Tuesday, November 27, 2012


i haven't forgot about this little blog here. it's just been greatly ignored! when life gets crazy, it SURE gets cray-zee! it's hard to believe summer FLEW by. it was another amazing time with family being busy, yet happy doing so. the new school year snuck up on us. kaleigh started middle school and started a whole 2 weeks before connor and me! this year she's going to school in oakley for the first time. val and i thought it would be best for her to transition now then later when she's going into high school. it was a rough first few weeks for her, not knowing any kids but she hung in there and is much happier now. i'm so glad that she's found her way and is enjoying it too.

connor has moved on to 2nd grade and i miss him not being in my class. even though he's right across the way,  in the next building, i hardly see him. sometimes i don't see him until after school when he comes to my classroom. he's growing up so fast! he's not the shy little guy that used to hide behind my legs any more. i'm going to enjoy these next few years with it being just the 2 of us at school.

val and i have been doing a lot of mud runs. at least 2 a month. it's been a great challenge and lots of fun! i love it when i can convince my friends to join us. once again i'm training to do the diva half marathon in may. i think i have my shin splints squared away now. i definitely know what's the cause of them and how to treat them. ice and stretching are 2 of my new friends. before the year is over, we have one more 5k run to do. the kids will be joining us again for this one. no mud or obstacles (the kids did have a blast when they did their first mud run though!) but fun just as well.

i'm setting a blog goal for myself to post at least once a week here. i do have my teaching blog as well that i'm trying to maintain but life tends to get in the way there too! haha!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

the final countdown

so the school year is coming to an end...in 9 days to be exact. the end of the school year is always a welcome time since summer will begin. swim season is in full force now, so we'll be busy everyday just not with school stuff. june means our anniversary and birthdays...lots of birthdays! :)

this has been a wonderful school year! i have loved being back in first grade and it was made extra special by having connor in my class. what a special year it's been! kaleigh is ending her time at elementary school and will be heading to middle school in august. new adventures for her! it will be hard for me to adjust to not having her with me at my school but i know she'll do well on her own. i'll miss our little chats in the car on the way to school and seeing her on campus everyday. now it will just be connor and me. i look forward to watching him grow and experience school these next few years.

let's get through these 9 days and have a fun filled and memorable summer! can hardly wait!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012


yep, it's true! i'm a diva-in-training. i'm training for the san francisco diva half-marathon in may. am i runner you ask? no! but i've set a goal for myself and i'm going to achieve it! i've already done a 5k (when i was in worse shape, hadn't been running at all) so i think i'm off to a good start. i've been following a training program online, doing cardio workouts with shorter runs during the week and a longer run on the weekend. my longest run completed so far was 6 miles. yay me! it hasn't been easy (major shin splints, sore muscles, sluggish days) but i'm looking ahead with excitement. i have a little over 2 months to go. if this body of mine holds up, i'll be one happy diva!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

the PBR

if you know me, then you know that i'm not into country music, wranglers, big belt buckles and cowboy hats. but i've been slowly getting hooked onto watching bull riding on tv. when val first turned it on, i'd laugh and then leave the room. then the kids started watching it. and then i gave in and sat through one event. i couldn't believe how crazy these guys are to ride these huge bulls. well after a year of watching the pbr (professional bull riders) on tv, we finally got to see it in person! the pbr came to sacramento and we went, along with mimi & pop pop, and don, jana, and cole.

the introduction had a huge fireworks display and all the cowboys were introduced. the top 5 riders were put in the spotlight above the chutes.

funny thing about the bulls that night was that most of them didn't want to go back in the chutes when the ride was over. they ran around the rink until they got roped and were led back in.

we had great seats. we could see all the riders getting ready in the chutes as well as the bulls in the pens behind the chutes.

valdiron de oliveira (one of the many brazilians) won that night. my guy (mr. hollywood) didn't do too good, ended up taking a horn to the chin and getting stitches.

the kids LOVED watching the riders and the bulls, even watching the rodeo clown dancing for the crowds. they can't wait to see them in person again!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!

a new year is here! yay! i'm excited for it to begin. it was just the 4 of us for new year's eve, which ended up being perfect. we watched dick clark's rockin' new year's eve on tv. i can't believe it's been 40 years for him! we all had a fun time listening to the music and being silly & dancing. our favorite performers were LMFAO and Pitbull. even connor was singing along! we all made it to midnight to see the ball drop and 2012 to begin. after the kids went to bed, val and i sat outside by the firepit and watched the fireworks in the neighborhood until we were too tired to stay awake any longer.

it felt great to sleep in...all of us! i kicked off my new year's exercise routine with an amazing 8 mile walk. it was such a beautiful sunny day that i wanted to enjoy the outdoors. i kept walking and walking and walking. i felt wonderful! i'm still focusing on my health this year, trying to eat better, get plenty of exercise, and reduce the stress in my life. val & i have signed up for 4 more obstacle runs this year which is fun to look forward to. they're spread out throughout the year, so we have something to train for. it will be fun doing these together and getting in shape together as well. :)