March 28, 2010

Last Minute Road Trip

A little trip to Spokane was not in our original weekend plans. But Steve's youngest sister, Marie, was playing in a volleyball championship in Spokane, so on Friday night we decided to make the trek east to watch her. I was promised we could stop for my favorite road trip tradition (candy), and my mom recommended a great place to get burgers on our way. The weather was beautiful as we went over the pass.

Steve perfected the hand motions to "Jenny 867-5309" (he should have had his hands on the wheel if you ask me!) And after my cheeseburger, I napped for a few hours...

Marie's tournament was held at Eastern Washington University in Cheney. Have you been there? No? It's nice. :) After the games, Steve and I had dinner in downtown Spokane, and then met up with Marie at her hotel. Catching up with Marie was an unexpected and lovely surprise. :) Plus, she's an amazing volleyball player!

Sunday morning included morning lattes, more volleyball (Marie's team, Stingray, took 4th place), and a trail run, before saying goodbye.

I had to take a photo of this old car I saw in a junk yard (the color is my favorite). The weekend was short (as always) but great. It was fun hanging out and meeting your team, Marie!

On our way out of Cheney, we noticed that the town holds an annual rodeo on the second weekend of July...

Possible honeymoon spot? ;)

March 11, 2010

10 on 10: March (9 really)

{'s a Snuggie!}
and one more to make 10, but not by me. Jamie, our lovely photographer, took this one for a recent photo shoot. I love little ballet feet.

March 10, 2010

Mellow Yellow

{Loving yellow lately}

March 9, 2010

Game Night!

My grandpa's sweet girlfriend, Pamela, had a special birthday last weekend. In honor of her, my cute mom planned a b-day celebration that included games, "just like the birthday parties back in the day." We played on 2 teams: boys vs. girls. Over the course of the night, we earned points for our team by winning rounds of some somewhat unexpected games: drop the clothespin in the vase, put the golf ball into the dustpan, and...CatchPhrase.

{the scorekeeper and party planner}

{the face of disappointment :) }

"ok, so you cook on it...oh and you put your beer on it" counter top...obviously. I swear, he's actually really good!

{goodie bags}

The winners of the night? The boys. They walked away with a gift card and some champagne. Oh yeah, and these cool straws too. ;) I'm not always the biggest "games" fan, but I have to admit--it was a pretty nice little Saturday!

March 6, 2010

Thoughts on Organization and Planning

{love this mini-goal chalkboard from MaryKateMcDevitt}

Am I the only one who has totally different organization styles in my personal and professional lives? I hope I'm not alone. I've been noticing lately that I'm more organized at work, than at home, but even that level of organization is nothing impressive. In fact, at a training last week we had to come up with our "razzle dazzle" (something we feel we excel at) and our "razzle frazzle" (something we continually struggle with). We had to share with our table of teachers, and when I said "My razzle frazzle is organization," they looked at me like I was crazy. "How can you be a teacher and be disorganized??" Good question. Sometimes I don't know how I survive.

Organization does not come naturally to me. This is a problem when you're a special education teacher, responsible for writing detailed IEP's and keeping track of years of paperwork for each child. In fact, they assign paraprofessionals (teacher's aides) to help people like me keep track of it all. The only problem is, when they show up in my room, I'm not organized enough to tell them what they can help me organize. Usually I just say, "I have these papers..." and they nod and say, "you'd like a binder?" That's my go-to strategy for staying organized: binders. And sticky notes. I have them everywhere at work. At this point in the year, though, there are so many that I begin to lose them or get them mixed up. There are sticky notes on my desk, my overhead projector, my calendar, my computer, my clipboard, and even, the best of both worlds, sticky notes stuck to binders (good thing the staff work room keeps them in supply).

According to one personality test, I'm an ENFP--a person who dislikes detailed routine-oriented tasks and struggles with following through. ENFP's are also introspective, though, and I think I use self-reflection to cope with my organization problem. Since my first idea for organizing something will probably not be the most effecient, I'm often thinking a lot about it, revising the plan, cutting out the parts that don't work for me. I like to turn things into a project that I can feel good about accomplishing. It takes a lot of time, trial and error, and although that bugs me (there's so much to do!), it works for now.

I won't even get into my personal life organization issues. :) I do know that I'm going to have to quickly learn to love the following things that I currently despise:
*washing dishes
*grocery shopping
*organizing mail and bills
Ok, maybe I don't need to love these tasks, but they will be a real part of married life (good thing these jobs will also be shared jobs ;) )

Speaking of getting married, I've also learned a few lessons in this whole wedding planning business. The biggest one so far? Stop thinking, researching, weighing the pros and cons, and just do it! Just make decisions for crying out loud. This is obviously me, talking to myself in my introspective world, but it's something I could see others struggling with too. There is SO much out there on the internet, and it's scary to think about how many hours I've probably spent on the computer, reading blogs, checking out websites and copying and pasting pictures. Don't get me wrong, it's been a lot of fun, but I recently reached a point where I had to stop thinking and researching, and start doing. In past week, I've been feeling pretty productive. :) I can't believe it will soon be 4 months until we get married. The photo above is my attempt at wedding planning organization. See? A binder. :)