Wednesday, August 13, 2014

To my Kids

Dear Students,

                           My darling 4th graders. How are you 4th graders already? It seems like we just started our journey and you were my little 3rd graders. Now look at us. We have survived our first year together. I survived my first year teaching. I didn't totally fail you. This is a new year and I pledge to be a better teacher to you. I pledge to tell you I love you more, to show more compassion. I promise to listen, really listen to you. I won't get caught up in all the things I need to do, instead I will take time to listen to you. I promise to be more prepared for each and every lesson, because you deserve the absolute best I can give you. I promise to have more patience for you and remember you are still little ones and I need to respect that.

                           I hope this year brings us joy. We will laugh, cry and probably get angry with each other. We will forgive and understand each other. I am so incredibly blessed to be your teacher for another year and I cannot wait to get started. I want to celebrate our successes both big and small while learning from mistakes, because we both will make many. I hope you find your way this year and that those 'light bulb' moments come quicker and if they don't I hope you remember how smart you are and just because you don't get something right away, it doesn't mean you never will. We will make it this year together.

                        My sweet kids I have the most confidence in you and I am so proud to call you mine. Here's to a new school year and a new opportunity to work and grow together. I love you and I cannot wait to watch you shine this year.

                                                                                       All my love,
                                                                                                  Miss S

Friday, August 8, 2014

5 on a Friday

2 posts in a week... yikes.

Sorry friends but I have been sooooo busy working my classroom! I haven't had much time to sit and write! Today we have district meetings today then we can work in our rooms in the afternoon.

My parents are coming in today and I am pretty excited to see them! The plan is come up to school and work in my room! I am so lucky to have them help me especially since I have only had a few days to work and school starts WEDNESDAY!! eeek!

okay so since it's Friday I thought I'd give ya 5 thannngs on my mind.

{1} THESE.

I AM OBSESSED. We all know I love chocolate, duh. BUT since I am on this healthy quest, I am always looking for healthier ways to get sweets in. Almonds covered in dark chocolate...get in my mouth.

{2} This song.

I am not really sure how I feel about Jason Aldean (yannnno with the whole leaving his high school sweetheart wife for a 20-something and now extremely public with his new relationship with his mistress) but i do love this song.

{3}RHOC. I mean COME ON we all know I am obsessed with this show, but holy moly. Tamra is stirring that shit up. I love my girl, but she needs to shut her TRAP. OH and Shannon is coming around to me again, I might like her? Also, thoughts on Lizzie...she kind of annoyed me the last two eps, but I still like her.

{4}Where did this summer go?? I literally feel like I was just on vacay at the beginning of june...and now school starts in 6 days..

{5} I am looking for healthy crock pot recipes. If you have any or know where I can find some...please let me know!

Welp, that's all i got for ya! have a fab weekend lovlies!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Pencils, Crayons, & Markers OH MY!

Is it really wednesday?? This week is flying by!

I have been up at school working in my classroom! I had to pack it all up in May because we were getting new it was like starting ALL over.

BUT I have gotten a lot done! Jen came and helped me on Monday and my parents and D are coming to help me on Saturday! I am so lucky to have people helping me :)

Other than, not a lot is going on! I thought I'd check in with you and give ya a little update since I haven't been showing up all week...yikes. #badblogger

Here is a little iphone dump for ya, because pictures are better than words, right?

What it looked like when I first walked in on Monday
Yesterday before I left

I have been getting some good gym time in!

D & I started 'The Following' on Netflix, it is SOOOOO dang good!
There has been mini golfing with Jen & Cody!
We also went to our local organic store and picked up a few things!

So there ya go, that is what has been going on with me! What have you been up to??

Friday, August 1, 2014

Friday Vlog


happy friday! So word on the street is we can get into our classrooms THIS WEEKEND!!!

EEEK! So my plan is to head up to school tomorrow to start working! I have so much to get done and I cannot wait to get started! D has graciously..errrr said he would help :)

BUT today I am SOOOO excited because I have VLOG for you. Allie and a few others put together a link up for accents! Well you all know I love a vlog, so I was SO excited to participate!!

without further ado

Also, when I was talking about soda/pop I meant Kansas City/Nebraska NOT STL. oooops

If you are here from the link up, welcome! I cannot wait to watch your vids :)

Have a great weekend lovlies!!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

girl, i am still alive.

Hey girl hey!!

Yes I am still alive. Things have been a little slow and crazy around here. I have had a few things going on, but then again also nothing too exciting..and a lot of napping with a hint of 'you better clean your apartment before your boyfriend is so disgusted he leaves you' action.

super sweet sarah..

I am getting ready to  head back to school to work in my classroom, because oh yeah school starts 2 weeks from today.


yeah. real neat.

So i haven't had much blog about, but I thought I'd update ya about what's been going around here.

Over the weekend we went floating, on the hottest day of the year...EFF. It was SOOOO hot but the water was great and cool! Sleeping was miserable, but hey it's all part of the experience.
Alex & I before the float
my honey :)


my friend Alex came to visit & to float and played in Branson Friday during the day.

We got sushi when she came in. These were our apps, I was too busy inhaling the rolls to get a picture of that.

OOTD from when we went to branson
Wine tasting, le duh
Friday night we went to one of my fave restaurants and got buffalo chicken dip

How have you been??
What's new?

Friday, July 25, 2014

26 Goals

Hey there!

Well it's friday and that is ALWAYS a good thing? Ammmmm i Right? We are headed to the river this weekend for a float! My friend Alex is here (she got in last night) and we are heading to Branson for a little winery action and lunch!

I mean if that isn't a great Friday, I don't know what it is.

Now as we all know I recently turned 25. I had a few goals I wanted to accomplish by the time I turned 25. Needless to say I didn't get them all done. BUT I did get quite a few.

So I want to be more focused this year and accomplish goals. Therefore I put together a list of (yes you guessed it) 26 things I want to do by the time I turn 26. Some goals are bigger than others, while others are simple.

26 by 26

1. Try 5 new recipes a month
2. Go outside my comfort zone and try new workouts/machines at the gym
3. Stay caught up with all grading/filing for the 2014-2015 school year
4. Visit the Arch
5. Go to a Blues Game
6. Plan workouts/meal for each week
7. Be more organized with my money and what I spend
8. Add more to my savings account each month
9. Clean my bathrooms EVERY week
10. Shoot a gun (D needs to get on this)
11. Lost another 15-20lbs
12. Meal Prep (at least for part of the week) each Sunday
13. Get up and eat breakfast with D 2-3 times a week (NOT eating on the go/at school every day)
14. Re-Read the Harry Potter Books
15. Start and finish all Gossip Girl Seasons on Netflix
16. Learn how to curl my hair successfully with a straightener
17. Get a professional massage
18. Complete 5 DIY projects
19. Finish all lesson plans before leaving school on Friday for the 2014-2015 school year
20. Try 5 new restaurants in Springfield
21. Build my arms and shoulders. I want them to be well sculpted and look great, when NOT flexing
22. Try 'Meatless Mondays' for a month
23. Take D on a nice date once a month for the entire year
24. Go to Silver Dollar City
25. Carve a Pumpkin (I haven't done this in YEARS)
26. Pray in thankfulness instead of asking

What goals do you have for the next year?
Have a fab weekend ladies!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Finding the Strength

Good Morning!

Today I am helping my friend Jessica in her classroom. This will be her first year teaching & I am so excited for her. Plus setting up classrooms is SO fun and is going to get me even more motivated to work in my room.

ANYWAYS, one of my fave new bloggers (okay she isn't new, but newer to me) Jessi has her own July Challenge devoted to fitness and I am excited to participate today!

I told you guys last week that I really want to focus on getting gorgeous guns. I want to have nice arms and shoulders. I am still obvi working lower body, but I need to have goals and something on the horizon to work for it.

it motivates me & meeting goals is SO exciting!

SOOOO today I wanted to share some exercises I am doing to sculpt and strengthen my arms.

Shoulder Raises

Tricep Push Down

Bicep Curls

Tricep Extension

So that is how I am increasing my strength and muscle. What are you doing? Do you have any other arm exercises you like??