Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Is it dinner time yet?

This is one of those weeks where I feel like spending more time than usual making dinners for each night. Tonight I decided that it was a good night to enjoy some potato soup. I tried a new recipe that I found for my crock pot. I'm always so skeptical when trying new recipes but I'm also very excited to try it tonight. Tomorrow will be homemade pizza,and thursday seems like a barbecue chicken kind of night. I can't wait!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Leroy the dog

My boyfriend had never had a dog while growing up. Me being a dog lover, didn't need much convincing to agree on getting one. Our dog Leroy is a pure yellow lab. We rescued him from the animal shelter when he was nearly two years old. He was a runner. He ended up in the shelter twice from running away from his home, for reasons we still wonder about. He had only been in the shelter for one day his second time, when we just so happened to take a chance and look at the selection of dogs. We could barely hear ourselves think over the noise of the barking dogs as we walked past the kennels. I had given up hope as we started walking past the last row of kennels. Leroy (formally known as Woody) was sitting in his kennel, sharing it with an obnoxious brown dog. He was the only dog not barking, I had a good feeling about this one. When we took him out to play, he didn't jump on us or try to lick us. I was instantly reassured that he was the one. To this day, a year and a half later, I am constantly reminded of how lucky and blessed we were to be able to give Leroy a safe and loving home to live in. He has changed our lives forever.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Spring Fever

My desire for sunshine is increasing more and more each day. I love the snow, and watching it fall sends a relaxed feeling through my mind, but the sensation of warm sunshine is what I am really needing. A golden tan, vegetables growing in the garden, going on walks at 10 p.m., and the smell of beautiful roses blooming at the edges of the lawn. I might have a little bit of spring fever.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Just want to cook

With school, homework, work, yoga, and having a social life, it is so difficult for me to find the time to cook. My obsession with cooking all started a couple years ago when my boyfriend and I started dating. He is the least picky person I have ever met (with the exception of my mom) when it comes to food, so you can imagine my excitement each time I want to experiment with a new recipe. While reflecting on all of the things that are on my to do list, I start daydreaming about being in my kitchen, wearing my apron and whipping up all different kinds of recipes. Texas sheet cake, marinated chicken, baked salmon, and boiled asparagus were just a few of the mouth watering favorites that I love to cook. Once reality set back in, I thought, "Maybe one day I'll be able to stay home, not have to worry about work or school and cook as much as I want for my family." That will be the good life.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Family Time

This past weekend, my boyfriend, our dog Leroy, and I went home to Idaho for a little get away. Its amazing how spending time with family can affect my mood so greatly. My mom, my boyfriend's mom, and I went to see the movie August: Osage County. It wasn't the best movie that I have seen lately but being able to sit in the middle of my mom and my boyfriends mom made me reflect on how great my life is. I am unbelievably blessed to have found my soul mate, who's family I love just as much as my own, and to be able to spend precious time with both mine and his all together. Times like these are what makes me count my many blessings.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

First graders

Today was the first day that I was able to experience being in a first grade classroom. After being placed in a third grade practicum last term, I was really looking forward to being in the first grade. I have always been interested in working with younger children after working in a daycare all through high school, so this is the perfect place for me, at least I hope. If all goes well, this grade will be the one that I will go on to teach after graduating in the spring.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Yoga Pilates Tuesday

I started going to yoga pilates classes again after not going for a good two years. I love yoga and always have. Since getting back into the classes, I have felt so much better both physically and mentally. Every day, I look forward to Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings just so that I can make it to an hour of yoga pilates. The stretching and movements really relaxes my body and mind which is what I need after a long day of school, work, and homework. Today is Tuesday, and all that I can think about is getting through the day so that I can get into that great yoga stretch and let go of any negative or overwhelming things from my day.