Thursday, August 28, 2014

my first of the Season

over the weekend I signed up for this awesome swap! I love a blog swap and I love Fall so I am super excited to participate!!

Know of any other Fall or end-of-Summer Swaps?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Happy Birthday,C!!

You are still an adorable chatter box who has discovered Superheros and I love it!! 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

emmys 2014

My favorite dresses from last night:

Kate Walsh

Lucy Liu

Julianna Marguiles

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Jessica Pare


Monday, August 25, 2014

the weekend

Mingle 240Weekend Recap

This weekend was much needed after the busy week I had. I relaxed and slept in and enjoyed some down time. This weekend was for:

chores and errands
a much "needed" Target trip
coffee with Bestie P
browsing etsy for Blackhawks things
planning other excursions
text conversations with my brothers and Besties
reading dear daughter (I am almost done!)
brunch with some of the family--yum!!
chatting in the backyard with Oldest brother J and sis C
painting my nails
laughing :)

Saturday, August 23, 2014


Big news!!!

After 5 years of trying,applying,hoping,praying,trying,applying,hoping,wishing,praying,and trying I am finally back in a true school setting!!! Last Sunday I officially accepted a TA (teacher's assistant) position in a special ed kindergarten room at an elementary school;it is my foot in the door! I love the kindergarten teachers I work with and the other TAs are great. The six students in our room are sweet and smart and our first week is already done!

Friday: Had the interview early in the morning before I went to my "old" job.

Saturday/Sunday: I received the phone calls from the school principal and assistant superintendent offering me the job, I called my old job and left them a message saying I took the TA position and that Monday would be my last day there.

Monday: Had my last day as a PreK teacher in the corporate daycare;said good bye to my coworkers,bosses and kiddos.

Tuesday: Went to the district office to fill out the paper work before the Institute Day! Went to Institute day.

Wednesday-Friday: Full days in the classroom with the students!!

What a crazy,enjoyable,whirlwind of a week! It all still hasn't sunk in yet and I can't stop being happy,grateful,blessed and excited for this new chapter in my life.

This is just another part of His plan and I am very excited about this leg of the journey.

God is good,all the time.

Friday, August 22, 2014

book club


The Silkworm Robert Galbraith

A compulsively readable crime novel with twists at every turn, The Silkworm is the second in the highly acclaimed series featuring Cormoran Strike and his determined young assistant Robin Ellacott.
When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, she just thinks he has gone off by himself for a few days – as he has done before – and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home.
But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine’s disappearance than his wife realises. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were published it would ruin lives – so there are a lot of people who might want to silence him.
And when Quine is found brutally murdered in bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any he has encountered before…
(thanks to his website)
This is second on the series,I actually liked the first one a bit better. This book was again, a tad too long with some random details that I didn't see to necessary. It wasn't bad, just a bit dull at times but I still like the main characters and the whole mystery plot line. I give it a C.

Me before You Jojo Moyes

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair-bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and he is not interested in exploring a new one.
Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, Lou sets out to show him that life is still worth living.
Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?
(thanks to her website)
I read this book so quickly while on vacation,hard to put down and such a beautiful story. I had heard all the amazing reviews but I didn't know exactly what I would be reading and that is how I like it. This book definitely made me think about what I would do in Will's situation. The love part was a bit too cheesy but it did make me tear up at the raw parts. I am excited to read more of Jojo's work! I give it an A.
Happy Friday!!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Thursday's thought

A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need.
Proverbs 17:17

Oh so true!!