I love teaching dance. Sometimes it can get hectic, frustrating, disappointing and stressful. But most of the time I get to work with the most awesome kids and families who are simply the greatest. It's so rewarding to see the kids succeed and to watch them grow up. It's so surreal at times to realize how much some of my students have grown over the last 4 years.
We got to go to dinner with an old friend of mine and her husband. It's so fun to see old friends after an extended period of time and to see how they've grown, changed and developed. Especially when you've known them since you were younger, they are the same... but different too! It's really kind of cool.
I also have a friend who is the most wonderful person ever! No one is perfect but she is just absolutely amazing! I get to go to her house late after I teach on Thursdays and just chat about crazy life, family, frustrations, triumphs, coupon-ing, just whatever. It is so wonderful to be able have that time to enjoy each other and to relieve some of the stress of everyday life!
Let me preface this by saying, I'm not your typical crazy girl shopper. But Danny and I had a few things we needed to get and ended up going to The Gap, Sports Authority and Bath and Body Works. We got a few few things we needed, but I was so so so so excited to go to Bath and Body Works to get some candles!! They had a sale where their big candles were half off and since I can't bare spending money for those candles at full cost I wait for the sale. At any rate, I got some candles and I LOVE the smell of them!! It made me so EXCITED and happy I wanted to go straight home and light one.... which I did. Now Danny is not the hugest fan of candles but he knew I was so excited and he play along!! But it was so fun to shop with Danny for the afternoon!
Being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints brings such comfort and security in and very uncertain world. There is so much going on in the world today, but it's so nice to have the knowledge of the gospel and the peace that it brings. I'm grateful to be able to feel of the blessings the gospel brings and the happiness it brings to my life. It constantly helps refine me into a better wife, sister, daughter, friend, teacher and ultimately a better servant unto God. Nothing compares to the feeling of the spirit of the Holy Ghost as it teaches and guides.
Dancers and their parents
I have some awesome kids that I get to teach. Things aren't always easy, but they are always trying to be better and have fun along the way... I know I won't have them forever, but I love them while I have them!
Sometimes dance parents can be the most frustrating thing about my job. But most of the time they are a great support system and are wonderful and understanding. I got a particularly encouraging email from a dance parent today and it just boosted my spirits. I'm grateful to be able to work with the kids of such amazing parents!
My Wonderful Husband
My husband is the most wonderful person ever. Things aren't always perfect but he always love me. He always tries to be in a good mood. Even though school can really suck the life out of him, he's trying to stay positive and battle through it. He's going to be the best Dad there ever was (someday). I'm super grateful that I have the greatest guy EVER!
Getting to help others
I love surprising people when they are having a bad day. It's just not always easy to know when people are having bad days but yesterday was one of those times. My grandma had an awful day, she missed a flight because she forgot when it was and she got really frustrated because she had to pay even MORE money for a last minuet ticket that was already expensive. There were other things that just compounded it all day. So I decided she needed a blizzard. My grandma loves blizzards and she just laughed when I brought it in for her! It made me feel so much better to get to do something nice and make her day just a little bit... less awful! :P
Sports are a great way for Danny to relax and forget about the day. After a long day at school or work it's great for him to kick back and unwind. I grateful that he has that outlet to help him through this stressful time of grad school while working!
Teddy is our wonderful kitty! He is so cute and loving and always good for a laugh! Someone down the street is setting out traps and he got caught in one and had to spend two days at the pound until we found him! I was so mad because I had called the day before and they said he didn't have him. But I'm so so so so so grateful that by a long shot we got him back, because he's the best kitty ever!
Yesterday was the last day of my 100 hour volunteer project at the Youth Correctional Facility for the State. I have been teaching Irish Dance there since May and it's really nice to have completed the entire thing. I will say though, it was very bitter-sweet leaving the kids I taught.
This time of year there are tons of great movies on TV. Danny and I watched the movie called The Ultimate Gift. It was so good and had a great feel good message! I love that and wish they'd make more movies like that!
Today I was at dance but for some reason the heater wasn't working :( Today I'm so grateful for a home that has heat! Granted some times it's set a little high, I'm grateful that I have it and don't know how I would survive without heat! I'm such a baby when it comes to cold weather!
I have got to say... I'm the most unproductive person there is... Not for a lack of trying but man. I get distracted so easily, I'll be doing one thing and another thing pops up, so I leave the first undone and start the second. Then something else comes along and I leave the second undone to start the third... you see where this is going. :P But today I'm grateful that I was able to be productive I got everything on my to do list done today minus one thing, plus 6 other things that weren't on my list!!
Getting Off Work Early
It's alway nice to get out of work early. It just boosts my mood and lets me get more things done! I'm grateful that I had the extra time to relax and spend more time with Danny!
I know sounds so ridiculous... But I love all the ideas on there. There are so many different things, from home decorating, recipes, organizing tip and uplifting quotes. It just has so many things to offer! Today I found a cardio workout to try with some of my advanced dancers.... It was a great challenge for them!! LOVE IT!
This may seem a little weird, since I don't play Volleyball, but my little sister is at the National Championships for college volleyball. I got to watch her play via satellite!!! It's such an awesome sport! And my sister ROCKED!! I can't even tell you how proud I was of her and her team! You could just tell how much work and determination goes into every game, and I just have so much respect for athletes and all they do especially my little sister!
I got invited to go to the temple and help some friends out with family names! I just love everything about the temple! I love going with Danny, and learning new things all the time. I love going with friends and doing the work that others can't do and I love the peace that is found there. It just makes everything in life run more smoothly and gives me a better outlook, perspective and attitude about my life.
A Wonderful Mattress
We FINALLY got a new mattress! I'm just so grateful! We didn't have a bed big enough for both of us to sleep in... and we finally got one! It's so nice to be able to sleep together and get a good nights rest!! :D
All the Wonderful People Who Support Me
I'm so very blessed to have so many people that support me and Danny. I'm so grateful for everyones love, support, and concern.
My Mom and Sisters
I love my mom and sisters! We all got to go pick up Allora from the airport for Thanksgiving then, we all went to In-n-out and the went and saw Breaking Dawn part 2! It was so much fun!!!! I'm so grateful to have amazing girls in my family! My mom is wonderful, Allora is fantastic in every way, and Mckenzie is a true example of kindness and happiness! I love them all!!
So I was up most of the night sick, not sure if it is the flu, or just In-n-out since I haven't eaten that stuff in so long! But I'm really grateful for being able to sleep in as late as I want till I feel better!
As much as I hate pictures I love taking family pictures! Almost all of us were together for Thanksgiving and we got sooooo many pictures! We got all the age groups with the cousins, aunts, uncles, just my family, just the girls, just the boys.. it was a blast!
Today is officially the day I can blast Christmas music start putting up decorations and no one can say anything about it!!! :) Heck yeah!!
The teens/young adults did a mall scavenger hunt today! It was sooo hilarious! We did the most outrageous things and it involved a lot of strangers! It was so fun to do and we met lots of happy strangers that played along with our hunt and helped us out! It's so nice to see happy people around! :)
Missionaries are just amazing! I have such respect for those who serve as LDS missionaries! There are so many people who would never know the happiness that the gospel brings had it not been for the sacrifice that they make to serve missions and share the gospel all over the world! I'm so grateful for them and can't wait to serve a mission when I'm older with my husband!
A Husband that is Amazing at Math
I had to do a lot of number crunching for dance and refunds for the holidays and all sorts of messy things! I got really frustrated, and Danny came in and helped me with it all! I'm so grateful for him and his help especially when it comes to numbers which I HATE!
I've been really lucky, I haven't had too many health problems recently. Other than a little cold and a few sick days, I've been pretty stable with my health which is such a blessing since that hasn't always been the case. I'm grateful that I have been able to enjoy being healthy for so long.
Lately I've been super tight and my lower back just kills me. Stretching always helps. And stretching with the little rubber miracle balls releases all the tight muscles in my back and feels amazing!
Encouraging Family Members
I had a surprise visit from my aunt today. It was so nice of her just to drop in and chat for a little bit. Before she left she said a few really encouraging things that really helped me. I'm so grateful that I have family in my life that is encouraging and uplifting.
I'm a sissy when it come to the cold. I love that our apartment is super warm especially during these cold month. We have a built in space heater in the bathroom that turns on when it gets to cold and I LOVE it! Everywhere in our apartment is warm and I'm grateful that we have a wonderful warm place to live!
Well that sums up November! It's been a nice project. Some of the things may seem kind of silly but it's really nice to ponder everyday and find things to be thankful for.