Sunday, August 26, 2012

Ready, set, GO!

Tomorrow is my first day of being a teacher. Here are a few thoughts: 

1. I might take some ZzzQuil so I can actually sleep tonight. A mix of anxiety and excitement seem to be a part of me and I can only dream about my students and school supplies lately. With that said, I've been having some restless nights. 

2. I am VERY lucky. I experienced a job hunt that was relatively easy. I whole heartedly believe that this had nothing to do with me and everything to do with my loving Savior. Not only was the job hunt successful, but I was given a job at the school that I have grown to respect and love. I love the staff and am absolutely blessed to be part of the fourth grade team - I'm slowly becoming obsessed by how awesome these women are. All I can say is that God knew what I could and could not handle and has provided beautifully. 

3. I'm short. I have always known this and it has always been something that I have been self-conscious about, but after meeting my fourth graders on Friday, man... finding me in class will be hard. They are either my height or will very soon be taller than me. Ironically, they didn't seem to notice, hm. 

4. Lack of balance. I haven't been able to not think about school, the kids, my sticky-note(s) to-do lists, etc. since I started training two weeks ago. I have always said that I want to be able to balance my life and leave work at work. I'm beginning to wonder if I can do this...I might need to talk to my coworkers who have seemed to master this concept. Maybe I just haven't found my groove quite yet...

5. My feelings are all over the place. I'm terrified and excited at the same time. My responsibility is deeply important - to foster each of my students academically and also foster to their well-being. That's a lot of responsibility! I know I can do it, I'm just afraid I will fail. Geez, I love them too much, ha. 

6. It's going to be a great year. Beyond the fear, anxiety, and the sporadic excitement, there is a deep peace that this year is going to be wonderful: learning will occur not only for my students but for myself, old friendships will deepen and new friendships will blossom, and I will be part of my students' growth. What a gift that is! 

7. God is good. 

Sunday, August 19, 2012

It's Getting to Me

This past week I had new teacher training and surprisingly, after the week, I felt more calm and relaxed rather than stressed. Granted, it did help that I student taught in the district so I was familiar with most of the tools, technology, etc. our wonderful leaders went over. But furthermore, and most importantly, I was given a great insight into how the fourth grade team would work together and the women who composed this group. I have to say that I feel truly blessed. These women are amazing and are becoming good, close friends. I love them and I am truly excited to be part of their team and excited for the students that they will undoubtedly impact this year. A lot of my fears have been erased and replaced with excitement because of these women. I cannot wait to begin this upcoming school year!

Mike, Marisa and Lucy came to visit me at Gulledge the other day and I truly enjoyed showing off my school, classroom and teammates. Also, Marisa surprised me with a WONDERFUL and so thoughtful gift...

A supply cake!
I love it so much I can't seem to have the heart to take it apart.
 Thanks Marisa! 

Sunday, August 12, 2012

It is Finished!

What a great weekend! Jason Mraz and a completed headboard!

Jason Mraz was AMAZING. I still can't get over how wonderful that concert was. Loved it. Here are a couple pictures from the night:
Love my friend!! :) Also, I promise I'm wearing a dress. 

Can't get over how talented he is!

In other news... I FINISHED MY HEADBOARD! A BIG thanks to my brother-in-law, Mike for doing the woodwork and my wonderful mother for helping me with the creative side to the project. I really love the finished product and am so glad I ran across this idea. All I have to do is buy another side table/lamp and maybe add some colorful pillows, but here it is! 

Step 1 after cutting your door to fit your bed size: paint. 

Step 2: Cut fabric to fit your panels. 

Step 3: Mod Podge fabric to panels. 

Step 4: Hot glue cord to the perimeter of your panels. 

And then enjoy!

Sunday, August 5, 2012


I've been told I need to write about my "Pinterest Challenge" on my blog, so here I am! Although I won't go through everything I've done, I will talk about my latest (as in 5 minutes ago) craft.

I am currently redoing my bedroom. I'm taking a plain door and making it into a fun headboard with the help from my brother-in-law. Since the headboard is still in progress, I thought I would go ahead and work on the wall facing my bed...aka the empty, boring wall.

Luckily as I was searching for ideas, one of my sister's wedding photographers posted a picture of her new wall that she revamped in her house. A light bulb went off.

I searched through many letters, postcards, new and old pictures, and decided on 17 different things to put on my wall. I was surprised by how many picture frames I already had and went to Target and Hobby Lobby to buy the rest. And yes, I gave myself a budget for this project - didn't want to go overboard.  Here it is! Enjoy!


After! (Feel free to see it whenever - it looks better in person :))