Tuesday, December 28, 2010

home sweet home

happy to be home after a week away from home.

we had such a fabulous time with jay's family.

soaking up time with our god-daughter, spending time with cousins, aunts, uncles and siblings.

lot's of jokes and laughter and baking and eating.

it's always good to be home though - no matter how much fun you've had.

today has been filled with unpacking, laundry, sleeping in and coffee-sipping.

tonight we're celebrating christmas with my side of the family.

hope you all had a wonderful christmas season.

i'm looking forward to more blogging.

Friday, December 24, 2010

I Can't Believe I'm Doing This ...

Because I'm just sitting here watching a movie ... might as well.
Have you ever?

Bold if you've ever:
1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars

3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disney World
8. Climbed a mountain

9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight

22. Hitch hiked
(sorry mom, it's true)
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort

25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David

41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted

48. Gone deep sea fishing
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud

54. Gone to a drive-in theater

55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies (nope, only Camp Fire Girl cookies!)
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma

65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy

70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial

71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been a passenger on a motorcycle

79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Kissed a stranger at midnight on New Year’s Eve
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating (GROSS!!!!)
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Got a tattoo
94. Had a baby

95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
I'm more worldly and interesting than I thought.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Happy Holidays {2010 edition}

Happy Holidays from my family to yours.

We certainly hope you are spending the holidays
with friends and family,
and that you're surrounded by love.

Jay, Lisa & Cooper

And then Jay & Lisa {again} because I can't resist a good deal.

Saturday, December 18, 2010


a little follow-up to my post yesterday.

i knew i wasn't feel right.

my head was really stuck in the past yesterday.

i kept bursting into tears last night and couldn't quite shake off the yucky feelings.


this morning,

i woke up really sick.

all my student are sick.

the majority of my co-workers are sick.

and now it looks like i'm sick.

just in time for my vacation.


at least i have a bit of insight into why i've been so emotional.

i always get this way right before i get sick.

just woke up from a 3-hour sleep.

ate some dinner and now i'm heading back onto the couch to constantly blow my nose and swallow razor blades.

my spirits ARE better today.


Friday, December 17, 2010


today, our school had a holiday sing-along.

all the kids got together in our gym, and sang christmas and hanukkah songs.

right before we walked into the gym, for some reason, i realized that the 1st baby we lost, would be 7 months old right now.

i have no idea why i thought of it.

it just came to me.

these ideas sometimes come to me at the most random times.

like when you're walking your 1st grade class to an assembly.

and they stall me in place.

i have to force myself to keep moving forward, while my brain tries to catch up with reality.

it was so difficult to look happy while singing songs.

it's always around the holidays that i miss our babies.

our 1st should be 7 months old today.

i should be 6 months pregnant with our 2nd.

it just made me really sad.

i don't mean to depress you with this post.

just wanted you to know that while others' lives keep moving forward ...

my thoughts stay stagnant sometimes.

in the past.

stuck where the losses happen.

longing for what "could have been."

while life moves on, my heart still aches for my babies.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

A Post About Nothing Interesting

Catchy post title, right!?!

It's like the Sahara Desert over here.

I've got nothing to write about.



I work,
I come home,
I feed my dog,
I eat dinner,
I lay on the couch,
I watch TV,
I address Christmas cards,
I read books,
I sleep.


Weird huh.

I think I'm just counting down the days until Winter Break.

Not sure.

Sorry I'm so boring this week.

I took this picture the other day to blog about ...

It's a nightlight someone gave us for Christmas that Jay LOVES.

I thought it would be funny to blog about how much Jay likes it ...

But then when I looked at it, I thought,
"What a boring picture.
Who wants to read a post about this picture?"

And so I've still got nothing to write about.

I'll try to be more interesting and witty next week.

The End.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

goal in focus

q: want to gain weight and feel super fat?

a: start taking progesterone.




keeping my eye on the prize!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Jingle Bell Run

Jay and I participated in the Jingle Bell Run yesterday.

It was BEYOND pouring down rain - but we live in Seattle, and that's to be expected!

We had such a wonderful time
supporting one of our school community families.

Here we are,
happy to be done
and proud to have crossed the finish line
with this very special 3 year-old girl.

It was our honor to walk with this family
and to raise money for the Arthritis Foundation.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Looking back ...

I did one of those "A Year of Status Updates" by Facebook today.

2010 was filled with many low lows, and many high highs.

And I wouldn't change a thing about them.

They have made me into who am today.

(you may have to click on photo to enlarge)

Our niece was born.

We miscarried our 2nd baby.

Jay's sister got married.

Jay's brother got married.

We became God Parents.

Those were the biggies.

Hoping for a 2011 filled with a little Stookey!

Just being honest.

Thursday, December 9, 2010


I'm loving this quote the last few days ..

"Reason is afraid
of defeat ...

But Intuition
enjoys challenges."

-- Paulo Coelho

Two Years Ago

All of this fun is going on right now in Durban, South Africa.

I wish I was there again.

It's been 2 years since I went and it feels like forever.

I'm itching to go back and spend quality time with these amazing kids.

Big hugs to all their teachers this week.

I'm thinking of you all ...

A big lesson in Team Work ...

Final day.
I didn't want it to end ...

So much hope ...

I miss you all!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


It was a 1/2 day today,
So look who joined the afternoon fun ...

Love my little man.


what's wrong with this photo?

God bless whomever made this sign
that hangs in our school ...

I fully admit that I submitted this picture to the Ellen Show
for her segment called "What's Wrong With These Photos" photos.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

helped needed

Spelling Help ...

Example #1:
Student: How do you spell sol?
Me: Sol?
Student: Yah, sol.
Me: Sol is not a word.
Student: Oh.
Me: Use it in a sentence.
Student: Like, I SOL you at Molbalks.

Monday, December 6, 2010

i'm giving in ...

cooper's hip is still bothering him.

he runs and plays just fine.

but jumping into the car, on our bed or onto the couch is difficult for him sometimes.

he's too young to be feeling this way.

we've had him on glucosamine and fish oil for quite some time now.

it's driving me nuts.

i've put off getting x-rays because, well, they're expensive.

but i can't stand it anymore.

i can't stand the NOT KNOWING.

and when i don't know - i'm the QUEEN OF CATASTROPHIZE.

so any amount of money i'm about to spend HAS to be worth my peace of mind.

i drop him off on thursday for x-rays.

and hopefully we'll know what's up with this dang hip or leg.

in order to spiral myself into a full-blown panic attack, i have to keep reminding myself, "whatever is wrong, is already wrong ... now i'm just arming myself with the information to best help him."

but still.

my poor baby.

i just want him up and running again.

please keep your fingers crossed for decent news.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

A Beautiful "Trip"

Student: Once, I got stung by a wasp. It hurt really bad but my mom gave me these special pills that make you sleep for a long time. And when I woke up, I was in this beautiful place.

Me: What do you mean by "beautiful place?"

Student: Well, we were camping, so it was really beautiful.

Me: Oh ... got it.