Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Sweet Home Chicago!

Wow! What a day. We were able to get part pf Monday off and head down to the city to meet up with Ben & Diane. Let me just tell you- 2 days later and my legs still hurt! We went to the Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium, took a water taxi to Navy Pier, Millenium Park, Ed Debevics and Buckingham Fountain. Dinner at Ed's wasn't that great and our waiter wasn't very nice at all- the food was equivalent to Dennys restaurant. We ate some much thought that we decided to walk from Ed's to our car which was at the Planetarium- just a note- I mapquested those 2 locations and we walked over 3.5 miles!!!! Feel the burn. Over all it was a great and exhausting day.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

I have an interview!!!!

After waiting and waiting, I finally got a call earlier this week. I have an interview on August 2nd for a kindergarten teacher at Kensington School in Naperville!!!!!! I am so excited!!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

August 16th

Today we got to go an actually walk through our new house that is almost finished!! We also got our closing date- August 16th, which means move in date will probably be August 18th. I am so excited- I felt like I couldn't start packing because it seemed so far away but now I have less than a month- so guess what I am doing to night..... packing of course. Here are a few pics from our trip out today.

Monday, July 16, 2007

R&R- that's rest and relaxation...

Don't ask
Inside joke amongst our group of friends
Just the girls
The Group
BFF's Forever!!
Ashley swears she was born gangsta!
Just Us

Wow! What a weekend. Saturday after a long day at work we ended up at Joe's girlfriend Andrea's for his grad party/send off to the Marines- its still scarey knowing that he is old enough to do so! We hung out with our friends Josh & Nicole and a few people from Church- oh what fuuny pictures we have!

We decided to take a break from life on Sunday. Yes I know we should have been at church BUT with the events that took place this last week- we NEEDED to get away from everything and have some good ole' fashion F-U-N!! We headed off to 6 Flags Great America at 9a.m with Josh, Nicole & Megan. I guess everyone else had the same idea in mind for the day because it was packed. The waterpark was AWESOME!! They have this slide called the tornado- definelty #1 on my list. It shoots you straight down this dark tube at 45mph and whips you ip the side back and forth (at about 4-5 stories high until finally you come out of the end into the pool- sorry I didn't get a picture but they have one on the sight. The wave pool was awesome followed by the "bowl" slide- which is like a toilet bowl- you go round and round until you go through the hole at the end. And last but not least- the lazy river. We had fun grabbing each other to try to direct their tube in the path of waterfalls and spraying jets. At about 5- we ventured out into the park to ride some rides. Nicole and Megan hit up the Raging Bull- an absolutely scarey lookinf rollar coaster, while Josh, Dennis and I opted for the Chubasco- spinning tea cups. Dennis got the thing spinning so fast it felt like we were upside down. Of course we couldn't leave without going on the scrambler- which in my opinion was very weak compared to the one Nicole and I rode last summer in Lake Geneva that had my face plastered to her arm 3 feet up in the air! On the drive home we swung by the temple to show our non LDS friends where we got married and talked about the importance of it- see we had a missionary moment that counts doesn't it.

Saturday, July 14, 2007


Pictures- Top- bottom: The 3 Stooges: Amy, Tara & Joe: Bailey & Tara: Tara modeling the pretty centerpieces grandma made for the tables- aren't the purdy!!

07-07-07- I guess you can say it was a lucky day. Dennis' cousin Cherlynn and Scott got married in Yorkville- it turned out to me an all day event. The catholic ceremony was very interesting from an LDS perspective. Cherlynn forgot her flowers, so she walked down teh isle without them and then Aunt Amy went and got
them for her. We had 3 hours between the ceremony and the reception so we took mom and Vic to see our new house- it was nice to walk through it once again. We then went over to Uncle Dales and hung out with David, Amy and Grandma. We then headed over to Ralphs Place in Bristol where we had a buffet dinner and watch Beta fights. When you get Dennis and his 2 brothers and their cousin David together you get the 3 stooges. They decided to combin
e the Betas from the centerpieces into one bowl and watch them fight. It was pretty mean if you ask me yet funny at the same time. When Betas fight, they lock lips and just sit there- hmmm, interesting way to fight I guess?? Anywho after the reception we stopped by Josh's hous
e and shot off some major earth shaking fireworks- that was an understatment. By 12a.m that night- I was ready to crash!

Friday, July 13, 2007

I'm up for the Challenge...

So I got to thinking today about something I said during Bunco. We were talking about reading during 1 round and I flat out said I hate to read. Let me make some clarifications and try to save my reputation as a great teacher. I like to read, I just get tired everytime I pick up a book and my eyes start to hurt. I have had this problem for a few years now and I have just been putting off reading or going to an optomoligist. So, my challenege, and I have chosen to accept it, is to make an appointment with the optomoligist and read alteast 2 books before I go back to school this fall. One of those books being, The Five People You Meet in Heaven. The other book is Positive Discipline in the Classroom. So, I have a little over 6 weeks to accomplish this goal. I better get going.......

Friday, July 6, 2007

Happy 4th of July. What a busy day! I seem to do this to myself everytime I get a day off, I like to play catch up instead of rest. Not only did I wake up early to tutor instead of sleep in but I attempted to start to clean my disqusting house and I didn't finish. Halfway through cleaning Dennis and I decided to go get something to eat and then we decided to go to Lowes to look at washers and dryers and then the next thing you know it was time for our friends Josh and Nicole to come over. We went for a swim, grilled some burgers and brats and then headed off to Batavia to see the fireworks! It is making me exhausted to sit here and write all this out. I guess next time I get a day off I will sit and do nothing because I could really us a day like that!!

Sunday, July 1, 2007


This is a picture of what our house looks like as of Saturday. That's our door up by Dennis' head and our house extends over the garage where my car is parked- that would be our neighbors garage.!

So it has been about a week since we have bought our new home in Yorkville, so I thought I would post some pictures of our 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 car garage piece of this country! It is located in the Autumn Creek subdivision off of Rt 34, just 2 minutes from Rt. 47. It is in the process of being built so I will start off by posting the pictures of what the house looks like at this point and then I will post pictures of the model so you can get an idea of what ours will look like- the only difference between the model and ours will be the vaulted ceiling in the master bedroom :( but hey we get cathedrial ceilings in the living room! Enjoy the pics!