Sunday, March 31, 2019

The Best for Last!

I have the best last post for the Slice of Life Challenge!
I went outside to join everyone by the pool. I picked up Ethan so I could get some baby cuddles in, then Ashely said “should we ask her now Ethan?” I didn’t know what she was talking about... he’s seven months old and can’t talk... Ashley begins to talk again “we were wondering if you’d like to be Ethan’s godmother”! Cue the tears from both of us... “oh my gosh, really?! Of course I will- I’m so honored”! Big kisses and hugs all around 💙






Saturday, March 30, 2019

Florida ☀️

Woke up at 3:30am to head to Florida! Been here since this morning and I've been spending time with one of my bff's ❤️ I've also been snuggling with the cutest babe and puppies!

The Babe- Ethan

Champ

Reagan

Friday, March 29, 2019

Happy Spring Break

It's here! Spring Break is here!
What will I do with my time? ☀

Manicure and dinner tonight
 with my mom

6:00 am flight with my mom to Florida 
tomorrow morning

We're going to visit one of 
my best friends 
and her new baby boy

Stay a couple days with them- 
swim, barbecue, catch up on life, etc.

Drive to Naples and enjoy
 the pool, beach, and 
delicious restaurants

Fly back home Thursday evening &
 get greeted by the dogs

Hmm... 3 more days of Spring Break... 
what will I do?

Read, relax, clean, workout, cook, be with friends?

I'll keep you posted! 



Thursday, March 28, 2019

A-Z this is ME

Alaska
Books
Candles
Decorative
Effective
Food Network
Grateful
Hydrangea
Independent 
Jalapeños 
Kitchen
Laugh
Meditation
Nature
Organized
Persistent
Questions
Realistic
Sincere
Teacher
Understanding
Vacations
Winter
Xenarthrans
Yoga
Zen

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

There's Something

This morning I borrowed a book from a co-worker, Life's Literacy Lessons. This book is a collection of stories and poems from literacy educators. It pertains to difficult, but essential work they do with students of all ages. Christine has read a couple excerpts at staff meetings, to spread some inspiration- I guess I needed some of that this morning. I read through the book to search for a poem or story that I can relate to. There it was... a perfect match!
"There's Something"  


There truly is something special when reading aloud to children. I have a favorite book to read each grade level, K-5. When pondering what book I want to share with them, I try to think about my students and ask myself a few questions. Will they make connections, will they understand the lesson, are they able to use their imagination to take themselves to a different place? Then, while I'm reading, I always take notice of a few things. My students expressions that are constantly changing, they are making connections to the characters, and questions/ thoughts are running through their minds. There's something memorable about connecting my students to new adventures.  



Here's a list of my favorite books to read aloud:
K- The Snowman
1- Pig the Pug
2- Where the Wild Things Are
3- Try a Little Kindness
4- Sasha's Lunch
5- Eerie Elementary: Recess is a Jungle!






Monday, March 25, 2019

In The Moment


"I'm not the best writer, I don't have anything interesting to write about, and I'm not the best when it comes to grammar", those are all the thoughts that float around in my mind. When I participated in Slice of Life last year, I really enjoyed it. Reading what others post and what's going on in their life is interesting to me. I knew I wanted to participate again this year- this being year two! What I realized is it helps me slow down and be in the moment a little bit more. I'm constantly searching for those small moments throughout my day. When I feel like nothing is worth writing about, that's exactly when that special moment happens. This made me realize, I wouldn't notice those moments if I stayed on autopilot everyday. Like I said before, I may not be the best writer or use appropriate grammar at all times, but participating in Slice of Life helps me slow down throughout my daily life.