July 2, 2015

Giving 35 Update

Getting close with the 35 + 35 + 35 challenge...

Giving 35 = 32/35
Donating time or money 35 times before my 35th birthday in September.
  1. 9/8/14 - $ for North Texas Giving Day
  2. 10/11/14 - $ to help send 5th graders to camp
  3. 10/16/14 - 2.5 hours for Get Out the Vote with Collin County League of Women Voters
  4. 10/18/14 - $ to neighborhood Boy Scouts 
  5. 10/26/14 - 3.5 hours on the cleanup crew for JLCC's American Girl Fashion Show
  6. 10/28/14 - 5 extra hours at work for book fair family night 
  7. 11/7/14 - 2 hours selling wristbands at the school carnival 
  8. 11/14/14 - $ for startup costs to the Grayson College GSA club Matt advises 
  9. 11/22/14 - food donations for local church door-to-door food drive 
  10. 12/2/14 - 3 hours Christmas caroling through the feeder neighborhoods for my school, so fun! 
  11. 12/7/14 - 3 hours running the tech for the Dad's Club Frozen movie night at school 
  12. 12/30/14 - $ to the Red Cross 
  13. 1/13/15 - 3 hours judging school science fair projects and volunteering at Math/Science Night 
  14. 1/20/15 - $ to Frisco Education Foundation for the Richard Dungan memorial scholarship 
  15. 1/24/15 - $ to JLCC's Trinkets to Treasures
  16. 2/2/15 - $ to McKinney Education Foundation 
  17. 2/13/15 - 2 hours volunteering at school for the PTO sock hop 
  18. 2/28/15 - $ to McKinney's Samaritan Inn
  19. 3/3/15 - 3 hours volunteering at school art show
  20. 3/28/15 - $ to MISD Special Olympics fundraiser
  21. 3/30/15 - $ to Junior League of Collin County annual campaign
  22. 4/2/15 - $ to Yellowstone National Park Foundation
  23. 4/7/15 - 1 hour at Spring Creek spirit night
  24. 4/10/15 - $ to Grayson College History Club
  25. 4/10/15 - $ to Sherman History Museum
  26. 4/27/15 - $ to Nepal earthquake relief
  27. 4/28/15 - 3 hours at school fitness night
  28. 5/5/15 - 3 hours preparing and presenting at Region 10 Tech Conference
  29. 5/7/15 - 2 hours helping with registration for new kindergarteners at school
  30. 5/13/15 - $ to Texas Library Association
  31. 5/29/15 - 4 hours at 5th grade promotion night
  32. 6/24/15 - 2 hours at MISD edtech conference

Urban Hiking = 15/35
Finding and hiking 35 miles of different in-town trails.

Wilderness Hiking = 11/35
Hiking 35 miles or more out-of-town.

Pool = 8/35
As of 7/2/15, yeah no swimming during rainy weeks or our outdoor housing renovation, gotta get on this one!

June 30, 2015

June.15

Adventures this month:
  • Wrapped up my first year at my new school, followed by 7!!! days of professional development (and 3 more scheduled for next month)
  • TONS of house things - foundation inspection (all clear) and started the big exterior renovation project (new siding, gutters, paint, fixtures). We're 2 weeks in and it's not been fun at all, but I'm excited to see the finished product.
  • Fun with friends at Sean+Erin's baby shower, Cat+Micheal's engagement part, pool time, Tupps, darts and pool downtown, movies, and lots of time at the gym
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May 31, 2015

May.15

Adventures this month:
  • So much rain! This is the month it rained 17 inches, and the month we realized we really need gutters...
  • First visit to the new Tupps Brewery along with my parents, McKinney's new brewery is the place to be, live music, games, and food trucks - check it out ASAP.
  • Bike the Bricks on the square with friends and a little pre-party at our house
  • Matt wrapped up his semester early May and has been teaching an online May mini session, and started the summer break "finally finish the dissertation" push
  • A few new house things - ceiling fan upgrade for the bedroom, new lighting for the kitchen, and bookcases (finally) for Matt's office after braving Nebraska Furniture Mart on Memorial Day, we also wrapped up quotes for exterior work on the house - work will begin in the next month or so, rain and city cooperating.
  • A busy, busy month at work: I spent a day coaching PE, presented a session at the Region 10 Technology Conference, celebrated Children's Book Week, oversaw MAP testing, hosted our first Tournament of Books, helped run the hoopla with kindergarten and 5th grade graduations (and chaperoning the 5th grade dance), ran textbook inventory for the first time, and was in the thick of the usual business that is closing down the library for the summer - love my job though, and especially love having a full-time assistant, I could not do it without Sarah! Did I mention I joined the 2x2 committee again as their first list administrative assistant (starting light this summer with a bigger role in January), and am going to work on the nominating committee for TLA too. Did this really all happen just in May?
  • Other socials with friends - McKinney with the Motts, girls night with Megan, and fancy BBQ at Smoke with JLCC ladies, Louisiana St. Grill with the district library crew, and hitting the square regularly just us - despite the rain, we fit a lot of fun in this month.
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May 10, 2015

Love ya Mom!

Happy Mother's Day!
{My grandmother, mother, and great-grammy.}
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