Monday, December 31, 2012

A Few of My Favorite {Christmas} Things...

Friends, family, and eating up all kinds of dishes.
Working and wrapping all kinds of wishes.
All of the wonderful joys Christmas brings.
These are a few of my favorite things...

Brothers who make some really weird noise?
Playing games (such as "Balderdash") that everyone enjoys!
Spending the whole day making food better than Beijing's.
These are a few of my favorite things...
Watching sweet young children opening presents.
And even opening a gift that wasn't quite pleasant? 
Hoping my brother gives his girl a ring?
(I know what you are all thinking...well, it didn't happen!)
These are a few of my favorite things...
When the family leaves,
It tugs at the heart strings.
When I am sad that Christmas is over.
I simply remember my favorite things...
And then I don't feel soooooooooooooooooooooooo bad.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Seattle - A Very Quick Trip

I recently went to Seattle for a job interview.  Upon going to this beautiful emerald city, I also have many friends that live there.  My trip was focused and quick, but I still had an enjoyable outcome seeing one of those dear friends.

I have officially decided that I LOVE Seattle, and I so want to move there.  But, that is not in the cards for me yet.  Until that glorious time I can call Seattle home I will enjoy my quick trip of seeing the beautiful emerald city, eating good seafood, and catching up with a dear friend.
The totally hip restaurant that we had a fabulous seafood filled meal.
The one tourist hot spot we had to see, or I should say, I had to see.
  {If you want to see more pictures from another previous Seattle trip go here.}

Friday, December 7, 2012

Student Teaching Ended with a BAD Taste in my Mouth!

Done.  Finished.  Over.  Complete.  Accomplished.  Fulfilled.  Happy.  Sad.

Student teaching came to an end.  I actually am quite sad about it.  (Shocking - I KNOW!)  I was finally getting use to the whole thing of teaching.  My final day ended November 27th, 2012.  I didn't cry, but don't worry I did the day before in my Sewing class, and in front of all my students!  I don't know what came over me!  My last and final day was great, but it did leave a very bad taste in my mouth...

In all my stupidity I had told the students in my Foods II classes that I loved onions SO MUCH that I could literally eat an onion like an apple.  Well - they all wanted to see it be done.  I told them that maybe on the last day of class I would eat an onion like an apple.  I did this to prove a point as well...that point...not sure what it was...  The students always complain about the use of onions in everything we made throughout the semester.  "Miss Williams, WHY is there onions in everything!"  "I hate onions!"  "Do we have to put the onions in this?"  I would tell them yes!  Then I would proceed to tell them how much I love onions, and that I love them so much I could eat it just like an apple.  "Prove it!" they would say.  And so it was proved, on my very last day of student teaching.  As soon as they took their final test with me I left a few minutes open at the end of class to prove to them how much I love onions...Just for your information this onion eating was done two periods in a row.  I ate an onion twice people.  Two class periods in a row.  Oh my, what was I thinking...
First period...this will be I thought...
Second period...see that look on my face...what the H did
I get myself into...
I still really do love onions, but I think I will now keep my mouth shut about loving them so much that I could eat them like an apple!

Student teaching was a grand experience.  I will never regret it, I will never forget it, and I will always treasure it.  I will truly miss the students and the teachers I was privileged to work with for the past three months.  My three teachers I had the chance to work with were wonderful.  I see that now.  (I'm such a brat - seriously someone slap me silly!)  Even on my last day they presented me with a blanket of the school colors with my name, the dates I student taught, and school name embroidered on it.  Student teaching truly was a great experience.

Monday, December 3, 2012

An Eventful Thanksgiving

Hanging with the Williams Family on Thanksgiving usually ends up producing an EVENTFUL Thanksgiving...

Event #1
My brother Cash choked on turkey - I saved his life.  At least that is what everyone kept saying.  The turkey was getting carved and my brother decided to sneak a few pieces.  He snatched some up and ran out the door.  He was out on the back porch sneaking some drinks along with his stolen turkey, and as he was chewing away the turkey got lodged in his throat.  He suddenly came in the house with his hands on his neck.  I stood there looking at him for a minute in disarray wondering what he was doing.  It then donned on me that he was seriously choking.  I ran up to him and put my arms around his stomach and started to do the heimlich on him.  I was in shock myself.  I am currently CPR certified, but nobody every wants to use their CPR certification.  As I was trying to figure out what I was doing and heaving him from behind all of a sudden the turkey became un-lodged, and Cash ended up throwing up pink soda and turkey all over the kitchen floor.  I of course let him have it after he got breathing again - what the H were you thinking?  CHEW YOUR FREAKING FOOD!  And then, of course, I texted his girlfriend to let her know that I just saved his life too.

Event #2
The family does an annual Williams white elephant gift exchange each Thanksgiving.  We have a bunch of perverts in our family - no joke.  Every year there seems to be some inappropriate gift found in the oodles of cheap, lame, sometimes cool gifts that are given.  This year the gift happened to be a "boob stress ball."  It was one of the first gifts picked.  And the poor soul who received this gift just happened to be sweet little Jenny. When she picked the small package, those giving the gift got a little bit uncomfortable...she took the small little bag, reached in and found a grocery bag with a small onion shaped thing in it.  We all of course though it was an onion.  Then we thought - how lame is an onion for a white elephant gift?  As she began to unroll the bag it became apparent it was NOT an onion, but that it was a very round boob.  Jenny's face shot beet red.  Not only that, but the innocent little children all around began to wonder why everyone else was laughing hysterically.  One of the kids thought it was a "belly button ball," so we left it at that.  Jenny sure was a good sport to accept the inappropriate gift this year.  I was the one last year who got the inappropriate gift, so I knew how she felt.  Her gift didn't last long because I snatched it up to give to one of my guy friends for a Christmas present.  It's probably not appropriate, but I don't care it will be funny!
Event #3
The final, most wonderful part of Thanksgiving this year was accomplished by going to the St. George temple.  I know - very extreme from event #2.  Almost two years ago my Dad's family lost our eldest cousin to a brain tumor.  Then a year later we lost our Uncle (his dad) to an unexpected death.  These members of our family were not members of the church, or had asked to have their names removed.  My Aunt was wonderful enough to get the work done on our cousin, and my Dad was able to take our cousins name through the temple for his own endowment.  We wanted to get all those who were able to go through the temple with my Dad when he took his name.  We did just that.  We were able to have one from each family in my Dad's family represented at the temple. (Mom, Dad, Me, Anisa, Ryan, Summer, and Klint.  And Jessie was happy to babysit for those with kids.)  It was a beautiful evening surrounded by family in the temple.  I look forward to the day we get to take our Uncles name through for his temple work.
I took this picture years ago as I was walking by.  One of my favorites!  
As always Thanksgiving was very eventful.  I'm so grateful to be surrounded by my family for all the good (and sometimes bad) times.

Yes this blog post contains a picture of a boob, and a temple.  This ought to make the search engines go crazy.