first week of school down...35 to go.

oh dear lord. i am SO behind on blogging, on keeping up with the blogs i subscribe to, on DIY projects, on learning my lines for the show, on sleep, on pretty much everything i can think of right now. although i did go to the grocery store last night, which was a start.

rehearsal tomorrow & poster distribution for advertisement; should be fun. we finished blocking the rest of the show last night, so we can start run-thrus soon i think! that's always where it starts to get to be the most fun. it's funny; as tired as i am doing a show during the school year, i really love having that creative outlet and that SOCIAL outlet, spending that time with my theater friends! it is something that not only keeps me sane but adds something to my life, making it richer. so i'm thankful for the talent i've been given and for those who've encouraged and taught me and molded me along the way and to those to have given me the chance to discover what i can do. yay! ok, enough of the sappiness.

can we talk about how emotionally and physically exhausted i am after this first week back to school with the kids? i can't really get into details here since it's such a public arena that's connected to many of my fellow teachers, but suffice it to say that i am dealing with a lot of situations in my classroom/building right now that i was NOT dealing with the past 2 years i've taught here. and it doesn't help that i have 22 students. they barely FIT in the freaking classroom! i mean, you should see us trying to do calendar math together. one of the special ed. teachers came in my room the other day and didn't even see me, because in order to show them the calendar, i have to back myself into this tiny corner in the back of the room and reach my hand, and only my hand, out with the vis-a-vis pen! if only i could take a video; it would be comical. it's kind of like the clowns in the car at the circus. just saying.

also: where's the joy? cuz it ain't lurking anywhere in my hallway, that's fo sho! it's been a rough start to the year, what with pretty much everything technological being broken in pretty much every classroom, being the new campus technology rep, and having some kids with special needs that take up most of my day in energy. it always turns out that the kids you have to work the hardest for are the ones you end up loving the most, though, doesn't it?

a good note is that my class this year is filled with some truly compassionate, caring, and beautiful little kiddos. i think once we get into the swing of things, it's going to be an amazing year of learning for us (including me; i'm already learning so much). so i guess beyond the exhaustion, i can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

i am hoping to start back going to the gym next week. i also really miss thrifting! i haven't been shopping at goodwill or my thrift stores in like a month! must get back into the swing of things once the show dies down some. maybe the week after we open...

i will try to get back to blogging on a regular basis, because i miss it!

happy weekend, all!

Show us your life Friday: wedding reception! (better late than never.)

Wow. It has been such a long time since I posted. This has been due to many things, mostly involving my recurring stomach issues that have left me somewhat debilitated for better parts of a few days. Thank goodness my endoscopy is this coming Friday; I am hopeful the dr. will find something in there. So I was in the middle of my post LAST Friday when my laptop began giving me trouble, so that's where I'm going to start with this post, because even though I've totally missed Kelly's link party, I really wanted to share these pics of our wedding reception. =) So while I won't get to link up with Kelly, I'm still going to link over to her blog since it was her idea! Thanks again, Kelly!

Here is the home where we got married. It is the home of my husband's cousin's mother & father-in law. Do you follow? =) They are just the sweetest people EVER and were SO unbelievably kind to offer up their home to us for the wedding and reception. We had searched HIGH and low for an outdoor place to hold our ceremony that could also double as a reception site, and everything was ridiculously expensive or not what we wanted, so it was truly a blessing with Paul & Sue told us to come check out their house to see what we thought. Upon pulling onto their private drive out in the country and seeing all their land, I thought I had died and gone to wedding planning heaven: it was perfect. i hope you like the pictures. I went a little wild; sorry!

Our reception was very casual--we had a fajitas buffet, along with chips, salsa, & guac; margaritas & kegs! Now that's my kind of party.

Uhh...surprise! I'm singing to you at our wedding! =)

I wish I could express to you exactly how much I adored this cake. I designed it myself at the cake place, and it turned out exactly how I imagined it!

A view of the reception area after dark:
The pool had floating candles, but I can't really see them from this shot. Oh well.

My Zeta sisters and I--Zeta tradition--I never got to "pass the candle" since I got engaged at the "ripe" old age of 26. LOL.

Clint dancing with the flower girls! Isn't this required?

This was about the extent of the dancing: all girls for the most part, haha!

"D.J." Mia at her finest! Love it! Our good friend, Mia, manned our iPod playlists that night. She was a godsend!

Yes, that's right: these 2 were the single men present. Clint was literally THE last of his friends to tie the knot, lol!

Hehehe. This is too cute.

Bouquet tossing:

Father-daughter, Mother-son dancing! All together now: "awwwwwww..."

Since all of our grandparents had already passed away and weren't able to be there, we wanted some things there to remind us that they were there with us in spirit. We had photos of our grandparents, the weddings of our parents, and some of us.

I designed our napkins online--love the bright green!

I had to include our birdcage for cards. Love it!

Sunset pictures.

Changed into my comfy dress, and off to the hotel (that I got for free--I won a free night's stay at the Omni at my school--whoo hoo)!
If you read this far, wow! Thanks for sticking it out! =) Hope you enjoyed the pictures of our reception. We had a wonderful time that night, and it turned out so well after the many months of stressful preparations. I loved every bit of that day but would never recommend anyone to have an outdoor wedding! LOL.

some inspiration via images.

Would this wallpaper work in my house? No. Do I still love it? Yes. And love the jewelry display! Have you noticed how popular these are lately?

Ghost chairs and spiral bookcase, oh my!

This kitchen's cabinetry is not only in one of my absolutely favorite colors, but I have always wanted to have some glass front cabinets like those. Sigh. I love beach-colored rooms. A true Pisces, yes?

I love shutters, and I LURVE this huge inspiration board!

How freaking cute are these curtains? The color and fabric, not so me, but I love the idea of having privacy that still brings in plenty of light and also boasts a beautiful window treatment.

Curtained, built-in bookshelves? Say no more, you had me at hello!

Doesn't this desk look like its owner gets a lot done? And does a lot of thinking? Solves the worlds problems? I love the footed white drawer organizer that sits atop the otherwise plain desk.

Sigh, again with the beachy colored rooms! Aqua, how I love thee! And I love the striped rug.

(All of the above images are courtesy of The Nest.)Link

I saw this last image of an eat-in kitchen on The Gypsy's Corner and loved it. This is exactly what I have pictured in the corner of our kitchen but have not come across anywhere. I love that what would normally be a wooden bench is comfortable upholstery, and the black chairs would be perfect for my fiesta ware/tuscan themed kitchen.

OK, so be looking for all of these wonderful things to happen in my house...when the lotto-fairy visits me.

Picture frame turned earrings display.

Whoo hoo! Check out the end result:

Perfectly complements the new necklace hanger I made last week! From far away, the earrings almost look as if they're floating!

Nope; they're just hanging on some hemp jewelry twine.

All I needed were some of these eye hooks...

the aforementioned hemp...and a few tools. The frame I got at Goodwill last week for a whopping $4.00, and it was already this color!!

First I measured where I wanted my holes on the back of the frame and marked the spots with a pencil. OK, these eye hooks were SO tiny, I could barely keep them in my fingers, so I needed to use a nail to hammer my holes rather than just try to screw the hooks in from scratch. This helped a lot. I screwed them into their holes (heh heh) as much as I could, then used my trusty pliers to wind them all the way in. Then I just tied the hemp to each end and voila!

Tip: I left the long ends on the hemp and simply taped them down to the frame to hide them (just in case I need to re-tie the knots down the road).

Can you see the price tag over there? This frame was originally $19.99 at HobLob. Score one for the team!

Wow, this one tiny corner of our bedroom is starting to have a little life of its own, huh? It must be time to tackle the bedroom hand-me-down furniture. Wonder if I can make that happen before I go back to work in 2 weeks...ugh. I really want an electric sander before I tackle that!

I guess I probably need to paint the jewelry table thing, too, huh? Are we in Heirloom White overload yet? Be honest, I can take it.

I'll leave you with this picture of Jessie, who is spoiled rotten, and has taken to sleeping on our ottoman.

Linking up for Make Your Monday; thank you, to Kim at Twice Remembered. Be sure to stop by and check out what everyone else is making!

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