Tuesday, August 30, 2016

33 on my 33rd

Today I am another year older.

Today I am 33.

So in honor of this big occasion I decided to share 33 random facts about ME.

So here we go...

1. Nightgowns are my favorite form of pajamas.

2. I jam out to Meghan Trainor.

3. One of my biggest regrets is not having the guts to try out for the University of Arkansas band.

4. I love a new clean planner.  As soon as I write in one, I want to throw it out and buy a new one.

5. I don't like my handwriting, hence me wanting to throw away perfectly good planners.

6. I watch daily vlogs on YouTube - you know random people filming their lives.  I consider them my friends.

7. I'm scared of water.  I don't want to go under or be splashed in the face.  Showers are okay because I'm in control there.

8. Apple is my favorite juice, but I didn't discover I liked it until I was 31.

9. I don't drink coffee.  Ever.  Any.  I don't even like the smell of it.

10. I've always wanted to play Bingo in one of those Bingo halls with all the old people who take it very seriously.

11. For a very brief time, I had my nose pierced.

12.  I don't eat sauce on my pizza unless it's Alfredo.

13. I love the beach but hate the ocean.

14.  I don't know how to drive a standard.

15. I love pictures - both taking them and being in them.

16. I get car sick.

17. Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day.

18. I'm always cold.

19. I've never broken any bones.

20.  But I've had my fair share of stitches.

21. I'm a people pleaser.

22.  Confrontation makes my physically ill.

23. I'm a snoop.  I was the kid who found my Christmas presents before Christmas.

24. But I also love a good surprise, so I would only find a couple of my presents.  Never all of them.

25. Only my husband will understand this one but I HAVE NEVER put peanut butter in the refrigerator.

26. When we were in high school my two best friends and I threw thongs at Clay Walker while attending his concert.  We bought them at K-Mart right before the concert.  Clearly we were very mature.

27. When I was very young I fell on a floor furnace and burned my hands, knees, and stomach.  For the longest time I had a tic tac toe board scar on my stomach.

28. I'm a nail biter.  I keep my nails painted to avoid this habit.

29. I'm an introvert.

30. I don't like plain milk.  Chocolate only.

31.  And speaking of milk, I don't put it in my cereal.  Ever.

32.  How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days and Burlesque are two movies that I watch every time they are on TV.

33.  I don't like hand-sanitizer.

Friday, August 19, 2016



Y'all this first week of school has absolutely kicked my tail.  I have come home and immediately put sweatpants on every single day.  Wednesday night I don't know that I said five words to Andrew.  I just came home and went to bed.

If you need me this weekend you can find me curled up at home with a good book.  I'm not going anywhere or doing anything.


Mikey and Ellie spent the night with my parents last night so I invited them all over for dinner.  I needed the company to help lift my spirits.

Did I say it's been an exhausting week?

These sweet babies always put a smile on my face.

And I love getting to spend time with mom and dad.


These tieks shoes are all the rage right now.  They are apparently amazingly comfortable for teachers on their feet all day.

I want a pair.

My feet hurt.

Sadly they are pretty pricey.

So I'm selling the books from my classroom library and pretty much anything else I can find in order to purchase a pair.

I have no idea how I'll decide which pair to buy.  I want them all.

If you would like to donate to my tieks fund, just let me know.  :)


Sunday is the last day for 1/2 price shakes at Sonic.

This makes me so sad.

My favorite is the salted caramel.


I am so ready for all things fall.  Yesterday I changed out the wax in all my Scentsy warmers and couldn't resist using my fall scents.

My house smells like fall and it makes me smile.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Five on Friday: Back to School Edition

Friday...the last one before school starts.

Everyone has been asking me if I'm ready for Monday.

Yes and no...just depends on the moment.

I'm in no way ready to turn on my alarm clock and dive into my closet in search of something other than workout capris and comfy t-shirts.

But I am ready to get to know my students and help them become more confident mathematicians and scientists.


I got a fun little back to school manicure earlier this week.


I also got a back to school hair cut.  I've been wanting bangs for awhile but every time I mention it, Andrew says he hates bangs so I haven't done it.

Well I finally decided I was just going to go for it.


My school had Open House last night so I busted out the pink heels.

It was a good night.  I was able to meet almost all of my students and their parents.


My classroom is decorated in a travel/adventure theme this year and I've had so much fun putting it all together.  Full classroom tour coming soon.


My wall of family and friends behind my computer desk is probably my favorite part of my room.  It makes me smile to see all these faces every day.

Ready or not Monday is coming!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

A Three Part Vacation: Part Three - Myrtle Beach

One of my request for our vacation was some beach time.  

So Friday morning we said goodbye to Charleston and headed for the beach.

Of course we woke up at the crack of dawn because the first thing on the agenda was golf.

Seriously...why can't my husband play golf in the afternoon.

Might have something to do with the insane southern heat.

After his round of golf we drove to the beach and grabbed some lunch before heading to our condo.

We had a few sour moments upon arriving at the condo.

Our condo wasn't ready when it was supposed to be and we couldn't check in.

Andrew accidentally left his sunglasses in the bathroom and even though he pretty much went back in immediately they were gone.

But we finally got in our room and were able to go down and take a walk on the beach.

I cannot be at the beach and not be in awe of the God we serve.

And the best part of the beach?

A few of our very favorite people were able to join us.

We were so excited to see Cary and Sara and the kiddos.

We walked down to grab some dinner and ended up at Senor Willie's Taco Shack.

I had the fish tacos and let me just tell you they were the best tacos I've ever had!

If you are ever in North Myrtle Beach, I strongly recommend Senor Willie's.

But before dinner we walked down to the beach.

Will didn't think he was at Myrtle Beach until he was on the beach. :)

We spent all day Saturday on the beach.

I loved every minute of it.

 Loved playing in the ocean with Millie.

Photo Credit - JL and his thumb :)

Cary and Sara headed home Saturday night.  :(

The three kiddos stayed with us.

We woke up early Sunday morning to head home and take them to their grandparents' house.

I felt a little bad waking these sweet babies up.

Not going to lie...it was a long 13 hours home.

But I am so thankful for the memories we made.

Even the memory of one of them getting carsick and throwing up.

I love those three kiddos!

On the way home we drove by August National Golf Course.

Or at least the gate to the golf course.

I can't tell you how excited this made my husband.  Maybe one day he can go watch the Masters.

It was such a great trip.  I needed this vacation more than I even realized.

Sweet times with my best friend.

But we were definitely happy to be home.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

A Three Part Vacation: Part Two - Charleston, SC


I got my first glimpse of Charleston Sunday evening. 

We were pretty much exhausted after our day of golf and zip lining so it was straight to the hotel once we were in Charleston.


We woke up Monday morning ready to explore a plantation.  There were three close to our hotel.  We decided to begin with Middleton Place. We had hoped to do a carriage tour of the property but apparently it was too hot for the horses.  Yes, that's what they told us and they weren't even all that nice about it.

So we decided to leave and check out Magnolia Plantation instead.  

We loved Magnolia Plantation.

It was beautiful.

Once we finished exploring the plantation we hit the outlet mall for a little shopping.  I'm not sure why my husband even packed clothes.  I think he bought more than he packed.

Monday night we got all dressed up to go out to dinner.  We ate at Poogan's Porch which was delicious!!  We did not have a reservation which apparently you need for just about everywhere in Charleston so we ended up sitting at the bar.

But it was still fun.


We had a list of things we wanted to do and places we wanted to go but no real itinerary.  We just woke up each day and decided what we wanted to do on that particular day.

Tuesday we decided to explore the USS Yorktown and Fort Sumter.

USS Yorktown was the tenth aircraft carrier to serve in the United States Navy.

It was HUGE.

Matching Spouses. :)

 Top Gun

We did an audio tour of the ship.  It was very neat but it was H-O-T HOT!

We ended up taking a break between USS Yorktown and Fort Sumter to sit in the car with the AC and just rest for a little bit.

It was a much needed break and gave us a little energy boost for Fort Sumter.

We rode a ferry out and had about an hour to explore.


Wednesday morning we went to the visitor's center and purchased passes that allowed us to tour four historic homes in downtown Charleston.  Andrew and I love to look at homes and we were pretty excited to visit a few homes with such history.

Before we could tour any homes we needed breakfast.

Okay so maybe I wanted breakfast more than I  needed it.

Remember how I said you need reservations in Charleston.  That was pretty much true for breakfast too.  We ate at Hominy Grill and the place was packed.

But it was well worth it.

Andrew said this was the best meal of the trip.

After breakfast we toured the Rhett-Aiken House and the Joseph Manigault House.

We scheduled a walking tour of Charleston for 2:00 in the afternoon on what was probably the hottest day of our vacation.

Doesn't that sound fun?

Walking around outside for two hours in the summer heat?

It was crazy hot but we had a good tour guide so it wasn't too bad.

If you ignore the fact that we were both dripping with sweat it was a fun time.

He took us around downtown Charleston and shared lots of fun stories about the town's history.  One of the things I was so enthralled with were the doors on homes.

The side of the house  faced the street making it look like a front door.

It's not.  It a door to their front porch.

So simple of a thing, but I found it so neat.

Wednesday evening I got to go inside Lush Cosmetics.

I went in one several years ago in California, but sadly I didn't have an appreciation for it back then.

This time though...I was in Heaven.

I wanted to buy all the things.

The only thing that kept me from doing that was my husband.

But I did get a few things.

I bought shower cream which is like shower gel and let me just tell you I am OBSESSED!

I also bought a few bath bombs because those are always a must.

It's probably a good thing I don't have a store near by.


We started the day at Boone Plantation.

I was most excited about this Plantation because it was featured in one of my all time favorite chic-flicks.

Do you recognize it?

This is Allie's summer home in The Notebook.

We visited two more historic homes and the City Market.

We toured the Heyward-Washington House and the Nathaniel Russel House.

This was easily our favorite of the four homes.

Then it was back to the hotel for a good night's rest.

We had to gear up for part three.