Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Happy List



I am still struggling with getting back in the habit of blogging so I thought I would share a list of things that are currently making me happy: 

1. Road trips! 
2. A day at the beach
3. Butterflies in our front yard
4. Tuesday morning breakfast dates
5. Listening to the Backstreet Boys and Nsync
6. Disney movie marathons
7. Time to work on school and home projects
9. Happy mail (let me know if you need a pen pal!)
10. Reading 

What is currently on your happy list?


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

I Love Our Home: Flowers


We have lived in our home for a year and a half. I love our home and have decided to share bits and pieces of my favorite parts with you all. Since I don't know the first thing about taking care of a yard, I decided to start with flowers. 

The family that lived here before us spent a lot of time on the landscaping. I am extremely grateful for this. In the spring and summer we have beautiful plants that grow. My absolute favorites are the blue hydrangeas that grow in our back yard. Hydrangeas are my favorite flower so it always make me smile to look out my kitchen window and see these beautiful flowers. 


We also have flowers growing in our front yard. They are white and they smell absolutely amazing. They have a really sweet smell, similar to honeysuckles. It is a wonderful scent to greet me when I come home. Do you know that name of them? 


What is your favorite flower or plant around your home?



Saturday, June 15, 2013

Update on 101 Things

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When I started this blog in college, I created a list of 101 things to do in 1001 days. I managed to mark close to 45 things off the list before the 1001 days were up. I also managed to accomplish a lot of other things that were not on the list like getting married, buying a house, and surviving my first year of teaching.  

I recently decided that even though the time limit is over, I am still going to work on completing everything on that list. Here are a few things I have done recently that I was able to cross off.




1. Send a letter to everyone in my address book.
I loved working on this. I really enjoyed creating and making cards to fit each recipients personality. 


2. Learn to play chess. 
I bought Tim an Appalachian Chess set so of course I had to learn how to play it.
I've only completed one game but am looking forward to playing more. 




3. Visit the NC Zoo
This year for Mother's Day, my mom want us all to take a family trip to the NC Zoo. We had a lot of fun. Tim finally got to hold our adorable niece for the first time since she was a week old. 


I now have 52 things crossed off my list. I am hoping to get everything crossed off by the end of this year! 

Have you completed a 101 things in 1001 days list? 
How did you manage to stick with it?

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Spring Break

Hi there! My spring break is over and I am trying to prepare myself to get back into a routine this week. I know that waking up tomorrow will be a challenge. 

I enjoyed my spring break though. We took a short trip to Asheville to visit The Biltmore Estate. It was absolutely gorgeous. 


This was my third visit to The Biltmore Estate and I enjoyed it so much more this time. I really enjoyed learning about the history and the family that lived here. They have a bowling alley and a swimming pool in the basement! How cool is that? If you ever get the opportunity to visit you really should. They also have a beautiful conservatory. 


This was one of my favorite flowers there.


Over break I also was able to complete a few crafts. My current favorite is a bulletin board that I covered in fabric to use as an inspirational board.  I will have to share photos of it later. I need some pretty images and inspiring quotes to add to it. Have any suggestions? 

While I am not looking forward to my alarm going off at 5:45 tomorrow morning. I am looking forward to seeing and hugging my sweet second graders! I have missed them so much. 

Hope you have a wonderful Monday!




Sunday, March 31, 2013

Inspiration

I am currently working on updating my inspiration board that hangs in my office/craft room. I feel that I have so many different things that help inspire me, that I might need a bigger board. 

I often find myself inspired by beautiful pictures, words/quotes and lovely letters from pen pals. 

Our Spring Break is this week and I am very excited to be able to relax and recharge for the rest of the school year. This break is one I needed to be able to find inspiration for teaching and life over all. 

Where do you go when you need inspiration?

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Who Am I?

I know I haven't written anything in a very long time. There has been something on my mind lately, and I just have to get it out somehow. Plus I really do miss the blog community.

My parents raised me to help others when ever I can. My parents are very wonderful people who would do as much as they could to help out a friend, family member or stranger in need. This is something I admire about my parents and hope to one day be as helpful as they are to others.

When I wrote on this blog a lot during college I was always trying to share a simple way that everyone could help make a difference in someone else's life. I feel that once I graduated and started teaching, I somehow lost this desire to "make a difference." Some days I would tell myself "Well, I am teacher, I make a difference every day. Isn't that enough?"  For the longest time, I thought it was enough. Mostly because I was struggling with balancing teaching and the other areas of my life. Now I am able to balance it much better and I feel that I need to do more to help make a difference.

One of the many reasons I wanted to be a teacher was to inspire my students to help others less fortunate than us. Recently I started an account on We Give Books for my students to use in my classroom throughout the school day. I was hoping I could inspire my students to read and help donate books. They are excited,  they beg me to use We Give Books, they really want to help. Several times over the past few weeks, I have said, "Not today" or "We don't have time."
Who have I become that I would say this? Why don't we have time to read one book and help other students around the world?

We have one more quarter left in this school year, and I will make the time for my students to be able to help others through reading. I am hoping that my desire to help others will continue to grow and I will actually do something about it.

How do you help make a difference?