School was CRAZY for me the last couple weeks before break... It's so weird how the kiddos sense that school is almost over. Getting their attention during those weeks was one of the most frustrating things! You can only imagine that I welcomed the break with open arms. One good thing that happened in those couple weeks was my birthday! It was a blast too. Kyle, my parents, my brother and I all went to see Jeff Dunham. No matter how many times I watch his stuff I still end up laughing my butt off. He is great live! I recommend everyone see one of his shows at some point.
On a side note, I got an In-Styler for my birthday. I LOVE IT! Another recommendation from me... just sayin'.
So at school I had the Christmas party from HELL. Holy cow it was so bad that I am pretty sure I am not going to have a Christmas party again in my class. I probably will with the kiddos but parents wont be aloud and they are not aloud to bring anything. I sent a note home specifically asking that no one bring anything because it was all covered. My Christmas gift to the kiddos was that I bought pizza for everyone. Apart from this, I was allowing one mom to bring in cupcakes because it was her little girl's birthday. Then I let one other mom bring drinks because she had asked me way in advance. Since this was all covered I wrote that note expecting that parents would listen. Of course they didn't. There was candy GALORE and my goodness did it make those kids hyper. Then another parent brought huge (not exaggerating) bags of candy and inside it was a recorder. You know those flute things that we all played in elementary school? Oh... my... God... At this point I wanted to tear my own head off. Not ONE kid was listening to me when I said to save them to play at home. Parents were just standing around watching and not helping AT ALL. Between me trying to pass out all the food and trying to tell the kids behave, I was exhausted. While doing this, all the kids were upset about not getting cupcakes (THAT parent never showed up!!!). I was so relieved when it came time to go to the other Kinder class to watch a movie. Peace at last... that is until the parents that were SUPPOSED to bring the cupcakes AN HOUR BEFORE barged in wanting to sing happy birthday and do everything right then. So then we had to stop the movie and go back into my classroom to get this all done. It was taking FOREVER so I had to tell the other teacher to watch the movie without us. The peace I was hoping for slipped through my fingers... sad moment, I know. After that more parents brought donuts! It was just never ending in my classroom. You can see why next year will be completely different. I think I had nightmares about those stupid recorders for a good week after the fact. UGH.
I was extremely relieved when break started. It was so nice to have the stress off my shoulders. Even though I had tons of work to do, I knew that I had two weeks to do it (and everyone knows I am a big procrastinator!). I got to hang out with my best friend which I always love then it was time to pack up for California! This year we decided to spend Christmas with Kyle's family (then next year will be my family and so on) and I am glad we did. This Christmas was absolutely perfect. Our first night we had a big party with all the families that are really close to Kyle. Lots of food and white elephant gifts made for a great time. Also, watching everyone play beer pong was hilarious because Kyle's brother did not lose. It was great! Christmas Eve had to have been my favorite because Kyle took me to San Francisco! I have been many times before and it still is my most favorite place to go to, I love it. We spent our time one Pier 39 this time (last time was the Golden Gate Bridge area at the Disney museum!). We just walked around looking at all the cool things and spending time warming up in the shops!
(Disney Museum of course!!)
Only in a big city... and of course I laughed and took pictures.... I might be going to hell.
There was the COOLEST Christmas shop there and of course I spent way too much time in it! I could have done some serious damage to my bank account if I stayed in there any longer than I did. I wanted to buy this WHOLE Christmas village set. Gorgeous.
We ate these bread bowls that were just amazing. Kyle had clam chowder which I actually liked which was surprising.
Biggest tree ever.... I think I took about 20 pictures of it. I was amazed and awestruck!
Just taking advantage of one of the amazing views of Alcatraz!
From here, we walked around the bay, looking at seals, the Golden Gate bridge and everything else the dock had to offer. We kept walking and I am pretty sure we ended up and the next pier because all of a sudden we were alone next to this really old trolley station looking thing. It had a gorgeous view of the city. It was sunset so everything was glowing and just beautiful. Very romantic! It was so quiet away from all the tourists and so pretty because it brought us lower and closer to the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. It was at this moment, sunset, city, bay and all that Kyle got down on one knee and asked me to marry him!!!!!!! It was absolutely AMAZING! I don't think I could have asked for anything more perfect. He did everything I dreamed of! The moment being romantic, asking my dad first, asking my best friend for advice, and my biggest dream of all... asking me on Christmas Eve. I still can't get over it all happening. I am engaged now! How weird is that?! A good weird though :) I feel a little bad though because I just kept saying "Are you serious!?" instead of just screaming YES! I of course said yes eventually but I was just caught off guard!
My beautiful most perfect ring. Sometimes I can't help stare at it!
Our first picture as an engaged couple!!! This was Christmas day and I don't think I have to mention that we were extra happy this Christmas.
I will TRY to update more... TRY :)
Now I am off to make some pancakes with my fiance <3
P.S. YAY WE ARE ENGAGED! I just can't stop saying it enough :)