Sunday, August 23, 2009
While actual school does not start until September 2nd, tomorrow is move in day and the rest of the week will be about new teaching orientation and getting my classroom set up. I am going to be the K-2 Resource Teacher at Baller Elementary School in the Camas School District! I am VERY excited about it! I'm going to take lots of pictures in the next few days as I set up my classroom in my brand new school :-)
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Jason is the first new member since 1992 - which was when my cousin Caroline (far left) was born. Actually, that might not be 100% correct...hum, I'll have to do some invesigating. I don't know when my Aunt Elaine married my Uncle Foster.
Either way, I am their first grandchild to get married. There are 6 grandchildren in all...and the pressure is on, thanks to Rachel's toast at the wedding, to add another generation to the family ;-)
I can't wait until next summer...when we will hopefully have our every-other-year family vacation. Up until the wedding Jason hadn't met 5 of the family members and so I am excited for them to get to know him better, and visa versa. They are such a fun group that I am proud to be part of, and it's been fun to see how over the years we've changed, started awesome (silly)traditions, and had a ton of fun doing it!
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Now that we have all of our wonderful wedding picture's back...it is wedding story time! And do we have a few hysterical ones!
Just before walking down the isle with my Dad he was saying some very sweet things and definitely started the tears going! I definitely had some tears streaming down my face...they were happy tears, but they were there! Thankfully I had waterproof mascara on :)
Just shedding some happy tears right at the beginning of the ceremony!
Now, I did have some voice cracking and some tears during our vows but by the time it got to the rings part of it...I think I had gotten over it. But...I still had the Kleenex! I stood up there that whole time (well, all 9 minutes of it) trying not to drop the Kleenex. I kept thinking over and over and over again...DON'T DROP THE KLEENEX! Though that would have been funny in hind sight..
It was pretty funny. Jason thankfully had taken note during the ceremony at some point about the Kleenex so he knew it was there...just at the time...we could not communicate about how to get it out of my hand into his pocket without it being a distraction to the ceremony!
All in all the ceremony went smoothly. It was more "religious" than we wanted/asked for BUT in the end, we are married and that is what really matters!
We had one person turning their cell phone off (good) at the start of the ceremony (bad). They also happened to be sitting right up front directly in front of me, so they definitely got a mini death glare.
I also broke my tapper after we were done lighting in the unity candle, I jammed it back into the candle stick holder too hard...whoops! Really, I was trying to make sure it wouldn't tip over and catch anything on fire, and itstead I broke it! Broken is definietly better than fire, if I had to choose one! Good thing I didn't break the big one.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Some of the "Cole Family" ladies!
My maid-of-honor and best friend, Leena
The second shower I had was thrown by Jason's family and hosted by his Aunt Vickie. Adrienne was in charge of the game and did a wonderful job! I also have borrowed/stored for later some of the games that she came up with!
Playing a fun game!
The third shower was thrown by Jenelle Hutnik, a woman who I taught preschool next to for that school year. Even though there was a possibility I'd be moving...they still wanted to throw me a shower which just shows how kind of people they are! My Mom even made it up for the event :)
My Seven Oaks Staff + Mom!!!
My fourth, and final, shower was amazing! I am so lucky to have such great family friends. Besides my Mom and my cousin, and bridesmaid, Rachel...it was all friends who attended this shower. Thanks to Liz for hosting at her house, as well as Julie and Kathy for helping get everything together. My amazing bridesmaids came up with some even more fun games for me to borrow!!
All of my beautiful guests! Thanks everyone!!!
4 of the 6 best friends anyone could ask for!
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
The first snorkeling trip was just a 5 minute boat ride off of the resort property. They had some snazzy old school life jackets that I volunteered to wear around my waist. I am also a floater snorkeler. This was my first time jumping into the ocean not sliding in...like I said, it was a major accomplishment.
Dinner on the first night...
We did two really fun excursions while on the honeymoon. The first one was Tuesday when we went and climbed the famous Dunns River Falls. It was about a 90 minute drive from our resort and we had the BEST driver. He didn't pass, he didn't speed, he didn't swear! He was like no Jamaican driver I've ever seen! During the climb we switched camera's with another couple for the duration so we have a lot of great pictures of our adventure! You can see more honeymoon pictures on our Picasa site (link at top of page)!
All in all it was a wonderful vacation filled with everything from laughter to crying to Annie snorkeling more than twice on a vacation (a feat in and of itself)!!! More to come on some of the other activities we enjoyed - lounging on the beach, reading, and yes - snorkeling!
Monday, August 10, 2009
The black part (that looks like it should drain) should be connected to the gutter...not ending on the top of the roof...
So everything is as "on track" as it can be as far as buying a house is concerned. Our real estate agent and MetLife agent are 99.99% sure we'll be out of our town house by the end of the month!!! We'll be giving our 20 day notice tomorrow to our town house people...WOW!!!
Friday, August 7, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
Here are a few pictures I took today...like I said...the carpets are the first things that are going to be cleaned, followed closely with the walls!
The front of the house...
The kitchen...awesome cupboard space :-) Pull out shelves in the bottom cupboards.
We're guessing the previous owners had a little boy...the border is a little road...this will take a few coats to cover!That's it for now in regards to the house. Other than that we are just getting used to married life, which isn't really that different than "living together and dating life" except for it is fun to call each other husband and wife!
House Stats for those who've been asking...
3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 2 car garage, fenced back yard with a dog kennel (much to Jason's joy), 1440 SQ FT. Perfect started home for us!!!
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Now in some fairness, the realtor is a family friend so she actually stayed around a while and talked to my Mom! But none-the-less, that is awesome customer service!
We have our inspection tomorrow morning :-) And hopefully after that we'll be able to settle on a closing date. We have to give notice to our apartment by the 11th of this month if we don't want to double up on rent/mortgage payment...which we don't! I am going to take plenty of pictures tomorrow so I'll get one up soon! The first things on the agenda with the house is cleaning the carpets and washing all the walls and painting some...there is this hideous purple in the family room...which does not fit in with our Cougar style :-)
And now, in hind sight, it is a lucky thing we are getting this house. We know we can afford it on just my salary...thought we'll be living on a little love ;-) So in a few years down the road...if we are lucky enough to have children (and Jason a good job)...this house will not only fit us, we'll be able to still afford it if I do decide to take some time off...