Friday, August 14, 2015

Every year this day comes and goes. My preparation for this day usually revolves around my job as a teacher sprinkled with a little focus on my own children. However, my heart is always full as I watch my baby boy move through his elementary school years.

 I never want to forget his cute gap-toothed smile and how his career choice changes every year. In Kindergarten he wanted to be a Ninja Turtle when he grew up, I'd say he has matured a little. :)
I feel like the too cool for mom stage has already started, isn't it too soon?! 
I love that I am now teaching second grade because I get to see him multiple times through out the day. I was worried at first, that maybe he would rely on me being there too much. That during recess he would hang by me the whole time. That he would come to my room in the middle of the day just because he missed me. Boy was I wrong. He runs and plays and I don't ever see him at recess. He never stops by my room until the end of the day. I think I was underestimating him a little, but I couldn't be more proud of him! 

He is so excited because his Kindergarten teacher is now his second grade teacher! When she moved up she was able to get her whole group of Kindergarten students, kind of like looping but she skipped a year. She got married in May and has a new last name. Tryp was so worried about calling her Miss Hamilton but I think all of her class has accepted her new name quite well.   
Second grade is off to a great start for the both of us!

February Memory Verse

Monday, February 2, 2015

I’m so excited that one of my 2015 goals has actually worked out so far! Some of the others, ahem, exercising…well let’s just say that they haven’t worked out just yet. Our memory verse for January was SO successful!

This was Audrey about a week or two in and Tryp at the same time. So proud of my babies!

As I mentioned in my January Memory Verse post, I’m using the 2015 Primary Program as the guide for the monthly verse.

So I picked out a classic for February. Leave a comment and let me know if you want to join us! It’s definitely been a blessing seeing my kids get excited about memorizing scriptures!


January Chapter Book

Thursday, January 8, 2015

I made several goals for the New Year.

One of them was to read a chapter book a month to my kids, mainly to Tryp.

He just turned seven and he absolutely LOVES to read together. I know that first grade is a huge year for growth but I guess you don’t really know until you see it happening to your own sweet babe.

When I thought about choosing a book, I knew it had to be something exciting and fun. I also wanted it to be a book that has a movie so we can watch the movie later and talk about how the book was different.

Tonight we started reading The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo.

Tryp seems a little confused by some parts but he is following so well and making connections! I love it!

Not only do I know that the importance of reading is so high but I also want these to be moments that Tryp looks back on and remembers. I want him to remember our Thursday nights of reading. I want him to enjoy this special ‘us’ time on the couch. (Audrey is not ready to sit and listen yet but one day she will be.) I am all about establishing traditions with our family. I’ll have to share what we have started so far in another post.

My heart is overflowing tonight. I feel grateful for my sweet kiddos and grateful for time that didn’t pass too quickly tonight.


The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.

Psalm 28: 7

January Memory Verse

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

One of my 2015 goals was to have a monthly memory verse for our family.

I’m using the Primary Program for 2015 as a guide for which topic to focus on each month.

January is- We believe in God the Eternal Father and in His Son, Jesus Christ.

I went through the weekly lessons and wanted to find a Bible verse that we could all work on memorizing.

Here is our verse for January:


Want to join in with us? I would love to see how others incorporate a monthly verse!

Wish me luck on teaching a 3 year old! :)

2015 Goals

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Recently I have been reading the book No Doubt About It by Sheri Dew.
It has really helped me evaluate myself this last year and helped me to make some goals for 2015. In chapter 2 she tells a story about how someone approached her while she was on vacation asking if she was the person they thought she was. The question referred to her identity but the author let that question change her thinking. She wrote, “Am I the woman I think I am, the woman I want to be? More importantly, am I the woman the Savior needs me to be?”
I love that. I love that it guides me to think about who I am. Who do I want to be? Am I the woman that Christ needs me to be? With that being said…here are my goals for 2015.
  • I will study scriptures daily for 20 minutes and complete a study guide journal.
  • I will read the Book of Mormon each day for fifteen minutes and finish the book by the end of the year.

  • We will go on a date every month.
  • I will write 1 love note to Hank each month.

  • I will take more pictures of my kids and document their events.
  • We will read every Thursday night for 45 minutes and finish one chapter book per month.
  • We will memorize 1 scripture verse per month.

  • I will run/walk 1 mile every day. 
  • Read 6 books for enjoyment.

  • I will plan blog posts in hopes to complete 2-3 blog posts per week. (Ha. Let’s see how I do with this.)
  • I will blog about more family/home events then teaching.

What about you? Do you have goals already in place? I would love to see what everyone else is working towards! We can help keep each other accountable. :)

August Happenings

Sunday, November 30, 2014

It doesn’t surprise me that I haven’t posted since August 4th. Life got crazy in August and here’s what happened…

The next day (Tuesday) I found out that I was going to be moved to another school that did not have enough third grade teachers. At my school we each had 19 students in third grade and we can have up to 25. Since I was on the nontraditional calendar, we had already started school. I had to get my classroom packed up and moved by Friday. I started professional development with my new staff on Monday. They moved my 19 kids into the other third grade classrooms and off I went.

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I worked frantically that weekend to get my new classroom set up because I wouldn’t have much time the next week as I would be in training. I’m so lucky to be blessed with some of the sweetest friends from church who dropped what they were doing to come and help me knock it all out! Oh and to make things worse, the AC was broke in my new classroom. MISERABLE.

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Then of course I had to go back to my old classroom because I forgot a few things. I cried all day.

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Some of my favorite people ate with me at IHOP to try to lift my spirits.

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Then two of my other favorites (one of my sweet coworkers from my old school) and her daughter went to a movie with me Saturday night. Everyone felt sorry for me and the situation so I think they were trying to keep my mind off of it. 

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Anytime I spend time with this sweet tinkerbell daughter of mine I start feeling better!

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Monday morning I met all my new coworkers and enjoyed the Super Hero theme.

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We were sent on a scavenger hunt with our team at a local garden/park/trail. My team includes (from left to right, top then bottom): Laurie, Stacy (our grade level aide), Ashleigh, Andrea, me, Ana (intern), Candice, and Kayla (intern).

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While I was busy getting to know my new team and go through a week of professional development, my old staff friends were sending me pictures of my baby. I decided to leave him at my old school because he wanted to and I love his first grade teacher. I’m also secretly hoping I’ll be going back to my old school next year.

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I somehow did it. I somehow got my classroom ready to go for Open House. It was no feat at all since I had already done it just two weeks prior.

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Then my second fist day of school came. I posted the same 6 questions that I posted last year and really enjoyed the responses this go round. Seems like most of the kids want a “nice” teacher. :)

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One of these sweeties stole my heart right away. And another sweetie cracked me up because he wanted his second grade teacher who happened to move up to third. She is pretty awesome though! And I feel like sweet Emma is getting what she wanted, I considered myself pretty creative. (Thanks to Pinterest!ha!)

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Tryp is thriving in first grade! I enjoy getting picture updates from his teacher or from the aides at  his school. He also loves Audrey’s new babysitter. Lacey has four kids and he enjoys playing with Kate. :)

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We love using the Penultimate app to practice spelling words each week. Sweet boy is very successful at spelling!

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Date nights are the best with this handsome husband of mine. We tried the new Texas Land and Cattle that just opened. Let’s just say that we will wait to go back until the cooks are a little more seasoned.

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I found this lotion at Bath and Body works and I’m in LOVE. It’s not new and certainly not new to me. I love the Sleep sheet spray but I have never tried the lotion. Love the scent and it’s just clean feeling. Not too perfumey.

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This month was definitely hard on me. The transition from one school to another really took a toll on me. I had a hard time adjusting to the way another school “operates” and especially had a hard time adjusting to a new team. I would cry during every planning period, recess, and lunch break. I didn’t feel like I fit in and that I belonged there. There were people that were being so sweet and accommodating to me. Not that I wanted pity but it was definitely hard. I had to get to that point where I knew that everything was going to be okay. Some days the only hope that I had was knowing that I could possibly go back to my old school after this year was over. I love this quote below by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf because it really helped me in August to get my mind where it needed to be to move forward.

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A trip to the temple always makes things better too. I went alone on Saturday August 30th to really just get some clarity about the new situation and find peace. It worked. It always does.  I’m grateful that I have a wonderful class of students to teach and I’m grateful for the Lord’s temples where I can leave the world behind and feel that sweet sweet spirit.

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