Sunday, May 8, 2011

Where Do I Even Start??

Whew!  Things have been crazy lately with birthdays and bridal showers and baby showers and retirement banquets.  And then there's work and grad school!  I'm sure it goes without saying that I am SOOO ready for the summer (especially now that the weather has decided to warm up)!!!

This post is just a bunch of random pics of the last few weeks!  Where do I even start????

Earlier this semester my friends Karen and Danielle (who I teach with and are in my cohort for grad school) went to Tan-Tar-A Resort in central Missouri to celebrate our wonderful principal!  She won the Distinguished Principal Award for Kansas City and was competing to go to the national level!!

We love her!!

My dad's birthday was in April.  We met my sister in Overland Park for lunch at J. Alexanders.  We ordered artichokes as an appetizer.  I had NO idea how to eat artichokes so it was a fun learning experience.  And they were DELISH!

My dad is ridiculously difficult to buy for.  My mom was so excited because he actually liked what she got him this year!  (It's some kind of special suit he can wear to fish in when it's cold....I don't really know why anyone would want that, but whatever.)

Before heading over to J. Alexander's we went to a metal recycling place to drop off my parents' old grill.  Can I just say, we are the biggest nerds ever because it was the COOLEST thing!  We had to drive onto this giant scale before we went in (the first pic) and then there were these HUGE piles of metal and these GIANT machines picking things up and moving them.  When we were leaving there was this giant metal claw that was holding a car hundreds of feet up in the air.  

As we were driving away we were mentally taking note of any and all scrap metal that we could round up to bring back to the junk yard!  By the way, the people there thought we were complete idiots, I'm sure.  Just imagine me hanging out the window with my phone trying to take pictures.

Easter weekend my mom and I had a fun girls day (a.k.a we ran a lot of errands).  We got our hair done (which takes hours) and then headed over to Fred P. Otts for lunch where my sister works.

As some point my mom and dad and I were back at P.Otts for lunch, but I don't exactly remember why...

We ran a few more errands and headed back to the Missouri side of the state line.  We were driving to pick up the Easter ham when we ran across this little shack that said it was selling fruits and veggies and other things made by the Amish.  We drove past but couldn't help ourselves!  We turned around and ended up walking away with some homemade jellies and noodles.  LOVE my peach jelly!

Easter Sunday we had family over to the house.  I usually make cupcakes (you may have seen them in some older posts) but I just didn't have time.  So instead I made a banana cream pudding pie.  It's the second time I've made it, and I have to say.....IT. IS. DELICIOUS.

The next weekend was basically me driving to baby and bridal showers.  One of my good friends Bri (who I'm now teaching second grade with) is getting ready to have her first baby.  Her bff Heidi threw the cutest and most creative baby shower ever!  If only I could be that creative.  Geez.  Here's a pic of my group of girlfriends and the other person on my second grade team.  I didn't manage to get pics of the bridal shower.  Boo.

Then this week.......

We're saying goodbye to my wonderful principal (tear!).   This week was her district retirement banquet. It was lots of fun and Robinson pretty much took over the banquet!  We get a little silly when we're all together, and this night was no different!

This Friday Courtney and I went to see "Rock of Ages" downtown.  I was SOO excited for this show.  I had heard great things about it and when we got to the theatre it was totally 80's....fog machine and all.  A lot of the audience dressed in their 80's best (or worst) which made for entertaining people watching.

Unfortunately, my excitement quickly turned to disappointment.  The musical had SUCH potential to be cute and fun!  But they ruined it with disgusting, crass jokes and innuendos and language.  It was gross.

Sooo......we went to get frozen yogurt!  YUM!

Courtney wasn't terribly happy that I forced her to take a picture.   :-)

Needless to say, May....really, this entire semester....has been CRAZY!!!  And unfortunately, the next three weeks are going to be just as busy --- just not nearly as fun.  If you're a praying person I would covet your prayers for:

1.  Keeping first things first with 10 hours of classes these next three weeks.
2.  The Lord to provide the last few dollars for China.
3.  That the Lord would prepare my heart to serve Him.

God bless!

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