Saturday, January 7, 2012

I'm Back

Christmas Break was WONDERFUL! I had a full 2.5 weeks off from work. I mostly layed around and slept. It was so nice to wake up when I was ready (no alarm clock). We got to spend a lot of time with all of our family and friends.

Remple Family 2011

Raleigh Family

New Diaper Bag

Kevin's XBox
One of my very favorite things this Christmas was spending time with my new newphew, William. We got to spend lots of quality time playing and napping :)
William playing with his new toy

He is ready to play with that ball!

Seeing my newphew made me even more excited to meet this little one! This month I feel like my belly is REALLY starting to show. It is getting more difficult to sleep, and I often get a pain in my upper left ribs. I don't really crave any certain foods, I just like ALL foods (as you can tell).
January 4th, 2012
25 weeks down..... 15 to go
School is now back in session and life is pretty much back to normal. With all that is going on I am sure these next 15 weeks will go just as quickly as the first 25!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Baby, Baby, Baby

Ok, yesterday we had our "big" sonogram. I had no clue what a "big" sonogram was.... but it was about the coolest thing I have ever experienced.

Kevin, my mom, Donna, and I got to see our little baby moving around. We could count its 10 little toes, and 10 little fingers. We saw its little nose and tummy.

Kevin and I have decided that we want this little persons gender to be a surprise. I was 100% set on waiting, that is until about a week ago. Knowing that the lady sitting right next to me knew made it SO HARD to stay patient. I did have the lady go ahead and look to make sure that my baby is SOMETHING! I just wanted to know that it has whatever parts it is supposed to have.... sure enough "It has parts" according to the sonogram technician.

Here is a quick peak at Baby Roulhac

Thursday, November 17, 2011

A Week

Many things change in one week....

Last week at this time I was at the Wichita Heights Cheer Show with the Maize South Middle School cheer squad. Tonight I just finished supper and am snuggled up on the couch. Since last Thursday a few things have happened.

1. Kevin officially taught his LAST day of student teaching. Now his job is to go to the school and observe. No more late night lesson planning, or early morning final touches. Now he gets to relax and enjoy his last few weeks of being a college student.

2. I had to break down and buy a pair of maternity pants. For the last couple weeks I have been making do with the clothes I have. This week I just couldn't do it any more. This step in pregnancy has definetly been the most difficult one for me. I was not ready to be forced to wear pants with elatic waist bands, and it never feels good to literally not be able to fit into your pants. I just keep telling myself it is all for this beautiful baby inside of me. And I consider myself EXTREMEMLY lucky that this has been the "worst" part of my pregnancy this far. I realize that I am very fortunate.

Looking ahead to the coming 7 days....

1. I only have 3 more day of work before heading off for Thanksgiving Break.

2. We get to begin our break in the best way possible.... "seeing" our little baby for the first time. Next Wednesday we have a sonogram. We will actually be able to see the babies little legs and arms. This is also the time when we COULD find out BOY or GIRL. We are going to try to stay strong and hold off until that special day in April.... but it is getting more and more difficult every single day.

3. We get to spend 3 entire days with my family. We are leaving immediately after our sonogram and heading to Texas. We will all meet Morgan, Luke, and Mr. William in Dallas. Thursday we are celebrating Thanksgiving as a family at the Dallas Cowboys game. I am also excited to brave the Dallas crowd and be up bright and early for Black Friday Shopping.

The weeks seem to fly by. Before we know it Christmas will be here (and i'll be off work for another 2.5 weeks.... I LOVE BEING A TEACHER).

Thursday, October 27, 2011


6th Grade....

When I first got offered a 6th grade teaching job in Maize, Kansas I was overjoyed. I had dreamed of teaching in the Maize district! Maize is close to home, has great schools, and is practically Wichita... it is everything I could ever want. The only thing I was second guessing was 6TH GRADE!

I had always dreamed of teaching Kindergarten... maybe First or Second grade, but SIXTH! The thought hadn't really crossed my mind. 

As the first couple weeks rolled by the 6th graders were growing on me. I liked sixth grade.. but I still wasn't sure that I loved it.

These last couple weeks, and a jar of pickles completely changed my mind.

Sixth graders are still little kids. They like to joke around, want a hug every now and then, and for the most part they still like their teachers (or atleast they fake that they do). I think I come home and laugh everyday, they never cease to amaze me with the things that come out of their mouths.

But, Monday I had the best day and I officially fell in love with 6th grade. One of my sweet little students came walking in with a wrapped package. She told me it was for me! REALLY! I LOVE presents :) I took the bag into my classroom and inside was a jar of PICKLES! PICKLES... my favorite food ever!!! This little girl rememebered that I said I liked pickles during a conversation we had earlier in the year, and she knows i'm pregnant. She went home and told her mom she wanted to get me some pickles. This may seem silly to some people, but that one little jar of pickles, and the most hard working little girl made my week.

I realized on Monday what an amazing job I have. I get to wake up each morning and hang out with 11 and 12 year olds. Everyday they come in with smiles on their faces ready to share stories and listen to whatever I have to tell them. Everyday is different. I learn something new everyday, and when I make mistakes they are always quick to forgive me, sometimes they don't even seem to notice.

If I can make a few of my students feel as amazing as that little girl made me feel on Monday I think I have done my job!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

9 Weeks

I have made it through 9 weeks of 6th grade!

Starting on Tuesday I will begin my 10th week of teaching 6th grade. Nine weeks marks the end of the first quarter. Grades are due, new seating arrangements are being made, and we have our first inservice. (Remember those days in grade school when we got a day off each month? All of our lovely teachers were up at the school working... that's what I get to do tomorrow!)

We have 9 weeks of school unitl our 3 week Christmas Break. I am SO excited!! I am already counting down the days until Thanksgiving Break. This is my faorite time of year.

I have also made it through 13 weeks of pregnancy. Our next appointment is on November 2nd... which just happens to be my birthday. I really can't think of a better birthday present than hearing my babies little heartbeat. That will also be our 16 week appointment. At this time we could find out if we have a little boy, or a little girl, but we have decided we would wait until April.

There are so many exciting things happening. I am sure these next 9 weeks are going to fly by and before we know it it will be Christmas day!

Thursday, October 6, 2011


I never knew a heartbeat could sound so amazing.

Kevin and I found out that we were expecting in early August. We found out the night that I met all of my students and their parents. The entire evening was a bit overwhelming. For the next few weeks Kevin and I just waited. I can honestly say I hadn't really accepted the fact that their was a BABY in there!

We told our families right before our first doctors appointment. September 7th, 2011 was the first time that we got to "see" our baby. Dr. Depew did a quick sonogram so that we could see the tiny heartbeat. I will ALWAYS remember that moment. It was exciting/nerve racking/ and little strange to see something living in there.

After leaving the appointment we notified our friends and extended family about the expected arrival. I can honestly say I have the best friends and family in the world. It was so fun to call my grandparents, aunts, and all my best friends. Everyone was so excited and supportive.

The next few weeks Kevin again just waited. Yesterday, October 6th, we heard our babys heartbeat. I never knew a heartbeat could sound so amazing. I am in LOVE with this little baby and I haven't even met him/her. We will continue to look foward to the monthly appointments and the little milestones along the way.

In about 6 months we will meet our baby and find out if we have a little girl or a little boy. I can't even imagine what that moment will be like, all I know is that I am excited for that day!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Catching Up!

I have done a terrible job of keeping my blog up-to-date. I am going to try to do better, but I am not making any promises.

Let me start with the end of summer. Taylor, Landon, and Henry came to eat a little family supper with us. Henry and Kevin were not to fond of eachother at first. I even got bit by Henry in all of the comotion! (but I still love my nephew Henry). Kevin and Henry quickly made up after they shared a little sour bubble gum.
After dinner we enjoyed a little time at Borders Bookstore.

Even more recently I became an aunt to the MOST BEAUTIFUL little boy I have ever seen. William August Simmering was born on September 21st. Taylor and I left right after work on the 23rd to meet our nephew. The only word to describe Will is PERFECT! Mom and Dad are doing great also. It was sad to leave, I already miss him, and I am looking foward to the next time I get to cuddle with him.

Will and the BIG teddy from Grandpa Greg and Grandma Carol

Proud Aunt Lauren

Taylor and I dressed William up and had a little photo shoot! I think that's our job as aunts.


Aunt Lauren, Aunt Taylor, Mommy and William.

All ready for Game Day

I don't think life gets much better!