Saturday, October 31, 2009

Mike Wazowski


Yesterday at school, there were all sorts of great costumes. From s'mores to a 13 year old Teletubby, there was plenty to see!

A few weeks ago a few teachers thought it would be fun if all the teachers
dressed up at Disney characters. At first, I wasn't excited at all. I could only think of being a princess, but once I thought a little more I decided to be Mike Wazowski from Monsters Inc.Here's the original Mike.This is with Brittany and Rachel. They are the other two FACS teachers at my school. They are awesome. :)

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Things that make me cry

For those of you who know me pretty well, you know that I'm not really one to cry a lot. I typically only cry when
1. I'm at a funeral (I lose it and have zero control of's bad)
2. I'm sleep-deprived and don't know how to do my job (some of you had the "opportunity" to see this in my first year of teaching)
3. I'm laughing really hard (those are the good tears)

Sometimes people think I'm heartless when I don't cry in movies or when I hear a touching story that makes everyone else cry.

But I'm hear to say that I've found a couple of books that have apparently broken me. They were both recommended by former students and are geared toward a young, LDS audience (and both by the same author...Kay Lynn Mangum).

The first one I read last year...The Secret Journal of Brett Colton. I remember sitting on the plane to go to Tammy's in Seattle and just crying as I read it! It was sad, but really good.

The second one is called When the Bough Breaks. This is a SAD book! It's about a girl who just seems to have everything in her life changed abruptly (dad dies, mom is depressed, brother is an alcoholic, mom gets remarried). It was good, but so sad! I started reading it last spring and couldn't handle the beginning because it was so sad. I picked it up again a few days ago to find that (shocking) it was still sad, but I haven't been able to put it down! It really is good, and the last few pages give you a satisfied, happy ending, but I have been crying every night as I read.

Tonight as I finished it, I thought about how blessed I am. Today at church, we had a great lesson on faith and some great talks (one particularly amazing one courtesy of my roommate Annie) on agency. I've had some friends going through some really hard times lately with their health and other rough things (I love you girls!), and it's been incredible to see their great faith. I try to put myself in their position and realize that I'm not sure I could be so strong if I were in their situations. I am so blessed to have such incredible friends and family members in my life who are such "rocks" for me. I know I have a lot of work to do to build my own "rock", but I'm so grateful that I have all of you in my life and have a knowledge and testimony that my Father in Heaven loves me very much and knows my weaknesses and can heal me. What a blessing!

So tonight I have a few more things to add to my list of things that make me cry...
4. Books written by Kay Lynn Mangum
5. Emails and blog posts written by a certain friend (you know who you are, you old stinker...I love you!)

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

I'm free!

Everyone congratulate me...


Oh, I am so happy!
(I cried, actually)


I'm going to go take myself out to dinner to celebrate!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Cake Wrecks

I just discovered this blog...

Grab a husband, wife, friend, aunt, whoever and
Go look at it.
It's so funny!
I have been crying for the past 30 minutes from laughing so hard.

Be sure to look at "The Classics" and "Fan Faves" tabs on the side...
so funny!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Happy Birthday, Carie!!!

I have to give a shout-out to my friend Carie Eastman!

It's her birthday today!!!

And since she apparently checks my blog daily to see if I wrote anything new, I figured I would dedicate an entire post to her! Congratulations!

Carie and I met long, long ago (2002) in the land of the orange blob (a.k.a. the BYU Comprehensive Clinic in the Taylor Building at BYU. Everything in the building was orange, hence the "orange blob") Carie and I worked together and often had nothing to do, so we would chat on the phone, in person, and through thousands and thousands of emails (not exaggerated. I checked) Carie was usually the one who got to listen to me "vent" about stupid things or just hear what is going through my mind (which is frightening sometimes...I can't believe she's still my friend!)

So if you ever want to know anything about me (pet peeves, who I'm in love with, what scares me, if I'm really happy or just faking it, favorite stupid movie quotes, etc.), Carie is the one you should ask! She remembers more about me than I usually do.

Thanks for being such an awesome friend, Carie!

Check your email, Carie...I'm sending you a nice, long one like the olden days of working at the clinic when we had absolutely nothing to do. It's a really long email, but trust's a good one!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Dear Miss Lacey

(I'm sorry if you don't like reading these student stories. It's more for me to remember them, but I hope you get a chuckle...this one's pretty creative)

Dear Miss Lacey,

You are an amazing teacher. I cannot describe how great you truly are. I learn so much.

It is almost as if I'm the scarecrow off Wizard of Oz and you are the Wizard giving me knowledge.

Or I'm in the great land of sewing and you're the Chief Indian and I am a young pilgrim and you are showing me around this great land of sewing and showing me your ways. You give me a feast of knowledge.

You've taught me much wisdom. Like don't touch hot irons and don't stick your hand under the sewing needle. It will hurt you.

But to sum it are the wind beneath my wings. And I'm so willing to make you my designer aprons whenever! I know how much you love them!
With much love,
Your student Kami

(These are Kami's designer aprons she was talking about. Aren't they beautiful? She made them for me when she was in 7th grade. She's in 9th now. I wore these aprons as wings when we I danced in front of the entire student body at an assembly.)

Miss Lacey and the Hobo

One day Miss Lacey decided to go for a walk, when she stumbled upon a poor old hobo.
"Any spare change?" the hobo asked.
"Here you go." Miss Lacey, being her kind-hearted self, gave the hobo $100.
Miss Lacey and the hobo kissed! He turned into a prince and they lived happily ever after!

(written by one of my cute 9th grade girls)