Welcome July

Happy 1st of July! 

I am really excited to begin this new month.  It’s going to be the craziest and busiest month for us because we have so many friends and family members who are coming to meet our son, Cliff.  How blessed are we that many people love us enough to take time out of their schedules for us.  Thank goodness Cliff has been working on his selfie faces because I’m sure there will be plenty of picture taking and memory making!

June was an interesting month for us, and went out like a bang…literally.  Here are the highlights:

  • I spoke at my school’s graduation ceremony and watched my first group of students walk across the stage.
  • Dan wrapped up the school year and started his summer vacation.  It’s been great having all three of us home during the day.
  • I joined Bailey’s Gym to help get me closer to my pre-baby body.  I forgot how much I enjoyed working out in a legit gym.  The atmosphere inspires me to push myself more than when I’m at home.
  • Dan celebrated his first ever Father’s Day.  I wish I could have done more to express how much Cliff and I love him and what a phenomenal father he is.
  • I attended a week-long Advanced Placement Literature conference and got SOOOO inspired!  I have been developing my new courses and reading/rereading books like a curriculum planning-aholic.
  • Dan and I celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary by watching “Hail, Caesar!” and eating a delicious dinner at home.  #NewParents
  • Two wonderful young ladies that graduated a few years ago came over to visit, and it was nice catching up with them.
  • Cliff also had his 3-month appointment and got a solid bill of healthy from his pediatrician.  We are working on his sleeping at night because it has been fluctuating lately.  The doctor suggested that he may be having some digestive issues because she noticed a pattern between the pace and quantity of his eating habits and his poor sleeping sessions.  She suggested some Mylicon, and that has made a huge difference already!

NOT my baby =)

What’s In Store for July

July is going to be hectic but in a good way.  Just because we will be entertaining friends and family doesn’t mean that I don’t have goals to keep up with.

Books/Reading & Curriculum Planning:

I want to review the books that I have included in my curriculums for this upcoming school year.  I have read all of them before, but not necessarily used them for direct instruction.  Also, with teaching a section of Advanced Placement Literature, I will need to revamp my teaching strategies to support a new way to analyze and write about the texts they will be studying.

One of the strategies that I took away from my week-long conference was to give students a specific task for their reading that qualifies under a “Seek and List” title.  For example: Read the poem, “Groceries” by Cathy Smith Bowers, and create a list of similes and/or metaphors for things that are damaged.  Then, choose two and explain how and why the author used these devices to create tone.

Goal: Review the following books & create “Lists”

  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Health and Wellness:

New moms have a difficult standard to live up to when they’re trying to lose the baby weight.  I don’t like the term “get back” your body because that assumes that there’s a loss, a void, a deficit when you don’t have the same physique after having a baby.  A woman’s body is put through total trauma to carry and deliver a new life, and it should be handled with tenderness and love.  As a culture, we are too violent with our expectations that women should “snap back” and quickly.  EVERY SINGLE aspect of your life changes once you become a parent or add another sibling to the pack, so why stress about having a different body?  That’s not to say that there is anything wrong with wanting to be healthy and in shape, or ever aspire to fit back into your old wardrobe; I am someone who has focused on that specific goal now that I’ve had my son.  The difference is that I don’t demand it to happen before it’s time, or set unrealistic expectations.  I work out every day, true, but I also did that before and during my pregnancy.  I slowly built my cardio and strength training routines back up, slowly and carefully.  I am not back to my fitness level, but I am not beating myself up about it.  Some women may achieve their goals sooner than me, some may take longer.  Just like all pregnancies, like all babies, each woman’s journey is specific to them and shouldn’t be compared to others’.  With that being said, I do have a goal for July to help me get closer to my ultimate goal.

July Goal: Workout daily & fit into my black and khaki capri pants.

Ultimate Goal: Workout daily & fit into my old wardrobe.

*Notice I don’t have a weight or pant size goal.  I just want to fit into the clothes that I used to wear.

Family:

Clearly, it is going to be a full month for the Ferrari family!  My ultimate goal is to enjoy each and every moment that we will get to spend with our out-of-town guests.

Happy Anniversary! (Belated one day)

Sunday, June 26, 2011 was our 1st wedding anniversary! YAHOO! We made it, Babe.

And you’ll have to pardon me for not blogging until today, but you know, there were better things to do…like baseball and eating!

Warm wishes and Lugnuts tickets

Another day with the Lugnuts! The happy couple on their way to grab some sun, peanuts and Cracker Jacks.

But Sunday was also “Bark in the Park” at Cooley Law School Stadium. ADORABLE!

There were dogs ALL OVER the place! It was totally worth spending the afternoon downtown just to see all the different puppies showing off for their extra large audience.

This is Sky, cutie pie

He won the award for the best trick, hiding in a basket when asked if he wanted to take a bath. I do the same thing when it’s free weight day.

Who let the horse into the ball park???

Dogs….dogs…dogs…everywhere!

DOGS!

All-in-all it was a great game and I got an amazing farmer’s tan from sitting along the third base line. But the most important thing was to get to the second part of our celebration: a night at the Lexington Hotel.

The hotel is absolutely gorgeous! It’s only about 20 minutes from downtown Lansing, but both Dear Hubby and I agreed with my parents that staying under the same roof on our 1st anniversary might be a little…well, so that’s the quick and dirty explanation of why my parents bought us a one-night stay here.

The hotel lobby

I want to hire their decorator after we purchase a home.

But we weren’t the only ones celebrating a huge event on the 26th. Guess who came to town??

All the way from Dublin to Spartan Stadium - BONO IN THE HOUSE!

The majority of the folks staying at the Lexington last night were going to the concert, and there was a special set of rules for attending. I mean, Bono is a holy entity and one must prepare themselves before being in his mighty presence.

No drinking on the way or at campus; get tanked in our lobby.

Dear Hubby and I got the heck out of U2 dodge and found our way to our room.

Rule of Blog Photo #43: Never make a normal face

We were booked under the “Passions” package –
imagine…being served Dinner for Two by the glow of candlelight. You choose either the intimacy of your guest-room or a secluded table at Christie’s Bistro. We’ve also included a bottle of custom Lexington wine from Black Star Farms to finish your evening. (Ask about additional options, like booking a couples massage on-site!)

And we took full advantage!

A special surprise was that our cake and champagne goblets from our wedding were in our rooms waiting for us. After several tries with an old fashioned bottle opener, we cracked the white wine open and toasted our first year of marriage.

Dinner was ordered and while we waited, we opened our gifts for each other. I booked a couple’s massage for Dear Hubby and I, so I did the classy thing of putting cash in his anniversary card.

Making it drizzle!!!

And when I opened my gift, so sweet and thoughtful, I was totally blown away at the thoughtfulness of it. Dear Hubby kept in mind that the theme of the first anniversary is paper, and ordered the front cover of the New York Times from the date of our wedding.

They did us a proper by not featuring our wedding on the front page - we are low key people.

My Dear Hubby is the best. Awwww =).

Enough of that. AND THEN WE DINED!

A Bistro Chef Salad with both chicken and shrimp.

Dear Hubby went light too and got a Philly Cheesesteak and fries. But that was just a little snack to tide us over for our wedding cake. And man did we make our mark on that poor cream cheese filling, white, two layered plate of delicious.

Our original slice from the wedding reception

Hungry fella

plus

Sugar-fiend gal

equals

And yes, we WERE eating it on the king sized bed. At least we didn’t get carried away.

See, you don't need a fork to eat cake.

Happy Anniversary, Dear Hubby! Looking forward to many, many more pieces of cake years.