Grateful for Nephews

I got to spend some time with my nephews yesterday! This is a big deal because I rarely see them (they live 4 hours away). I never knew about the love that comes along with being an aunt. They are my heart! I am grateful to have these two cuties in my life for sure!



Grateful for Food

imageI know, this is strange– you’re probably thinking, “Why in the world would you post a picture of the inside of your fridge? Messy fridge at that!” Well, fact of the matter is, I am grateful for the food we have. Grateful that I have the funds to help provide for myself and my hunny.

So many people in the world struggle to make ends meet. Children go days without food, or a nice warm meal. Some children don’t know when the next meal they will get is. Some people my age struggle to even feed themselves. I am grateful knowing that is something I do not have to worry about in my life. With so many other worries a person encounters- this is not one I have to worry about.

Grateful moments

I am grateful for my boyfriend, Casey. He has the biggest heart and is a truely genuine person. I can be mad, sad, annoyed, you name it and he always using his sarcastic sense of humor to make me giggle and lighten the mood.

So today I posted a picture of him rubbing my feet. Why you may ask? Because this NEVER happens… I had to document it 😉 he may not be the most affectionate person, but he is mine and I love him.



It’s funny what a new year does to people, including myself. We get all hyped up on resolutions, new projects, new outlooks, etc. The fact of the matter is though, how long do these changes really last? How long do you really plan on not drinking that soda, or no candy all year? Or better yet, how often do you think you will really use that new gym membership you got on January 1st?

I saw a friend’s resolution on facebook that said, “My resolution is to not have a resolution, but instead… work on being a better me”. Why not make a promise to yourself to just try and be a better person. To reflect on yourself and your day to day life. It’s not hard to aim to be the best person you can be. It’s not hard to be loving, kind, or thoughtful. You know what is (or can be) hard though… being grateful. Being grateful can be challenging because you have to actually put thought into it. If someone asked you every single day what you were grateful for, could you give them a different answer each day? Do you ever give someone a hard time for not being the person you hope they could be instead of reflecting on the things they do do for you?

My goal this year is to reflect on things I am grateful for. Every single day. There is a new project (there’s that word again) going on called 365Grateful, where you take a picture of something you are grateful for and explain it, every day. Do I honestly think I will take a picture,  post it,  and write about it every day for the next 365 days?? Heck no! Will I attempt to?  Sure. I do, however, honestly plan to find something different every day that I am grateful for and reflect on it. If it makes it into my blog, maybe even with a picture included, then great! If not, oh well… I was too busy to post it, but trust me… it’s still being done every single day. As it should.

So… what are YOU grateful for? 😉

2012 Recap

It’s that time again, it’s New Year’s Eve and as I sit on the couch, in my PJs, at 11am, and without even thinking about getting up any time soon, I begin to think about all that happened in 2012. I started the year off pretty rough… as I was going through a devastating “divorce” (that’s what it felt like) of a 5 year relationship. But now… it’s a year later and boy has my life flourished!

Let’s recap… here is what went on in 2012. Hopefully I don’t leave anything too important out.

Started dating Casey (most genuine, loving, caring man I’ve ever been with– did I mention his beautiful smile?)

Graduated college with a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies

Landed the best job I could ask for.. teaching Pre-K at a very welcoming elementary school

Bought my first car (well not my first but the first one I bought)! 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT

OK- so I just re-read thinking, “goodness I don’t have that many things to list..” but then I look and realize “holy crap! those are some big milestones in my life that happened in just one year”

I’m satisfied.. happy.. content. Bring on 2013! I can’t wait to see what is going to happen this year!

Playing catch up!

Wow! It has been a while since I’ve blogged. I guess that’s what happens when you don’t spend your days sitting on the couch with nothing to do all day. Needless to say, I’ve been a busy girl. I still L.O.V.E my job. Those kids are my world- I never imagined gaining the types of relationships I have formed with my students. It’s amazing. We are half way through the school year now. We had our Christmas party- boy was that interesting! Oh.. and the crafts…. the joy of the crafts… OK- a little (LOT) stressful. We made ornaments, reindeer bags, reindeer hats, bell bracelets, santa bags, patterned chains, Christmas trees, candy cane patterned ornaments, handprint Christmas tree, stockings, and I’m sure I’m leaving stuff out. It was craziness for sure. But oh-so fun! I also introduced the elf on a shelf. The class named her Rosie.. here are a few pictures of some of the things she did while we were out of the classroom…

She wasn’t happy that we were going to wear our PJs for polar express day.. she moved all the kid’s clips (the LOVED it)

It’s now December 29th, almost a new year. This past year has been life changing. I went through some big changes in my life. Last year at this time was really rough however at this time I was being comforted by an amazing man whom now, is my sweet love. I’ve never been so happy. I never imagined I would be where I am right now in my life; the start of my career, about to celebrate a 1 year anniversary (in Feb) with the most genuine, sincere, loving man I’ve ever known, I bought a new car on my own (2013 Hyundai Elantra GT- pictures below), and will be moving out of the parents house in the summer (fingers crossed)– I am still trying to get all my ducks in a row. 🙂

Life in Pre-K

Ok, have you noticed I haven’t blogged in umm well, since Aug 9th. Whoa- do I have a lot to tell you!!! I’ve been busy!

August 28th- First day of school. First day as a teacher. Pre-K teacher. First day with 25 4 year olds in one room with a teacher that had NO idea what she was going to do. Yep- that teacher, was me. It. Was. Horrifying. I had a kid yell at me the first day and say words that no child should say. Needless to say, I went home crying thinking “WHAT IN THE WORLD DID I GET MYSELF INTO!” My mom now tells me she was scared I wasn’t going to go back and face those kids the second day. But I did. I got up, took some tums, and went to work. It was so much better the second day. I didn’t cry the second day. Third day? It was like the first day. Why?! I was scared out of my mind after that. I just knew I would fail. But guess what? It’s now October 19 and I LOVE my job. Absolutely LOVE it. Do I have rough days? For sure. Do I let it get to me and bring me down? No. I just deal with it. And hope for a better day the next day. So… what’s life like in Pre-K? Let me fill you in. 🙂 (And yes, all of these have happened)

Boogers (lots of boogers), yelling/crying/kicking/screaming, potty words (I ask what was said and the answer I get is “poop!!”) haha, putting god knows what in their mouths, bathing in sanitizer, stomach viruses, laughs, giggles, singing, dancing, stories (ALL kinds of stories), heart break, LOVE, pictures from my students to me to hang on the wall by my desk (they love to make me pictures of lions and of me and words they spell….. which I can never figure out what any of it is.. I just say WOW, it’s so pretty! Explain it for me… haha) and most recently… LICE. eeek!

That’s right. Lice. Disgusting. It’s like a reoccurring cycle in my classroom. Someone has it every day it seems and they are sent home. I don’t know about you but the moment I hear the word LICE, my head starts to itch. It’s itching now just thinking about it. So last night what do I do? I go to target and get the last box of RID by Bayer and treat my hair. Just to make sure. 🙂 I coated my hair and then freaked out thinking.. omg what if bugs come out? GROSS. Luckily that didn’t happen. I was lice free 🙂 Whew!!! So many hugs are given throughout the day, I was just convinced I had lice- and I am convinced I will have it before the end of the school year at least once. Yuck!

Teaching Pre-K is a big challenge some days. But there is not one day that I wake up and don’t want to go to work. I love my kids. I can’t wait to see them every morning. They brighten up my day every single day. Anything on my mind disappears when I see their smiling faces. We are all finally figuring each other out, and learning routines. Soon, my class will be a well oiled machine 🙂 I am very lucky. I have a great class and a lot of bright kiddos. Every day we laugh about so many things. Whether it’s me being goofy or something one of them says (and yes, kids really do say the craziest things). We have a class fish named Nemo– how original right? Ok, it was either that or Squirelly… is that even a word? It is in Pre-K!

So far, we have gotten to see a fire truck and fireman, a police man and we got to play in the police cars (One of my girls sang Old McDonald Farm on the car intercom for the world to hear, it was precious), yesterday the high school came and brought animals to visit us (so cool!). We’ve made self portraits, family portraits, dolls representing ourselves, bats, haunted houses, and next week we are starting on spiders, and then pumpkins. Right now on my wall in the hall by my classroom is a spider web, and haunted houses, bats hanging and soon will be handprint spiders!

I really wanted to tell more stories but I can’t think of anything to tell.

I am TIRED. lol!