Be Blessed, Y'all

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Chapters

I've seen a handful of fellow bloggers (some I feel were my first blogging friends), announce their ending/closing up this chapter of their blogs.  It makes me super sad, but I totally get it.

This past week or two have been CRAZY.  I don't feel like I've had a lot of time for much "life".  And I've honestly felt like the content I have to be blogging about won't interest my readers.

I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought about closing my blog, or changing it to be a teachers blog or something more specific like that.  But, then I think about how hard I've worked to get my blog to where it is now.  You know?

So, I've decided to not make any changed right now.  I want to keep it as it is, and continue to blog about what I want to.  Hopefully that will allow me to expand my opportunities, and write about more broad topics.  I also want to do a better job of reading blogs that I am truly interested in, and commenting on those blogs.  Forming more relationships...make connections.

How do you feel about blogging?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

100th Day of School Fun!

Thursday, January 15th, was the 100th day of school for us.  It was SO MUCH FUN! 

I had some parents help me make this banner...the kiddos LOVED it!  


We also had a 100 banner at the end of the kindergarten hallway for the kids to walk through...and dressed up like 100 year olds.  I'm on the left, rocking a denim teacher jumper and an old lady sweater.  We all rocked baby powder in our hair, and wrinkles on our faces!  I love our team! 


Maybe next year we'll make shirts with 100 things on them? I had one student show up with 100 monster eye balls on his shirt-so cute!

The kids wrote about what they would do if they were 100, we made bookmarks, and did a fun craft where we turned ourselves in to old people.  I also gave them the challenge of writing 100 words throughout the day, and reading 100 books.  We didn't finish either goal, but they were SO EXCITED to read and write all day long.



{Idea from First Grade Parade}




Math Centers consisted of graphing 100 objects....


using 100 cups to build structures...


and painting 100 gumballs on their gumball machines...



I found a great experiment where the kids predicted how full 100 drops of water would be.  They LOVED it...everyone thought 100 drops of water would fill the jar and were surprised that it was in fact, not very much water at all!


We ended the day with a special snack...10 pieces of 10 different items. The kiddos had to sort them out, count them, and THEN they could mix them up and eat!


Overall, we had a great day.  I was exhausted, and the kiddos left tired.  Do you remember your 100th Day? If you're a teacher, how do you celebrate?



Sunday, January 11, 2015

Highlights!!!

I was talking to Andrew about how dark my hair was getting just the other night. Well, my best friend commented on the same thing the next day...so what do I do?? Get highlights immediately!! 

I'm so thankful for a friend who knows how to highlights!! What do you think?? 

 
Anddd another photo from this week-my graduate class took a field trip this weekend (more on that later), and I think these photos really show off the highlights well!




Thursday, January 01, 2015

Ringing in the New Year!

Andrew and I had a great New Year's Eve!  I somehow convinced him that we NEEDED to go out for a fancy date night, and just spend time together just us.  It was lovely!

We got all dressed up (way more than necessary, but so much fun) and headed to Atlanta!




We had dinner at The Melting Pot.  It was SO GOOD!





After dinner, we headed over to Sky View Atlanta.  I've been trying to get Andrew to take me, and we thought that NYE was the perfect time to try it out.  It was pretty cool...but a littler more nerve wracking than I thought it was going to be!







We headed home around 10:30pm to change back in our PJ's, play with some sparklers, and ring in the new year at home.  How wonderful it was to be warm and cozy at home at midnight. :)


Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Questions Before 2015

Last year, I answered 10 Questions Before 2014.  I am HORRIBLE at making and keeping resolutions, and I just don't think I can make one of those "Look Back..." posts.  But, I love the idea of having these questions to reflect on...

1. What am I proud of this year?
This year, I am probably most proud of my teaching job.  Having my own classroom (and only working one job) has been a dream come true!  Andrew and I are now living in a cute rental home, and are both in graduate school.  

2. How can I become a better Christian wife?
I feel like Andrew and I have come a long way this past year.  I pray that this year I can really focus on my relationship with God, so that Andrew and I in turn, have an even better this year.  I know that it will require a lot of patience on my part, but I have great hopes for us in the coming year!

3. Where do I need to allow myself grace?
Oh, goodness. Where do I begin? Knowing that I cannot do EVERYTHING, is definitely tough for me.  I need to give myself room to make mistakes, and not get "all the things" done. 

4. What lessons have I learned?
I've learned so much this year.  I've learned how important prioritizing is, how important is it to form my own opinions, and a lot about relationships. 

5. What did my finances look like?
The beginning of 2014 was rough (I was working two jobs and Andrew teaching), but Andrew and I are now working two full time teaching jobs.  We are still working on paying student loans (and have now added graduate school to our debts), but we were able to buy a new car for Andrew in November!

6. How did I spend my free time?
Most of my free time was spent blogging or embroidering.  Of course, I did spend a LOT of time prepping for class.  Not having a teacher's assistant means I work from home quite often.  

7. How well did I take care of my body, mind, and soul?
Hmmm, if I'm being honest...I'd would answer "not very well."  I kept myself quite busy, and didn't allow myself much time for spiritual growth and physical fitness.  Bettering myself is one of my plans for 2015.  

8. How have I procrastinated?
I procrastinated on time for myself. I procrastinated on cleaning.

9. How can I improve my relationships?
Time.  

10. What new habits would I like to cultivate?
Giving myself time.  Giving friends and family time.  Continuing to create a safe environment for my students.

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