Archive | June, 2010

We Talked to NASA

21 Jun

I know I have been out of school for a week now so this post is a little late in coming but still totally worth it.

For the past few months I have been communicating with some of the staff at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas to put together a video conference for our students.  It was a considerable amount of work, but well worth it.

On the screen is Mr. Michael Coats.  He is the director, the head guy, at JSC and the reason we got to do this conference – he grew up in Riverside and is an alumni of the Jr. High school I teach at!

The students were able to ask him questions and he would answer them directly.  This kid wanted to know “what the effect of zero-gravity has on the human body.” 

That came from an 8th grader….. I know!

The students were great.  Between all the science teachers we picked about 50 kids we knew would be interested and made this happen!  My principal and a few people from the district even stopped by!

I even learned so much!  Did you know that they make astronauts who work on the International Space Station work out for 2 hours a day?  Otherwise, their muscles would atrophy because they basically don’t use them in space.

Did you also know that astonauts have a special sleeping bag that only has a hole for their head, and they hook themselves to the wall when they sleep so they don’t float all around the ship?

Did you know that you have to be scuba certified to be an astronaut?  Astronauts train in the world’s largest swimming pool (so they can get used to working with zero gravity)  at the JSC facility and so they need to know how to scuba.  We got to see live video of them training under water and working on the equipment.  It was awesome!

Definately one of the highlights of my career.

Wedding Outfit Fail

17 Jun

The day after I got out of school Andrew and I took off for a weekend in Las Vegas.  Our original intent was to attend a friend’s wedding but we decided to also take a little time for ourselves (we won 5 bucks by the way.  Woo!)

So here was the info we got from the wedding invitation:  they wanted us to wear brown/tan and white.  At first the invitation said to dress semi-formal, but then we got a follow-up email saying that we would be sitting on the grass and cement in the park.  Invite said “we still want people to look nice, but keep in mind that you will be sitting on the ground.”

My thought?  No dress.  It actually created a bit of stress for me.  What to wear?  Brown and white, nice, but not too nice.  Hmm.

Both Andrew and I decided it was probably a bit more casual then, and nice jeans with the right look would be acceptable.

I thought we looked nice.

But then…

we noticed that everyone, in fact, was dressed semi-formal and we were the ONLY ONES WEARING JEANS!

It probably wouldn’t have felt as awkward if there were different colors but our blue jeans stood out pretty well.

After us both stressing for about an hour, we decided that there was nothing we could do and tried to let go.

Still had a good time. 



12 Jun

Could you hear the music in that word?  ‘Cause it is in my head.

Classroom cleaned out.  Don’t have to wake up early tomorrow.  I don’t have to talk if I don’t want to. 


Starting Phase 2

10 Jun

Since our latest test results came back normal, we decided to move on to phase 2 of our infertility tests.  Ultrasounds that check my eggs and more hormone checks.

The kind of annoying thing about these tests is that they have to happen on such specific days.  If I miss a day, I have to wait til the next month.  Needless to say I have missed a few hours of work because Kaiser only does these tests between the hours of like 8am to 11am Mon-Fri. 

Hello!  Luckily I have been able to schedule most of the appointments during my prep period so I only have to get 1 period covered by another teacher and summer is coming so that will help too.

I feel so loved by those of you who continue to pray us through this process.

I guess the thing you can keep praying for is how to balance knowing when to stop.  If everything comes back normal, do we take that as ‘we are supposed to just keep trying’ or as ‘God hasn’t given us a kid yet because He wants us to adopt.’  I have asked God for direction but not feeling any leading down any specific path.

I just don’t want to miss something He might have for us because I am too consumed with pursuing my own agenda. 

Some clarity would be nice.

I lost but still had fun

9 Jun

Saturday our friends had a co-ed baby shower.  One of the games we played was ‘make your own boat and race it in the pool.’

We were told we could use anything in the tool shed.

This was mine.  I was pretty excited about how it turned out. 

I called it “The Mr. Beumont” – Nicole will know what it means. =)

There wasn’t enough wind so we had to set up some fans.

The Mr. Baumont lost but it was still pretty fun.

Almost Done

8 Jun

8th grade promotion is Wednesday!! 

I have had a great group of students this year but I am still incredibly thankful that school is almost done.

It is ours

7 Jun

We closed escrow.  The house is ours.  Now for the work.

We spent our Memorial Day weekend at the house. 

Painting, cleaning, roofing, fixing leaks, fixing drawers, scrubbing showers…..

Look closer at this one.  Its not great, but if you look close you can see the bottom part of the wall is greyish and the top is more white.

Yeah, we had to clean every wall and ceiling.  Before we started painting, we wiped a few walls and realized that the entire house was covered in soot.  Apparently the furnace had been blowing unclean gas.  I can’t imagine what these poor people before us had been breathing in for years.

We had lots of help.  That is my mom and David Cordes. 

I felt very loved that we have great friends and fam who were willing to spend their time off scrubbing and painting.

Its not ready yet but its gettin there.  Even though it is a lot of work (and we spend slightly more money than we had anticipated), we are thankful that God has opened this door for us.