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Thursday, December 31, 2009

The post to end all posts

Well, at least the post to end all the posts for 2009. I haven't given up my blogging days yet.
I thought I would commemorate 2009, by remembering some of my accomplishments. Maybe you will remember them too??
I know the slideshow speed is like on turbo, but I couldn't figure out how to slow it down. If anyone knows please tell me the secret


Happy New Year Friends!!

Wasn't this a cute idea??

Click pic to read the mugs.


Cute little mugs that had catchy sayings about every occupation that ever existed. Including (but not limited to) TWO distinct mugs for stay at home moms. One about a soccer mom (Rebecca) and the other about the desperate, but adorable housewife (Brooke). We bought these for Jake's side of the family. Even one for a man in retirement (Dad).
But apparently the U.S. postal service did NOT like my mug idea and decided to break two. Even though I bubble wrapped and stuffed the boxes with poofy stuff.
Well, this one of those occasions where people would say, "it's the thought that counts right?"

I wish that were true.... One more blog to come in 2009.

Christmas 09'

So, about one hour into my arrival in Dallas. I realized I forgot my camera. :( ME? I never forget my camera, but I did. So, I'm going to steal a few photos from my mom to sum up what happened.

It all started with us arriving on Sunday only to be bombarded by a huge family gathering within just a few hours of arriving.



But all the while these 2 brothers had really been scheming a plan for the other Stall family to make a visit to Dallas.


So, in the midst of that large family gathering my husband abandoned me for what felt like hours without explanation only to arrive back with this little guy.


Jake also for the first time didn't act as if the baby was made of glass.

We then had many good times, including a wild christmas cookie party...


Which resulted in this mess (from my husband). The 20 pretty cookies I decorated did not make my mother's facebook album. Jake decorated 2 and they both made the album, please explain that mother when you get a chance....



Texas also got it's first white Christmas in like 80 years while we visited. And the day before it snowed it was 75 degrees (I think that could only happen in TX). So, Christmas day we got to make one of these.



We then spent lots of time with fabulous friends, though I have no pictures to prove it. So, I stole one other photo from my good friend Misty. (AND IF ANY OF MY OTHER FRIENDS OR FAMILY WOULD HAVE POSTED THEIR PHOTOS IN A REASONABLE AMOUNT OF TIME, I WOULD HAVE MORE PHOTOS, BUT I DON'T...) (hint, hint Brooke!)


And one photo for the road... Jake wanted it to be known, that THIS also only happens in Texas!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

so...

I finally attached my camera to my computer and WOOPS, did I miss a few blog posts I meant to write about, so here goes. Better late than never.

As a child my church celebrated Operation Christmas Child a program with Samaritan's Purse that gives a shoebox full of stuff to kids in 3rd world areas.
So, this Christmas Jake and I had already given to our local homeless shelter and he wanted to give a slew of toys to something and was talking about Toys for Tots or something of the like. And here's the deal. I know that there are people in need in America, but I also know that most of those kids truly do not know "need" like so many others around the world.
The types of families that toys go to here in San Diego are low income (below the poverty line) kids, like kids I teach. And while I'm sure they may have gone without once or twice in their life, most of them without fail ALWAYS have the newest Hannah Montana backpack and folders and sometimes cell phones. Not to mention I KNOW they get free breakfast and lunch at school.

So, I told Jake nah I don't want to give to that. I'm going to look up some information about this thing I used to do years ago called Operation Christmas Child. While it's not WIDELY supported in San Diego. We had to drive 30 minutes for a drop-off location. I know that the kids getting the shoe boxes really may have nothing, and when you get the box you also get the gospel. So, Jake and I had a blast at the dollar store and Walmart and filled up 10 boxes. I took a few photos so you could join in the fun!


Toothbrush and candy- the perfect combo!



The cats were stalking all the new toys. Emily confiscated a rhino animal and was about to shake it to shreads before we caught her. Apparently, they like the dollar store too.

Lest you think I have no Christmas Spirit....



Here are some pictures of my lovely tree.
I'd like to show you some of the lights on my house, but I don't think you'd be very impressed with my balcony that is 3 feet wide.
However, I am SO excited for Christmas and being home in Texas where it's cold.
We actually had the most rain San Diego has gotten in like 100 years last week, and it was awesome for the Christmas mood. But it's back up to 73 tomorrow and that just somehow kills it.

To Christmas Cheer!

Monday, December 7, 2009

p.s.

Remember those knock-off boots I mentioned a few blogs ago that we were waiting for Target to restock? Well, they never got restocked (even online) and I was getting impatient. So, thanks to some wonderful family members. I had some extra birthday $$ and I bought what I would consider the "hybrid". The ones I posted before were the luxury vehicle. The ones from Target would have been the "economy car" and I got the hybrid.
Thank you Cathy Jean for putting your boots on sale from $159 to $79 so that I could buy them for my birthday! Woohoo

After all that, I think I might actually like mine better anyway. ;)

Sunday, December 6, 2009

No, he doesn't like birthdays.

This my delicious chocolate orange cake. (Yes, I made that).



And this is my husband eating that cake in celebration depression of his birthday. Delicious!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Texas sized BBQ

When I was 11 my social studies text book had small descriptions of what all 50 states were famous for, as any child would do I quickly looked ahead to see what they said about Texas. Expecting them to maybe mention the Alamo, the Dallas Cowboys, bluebonnets or something of the like. It listed two things. Ten-gallon hats and barbeque. I told my teacher I didn't know what a 10 gallon hat was and I didn't like barbeque or barbeque sauce. I was very concerned about my status as a Texan. She explained what a 10 gallon hat was and told me not everyone likes barbeque. I told her that our textbook had a skewed perception of our state (I don't know remember my exact words, but I was opinionated then too, so you can imagine).
While I love the great state of Texas (we are the only state to ever be our own country). Upon moving to California I was quite excited about the new types of food that were offered. Gone were the days of fried items with gravy or over-sized portions. Even Mexican (which I love) isn't smothered in cheese and sauce. You can eat pretty clean anywhere you go and in the whole city there was only one place I knew of that served barbeque. And in 2 and a 1/2 years I'd never been there.

But today that all changed. Jake got a hankering for ribs and kindly suggested we go to that one and only barbeque place to see what they had. And since I'm a nice wife (and I wanted him to drop me by Target on the way) I agreed. We got there and there was a line around the building. Which would be fine except that we had our one and only torrential downpour of the year today. But people were still waiting. This only fueled Jake's fire that we would have the best meal ever. (If people would endure the elements to eat it, it had to be good). So, we waited and as we waited I realized that this particular place had pretty much one item in many different packages. RIBS. Pork, Beef, Full Rack, Half, Rack, Off the Rack, Ribs and Chicken, Ribs on your salad. So, I decided to go for it and get ribs.

I told Jake that a 1/2 Rack would do for me, but NO we had to get food bigger than my face.


You see that sauce on my face? It's too bad I only kinda enjoyed it, cause I know there's people that have died for those arm sized ribs.


So, maybe I'm not a true blue Texan after all. Who knows....

Thursday, November 26, 2009

our little guy

I forgot to tell you that Jake and I decided to expand our family a little while back.
(No, we didn't adopt another cat). We adopted a little boy from Tanzania, Africa.
Meet Khamis Benard John


No, he's not living in our house (though I wouldn't be totally opposed to it). He's living with his 4 brothers and sister at home. However, through Compassion International we are now part of his family too.

Nothing like Thanksgiving to make you thankful for what you have... and even more thankful that you have something to share.

Love to all!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Birthday Blessings


This is the cake I told Jake I wanted for my 25th birthday, but for some reason (I have no idea why) I did not receive this cake. However, I will admit he spoiled me in other ways, so I guess I can survive.

Here's to being 25... Having the day off... Having food on the table...Enough food to give away to those less fortunate... Wonderful friends...A new job...Two adorable kitties.... And a God that's looking out for me! Oh and cute clothes (and hopefully soon, new boots).

Saturday, November 14, 2009

don't call me cheapskate

I am in love with these Steve Madden boots.


Now, if Target will just re-stock all their sizes, so I can buy the knockoff Mossimo ones, because who has a $130 dollars to spend on boots alone? :)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

Wedding Pictures

First try, what is that face?


Second try


Third Try


Ok, fine you try...


The real reason for all these pictures.

Congrats Mark and Shierleen!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Anthropolgie

Have you have ever shopped at this store?




Well, let me tell you I barely do because it's expensive, but their clothes are beautiful. It's a sister store to Urban Outfitters, which I have always loved but also rarely shop at.... because.... you guessed their clothes are also expensive. While Urban is kind of a young look, Anthropologie is so age and job appropriate. They also have the most AMAZINGLY cute aprons like this one


that I had Jake buy me for my birthday next weekend. Speaking of that, I may have to send him back for some other things.
Oh ya wait, I just suggested my husband go shopping and we all know that won't happen.
I must admit they do have pretty good sales, so we'll have to see what happens after Christmas. I can't wait!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Did I mention I only have a week left in my classroom as well? :( Maybe I will blog then, when I'm jobless.

I really do have pictures to post, stories to tell, concerns to vent about. The one thing I don't have is time. I also have vast amounts of Bible chapters to read and a sore throat. Maybe next week....

Thursday, October 22, 2009

the price of beauty

So, here's one photo from our little shoot. I'll have to admit while I love the photos from Paige Newton Photography. I don't like me in them. This happens to me every fall/winter. My hair becomes blan and my skin becomes scary white and it just doesn't look good on me (not to mention my exceptionally round face). You may be thinking this photo doesn't reveal that, but that's because I attempted to choose the only one that I didn't look that way in. But seriously, I'm kind of concerned about the fact that I don't like the way I look 6 months out of the year (particularly the non-summer months where I turn white and pastey.) I'm like, should I dye my hair red? Will this make me look beautifully creamy white (like all the hot red heads on television) instead of pastey pale?? Probably not, but the thought has crossed my own mind.

Friday, October 16, 2009

the crazy life

I told Jake yesterday. "I know I'm good at my job. The students like me and I'm a natural teacher, BUT, but the kids drive me nuts". "Do you think all teachers feel this way?" He said, " Babe I think that's something you should find out cause you have like 25 years left to go." I said, "It seems that way from the way they talk in the lunchroom, but does that mean all teachers are partially nuts for their entire career?"
So, here's to one month down and 25 crazy years left to go!

Thoughts People???

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Not that you wanted my schedule, but here it is!

If I'm feeling zealous and extra prepared
5:30 am Get up and go to yoga. Get ready there.

If I'm feeling lazy and don't prepare the night before
6:20 Alarm goes off. Press snooze twice.
6:40 Now I get up. Shower and get ready.

7:30 Leave for school. Wishing I had time to stop for coffee, but never having time.
7:45 Arrive at school. Light my pumpkin spice candle. Start making copies

9:05 School starts. Pick up children and have FREE breakfast in the classroom. Yah, I said free breakfast, pays to be poor. :)

9:15 Clean up from breakfast
9:20- 3:35 One big blur called teaching where I'm not always sure what happens. J/K! :)

5:30 Finally leave school (sometimes it's later) after I've done who knows what to prepare for the next day.

6:00 Arrive home and sit on the couch. Not moving, watching TV and hopefully reading my Bible (if I'm good). I'm in Judges already, but I'm supposed to be in 1 Kings to finish by January. Woops! Better not skip anymore.

10:00 Get ready for bed. You might be thinking from 6-10 I didn't move off the couch and you're right I probably didn't. :)

OK I'm just kidding again, I probably helped Jake make dinner or maybe even hung with friends. However, I cannot imagine coming home to children after being drained all day by the kids at school. Seriously. So, this is why I haven't blogged because if it's not some internet thing I can access from my phone. I just don't get on the computer for pleasure as much, but soon I will find balance or soon I might just have to start drinking coffee.
With Love!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Just call me Mrs. Stall

What's funny is as soon as I typed my title. I thought, " now why did I type that? Because my students sure don't call me Mrs. Stall, they call me "teacher, teacher" all day long."
Two days down. Alot to go. But it's good. (Pretty good at least)
Details to come!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

And...

We also got some photos taken, so we'll see how those go and hopefully post some soon!

Love and Respect


Jake and I went to a Love and Respect Marriage Conference this weekend. It was really interesting and funny. The message is based on Eph 5:33 and delves into how all women need love and all men need respect. Which is a really debated topic because woman expect love, but say respect is earned. And it talked a lot about how for men respect isn't necessarily what we think it is, but it is what men need to feel validated and right with their woman. Jake said he really resonated with it all. Check out the link of the couple who runs it. However, we concluded that we really don't have a of the issues being discussed that most people seemed to assimilate with (like the crazy cycle). So, we just joked that we're doing preventative maintenance for a later date. It was held at our church, but people came from all over. Luckily, we attended with a couple friend, so we got to hang out with them all weekend and talk about what was being discussed. All in all if you ever get the chance to attend one, we recommend you DO!

Friday, September 18, 2009

I've fallen off the bandwagon

I'm getting behind I won't lie.
I have no time to blog, but soon!
With Love

Thursday, September 10, 2009

I'm quite pleased w/myself incase you couldn't tell

I've made it to day 4 at 10 chapters a day. With a new job. Talk about impressive people.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

I'll just pencil that into my calendar

So, today my pastor challenged us to read the rest of the Bible by year's end. He said it's just 10 chapters a day, so let's do it.
I thought to myself, " I can do this". Then remembered what happened the last time I read the Bible in a year, I got behind a few days and instead of having 5 chapters to read one day, you have like 25, then 100, then you give up. So, seeing how I if I miss one day, I will have to read 20 chapters. I MUST not skip a day....

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Polka Dot Deliciousness


It was our friend Katie's birthday yesterday and we were getting together for a little dinner. The instructions given to me were bring dessert. Well, you don't have to tell me twice. So, I got right on it. I had been wanting to experiment with fondant icing for a little while because it always looks so pretty. So, I started getting crazy cake ideas in my head and then headed to the grocery store. I ended up with a wild concoction, but it was delicious. Double chocolate fudge cake from a box, with raspberry preserve filling and then buttercream icing (Wilton's recipe) topped with fondant and of course polka dots made from a little red gel food coloring. Everyone keeps saying it looks like the cakes in Alice in Wonderland, which I didn't see, but I'm flattered by. It's really nothing, because fondant makes anything look good!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Penny for your thoughts


I get the weekend paper because I like to cut coupons. Sometimes on Sundays I'll briefly flip through the ads of a few stores. One I like to glimpse at is Staples, because especially near the beginning of school. They have items for $.01. That's right, one cent people. Usually they have limits of 2,5,10 it varies. But if you are a teacher then the limit is 25. So, within the last few weeks I have gotten 8 packs of pencils for a penny, 100 sheet packages of notebook paper and today I got folders (25 of them of course). I just can't believe that I can give them a quarter and walk out of the store, it's amazing. So, word to the wise check the staples ads and you might find a new use for all those annoying pennies we complain about.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Obsession

I've occasionally mentioned on my blog before that I like to read. I have always been a bookworm (fiction only), not to say I don't try to read nonfiction, I do. It's just that is usually takes me like 6 months to finish any one book and I can read most fiction much faster (like a week or a day or sometimes a few hours). This summer I have read over 20 some books and not because I sit around reading all day, it's rather because I stay up all night reading. It's exactly the same as when I was a kid. In that regard I haven't changed at all. I love to read at night. I'm so bad about it. It will be 10:30 and I will think to myself, "I'll just crawl in bed and read for a few" and 2 hours later, I am FORCING myself to close the book, not tired at all because reading makes me completely engaged and not sleepy, but I love it. Anyway, I titled this post with obsession because last January over my winter break I read this


entire series in a week's time. Not to mention all of the books are over 500 pages. I was obsessed and I loved every minute of it, not wanting the story to end.
So, this is August not January, you may be thinking. Why am I blogging about this now?
Well, my loving husband rereads books over and over. Not something I do at all. However, this particular series was drawing me back to itself as it sat longingly on my bookshelf. Not to mention this particular character's



beautiful image in my mind. (Don't worry my husband knows, he also knows he's a character that a love obsessed woman wrote, so I don't think he feel too threatened.)
However, as summer was coming to and end and of course the second movie in the series is coming to theatre this fall. I couldn't stop myself. I had to read them again. And guess what? While I just started reading some time last weekend...I'm already half way through the last book. And all week long I was busy going to schools and looking for jobs, I wasn't just sitting around reading. But every night, I had a date. It was calling me. I didn't even care if my husband played video games this week. So, I just had to tell you, even the second time around they are so good. I skimmed a few pages on the second book because of some unfortunate events I already knew the outcome of. But everywhere else I read every single word and loved it. So, there you have it. The cats out of the bag. I'm obsessed and I don't care who knows. :)

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Backdrops

So, today Jake has duty, and I'm supposed to be writing cover letters and getting things done because principals go back to school tomorrow, but somehow for the last two hours INSTEAD I've been messing with my blog. Ask me if that was a productive way to spend my time? (I categorized all my blog posts by topic, that was fun.) But, I'll answer. No, it wasn't, but there's no going back now. So, as you can see I've chosen this lovely black paisley, but not before I chose about 5 teacher backgrounds with ABC's and 123's on them. I was trying to be festive and getting in the right mindset for getting a job, but it didn't work instead it just made me nauseous because they were so cheesy looking. So, here we have it folks, the new and improved, just some words...
For now, I'm gonna be good and get offline. :)

Thursday, August 13, 2009

I'm sorry I haven't blogged. It's just that nothing too exciting is happening in my life and I don't think alot of people want to hear about the books I'm reading. Which is the main thing I've been doing. However, a few things have happened so I'm sucking it up to talk about em'. First off, my little precious child

aka Charlie is sick.
He was acting really lethargic and anyone that knows my kitties know they never act lethargic, they act like mischievous toddlers. So, we debated for like 5 days whether to go to the vet and we finally did and he of course had a raging fever and really weird blood panel results, so he's on a boatload of medicine, while they try to figure out what's wrong with him. He's not following any normal symptomatic problems, so they aren't exactly sure what's up. Luckily, the tests they took came back and knocked off some of the more serious things that could be wrong, but for now my little guy is still sick.
However, he's so sweet about taking his meds. Back in February when we first got the cats and Emily was sick, she would spit, bite and vomit to get that medicine out of her mouth, but luckily my sweet natured boy Charlie just takes the abuse....
I mean in his mind it's abuse, I'm obviously saving his life, but it's hard to explain that to a cat.
Anyway, in other blogging news I technically got a job, but not a good one. I got another gig to sub at a private Christian school. Which is good because the more outlets I have to sub, the greater the chance that I'll sub everyday. But it's still not what I want, which is obviously a classroom. The chances of that are not dead, but I'm just making plans in case it doesn't happen. So, I think that's all. In other news I made Grandma Iny's Cake AGAIN because it was SO good and Jake asked for it again. I've also been going to yoga everyday and reading lots of books. But like I said I won't bore you with those. Anyway, talk soon!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Grandma Iny's Cake

So, like all bloggers. I read other people's blogs and one that I have a read a few times before, but didn't think too much about is called thepioneerwoman. However, I do often read smittenkitchen and somehow one day smittenkitchen and the pioneerwoman met up and I was reading about it on smittenkitchen. Well there were some links to some posts, etc about what they had baked and I stumbled across a little recipe with The Pioneer Woman saying you MUST bake this now, so I saved it. And she has a beautiful post here of the recipe.
So, I saved it and read it a few times and to say the least I was intrigued, but it's a recipe for prune cake. And I'm not against prunes, I'm just not for them either. I mean I've had them, they taste fine, but I have no distinct longings one way or another and my husband much like the Marlboro Man (which is the Pioneer Woman's husband) would definitely say they are gross. So, I secretly snuck some prunes into the cart at the grocery store and decided I was going to make it. And let me just tell you, it's delicious. Think carrot cake, but not nearly so rich since there's no cream cheese icing. It's fantastic and of course Jake's eaten half the cake since yesterday and he asked me what are those things? He started guessing, raisins, dates, cherries and I simple responded dried plums. Which is true, right? So, I have officially changed the name from Grandma Iny's Prune Cake to Grandma Iny's Cake, since there's no sense in ruining a good thing right?
So, here are some pics and then you go click on the Pioneer Woman's recipe up there and make it yourself.



Wednesday, July 29, 2009

It went down a bit like this....

some beaching


some bikinis


some ziplining or at least hanging out on the moutain, getting ready to go


some rain


some good food


some good times


some goodbyes
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