Saturday, May 30, 2009

Some New Things

This is just a post to update you all on a few things...

1. Last week I had a job interview in Moline. God had it planned that I would not get the job. I have a complete peace about it.

2. Yesterday I was asked to move from Elementary Director to Director (of all) of our church's VBS. Perhaps this is why God didn't want me thinking about moving this summer? Again, I am filled with peace, as well as humility...God will use my weaknesses to make this work.

3. I start my new grad program on Monday. I am nervous yet excited. I am now working toward a Masters in Public Administration and Local Government. I have lots to learn.

4. 6 days and 1 hour left until school is out. Poolside, here I come!

5. Oh! And this is students threw me a surprise party yesterday! Just for fun and to say "thanks." It was the cutest thing. I never knew they were so capable of running the show!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Hard at Work

Wow! We got so much done this weekend at the house.

We (I) ripped up the blue carpet in the office, living room, and dining room.

We (I) ripped up carpet in the pink bedroom.

All of the rooms had some interesting tile underneath. In the dining room, which used to be a bedroom, I found a zillion hairpins from Marcus's great-grandmother. Kind of funny. :)

My mom and I stripped wallpaper in the office and pink bedroom.

Marcus worked super hard and sanded and stripped the dark blue paint from the porch. We want to make it into a three-season room. Together, we worked on painting the mint green a nice soft "latte" color with white trim.

The projects continue and I'm so glad we're not living there while the house is torn up! However, it was fun to stay there for the weekend.

Below are a few collages of before, during, and after pictures of the various projects that went on this weekend. You can click on them to make them bigger.

We still don't know when we're moving, but I'll keep you posted. :)

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Britt's Birthday Bash

Yesterday was my sister's birthday!

We had a lot of fun...

First, we all went over to the park across from our apartments to play softball.

Then, we parted briefly for dinner and reassembled for American Idol.

Then, midway through American Idol, we went to Maggie Moo's for ice cream. Really, who needs to watch AI for 2 hours!? Here's the birthday girl and her hubby:

...Then we got back with 10 minutes left of the finale. It was perfect timing!

Here is Lindsey's response at the winner:
Here's mine:

HAHA. It was a lot of fun. Happy birthday Sis!! :) I'm so glad we're neighbors!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Parents for the Weekend

3 AM feedings...little to no sleep...hundreds of diapers...whiny kids...

Okay, so it wasn't exactly that kind of parenting. Nope, it was the fun kind! (With well-behaved, adorable children whose parents came home after we had only spent about 28 hours with them!)

Wow, what a weekend!

Two fun and important things took place this weekend:
1. Marcus's sister, Becca, graduated from Trinity! CoNgRaTuLaTiOnS, BEC!
2. Our friends, Peter and Erica, were out of town for a wedding, so we got to watch their three fabulous kiddos!

Put it altogether, and what do you get? Lots of family and lots of fun!

Selah and our niece Katie had fun together. The older kids also had a lot of fun. They got to play, watch movies, and hang out together while the adults could get all caught up. It's always fun to see family.

Marcus's brother and sister-in-law, Scott and Robin, had their black belt test for TaekwonDo. It was so great to see. They've been working hard. Needless to say, the kids LOVED the board-breaking and everything else. Let's hope they don't try it at home...

Below are my fave pics of each of the Hang kids from the weekend. They are just precious! ...not to mention hams in front of a camera! :)

I found this collage maker thing by Picasa and wanted to try it you can see more of what our weekend entailed. (You may notice Selah wearing the dress I made for our niece, Katie...well, turns out it was too small for her, so I passed it on to the next little lady I knew.)
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This might go without saying, but this afternoon after Peter and Erica came home, Marcus and I went home and both laid down for a much needed nap! Marcus has been fighting off a cold and was such a trooper this weekend. We had a lot of fun, but were definitely tired. As we laid down for a nap, we discussed:
M: How long should we nap?
A: Forever.
M: That doesn't even make sense.
A: You're right. I guess that'd be sleeping, not napping.
M: No, that'd be death.

Thanks for letting us watch your wonderful kids! :) You know they hold a special place in our hearts.

Friday, May 15, 2009

New Post, finally

Hi friends!

It's been awhile since I posted! We've been busy...but not taking pics. :( Sorry!

We've had a fun week or so seeing friends and family, working, and enjoying the nice spring weather we've had lately.

I forgot to announce that my sister moved in to our apartment complex! We jokingly call ourselves "Dormies" because we just walk outside and in the other door and we're there! We now see each other almost daily. It's the best!!!

Last night I made her a skirt for her birthday. And I'm not worried about posting that because she already saw it...I needed to try it on her to adjust a few things. I'll post a pic of her in it after I officially give it to her for her birthday next week.

With the extra fabric I trimmed off the hem, I made myself this headband:

On another note, did anyone see The Office last night!?!? HOLY COW!!!! There is only one show I regularly watch, and that is it. Last night's episode was great (especially the end) but I won't give anything a way. Check your DVR or go to to see it for yourself! :)

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Third Dress

This is my third attempt at a dress. I'm getting better! It's for our niece...let's hope it fits! :)

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

A Taste of the Future

Today I woke up at 4:45, drove up to my local Illinois Education Association headquarters by 6:00 and hopped on a bus with other Lake County educators to go to Springfield for the IEA Lobby Day.

I was excited to get a taste of state government while also making a difference for Illinois' teachers.

We gathered outside of the capitol...about 2,500 thousand of us...

Here I am with two other teachers from my school. Yes, everyone got a hat- I actually wore it because I forgot my sunglasses! HA!

Just like on TV and in the movies, everyone was chanting and protesting aspects of Governor Quinn's new budget proposals.

This is kind of a cool picture as the storms were rolling in. Thankfully the rain didn't start till we hit the road. :)

In the capitol...

We sat in on a bit of a House Session.

...and then that was it! Four hours to get there, four hours spent there, and four hours back. It was an interesting day and I definitely learned a lot. We were even able to meet up with one of my friends who works for the governor. She gave us some great insights and I felt a positive vibe from her for the changes Governor Quinn is hoping to make in Illinois. It's a long road to fix the many problems in our state...

Maybe one day I'll be back there...(for a job!?)