Monday, August 27, 2012

morning drive

There are some times of the day that I just absolutely love. And there are some times of the day where I wish they never exsisted.

Case in point: When my alarm ring a ding dings the most annnnnoying sound in the universe at 5:45, I officially hate life. Then 6:06 where I know I have to get up or I will be extremely late and have to actually step out into the real world one blind step at a time because I cannot, just cannot open my eyes yet.

Every morning I think to myself, "How is it already this early?" And every night I think "Where did the day go?"

Time flies. So fast. It's quite scary.

So at about 6:45 each morning, I just soak that fast paced life in. One of my favorite times of the day (other than the moment I get home from a busy exhausting day to the husband-never knew how much I'd appreciate that). I have about a 20 minutes drive to work each day. That a blessing.

I have time to drink my entire two cups of coffee, eat my holy shiz I'm going to be late - out of the door breakfast, and listen to a little christian rock. As I drive by the empty fields I just smile every morning taking it in. The country just warms my little soul. I love everything about it.

That moment each morning reminds me of precious moments that can mean so much. Even when they can mean so little to someone else. Those are the moments that keep us sane. Keep us waking up for more (among many other things, obviously).

Or at least keeps me smiling at 6:45.

Cheers to a MONDAY that ended in no sickness, no blood, and thankfully all 18 children still standing.

I think I'll come back for more tomorrow :)

Friday, August 24, 2012


One thing before the weekend.

I miss this blog. And I miss all my blog frans.

Maybe by Christmas I will have my life back. Husband hopes so too.

For now I'm just trying to mold some little minds, and keep the husband smiling. Even though I think he is still adjusting to my hair supplies/makeup/clothes all over the place. Oh, and hair. I really don't know how I have any left.

Anyway, just wanted to say hi. I miss you. And I will return soon. At least I am crossing my fingers it happens more than twice a week.



Monday, August 20, 2012

Honeymoon Beachin' It

Well it's that time again. Monday Monday, one day closer to Friday. Thank you Lord.

It's been quite the busy few days of starting teaching and homegirl is worn out. I feel about 85. Well, my feet and knees do at least. Bath time is definitely a crucial element to my day.

I wanted to continue on today (tonight) with my Honeymoon recaps. You can see all about our excursions here. Even though I really hate doing this because all I want to do is jump in the pictures and peace out of town back to the Dominican land. 

Today I'm going to reminisce about the beach. Oh the beach, the beautiful heavenly beach. Okay time out, who wants to jump on an airplane?!

But really the beaches there were gorgeous. And to think there are beaches much prettier is just too crazy for me to believe. It was a dreamland. And no sharks were near so I loved it that much more. 

The beach is where we spent about 82.59% of our time on the 'moon. Jeff talking to his favorite Dominican friend, and me reading away and just soaking it all in. It couldn't have got much better. 

Excellence Punta Cana, I want you back.

Here are some photos of where I left a little piece of my heart. 

WARNING: Picture overload. You are welcome for sparing you about 100 others. :)

Ahh... I can now continue my week.  

Thursday, August 16, 2012

First Day as a Teacher

What a day.

I went into this morning pretty much terrified. I had no idea what to expect and really just felt clueless. Not that I know anymore than I did, but I ended the day with a smile on my face...and that is all I could ask for. Even though I totally couldn't feel my legs and my bladder was so angry that I couldn't go all day, I survived.

Somehow the day just flew right by me and I really got nothing done. However, I DID get to know the students so that was pretty successful in my book. I think I scored on my class. I am saying this now just in case in totally changes tomorrow and I want to run home and hide. :)

They are so sweet and I actually am pretty excited about the year. Hopefully we all get on the same page so everything isn't procedures out the wazooooo.

What made my day more than anything was the support I received.

My mom has been my saving grace as usual. Sending me lots of info about the first day and first day activities. Her and my dad were trying to save me by sending sweet and encouraging texts. I think it worked. And to my surprise and much thanks I got flowers from the rents and Jeff. Record. And coming home to my husband was a blessing in itself.

So tomorrow might be totally hell and awful, but I'm just going to enjoy today. Or maybe that's the bath relaxation and beer talking.

Thursday for the WIN.

p to the s. I don't add this stuff to brag or boast (sp?) I do it to count my blessings. Especially on those really really really sucky days. Let's just pray tomorrow doesn't happen to be one of them!

Flower & Sign from Students 

Reminds me of pinterest. haha
Flowers from the Fam Bam

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Honeymoon Excursions

Hey hey heeey!

No professional wedding pictures back = No wedding recaps. SO I am going to pop out the pictures I DO have which are of the honeymoon.


The honeymoon was a surprise to me, as Jeff and my aunt planned the entire trip. Not one soul told, and I loved finding out at the airport. All I knew was to pack for the beach. And I have got to say I am super proud of myself (and mom) for being able to fit everything into a carry on.

I'm going to break the trip down into categories so it isn't like 500 bazillion pictures at once. And so I can reminisce on all the fun times we had over those six days.

Today's category is EXCURSIONS.

Even though the resort was absolutely gorgeous and beyond amazing, it was nice to venture into town every once in a while. We went on two excursions while we were there. The first one was Zip Lining.

Holy awesomesauce. One of the most fun things I've ever done. Even though it ended way too fast. If you have ever wanted to feel like you are a bird just flying through trees and over rivers, then you need to get to zip lining.

Plus, you can see for days up there and the view is just stupid awesome. Beautiful doesn't even describe how awesome it was.

On the way up to the zip lining I got to see for the very first time a banana tree, coffee, and cocoa beans. Kinda crazy to see all the bananas just chilling on the tree instead of in the store. Oh and note to self, never try a cocoa bean straight off a tree ever again. Yuck.

This was definitely our favorite of the two and wanted to do it again and again and again. Sadly they don't let you fly through trees all day long. Now I just can't wait to do it again, tarzan style.

The second excursion we did was dune buggies 

Pretty much they were little jerry rigged go carts that took you to the beach, a cave, and got you all sorts of muddy. And when I say muddy, I'm not messing around.

No horse poo or mud going in our mouths. Yes, we look kinda creepy.

We for some reason thought we'd be flying down the beaches, driving through caves, and acting like nascar drivers. Well the roads definitely didn't allow for that. A whole lot of muddles (mud puddles) later, we did see a gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous beach that I couldn't even believe was real.

We got to see the farmers, a few houses, and a little market where they hustled you to buy some gifts. At the end we got to see a cave that was so insanely cool, but no swimsuit equaled no jumping in the water. Sad day.

Seriously these pictures don't even give the beach justice. I didn't even edit any of the pictures and it still looks like a dream. And hello to dreamy dirty husband.

We had a lot of fun but definitely expected a little different. Seeing the sites made it totally worth it though, and I have some ruined clothes to prove it.

Cheers to the Dominican Republic, the most beautiful place I've ever seen. 

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Back in the US of A


What a week. Can I do it all over again? It went way way waaaaaaaaaay too fast.

However, we are finally back in the USA (thank you Lord for the USA) and MARRIED!

I'll be back for all the details but time of my life is about how I'm going to describe it. Or maybe out of the body experience. Either way, it was perfect.

Thank you for all the love on our wedding day. I can't wait to be back.

Hopefully I get some pictures back soon so I can post post post away!

Big shout out of love to my parents. My thanks will never be enough for all of their help and support.

Over and out,

Mrs. S (Aka...the WIFE)

Friday, August 3, 2012

my last day as a single gal

Holy cow, the time is finally here.

Honestly I kind of began to start thinking that we were planning for a day that just was never going to come. Jeff & I have been engaged for a year and a half so it's been a long time coming. The reason being because I was still in school etc. etc. However, I have to so I'm so thankful for that time.

It's been a journey. A journey with many more ups than downs. One that I will look back on and remember until the end of time. The time this summer with my family was no doubt a blessing. One thing I'm beyond thankful that I got to do in the time of planning a wedding and getting ready to start a new job.

Blessed is really. really an understatement. I have so many emotions going wild right now it's just crazy. At the drop of a hat I tear up thinking of how dang lucky I am for my family. For Jeff. For a great future mother-in-law. I don't know what I did to deserve it, but boy am I thankful.

It's funny because I really don't feel any different yet. I know I will tonight as I "practice" walking down the isle and hopefully not busting my face. Mostly I just feel excited. The transition will take some getting used to leaving home, but they can't get away that easy :)

Yes, this is jumbled. No, there aren't any pictures. But I had a second and I wanted to write down some quick thoughts.

So the verdict of my last day of a single gal?

Happier than ever.
In love.
Not too stressed....yet. :)

Over and out. SEE YOU ON THE Mrs. SIDE!

(Thank you all for the love and well wishes through all the social media. Freaking love your little souls!)

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The Wedding Singer

So if you all don't know it yet, my brother kicks major boooootay at singing.

People ask him numerous times to sing at church, weddings, funerals, you name it. His voice is like a little piece of heaven. And every time he sings? I cry. Never, ever fails.

So think of how I felt when I listened to him practicing singing our wedding song a few days ago. Complete mess.

He was on top of the balcony of our church and I was overlooking it and thinking of me walking down the isle, everyone watching us tell each other I do, and listening to little brother sing. I couldn't help but beam.

This moment I don't think I'll ever forget. My heart was so full. So happy. And as I looked at little brother, I couldn't help but think of how lucky I am. For our friendship. For our closeness. Even though sometimes we act like we want to kill each other, I love that boy and I could be more thankful to have him apart of one of the most important days of my life.

I just wanted to write this down so I could remember how I felt that day. How happy one little moment can make a person. And crazy beautiful those simply little instances are in life.

And because it means the world to me he is singing at our wedding. It really doesn't get much better than that.

Other than when the organist started playing the song I would be walking down the isle to and he teared up, and me...well obviously you know what happened then.

Just makes me smile thinking about it. 

Anyway, CHEERS to having a brother that can bust out the notes!

Can't wait to hear him again on 08.04.12!

(Beware this week may be full of wedding goop, I'm feel all sorts of sappy)

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