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Monday, December 31, 2012

I said Brrrrr

Tales from the Teachers' Lounge

It's cold in here.
There must be some vocab in the atmosphere.

We have been working so hard on locating new and exciting words in our book club books.
We locate the word, figure out the part of speech, define it in our own words, and then illustrate a visual aid that will help us to remember what it means.
Then, we celebrate.
How, you ask?

With a snowball fight, of course!!!

We set up the room with places for the kids to hide and run around.  We open up the windows so that its nice and cold inside, play the video you see above on the SmartBoard, and cover everything in white paper and sheets to further set the scene.

Each child picks one word they have been working with and they write the word on one piece of paper, the definition on a second, and illustrate the word on a third.  We then crumple them up and we can throw snowballs for the duration of this song:

And some hot chocolate to warm back up.

We always dress up for the occasion as well:

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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Co-spiration #4

I got me some.

Do you ever have those moments where all of a sudden it's like someone kicked you in the pants?
Thank God, I finally got mine this week.

I am a healthy person.  I run.  I eat healthy foods.  I don't drink a lot of alcohol.  I try to take care of my innards as well as my outards (girls, you know health isn't in the pant size!)
My problem is (and it may be your's too): I eat TOO much!
You too?

While home for Christmas break, I got this fortune in my cookie.

I'm bad for this.  Really bad.
I think because I see someone else eating something I can eat it, too.
(I'm also really guilty of trying to be as good as others, but that's another topic.)
I've realized recently that I have what is so lovingly referred to as the muffin top.

Can we just stop making it sound cute?!
It ain't.

So, I'm on a mission to lose the inner tube around my waist.

Cold weather doesn't help...  It makes it so hard to leave my warm living room and go out for a run.  So I took the opportunity of a gift card to purchase myself some new cold weather gear and I'm motivated! 

Anyone else on a similar mission?
Let's motivate each other!

I'm linking up with Kelly for Fitness Friday.
Link up for more motivation.
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Friday, December 28, 2012

Frugalista Friday Copycat #2

Here is my inspiration picture.  I found this look and it gave me some inspiration to rewear this dress I had gotten for a steal and refashioned a few months ago.

I love the dress and wanted different ways to wear it.  I guess this is just another way of shopping my closet.  After all, I want to get as much wear out of this cute dress as possible!

This outfit was super cozy and it got me a ton of compliments!  Here is the breakdown:
Outfit Deets
Sweater: $15 (Old Navy, old, similar)
Dress: 25 cents (thrift)
Tights: $5 (Target)
Boots: $20 (Gap, old, similar)
Total Cost: $40.25
FrillsforThrills CopyCats
Frugalista Friday Link-Up

Thursday, December 27, 2012

December CARA Box

Again, my CARA box had perfect timing.  Not to mention fantastic gifts and the most precious note.

Cara Box
If you weren't around to read my last post on the CARA Box, let me refresh your memory:
You get linked up to another blogger/participant (a few don't have blogs) and you interact with them through email, twitter, etc. to get to know them.
Every month there is a theme and this month's theme was sparkle.

I was particularly excited about the sparkle theme because sparkle is just fun!  And, if I'm being honest, its one of those things I don't usually buy myself.  So I was excited to see what my CARA Box partner sent me.  

First let me tell you about the person I was linked up with (this time around, we gave to someone different than the person giving to us.)  I was given Krista.  Upon emailing her, we realized we were at very different stages of life, but had many common interests/hobbies.  Krista is a mother of four and has been married to her hubby for 20+ years!  I was so excited to get to know her and hear all the positive things about marriage.  I don't know about any of you newly weds, but I have run into a crazy amount of cynicism toward marriage since joining the club.  Any of you?

Knowing Krista is a mom of four and assuming she probably devotes the majority of her time to her family, I decided her CARA Box was going to be about pampering herself.  I included one of her favorite magazines, some sparkle nail polish, lotion, and polish remover pads.(as well as a few other little gifts)  I also included some fruit snacks for the kids so that they would be entertained while she had her "mom time."

Now, my CARA Box buddy did a phenomenal job.  Her name is Teressa and she blogs over at Newborn Momma.  

She literally sent me the sweetest note I have ever received.  It stated everything that I needed to hear after a 16 hour car ride leaving my family in NY to travel back to NC.  Not to mention, during Christmas break when I'm thanking God for a break from my crazy school schedule.  
I read the note first and I'm glad I did because it really gave me a peak into Teressa's heart.  She is so sweet and loving.  Teressa, I cannot say thank you enough for your kind words.  

Then came the goodies and she rocked this arena as well!!
Each gift was wrapped in pretty tissue with a little ribbon around it.  I received Nutella (obsessed), some homemade cookies she posted about here, a glitter headband, a sparkly belt, and some sparkly nail polish!  I can't wait to wear them on New Years!  

If you haven't signed up to do the CARA Box Exchange and you love gift giving, I encourage you to sign up in January.  I love it because it encourages networking, building relationships, and invites you to find new blogs that you will enjoy.  Not to mention, who doesn't get excited about a package on your doorstep when you get home?!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Professional Comfort

Some days it's really hard to get up and get dressed in the morning.
The days after a late night, ball game duty, or a stressful week.
 So, I just love knowing that I have professional, comfortable attire to wear on those days when I would rather pull on sweats, Uggs, and a hoodie.
Cardigan: Bass, Shirt: Target, Pants: Loft (thrifted), Flats: Kohl's
 This outfit was perfect.
Flats, a wide leg pair of pants, chambray, and a cozy sweater.
Do you have clothes that get you through those days?

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Monday, December 24, 2012

A little Christmas diddy

Happy Christmas Eve!!

Twas the night before Christmas in the Adirondacks.
People were trudging through snow, leaving tracks.
Mittens on hands and hats on their heads,
Preparing themselves for the man in the sled.

Sipping on wine and reminiscing of pasts.
Wishing the holiday season could last.
The skiers on mountains, the skaters on ice
Frolicking in snow and playing nice.

Come in from the cold to take a short rest
Sharing what slopes are surely the best.
Cozying up by the fire with a cup of cocoa,
Admiring the new falling snow.

Warming their hands by the fireplace
Gearing back up to ski Whiteface.
Riding the chairlift up to the peak,
Skiing top to bottom as we speak.

Bobsledders navigating the run
Tourists and visitors observing the fun.
Shop windows full of allure,
Folks admiring the lights and colors.

Spending the day enjoying the season,
Sharing the evening, celebrating the reason.
Families are gathered to share precious time.
Children all asking, "What gift is mine?"

Houses are resting after Santa's visit.
Children sneaking out to peek at the presents.
Waking up early to see smiles of joy
On the faces of each little girl and boy.

Written by: Lindsay Gaines
Linking up for YOLO Mondays with Still Being Molly

Friday, December 21, 2012

Frugalista Friday Elf

Our school did a "Sweet Treats & Sweaters" day last Friday for faculty and staff.  It was a nice way to help get us through the rest of the school year before Christmas break.  This time of year can get rough because the kids and teachers are equally anxious to have a break until the new year.

I participated and rather than just create a sweater, took it a much larger step and decked myself out in an entire Christmas outfit!  As if you didn't expect that...

The entire 8th grade team dressed up like this with our two male teachers being Santa Clause and the Grinch.  It was a fun day.  In my room, we celebrated all of our hard work with a snowball fight.  You'll see more on that when you come back for Tales from the Teacher's Lounge on Monday.

Since it's Frugalista Friday I thought I would share with you how I put my outfit together for less than $20.  Here is the run down on the costume:
Hat: $1 (Dollar Tree)
Collar: 75 cents (I made it)
T-shirt: I own
Shorts: $8 (Walmart)
Tights: $5 (Target)
Socks: $1 (Dollar Tree)
Shoes: 50 cents (I made it - the red side is an old tree skirt we had when we first got married)
Total Cost: $16.25

*I feel really good about this because other people went out and spent well over $30 on a store-bought costume.*

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Secret Santa

You know I love surprises...so of course, I love Secret Santa!!

Gift Swap
I participate every year at work and I found this Secret Santa via Blogland and immediately got excited for it as well!!  I love these gift swaps because it provides opportunity to get to know other bloggers out there.  In this case, my match didn't even know I was getting to know her!

I enjoyed getting to know Jenn and reading about her personal goals.  She is so real on her blog: sharing her goals, struggles, and loves.  If you haven't already, check her out here.

I received my Secret Santa gift last Thursday and it was such a great night to find it in my mailbox because it was also my last night of class for the semester!  (Yes, I'm in grad school.)  It made the surprise aspect that much sweeter.

When I opened the small package (good things come in small packages), I read a sweet little card sharing what my Santa thought of my blog and how she went about choosing my gift.  When I lifted the card, I found an Old Navy gift card!!!  So excited to spend that goodness because ON is one of my favorite stores.  I'm already scoping out online what I want to get with it.

Love this sweater
And these red cords
In love with this top
Decisions, decisions!  Thank you to my Secret Santa for giving me the opportunity to shop for me this holiday season!  I'm so excited about the possibilities this gift card gives me.

Merry Christmas!!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012


Lights.  Music.  Pageants.  Angels.  Miracles.

Do you believe in miracles?
I believe that miracles still take place every day.

I think that for some reason, we have this understanding that a miracle has to be this grand event like Jesus making the blind man see.
But, I feel like I witness miracles each day.  Who says they have to be grand?

It's a miracle that I get to work safely each day and that I even have a job to complain about.
It's a miracle that I get a boy to read The Diary of Anne Frank and have to take the book away from him so that he will pay attention to the rest of my lesson.

Miracle [mir-uh-kuhl] n. an effect or an extraordinary
 event in the physical world that surpasses all 
human or natural powers and is ascribed 
as a supernatural cause

Every time I see an airplane take off, I think its a miracle that someone had the talent and knowledge to think up a machine like that.  I'm grateful for it keeping me linked to my family.

It's a miracle that a coworker I once had gets to kiss her baby girl to sleep at night and watch her open her Christmas presents this year because she beat cancer.

Blazer: thrift, Shirt: JCrew (similar), Jeans: Joes, Shoes: Target, Jewelry: Silpada, Stella&Dot, and Lila's Trunk

Sometimes miracles are big and sometimes they are small.
The best thing is to notice them when they happen.

I truly believe that one day we will be blessed with the miracle of peace.

I feel like miracles are one of the reasons life is such a gift.
If I weren't a human, would I get to witness these things?

Linking up with Because Shana Said So.
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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Moment of Silence

Today, I'm taking a blogger's moment of silence
in honor of those that lost their lives on Friday December 14 in Newtown, CT.

Revelation 21:4
and He shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there shall no longer be any death; there shall no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away."

Monday, December 17, 2012

Teachers, Thank You.

Tales from the Teacher's Lounge

Like the rest of the country, I have been in a state of disbelief since hearing of the tragedy in Newtown, CT last Friday.  Rather than focus on the person responsible for the tragedy, I've found myself thinking about the children, the families, and most of all, the teachers.

To hear stories like this one about Victoria Soto (27 year old 5 year teacher that saved the lives of her first graders by hiding them in cupboards and lying to the gunman before being killed herself)
bring so many questions to mind:
Would I know what to do in this situation?
Would I be able to react quickly enough?
Could I possibly keep calm and care for my students?
Would I be brave enough to do whatever I could to save them?

And then even more questions come up:
How do you go back to work after this?
How does a school, a community bounce back?
How do you fill the empty void in everyone's hearts?
How can we honor those that deserve honor and not give attention to the demon responsible?

My heart goes out to Newtown, CT, the families, the school faculty, the country.
It's hard to understand why God would place children on this earth for such a short time, but I do know that the time they had here was important and they touched many lives in that time.
I picture Newtown a lot like the town I grew up in.  Small, close knit, supportive, and loving.

In honor of those amazing teachers, the principal, and the faculty that did their best to protect the students this horrific day, I've decided to thank the many wonderful teachers I've had in my life:

Mr. Cauley, my principal for the majority of my schooling.  Thank you for being loving yet strict, understanding yet firm, and for fostering a learning environment within our school walls.
Mrs. Gay, my first and third grade teacher.  Thank you for making learning fun and for giving us a sense of independence each morning during "morning work."  And, especially, thank you for the many hours you stayed long after 3:00.
Mrs. LaPine, my second grade teacher.  Thank you for teaching me cursive writing the proper way.  I realize now what an important tool that is.  Thank you for keeping our classroom orderly and setting strict guidelines.
Mrs. Boardman and Mrs. Belzile, my fourth grade teachers.  Thank you for challenging us by having us switch classes and for the bath tub we got to read in.
Ms. Blanchard, my fifth grade teacher.  Thank you for making learning so fun.  Thank you for encouraging us to step outside our comfort zones making videos, giving speeches, and standing up for ourselves.  And thank you for listening when I was being bullied.
Ms. Valachovic, my sixth grade teacher.  Thank you for preparing us for junior high. Thank you for making learning interactive with games, celebrations, and creative projects.  Thank you for introducing me to some fabulous literature that I now get excited about sharing with my own students.
Mr. Lopez, my 7th grade math teacher.  Thank you for teaching me how to learn math.  Before you, I struggled in math and your organization and notes taught me how I best learn it.
Mr. V, my high school math teacher.  Thank you for believing in me and knowing that I could do anything I put my mind to.  Thank you for supporting me in the classroom, in the real world, and on the field/court.  I always felt like you were personally invested in me and I'm sure other students did, too.
Mrs. Daly, my high school English teacher.  Thank you for encouraging my writing.  If not for you, I may not have this blog today.  Thank you for giving us all a voice and letting us be a part of the learning/planning process.  Thank you for introducing us to fabulous and controversial books and then fostering conversation about those books.
Mr. Ruff, my high school science teacher.  Thank you for putting up with me.  I made teaching hard on you and I understand now what that means.  Thank you for knowing that I was a "good kid" and not giving up on me.
Mr. St. Louis, Mrs. Lopez, and Mrs. Bronson, my PE teachers.  You always made PE fun and rewarding.  Not just that, you each supported me in my athletic aspirations.  I knew you expected my best on and off the field/court and your expectations motivated me to try harder.  To reach further to touch my toes, to run my mile faster, to keep my hands up on D, to run through my burning legs...  Thank you for believing in me.
Mr. Ford, my guidance counselor.  Thank you for being you.  You were always so thoughtful and fun and supportive and knowledgeable.  I see what other highschool guidance counselors are doing for their students now and I realize just how lucky I was to have you.  Thank you for sharing your dream of publishing a book and succeeding at it.  Thank you for the countless applications, college texts, and counseling sessions you provided me and Jessy-poo.
Mr. Williams, my music teacher.  Thank you for being honest and letting me know that I'm not the world's best singer, but encouraging my love of instruments.  Thank you for encouraging me to continue playing clarinet even when it wasn't easy, I wasn't good, and I felt like giving up.
Mrs. Moore, my band teacher.  Thank you for sticking with me; I know I didn't make it easy.
Holly French and My Mom, our class advisors.  Thank you so much for your time, dedication, and desire to help our class not only succeed, but to celebrate success.  The hours you spent fund raising, organizing, and away from your families are not forgotten.  You are both loved.

I was so blessed to have incredible teachers in my life.  I pray that some day my students will think back and add me to their list of influential people that made a difference in their own life.  These people helped shape me into the person I am today and for their long hours, little pay, stressful and under-appreciated positions, and dedicated hearts, I am grateful.


Sunday, December 16, 2012

Co-spiration #3

I failed last week.
If I look at my list of goals I had written last Sunday, I didn't meet many of them.

The old me would give up and jump on the junk food band wagon since I already messed up.
The new me is not allowing the fact that I slipped up to be a stumbling block.
I will try again this week.  I will make time.

My hubby and I joined the juicing world today.
We celebrated Christmas before heading to NY and that was my gift to him.
Any good recipe ideas out there?
Please share.
I'm sure I will be.

I've found myself in moments of total silence just thinking about Newtown, CT.
Thinking about the fear, the lives, the families, the teachers, the reasons.
We all look for reasons when something terrible happens.  As though there is some motive
that actually makes sense.

I can't imagine anything being a reason for this.
I just pray that whatever God has intended through this is done.

I pray we all understand a little better the value of childhood, the blessings children are, the difficult and selfless job teaching is.
I pray for peace.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Shopping Local

I have to admit that I never really thought that much about shopping small or local or handmade before I became a vendor myself.  I always admired the wonderful craftmanship and detail that went into items at craft fairs, but I must (shamefully) admit I sometimes would think things like:

"I can get something similar at Target for cheaper."
"I could make that myself."
"That is riduculously priced."

I hate to think back on those times that things like that ran through my head because I know people have looked at my table at craft fairs or shows before and probably thought the same thing.

Fact of the matter is, you can't get the same thing at Target or Walmart for cheaper.  You can't make many of the things you see yourself.  And most items are priced extremely reasonable for the amount of time, money, and TLC involved in each piece.  

What I have realized is that you truly do get what you pay for.  Anything handmade is better than something manufactured.  Hands down. 

Supporting your local boutique is much more rewarding than the local mall.  Shopping the local farmer's market is much more satisfying than the local Walmart.  Truth be told, shopping local/small doesn't just benefit the vendor.  It benefits you as the customer.

Think about it, everyone loves American Eagle, JCrew, Madewell, and Old Navy.  So often in Blogland we see many repeats.  I'm not knocking this - I love these stores as well, but when I shop at them I'm in danger of wearing the same thing as someone else.  Luckily, it is usually styled differently, but if I really want to stand out, shopping local boutiques is the way to go.  I'm almost guaranteed that no one is going to have that same Everly blouse from Pink and Blue.

Items I've purchased at craft fairs or farmer's markets have always lasted longer than similar items I've purchased from department stores or Walmart.  Handmade typically equates higher quality.  Handmade typically means unique as well.  When something is handmade, there is never a true duplicate.  

Giving and receiving handmade gifts are the best.  Somehow they seem more heartfelt.  More thoughtful.  Than just buying an item from a regular store.  Maybe that's just me...  Like there is a story behind the gift that makes it even more extraordinary.

If you've had the mindset this season that I once had, I encourage you to give shopping small a try.  There are fantastic online boutiques, local craft fairs, and shops all around.  A few of my favorites:

Do you shop small? 

Frugalista Friday Link-Up

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Lulu's Mimi Shop

I have an announcement to make!!
But first, enter to win my giveaway here.

Lulu's Mimi Shop is now open for business!!!

I have had so many people asking me about my shop for Lulu's Mimi and I kept dodging their inquiries because, well, quite frankly, I'm nervous about the whole thing!!
This is something I've never done before and while we're being so honest, let me just go ahead and tell you I don't like doing things I'm not good at and I don't know yet if this is going to be good.
If we're all being honest, I think no one likes to do things they aren't good at.  Right?

Now that the holiday craft fairs I had signed up for are over, I feel like I have time to invest in setting up shop and taking orders.  I was so blessed throughout the holiday season with my Small Business Saturday show as well as the two shows I did last weekend.

I posted this picture on Facebook last week before my craft fairs to advertise some new patterns I was debuting at the show.  Literally, within two hours I had five people messaging me to place orders for this very scarf.  I realized at that point that I needed to stop procrastinating, making excuses, get on the ball in regards to Lulu's Mimi Shop.

So, consider this post my personal invitation to click on the link and visit Lulu's Mimi Shop.
Feel free to contact me if you have suggestions for product, a request for a personal order, or any general questions about Lulu's Mimi.

As stated above, I am excited and nervous for this adventure.
My top priority is to spread the love that has been so unconditionally given to me through each item that I make.  It makes my heart smile to put a smile one another person's face.  If the items in my shop are able to do that, what more can I ask?

Please, keep in mind, it is a work in progress and not all items are currently in the shop.
I will be updating weekly!

**If you haven't registered to win a handmade traditional Christmas garland, today is the last day!!
Click here and sign up!!**

THAT just happened

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Pleasant Surprise

If you've been around for any amount of time, you know I have a huge aversion to the mall.  Seriously, I hate going to the mall.  It's not the crowd that gets me (I Black Friday shop every year).  It's the noise/over-stimulation/loiterers that bother me.

Thrift stores, department stores, and boutiques are more my speed.  

Sunday I was attempting to get all of my Christmas shopping done for my husband (Totally didn't realize how old I am before deciding to shop alllll day.  Ouch) and needed to go to the mall for one of his gifts.  I made it my absolutely last stop for many reasons, but ended up having to wait around for an hour and a half to pick up something I purchased.

Long story short, the mall pleasantly surprised me.  As I was wandering aimlessly (knowing I still needed to hit up Bed, Bath, and Beyond and Wally World) to waste the time, I came across a new boutique in the mall, Pink and Blue.

I've never seen a boutique of this caliber in a mall before.  In fact, I was so flabbergasted, I even asked the young lady waiting on me if they were considered a "boutique."  Her response, "You could say that."  I felt really silly after that question.

I would compare this boutique to Daisy Rae, Kiki LaRue, or Clothes Hound.  

Anyway, even though I was Christmas shopping, I decided to pick up a few items there that I fell in love with.  Actually, I can't call it a decision...more an impulse...but who's keeping track?  Unfortunately the owner doesn't currently have a website, but I left her with my business information in case she was interested in doing a giveaway or advertising.  I'll keep you posted.
Blouse: Everly c/o Pink & Blue, Jeans: Rockstar (Old Navy), Flats: Goody's (old), Necklace: eBay

I tell you all this because it was so refreshing to see something new, innovative, and stylish come to our mall.  I'm telling you, this was my first time being there in at least a year.  
VERY Pleasant surprise.

If you haven't yet, click here and sign up for my Christmas giveaway!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Christmas Shopping

Have you entered my giveaway yet?  I'm giving away a handmade
Christmas garland.  Just click here and enter to win!

I love Christmas shopping.  (I feel like I start a lot of blog posts withe words I love...  Too much?)

Maybe its part of the fact that I love surprises.  Maybe I just love gifting.  Or the Christmas wrap.  Or possibly I just love to shop!  I don't know what it is exactly.

However, something about Christmas shopping just makes my heart smile.  You too?
Shirt: Aeropostale (love this one), Vest: American Eagle (similar), Tee: Old Navy, Jeans: Levi's, Boot socks: Walmart, Boots: Steve Madden, Necklace: gift & Silpada, Bracelets: Lila's Trunk & Stella & Dot

I love coming up with that one thing that "speaks to me" when I am shopping for someone in particular.  Do you experience that?  Do the gifts you buy "speak" to you?  Or am I crazy?

Maybe, don't answer that.

I just get this feeling when I have someone or some thing in mind for a gift idea and all of a sudden I find that perfect gift.  Almost like that one thing was put in that store just for me to see for that one special person on my list.

It doesn't hurt that Christmas shopping is accompanied by Christmas music, Starbucks red cups, and twinkling lights.  How can you not love that atmosphere?

Do you love Christmas shopping?

Helene in Between

Monday, December 10, 2012

Kids Say...

//Sign up for my holiday garland giveaway here.//

Tales from the Teacher's Lounge

Bill Cosby would have so much to work with had he been working at my school.

Kids truly do say the darndest things...

"Can I go to the bathroom?  My stomach reeeally hurts."
Next time, just ask to go to the bathroom.  I don't need the deets.

"Why don't you have babies?"
Me: "I'm only 27 so I got to enjoy some of my 20s being just married first."
"You're getting old.  You better have them soon."
I almost want to ask if my parents paid them to say this.
But really, when did kids start thinking 27 was old?!
Or am I just old and that's why I think 27 is young now?

"That skirt makes your butt look bigger than normal."

"Miss, what's wrong with your face?  You don't look so good."
My response: Thanks, you look nice, too!

"If I asked you to go to prom with me, what would you say?"

"Miss, you're skinnier today."
I actually thanked the kid for that one.

"Are you pregnant or are you just getting fat?"
Just fat, thanks for asking.

The most recent:
(after I already received an apology letter from the girl)
"Miss, I am so sorry that I lied to you that day that we were in running club and I told you about my sister."
Me: When did you lie to me?
"You remember.  I told you about my sister not coming to school."
Me: (in my head: nope.) Oh, okay.
"I'm really sorry.  I didn't know you were a Christian woman.  I know that since you are a Christian woman, you would never tell a lie.  I truly didn't mean to hurt you heart like that."
Me: You're forgiven.  (Please, walk away)
"Really, miss, I'm sorry.  I didn't mean to make your heart cry."
Me: You're forgiven.  It's okay, really.
"Okay, do you forgive me, miss?"
Me: Yes (Yesssssss!!!!!!! a;dljfalskdfalsdhflakds)

Remind me why I chose middle school?

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Co-spiration #2


I was asked earlier this week about the benefits of planking vs. a typical ab workout.  I then stumbled across this image:

I had several goals last week:

  • lift 4 out of 5 days
  • run at least 3 times
  • work on some sewing projects
  • 30 minutes of quiet time each morning
I did a pretty good job reaching those goals although lifting 4 out of 5 days didn't happen because of the torture that I have had to endure each day from 2:45-3:30.  If you aren't a teacher, you may be unaware of this particular type of torture.  Or perhaps your school does not do this to you (God bless them.)  However, every day from 2:45-3:30 I have had to sit in our school cafeteria (with a coworker) with 2 busloads of kids at late bus duty (cue scary music here.)  After enduring that 45 minutes of pure agony, I'm just in the mood to get out of dodge.  Call it an excuse...  I'll take it.

I had 2 craft fairs this weekend and I'm excited to post about them and all the new, upcoming things happening for Lulu's Mimi later this week.  

As for this week my goals:
  • lift 4 out of 5 days (If you take a picture of yourself planking and put it on instagram, use the hashtag merryplankmas to connect to the December plank challenge.  Follow me at coachgaines13)
  • run at least 3 times
  • sew something for ME (Lately I've had so many craft shows and odd mending jobs to take care of that I haven't made anything for myself in a long time)
  • 30 minutes of quiet time each morning (I love sipping my morning coffee at the dining room table, with the Christmas tree lights lit, enjoying the peace that is my home.)