsea were driving through Las Vegas to take Chelsea up to BYU-I and to take Brent to meet up with Jocelyn to drive to DC.  I called my realtor to see if we could get in the house so my parents could see it.  It’s a relief to know that they’ve seen the house and like it before it’s officially mine.  I “let” Mom take all of the pictures ;)

I got the letters of approval on Friday and I’m meeting with my lender on Monday.  So, the ball is finally rolling!  The close of escrow in October 10!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Let’s Celebrate!

I got the approval letters

for my house!!!!!! 


To celebrate, Jenny took me to Serendipity 3 and treated me to an ice cream sundae!  I chose the Deep Fried Oreo Ice Cream Sundae.  It was really yummy!

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Monday, August 17, 2009

Artwork for my Classroom


IMGP2181 Fancy Nancy, Duck, and Skippyjon Jones

I wanted to add a little splash to my classroom, so I made some fun artwork to hang behind my desk.  Canvases were on sale at Michaels, so I bought a few.  I found some images online and projected them on a canvas that I had taped to my whiteboard.  I traced with pencil and then colored in with crayon.  Crayon works surprisingly well on canvas!  My students say “Wow!  You made those?”.  I told them I just traced and colored, but they were still impressed.