Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Love Being a Roadrunner

I don't think I've ever taught and not known how many days were left before the next vacation (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Spring Break, summer...). In fact, last year, I could tell you how many days of school were left starting on the FIRST day...

So a couple weeks ago when someone said, "Wow, you must be excited that there are only 6.5 days of school left"- it hit me like a ton of bricks that I had NO CLUE that two weeks of freedom were so close!! How could I NOT know that we had so few days left?! Then I realized it's because I absolutely LOVE my job! I LOVE my new school, I LOVE my students and parents, and I LOVE my colleagues! This first semester being a Roadrunner (Rummel Creek Roadrunners!) has been one of the biggest blessings in my work career. I absolutely love everything about it. I LOVE that my team is filled with such good teachers that challenge me to be better. I LOVE that the employees are so positive and the school morale is SO HIGH. I LOVE that my students are incredible and want to learn. This has been the most fun semester I have ever had as a teacher.

Not only do all of these things make a great working environment, but add our AMAZING PTA to the mix.... We started off work week at school in August with gifts and gift cards to the teacher supply store. Then they had a breakfast for us. We then each had a take home meal for the first day of school because they knew the teachers would just be too tired to cook that night! WOW! It's been followed up with monthly luncheons, secret pal gifts, Thanksgiving pies, and then a Java Bar last week in the morning. It was AMAZING! Just as I thought we had been spoiled enough, insert classroom holiday parties! I received a wreath of gift cards from all the kids in my class and presents on top of that! This was the first year I didn't have to "put on" the holiday party- the moms took care of that! I actually feel guilty for how they blessed me with gifts- this is something I LOVE doing, and they spoiled me rotten.

I couldn't have created a better job if I handpicked parts myself (well, maybe I would have taken some friends from my old school and added them into the mix!). This has been SUCH a blessing that I know only comes from one place- and He knew all along what I needed.

Anthony and I both went out on a limb and took new jobs in the wake of a huge economic crisis in our country. We put total faith in God that He knew what was best for us- and as we expected, He did! We are both blessed beyond imagination with our new jobs. God works in amazing ways and we are SO THANKFUL for these new paths.

Monday, December 14, 2009

New Chapter

We celebrated our First Stream Christmas Party this weekend- western style at Blanco's! It was SUCH a great time! I know I write this all the time- but God has blessed us SO MUCH with Anthony's job. He works with incredible people that we just couldn't  have picked any better ourselves! All the people there are so wonderful- and so are their spouses! It was so fun meeting all of the people I have heard so much about. Blanco's was a great venue and we had Goode Company BBQ- yum! We look SO FORWARD to the future with this company- we know we have LOTS of wonderful memories to make!

Here is one of the ONLY pics from the party- boo! My camera has had PMS lately- and it's really 

Before the real party we had Anthony's NEW team over for drinks. It was so fun because I LOVE having people over and I was so excited to get to know everyone a little better! This also gave me a GREAT excuse to get some Christmas decorations that I have been wanting. I wanted some wreaths for the front doors, but I just haven't found anything I really really love. So, I went to Michael's and I made some! These are not professional caliber by any means, but I think they look great and it's exactly what I was going for. I also put together some really cute flower arrangements (in my unbiased opinion of course!) and was SO excited to have them on my mantle with our stockings! I am no Martha Stewart, and I know people can do WAY cooler things, but this was a great start for me and I had SO MUCH fun doing it!

I was reflecting as we had the team over how much fun it will be next year and the next year and all of the years to come. This is a team that Anthony is growing, and it started this Christmas with 4 people- and three more due to start right after the New Year! I can't wait to see what this chapter holds for us- if it continues this path I know we will be happier than we could ever imagine!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Merry Christmas from Tex

I got home the other day to find a LOVELY Christmas present under the tree from Tex.

Thank you, Sweet Tex. I just LOVE my gift!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Houston Snow Day!

Yes, you read the title right- it snowed in HOUSTON! It actually snowed several inches- enough to cover my car, our roof, and all of our plants! It actually STUCK- which is just about a miracle!

My phone died when the snow really started sticking (of course!), but here are some from the beginning and when it started piling up!

The CHAOS at school when all the kids wanted to play in the snow!

The Hyland Boys playing in the snow

Starting to stick!

At home!! It looks so pretty!

Tex LOVED playing in the snow!!

Tex was MAD that I made him stop playing to sit and
take a picture!!

This was my kind of snow- fun for a day then I was GLAD to see the blue skies and green grass again! :)

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Thanksgiving 2K9

We just got back from a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving! We spent it in Alabama with my mom's uncle and aunt. The WHOLE family was able to get together which was an amazing fete in itself! We got to spend some great quality Moriarty Family time- all 14 of us (this is just immediate family of mine)! This was just an incredible blessing that we were so thankful for. Anthony has also never spent Thanksgiving with my family, so this was a first for him, too!

We stayed in the country in West Alabama (Demopolis/Linden to be exact!). We fed cows, shot guns, fished, drove four wheelers, rode horses, and of course had a fire every night. The weather was ABSOLUTELY perfect and the food- well, let's just say I'm pretty sure I gained fifty pounds! Southern cooking at it's FINEST!

Here are some pictures (probably way too many) and I'm sure I'll post more when I get Jenn's pictures!

Jill and me feeding the cows

Anthony and Josh fishing

The boys and their catch!

Owen and PaPa

Jennifer got the biggest catch!
A 4-5 lb. bass

My TEENY catch :)

The girls by the fire

Me feeding the cow!

Anthony and Bully

Ant and me by the fire

More to come! :)