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Monday, December 14, 2015

What's With The Radio Silence?

my classroom window
The funny thing is, right before we left California I made the decision that I was going to take this whole blogging thing more seriously. I wanted to post great content and do it consistently. So maybe you're thinking, well what the hell happened? Or maybe that's just me. We spent an amazing two weeks in California. We got engaged. And if that didn't make me the happiest little bitty in the world, the day after we got home I got a call from the Assistant Principal at the school I've subbed at for the past year offering me a full time teaching position! A first grade teacher left the school and they wanted me to take her spot! Seriously, the great news just kept coming! They asked me to start right away so that following Monday I found myself in a classroom surrounded by twenty little six year olds.

I would be totally lying if I said it's been easy. The life of a teacher is neither relaxing nor glamorous. I've been sick since the day I started, I've dried more tears and put band-aides on more 'boo boo's' than I know what to do with, I've stayed at school every night till about 5 o' clock decorating the classroom and grading papers. But you want to know something? I absolutely love it! I have a job that I'm excited to go to every day. I call my students my 'littles', and I love all of them. Of course there have been many hard moments, and times where I've thought to myself, what the hell did I get myself into? But in all honesty, I couldn't be happier. Being surrounded by these kids every day proves to me that there is still greatness in this ugly world. Their innocence is refreshing. They're eager to learn, and their positive attitudes are infectious. Whenever they learn something new, their eyes light up. They say the cutest and the dumbest things and keep me laughing all day long. I'll remember this group of kids forever because they're the ones that made me a teacher, and for that I'm so grateful! 

So there you have it. I had every intention to come back from California and blog every day (or, you know, a few times a week) but then I started this new adventure and blogging took a seat on the back burner. Will I start blogging consistently? Who knows. I want to, I love this space of mine. Writing is therapeutic to me. My problem is time management. Finding time in the day to do all the things I want. There just aren't enough hours. But it's something I'm working on. So stick with me.
Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

It wasn't until just a few years ago that I started liking Thanksgiving. I know, crazy, right? I was never a fan of the traditional Thanksgiving dishes. But any excuse to get together with my family? That, I've always loved. My best memories of Thanksgiving from when I was little all revolve around watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. My mom would put it on TV and would start cooking in the kitchen, taking a break every so often to join me on the couch to watch it. 

In the last few years, my family has started a new Thanksgiving tradition. We get together just us, my sister and her husband, my parents, me and Jose, and Jose's parents to have a small Thanksgiving dinner at my parent's house. My sister and I have gotten creative (thanks, Pinterest) with our dinner contributions. I always make some sort of mac & cheese. In the past I've made butternut squash mac & cheese, crock pot mac & cheese, and baked mac & cheese. This year I'm making creamy garlic mac & cheese, and I'm excited. We also make our famous white sangria (stay tuned for recipe) and that always goes pretty quick!

This time of year always makes me nostalgic, and thankful for all the great things and people in my life-

I'm so thankful for this life I live. I consider myself unbelievably lucky for the way my life is turning out. I'm healthy, I have the most amazing and supportive family, I have a fiance (still weird saying it) that loves me unconditionally, and a best friend that I couldn't live without. I have the opportunity to travel to amazing places with people I love, and experience things that not everyone gets to. I'm thankful for my job- which I've only had the pleasure of doing for 2 days so far (got hired as a first grade teacher! more on this later) In an economy where people are having a hard time finding and keeping jobs, I got a lucky break. 

Happy Thanksgiving, friends. It's about time for mimosas and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015

That Time We Got Engaged In San Francisco

I woke up our second full day in San Francisco knowing we had a packed day ahead of us, but so excited for everything we were going to do. We got coffee and set off first thing in the morning over the Golden Gate Bridge and into Muir Woods. We spent a few hours walking through the woods, it was seriously one of the most amazing things I've ever seen. I had a stupid smile plastered to my face all morning, "This is perfect", I kept saying. When we left Muir Woods we headed over to Sausalito to have lunch on the bay. We kept it a light, as our plans were to have a picnic on Baker Beach to watch the sunset. 

Pictures of Baker Beach don't do it justice! A beach with a view of the Golden Gate Bridge, mountains, and the city?! It doesn't get better than that, friends. When we got there, we dropped our stuff in a good spot and took a walk down the beach. It was FREEZING! The wind off the bay was so cold, and yet I couldn't be happier. That stupid smile from the morning still plastered on my face. 

We set up our blanket and opened our bottle of wine. "This is perfect", I said again. We had The Grateful Dead playing in the background. The Grateful Dead is our band. You know, everyone has that favorite band, or musician that they share with their person. The Grateful Dead is ours. 

There were a lot more people at the beach than I expected, which made for great people watching. There were photographers, couples, parents with their kids, and dogs jumping into the water for their frisbee. 

As the sun started to set I noticed Jose acting fidgety. He kept saying that there were just too many people there- but at this point, most of the people who had been at the beach when we got there were now gone. With the exception of a couple people who were pretty far from us, we basically had the beach to ourselves.

I started to wonder... But then he threw me off by suggesting we leave the beach, "Lets find an overlook to watch the bridge light up after the sun goes down." I told him that didn't make any sense, we had the best seat in the house right there on the beach. 

The sun had basically set, and I was officially freezing. I told him I was ready to head back to the hotel, and then the bridge started to light up. Jose said we could leave after one more song. He put on our favorite Grateful Dead song, It Must Have Been the Roses. My heart kinda dropped into my stomach, and then started beating super fast. Jose asked me if today was the perfect day. Yes, I said, absolutely. Nothing could be better. "I have something that might make it just a little more perfect", and out came a black ring box. 

I was shaking and giggling and again with that stupid smile. "So is it a yes or no?" It was yes, obviously. I can't think of a time in my life when I was happier than that moment. It was just so, us. We were in our favorite city, listening to our favorite song, and it was just me and him. It was perfect. 

it was too dark to get a picture of my ring that night, so this is the next day at Twin Peaks
My fiance... wow, I still don't think its registered yet. I love the life we're building together. Nothing makes me happier than going on this adventure with you. You remind me not to take it all so seriously, and there's not a day that goes by that I'm not thankful for your infectious laugh. If our past is any indication of our future, I know we're in for a great time. Thank you for choosing me. I love you, babe.
Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Wednesday Confessions

Happy humpday, friends. I got some exciting news this week! When I get back from vacation in a couple weeks, I'll be coming home to a full time job! I've been a substitute teacher for the last year and I've rarely worked a 5 day work week since. Which sounds great in theory but I'm not getting paid for sitting on my ass the days I'm not subbing. I'll be taking my teaching exams in the next few months and my goal is to have a full time teaching job next school year. But that's so long from now I knew I needed something better in the meantime. To make a long story short, the principal at the school where I sub offered me a full time position teaching their intervention program. I'm so excited for this new adventure. I seriously love the school, and I've had so much fun subbing this past year being able to connect with so many kids in all the different grades. I'll be starting the Monday after I get back from California, so I'll do a post sometime after that to let you know how I like it!

Anyway, this week is speeding by me! Maybe it's all the excitement this week has brought. Between the job offer and my graduation party that my sister's been planning for this Saturday, and preparing for our trip on Monday my mind has just been all over the place. So keeping it easy today and linking up with Sarah from Plucky in Love for some Wednesday confessions.

I confess- I am BEYOND excited for our trip, to say it occupies most of my thoughts is an understatement! On that note, I'm currently looking at my empty suitcase on the floor waiting to be filled. I hate packing and usually put it off till the last minute.

I confess- Sometimes I let social media get the best of me. I get so wrapped up in the numbers and page views. Sometimes I need to take a step back and put things in perspective, remember why I started all of this in the first place.

I confess- My sister has been planning my graduation party for a few months and it's finally happening this weekend! She hasn't let me in on any of the details but I know I'm going to love everything! Keep your eye out for a post on it next week!

Speaking of my sister, she started a blog! You should check her out! I may be a little bit biased, but I think she's great.

2 more days till the weekend! Here's to hoping they go by quick! 
Monday, November 2, 2015

Halloween 2015

Party on, Wayne. Party on, Garth. 
Wednesday, October 14, 2015


Well look who finally decided to show up! After a week away I was missing this space of mine. I didn't intend on taking a little break, but you know, life. Today I'm linking up with a blogger I recently came across Sarah @ Plucky in Love (she's pretty awesome, check her out) to share some confessions. Better late than never...

I confess - I fall off the work out bandwagon faster than I can get back on
I confess - I'm in a total reading rut, please offer your suggestions
I confess - With only 1 month till California, it's literally all I can think about
I confess - Sometimes blogging/social media gets the best of me
I confess - I've tried some awesome recipes these last couple weeks & can't wait to share with you 
I confess - This is the first week I've subbed a class for a week straight, I'm exhausted by the time I get home, hence no blog posts

Happy Wednesday night, party people! Halfway to the weekend!
Wednesday, October 7, 2015

What October Means To Me

sorry for the blurry iphone pic from 2012
With the beginning of October comes cooler temps across the US (with the exception of South Florida...), pumpkin farms, blanket scarves, and all the pumpkin spice latte's a girl can drink. And while I indulge in a few of the above (give me all the iced PSL's, please), October has a different meaning to me. October is breast cancer awareness month, a month that hits close to home. Toward the end of 2011, my mom went to her annual doctors appointment and they found a lump in her breast. When my mom told me, she was so positive. Whether that was just a show for me or not, I don't know, but she knew I needed her positivity. To me, her positivity meant everything was going to be ok. All we could do was wait for the results further proving what I already believed, that everything would be ok. My mom got the results while she and my dad were visiting my aunt and uncle to celebrate New Years. My mom had breast cancer. I don't remember exactly when she told me. I think I've just completely blurred that memory out of my mind. I know she didn't tell me and my sister right away, she said she wanted us to enjoy our New Years Eve, because that's the type of person my mom is. Even when her world was falling apart around her, she wanted us to enjoy a silly holiday.

2012 brought multiple doctors appointments, chemo treatments, and radiation. My mom lost her hair, but never her spirit. I've never seen my family come together quite the way we did that year. The amount of support my mom got from all of our family and friends was overwhelming. Our family and closest friends came together to fight this fight with my mom. Though she was the one physically going through this, she had unwavering support from the rest of us. My mom is able to say something not all women who suffer from breast cancer can say, and that's that she won, she beat it. And I'm thankful for that every day of my life. My mom is my biggest inspiration, her strength and perseverance is undeniable, her positive outlook on the world is contagious. She is everything in a woman I hope to become.

I know our story is not special, and probably sounds much like someone else's story, but I do believe every story is unique. So to my mom, and any other woman out there- mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts, grandmas, any woman who's fighting this fight, don't give up.