Friday, April 11, 2014

Overheard.


"Thunder is my favorite kind of cloud."

"Look at my work of art!"

little girl : I got a diary for Christmas!
little boy : Ewww, you got POOP for Christmas!"
(just your average diary/diarrhea confusion)

"Miss Kelle, do you know the Bears Love Stephanies song? You know, from The Jungle Book? 'Look for the… bearrrrr loves Stephanies, the simple bear loves Stephanies…'"

"I'm talking very soft…. like an angel."

teacher : Does anyone know who Abraham Lincoln is?
4-year-old : He's one of the old guys that lives in a big mountain.

"I know the answer, but I'm just going to go ahead and think about it at my house and tell you tomorrow."

teacher : Hey, do you know your mom's name?
4-year-old : Um… I think it's either Honey.. or Babe...

"This picture is for Jill. I have loved her for a billion days! I didn't love her the first day I played with her but then after that I loved her. Her class is on letter U and my class is on letter T, so she can teach me lots of things!"

teacher : Today we're working on our sight word - ON. Turn the light ON, put that ON the table.. Can anyone else find a way to use this word?
4-year-old : LephrechAUN…
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The other day, as soon as I walked in the door, one of my students ran up to me excitedly. "Miss Kelle O! I found a very special paper for you today!" I barely had enough time to put my stuff down before the very special paper (which he had kept in his cubby all day) was forced into my hands.

He waited excitedly, with his hands folded and under his chin, bouncing on his toes slightly while I opened the paper to find that it was an El Pollo Loco receipt. "Do you love it?!" He shouted.

I really do love it, Michael. More than words can say. :)

Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Getty Center.

Since my mom's birthday is coming up, this weekend we set aside a day to celebrate as a family. She mentioned that she had really enjoyed getting to visit the observatory when we went a few months ago and asked if there was anything else in LA that my brother and I thought she might like, so I suggested The Getty Center and it was a hit!

We walked around the gardens (although the spiral hedges were under construction - such a bummer!) and explored a few of the exhibits, admiring the architecture and people watching too, of course!


Also, just wanted to share this picture to remind my brother, that when YOU are the person who calls out, "funny picture!" 
and then you're the ONLY one who doesn't make your face look like a ridiculous mess… 
You're the one who looks like a fool, bro. ;)

Monday, March 24, 2014

Snapshots.

A few iPhone pictures from the last few months.


Valentines Day this year included brunch, homemade whiskey glazed cinnamon rolls (his) and an Anthropologie shopping spree (hers)

I've been making an effort to go to the beach more often lately. One of my newer doctors recommended swimming in ocean water as a way to absorb extra magnesium and walking on wet sand to balance my body's electrons. She definitely offers some of the most far fetched suggestions I've ever heard, but if my doctor wants me to make weekly beach visits to feel better, then gosh darn it, get in the car! It's for my health! ;)

Got a chance to see Wes Anderson's latest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, last week and it was just fantastic! I feel like I enjoy most of his newer movies more than his older ones, though I don't know if that's a very popular opinion. Moonrise Kingdom is my favorite from him. Which one is yours??

Yellow for Endo turned out to be wonderfully successful. So many kind people took the chance to talk with their friends, families, and social media followers about this condition... It even became an international affair, with participants in Africa, the UK, and Spain! Thank you so much to everyone who joined the conversation and informed even just one person about the affects of endometriosis. We made a change that I am so thankful for and very proud of. Later that week I got to follow along online as the Million Women March took place in DC and amidst all of this, I finally started feeling like maybe there is an end to this battle within our reach which is so uplifting and exciting.

And as for those bottom two pictures - last week, Weston and I played tourist in LA which always has to end with a visit to the top of the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Because it's just pretty and fun and tradition.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

A Little News From My Busy (Colorful) Life.



So I got a little promotion at work several weeks ago!

It happened in a whirlwind.

The director called me into his office, informed me that a teaching position had just become available, offered it to me, and asked me to give my answer by the next day. I weighed the pros and cons (I say that as if there were cons… Maybe there was one.) and happily accepted the job.

Since I'm an afternoon teacher, my hours shifted a bit. I wasn't sure if I would like it, but so far I'm a big fan of the free-weekday-morning situation! Time for a workout, smoothie, some homework (I'm back in school, too!) or just the chance to sleep-in when I need to. Hard to find anything wrong with that! :)

Between preparing for the preschool's Open House, lesson planning, continuing to get myself (and my stuff) situated in the classroom - it's been such a busy and happy time. And getting positive feedback from directors and teachers that I really look up to has made the experience even greater. Sometimes you just need that little boost of confidence during your first few weeks of something new and I'm thankful for every affirmation. 

Saturday, March 8, 2014

#yellowforendo

It was one year ago that I read an article about this woman's experience with endometriosis. It inspired me so much that after 9 years, I felt brave enough (even sort of obligated) to start talking about my condition with my friends, family, and even some strangers on the internet. I was more nervous than you'd believe, and the draft to that first post sat in my queue for days until my family and Weston had pushed me enough that I clicked publish.

What has happened since then has been an enormous outpouring of love, support, and a longing to understand better. I've connected with endosisters around the world, sharing a bond that is unique, strong, and paired with a remarkable kind of instant respect for one another.

After that first post, I continued to share parts of my story along with information about endometriosis that I hope will be common knowledge one day. And so far, it seems for the most part, that people understand why I share what I do. They know it's not for attention or pity. It's because there isn't enough information out there. Because not a lot of people know about it until they've already been suffering from it for years of their life. Because even once you know, it's not a glamorous thing to talk about. But I want to educate people. Give them information from an insider's perspective. Give them the knowledge to suggest to a friend or family member, "Hey, actually, those symptoms you're describing sound a little bit like endometriosis. Have you ever heard of that?"


I want to be a voice in this growing conversation. 
And there's an easy chance for you to join in too!

On Monday, March 10th, please consider adding a pop of yellow to your outfit. Then take a picture of yourself in your yellow and share it on social media (or even just with your friends and family) along with this information :

- March is Endometriosis Awareness Month
- 10% of women worldwide suffer from Endometriosis
- It takes an average of 10 years for these women to receive an accurate diagnosis
- It causes chronic pain and is a leading cause of infertility

There have been a lot of times people have asked "What can I do to help?" and there's never usually anything they can do. This is something you can do. Start a conversation. Get the information out there. 

Also, please e-mail me a picture of you in your yellow so I can see your beautiful face!

Have a happy, happy weekend.
Let's all go #yellowforendo!

Ps. I had chosen March 10th as the day for yellow because it's 10% of women and a 10 year average.. 
As I just went back to link my first post about Endo, I saw that it was written on March 10th last year! Goosebumps! Meant to be. :)

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Birthday Boating.

My brother turned 19 this past week!

I will spare you the paragraphs I could write about how proud I am of him and how much I love him and just say this : he's the most humble, considerate, and hard working kid I know and he deserves all possible happiness this year and always. 

For his birthday celebration, he wanted our family to rent a boat and ride around Balboa (stealing the idea from the me and the girls!) with some dinner and music. So with my dad as our boat's captain, we made our way through the water, enjoying a delicious dinner that my mom prepared for us, listening to The Beatles and just relaxing with bits of silliness in between. 

Oh, and house hunting - those huge beachfront properties sure are fun to dream about!


If you're wondering, that's a homemade dark chocolate and almond butter cup in my hand right there! Seriously, I know I say it all the time, but my mom is amazing when it comes to making sure I never feel left out during meals with all my restrictions. You're the best, mama - thank you!

After our little cruise, we strolled along the boardwalk, watched the sun set, and headed home. 

Did you do anything fun this weekend?
Have a happy Sunday and a great upcoming week!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Tunes : For A Rainy Day


We are finally getting some much needed rain around here lately.
Here's a portion of the (mostly) acoustic, mellow, gloomy-day goodness that has been playing in my car this week.

Any suggestions of rainy day songs I should add to the mix? What are your favorites in weather like this?