A Very Important Message...

Pardon this interruption of non-blogging due to finals freak out and the impending return of a certain someone, but I've got some exciting news to share with you.


My heart is resting easier.

Because my ♥ is on its way back home.

It may not be home in time for Christmas.

But knowing it will be safer soon is a pretty incredible gift too.

This deployment was hard.  They all are, but this one was especially difficult for us both.

There is something about being married that makes it very different.

And even scarier than before.

And there were some events that were too close for comfort for this Mrs.

But this is what his ♥ loves.

So it's what my ♥ loves too.

More on the deployment and my thoughts later, right now I am just incredibly happy and blessed.


What I Wore Wednesday

The finals freak out has struck.  Buh-bye Thanksgiving break, hello fire and brimstone?  Or something along those lines.  The lovely thing about English professors and education professors is that they don't believe in traditional testing.  I really do love this, and it aligns with my teaching philosophy, A LOT.  But I long for the days of normal finals.  Instead I am up against a crazy (by my own design, I mean really I was a bit ridiculous spinning a YA novel into a unit on epic literature, choices, responsibility, & censorship- you can see the connections, right?) unit plan, service learning portfolio & reflection about these kiddos and second language acquisition, a literacy strategy implementation plan, and Mr. Cook's homecoming right. around. the. corner!

Without further ado, some days were forever preserved, and others were not.  Thanksgiving is one of those days.  I just wanted to hang with my family and forget how much I ate or how much it showed!

Wednesday 11/24
{Thanksgiving prep.}

first can I say what a difference an AM shower and actually styling my hair make (note to self: do this more often)

ya'll know the details of this outfit by now, but the rockin' boots were a steal ;)  upcycled hiking boots turned snow shoe traction machines!

Thursday 11/25

No photos of yours truly, but I thought I'd share these outtakes of my beasties during Thanksgiving prep.  They love to hang in the kitchen, I told my mom to pretend like she was on Food Network, because that's what I do.  They loved it and got gold stickers for good listening skills.

Saturday 11/27

scarf: my mom
sweatshirt: modified hand me down from bestie (buh-bye wonky nip buttons)
jeans: maurices
fuggs: wal-mart

Sunday 11/28
{visiting Mr. Cook's grandma and uncle}

I love Mr. Cook's grandma (and his uncle) but she is especially special.  My grandparents died when I was young and I really miss that experience that so many of my friends have.  We talk a lot about Marshall, she helped raise him and turned him into the incredible man I am blessed to call my husband.  She gets teary eyed every time we talk about the deployment(s).  Today we talked about her relationship with Mr. Cook's grandpa, and what it was like to be in love during WWII with your loved one in war across the world.  So incredible to have a shared experience despite our very different lives.

scarf: hand me down from bestie
sweater: JcPenny's
jeans: maurices
fuggs: wal-mart

Monday 11/29
{homework craze and some Christmas shopping}

hat: urban outfitters, discount days
fleece: old navy, on sale this week $10
jeans: american rag
boots: maurices

December Daily has begun, I'll post my pages tomorrow night! Go see what others wore this week and get inspired by an awesome Starbucks knock-off wreath created by Lindsey.