We women have a lot to learn about simplifying our lives. We have to decide what is important and then move along at a pace that is comfortable for us. We have to develop the maturity to stop trying to prove something. We have to learn to be content with what we are." ~Marjorie Pay Hinckley~

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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

School is out! Summer is DEFINITELY here!

Since the elementary kids left school to enjoy nights of no homework, it's funny how they still cling to that last breath of elementary school! There's not been a week that's gone by without an email from one of my scholars, just saying hello or asking about my summer adventures. They think that going to Florida (our most recent excursion) is MUCH cooler than baking bread & cleaning the house, which is on the agenda for this morning.

Even the strongest of whirlwinds must find stillness eventually. The transitions from school life to home life have been interesting:

Teacher of the year changed to homemaker of the day
Organizing 6th grade activities changed to organizing family activities,
Field Day changed to cleaning day,
Graduation thrills changed to getting everything done on the household to-do list!
Wearing suits changed to wearing shorts & t-shirts!

I miss those 6th graders, and I know they'll accomplish great things in their lives!

Becoming Domesticated...

... it's like taming a hamster on caffeine to sleep at night, but it can be done.

It was a day of getting up early, actually making Jared breakfast & lunch for school, washing dishes, laundry, getting locked out because I finally got maintenance to come fix that flourescent light above the sink (and they were kind enough to lock the door behind them while I was switching laundry!) haha. LUckily, Heidi Ferrons was outside playing in the water and Emily could direct me to the sub-community aides. (Go Emily!)

Clean floors, made bed... maybe there's even a chance at finally scrubbing down the entire shower this week.

This morning my newest adventure is using that bread machine that Ali Mae gave me. There's this cool site online called hillbillyhousewives that you can go to if you've never made bread in a bread machine and don't have the book. It's awesome! We'll see if my attempt at making bread works out. It only took like two minutes to throw everything into the bread machine and turn in on!

We just rearranged the living room too... you should come over and see! With any luck it might just smell like fresh-baked bread!

Friday, June 13, 2008

DISNEY WORLD - Magic Kingdom

We went to Florida to visit Uncle Hank,my sweetpea uncle in Florida. He and his wife lived near my home in VA when I began high school all the way until last April when they moved to FL. They're great people, and when my aunt passed away in October, I flew to FL to be with my uncle. Since then, Jared and I have been excited to come and visit Hank, and since we flew through Orlando, we took the chance to go to Disney World! (June 5th)

We got great advice to be there when the park opens, visit the "must-do" attractions first, then enjoy the rest of the day. We went to Splash Mountain, the Thunder Mountain Railroad, then over to Space Mountain a couple of times. Waits were less than 10 minutes, and we didn't wait more than 15 for any ride that day! They have "fast passes" now where you can go to a ride entrance, and get a special slip that tell you during what time you can come back and enter the ride without waiting in line!! It's the best way to see as many rides and shows as you can! We had just the best time, and by 6pm were just pooped, so we rode around on a train for awhile that goes all around the park and doesn't kick you off. If you wanted, you could ride the train all day long!

Haunted Mansion, Teacups, Parades, Monsters Inc. Laugh Show, you name it, we probably did it. Jared's great company, and the day was full of laughs. We even tried on lots of Mickey hats in the gift shops just for fun. Here are our pics. Enjoy!