Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Christmas Time

Finishing up Christmas shopping today and very excited to spend Christmas with our families! This will be our first Christmas as a married couple. We'll be splitting time between Nada and Tomball. And next year we'll be traveling with two dogs and a baby!

Merry Christmas!


Here is a picture of me at alomst 17 weeks. I've been experiencing some very interesting (and not so great) things happening to my body that many people fail to tell you pre pregnancy. I won't share all the details but if you're thinking about getting pregnant, we'll consult. It's really not glamorous :)

Really loving my time off from school and work! Don't forget to vote "boy" or "girl" on the right sidebar.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Cook Family

Please keep Brandon Cook in your prayers this holiday season. He has been battling cancer for over a year now and recently had some setbacks. His mom,Tamara, subbed for me and others at RES. Very sweet family with a remarkable faith.

Click here to follow Brandon and his family on their journey.

Mom's Kitchen Redo

My Mom and Dad have been living in the same house for over 30 years now. They finally decided to redo the kitchen! Here's the before and afters. Now, she's just waiting on a BIG kitchen table for the whole family.
BEFORE:

AFTER

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Happy 30th Birthday Kevin!

My brother turned 30 on December 10th! I can't believe he's 30!!

We took a family picture at his surprise party. I'm 15 weeks here in this pic.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

December

Can't believe December is already here! Time has been flying by and we only have 2.5 weeks until our Holiday Break!

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

Young Adult TV Programs

Finally coming to an end for this semester!!!!!!!!!

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

11 Weeks and Growing

Tomorrow I will be 11 weeks! I've started feeling better this last week and am so thankful for that.
(This is a horrible picture of me after a long day of work but you get the point that I'm growing.)
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

Teen Recommendations



I asked book recommendations from two teenage sisters. One is a Freshman in High School and the other is a Junior. They both said they love books by Nicholas Sparks and Jodi Picoult. They said one of their current favorites is the The Last Song. I'm not sure if these book are exactly "young adult" literature but I went with their recommendations anyway.


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

Biography/Memoir


I chose Becoming Billie Holiday for no particular reason but enjoyed this nontraditional biography read. The author tells Billie Holiday's story through poetic verses as well as several illustrations that portray her life. The illustrations have very few colors which seem to dramatize the meanings. I could see how a person very interested in Billie Holiday and her music would truly enjoy and appreciate this book. It is a beautiful, easy read about an African American that encountered many hardships throughout her life.

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

We're having a baby!!

Baby Friedrichs at 9 Weeks


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

New York!

Two weeks ago, I went to New York to celebrate Lindsay's Bachelorette Weekend! It was awesome and the city is CRAZY! It was very nice to visit but I could not live without my grass. There's no grass in NY, only buildings, buildings and more buildings! I can't wait to take my Mom and Nanny back.



Time Square at Night

One of the many fire stations.

Wall Street
Time Square during the day...CRAZY!
I can't remember the name of this building but it's famous and interesting.
Empire State Building
On my double decker tour bus!
The Bar at the W
Yum!
We found our grass at Central Park!



Poetry Week


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

What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell


What I Saw and How I Lied is a historical fiction novel that takes place after World War II. There is also a bit of a mystery to this story. To be honest, this book started out slow to me and I had to force myself to keep reading.

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

Graphic Novels

Graphic Novels are very popular right now. Basically, it's a book written and told by illustrations and few words (similar to a comic book). I am not of fan of them but if it gets a student to read, I'm all for it. The Twilight Saga books are even producing a series of graphic novels.



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

Today's Finds

I've been catching up on homework today and had to explore the web for my Internet course. Here are two websites that are super cool!

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
Wordle: Looks Good Blog

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.

Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott


*Warning* This book is graphic by all means. You have to prepare yourself. I struggled about posting it but it's part of my assignment and grade.

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

Impossible by Nancy Werlin



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

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson



Fantasy is not my favorite read, however, this book was much easier for me to get through. The Adoration of Jenna Fox has many realistic references so I think that is why the book was more appealing to me.

It was a good read, however, I think it lasted a little too long. I was wondering when the end would come!

I would consider this book to be more of a science fiction novel rather than a fantasy read. This book also addresses the power of science and medicine and the ethics that go along with it.

It takes place in a small town in Southern California (i think!). I believe the characters are of a white race and are upper class Americans.

Jenna has awoken from a coma with no memory. Her parents try to help her remember who she was by having her watch tons of recorded home videos. She struggles with trying to find the real "her". She has many questions about her old life and what has happened and her parents are not willing to give her the answers.

Is she really the true Jenna Fox? Will her memory ever come back? Are her parents being honest with her? Read to find out!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger



Friday Night Lights was one of my most favorite reads when I was in High School. I loved this book and I'm not really sure why. Most of the times, I gravitated to sad, girly books but this one caught my attention for some reason.

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.

November Blues by Sharon M. Draper



November Blues is an award winning book receiving the Coretta Scott King Honor Award.

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

if i stay by Gayle Forman

if i stay by Gayle Forman was a GREAT read for me! I loved this book and would probably read it again. I never wanted to set the book down and I was fighting for Mia the enitre time.

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.

Are you there God? It's me Margaret by Judy Blume

Hands down, my all time favorite Young Adult book from my younger years is Are you there God? It's Me Margaret by Judy Blume

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

Young Adult Literature

For one of my master's classes (Young Adult Literature), I have to participate in social networking sites where I can share my joy and appreciation for reading.

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 29, 2010

Sunday, August 22, 2010

5 Random Thoughts

1. School starts tomorrow! I'm excited, sad and anxious. Hope I can sleep tonight :/

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

Stella & Dot = YUM!

I was invited to a Stella & Dot party last night and I fell in love.

The jewelry is fabulous.
Here are my purchases and I can't wait for them to come in!








There are still SO many items on my wish list :)

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

12 Random Thoughts and a Confession

Just noticed this is a SUPER long post.

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.

Confession:
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

Under Construction

My blog will be under construction for the next week or so.

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

Keegan

Check out this little man that I got to visit today. His mommy works with me on the 3rd grade team at Rosehill. Keegan Rivers Crawford was born July 9th weighing 4lbs 9oz. His actual due date was not until the end of August. Keegan is doing awesome and hopefully gets to go home tomorrow! He's been a super trooper.
Congrats Brianne and Chris!