August 26, 2012

Sunday Seven 8/26

Welcome to Sunday Seven. For those of you who are new to my blog this is the day that I post my favorite seven pins from Pinterest this week. You can follow me on Pinterest here.

Well here ya go, enjoy!

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5 crockpot meals doubled and frozen. A great way to still have a home cooked meal after a crazy day at work. And don't you just love the way your house smells when you walk in the door and the crockpot has been on all day doing the dinner work for you?

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Cute for fall...cant wait to wear sweaters, sip pumpkin spice lattes, and FOOTBALL

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Hope this made you laugh as hard as it did me

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How perfect would this be in a kitchen?

This week I found tons of cute and fabulous shoes on Pinterest so instead of one shoe pin I have three!

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Love Toms and these are super cute and girly

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August 24, 2012

High Five for Friday 8/24

It's Friday! It's Friday! It's Friday!
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This has been quite the exhausting week. The first week back with my kindergarten students always takes it out of me.

But I am so excited to share with you all the great things that happen this week by linking up with Lauren for High Five for Friday. So here it goes...

I have the absolute BEST kindergarten class on the planet. No lie....I wish I could show you a picture because they are not only the best kids ever they are also the cutest.

I went on a back to school shopping spree Sunday and my clothes came....Crazy how much money I spent on such a small package ha.

My sweet cousin sent my a first day of school package! I love my family and how thoughtful they are.

I had an inprmptu conversation with one of my best friends at 3am...on a school night at that. And it was absolutely perfect. Wouldn't have traded that hour for 4 extra hours of sleep.

I got ANOTHER back to school gift from my feet friend Cami. I'm a lucky girl I know

I have one more piece of excitement for this may have read in one of my previous post my momma broke her back in an accident back in May. And yesterday she stepped on to a plane to Venice, Italy. {:A trip that many people said she would never be well enough to go on.:}

I hope you enjoy every moment of your weekend!

August 19, 2012

Sunday Seven 8/19

I hope this Sunday Seven finds you well and well rested!

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Birthday Cale Batter pancakes...a great 1st day of school breakfast

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Dollar store globes make a beautiful centerpiece

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Cute for the last days of summer

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A champagne/peach sapphire. I would rather have this than a day :)

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This outfit would be fabulous in the office....not so much for the classroom though

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However this would be adorable in the classroom.

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August 18, 2012

Coffee Date?

I am using this blog as a chance to take a break from life for a moment. So let's go off to our imaginary coffee shop, sip some soy carmel macchiatos, nibble on some yummy chocolates, and chat. 
Is that okay with you? 

So this is the part where I ask how have you been and how are you doing. And I am willing to bet that your answer is good, but busy. It seems everyone is in a busy season right now with school starting back up and a to-do list that is almost never ending. 

I would of corse agree. Life is wonderful, but it seems to come at me non-stop, and since we are girlfriends on a coffee shop date I can admit to you that I have broken down twice within the past two weeks with the crocodile tears of feeling overwhelmed.

I am officially back at work this week preparing for 21 new kindergartners who come bright and early Monday morning. All while I am also trying to tie up the loose ends for a women's event for 400 women that I am helping to organize.

Now both of these things are absolute PRIVILEGES and I know this and cherish the opportunity to both teach 21 impressionable five year olds, and help to create an atmosphere that refresh women and brings them into God's presence. But I have learned that just because I love doing it all doesn't make it easy. Because I am so busy,my house is dusty, my dog is lonely, my refrigerator is empty and I barely have enough energy at the end of the day to walk down my VERY short driveway and check the mail. {:I am already sensing your head no of agreement:}

But during a breakdown moment and sending a text that should have just read "poor me" I got a response that has totally changed my attitude. Can I share it with you?

It said...
"I feel like God wants me to tell you 'rise up lioness' there's a reason you're in the position you're in. You're called to big things and this is just a test to see if you can handle it. Faithful in the little, and God will make you ruler over much. He gives us grace for the season we're in and you just need to rely on Him and press into Him."

I actually don't think that text was just for me, I think I was meant to share it with you on our coffee date to remind you to "rise up" and flourish in the season you are in. Even if it's crazy and chaotic there is always purpose and He will always give you the grace needed to not just make it through the season but to thrive in and through it.

Okay, I suppose it is time to return to real life.

But, did you enjoy our coffee date? I hope so because I sure did. We might have to do this again!

August 14, 2012

What Teachers Wish they Could Tell Parents

I start back to work tomorrow, and as you can probably see from the amount of posts I have not been posting things have been hectic and crazy busy. I saw a post yesterday on my friends Facebook page that has inspired this post.

Tomorrow night I have my orientation with my new set of kindergarten students and their parents. They are only there for an hour and in that hour I try and cram in everything I can about rules, procedures, homework, student expectations, and the list goes on and on. What I really wish I had another hour for is to orient parents to "school life"....which for many parents I am in contact with is a first time experience {:since I am a kindergarten teacher:}.

Here are a few things I wish I could tell the parents:

1) We are on the SAME team
We have all heard the horror stories of teachers who "had it out" for their students, but the truth is 99.9% of teachers are teaching because they genuinely want to make a difference in your child's life. We truly bend over backwards to do what is best for them, not because we have to but because we want to. As teachers we don't make phone calls home about what Johnny and Susie did today in class to get them in trouble. We do it so we can help resolve the problem. With that being said, the door swings both ways. If there is a concern about what is happening in school, bring it to the teachers attention immediately. He or she wants to know, I promise.

2) Maintain routine at home
Within the school day teachers work very hard to create routines within the classroom and throughout the day. Students schedules each day are mostly the same. This creates structure within their environment and allows the students to prepare for what is ahead. When routines are created and followed the result is students who know what is expected of them and when it is expected.

For example, if you create a routine of doing homework as soon as the child gets home from school each day you are eventually going to alleviate  the fight for them to want to go and play or do other things because they know that this is just "what they do." {:Of corse kids are kids and it won't go smoothly everyday but it will help:} Maybe after school doesn't work for you and after dinner works better or in the mornings. Pick what is best for you and stick to it!

3) Your attitude towards school is reflected in your child
A teacher can always tell the value parents place on school by having their child in class. If you wake your students with an energy that says you are excited that they get to go to school today and learn they internalize that excitement and it will be evident in their attitude at school. Keep a positive attitude about school by showing excitement while completing their homework with them or by asking them what happened in their day.

4) Deciding to retain a student is one of the most difficult decisions a teacher has to make
As I mentioned earlier, as teachers, we really do have your child's best interest in mind and the decision to retain them or not is very difficult for a teacher. Teachers weigh every aspect of how a retention will affect a student both presently and in the future. I honestly have anxiety when turning in my final retention paper because I understand the weight it carries. Teachers only retain students after much deliberation and consideration.

5) Every child needs kindergarten regardless of how brilliant they are
So this one only applies to kindergarten parents, but I think it is important. Many parents approach me with how smart their child is and are concerned that they might be bored in kindergarten. My approach to this question is to tell them what all we do in kindergarten because many parents are not aware. In kindergarten now it is so much more than learning the ABCs and 123s. By the end of the year my students are writing paragraphs, creating their own word problems to solve, manipulating word families, and learning rules about vowel combinations.
Also, kindergarten is as much about learning socialization as it is the curriculum. Much of the curriculum in kindergarten is students learning to interact in a positive way with their peers while learning.
A quick story: my first year of teaching I recognized early on in the year that one of my students was not just smart but brilliant. I asked numerous times for her to be tested for gifted but got passed off as "the new teacher who thinks she has a smart kid, yeah right." But it turns out I was right when in the following year they tested her for gifted and she tested on a high school level. But, my point is even though this child did not learn as much from me academically as the other students I saw her grow socially. She learned how to make friends, resolve conflict, and interact appropriately with students her age.

6) Communicate with your teacher
Teachers really do want to know what is going on in the lives of their students. If there is something you think we should know please tell us; you're not bothering us I promise. {:Unless you're telling us Johnny got a paper cut:} If there is anything going on at home that may affect you child in school give us a call, email, or write us a note. Often when things are happening at home that are out of the norm it is reflected in students behavior at school. Students may start being a behavior issue when they never have been before, they may become very emotional and sensitive, or they may just loose their excitement for school. Things you should let the teacher know include a close family member who is in the hospital, a parent who is deployed in the military, a divorce, etc. We don't want to know these things to pry into your lives, but rather to show your child more grace than what we might normally show because we understand that they are going through a difficult time.

7) We'll only believe half of what they say about you, if you'll only believe half of what they say about us
This last one is funny, but so true. I have so many stories I could tell about daddies who are sleeping on the couch and mommies who are sick from "too much tequila" that after only 4 years of teaching I could almost write a book. But when I think about all the stories I hear from students about their families I think "oh gosh what are they telling them about me!" So lets just all agree to understand that students can often stretch the truth or sometimes even make up things that are not even true just for a good reaction.

So there ya go. A few things to think about as we get ready to start a new school year.
Let me know what you think or if you have any questions.

August 12, 2012

Sunday Seven 8/12

So I haven't completely fallen off the face of the planet. I just feel like it. Working some at the church and also getting ready to go back to school all while attempting to maintaining some type of social life has kept me BEYOND busy. But, I couldn't miss a Sunday Seven post so here ya go...

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So I know I am not even close to having bambinos, but come on how cute are these?!

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Heat olive oil and honey to a boil and comb through your hair once a week to help it grow.

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Cute outfit, especially the hot pink shorts

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Taco Bake

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I absolutely love this combo

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Fill one of these up with 1/2 vinegar 1/2 Dawn dish soap and clean your shower with it after each use.
I've already bought the stuff and tried it out...IT WORKS SOOOOO WELL. Bye Bye soap scum

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This weeks shoe pin is a DIY one. Cheap, easy, and cute! (I love it when those 3 words are together!)

Happy Sunday!

August 5, 2012

Sunday Seven 8/5

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So stinkin cute

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How can us normal people not think of ideas as simple as this?!

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Love this idea

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Told ya I was crushing on Kate Spade bags/clutches

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oh yes!

August 3, 2012

High Five for Friday

I'm doing my High Five for Friday link up again with Lauren to tell you all about the awesome things that happened this week.

Some friends and I went to the drive-in movies Sunday night and saw The Dark Night Rises.
So much fun and I loved the movie!

I went to Tyson's Corner Saturday with some girlfriends and got some new clothes for my trip to the beach!

I'm at Virginia Beach right now with some of my best friends! 
Almost 100 of us from our church are down here to attend Wave Conference and enjoy some beach time too.
Who doesn't want a vacation with tons and tons of people they love!?

Tonight I get to hear TD Jakes speak! If you have never listened to any of his messages YOU MUST....he is insane!

We shot the Adored Promo video Monday morning and it made me that much more excited for the conference Sept. 7-9.
If you're in the area check out information here

August 2, 2012

Current Crush: Kate Spade

I'm linking up again with Danielle for Current Crush.

This is inspired by my friend who text me and told me she got a new Kate Spade bag on Monday and since then I have been day dreaming what one would look like on my arm...

Current Crush Thursdays
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