Thursday, March 25, 2010

New Adventure

I'm about to start a new adventureI'm super excited.  I haven't been shy telling you I've been a bit overwhelmed lately.  I need a change.  In a week and a half that's exactly what I'm going to get.  I've been hired by the Art Institute in Fort Worth to teach a class.  Hopefully another quarter I will have another class but for now, I'm happy with 1.  I will also be majorly reducing my hours at CMA so that I can spend more time at home.  It's been a really long road to this decision.  It probably shouldn't have been but I had a hard time trying to figure out what to do.  I felt like a failure becuase I couldn't manage a family and a full time job.  I'm surrounded by wonderful working moms who seem completely happy and balanced and fine.  Why can't I be fine?  Why can't I balance everything too?  I guess what I finally discovered is that you can be a balanced and happy working mom- and that's Gods plan for THEM.  But God has a different plan for ME.  And that's okay.  We all have different paths.  I'm so thankful for that.  I am hoping to help Mike out more at church and take care of the house better and start a new adventure in the teaching.  I am so thankful for working moms- like my OB.  I'm thankful for all of the different adventures that shape who we are and give us different perspectives- and hopefully we can encourage each other in the process. 

Sorry for rambling. 

I'm sorry I haven't been able to talk about it.  I didn't think it was appropriate to talk about my job situation when people from work read the blog.  God really worked to make this an ideal situation.  CMA was totally understanding about reducing my hours and very willing to work out a new schedule.  Art Institute (Ai) has been amazing.  I have lover everyone I have met there and the Dean that hired me is going to be a lot of fun to work for.  He's not worried that I have not taught before and is very willing to help me learn how to be a great teacher.  The program there is great and they are very student focused so I can't wait to meet my students and get started.  If you want to go back to Art school you should come visit and check it out. 

I'm so excited.  Did I already say that?  I need a change, I like change. 

I'm teaching Drafting 1You might laugh a little if you are familiar with what I do.  I haven't done Drafting 1 since I took Drafting 1.  Drafting 1 is hand drafting which isn't done a lot.  BUT... what you learn in Drafting 1 is the foundation for pretty much everything you will do the rest of college and beyond.  Learning to draw it by hand will help when they learn to draw it on the computer.  I went to training yesterday and left very excited and very much on information overload. 

I'll keep you posted on all my teaching adventures, I'm sure there will be some good stories!

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Sunday, March 21, 2010

1st Birthday Bash!

I can’t believe we made it… but we did.  Cason turned 1.  Whew, what a year.  I decided to throw a little party.  Yes, yes, he won’t remember… but I will.  And darn it, we deserve a party after this year.  So we gathered family and a few of Cason’s friends and family and partied hard.

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I’m no graphic designer but I love to pretend like I am.  There are billions of awesome invitations out there that would have taken like 5 minutes to get but no, had to do my own.  You will start to see a theme here :-)

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Cason’s favorite food is Cheerios so I couldn’t leave those out!

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Cake Balls.  This was my first (and possibly last) experience making cake balls.  They were yummy, but somewhat labor intensive.  I have it out of my system now.  Head over to THIS site if you really want to go cake ball crazy. 

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Drinks.  I love Izze’s.  If you haven’t tried them, you should.  Very yummy.  I also had a drink called Dry Soda.  The flavor we had was vanilla but they have lots of flavors.  I went all over town to find them- Central Market was the place.  It’s carbonated water and a little flavor and a little (very little) sugar.  If you are expecting a sweet soda you won’t get it.  I love the vanilla and the cucumber.

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Just plain ‘ole water bottles with labels I printed on the computer. 

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Chocolate dipped pretzels- Yummy!

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My sister made cupcakes, thankfully.  They were super yummy and at the end of the day, I forgot to take one home to get pictures of C digging in.  Oh well, I’ll fake the photos another time. 

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Here’s 1 of the 3 pictures I got of Cason during the party, and it’s not that great.  Great job Mom.  Oh well, I think some other people got some pictures.  He’s not ready for the slide- he leaned straight back and didn’t really enjoy it.  Maybe next year. 

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Here’s one of the other pictures I got.  Cason’s back.  Great.  At least Michelle and Jack look good. 


Okay, got the party bug out of my system for a few years.  I’ll stick with backyard celebrations until he is old enough to help pay.  :-)

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Cason loves wandering around behind his new toy.  I think he loves the freedom of walking.  He will walk and walk until he runs into a wall or a piece of furniture- then look around and grunt for one of us to come turn the toy around so he can get back to walking.  Over and Over it goes.  I guess I need to find a bigger open space to roam.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

I'll Be Back

I'll be back to blogging soon.  Life has been a bit busy right now and we have been up to fun things like the stomach virus, a cold (for me an C), ear infection, pink eye, very little sleep, and very busy at work.  All that leads to putting a hold on all things fun.  I could show you more pictures of my messy house or I could just wait until there's good things to share.  Good things like- Cason is turning 1 next week!!!  I can't believe it.  I'm hard at work trying to pull together a little celebration that he is sure not to remember.  I'll take pictures and maybe one day he will thank me!

Here's a pic to make you me smile.
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