Saturday, March 26, 2011

Summer Hats & Skittles

Although this weekend is going to be cold, summer really is almost here! I am halfway through my student teaching and graduate in 7 weeks! Judging by how quickly the first half of student teaching went, this will be here before I know it! 

This summer is starting to look pretty exciting as well! I have graduation on May 15th, Dan and I are planning on a cruise, and two weeks at the best place on earth (more details here). Im not sure what Im going to do for work, and Dan will be leaving in June, but as of now, it looks like Im going to be spending lots of time in the sun!

A bit more realistic
kim cattrall 
After the ordeal of this Fall, I definitely will be wearing lots of sunscreen. However, I really want a big, floppy, summer hat à la Samantha in The Sex and the City Movie. Obviously, this is a bit extreme, and Im not so sure it could even be worn indoors, but I want to find something to shade my face but also look cute. I saw one at Banana Republic but it was a bit big... any suggestions?

This wasnt even all of them...
And to keep me sane until this summer, Danny (aka best boyfriend ever) has brought me enough skittles to last until graduation! Yay! He is here for the weekend, so once he gets up (he is on night shift) we are headed to my high school for a baseball game! 

Next week is another interview and the last week of teaching before spring break! Yay! Hope everyone enjoys their weekend!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Signs of Life

A tree outside the Grad Plex
I love warm weather, Spring, flowering trees, and lighter evenings. When I got back to Williamsburg last weekend, it seemed that out of no where there were tons of flowering trees and daffodils. Tomorrow, the high is 79, and all of these new signs of life are encouraging. 

However, halfway around the world, the signs of life are not so encouraging. They are in need of water, shelter, and every basic need. Last Friday, I woke up to a text from my mom saying "Erin is ok." I was so glad to know this before turning on the TV and seeing all of the devastation. My cousin is an English teacher in Japan and was at school with her students during the earthquake. Luckily, they are all ok. Many of the roads are buckled and there is still not running water places, but they are doing well. They are only about 125 miles from the nuclear plant, so she is going to a friend's house further away until it is safe. She is so brave to stay there and help when Japan needs it the most. I love you, Erin! 

Erin shared a few links with ways to help Japan: 

-Buy a bow to show your support- all proceeds go to the relief effort! Click here!

Me, Erin, and Holly in 2007
-The Japan-America Society of Georgia has a fund for relief efforts as well. Click here!

Hope everyone has an enjoyable weekend!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011


With all of the craziness of student teaching, I don't get out of my room much! But last weekend, I was off to Winchester to celebrate one of my long-time friend's birthdays. This was a no-brainer-- I have pictures of us from my 5th birthday (It was a Halloween party- I was a princess, I believe and Sarah was a cowgirl. There was even a hayride!) and 6th birthday (Barney!), so missing this was out of the question. On the way to Winchester, I picked up my Mom and Lilly, so the drive was enjoyable. After dropping Lilly off at the Kolar residence it was off to birthday dinner and then out for drinks. It was so good to see all of my favorite people- The Blonde Squad, my best friends from high school, my parents, Momma and Daddy Ford, and of course Dan (with his new schedule, there is no telling when I actually see him). We all had a wonderful dinner, caught up, and spent the rest of the evening in downtown Winchester. Winchester isn't the most happening place in the world, but it has a few bars, and you always run into a few people from high school. Overall, it was a good evening topped off with brunch the next morning back at the Ford's (french toast and bacon- yes, please!)
The Blondes together again!
Kevin and the birthday girl!

On Friday, I have an interview at Gar-Field High School in Prince William County. I'm nervous! We did mock interviews the other day in class (must remember to slow down and remember teacher-like words!) so I think that I will be ok, but it is still scary. The real world is approaching fast. And I like to make plans. Sooo, not knowing where I will be working, or living, or anything is hard for me. I keep telling myself to live in the moment. So on that note, I will leave you with amazing words from my friend Jay:

Sunday, March 6, 2011

I can do anything for a year.....

I can do anything for a year... this has been my mantra since May when I came to grad school. I knew that completing my Masters in only one year would be intense, but I just kept thinking that I could do anything for a year. So, here I am, about 2 months away from graduating (!!!) and I am so glad that I decided on a one year program. I learned a lot and I'm so ready to be a teacher and have my own classroom. So, I can do anything for a year, right?

Well, next year will be another test. Danny found out about a week ago that he will be going to Korea for a year. It was very unexpected news, but I am trying to focus on all the good things:
1. Dan will have more time to finish his degree
2. Korea is not Iraq or Afghanistan- he will be safe
3. I will get to visit Korea!
4. Dan will get to experience a new culture 

Dan will leave sometime in June (we still don't have all the details yet) and return the next June, most likely on terminal leave. Hopefully, before he leaves we will get to take a fun vacation (in between my graduating and his leaving- any suggestions for fun trips?)  It will be interesting getting used to the time differences and the new ways of talking, but we can do it. We will be long-distance relationship experts! Then, when he returns he will be done with the Marines and ready to start something new. It will definitely be an adventure!