Wednesday, November 28, 2007

It's the little things...

Last night Kyle and I were supposed to go to the Switchfoot/Relient K show, but I wasn't feeling well so I ended up staying home. I was bummed that I missed seeing my favorite band, Switchfoot, play. We've been so busy lately we haven't had any time together and I was missing him as I laid in bed relaxing. At 10:30 I recieved a phone call from Kyle and I could hear the song, "Only Hope," playing in the background. When Kyle and I got married three years ago, I walked down the aisle to that song. As it played in the background, Kyle told me how he remembered our wedding day and how beautiful I looked as I walked down the aisle. And as I laid in bed, tears streaming down my face because he thought to call me when they played our song, I felt blessed to have such a wonderful husband. It's definitely all about the little things....

Thursday, November 22, 2007


Well if you haven't figured it out yet by the title of my blog......I'm pregnant! Or is the pc term, we're pregnant? I'm not sure. Kyle and I found out five weeks ago that we are going to be expecting a little addition to our family. As of today, Thanksgiving Day, we are 10 weeks along in this adventure and growing more and more excited with each passing day. It's crazy to think that sometime around June 19 (as I know most little ones are hesitant to enter the world on their due date) Kyle and I are going to be a mommy and daddy. I guess I should add this to the list of things I'm grateful for this Thanksgiving. So far, I've been doing great. My only complaint is that I've been extremely tired a lot, which is one of the reasons I haven't blogged much lately. By the time I'm doing all my grading, planning, and cooking dinner, I'm ready to head to bed and go to sleep. They say that you sleep alot in the first trimester so I guess I'm doing something right. Kyle's been great! He has been helping me out so much, and doesn't even let me feel bad for a minute that I'm tired or not feeling well.

I recently signed up on a website called, which is a great website for all you future mothers out there. Each week they send me an update on what the baby looks like, how it's developing, and and gives me tips for overcoming queasyness and other undiscussable preganacy mysteries. So far here's what our little peanut, as we are calling our little one, looks like.....

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving friends and family! It has been a wonderful, relaxing day for Kyle and I. I hope that you are all having a wonderful day, filled with millions of things to be grateful for. Kyle and I have felt so blessed this year, and have much to be thankful for.

1. Our families are all healthly
2. We have wonderful friends
3. We've made so many wonderful new friends this year
4. Teaching is going well
5. My mom got a promotion at work!
6. Kyle's ventures are all going incredibly well
7. We have been fortunate enough to travel several times this year
8. We get to spend Christmas with my family in Boston this year
9. Most of all I'm so thankful for Kyle and who his is in my life. He has been supportive, encouraging, compassionate, and reminds me constantly how much he loves me. Who could ask for more?!!!

Today, we spent Thanksgiving with Kyle's family, and instead of having our usual home cooked meal, we opted to head to a delicious restaurant known as the Orange County Minning Company. They serve a Thanksgiving buffet, filled with more food than you could possibly imagine. We all ate till we were stuffed and then headed to the beach house for a tour. It's hard to believe that it's almost done!!! Here are some recent pictures....

Big Bear

Kyle and I had the chance to take another weekend getaway to Big Bear with our cousins Jamie and Andrew. Saturday we had fun sleeping in, indulging in The Grizzly for breakfast and then walking it off around Big Bear's small, quaint town. Kyle and I love to walk around town when we visit Big Bear, not to shop, but to enjoy the fresh air. It was a beautiful weekend, sunny and in the high 60's! We didn't even need a jacket for most of the day.

Sunday we spent a good majority of the day cleaning out the garage at the cabin and getting rid of trash that had built up over the years. I guess I should be more honest and say that Kyle and Andrew worked hard cleaning out the garage. But when it was time to head over to the renal cabin on the Fawnskin side to replace the BBQ's, and put in a pool table, Jamie and I were able to pitch in and do our part. The game room at the rental cabin looks great! I'm jealous, now I want to be able to go over there and play pool when we head up there for weekend getaways.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Princeton Weekend

Last weekend Kyle and I headed to Princeton to watch Brendan's last home game. They played Yale, who has been undefeated all season long, and we knew it was going to be a tough game. There were 38 of us who flew out to New Jersey to support Brendan and the rest of his fellow Tigers. This was the first game in Brendan's 4 year career at Princeton that Kyle, his sister Leah, and I were all there - so we finally got to take a family picture! It was so great! Kyle and I flew out on the red eye Friday night, arriving at 5:10 am on Saturday morning, only to miss the 5:37 train to Princeton by 2 minutes. Grrr! This always happens to us! It was raining and cold at the train station as we waited an hour for the next train. But as we do everywhere we go, we made friends with the fellow travelers around us.

The game was at 1pm on Saturday, so Kyle and I had time for a quick breakfast, a short nap, and a shower before we headed to the pre-game tailgate. We love seeing everyone, and it was great to have so much of the family there. Princeton played hard in the first quarter holding Yale to a 3 point lead, but unfortunately Brendan was hit in the hip (a reoccuring injury) which took him out for the remainder of the game. Even after being given shots of every kind of cortizone shot known to man, he was still in too much pain to play. We were bummed, more for Brendan because he was unable to finish the last home game of his career at Princeton, and we knew he was feeling bad that we had all flown out to watch him play. We did get to see him ride the exercise bike though! =)

After three turn arounds at the Princeton 3 yard line, we lost the game 27-6. After the game we tailgated again and then all 38 of us went out to dinner together to celebrate Brendan's career as a football player. After dinner we headed back to the Jersey shore to get some rest. Then we hoped on a plane Sunday afternoon to head back to Orange County. It was such a fun trip! Here are some pictures from the game.

Kyle's Nana, Papa, Aunt Lindsey and his cousins Blaine, Trenton, and Grant

Brendan and some of his buddies from high school who flew out to the game

The Family Photo - YEAH!

Kyle and I at Princeton Stadium

My Mother-in-law, Sister-in-law, Janelle and I showing off Brendan's jersey number

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

So Sorry!

Sorry it's been so long since I last blogged. I know, I know, it's shocking that I've gone this long without having something to say. I've been knee deep in grading, as parent/teacher conferences are next week for the middle school - YIKES!! I have comfort knowing that 1. I did this last year and it wasn't so bad and 2. at least I have the support of the other 4 core middle school teachers sitting with me in each conference. Thankfully, this year, we have a new online system called Edline, where parents can check their students grades, so hopefully many of them won't be surprised by what we say in the conference.

This weekend Kyle and I are heading out, once again, to New Jersey for the Princeton v. Yale game. I'm so excited for the weekend getaway and hope that we win! Princeton lost last week 0-7(tough game) and Yale has gone undefeated, so the Tigers need to play hard. We fly out on Friday night on the red eye and arrive Saturday morning in time to shower, change and head to the tailgate party before the game. Then we spend the night in NJ on Saturday and head back to the airport Sunday for the trip home. I know, we're crazy, but we're young and you're only young once. Or so they say.

Please keep me in your prayers as I'm working hard to finish up my paper. My goal is to finish by the earlier date, January 10, which is totally feasible, providing I keep trucking along. It has been harder than I thought to juggle school, and my paper, but I'm confident it's going to be a good one.

I'll write again soon!
~ Alissa