Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Leap Year...

Thank goodness this year is leap year...if not I would have messed up my New Year's Resolution just 2 short months into it! I wanted to post at least 1 blog per month that didn't have anything to do with the other things on the list...so here I am February 29th (a day that only exists once every 4 years) trying to get my blog post in...procrastination is a word I know all too well :)
I don't have a good excuse for why I have waited until the last possible day in February to post this blog...I blame parent teacher conferences, state testing, not really having anything blog worthy to write about, and an overall lack of motivation.

I have been racking my brain for the last few days for something to write about that wouldn't bore the pants off of the 3 people that read my blog ;) I started looking through pictures for inspiration...and then it hit me...I want to start posting blogs dedicated to the amazing people in my life...it is no secret that last year was not one of my best, however it taught me a lot of things about myself and showed me how incredibly lucky I am to have such fantastic people in my life.

When I was looking through the pictures trying to come up with a topic for my blog I came across a picture of me and one of the most amazing people I know. I have only known her for a little over 2 years, but in that time I have realized how incredibly lucky I am that our paths have crossed.

Kristin Chandler-it will forever be Skalanski to me though ;) is the music teacher at my elementary school. Ever since the first day I met her I knew we would be friends, but let's be honest, she never did had much of a choice in the matter. Not only did I stop by her room daily, but she was assigned to work with 5th graders during her open block. This was very convenient for our daily talks and obviously for helping the kids ;)

There are so many words I could use to describe Kristin, but the one that stands out to me the most is genuine. She genuinely cares about other people and is always going out of her way to help others out. I know I can always count on Kristin when I need her the most...whether it be a pep talk at lunch or the perfectly timed e-mail to put a smile on my face :) I feel so incredibly fortunate to have her in my life...and I hope she knows how much I appreciate her.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Big Sky Montana: Day 2

I have exactly 1 picture from Day 2 of the trip. I know the pictures are the best part, but we were just SOOOO busy doing absolutely nothing I forgot to take pictures :)

On day 2 everyone spent the day skiing...everyone except Kala and I that is ;) We caught some crap for opting out (BRANDON!)...but we had decided that we wanted to take that money and spend it elsewhere (stay tuned for that adventure) and we were really looking forward to spending the afternoon lounging at the house in the hot tub, dry sauna, and the steam room.

We woke up around 9 had breakfast, sat in the hot tub, moved to the steam room, and ended our long day in the dry sauna. This was what I would call a perfect day. Kala and I had a whole day to ourselves, and with everything going on we hardly get a chance to do this...and if you know Kala...there was no lack of entertainment. I would say my favorite moment was when there was a strange noise in the dry sauna and I literally blinked and she was gone...she had jumped up and left me in the dry sauna to die alone...that is true friendship :)

Later that day as everyone was getting home, Kala and I decided to take advantage of the theatre room and watch Sherlock Holmes. This was a fantastic idea...not only was the theatre room amazing, the movie was a good one as well :)

We ended the day (all 21 of us) at Buck T-4's Lodge and Restaurant to celebrate the Shobanator's birthday. Dinner was delicious and the company was even better :) After getting back to the house we had a little birthday celebration for Shoba with her very own cake baked with love by Kala and I...(okay, okay I just supervised) We all headed to bed pretty early though, because we had to be up bright and early for a day of snowmobiling in Yellowstone Park!!!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Big Sky Montana: Day 1

One of the first things on "My 12 in 12" was to go on a ski trip. I chose this for a few different reasons 1) This group has gone for the last few years and I always miss out because I don't want to spend the money or take the time off of work 2) I have never been on a ski trip or been skiing, and funny enough I didn't end up skiing in Montana either (more on that later) and finally 3) Spending a long weekend with a great group if people in Big Sky Montana seemed like the perfect way to kick off 2012 :)

Day 1 was a LOOOONG day...mostly because we left for the airport around 4 am, and being the genius and worry wart that I am I decided that I would just stay up all night to make sure I would have everything packed and ready and I wouldn't be late! The good news was I was able to sleep on the plane and all we had planned for that first evening was hot tubbing and wine :)

Derek stayed up all night as well :)
The view from the airport
Bozeman Airport was adorable...It had a whopping 8 terminals! We loved the bear statues, I was just glad it was winter and I wouldn't have to worry about real bears!
The first thing we NEEDED to do once we got there was take pictures...priorities right?
With 21 people, we were short on fridge space, good thing we are all very resourceful ;)

View from the back porch....Pictures can't even begin to do this justice!
The hot tub
View from the front porch
Each of the bedrooms had robes for us to use...thank goodness they were really attractive ;)
I clearly wasn't thinking when I didn't bring sandals...I decided my boots would work just fine ;)
Doesn't get much better than this :)
Kala and I didn't waste any time
However, we decided it was best to head inside to the sauna when all the boys got back from skiing, we didn't want to interfere with the extreme game of footsie ;)
Wednesday, February 1, 2012

12 things in 2012

Last year's New Year's resolution was so much fun, that I started thinking of a resolution for 2012 way back in July. Yes I know I am really uncool... but I love this kind of thing. I love making a resolution that I can stick to and that's actually fun to stick to. My New Year's Resolution for 2012 is going to be "My 12 in 12" The 12 things I want to do/accomplish in 2012. I have been mulling over a list of possible things to include for several weeks, which is why it's taken me this long to finally post this. I am pretty certain this is the list I will stick to, but I won't promise that edits won't be made along the way. It's difficult since last year's resolution was be more spontaneous now I have to switch gears and try to be the complete opposite and plan a whole year in advance...So here ya go, my tentative list for "My 12 in 12"

1) Run 1,200 miles- this sounds like a lofty goal, but I know I can do it. It will require that I run at least 100 miles a month (25 miles a week) which is pretty average for me. If the weather keeps up this will make my goal very easy :)

2) Half-Marathon- I will run my very first half-marathon. This should be a piece of cake if I stick to #1 on the list. I have run several 10k's and I think this is the year to push myself a little bit farther and get that half accomplished.

3) Ski-trip- Not to brag, but I already accomplished this one :)

4) Go to the Cirque de Soleil- I have been fascinated by Cirque since I saw a show on them years ago. A few years back when I was in Vegas we considered going to a show, but the tickets were expensive and we had more drinking to do! This year I decided I HAD to do it. The good news is I already bought the tickets to Michael Jackson's Immortal tour, so my mom and I will be rockin' out and enjoying the show in just a few short weeks :)

5) Read one book a month- I love to read, but as a teacher I spend most of my free time reading kids books. This year I am going to read one book a month for me. HOWEVER...my January book was teen fiction (what can I say I love it!)

6) Zip line- This is something I have always wanted to do, and I just haven't ever been in the situation to make it happen.

7) Volunteer- As a teacher I am so fortunate to have my summers free, and this year I want to spend some of that time volunteering.

8) Try a new recipe each month- I'm not a terrible cook, I just hate to do it. My variety of dishes that I can/will cook is very limited. I am hoping that this year I will learn at least a few new recipes to add to my regulars.

9) Take a class- After 4 years of undergrad and 2 years of grad school I am a little tired of taking college classes.This year I want to take a fun class...painting, cake decorating, dancing, photography etc.

10) Make a budget- I'm pretty good with my money, however I spend way more than I should on stupid things. I want to start being more aware of where my money is and saving more :)

11) Get a passport and use it- I love to travel, but I have never left the country and I would like to try accomplish that this year. This however could be one of the things on my list that changes...especially since #10 on my list is to save money!

12) Make a blog post AT LEAST once a month- Just like last year, I am going to blog my adventures, but I am also going to blog other things. I found a website where you can turn your blogs into books, and I can't think of a better way to preserve my memories :) Especially since I am only about 3 years behind on my scrapbooks!