Really loving my time off from school and work! Don't forget to vote "boy" or "girl" on the right sidebar.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
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Sunday, December 19, 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
My master's classes end on December 6th which I couldn't be more happier about! I've already started volunteering in my library before, during and after school in order to obtain my 130 hours of librarian internship. I'm very tired and really looking forward to the break.
Baby Friedrichs is doing great and we heard the heartbeat again on Monday. It sounded strong and fast. We have officially decided to find out the sex and I think that will happen sometime after Christmas. I'll be 14 weeks Friday and I'm definitely rocking a bump nowadays. I'll have to post a picture soon. Clothing for work is always a chaotic mess in the morning and I've found very creative ways to mix, match and layer. I'm already starting to feel more achy while at school and I can't get up and down off the floor as easily. It should be interesting teaching wild third graders in May while I'm 9 months pregnant :)
Our house went under contract after only being on the market for 3 days and then sadly the buyer backed out last week. I was very upset but can only hope that the next buyer is right around the corner.
These two sweet angels are snoozing in bed with me while I work :) I walked into the room the other day and found them in this adorable pose.
Saturday, November 20, 2010
16& Pregnant and Teen Mom- Young Adult TV Programs
I have actually watched these two MTV programs for quite awhile now. They are about teenagers who become pregnant and decisions they make after. I feel the shows do a pretty good job showing what real life is like and that having a baby while being a teen is not all that easy.
Many of the Moms the show highlights, have help from family or other people. It disturbs me to see many of these "Teen Moms" so unappreciative and immature about some of the decisions they make. I do appreciate that the show reflects the good, the bad and the ugly of teen pregnancy. Usually, the Moms give their true feelings on how things truly are which may be eye opening to some teenagers watching.
Commericals during these programs are geared towards teens and prevention of teen pregnancy. They provide information and hotlines to help those in need.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
We have also put our house up for sale this week. We are praying for a fast sale but know the markets slow.
Things are busy as ever with work and I'm just counting down the days until Thanksgiving break! I'm coming to the end of my school semester and have been approved to start working on my 130 hours of library internship. I see a busy Spring semester ahead of me :(
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
I chose a book by Jodi Picoult since I have already read two books by Nicholas Sparks.I chose the book My Sister's Keeper and surprisingly it was not a good read to me. It was very hard to get through and it seems as though the author was just dragging the reader along. It was a slow book and I found this interesting since this type of read is one of my favorites. It was almost painful to get through the end!
This book is about a girl that was born with a rare type of leukemia and struggles her whole life battling it. Her parents purposely conceive another child in order to use some of her organs and blood when needed. The younger daughter finds out that she was born to save her sister's life and revolts against her parents and family. She tries to sue her parents for "using" her without her authorization. There are many small stories that go along in the book and an interesting and almost unrealistic ending.
I was not pleased with this book at all.The authors of these books appeal to young teenage girls because of the sweet story lines. There is almost always a love story involved that ends happily. Many producers have also started turning the books into movies which I'm sure is also very appealing to them.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Photographer: Into War-Torn Afghanistan with Doctors without Borders was one of the most nontraditional biographies/memoirs I have ever seen. The book includes real photos from journalists and photographers that traveled to Afghanistan during very dangerous and tough times, however; it also includes graphic illustrations presented in a graphic novel type of setting. Personally, I would have rather the book be told only through photographs...the graphic illustrations kind of threw me off. I understand that the book was written by a collaboration of people and it was their goal to tell the story of this sad country through a nontraditional way. It was one of my least favorite reads this semester.
Monday, November 1, 2010
Today after two months of waiting, we finally were able to see our little baby on an ultrasound. Everything looks great and the little babe was moving around like crazy. The heartbeat sounded great and you could actually see it's little feet and big head. It was so awesome and we are very excited!! This is going to be an interesting journey but something we've wanted long before we even got married.
Our due date is June 3rd so I hope to make it through the school year. We'll keep you updated!
Thursday, October 21, 2010
One of the many fire stations.
I chose to read Heart to Heart- New Poems Inspired by Twentieth-Century American Art. The poems in this book were all inspired by twentieth- century art. Each poet write their poem based on the emotion they felt from the piece of historic art. The poems express a wide range of emotion and the book is divided into four categories: stories, voice, impressions and expressions.
This book would probably appeal to teens and young adults interested in art. This book does a great job connecting literacy and art.
The forty-three distinguished poets that contributed to this book collection are from several different ethnicity groups and range in ages.
Poetry, short stories and dramas are great reads for those young adults who struggle with reading intense novels. Poetry, especially, is a great "get-away" from the usual novel. It allows a reader to escape and gives more creativity than any ordinary novel.
Frida: Viva la Vida! Long Live Life! was a biographical poetry book written on the life of Frida Koehlo, who was a famous Mexican artist. The author Carmen Bernier-Grand writes about the life of Frida through first person and free verse poetry. The author also includes Frida's artwork throughout the book. The book includes several events and hardships that Frida encountered during her life.
I have read other books by this author and enjoy the strong Hispanic influence and history. This book would appeal to high school students especially those of a Hispanic background and to those that enjoy art.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Evie's strep father, Joe, returns from war and begins to act peculiar. Evie, Bev, and Joe are all living with Joe's mother because of the rations during the war. They leave Joe's mother and head to Palm Beach, Florida on a whirlwind for a sudden family vacation. They meet another war family and then Peter who Joe has know from the war.
Evie begins to fall in love with Peter and discovers lies that surround Joe and Peter. Evie ignores the lies and then suddenly Peter goes missing after a boating trip with Bev and Joe.
Bev and Joe are questioned after this mysterious accident and their family is broken. Evie must come to turns with everything she has ever known and chose what is best for her.
This book will appeal to junior and senior high school girls that enjoy reading historical fiction or even mysteries. The characters in the book seem to be of a white race.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
I randomly chose my readings this week with no real reason. Graphic Novels are not choice of books but I could see their appeal to children and young adults. They're easy to read and visually appealing. I struggled with looking at the pictures or text first, but after reading it, I adjusted well.
Skim was an interesting graphic novel and the story line really caught me by surprise! I didn't think you could address serious topics within I graphic novel but I was proven incorrect. Before reading , I had no idea what the book would be about, but thought it was an ""ok" graphic novel that would appeal to teenage girls dealing with depression and the pressure of high school life.
The issues of homosexuality, suicide and high school cliches are also addressed within this story. It's a heavy book and I would only recommend this book for high school students.The contributors to this books are both Canadian born and the story actually takes place in Canada and makes reference to the United States.
Again, I chose this book for no real reason. This book was very hard for me to get through, however, I could see it appealing to middle school students especially boy. It's adventurous and very visually appealing. I did find it hard to follow and would not recommend this book for struggling readers.
It's an adventurous graphic novel about two boys that are invited to visit their aunt on the island of Kocalaha, their mother’s birthplace. They travel into a volcano that is erupting and ironically find their mother who they assume has died. They discover that their family is fighting over treasure that is hidden somewhere within the volcano. They risk their lives and overcome fears.
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Here's a site that will take a web page or blog and manipulate the words into a creative and visual piece. Teachers can use this in the classrooms for spelling or vocabulary words or just as a visual piece for those creative minds. My blog turned out like this....
Looks Good's Wordle
Have you ever heard of All My Faves?
This is a super cool site that automatically finds popular sites for you and neatly displays them in a nice and visually appealing manner. Find the top websites for any category. Top job search engines, hotel sites, photo sharing sites, and wedding website are just to name a few.
Check it out and you will really like it. You can also sign up to organize your favorite sites in one place instead of having to re-search the web every time you get on a computer.
To be honest, this book was very disturbing. I had a hard time reading it and it truly made me so angry. It is about a girl who is abducted at the age of 10 by a horrible man. He sexually abuses her in ways that are so incredibly wrong. He molds her into "his little girl" and even renames her Alice. He is sickly obsessed with little girls and refuses to feed her so she cannot mature. He controls everything she does and threatens to kill her family if she leaves or reports him. Alice knows that he is capable of murder because of stories he has shared with her about his past "little girl". When ALice turns 15, he suggest that he is ready to welcome another "little girl" into his home and seeks the help of Alice.
I probably would not have picked to read this book if I knew what it was about before I starting reading. It was so disturbing and vivid. I hate the man in this book and it hunts me to know that there are truly people like this in the world.
The characters in this book seem to be of a white race and lower class. I don't think this books is appropriate for most high school students. I could see a mature senior reading it but you have to be prepared for it. It will anger you.
Friday, September 24, 2010
This book is about a young teenager named Lucy who is raised by her foster parents. On prom night, she is tragically raped by her high school date and weeks later finds that she is pregnant. She is cursed by her birth family and generations before her. She must complete three impossible tasks or her unborn baby (who she has decided to keep) will be born under a spell of madness. The book focuses on her unending love and support from her foster parents and life long friend, Zach which blooms into a beautiful romance.
I picked this book because the story line seamed appealing even though it's considered a fantasy novel. I actually really enjoyed this book because of it's suspense and romance as well as the contemporary setting. To me, it doesn't seem like a "true" fantasy book. It's a cross over between fantasy, suspense and romance.
The author of this book is a caucasian middle age woman and the main character Lucy seem to be caucasian as well. Lucy is 17, Zach a couple years older and her foster parents are middle age.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Saturday, September 11, 2010
My high school lived for Friday Nights as well and football was big in our small town. I could relate to some aspects of this book and I think thats why I connected with the book. This book will definitely appeal to young adult males as well as students who are involved in high school football.
Honestly, Realistic Fiction is my all time favorite genre and even though this book was not one of my favorites, I still enjoyed reading it and and loved the reality that it brought with it.
November loses her boyfriend to a tragic high school mishap and three months later she finds out that she's pregnant with his child. November and her single mother struggle with the reality of a teenage pregnancy and November is then faced with a huge decision. Her deceased, boyfriend's parents want custody of the child but in the end November follows her heart.
I enjoyed the teenage pregnancy story line but was not that interested in the side stories that were taking place.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
I was caught off guard by the horrific tragedy that takes place early on in the novel and actually cried as I was reading.
This book was beautifully written and truly thought provoking. Mia finds her self in a hospital bed and has to choose if she wants to stay or follow her family, who's lives were tragically taken away. Mia is in a coma but can hear and see everything that takes place. Will she give up or live her life? Awesome read!
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a good, easy and dramatic read. if i stay will remain as one of my all time favorite Young Adult books.
As I read it again last week, I smirked when I read the line, "We must, we must, we must increase our bust!". This line brought back SO many memories that I just had to laugh. I can remember my group of friends gathering around this book and reading it as if it were a big secret! Of course, we would not be caught dead reading this book in front of the boys.
It's a great read for young ladies who are about to make that big change in their lives and become young women.
I would want my future daughter one day to read this book and love it as much as I did!
Saturday, September 4, 2010
I have to read two books a week, from different genres, and share about them. Since I already have a blog, I though this would be a great place.
Over the next couple of months, I will be reviewing different books I have read. Enjoy!
Sunday, August 22, 2010
2. Had a great weekend on Lake Conroe with awesome friends and good food.
3. Mom's kitchen redo starts Tuesday and I'm super excited to see how it turns out. Can't wait to post before and after pictures.
4. Scott and I are very addicted to Big Brother right now. The best part is that it comes on 3 times a week!
5. I can totally relate to this post right now.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
1. My old blog design is back (temporarily). I've got some ideas but I'm waiting on some help and it looks like it might be awhile so I thought this was better than the white screen.
2. Baby Keegan is home and doing great. He's gaining weight and eating like a champ. Hopefully his leg and hip brace will do the trick and he won't have to get full casts on his legs.
3. I am getting super excited about school. I'm always ready to go back once August rolls around. I've seen my roster and can't wait to meet my kids. We have meet the teacher August 20th and the kids come August 23rd. I'm very excited about working with my 3rd grade team this year and one of my favorite friend's is coming back to Rosehill this year. It's going to be a GREAT year!
4. Today is my final day to submit my master class projects. Summer One classes were enjoyable, however, I've struggled with Summer Two and it looks like I'm going to pull a B in one class. For some reason that is really bothering me. Really, I'm tired of these classes and all I want to do is to get back into my classroom.
5. We have been contemplating about putting the house on the market and even had the realtor come out. She loved the house but the neighborhood is moving really slow so I think we might delay our decision.
6. At times, I can't help but to think about our little poppy seed we lost this summer. I would have been starting my second trimester last Friday. February 20th would have been the due date.
7. My mom's having laser eye surgery Friday. I'm a little nervous for her, but they do these things everyday. We also met with a contractor last month and talked about a kitchen/dining redo in their house. I was happy she let me put some input into the project. I can't wait for them to begin. I hope to have some time to do some painting for her.
8. We've had some wonderful mini vacations this summer and I feel so fortunate to have wonderful family and friends to do this with. God has blessed us with some AWESOME people. I really need to post some pictures of some of our adventures.
9. For Christmas, I asked Scott to get me a really "good" camera. Not just a point and shoot but one that I actually have to learn. I think this is something I'm really interested in.
10. Have you ever heard of Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace? If not, google it. It's worth it and you'll be so happy you did. Scott and I took the class before we got married and I learned a lot about money and saving.
11. I've started Weight Watchers again and lost 5 lbs the first two weeks but gained 1.5 lbs this past week. I am determined to lose some of this major weight I have gained. I'm working on getting my eating down and then moving into the fitness part. I've been working out with trainer for the past year and actually gained weight. I guess I didn't have the eating part down.
12. We have tons of showers and weddings coming up and I'm super excited to get to see my friends a lot soon! We also have some FUN bachelorette weekends planned. I love when people get married.
We got married January 9th, 2010 ( 7 months ago) and I still have 50 thank you cards to write. I feel TERRIBLE and embarrassed about this. I don't want people to think we don't' appreciate them. We TRULY do, I've just really SUCKED as this.
Monday, July 26, 2010
I have fallen in love with this blog and really want to express some creativity through it as well as document our life story.
I've learned alot about social networking and design through this silly thing and have even learned tricking HTML techniques however they are no where up to par.
It's time to call in a professional.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Congrats Brianne and Chris!