Friday, October 29, 2010

Day 8 - A place you've traveled to

Day 8 - A place you've traveled to

My mom and dad are 100% Polish. They were both born and raised in Poland (although they met in Chicago), so growing up, we always took family vacations to Poland to visit family. To this day, I have been to Poland over 5 times. It is my ultimate goal and wish to one day take my family to Poland and show them what a beautiful country it is. Adam is really interested in going and I know it will be a place he will love to go to. The last time I went there was in 2003. Each time I go back to visit, it changes more and more.
Aside from visiting family and spending time with them, my favorite thing about this country is how much history there is in their buildings and architecture. Living in a place like Las Vegas, I feel like I miss out on true history. Sure Las Vegas is historic, but to keep up with the times, casinos and buildings are constantly being imploded and replaced by newer, bigger high rise towers and casinos. It's more of a modern day city.... which isn't always a bad thing, but it's not until I go to Poland that I realize how beautiful things are and can be if you just let them age (within reason, of course).

Day 7 - Favorite Movies

Day 7 - Favorite Movies

None of these blog entries have been very hard for me....except for this one. I'm not much of a movie person. I think the last movie I actually sat down and watched was Toy Story 3.... back in June! I don't ever have the time to sit down and watch a movie, and if I do have the time to watch one, I always fall asleep. There is something relaxing and calm about being in a big, dark, loud theater. Weird, huh? But because I signed up to do this blog challenge, I must fulfill each entry! So here are the movies I stayed awake long enough to watch in the past:

A Walk to Remember (LOVE this one)

Home Alone (Only 1 and 2... I never watched 3 because it had new actors! HATE that!)

The Notebook (Okay, okay... I fell asleep during a 15 minute part of this one, but I still liked it and watched *most* of it, so it counts.)

Big Daddy

I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (pretty much anything with Adam Sandler)

I really need to watch more movies. There are a bunch on my list that I want to see! I just need some energy drinks and I'll be set! :-)

Day 6 - A picture of something that makes you happy.

Day 6-A picture of something that makes you happy
AB3 and AB4 are my entire life. There is not a single thing in this world I wouldn't do for these two boys. They have taught me patience, honesty, laughter, and endless love like I've never known before. Even though photo sessions with them don't always turn out the way I would like them to, one look at a photo of both of my boys instantly brightens any kind of mood I'm in. It was hard to pick just one!

This photo depicts a snapshot of my life. I might be outnumbered with major testosterone in my life, but I honestly wouldn't have it any other way. I love my boys, and I love my life.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Day Five - Your Siblings

Day Five - Your Siblings
Like my previous post, this post can't come close to expressing how thankful I am for my siblings. God has blessed my life with a wonderful older brother, Paul, and a younger sister, Vicky.
As I've mentioned before, I wasn't always the easiest child growing up. I beat up my brother and my sister (haha), and they never fail to remind me of this. The way I look at it, someone had to give them tough discipline and tough love. I was apparently the only one for the job. (at least this is what I keep telling myself.)
Paul lives in Colorado, so we only see him a couple of times (if we're lucky) throughout the year. As I grow older, this really bothers me because I want my boys to grow up knowing their uncle and aunt and having a close relationship with him. I make sure to explain and mention Uncle Paul and Ciocia Megan to AJ and Aiden at least once a day to keep them fresh in their minds.
Vicky is not only my sister, she is my best friend. It hasn't always been this way, and occasionally we get into arguments, but at the end of the day, she knows me best and is always there to help, listen, vent, cry to, or beat up. (haha). I'm lucky to have a sister who is so involved in my life. I don't know where I would be without her and I don't think I tell her enough how much I appreciate her and value our friendship. The boys absolutely adore their "Kiki" too!
By marriage, I also have an awesome sister in law, Megan. I wish she was closer so we could really develop a strong friendship, but I'm confident that one day it will happen and we will share many more memories to come.
I love you Paul and Vicky!

Day Four - Your Parents

Day Four - Your Parents

I sit down to write this post after working a very long 12 hour first day at school. Because of my low energy, this post won't be as long as I am intending in my heart for it to be.

I don't even know where to begin describing my parents. They mean the entire world to me. As a child growing up, I wasn't always the easiest to deal with. As a parent myself now, I am able to appreciate the discipline my parents used when raising us. Now that they're grandparents, I see joy in their eyes that I've never seen before and I appreciate them so much more than I ever have.

They're the first to offer any kind of help whenever we need it. Adam's car breaks down? My dad's there within minutes. I need to run to the school district to fingerprint? My mom is over in a flash to stay with the boys. What do we find when we go out of town to Adam's family reunion? An entirely cleaned house, courtesy of my mama. We are so beyond blessed for the love and generosity displayed by my parents. They are my rock, my support system, and truly my heroes. No task is ever too big or small for them.... and this is why I admire them so much.

Although they've had their bumps and bruises, they have stuck together and raised three wonderful children to be the adults they always hoped we would be. They might not have always been happy with some of the choices we've made, but they've never left our side. And I know that won't change anytime soon.

Mama and Tata.... I love you so much and thank you. Thank you for showing me the gift of unconditional love. Not everybody is as lucky as I am to have such wonderful and awesome parents. xoxo

Monday, October 18, 2010

Day Three - First True Love

Day 3-Your first love

This is a picture that was taken on one of the happiest days of my entire life. The day I became Mrs. Brown. My husband, Adam, is my very first true love. We met when we were both 15 years old and his family used to live in the house right behind my mom's house. I used to jump on an old milk crate and jump over the wall to see him. (That's love!) We dated for about 2 years and then Adam went to college, so we took a break. When he came back, we both realized how in love we were with each other, and we've been inseparable ever since.

Adam proposed to me atop the ferris wheel in Santa Monica, California on March 12, 2006. We got married a little over a year later on April 14, 2007. He is my true love because he has seen me through both good times and bad, and is still right by my side. At some points in our relationship, we might not have it all together. But together, we have it all. He is my rock, my best friend, my partner, and my soulmate.

The second love of my life is my son, AJ (AB3). Although it's a little bit gory, I posted the top photo because that was truly a moment of "love at first sight" for me. I spent 38 weeks growing that little boy and awaiting his arrival and he was (and still is) everything I hoped he would be.

The third love of my life is my son, Aiden (AB4). If you look at some of my old posts from when I was pregnant with Aiden, you'll see that towards the end of my pregnancy, I was worried about whether or not my heart would be able to love another little baby as much as I loved AJ. And I sit here before you, blog readers, with a love so deep for my two little boys. I can't put into words how it happened... but it did. Both of my boys are so different, but yet so alike and I love them equally with all my heart and soul.

My love for all of my boys is endless. Adam is my first "true love" as far as romance goes. But a mother's love for her children is so different because it is so undescribable and personal. I might not be wealthy with monetary possessions, but my heart is rich with true love. And that's just fine with me.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Day Two - A Batch of Brownies

Day 2-Meaning behind your blog name
For those of you who know me, you know my last name is Brown. When I was pregnant with AB3, I always joked and said I was "Baking a Brownie". (You know how people always say there is a bun in the oven when you're pregnant?.... same thing, just a Brown-ie for me... our last name just kinda worked with it all!)
Obviously, our family has grown and instead of just one Brown-ie, we now have two! So I consider our family "A Batch of Brown-ies".
I created this blog to record all the things I wanted to remember in years to come about the boys and what we're up to. Sometimes I post multiple times a week, and sometimes I go days and weeks without posting. Trust me when I tell you it's not because I don't want to - it's just that I don't always have very much spare time to sit down and write. I've been working on making more time to do it though, and this challenge is helping drive my motivation!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Day One - About Me!

Day 1-Introduce yourself, post a recent picture, share 15 interesting facts.
My name is Angie. I am 25 (almost 26) years old and play many roles. I am a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, a friend, a teacher, a niece, and a granddaughter. Of the many hats I wear, being a mother and a wife are truly my greatest accomplishments and bring me the most joy.
One: I married my high school sweetheart.
Two: My dad's name is Adam, my husband's name is Adam, and my oldest son's name is Adam... but he's a Jr.
Three: I am obsessed with organization. I love drawers organizers, cabinet shelves, containers, etc. I love having a designated spot for almost everything.
Four: Some people could spend hours in a clothing store... I could spend hours inside Office Max. (Weird, I know.)
Five: I have a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education.
Six: I am in the process of setting up my very first classroom! I will be teaching 1st grade in a matter of days.
Seven: My classroom theme is Bumblebees!
Eight: The school I will be teaching at is brand new and my husband helped build it. I used to drive to his job site and have lunch with him, so I literally watched it be built from the ground up, and now I will be a part of its staff. My husband laid the foundation to my career.
Nine: My parents are my absolute heroes.
Ten: I am deathly allergic to cats.
Eleven: Grocery shopping as a family is something I look forward to every week.
Twelve: Lately, I've been obsessed with garage sales. One man's junk is another man's treasure....especially when it comes to buying kids toys!
Thirteen: Sometimes I watch reality tv shows and feel like I know the celebrities I'm watching in real life.
Fourteen: It's important to me that my children are raised to know, love, and thank God for everything we have in our lives.
Fifteen: My husband and I will celebrate ONE DECADE of being together in March 2011.

30 Day Blogging Challenge? Sign me up!

I saw this on a friend's blog and because I am a sucker for fun stuff like this, and I love to blog, I have taken on the 30 day challenge! Each day, you will find out the following things about me:

Day 1-Introduce, recent picture, 15 interesting facts
Day 2-Meaning behind your blog name
Day 3-Your first love
Day 4-Your parents
Day 5-Your siblings
Day 6-A picture of something that makes you happy
Day 7-Favorite movies
Day 8-A place you've traveled to
Day 9-A picture of your friends
Day 10-Something you're afraid of
Day 11-Favorite tv shows
Day 12-What you believe
Day 13-Goals
Day 14-A picture you love
Day 15-Bible verse
Day 16-Dream house
Day 17-Something you're looking forward to
Day 18-Something you regret
Day 19-Something you miss
Day 20-Nicknames
Day 21-Picture of yourself
Day 22-Favorite city
Day 23-Favorite vacation
Day 24-Something you've learned
Day 25-Put your iPod on shuffle, first 10 songs
Day 26-Picture of your family
Day 27-Pets
Day 28-Something that stresses you out
Day 29-3 Wishes
Day 30-a picture

Monday, October 11, 2010


I would like to apologize for the lapse in blogging from this end! It has been a crazy few weeks in the Brown(ie) Household! ..... Isn't this what I always say when there is a blogging absence from me? Haha.

Anyways... this time it's really been crazy. Like, life changing crazy. Seriously.

Ready for the news?


No. I'm not pregnant.

Adam and I are still married.

Wait for it.....

I got a job.

Yup, I am going to be a working mom.

Let me take you back to a few months ago when I had this inner battle about my future and what direction it would go. As you may or may not know, I finally graduated with my Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education in May. Well, technically August because I completed my student teaching at that time. I had an internal struggle with what I wanted to do once it was done because a part of me enjoyed student teaching, but a part of me wanted to continue staying at home with the boys. So I finally decided that I would stay at home with them for another year and pursue my career next school year, 2011-2012.

Apparently, someone else had a different plan.

Our school district just received a HUGE grant which opened up 650 new teaching positions throughout the entire district. I put in my application and completed the process, just so I would be in the system and ready to go for next year.

Within days, I found out that principals would be contacting applicants to hire them for open positions at schools and something told me I should just close my eyes and give it a shot in the dark. So I sent my resume to a few schools where I had relationships with teachers I knew.

Within 24 hours, I had 2 interviews at 2 separate schools. After leaving the second interview, I got called in to another school. It was interviewing chaos for me!

I remember driving to these interviews and wondering if I was making the right decision for myself and for the boys. This is something I've prayed about a lot in the past few weeks/months because I was so unsure about it.

The school I wanted to work at the most was my final interview. I left the interview at 8:40 and was called at 9:30 and offered a position teaching first grade..... and I accepted it.

What made me want to work at a specific school, you ask? It's a brand new school - and Adam helped build it! Literally. When I was pregnant with AB4, AB3 and I would drive out there and have lunch with Adam. I saw this school built from the ground up, and now I'm a part of it's staff. How cool, huh? God works in the most awesome ways.

Since I know most of you are wondering how I'm being hired for a teaching position this late in the school year, here is what is happening. Each grade level has a student to teacher ratio they have to abide by. In a lot of the classrooms, the ratio is higher than it should be. So they are taking all of the excess students and creating a new class that I will be teaching. And Voila. :-)

These past 2 weeks since I got the call have been chaotic. I've spent more miles than I realize driving back and forth to the school district office, turning in paperwork, beig fingerprinted, picking up paperwork, dropping stuff off, attending staff meetings, moving stuff into my new classroom (which is ENORMOUS, by the way!), buying supplies and things I will need, checking out daycares, calling daycares, crying about being away from the babies, researching, planning, preparing, organizing, and doing lots of thinking. Add in my daily duties of cleaning, feeding, bathing, and maintaining and you see why I've been absent from blogging! And this is just the beginning of the madness!

I feel so many emotions right now. I'm excited to begin this chapter of my life. I'm nervous about having to pick up in the middle of the first term and teach. I'm worried about my babies being away from me all week long..... but in the midst of all of this, I almost feel at peace, because I know there is someone up above that is helping guide my future on this path. I know with time it will all work itself out. Right now, my main focus is making sure my babies are taken care of. They are first and foremost in my life, above my own happiness, and I need to make sure that they're going to be at a place that they are comfortable at, happy, and loved.

In the long run, I know my choice is the right one. Although we are at a stable place financially, I would ultimately like to build up a better savings account that would allow us to spend more time together as a family and go on trips and show our kids different places. And being a teacher and following a school schedule will surely allow for taking time off to be with my family! I also know that AB3 will benefit from my decision as well. He absolutely loves and adores spending time with children his own age and playing and interacting. Being in a daycare setting 3 days a week will provide him with the opportunity to socialize, learn, and grow. And AB4, well, he will be there with his brother and be able to socialize (in baby language, of course!) through lots of stimulation and play with other babies. The boys will also benefit from familiarity because they will spend 2 days a week with my mom. (God bless my mom and her love and generosity!) I know the first few days and weeks of daycare adjustment will be tough (probably more for me than anyone), but we will get through it.

Blogging is relaxing for me because I get to write out my feelings and thoughts and take a load off my mind. So I am hoping to make time for this throughout the next few weeks of madness. If anything, I will at least be sure to post pictures of my classroom! I have a SUPER cute theme I'm going with, so I'll save that for my next post!

Until Next Time,
Mama Brown(ie)