Sunday, September 27, 2009

Blog Award!

I would like thank Katie @ Katie's Journey for giving me the Kreativ Blogger award! Katie also has a fabulous giveaway going on so check it out!

The rules are:
1. Thank the person who nominated you this award.
2. Copy logo and place it on your blog.
3. Link the person who nominated your for this award
4. Name 7 things about yourself that people do not know.
5. Nominate 7 Kreativ Bloggers and link them.
6. Leave a comment on each blog you nominated and let them know.

7 things you might not know about me:
*I love to trout fish. I know it's kind of a weird hobby but I love it!
*I have never flown on an airplane before.
*I'm a very, very sensitive person. It doesn't take much to hurt my feelings. (I know - grow some thicker skin woman!)
*I could eat mexican food every day of the week if given the opportunity.
*My favorite TV show is Friends... it's so funny and not sleazy like most TV shows have gotten.
*I love photography and taking pictures.
*I love my job as a 2nd grade teacher but I absolutely hate grading papers. =)
I nominate anyone who would like to participate because I think you are all amazing! =)

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Happy Fall!

Happy Fall everyone! I know I'm a day late on telling you all that but I didn't have time to blog yesterday due to my insanely busy schedule. I am happy that Fall has finally arrived, I just wish summer weather would disappear. Hubs and I have had the AC turned off and the curtains blowing in the breeze for a week now. Amazing.... until today that is. 82 degrees. Really? Blah. I love beautiful warm days but not now that I've broken out my fall clothes. Give me upper 60's and we'll be in business!

Today I had my first formal observation. As a new teacher I will be observed by the principal three times this year. This was round one! It went really well. I was happy with my lesson and she was too. We will meet sometime next week to discuss it in detail but she left a nice note on my desk and said she liked what she saw! Yay. =)

Well I know it's been a short post but I'm gonna go relax on the couch and wait for hubs to get home! Have a great week!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Football Fans?

Alright, football season is here. Hubs could not be more excited. He has been chained to the TV on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday nights. He loves college and professional football. He has been urging me to pick a team and join him in yelling at the TV three days a week. Pick a team? How am I supposed to do that? I didn't go to a football college. We had a team but we were a smaller school so it was nothing like the other schools in our state (UVA, VA Tech). I supposed I could become a UVA fan... I did work at Dear Old UVA for two years after I graduated from CNU. Eh. I love the people I worked with there but the atmosphere of the school itself never knocked my socks off. The campus is beautiful but the football team isn't very good (no offense) and I just never got into the whole Wahoo scene. Okay, so that leaves VA Tech. Eh. I don't really have any strong ties to VT. I mean it's a good school but I don't feel compelled to yell at the TV for them. Soooooooo how to choose? Can you just start liking a team? What do you think? As for pro football, I'll be cheering for the Redskins. I have always liked the Redskins because they are the closest pro team to VA.

So what do you think? Who do you cheer for? Should I join the madness?

I'm leaning towards cheering for the University of Tennessee. Why? Something about the South and the atmosphere. Hubs and I love to visit TN (the state, not the school) and have a lot of fond memories from our trips there.... Is that a stupid reason to be a Volunteer fan? Maybe. Thoughts?

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Take a hike!

Yesterday was a beautiful fall day. Hubs and I took Mason (our chocolate lab) hiking at St. Mary's Falls. It was a pretty long hike with lots of different terrain. It's not a normal hiking path, its more like a few beaten down paths through the woods. There are lots of navigate and go the way you can type trails because Hurricane Isabelle destroyed lots of the trails. We crossed the river three times at least on the way up (luckily the water was low in the river and there were lots of huge rocks) and climbed over lots of logs/fallen trees. It was a fun hike. The weather was great and the leaves have started to change! I've posted some pictures below for your viewing pleasure.
Today hubs and I are going to church then going out to Nan's for lunch. After we return I have to go to school to get things ready for this week. I was at a writing conference on Thursday and Friday so I haven't been to my classroom since Wednesday afternoon! I HIGHLY recommend the writing conference called Write Traits to any and all teachers out there. It was by far the best conference that I have been to. The speaker was awesome! I can't wait to incorporate the ideas and teaching methods into my classroom. Well I guess that's all for now! Hope everyone had a great weekend!

Mason swimming

Cute hubs

Mason is ready to hike!

This is actually a bear hunting dog that was lost and decided to hike with us. Look at the leaves! I love fall!

My boys

There was lots of rocky terrain.

St. Mary's Falls

In front of the falls.

Hubs in front of the falls.

Thank you self timer. It's the best I could do.

I love this picture. It's so beautiful!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Managing Time and Money

I have been absent from the blogging world for way too long! It's been over a week since my last post. Lets see if I can recall what all has been going on in my life for the past week. We went to the beach for hubs' softball tournament. They did pretty well but they lost out on Saturday night. We didn't get down to the beach until 10 p.m. on Friday, Saturday we were at the ball field all day, and after getting dinner we didn't leave the restaurant until after 10 p.m. or so.... Needless to say, I only took a few walks on the beach and didn't get to do much else! Oh well, it was still nice to hear, feel, and smell the ocean!

This week has been super busy at work. My second graders definitely keep me on my toes. I went to a writing conference today and will be there tomorrow too so I had to plan for a sub. It's definitely more work to be absent than it is to just go to work! The conference has been REALLY good though so I'm glad I get the break from the kids and I am learning a lot! Lately I've realized that my job has been taking priority over my marriage. It's not as terrible as it sounds, but it's definitely hard to be a new teacher with 18 seven year olds to plan for all day everyday. And when you have to teach Power Up, Math, Grammar, Word Study, Writing, Social Studies, Science, and Reading its definitely a LOT of work. I've been staying at work late, bringing papers home to grade, and basically worrying over lesson plans. I'm getting into a comfort zone with teaching though. It is a lot harder than most people think, especially starting out.... but once you get going things fall into a good routine. Unfortunately hubs and I haven't gotten to spend a lot of quality time together lately with my job and his softball team. Hopefully things will start to slow down for us and we can relax together a little more. There are so many things in life to worry about. Jobs, buying a house, when to have children, managing finances, making sure there is enough quality time with spouse, friends, family, etc. All of those things are important and every now and then you have to take a step back and see if your time/money is being used/spent wisely. After assessing where your time and money goes you can change the direction of things if needed.

Whew. Well I think that's enough for now but I definitely have more to talk about so hopefully I'll be posting another blog soon! Including my list of 101 things in 1001 days!

Some lyrics for your reading pleasure....
"I'm in a hurry to get things done. I rush and rush until life's no fun. All I've really got to do is live and die, but I'm in a hurry and don't know why." -Alabama

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

I guess you could say I've been inspired....

.... to create a list of 101 things that I want to do within the next 1001 days. I have read several blogs lately that list 101 things that people hope to do and it's given me the motivation to create my own list. It will take a little while but I am going to try to do it. I'll be sure to post the list on my blog once it's finished! There are many things that I want to do.... learn to play the guitar, travel to different places, hike different mountains, take a romantic weekend away with hubs, run in a marathon, etc. It's going to be hard to narrow it down to 101!! Anyone else working on/have a list?

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Hello Beach

Well I am happy to report that I am feeling better! Not 100% yet but much better than this weekend. It stinks that my Labor Day weekend was spent on the couch but I'm glad I'm starting to feel better. Tomorrow is Wednesday! Half way through the week already. I can't wait for Friday! Hubs has a softball tournament in Va Beach so we are spending the weekend at the beach! I know summer is supposed to be long gone by now but it is supposed to be 80 and mostly sunny! =). Even if it's cooler, I'm totally fine with that. Just give me the sand beneath my toes and the sound of the waves beating down on the beach and I'm happy! My favorite thing about the beach is the smell of the salty air and the sound of the waves. It's so soothing!

That's all for now! Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

My Heart Walk!

After writing the post below, I decided to go ahead and register for the Start! Heart Walk in our area. I made a simple goal of raising $150. If you would like to contribute please visit my website! Thanks! =)
My dad and I dancing at the wedding reception. I'm very thankful for the research that is funded and supported by the American Heart Association!

The Funk

Well I have survived the first 3 weeks of teaching second grade, I did not however outsmart the germs. I've got the funk. I'm suffering from a head cold... you know the one where stuff is draining down your throat, you breathe out of your mouth, and your face (where your sinuses are located) hurts if you touch it. Yuck. I talked to my mom yesterday and she said "Oh you always got a cold the second or third week of school, every year!" Well thanks for the warning in advance mom. Apparently some things never change because here I am sick again. Not to mention the flu has been going around our district. I will be carrying around a bottle of Purell for the rest of the year.

This weekend has been uneventful so far. I managed to clean the kitchen yesterday (exciting I know). Most of the day was spent laying on the couch eating popsicles in hopes that they would help my throat. In addition to the 4 popsicles, I took myself to Dairy Queen and got a Heath Blizzard (again claiming sick status, I needed it for my throat!). Moving on............

I didn't make it to church this morning but I am however going to be reading scripture and writing in my prayer journal. I have this little journal that I write scripture, prayer requests, and general faith based thoughts in. It helps remind me to pray and read my Bible. As busy as life has been for me lately, I haven't been very good at keeping up with it. So I hope to get myself back on track and set aside a daily time to do it. Lately God has been calling me to serve other more. I'm not sure in which way yet. I'm still waiting for that answer. Right now I'm contemplating on starting by becoming an advocate and supporting a walk for the American Heart Association. During college my sorority's philanthropy was breast cancer awareness and education. I was the service chair at one point and helped to organize a Relay For Life on campus and helped to organize our chapter's role in Race for the Cure in VA Beach (I went to CNU, a school about 45 minutes away from VA Beach). I haven't been involved in any causes since then and I lately I have felt that God has called me to serve and take part in another cause. The American Heart Association sponsors a walk in our area called, Start! Heart Walk. It promotes walking because it's really good for your heart and a lot of people can't/don't like to run. Why this cause you ask? Well when I was 10 my dad had a mild heart attack. I still remember the day my mom took him to the hospital. I was playing at my neighbors house and I remember being called back to the house. I was scared. My three sisters and I just sat around the living room all night waiting for mom's calls every hour or so. He was in the hospital for a few days. He was released on Christmas Day. I remember because we didn't open our presents on Christmas morning. We waited until after we had Christmas dinner at my grandma's house and opened them when we got home that night so he wouldn't miss it.  Then this summer my dad started feeling short of breath and made an appointment to have his heart checked again. We all went with him to UVA and he had to have 3 stents put in his heart. Thankfully the procedure went smoothly. His little hospital room must have been a sight to see with 4 daughters and a wife crammed in there before the procedure. In addition to my dad's heart problems, my grandfather (who passed away when I was 10) had many heart problems as well. I think my parents told me that he even had to have triple bypass surgery. So I've been thinking about this a lot lately and have decided that I need to not only become more active in my physical fitness, but also sign up to support a cause that is working to provide funding for research and advocate a heart healthy lifestyle. Whew. That's a lot more than I expected to write about. Hope I didn't bore you!

Enjoy your Labor Day weekend!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Not your ordinary job

I have definitely been MIA with my blogging lately but I've been super busy. (Warning: Excuse my over use of the word "super" but being a 2nd grade teacher I use it a lot on papers!) Being a teacher is a lot more work than people realize. The biggest myth is that teachers work 7:50-3:30 days. PLEASE. My days have been more like 7:15-5:00 or 5:30. Even after I leave I bring things home to work on. I have also been at school for several hours each weekend since school started. Am I sitting here blogging in my "teacher clothes"? Yes. I'm too tired to change. Is it worth it? Absolutely. I am loving it! It is so much fun to teach children. For the first time I don't feel like I have a job. I don't dread going to work and I don't feel like I'm wasting away being chained to a desk and staring at a computer all day. I feel like I am making a difference in their lives. Already I can see that they are learning and it makes me so happy! :) I get to hear things like "you're the best teacher in the world" (clearly I'm not, I'm new at this but children don't know that. They think I am the best, just like they will think their teacher next year is the best!). It makes my day when they say sweet things like that, and also when they have that "ahh ha!" moment when they finally get what you were trying to teach them! We are halfway through the first six weeks of school. I'm exhausted. While I love what I do, I am extremely glad that we have Monday off. I need some rest....
Things I am excited about:
1. Tomorrow: 3 day weekend!
2. Next Friday: Walking on the beach hand in hand with the love of my life while the waves crash over our bare feet. :)
3. Cool Weather = Fun hiking trips!
4. Open windows and fresh air!
It's almost Friday!