Here is yet another blanket post of some of the things that have happened in the not too distant past, specifically some firsts for Valerie and me.
Val decided to shock me once again with one of her spur-of-the-moment ideas. One day she told me that she was planning to run a 5k the next weekend and needed me to look it up and register her. I had no idea she had any interest in running, but she decided she wanted to do it (with a little help from her friend Melissa) and nothing was going to stop her. I know it doesn't require a lot of training like a marathon does, but she has been working out a lot lately and keeping herself in shape and it was just one more thing she did that made me proud of her. She has a way of doing little things like that all the time that inspire me to be a better person and to do more in my life, so thanks for that Val! I love you!!!
We finally decided we didn't want any money left over after paying our bills each month and buying a house seemed like a quick and easy way to take care of that. We are thankful to have a place of our own and to have enough space for all of our things now. So no worries family members who's homes have been acting as our personal storage units for several years now, we will finally be taking our stuff back, that's if you aren't already using it of course. Thanks to all those who have helped us out so much with the home-buying process and especially those who helped with the move. We can't thank you enough!
Well as all the homeowners know, there is always a project to do, and we are glad to say that we have one of them out of the way. The one thing that we didn't know how to handle was the lack of closet space in the master bedroom. Yes, technically it is a walk-in, but it is taller than it is long or wide with 15 foot vaulted ceilings, and since you can't walk up the wall it wasn't really serving it's purpose. We didn't know what to do, but decided to just make a plan and go for it. We drew up a plan one night, and when we had it the way we wanted we called our GREAT friend Jared to see if he would bring his tools up and help us out. The next weekend he was here with his awesome wife and son and we went to work, well he and I anyway. Val and Brittany watched Parker and supervised the project. We built the whole thing in half a day, and Val and I caulked, puttied, and painted the next day, and by that night we were putting our clothes in. It was nice to see it come together just the way we had planned it and in such a short amount of time. It gives us hope that we can actually do some of the things we want to around here, but we couldn't have done it without Jared and his expertise and tools so once again, Thank you Jared! It is so nice to have our clothes on shelves instead of piles on the floor. Up was the only way we could go so we went up! The highest shelf is 9 1/2 feet tall, so needless to say a new step ladder was on the list of materials for this build.
1st Place Teacher!!!
Val has been loving her job, and I guess you can say she is doing pretty well at it too! If anyone has found there calling in life I think it is her. She, along with Rachel the other Special Ed teacher at A.F. Junior High have been doing some amazing things for the program there and they are starting to get recognition for it, which is pretty awesome when you consider that they both just finished their first full year of teaching. I won't go too much into detail about how it happened, you can talk to Val and I'm sure she would love to tell the story, but I will just say the parent of one of her students nominated her for the KSL Teacher Feature Teacher of the Week and she won. It was a big surprise to Val, so much so that when her principal pulled her aside to give her the heads-up that she had won she thought she was in trouble. Anyway, it was a great honor for her and it all came because of the love that she has for the work she does and for each one of her students! It was also a pretty sweet deal with all the prizes she got. Here is the link for the nomination letter and below are the details for all the goodies she got.
1. Free night at Anniversary Inn
2. A pair of season tickets to Hale Centre Theatre
3. $100 to La Caille (Plus the banquet for all this year's winners that was held at La Caille also)
4. $200 gift card to Smith's Market Place for class supplies
They also gave her a plaque and some other little things at the banquet along with the short feature on the Grant and Amanda show. All together it was pretty exciting for us. Thanks again Rachel for all of your help! You girls make a great team!