Category Archives: Teaching


Yeah. I didn’t have to do the dunk tank!

The word on the street.. was wrong! It was actually a joke. I take everything pretty seriously though!  Even though I was NOT dunked.. it was a ton of fun!  However.. field days have changed GREATLY since I was in school (and I am sure many of will agree with me…)

I got up nice and early today and did a 3.5 mile run.. first fueling myself with these..

Had a good 30 min run

Felt great.. nice, hot and sweaty!

And refueled with some overnight oats!

Then.. it was time to get ready for the Picnic.  Best part about field days.. is that I get to go to work looking like this!

As for the rest of the day.. well, the pictures tell it all!!

Bouncy House

Face Painting!

How COOL is that?@!


Relay Races


Please -take a look at that water. EW. It was black. I am so thankful that my coworker went up for our grade. She is heaven sent (and she just got massive donations from my BAKE SALE 🙂 )

A Few Eats for the Kids…)

Cotton Candy & Popcorn..

Definitely a great day. No one ran away. We had a few upset tummys.. but nothing some water and the shade of a tree couldn’t fix!!

I am currently home with the fam – and want to value my time with them. I’ve had a great time with  them so far.. and will recap on that tomorrow!

Have a fabulous night?!

What were your field days like as a kid?! Did you have this sort of craziness?!

I legit just played field games!


Everything is Falling into Place

Once again, you have all proven yourself to be nothing short of amazing. Your comments touch my heart so much and I appreciate your words of encouragement and motivation with regards to my not-so-perfect senior year.  So glad to have such great bloggie friends! 🙂

Today – in addition to the amazing comments that you all left me.. was truly something special.

Wow. It feels so good to say that I finally feel like everything is falling into place. At school I mean. We may be 168 days into a 180 day school year – but I am okay with that. Because it is happening. And that is all I could ask for.

You see, normally, when I come back to school after being out for just one day, I am overwhelmed.  I come back to a pile of referrals – or notes regarding students who were misbehaving. Piles of papers that need to be graded.

Today.. I was expecting an explosion. I mean I’ve been out for 2 whole days.  But let me tell you – I underestimated the abilities of my students. (Ookay.. I definietly did NOT underestimate them. I always KNEW they were capable of extraordinary things.. they have just never chosen to demonstrate their extraordinary-ness).

This lovely note is what I came back to:

And also a big fat pile of:


Classroom – clean. Desk – clean. Wow – I have never felt so (under)whelmed upon entering my classroom.  There were even a bunch of coupons in the Caught Ya Jar.

Happy teacher 🙂

LOVE the detailing of this shirt! 🙂

On top of that.. the guidance counselor came around with a troubled first grader.. asking my students some things he should need to know be a successful in the first grade.  Here are some of there responses. (I swear this is what they said):

  • “Always focus and work hard. Keep trying if something seems hard”
  • “If someone is bothering you, do not let them take away from your learning. Take a deep breath and try to stay focused”
  • “Be Respectful. If you aren’t respectful, people probably aren’t going to want to be your friend.”
  • “Be responsible. There is a lot more stuff that you have to do in second you need to make sure you get it all done.”
  • “Never give up. Always try your best.”

And my favorite one of all.. by a very bright little 8 year old.

  • “You need to pay attention. And I know you are only in first grade – and there are going to be some things that you find hard in second grade.  These are called challenges..and challenges will make you a better person – so keep pushing through them. I promise the challenges will get easier if you work hard.”

There was no review of what we should say to this first grader.  He just popped in..and kind of caught us off guard. These responses were based SOLELY off of the things my students really felt were important. The things that we discovered together.. the things that would make them successful not only in 2nd grade.. but in life.

I was GLOWING. I have never felt so proud of my kids!  I finally saw it.. the work that I have been putting in–every day.. the worrying I did.. every day.. every night.. every weekend. They grew. They have matured. They are flourishing into these wonderful individuals.  It was indeed.. a fabulous day!


I tried to carry that fabulousness into my run after school.  I guess I can say that I semi-accomplished that.  I say semi .. because I kind of had to fight for every single step. Have you ever had one of those runs.. where it feels like a chore from the very first step you take?

Well.. my splits were much slower then usual..  but I can happily say that I (almost) had negative splits for each of my six miles.  Here is the breakdown:

Sorry for the blurriness.. my POS camera wasn't cooperating!

  • Mile 1: 9:09
  • Mile 2: 8:49
  • Mile 3: 8:52
  • Mile 4: 8:49
  • Mile 5: 8:39
  • Mile 6: 7:52

Mile 3 was tough. I had this NASTY stomach cramp for about 1/2 a mile .. it just wouldn’t go away. I swear I was running with my hands over by head for at least 1/4 mile!

You are probably wondering about mile 6. I was back in my complex..and when right into some intervals with about 1/2 a mile to go.  I was doing .5 sprint, .5 jog.  That is why it was so speedy.

Since I still had that much energy at the end of my run, I am SURE I could have pushed myself a little bit harder… but I had “easy” run in mind when I set out today.  It was 82* and sunny.. and it was my first run in the heat this season.

The best part of my run?  Well… I have this GINORMO hill that I always try to make my running routes around. I will go down it.. I will run 2 miles out of the way to not go up it.. you know.. one of THOSE hills (I hope I am not the only one who does this).  Well today.. I conquered it. I was about to hook a right to avoid it.. and thought..

eff this… I’m not happy with most of my run.. let me do something that will make me happy. BAM. I did that hill. For the first time.  Honestly – it wasn’t nearly as bad as I though it would be.  It was about 1/2 mile long though! I conquered the hill during mile 5… my quickest of the day besides the interval mile! :0)

Now, I am cooling off.. blogging, doing some work.. all from the comfort of my lovely bistro set!

Note: Dead Plant in Background. ALL Justin's fault..

I’ve sat on it every day and it hasn’t broke yet! WAHOO!

I know we’ve still got another day left.. but what are you plans for Memorial Day Weekend? We don’t have much planned. We might hit up a movie one night.. and then a picnic on Sunday. My main goal is to spend as much time as possible OUTSIDE!  YAY for summer! 🙂

Going that EXTRA Mile!

Good afternoon, dear friends! Well.. almost evening. Holy moly. WHERE did this day go?! I hope you are enjoying your Saturday so far! I know that I sure am.

It started out BRIGHT and early.. a 5:30 am wake up call on a Saturday morning. Now, I am certainly an early riser..but not 5:30 on a weekend.

Today though – I had some business to take care of!

The Walk/Run was this morning. And clearly, I was the individual on the committee that was nominated to be the volunteer on site at 6:30am. (Because… 1. I am a ROOKIE, 2. Everyone knows my sleeping habits since they see posts from me on FB in the weeeee hours of the morning).

So – Justin and I were up and at em!  Surprsinginly.. upon arriving to the site of the race, the sun was shining and it was a comfortable temperature.

We got the registration tables ready, helped to mark out the course, and drew the starting line and the finish line.

Justin the Champ (Shadow Form)

Then I had some breakfast – still 3 hours before race time.  You don’t think I skipped my oats, do you?

Silly! Of course I didn’t! I brought them with me! 🙂

Extra Cinnamon on Top!

Then. It got cloudy. Foggy. Breezy. Cold. I am a wimp when it comes to cold weather – so I most certainly escaped to the car a couple of times to warm up!

It was odd trying to capture pictures without looking weird…since my blog is not a known facet of my personality at work. I don’t know. I just am NOT ready for that. Who knows if I every will be!

(Btw – the picture on the shirt was drawn by one of our 4th graders! Amazing!) I hate running in t-shirts… especially the ones handed out at the race.. but this is certainly an exception!

We had about 300 participants. It was pretty inspiring to see a great family event. So many students with parents – teachers with their families – and supporters of our school in general!

While the race was supposed to be 2.0 miles – it actually only ended up being 1.87. How do I know this.. well because I wore my Garmin!  *I felt really silly wearing my Garmin.. but did it anyway. EVERYONE was like.. what is that hunk of equipment on your wrist!?

So – I ended up being the first female finisher with a total time of 13:09.  I was 2nd overall! 🙂  I know it was only a two mile race..but am still pretty happy with it! It averaged out to a 7:03/mile pace.

The best part of finishing so quick..was that I got to CHEER for everyone else as they crossed the finish line.. including Justin – who was the 3rd male finisher.. and 5th overall! 🙂 GO BABE!

My favorite part of the day was seeing to sense of accomplishment written across every student’s face as the ran, jogged, or walked across the finish line!  I was more then happy to be the girl standing right there with my arms wide open to give each of them a huge hug and a cheesy medal!

We had a little awards ceremony.

Hey Trophy!

Families enjoyed some lunches, while the kids played some field games..

And there was even a child identification tent set up for the families to take advantage of!

It was definitely a very successful event and I am so happy that I was lucky enough to be involved! I am proud of every student and parent who made the effort to participate!

Afterwards, Justin was a hungry man, so we stopped at Panera for lunch.

I had 1/2 a turkey sandwich on whole grain bread with lettuce, tomato, onion and mustard, as well as a classic salad with balsamic viniegarette.

I also hit up Whole Foods next door. I don’t buy TOO much there because I would be broke if I did. I mainly go there to get bulk oats. This time, I picked up bulk Oat Bran too – because I watched Carrie’s video on how she makes her oats. She uses oat bran and I decided to give a go.

I also picked up one of these.

I have tried Kombucha in the past.. but got orignal flavor.. and could barely stomach it. This however – tastes much better.

I only had a little bit because I have read it is something you must slowly accustom your body to!

Justin and I then headed out for a walk.. because as soon as we got home.. the SUN miraculously appeared again.  We walked for 80 minutes – and covered almost 4 miles. It was beautiful! We loved being able to soak up the sun and enjoy nature.. and each other’s company. All at the same time!

Check out these massive mushrooms we saw!

And I of course cannot go without taking pictures of beautiful flowers!

After getting home, I snacked and began reporting to you!

Vanilla Yogurt, 1/2 Banana, PB, Cinn

Tell me: Do your co-workers know of your blog? If so – how did you introduce them to it?!

Enjoy your last few hours before “Rapture”. 🙂 I will probably be at Walmart when it strikes. We are looking for a little bistro set for our baby deck. I didn’t realize until earlier today – this this is the day were all of the “good” people will be taken .. while the sinners will stay on earth until December.

If this “Rapture” were true.. would you be on your way today.. or chillin on earth until December?