"You are meant to grace the world with your dance, to follow the lead of Jesus wherever he leads you." - Captivating

Aside from Jesus, "...traveling is the great true love of my life...I am loyal and constant in my love for travel...I just don't care what it puts me through. Because I adore it. Because its mine. Because it looks like me." - Eat.Pray.Love.

Here you will find my travels, not just physical travels but emotional and spiritual as well...journeys to different places in the world and journeys of the heart. And, of course, fun and silliness too :)

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Olympic Fever (better late than never right?)

Kristen pointed out that I didn't even blog about the Olympics and I realized she's right, I should have. I was obsessed with the Olympics as usual this year...which is probably why I didn't blog about them...I was too busy watching them. Sadly, I did feel like I missed the last few days of the Olympics for the most part because of school stuff starting up. However, I did thoroughly enjoy these Olympics. Here are some of my favorite Olympic moments: (I'm sure these are pretty much everyone's highlights...usually I feel like I get more into the little backstories than I was able to this year since I'm now in the real world and have more of a life I guess and I can't devote ALL my time to the games...haha.)



- Men's Swimming 4x100 Freestyle Relay

- Michael Phelps (Although I think the media way overhyped him, he was phenomenal)

- Shawn Johnson winning gold

- Men's Gymnastics winning bronze

- Cute male swimmers

- Women's and Men's Beach Volleyball gold

- Men's Volleyball gold



*I'm sad I missed much of the track and field and that I never got to see any synchronized swimming.



*Who knew trampoline or racewalking were olympic events??



See you in Vancouver.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

The start of 2nd grade...

I have officially started my second year of teaching. I am teaching 2nd grade this year instead of 3rd and so far I LOVE it. My kids are adorable for the most part...we'll see how long that lasts ;) I'm only teaching literacy this year so I have two sets of kids. Obviously things are crazy at the beginning of the school year and I don't have a lot of time to blog but since I hadn't blogged in a while I thought I would give you a few funny quotes from my first week.

Angie*: What do you like to do for fun?
Amanda: I like boys. I mean I like toys. I mean I like boy toys.

Derrick: Miss Nichols, who's the president?
Me: (I ask the class) Does anyone know who the president is?
Cruz: I think its Obama.

(All the kids are taking a pretest)
Angie: Miss Nichols, I'm like my dad...I don't know how to read.

Gloria: Miss Nichols, Kenny says he likes me and Amanda and Jessica. Just as friends right? (she clarifies with Kenny)
(Kenny smiles and shakes his head no)
Me: Kenny, are you going to have 3 girlfriends?
Kenny: (Smiles and nods his head yes)

I'm sure there will be more to come...

*As always names have been changed.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

What I <3 right now...


Many of my birthday presents from my wonderful family and friends are some of my favorites right now...


cupcakes (including my sprinkles cupcake mix and handy carrier)







cookbooks (this is one of my new ones)




this book





my wii




my new silk robe (when I looked at pictures of these they were a little scandalous to put on the blog)


Among other things...

steamer bags


Flying Fish Fridays

Lady Antebellum
Sno Cones

Everlast Shadow boxing class


Jersey Boys soundtrack