Wednesday, March 31, 2010

It's almost time!

I just have to share my excitement.... spring break begins Friday for me! I can't wait :) I've been working hard and am ready for a week of resting (I hope!). I'm going to miss the kiddos - some of them even groaned about having to leave school ::smile:: The break will be good for all of us. We are getting a bit antsy in the classroom.

No crazy beach outings or partying on a cruise ship for me. Spring break will happily consist of an Easter get-together with church friends, hopefully some sort of craft or project when I find the time, and then a trip home to NC from Wednesday to Saturday - with taking it easy mixed in there as well.

Happy Spring to all ;)

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Does the Photographer dance?

My husband and I covered a wedding last night. I left after school to come straight to the site of the ceremony to get ready for pictures and videography. Not much of a break in between and we arrived home at midnight when it was all over. Quite a looooong day, but I do just love weddings! I get to work with my husband and become more skillful in his line of work; not to mention soak in beautiful ceremony/reception sites, wonderful ideas for future weddings - I have 2 sisters ;) - and also be an important part of someone's special day. My absolute favorite part is seeing how my husband works his magic in the editing process. I usually let out a sigh and say "that's so sweet!"

So I have a funny story about last night. This couple had quite a party at the reception, with an open bar fueling everyone's excitement. I was on one side of the dance floor holding up a flash for my husband while he was on the other side of the dance floor photographing/filming. This guy walked up to me who had more than enough to drink and steps in close to ask a question. Matthew & I had run into him before when he yelled, "Hey photographers! What's up? How's it going?" and gave us hi-fives. I recognized him, smiled politely, and continued on with my job of holding the light. This guy leans in and says, "So does the photographer dance?" I look at him, then look at my husband and laugh replying, "Not usually. I guess if he wanted to he could, but he's working right now." There was a moment of silence as I went back to working amused ast his question. The guy says to me with a puzzled look on his face, "I was talking about you." Another quick moment of silence. Wow. Duh, I thought as I laughed even more - to me, I = kindergarten teacher, not photographer. Silly me... my husband wasn't the only photographer/videographer there that night... I'm one too! After a few more remarks of him telling me how he's single and wants to dance I shared how I was married to the guy with the camera and dancing is not part of our work. He said he'd ask my husband if he can dance with me just a few seconds and I walked away smiling to myself as I went to tell Matthew about the man I thought wanted to dance with him :) This interesting fellow later came up to me at the end of the night wanting to know if he could be my follower... oh boy.

The night ended well as we witnessed another happy couple starting a new chapter of their lives. It's possible we'll have another wedding coming up in April. I sure hope business will continue to pick up for us when we move to NC. To see our latest wedding, go to Livesay Wedding.

As I sit here with Sunny, I realize my husband will be home shortly and I have laundry to finish before we head out the door to do some shopping. Must go get that done!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Thoughts here and there...

I have several things I wish to write about, each of which could be a separate blog post of their own. I have been putting off blogging because lately I've been quite wrapped up in reading these other blogs I have found. Amazing craft blogs, thrifty blogs, and sewing blogs have found their way into my bookmarks folder making it all the more tempting to read and set out on a creative craft adventure instead of using the time to blog myself. Tonight I will attempt to type all that I've been meaning to blog about and to do so in a concise manner, I think I'll post a photo and write briefly about each. With my almond cookie tea by my side (definitely a good purchase on my journey to acquiring a taste for hot tea), I'll begin.

This is me and my wonderful mom! She came to visit me a few weekends ago. Mom was able to come in and spend a day with my class and what a big help she was! She took down winter things in the classroom and helped put up my spring items. Mom also worked with my students, met other K teachers, and the kids loved having her there. It was amusing to them to have their teacher's mother there that day. It was special having mom come see and experience my very first classroom! The weekend followed with some relaxing, Sonny's BBQ, and shopping. Boy do I love and miss my momma :)

Remember the scrapbooking software I mentioned? MemoryMixer arrived the other week and I eagerly set to the task of scrapbooking our first year of married life. This photo here is only of the first page. Yes, it may be plain but I'm only a beginner ;) I'm working on understanding the software and sorting through page selections and embellishments can be quite a task itself! With so many options I tend to take a looooong time sorting through and deciding what I'd like to use. I told my husband I'll probably change every page I make a hundred times before I decide to get it printed. Actually, looking at this one now I think I've decided what needs to be tweaked a bit. Anyhow, it's quite exciting and I look forward to creatively scrapbooking future photos.

These two photos are our latest garage sale finds. The neat lanterns were $1 each and I'm still looking for good place for them. Apartment space can be a bit low. The pretty glass made them unique. For $2 we found this plant stand that we bought flowers for the next day. I love having color outside our apartment door. I also found a rolling chart stand for my classroom. I've been wanting one of these for a while so I can hang poems, songs, etc. that we've learned throughout the year and the kids can have easy access to it during centers. This lady had one for $8 and it works great in the classroom!

My middle sister Hillary and dad flew back to NC today. Dad happened to have meetings here in town and Hillary came since it was her spring break. It was great seeing them both! We went out to dinner, saw Alice in Wonderland (a bit strange), and went out to Inlet Harbor - a great restaurant on the coast. This is us on the jetty at Ponce Inlet. Notice the windswept hair? The weather was quite awful while they were here and that particular evening the rain had finally subsided but the wind was still blowing. I'm glad Matt & I were able to spend time with them both. Now all that's left to visit is my youngest sister :) We'll see...

North Carolina here we come! Well, not for a few months anyway. It is official - the Taflans will be relocating to NC this summer :) The what-ifs, hows, and wheres are numerous, but we know God will surely provide. We feel at peace about moving there to be closer to family. Our prayers are for guidance and job-seeking. I'm in the process of getting my teaching license in NC and he's already made contacts in the Raleigh area here and there. I got side-tracked tonight looking at apartments online. Thankfully, if no jobs turn up by the time our lease is up here in mid-July, my parents have graciously opened their home to us until we are able to locate jobs and get back out on our own. I can't wait! Family will be close again and his family will be only 7 1/2 hours away as opposed to 17! I just need to continue praying and remain patient.

I think this is all I'll write for now. It's getting late and my mind is not focusing so well - probably due to our squawking bird... poor little guy had to have his wings clipped today after a not so nice flight into the closet door. It was then that we said we'd had enough and didn't want to risk injury. I think I'll go get him and sit with my hubby on the couch as we wind down before bed.

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