Monday, April 28, 2008

Picnic Fun

Ben went all out in planning a picnic for us to go to the Arboretum. Sadly, we were rained out, but no worry. We had an amazing picinic at the Jones' Arboretum instead.

I was highly impressed with Ben's professional sandwich building/wrapping skills:

My LadyBug Birthday Cake for 2:

I felt a little guilty cutting into something so cute....

And then I got over it! :)

There was quite an array of vegetation. Here are a few of our favorites:

The wildlife proved to be tame:

After an afternoon of eating, relaxing, and taking in all the spectacular scenery, Ben and I stopped for a rest near one of the "park benches."

It was a splendid day at the Jones' Arboretum!

Another Year Older

As always, I had a fabulous Birthday this year. The celebrations started with a delectable dinner at The Melting Pot with Bobbie, Farron, Mark and Holly. Tell me. What can really beat fondue? Unfortunately my camera died on me so I can only upload one pic. Luckily it was a good one!

Throughout the week I received calls, cards, gifts, and flowers from all my friends and family. (I am especially set for lots of trips to La Madeleine!!!) It was so fun checking the mail each day.

Here's a pic of a bouquet of flowers I received from Mom & Lonnie. They are just so pretty that I have to share them with you.

Then, Ben finished up my Birthday celebration with delicious breakfast, an unforgetable picnic, and a excellent dinner out. (See next post for full picnic details!)

I'm off to buy all kinds of goodies with my gift cards. :) Thank you all!

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Road to Teacher Certification

As many of you know, I have decided to pursue a career in education. I began an "alternative certification program" last fall. This type of program is for degreed professionals who would like to become teachers. In order to be admitted into the program, proof is required that an individual has already taken enough college level coursework in a particular subject to be considered competent and qualified to teach that subject.

Then upon admittance to the alternative certification program, a series of 10 educational modules must be completed and a state exam is to be taken and past. Once a student is admitted, completes the program coursework, and passes the state exam, they can begin looking for internship jobs. So, this is where I am at right now. I have begun attending a series of job fairs for local school districts. If I am hired, my first year will be considered an internship on a probationary certificate. If I am hired for this upcoming fall, it will most likely be at the end of the Summer as teachers with previous years of experience and those with a current license will have first pick at the available positions.

I will be certified for 4-8 English, Language Arts, and Reading. I am excited to begin any position in this range but ultimately hope to be able to teach at risk and underpriviledged students at the 6th - 8th grade levels. In order to do this, I may have to take a position with a district slightly further away from our house as most of the districts in the area are very affluent.

I will keep everyone updated on my certification and job hunt progress over the next several months. Please be praying that a job opening will come my way and that I will be prepared to teach my first year. I appreciate everyone's support!

Quarterly Update

I realize it has been forever since I have updated our blog. I will try to be brief so you all aren't scared away. :) There have just been so many great things going on lately!

January was Ben's 24th birthday. We had a great celebration here in Dallas with most of Ben's fam. We went to Dave and Busters for a fun dinner and games. While we were there Ben and I tried out the "Gene Machine" and have now vowed to never have children because of it. (Our future child could fly with that set of ears!)

Also in January, Ben took and passed his Series 7 exam for work. Ben just now finished his CFP exam and is scheduled to take his Series 66 in a few weeks. He won't know the results of his CFP exam for another 6 weeks but he'll find out the score for his Series 66 right away. He and I want to say a special thanks to all our supportive family who have sent him gifts, called, and prayed for him. We are so blessed to have such wonderful family.

Then, in February, Ben and I had a wonderful Valentines' Day together. He surprised me with a romantic dinner at home after a very long day. He even wrapped my gift in the prettiest bag that I had pointed out to him in passing quite awhile before. He's so thoughtful.

March saw the beginning of MANY showers to come. I have a couple of friends getting married and several having babies. I hosted a Bachelorette Party at my house at the end of March. In April, I am helping host 2 more wedding showers and 1 baby shower as well as being involved in 1 wedding. In May I will help host a bachelorette party and 1 additional baby shower. Crazy fun!!!

Ben and I headed to Lubbock over Easter for a fun, whirlwind weekend with Mom and Lonnie. We had a blast just hanging out and spending Easter Sunday at Aunt Diane and Uncle Sammy's where we had our annual adult's Easter egg hunt. Before heading home, Ben and I made sure to have our fill of all our old favorite restaraunts including Bless Your Heart, Rosa's, and Shogun. It was a beautiful weekend and we were sad for it to end so quickly.

Things just seem to be getting busier and busier but everything has gone smoothly and we are having a blast celebrating all of life's occasions with our friends and family.

Sadly, I don't have any pictures to add this time, but I will make a concerted effort to take pictures at more of our upcoming festivities.

Hope to see you all soon!