Ok well I am sure you guys noticed that I missed my Friday Favorites post. I am really sorry everyone. =( So just to make things a bit easier I have decided to take away the set scheduled posting. I hope that you guys aren't terribly disappointed. I will still post my Mandalas and Musical Finds, the works. Just at random when I do get on here to post. No set day of the week. There may be times when I just get on to leave you short messages and other times when I go full on blog-tastic. Things other than being busy have been great. I had an amazing day at work yesterday. We were super busy all day long. Which makes the day go by super fast. I also got to work with all my favorite COSs. Jackson, Cherri, and Felix. I worked 24 minutes longer than I was supposed to but I seriously didn't mind. I know this might also sound bad but yesterday and the day before I received quite a few compliments on my work and just being one of the new employees. I guess so far I am well liked. It just made my day end on that much greater of a note. Its always nice to know that your work is appreciated. I am hoping that if I continue to have my positive attitude and volunteer when they need that extra hand like yesterday that they will see that I want to move up and forward. Its the plan at least.
Last Saturday we went to Snowflake to go to one of our family friends weddings. It was a ton of fun and it was insane to see everyone together. People from my childhood who I haven't seen all together well.... since I was little were all there and it was great. I was really happy for our friends Russ and Gretchen. Russ I have known my whole life. Him and My Mom have been friends for a very long time. His daughter Nikki was my best friend growing up. Her and I have definitely had some hard times in our friendship. We aren't what we used to be but I still love her with all my heart and it was great getting to see her. Her Mom, Dev, passed away 3 years ago. She had swine flu. Bizarre I know. It was a really hard time for everyone. But it was great to see Russ so happy and starting a new and wonderful chapter in his life with Gretchen. I know that it was a hard time for Nikki but I am glad she and her brother were there to support their Dad. Caitlin and I were being goofs on the drive up there, hense the pictures.
I am pretty sure I might have mentioned this before but Caitlin is really loving her new school. It is great to see her actually excited to go back to school again. My sister has always been the type that loves going to school and loves excelling. Last year was a really rough year for her though. Her teacher was.... well to put it nicely... she has just been doing her job way to long. Ugh fine there is no nice way to put it she was a down right horrible teacher. There is no excuse for screaming and throwing books. Specially in a second grade classroom absolutely ridiculous. Oh the joys of living in a small town with no options. Caitlin also went through a lot of bullying. Which no one did anything about. We did everything we were supposed to told Caitlin to just walk away, never start or pick fights, don't say mean, unkind words, get a teacher... When none of that worked we went to the school ourselves. We tried talking to anyone and all we ever got was "kids will be kids" or "there is nothing we can do". Caitlin actually had another child spit in her face and the teachers still refused to do anything about it.
Ok.... ok I am done I am sure you see what I meant.
So having her in a school, excited again, making friends, a nice teacher, and all sorts of extra programs is really a blessing. Caitlin is in two after school programs now. She goes to each once a week. One is an art class called Young Rimbrants and the other is a Karate class. While the.... physical? aspect of the Karate class is nice and all we are hoping more for it to be a confidence booster. Help her build her self-esteem and also (though she doesn't really have an issue with this) but help her learn respect for others as well as herself. She had her two first classes last week. I am excited to see how things turn out. It is nice finally living somewhere that offers these kinds of opportunities. Where we used to be the only things they offered were, sports which was track, basketball, volleyball and football which aren't even an option until middle school. And lets face it not everyone is the sporty type I never was.
Anyways so this Monday I do have a Mandala for you. Its actually the one that I couldn't find last week lol. Its not my all time favorite but I hope that you guys like it. Let me know what you think.
I didn't ever realize until after I had finished that I had really focused on the pinks and blues in this one lol.
I have to go pick up Caitlin from school here soon but before I go I wanted to share one musical find with you guys. I am sure you have heard this song up and down also. At least I know that it is way over played where I am. Don't get me wrong I like the song but.... lol anyways...
I just really liked Ingrid's version. I think that she has a beautiful voice and style.
So here is "Somebody That I Used To Know" by Ingrid Michaelson Gotye cover
Anyways I hope that all of you guys are doing A-MAY-ZING. =P
Let me know how you are doing. lol I miss you guys!