Monday, June 30, 2008

Vacation Reflections

We're back! We returned to MN on Saturday night, and had a very nice reunion with our sweet baby. We sure missed him! John and I thoroughly enjoyed our time away, however, and really had a chance to just be a couple. We both kept commenting throughout the trip that we were having a better time and getting along better than when we were there on our honeymoon. By the way, we flew in to Cancun exactly 4 1/2 years (to the day!) from when we had been there on our honeymoon! Crazy, huh?

Here are a couple of pictures from our trip. I've told you before- we're really not shutterbugs, so we hardly have any pictures. I guess it's a good thing we've gone to digital. If we were using film we might never get through a roll and never get our pictures developed! :P

This is our "hotel"- the timeshare that we have

Here are 3 pics of our pad.
Living room...



The view from our room!

We went to Senor Frogs one night. We had an okay time, but have decided maybe we're too old or boring for the craziness there. We're just being silly here.

A guy came and made us balloon hats! (notice his "+tip" badge-- everyone seems to wear them down there)

One day we went on a day trip to Isla Mujeres. We took a sailboat (but couldn't actually sail because of the weather), went snorkeling (first time for both of us), and had lunch and shopping on the island. The weather was downright awful that day (a thunderstorm, cold, and generally rainy/cloudy), but we managed to laugh and enjoy ourselves all the same! A day full of memory-making. :)

The view of our hotel and beach (and beautiful water) from the sailboat--notice the gray skies.John in his snorkel gear
Me in my snorkel gear- I'm SO hot! :P

Our last night in Cancun. We ate at an awesome restaurant right next to the water. Wow!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008


We are enjoying our Cancun vacation very much. It is very warm and nice here. We received this picture of Malachi taken by Grandma Sue yesterday. It sounds as if he has been a very good boy sleeping 11 hours through the night and rolling over all the time now! We are missing him a lot and look forward to seeing him on Saturday night when we get back to Minnesota.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Name that School!

I just got an e-mail at school with this information. I thought some of you might be interested in suggesting a name!

Naming a school is an important process in developing the new facility and giving it an identity. Rochester Public Schools is seeking staff and community input in naming the new Northwest elementary school. The District will accept name suggestions and rationale for those choices until Friday, June 27, 2008.

To name the school, you must be a staff member or resident of the Rochester Public School District. You do not need to have children attending a public school.

If you’d like to submit a name for consideration, please email or send by U.S. mail a name and the reason for that choice to Wendy Edgar at or 615 7th Street SW, Rochester, MN 55902. Please include your name, address, and phone number along with the suggestion.

The names will be reviewed by a committee of District staff, community members, and students. Final proposals will be brought to the School Board for a vote on Tuesday, July 15, 2008. For more information, contact Wendy Edgar, Assistant School Board Clerk, at or 507-328-4224.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

School's Out for the Summer!

Whew! It's been a while since we last posted. Sorry about that. If you've known me awhile you probably expected all forms of communication to drop off during the last couple of weeks of school. I'm always so busy right at the end of the year. Someone recently asked me if I was counting down the days to the end of the year. I told them I never do-- it actually makes me really tense to do so because the end of the year really gets packed. I prefer to just go strong until the end magically appears. :)

So I've worked at school 3 days this week, which really annoys John. I'm not getting paid to clean up my room and get organized, so he has this idea that there are better things to do. I, on the other hand, am quite happy to be working on the little projects in my classroom that I never have time for during the year. The added bonus is that I'm not moving schools for the FIRST TIME in my career! I didn't have to pack up my room this year! Hallelujah!

Below are some more recent pictures. Since we are so awful at remembering our camera, I realized today that we hadn't taken pictures of Malachi since Mother's Day! I know-- we're awful parents! So, the "recent pictures" are really from today! :)

Mr. Serious. This is the face he breaks out whenever I get the camera out. He can be smiling like crazy, but as soon as I pull out the camera, this is what I get.

Malachi enjoys sucking on his fingers lately.

Playing on the mat Auntie Julie sent. Happy boy!

What a silly face!

He's playing hard here. Tongue out and everything!
Outside in the stroller- notice Mr. Serious!

Now he's starting to get goofy!

He's got his tongue out a lot these days. I'm glad I finally caught it!

And now the shot I've been trying to get for so long and am most proud of- the SMILE!