Saturday, December 20, 2008

i'm dreaming of a white Christmas...

the long underwear, boots, winter coats, mittens, sweaters, and snow scrapers are packed [and easily accessible]

BECAUSE in a mere 19 hours we'll be on our way HOME!

It is hard to believe Christmas is right around the corner...i think it reached 75 degrees here yesterday-crazy! ....although, I'm not complaining-1 week of Michigan's wintery wonderland will be enough for me.

please keep us in your prayers as we trek on to the northern country.

We're excited.
only a few more cookies to bake...
may the hours pass quickly till we're reunited.

much love.
em

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

But baby its WARM outside?

Imagine with me if you will....

Emily and I were both up early this morning with her working and me having an IEP meeting before school. Surprisingly when I took Bentley outside first thing this morning, I didn't need a coat. I thought it was too good to be true, but I opted out of wearing a coat to school. I was not disappointed.

The meeting went great (praise the Lord!)... meetings that go well pretty much just make my day.

We also had a fire drill in the morning. As I was standing out with my class on the soccer field, I got warm and had to roll up my sleeves! Crazy.

Surely the weather had to have changed by the time I walked out to my car at 4:30pm right? Wrong... it was balmy. It is true that as I was driving home listening to Christmas music with my windows rolled down the song "Baby, It's Cold Outside" came on. How ironic... and completely wrong that song was.

I got home, opened the slider door and windows to try and WARM up the apartment. I then changed into shorts and a t-shirt and went for a walk/run with Bent... amazing.

I'm still not quite used to this southern weather around the Christmas season, and I don't mean to rub it in to those of you in the snow (or even worse those of you in the snow with no heat). I actually miss the snow sometimes, the snowmen, the forts, and the snowmobiles... but mostly the latter.

Anyways I look forward to being with you all in the snowy abyss in a week and a half, as long as its not on any of the roads from Raleigh to Byron Center!!

jim

Monday, December 8, 2008

countDOWNtillMIchigan.

The countdown continues....

13 days till our trek home begins.
6 12 hour shifts at Rex
6 hours of being "on-call"
9 more days of teaching for jim
4 IEP meetings
1 reindeer romp to run [5k on Saturday!]
2 more presents to purchase
multiple presents to wrap
christmas cookies & goodies to bake


oh. may the days go by fast till we are reunited!

Other than our inability to contain our excitement to see family/friends and celebrate the holidays, all is well here. We have caught colds and are slightly under the weather. So, off to bed I go. I just wanted to check in and ask for prayers on my Mom's behalf...

My mom received disappointing news regarding her heart today-please join us as we pray for peace that surpasses all understanding; for wisdom for the doctors as they determine their next course of action, and for healing/restoration of my mom's heart.

Thanks friends!

e.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

birthday blessings.

Thank you for the birthday wishes, emails, voice mails and cards! I think 25 may be prove to be my favorite year yet! [especially if yesterday was any indication of how the next 365 days may go!]

First off, I must say my husband is simply amazing...

I had the day off work yesterday and was going to meet a dear friend for breakfast-other than that I had no plans for the day, until Jim came home from work...which was fine with me. There was plenty to get caught up on around home-laundry, cleaning, Christmas cards, etc, etc.

So, Jim left early for a meeting at school and I got up around 7:45 to meet Amy for breakfast. I was excited to spend the morning-or at least an hour-catching up.

WeLL...upon arriving to the restaurant Amy wasn't anywhere in sight, BUT....Jim was there-sipping his coffee-with roses next to him.

ah, yes. my husband called in "sick" so I wouldn't be alone on my birthday! greatest surprise of all! [however, the chocolate chip pancakes, park, the hour massage at the local spa, dinner and movie were divine as well!] I can't believe how much thought he put into the day. I am truly blessed.

i guess i should start planning for march 1....any ideas?! :)

Here are a few pictures from yesterday!

love & miss y'all.
em

ps. less than 3 weeks till we're HOME! can't wait!


hiking @ Umstead


a geocache hidden JUST for me! with a special note AND chapstick :)

my new kicks!

my sweet-action hiking shoes...LOVE them.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Celebration

25 years... seems like a long time.

Well, that is what we are celebrating down here in Raleigh today.
Happy Birthday Emily!




She has come along way in those 25 years, and here is some proof.

video

Em, I love you!

Jim

Thursday, November 27, 2008

gratitude

We are thankful for...
family.friends. new relationships.christmas music.crisp fall air. spiced apple cider.our jobs.time-off.laughter.apple pie.bentley.change of seasons.mittens.oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.a sense of belonging.our church & church family. new running shoes.snow.fireplaces.memories.a good glass of wine. late night talks. sleeping-in.cinnamon rolls.kind words.a good deal. grace.turkey dinners. forgiveness.joy.anticipation.new experiences.accountability.sweatpants.campfires.webcams. our troops. a good book.my pillow.starbucks white chocolate mocha.health.griffin.

and so much more.


We pray you & your family have a blessed Thanksgiving...
with joy,
em & jim

Sunday, November 23, 2008

good morning.

I love Sunday mornings...I'm sitting here with a hot cup of coffee, the cinnamon rolls are in the oven, and we're cozy on the couch scouring over the Sunday paper and coupons of the week-and catching up on the blog.

Wow, I feel like I just aged myself. But, I think I'm ok with that...

Exciting things in our life this week and last:

-We celebrated Thanksgiving with friends from church last night-delicious!
-I was on-call yesterday and didn't get called into work
-We survived the high school retreat and had a blast-with only a minor injury on Jim's part [due to running into a thorn bush while playing capture the flag in the dark-unfortunately our team was defeated.]
-Jim survived his "marathon" of meetings last Tuesday-5 of those before 11am.
-I'm on the pursuit of training for a half marathon and ran a total of 15 miles this week-a first for me
-We found a great deal on a webcam-and now are the proud owners-and would love to chat with you
-I got an early birthday present from Jim-new running shoes! a definite highlight of my week [no more blisters!!!]
-Despite Jim's liking I started listening to Christmas music. I love it.
-WE HAD SNOW! 4/10ths of an inch. I had to do a double-take when I walked out of the house. An OB was so happy at work he brought us blueberry and apple pie, apple cider, and ice-cream
-I have today off and am extremely grateful
-I have become addicted to coupons and joined a 4 week trial of The Grocery Game. Check it out! http://www.thegrocerygame.com/
-Bentley graduated from puppy class-we tried to get pictures, but he just wouldn't sit still with his graduation cap on. [PS. we were mortified]

Phew. I think that's it!
Have a blessed day.

with joy,
em

Here are a couple pictures of the youth group retreat last weekend...good times had by all!

just his size?!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

back to school.


Thursday ended Jim's three week track out...we spent the day at our favorite park, Lake Johnson. The fall weather was gorgeous! Then, to top things off we went to SONIC for happy hour.
Here's to nine more weeks of teaching!
Cheers.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

before & after.

I think Jim's three weeks of "track out" is getting the best of him...
Here is living proof. and no, this wasn't taken in the wee hours of the morning, but around 5pm this evening.

It was time to take the issue into my own hands with the assistance of a pair of scissors and here are the results.
He shaved his goatee off and I keep finding myself doing a double take. But, oh so much better. The werewolf is gone-for now!

That's the latest and greatest in our lives.
We hope all is well with you.
With love from the Tar Heel state.

Monday, October 27, 2008

in God's country

Words to recap this past weekend:

cozy.
content.
inspiring.
gorgeous.
spectacular.

simply amazing.

We went to the Blue Ridge Mountains with my parents, who were in town for a long weekend. The air was crisp, the view breath-taking, and our quaint little cabin was just right. We played games around the fireplace-sipping on hot apple cider, with sweaters on and swaddled in afghans. We munched [a lot!] on chocolate chip cookies and goodies of the like. We grilled out, did some shopping and simply enjoyed the change of scenery and change of pace. We went site seeing and made stops at Blowing Rock, Boone, and Grandfather's Mountain. We were surrounded by incredible views of the mountains and the changing colors of fall.

Here are a few pictures of our weekend get away.

my mom & me.
my loves.
cafe for lunch.being swept away at blowing rockon top of grandfather's mountain
pictures just don't do it justice.
just me & bent.

look close...that's us on top of 4,000 tons of rock-dating over 640 million years old.America's highest suspension footbridge.
bentley & james.
thanks for checking in! love & miss y'all.

ps. anyone want some chicago fire mustard spiked with Tabasco? we seem to have an extra bottle lying around ;)

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Surprises in the mail

I have to write a quick blog due to the fact that Emily and I received a great package in the mail the other day. Everyone loves to get mail... when it is from friends or family, but packages are on a level of their own.

Thursday Evening, after returning from the Y, I decided to check the mail. In our mailbox was a key (a key used for opening the bigger mailboxes that could hold packages). Having made an ebay purchase a couple days before, I was like "wow, that was extremely fast shipping." However, it was not my ebay item... it was way better. It was a package from (drum roll please)... my sister Kristin. Now, for those of you who do not really know Kristin, well that's just too bad. If you do know Kristin, you know that whenever you see her return address on a card or a package, your day is about to get a whole lot better. And of course, she did not disappoint with this package either. Here is what we opened up to....

Yes, the package was stuff full of candy, movies, a card and of course..... she couldn't leave Bentley out on the splendor! Here is what Bentley got... I think he is now discovering the day changing ability of Kristin.



Basically, we just wanted to say thank you Kristin you made our day... I would say your made our week, but I tracked out the following day. I guess your package and tracking out would tie for the making of our week... well, at least mine.

THANKS AGAIN. much love.

jim

Sunday, October 12, 2008

gone with the wind.

This past week flew by...so, here at 10pm on Sunday we are posting pictures from a week ago. oh, where does time go?

We took Bent hiking for the first time last week Sunday. It was perfect weather and a riot with the pup.
a bit blurry...

We are blessed to have great hiking trails minutes from our apartment....perfect way to spend Sunday afternoons!

Bye for now!
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Friday, October 3, 2008

Highlights

Here my week in short recaps known as highlights:

1. it is the end of the work week... for the both of us, which means a weekend off together.
2. ice cream social at school and my students "attacking me."
3. church picnic... meeting new people, playing a little football, four square and many laughs with the youth.
4. a student bringing in a slap bracelet! (yeah, I took it from her and wore it for the class period).
5. actually getting an IEP meeting scheduled for the day it truly needed to be on.
6. beef stir fry for dinner.
7. lime fluff! (one thing emily made for the church picnic. it was better known as "the green stuff," but it was gone by the end of the night).
8. the many laughs provided by my students (one example: a group is working on worksheets... a student finishes, he says "I'm finished dad...uh, mr. hapner). hilarious!
9. our thermoelectric cooler being delivered.
10. cool crisp mornings.
11. october baseball! (plus, the cubs are down in their series 0-2).
12. searching for campsites for the end of the month to go camping with john and leah!
13. one of my classes writing "mr. hapner rocks" all over my whiteboard when I was in the hall talking to another teacher.
14. finding a gas station that actually had gas on the 3rd attempt.
15. discovering "fall for you" by secondhand serenade.
16. hearing evan "talk" on the phone.
17. free doughnuts and bagels leftover from a student council meeting.
18. my two 4th grade students having an amazing debate about the gold rush! maybe its just because I'm a teacher, but I thought it was the coolest thing.
19. crossing another book off the newbery list- maniac magee.
22. 2 more weeks until track out!!
23. my dad turning one year older.
24. pandora radio online
25. yuengling.

25 reasons why this was a good week.
jim

Monday, September 29, 2008

74-88... *tear

I shall miss you Tigers... You had me on a roller coaster ride this season... you made me: laugh, cry, brag, steal the computer from Emily to watch a game, and get laughed at by co-workers for your sad start.


I don't know what else to say.. but I'm already excited for next spring!

Heres to the 09 season!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

apple pie bliss

friday: pizza, cranium & lots of laughs with friends

saturday: farmer's market! apple pie & a movie.
AND, an unbelievable Michigan game.
what more could we ask for?
delicious.

Sunday: church, lunch, bath-for bent-nap, youth group & more football....
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here's to the end of a relaxing weekend-off to another crazy week!


love, us




Sunday, September 21, 2008

a day of 'shrooms.


Fall is in the air...and I couldn't be happier. Autumn is by far my favorite season and at last the days have cooled. The windows are open and the air conditioning is off. Leaving for work I am greeted by the crisp air and my yawns turn to smiles.

Our apartment smells of apples and pumpkin spice. Candles are lite and our pumpkin displays are out.

Tomorrow my friends, is the first official day of fall.
I am ready, and not a moment too soon. It is time to celebrate.

It was a great day, indeed. We went hiking at Umstead State Park and put in a good 6+ miles. The trails were gorgeous and the temperature just right. It felt so good to be outside. Great conversation and laughs to be had...

The grounds were covered in mushrooms-in every color, shape, and size- I don't think I have ever seen such variety in the mushroom family...




So, all is well over here. It's hard to believe another work week is approaching. Busy week ahead, but good things are happening, and we are content. We are eagerly awaiting October for numerous reasons-visits from family, camping with the Baldauffs, and numerous other fall festivities-it's crazy to think September is coming to an end!
Well, off to enjoy the rest of this Sunday.

Love to all.
em

Saturday, September 13, 2008

michigan emotions

Today I will update you quite frequently as I watch the Michigan game. You will be updated on my different moods as the game progresses.

First things first, I am excited that I can actually watch a Michigan game.

However, The mood has now changed. They bobbled the opening kickoff, then fumbled the ball on their 10 yard line. We are now losing 7-0. I'm not happy.

Wow, Wow, WOW!!! This is ridiculous, Michigan can't even catch a kick. I am even more unhappy.
No way! they just scored as I was typing the last sentence.... this is not good, not good at all.

I'll be back soon, hopefully in a better mood. 11:00 1st Quarter 0-14
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Not gonna lie... I called that fake punt. Okay, good job Michigan, now we just need a touchdown to follow it up.
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This sucks. 4:51 1st quarter 0-21.
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YES!!!! McGuffie is awesome. 1:56 1st quarter 7-21. My yelling woke up Bentley... whoops.
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Nice pick Trent!
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Alright, alright. here we go (I'm positive now) 5:41 2nd 17-28.
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These fumbles are unbelievable.
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Seriously, stop fumbling the ball!!! 14:50 4th quarter 17-35
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All that was missing from this game was a silver platter... in which Michigan could have handed the game over to Notre Dame on.

I'm ticked.

Hope you all are having a better Saturday than me.

Monday, September 8, 2008

just me & my gang

what a great weekend! friday night was laid back as the storms were a brewing...the rain kept us in-along with warnings from our governor, but a little origami, some fine reading, and hourly storm updates kept us entertained for hours.
Yikes! the first attempt proved to more difficult than we anticipated.
saturday we visited John and Kristin in Fayetteville. [John and Jim were college roommates, and now John is in the army and stationed at fort bragg.] what a riot! it's so refreshing reconnecting with old friends! the food was delicious-[compliments to the chef!] and we spent the evening catching up and playing games.

sunday-church and then an afternoon at the park-an evening walk around the lake and movie at Brittany's. a perfect and relaxing way to end the day.

my boys
bentley...growing like a weed!

here's to the beginning of a new week! love to all.

em

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Hanging with Hanna

Our first tropical storm.

We had rain on and off since yesterday afternoon, but nothing like we are getting right now.

The storm hit the coast around 3am this morning. Winds were around 45-60 mph near the beaches causing 15 foot waves (26 foot waves out off the coast a ways).

The rain truly began here around 4am or so, they say. I woke up at 4:30 and checked the latest information and listened to the wind and pouring rain for a little bit. I woke up again at 7 and the rain was still pouring (not too much fun taking Bentley out in this). We have already had 4 inches of rain and are expected to get a couple more before the storm is out of the area. It is moving fast and should be out of the state around noon.

We have flash flood warnings, but so far things seem to be okay out there. There are a few flooded parking lots in the area and there are some low areas in which officials are suggesting that residents move from their homes or apartments before some flooding might happen. Crabtree Creek is now more like a river standing 12 feet deep and carrying plenty of debris.

We are having wind gusts of about 20-30 mph. They say the gusts could uproot some trees because the ground is so saturated. However, that threat isn't much of a concern for us as the eye of the storm is out to the East of Raleigh about 40 miles.

All in all, we have faired quite well. A little wind, a lot of rain, some flooding, but not much damage (if any).

Here is what it looked like on the Doppler radar.



That is all for now, back to the sounds of wind and rain.

jim

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

lazy day

just another lazy day...
and lovin' every minute of it.

oh, how he's grown!