Thursday, May 28, 2009

Summer starts tomorrow!

I cannot express enough how excited I am for summer; the last day of school is tomorrow! A few days ago, I had a parent cuss at me, and then flip me off. It was then that I decided not to deal with school any more! Chris will be teaching summer school for June and July, but I will not. However, trust me, I will be busy. I need to:
1) Finish up my last 25 hours of my Practicum for gifted and talented education. It was INSANITY to complete 75 of the 100 hours while being engaged. So I need to finish it all up.
2) Go to the Jeff Wilhelm institute in Park City from June 15-19. We had a meeting about it yesterday, and I am excited because we are going to talk about how to better teach reading. I think that it will just refresh my teaching excitement. The problem is, it is in Park City, and Chris can't come with me until Thursday night because he is doing summer school that week.
3) Do Bright Ideas for another part of my gifted and talented Practicum in July. The coordinator says that it is a really good way to get that done.
4) Do scrapbooks of the wedding (and maybe more?)
5) Do thank you cards
6) Meaningful scripture study
7) Exercise
8) Cook good summer food
9) Play with my niece and nephew-- and my brother and sister-in-law too!
10) Redo lesson plans for next year-- I am going to have 4 different classes to prepare for, which is craziness! But I found out today that the district is allowing us to do a lane change, so that is good! See what I get for doing Gifted and Talented?

So, yeah, I have a lot to do! It should be good!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Pictures of the big day!

Go to this site to see some more pictures! They are so fun!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Riding a bike is fun to do....

Today was my second day riding my/Tina's bike to work. It was reminiscent of the time I spent as a missionary in northern California. The difference, well, the people I work with/serve in my current career are just as crazy as many of the people I ran into on the mean streets of Oroville.

It was nice. It was nice to have the wind in my face and seeing so many things I normally don't see, or notice, while driving my car. For instance, I noticed a vacant lot. I drive by it every day and don't give it any thought. Today, though, I noticed that grass is starting to come back into that lot, somehow allowing the good creation a chance for it to return to the way it once was before people came along and built something only to tear it down twenty or so years later.

The mountains stood out. There is snow still up in the highest reaches. The deer are in the fields outside the hospital as the grass has come back.

Yes, riding a bike to work was a good idea. Not only for my bodily health, but my soul, my total being, as well.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

David McCullough

We went to see a fabulous lecture in the tabernacle a few weekends ago. David McCullough spoke to Utah-area History teachers. It was wonderful! To hear the speech, try this link.
After hearing David McCullough, we did a session at the Salt Lake temple. Doing a session there is always great, but it seemed especially fantastic.

In other news, we got our pictures back from the Georgia open house. Here they are! The password is Chris


For family home evening, Tina and I went to the Harold B. Lee library at BYU. Tina checked out a differentiation for gifted and talented children and I checked out a bunch of books. Two were by N.T. Wright, two by Desmond Tutu, and two more by Jaroslav Pelikan. I returned the Harold Bloom book and the Origien translation. I think there might be one other book I checked out, but am not sure.

I am so glad that Tina turned me on to going to the library. If we had been at a bookstore and bought all the books we checked, I suspect we would have spent something like three to four hundred dollars. It is great to know that we have all the books we want for free. I am especially excited that Tina can check out books for 13 weeks. More than enough time to tear through the books I checked out.

I was especially excited because Harold (what students affectionately call the library) had an N.T. Wright book that is not scheduled to be released for at least another three weeks. It may sound boring to you, but I was on cloud nine.

We came home, made Cuban sandwiches, and then started FHE. Our family night consisted of me watching Food Network while Tina graded papers. After that, Aunt Laura came over to deliver a wedding present. She gave us a beautiful quilt for our bed that we will probably use someday.

This afternoon I am going to the storage unit to dig out cookie jar lids. With my luck, they are at the very back of the unit behind the mattress, boxspring, and head board we have there for safe keeping.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Wedding pictures

Here are the copies of the thank you cards that we are sending out with our pictures on them. I am so excited to finally get the pictures, but this will work for now!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

One month

Yesterday marked one month of being married. To celebrate we ate leftovers, had the safety and emissions checked on the Honda, and went to bed around ten thirty. It was "very" exciting.

Actually, it was exciting. Everyday being married to Tina is exciting with something new to do or learn.

Tomorrow we will be celebrating Matt's birthday. We will be going to Fudruckers. It will be awesome.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Recent pics

Here are some pictures from the last couple of weeks!

The Rusch family came to Utah after the honeymoon to see Matt graduate from BYU. We went on a drive up the American Fork canyon and saw some beautiful scenery!

The Rusch men saving the environment from litterbugs

In Atlanta, we went to Bucca di Beppo with Mom's family. It was so fun to be together and just enjoy each other!

We surprised Mom with a birthday cake, since her birthday is next week. This is Jack celebrating. He could not stop saying, "Birthday! Birthday!" So cute!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

This Saturday

Tina and I are going to see David McCullough at the Tabernacle in Salt Lake City.

I have been looking forward to this for quite some time. Ever since David McCullough gave a speech at BYU a couple of years ago, I have been a fan. I am about half way through 1776 and really like it. It is a great book.

After the speech, Tina and I will do an endowment session at the Salt Lake Temple and then do some shopping at the Gateway. It looks like it will be a fun day.

I am adjusting to married life and love it. It is so good to know that when you come home your best friend will be there to hang out with you.

That's about it for now. I have to get back to work.


Wednesday, May 6, 2009

I think I might make it

What is the alternative, right?

Right now, I have a lot going on. I have to finish my practicum, and we are presenting on May 13th. I have to log 100 hours, which is kind of stressing me out. I am also having two observations in the next couple of weeks, which is bad timing because: 1) I am done with school, and 2) so are the kids. We shall see how that goes. I also found out that I have a history cohort meeting on Thursday of next week, which is bad news. It is on a B day, which means I will have no prep, and my Gifted and Talented class is on that day, and it is in the middle of my Practicum.

I also need to go to the Social Security office sometime and change my name. They close at 4. Great!

In other news, go to this site to see pictures of the Georgia open house. We are still waiting on the wedding pictures. I have seen a couple of them, though, and they are good!