Monday, October 20, 2008

Me and Elizabeth Dulemba

My storybook from Elizabeth's class

Class at John C. Campbell in August

My Illustrations Web Site

Looks like I have not managed to blog anything here since the wedding in June. During that time I got a job teaching art in elementary school, Daniel continues to work for the paper, we just found an apartment 2 weeks ago and moved in, and I have joined SCBWI went to a great workshop at John C. Campbell taught by Elizabeth O. Dulemba who has been both a great teacher and a supporter of my work. After the workshop in Brasstown, I went to a portfolio workshop in Decatur, GA. You can see some photos by looking at Elizabeth's blog. Then this past weekend I went to Birmingham for the SCBWI Southern Breeze Fall '08 Conference. It was a good way to meet some of the greats and get some ideas for moving forward. To tell you the truth, half the ideas of what I want to do next I had already been thinking about....but now I have a resolve and more determination to get it done and not put it off until a "better time". School is alright. I like teaching. But I'm not really fond of all the other things teachers have to do outside of the actual teaching, ie; writing notes home, calling parents, attending faculty meetings, attending induction meetings, doing work and reading manuals about classroom discipline for my induction class, getting observed, doing technology training (oh I have no problem with technology, just don't really enjoy the long lectures on policy, etc). I'm pretty sure most home room teachers have it harder than me (being an art teacher), but the kids also think its playtime when they come to art and feel like oil pastels and erasers should be used as missiles. So, I'm pretty sure I would like to illustrate full time instead. Until that time, I'll keep doing my best at school, and hope I'm doing better than it feels like I am.
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Monday, July 7, 2008

We're Married!

We got married on June 9, 2008 at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel, Jekyll Island, Georgia. The ceremony was held outside on the Riverfront Lawn under large old oak trees dripping with spanish moss. It was a small wedding with mostly close family and our friend Rose whom we first met in Japan. It was a bit hot, but I'm glad to report that nobody melted. The pictures below are from the professional photographer, but later I may add some from other sources. If you have photos from the wedding, please e-mail them to me.

Daniel is now working as a staff writer for the local newspaper. I have just designed a house over the weekend and am very proud of it. I hope to work out the costs of materials and labor over the next few days, and determine how near in the future we might build it. We went to MN for a second reception and returned a week ago, so we haven't had much time to cool our heels yet.

While I'm trying my best to return emails and update photos, please forgive me if it is slow. Besides busy events, my car is giving me troubles and the internet at home is almost always disagreeable and may be cut off in the very near future. We would be happy to receive calls, visits or mail anytime though, so don't hesitate.
-Brooke Lauer

Our Wedding June 9, 2008

Yet more photos

Even more photos

More Wedding Photos

Wedding Photos

Wedding Couple

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

It's Spring!

Hello returning readers. It's been awhile since our last post. You can catch up on some images of what we've been doing below. We're living with my parents in Laurens, SC for now while Daniel searches SC Jr. High and High Schools for a permanent histroy or social studies teaching postion. It's only 2.5 months until our wedding on June 9th at the beach. Spring has sprung here and we are enjoying having mini-hanami (flower viewing) with the almond and peach trees. The only bad thing that has happened has been a run in with some poison-ivy or poison oak whilst cleaning up the lawn. Daniel and I went for shots yesterday (fun! Oh, OK not that is). So we're on the mend.

Happy Easter from Brooke and Daniel in SC

Honey bee visits almond blossoms