August Happenings


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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