New Home

We finally found a place to live! We love that it is very close to where Charlie works, and it's right next to a ton a shopping and restaurants. Here are a few pictures:
This is looking through the hallway from the guest bedroom. The entry is on the right and the living and dining room and master bedroom are to the left.
Charlie in our new guest bedroom!
Our new kitchen!

I can't wait to get around to the decorating. Luckily, I won't have anything to do all summer (except find a job, of course) so I can spend a lot of time on it. The balcony is HUGE and I can't wait to get a table out there and have summer parties!

School is out in 2 1/2 weeks and I'm so excited I can barely stand it. All I have to do is finish my 20pp. research paper (only 3 pages and some editing left!), my portfolio, and my lesson plan notebook and I'm DONE. I will never have to write another paper for school again in my life and it feels so good! I've been so busy I keep forgetting how close it all is.

I went to a job fair this weekend, and it was so packed I could barely even move. Schools would have one posting (if that) and the line would be 30 people deep. It was discouraging at first, and I almost left, but ended up staying for 3 hours. I still didn't get my resumes to all the schools, but I did the best I could. My strategy was to talk with the schools that weren't hiring since they had no lines and their resume piles were significantly smaller. A lot of them said they would probably have openings later on in the summer, so it's not all bad news. I have a giant job fair coming up this Monday. There will be 60 school districts there, so I can't even imagine the number of people that I will be competing with at that one!


Save the Date

We've tentatively set the date for June 11, 2011, but won't know for sure until we decide where to have it. We definitely don't want a traditional church wedding.  We've been looking into vineyards and ranches in the area. I'm anxious to nail down a location so I can get started on all of the other details.

I want something simple, casual, and a little vintage. Basically if Anthropologie and JCrew could collide and design my wedding it would be exactly what I want.


The Past Few Weeks in a Nutshell

Vanessa Kensington: "That's you in a nutshell."
Austin Powers: "No, this is me in a nutshell: Help! I'm in a nutshell! How did I get into this bloody great big nutshell? What kind of shell has a nut like this?"

Well, to say a lot has happened since I've last written is understatement...

I'll start with my new school placement. I'm in second grade and I absolutely love it. At first I was not very happy about going into second grade because I thought they were older than what I wanted to teach, but I'm having such a good experience! My teacher and I have very similar personalities and she's even a vegetarian just like me! The other three teachers on the team have been so nice and welcoming to me as well. All three of them know Charlie's family and one of them has been going to the same tailgate as me for years, so I feel comfortable where I'm at and that makes it so nice to go in everyday. It also helps that my good friend is teaching first grade next door to me and I get to see her everyday! The kids are so well behaved and sweet. I'm just so lucky that I've had a good student teaching experience, because I know many others that have had awful times at their placements. I can't wait to get my own classroom!

On March 27th Charlie proposed! We always went on walks around campus together when I lived in the DG house and he lived at Beta because we never really had time to be alone together or talk in private, so that was our time to be together. We've continued to do that since we've moved off campus so when he asked me to go walking on campus I didn't really think much about it. The only problem was that the temperature had dropped like 30 degrees from the day before and it was rainy and windy outside. I really didn't want to but ended up agreeing. We walked our normal path and when we got to the point where we usually walk back to the car he said "let's go around one more time." At this point I was a little annoyed because my hair was wet and frizzy, I was freezing, and my umbrella kept blowing inside out because of the wind. I could tell something might be up, but I had been feeling that way since I knew he had a ring, so I still wasn't really sure if it was going to happen. We got to this water fountain and he started veering off on a path that we never went on and I could tell he wasn't paying attention to anything I was saying. He stopped and said "well..." and I saw the flowers he had for me and finally figured out what was going on. I don't remember much but he told me that he had made some of the most important decisions of his life on our walks and this was a decision that he knew was right, and at that point he got down on his knee and gave me the ring! I don't remember saying yes, but he said I did haha. Luckily his older brother was hiding behind some trees and got pictures of everything.

Anyway, now I'm packing up my apartment. I can't wait to get out of here and into a place where everything is mine and I can finally have all of my things in one space! I also love being able to go through everything I own and get rid of stuff and get re-organized. We still haven't found a place to live in Dallas, but we have a few places that we are considering.