Monday, November 14, 2011

Giving Thanks

Today we both feel especially grateful for our families. It's wonderful to have all these incredible people so close to us in our lives. We love them so much!
It was my mom's birthday today and we had a craaaaazy party...... Jenna and Bobby forced her to wear a tiara in honor of the occasion, and we had my Grama Schiess over for dinner and the classic Lindsey family chocolate birthday dessert! My mom is such an amazing person-- so strong and such a great example to me. I love her so much! Happy Birthday Mom!
This is a picture of her on her bike this summer.... cause she would kill me if I put the one of her in the tiara in a public place.....

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Giving Thanks

I don't know if my revival of desire to blog will be long lasting, but recently I have had the feeling that Tom and I have a lot to be thankful for, and also a lot that we can share with others. Meaning: we need to not let our lives be so consumed with work and share the love a little more.

To start, we wanted to share--in the spirit of thanksgiving-- a few things each day that we are grateful for...

W: spending time on the weekends with my husband when I'm awake and not super tired from teaching and meetings.

T: watching Saturday college football games with my wife.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Jackson Hole

We biked, rodeoed, saw Yellowstone (my first time!), alpine slide, ate lots of food, tipped a raft on the very full, very cold Snake. Then to top it off,  saw a bald eagle on the 4th of July. Credit to Tom for taking stellar phone pics (where in the world is my camera?!). Love ya babe.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Sunday, March 20, 2011

3 years for us, 1 for the dog

March 7th was our 3 year anniversary! Woohoo! Tom delivered some flowers to my work, and the sweet ladies in the front office insisted that he deliver them to my classroom himself. All my students thought it was so sweet and cheered when he gave me a kiss! I have the best husband ever, don't I? Oh yeah, I also had 3 pizzas delivered to his work.  . . Does that make me a good wife? Ha ha! One pizza for each year!

We were a bit sad that we didn't get the chance to stay at Zermatt up in Midway like we have every year, but this anniversary helped me reflect on how much we have learned and grown together. Tom is the best part of our anniversary anyway, no matter where we are on the actual date- be it at work or wherever. I am so glad that I married this guy- more and more I realize that he's the one for me. He still opens the door for me and still tries his best to make me laugh, still snores like a bear at night, still makes questionable "casseroles", still plays "what if" games, still works hard for our family, still listens to sports radio and Sportscenter at deafening decibels, still can grill with the best of 'em, and still loves me. And gosh, I love him too.

Additionally, and to prove what I said above- Tom recently received a top salesman award from work! And an iPad! Told you he's a rockstar.

Also in the lovely month of March: Rudy had his first birthday on the 10th. We sang happy birthday to him and then gave him a whole chicken breast for dinner (he goes crazy for chicken) and a pig's ear (nasty, but he loves those too). Rudy is still very much a puppy- an 80 pound puppy that loves to play and cuddle sometimes- but mostly play. He's also a great running buddy for me and keeps me safe when Tom has late nights at school or work.

But he almost wasn't going to make it to his second birthday when we came home from church a couple of weeks ago to find our couch torn apart. Ooooooh boy, he got it then. He stays outside now even if we are gone for a few minutes, and even if it's snowing. After all, he is an outside dog. So, if you ever want to know what the inside of a couch tastes like (or a shoe, or a dog bed, or baseboards, or carpet, or blankets, or shampoo bottles, or toilet paper, or.  .  .) Just ask the Rudy monster.

P.S. updates are rare but treasured, no? Love that blogger phone app!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Teaching blog . . .

Some of you will laugh, (considering how consistent I am with posting on this blog!) BUT, nonetheless, I have been asked to start writing a little teacher blog.

Check it out at

The title & the URL for the blog is a reference to Tom Sawyer, who ditched school to go to the swimming hole, then got caught because the thread on his shirt that he wore after swimming was a different color. Yes, I am an English teacher :)

Swimming Hole, by Edward Henry Potthast