Monday, May 28, 2012


Well, it has been a LONG time for my posting. Life has really gotten busy with the end of school coming quickly, baseball season coming to a dramatic close, and just my lack of dedication.

I have had a few interviews... so the wait is on. Super hard for me, but what happens, happens. I hope and pray nightly that one will be the perfect fit for me and I will fulfill my goal to be a teacher.

I got to spend a fun, relaxing weekend with John and family. It was great to just relax and not dwell on what may happen. I continue to look for jobs and do what I can to get one.

I have a busy 4 day week of school. I will try to keep up with the blog. No promises. I just ask for prayers that the Lord will help me with my patience and find me a job!

Here is an updated picture of John and I at the Olentangy Baseball Banquet (ignore the stache')

Monday, May 14, 2012


Monday. Whew was it busy!!

After school today, I had a list of things to do all before my meeting. 1. fill out injury report 2. get sub plans ready for two days of jury duty 3. get to my meeting 4. head home after my meeting, feed dogs, take dogs out, change my clothes 5. head to the Braves baseball game.

All of this by 5:00. I did pretty good. I made it by 5:20 and it was a great game. The Braves pulled out a win!! Woo Hoo!

I am glad to be home and able to relax and watch the tube. I love to just relax. Jury duty tomorrow and Wednesday. I think this week is going to fly by!



Well, today was day seven of the diet. I didn't do the only soup day. I 'gave up' so to speak. It was Mother's Day and I wanted to celebrate with family. I had my own little celebration with a DIET COKE! Yum! I love it. It isn't terribly hard to miss when you used to have 3 a day.. but I limited myself to a small amount.
We celebrated Mother's Day with John's side of the family. My mom was living it up at the beach (lucky!). We all went to Christie and Tom's to have steak. I had a hot dog... I am not a huge fan of steak. I love seeing all of my nieces and nephews! They are so much fun to hang out with and watch them grow. They are so big! I love them. 

John was having a major allergic fit (still don't know what was causing it) so I made a quick dinner when we got home. John grilled some bbq chicken, I made some steamed fresh green beans and some quick parmesan noodles (from a box). We always used to make dinner, but time gets the best of us. I must say... I LOVE the grill. I need to use it more often. 
(Yummy dinner for TWO)

Well the diet is over and I lost 5 pounds. I did not do day 7 at all. I think that it was a great way to get more conscious of what I was eating every day. It also made me find new recipes to try with vegetables! I know  I will use some again. 

So, if you are going to do the diet, I recommend you keep an open mind and go into knowing that it may not be the easiest thing, you will be somewhat hungry at times, and you may get a headache. But, it was worth it. I definitely found that I felt better and was sleeping better. 

Happy Detox/Dieting!


Sunday, May 13, 2012


My Journey with the Seven Day Diet
Day: Six

Food: Chicken and Vegetables

Breakfast: Chicken breast cold cuts. 

Lunch: Salad with chicken on the top with fat free ranch. 

Dinner: (FAIL with friends) We had snack foods and none contained a vegetable or chicken. 

Water Consumption: 4 bottles (8 glasses)

Morning Weigh In: 162.4

Thoughts/Feelings: No Diet Coke again. Today was going great until we hung out with our friends tonight. Alissa had already confessed that she was done with the diet... so, for dinner, I had a few taquitos, chips and salsa. I really do not want to do the soup all day tomorrow. It is Mother's Day. I think today is my last day of the diet. 

TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS: 5 pounds in 5 full days


My Journey with the Seven Day Diet
Day: Five

Food: Chicken and Tomatoes (6 required)

Breakfast: Chicken cold cuts (2 pieces).

Lunch: Bowl of tomato soup, chicken cold cuts, raw tomato with salt and pepper.

Dinner: Grilled chicken and a baked tomato (follow me on pinterest to find the recipe on my board).

Water Consumption: 4 bottles (8 glasses)

Morning Weigh In: 163.4

Thoughts/Feelings: No Diet Coke again. 6 tomatoes. I was able to eat a total of four. It was grossing me out and I LIKE tomatoes! I used a baked tomato recipe I found on pinterest and it was yummy! I recommend it! I was yummy to have some meat. Not something I thought I would miss, but it was a welcomed food today. I thought I would be pretty hungry, but today was a good day!

Bring on Day SIX!


My Journey with the Seven Day Diet
Day: Four (literacy night)

Food: Bananas and Skim Milk (or yogurt)

Breakfast: One banana and a yogurt (strawberry flavored Light and Fit).

Lunch: Yogurt (strawberry cheesecake Light and Fit) and a banana.

Dinner: Banana after school, 1/2 yogurt at home after literacy night.

Water Consumption: 4 bottles (8 glasses)

Morning Weigh In: 164.4

Thoughts/Feelings: No Diet Coke again. I was really worried about today. I am not a yogurt fan, but I have found a few that I like and can actually eat! This is a very recent development, so I knew this day would be a struggle. I shouldn't have. This was the EASIEST! I was not hungry at all! Whew!

Bring on Day FIVE!


My Journey with the Seven Day Diet
Day: Three (jury duty day too)

Food: Fruits and Vegetables (no potato)

Breakfast: A large green apple, but I couldn't finish it.

Lunch: Salad of romaine and spinach with light italian dressing and a SMALL amount of parmesan cheese.

Dinner: Salad with different veggies and about 3 oz. of chicken with fat free ranch dressing. 

Water Consumption: 4 bottles (8 glasses)

Morning Weigh In: 164.4

Thoughts/Feelings: No Diet Coke again. Today I had jury duty. I wasn't as hungry as I thought I would be. I did have to go to the bathroom a lot! All this water takes a toll. I feel SO much better today. I am always tired, but I don't feel very tired today and I feel like I actually slept last night. I knew if I didn't have something on my salads, I would want to cheat, so I allowed myself a few things to prevent that. (water at dinner is not yummy)

Bring on Day FOUR!


My Journey with the Seven Day Diet
Day: Two

Food: Vegetables (One Baked Potato)

Breakfast: A few small carrots, not really hungry.

Lunch: Baby carrots, Miracle Soup, and my baked potato with butter (Thank you Misty!).

Dinner: Cooked cauliflower and brussel sprouts (I found recipes on Pinterest to guide my way).

Water Consumption: 4 bottles (8 glasses)

Morning Weigh In: 165.4

Thoughts/Feelings: No Diet Coke again. This is amazing me! The veggies were much easier! I could cook them or eat them raw. Much more exciting and other choices. The baked potato was fabulous! Headache again tonight... off to bed early. 

Bring on Day THREE!


My Journey with the Seven Day Diet
Day: One

Food: Fruit (no bananas)

Breakfast: Grapes and watermelon pieces.

Lunch: Grapes, strawberries, and watermelon pieces.

Dinner: Grapes and Miracle Soup.

Water Consumption: 4 bottles (8 glasses)

Morning Weigh In: 167.4

Thoughts/Feelings: No Diet Coke today! (pretty proud of myself for this) I had a BAD headache around 8:30pm, stuck it out and headed to bed to get rid of it. I wasn't starving, but I would love some WARM food. I worked out tonight.

Bring on Day TWO!


Alright.. I decided I would do the diet. I am not one who normally does diets, but I thought about and it seems ok, not terrible. I will blog about the week that is coming. Here is the basic layout (found on pinterest)
I decided I need to do more research, but I was going to do it! John immediately doubted my ability to do it, so of course... it was game on! 

So, off to the store I went to stock up on fruit, veggies, and the ingredients for the soup! The kicker for me isn't the food as much as it is the DELETION of Diet Coke. I usually have 2-3 cans a day. Now, I am going to go cold turkey and have only water. Yuck! I hate water. 

Day one starts tomorrow... I will keep you updated. 

For more information about this diet visit:  (It was full of info and why it is like this. I liked the science behind the madness. Also, it was more detailed.) This is more of a cleanse that will result in weight loss. 

I guess it is my last chance to have a Twinkie... so, I shall eat and then go to sleep!



Happy Cinco De Mayo!
On this day, we relaxed, cleaned, and I outlined the blog posts that I was behind on. I will get around to them.

Funny thing happened today:
I was outside with the dogs. It seems like I am all the time. The people in the house behind me were out. She was cutting grass. I kept thinking, she looks familiar. Hmmmm... Later in the day, we were out again, no surprise, and she came out and said, HI ALEXIS! Well, my neighbor that moved in about 8 months ago... is also an employee of SACC! What are the odds. I worked with her over spring break and we would email back and forth about the plans, and we could have just talked in our backyards! Small world.

Now.. how many times have I taken the dogs out looking like a hot mess that just woke up... too many to count... hehe.

This week is going to be busy. Alissa called and asked if I was interested in doing a diet that she and Dena are doing next week. I said I would check it out... We will see.

Have a great night!



I love musicals! Delaware Hayes was putting on Legally Blonde and I thought it would be a great thing to do with Kennedy! She has been working SO hard with me and her reading, I thought it would be a fun treat. Here are some pictures from the show:
 Pretty Girl<3
 We are EXCITED!
 Show TShirt (we also got a brownie, water, and donated to breast cancer research)
 -Checking out the Playbill-
 -All Smiles-
 -Sassy Girl Rockin' her new Gear-
 She met ELLE! (Thank you Susan for making that a wonderful experience. She was starstruck and was so excited to meet you. In Kennedy's words "You sing really good.")
A Wonderfully Pink Night at the Theater :)

Congrats to the cast and crew. Fabulous show! Thanks for a wonderful show!

-Alexis (and Kennedy)


Years of Service Reception/striving
Today, after school, the district held a ceremony to celebrate those employees who have been with the district for a certain number of years and those retiring. Because I do not work after school, I decided I would go. Misty, who is my 'relief' every day at KSACC was being recognized for 15 years of service with the district. Another SACC employee, Judy, was retiring. Two wonderful people.

As I sat through the ceremony, it was so wonderful to see what people had to say about those being honored or retiring. The whole time, all I could think about was, I wish I was being recognized. I want to work! I gave myself a small pity party about the current 'classroom job' situation. I love my job and am blessed to be where I am, but I REALLY want to fulfill my goal and become a contracted, classroom teacher. I will get there!

Then, once the pity party was over, I wondered to myself... what will people say about me at my retirement? It was kind of interesting to think about. Who am I as a teacher? What will people see? I hope that they will say:

Caring, Creative, Hardworking, Organized, LOVES the Children, Happy

I know that I try to be the above, but I can always improve.

So, cheers to those who are celebrating their time in the district!
Here is to many more years!



Well.. the day has arrived. Jury Duty. Grand Jury Duty to be exact.

I started the morning off checking in with my sub and making sure that everything was ready for the day. With my last sub's experience.. I was nervous. I knew it would be an ok day, but I still had a bit of nervousness. I made sure she was planned until after lunch, and then I thought I would be back. I also made sure that she let them know that the new Pete the Cat would be shared if they were making the best choices they could.

Off I went. To the courthouse. It is such a strange experience. I have never been in trouble with the law or do I ever foresee that happening. How do people who are in trouble, deal with this all the time. It is eye-opening. I headed upstairs to the waiting room area and it filled in pretty quickly. There were 44 people in the room. Keep in mind, I have NO idea how or what we would be doing. Would I get chosen? My chances of getting chosen were about 50/50. I chose to be on the May-June Jury list. Well... I was chosen.  Next thing I know, I am off to the courtroom. I was in the first 14, so I was automatically on the grand jury. As the day went on, it became clearer that there was no 'getting out of it'. I am glad I was chosen, now, looking back. I will get into that more later.

After we were sworn in and given our directions, we were sent upstairs to the Grand Jury Room. I was still very unaware of what our job was exactly. Now I know: To hear the testimonies/witnesses of the prosecution and we vote to decide if there is enough evidence to send the case to trial(indictment). Interesting! I won't be in the courtroom at all! Anyway, the prosecutor was getting us comfortable, and gave us a brief outline of our day, "brief training, lunch, then cases to be heard". At that moment, I panicked! My sub was only prepped for 1/2 of the day. EEEK! I called her immediately and let her know I would be there all day. So, on my lunch, I rushed to the school, explained the plans, and read PETE THE CAT! (maybe it was selfish of me, but I wanted to share it with them). Grabbed a quick lunch, then headed back to the courthouse. Crisis averted.

There are 14 people chosen for the grand jury. I am number 11. Jurors 1-9 are voting members. Jurors 10-14 are alternates in case one juror is unable to cast a vote. I still have to be there to hear all of the case and I leave when they vote. The alternates do not find out which cases are indicted until Friday, when we can read it in the newspaper.

Before we could vote, we had a brief training. The Delaware County Drug Task Force came to acquaint us with the drugs that are in the county. Talk about an eye opener! Yikes! I was astonished at the technicalities of drugs and pretty bothered by how prevalent it is in the county. Then we met with a S.A.N.E nurse (for sexual assault victims). I just happen to know her! Lastly, we met with victim advocates who are there for those who are mainly in domestic violence cases. I felt a bit more prepared and knowledgable.

All in all, I love jury duty. I miss being with my kiddos, but it is a really interesting to be part of. I have learned so many things, met some cool people, and am doing my civic duty. I have jury duty every week, every Wednesday for two months. I was initially dreading it, but now I look forward to it almost.

If you get called, I urge you to take advantage of it and learn from the experience.

*I am sworn to secrecy, so no juicy details to share, SORRY*


IT IS HERE!!!!! Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons!

Today was the day. After school, I headed to Barnes and Noble to pick up my reserved copy of the new Pete the Cat! As I was there, of course, I saw at least 10 books I would love to buy and use in my classroom. That is my true weakness.... book for my classroom. I love children's literature. Anyway.. back to Pete! So, as I was standing in line, a woman in front of me was talking to the cashier about how her daughter loves the books and she was excited to get her the next book. Well... she didn't have the new one. So, I thought I should tell her about the new release. She was grateful and went to buy the new one.

As soon as I got into my car, I couldn't just let it sit on the front seat as I drove home. I just HAD to read it and find out the ending. I am definitely a kid at heart. I couldn't wait. Well... I won't give away details, but the ending was FABULOUS! I chuckled a bit... and I know the kids will!

Tomorrow, I have jury duty. I should be able to be back in the room by the afternoon, so I will be sure to share it with my KSACC kiddos. They are going to love it!

Check it out online:

Happy Reading/Listening!


Well, the baseball season is coming to a close. I really like the group of kids that are on the team this year. One has a special place in my heart. His name is Tyler and he reminds me SO much of John. He is a good kid who is always willing to help us out. (ok... help me out when John is out of town) This young man would shovel our driveway, cut our grass, and even made sure John was able to get his car after I got stuck one day in the snow early in the morning. His parents are so sweet as well. I know he will do great things in the future!

The senior night game was fun to watch. There was a lot of support from fellow classmates who play different sports. Sometimes, when John comes home and he is grading and griping, it is hard to picture these high school kids. I know how my friends and I were in high school... so it is strange to hear some of John's stories. But this group... just some really good kids who genuinely care.
Kudos to you parents!

Check out these two crazies! (I'm telling you.. they could be twins)


-just a thought-



April 28th... saturday, pedicure, TV,

Well... after my stressful end to yesterday, I got a welcomed surprise. Wendy and Kerrigan came to visit and we got to hang out and get pedicures! I always love pedicures... and sassy Kerrigan loves to get her feet soaked and painted. She chose a bright green color, Wendy chose an orange (not too bright, but not fall-ish), and I chose a pinkish-red. It was definitely a needed relaxation.

While the girls were getting pampered, John went to his parents to help around the condo. He got to come home with...drumroll please.....
a TV for our bedroom!! YAY! We have been wanting one so we can fall asleep actually in our bed instead of on the couch and have to get up and go upstairs. So exciting! Now we just have to get a cable box for up there so we can use it.

All in all, I am feeling refreshed and recharged for next week.



Well, today was a frustrating day for me as a teacher. Not so much frustrating as it was upsetting.

Every month, I have a meeting that has all of the KSACC teachers and the before and after school managers together. I like meeting with them to share our thoughts and ideas. My main concern is it during the school day. This requires the KSACC teachers to get a substitute. Well... my main sub was sick. I had a different sub come to my room who had never met my students. She is a fabulous person and sub... but it went crazy upon my departure. I feel bad leaving, knowing that some events may occur because of the change in the dynamics of the classroom. I am always a nervous wreck when I am not in my room. This is probably a personal issue... the lack of control, missing my kinders, etc. Today was no different.

When I came back from my meeting, I walked into a child bleeding (caused by another), children not obeying, and it was just a bit chaotic. What a bummer. It is hard enough to leave now, and I was just so deflated returning to all of these things. So... with 20 minutes left in the school day, I had to check their work from the day, pack them up (folders, work, lunchboxes, etc.), write an incident report, write a behavior update, AND finish a rainstick. WHEW! It was quite the doozy.

Did I mention how much I don't like to lose control of things?  Next up, jury duty. We can only see how that goes.



Rain, Rain, 
Go Away, 
Come again another day, 
All the Children Want to Play, 
Rain, Rain, 
Go Away. 

Well, I must admit, it was a wonderful addition to our rain week to see and experience rain in a new light. The kinders were very excited to, in a way, examine the rain with new knowledge. It was very exciting to watch as a teacher. I just wanted to put on my wellies, and head outside to play in the puddles... that must wait for another day.



So I have had a twitter account for a while now. I don't know what possessed me to get one, but it seemed interesting. So I did. After attending the Dublin Literacy Conference this year, we learned about our presenters and their twitter names. So, I added them.

Well let me preface this story...
At the Dublin Literacy Conference, I met Eric Litwin and James Dean, the author and illustrator of Pete the Cat! I bought the first two books and had them signed. I couldn't wait to go back to school and share them with my kiddos. They LOVE LOVE LOVE to dance, and these are the perfect books for movin' and shakin'. Well, Pete quickly became a staple in our classroom. (end of preface)

Back to today. Well, on twitter I received a wonderful text. A NEW PETE THE CAT WILL BE ON SALE MAY 1st! I was just like a kinder... super, super excited!

Well, with news this great, I had to share with my kids. So, I found the clip on youtube that had a preview of the new book. They loved the new groove and started a count down on the calendar for the new one! I was required to go to the Barnes and Noble that day to get it!

I will keep you updated!



Well, with regards to my post yesterday I wanted to talk more about non-fiction in our classroom.

Every day I get a break while my 'relief' reads for story time. WHEW! I am so glad she does this for me. Anyway, I usually have her read a fiction book and a non-fiction book. I always tell the kids on my way out, make sure you learn a fact... and share it with me later. 

They have really started to enjoy non-fiction. I make it a 'big deal' to find a fact or information about our subject. Not only are they becoming more comfortable with reading, they are more comfortable with non-fiction texts. Not all of my non-fiction texts are on grade level. I have the students look at the pictures, draw conclusions, etc.

I am looking forward to dinosaur week. They LOVE dinosaurs!



This week in KSACC we are focusing on April Showers! Rain Rain Rain...
I am so surprised that it ACTUALLY rained this week. I am very glad as well because we could use it as a reference. There were a few things that were really fun this week. We took a picture of ourselves under a big umbrella. I printed them out on paper and we used a pencil eraser to create RAIN all around us! The kids loved making it rain inside the classroom.

Every week and every theme, I ask the librarian to pull me some specific books. (She is so helpful! Thank you Mrs. Jackson!!) With the theme this week being rain, we were able to read a lot of non-fiction books. As a class, we each read/browsed a book about rain. Then we shared with a partner. Then we came together and wrote the facts on an anchor chart. I had some fun answers/facts. My favorite of the exercise:

True. How could I not write it. It was a great observation.

Kindergarteners at their finest. I sure do love them!


Sunday, April 22, 2012


Whew! What a way to catch up on the blogging. I have been WAY to lax on that. I am definitely not going to let it suffer again.

Today is that kind of day. I am going to get all of my lesson plans typed out and today is the last day for John's MBA!!!! He has a lot to do to finish today, but I have faith!

I am headed to the store to prep for the week of foods we need and then back to here to get back to the grind. I am determined to have all of my lesson plans done! (for the year!!)

I know that it seems as though I have forgotten about my interview, but not so much. I have been distracting myself rather well, I think. Please keep praying that the Lord will provide me with a classroom next year. I know that it is where I am supposed to be. I just need the opportunity. :)

Found this print pinterest. I love the colors. (seems so simple...)
Enjoy the rest of your day. It is a cold one here, so I am going to try to stay warm. 



I was the poster child for laziness today. I slept in, sat around and watched tv, and did do the laundry. I had plans with Michelle, but due to unforseen events, she couldn't make the drive. Bummer city. I miss my friend. I like to see her preggo! It is exciting. I am going to have to wait but I am determined to see her soon.
At the beginning of my blogging, I had read the book, The Lucky One. Well.. little did I know that a movie was coming out!  So, I called up two of my friends and asked if they wanted to see it tonight. They agreed! YAY! Girl's Night at the Movie Tavern! I love the Movie Tavern. They have a full menu and you get your dinner while watching the movie. The seats are comfortable too!

The movie was good. I think that there were a few missing elements that would have related to the book more, but all in all, it captured the book pretty well. I was happy with the movie. Our service at the Movie Tavern wasn't the best. I was frustrated because it was my friend, Jen's, first experience. Bummer again. Our waiter just seemed scattered and out of breath and pretty forgetful. As we were walking out, I saw him running from one end of the building to the other. The guy had people on opposite sides. I FELT TERRIBLE! I guess it just goes to show, you can't tell what a person is going through just by a quick glance.

I recommend the Movie Tavern and I recommend The Lucky One (book and movie)! :)

Fun night with the girls, home to my husband and pups.

Can't complain.



(I wish that tv time block was still available)

After school today, I joined a few friends for drinks and dinner. I don't drink, but it is always fun to just relax and refresh. It was fun to hear stories from the week and just sit.
We went to a restaurant in Delaware called 1808. I tried the grilled cheese and YUMM!!! It was so delicious. I am so glad that I found it on the menu. After dinner, we headed to Whit's custard. I aways get the same, chocolate with marshmallow. It was nice to sit outside and enjoy the warm weather. I am so glad it is looking more like spring and summer. I am blessed to have met some amazing people this past school year. They are always there and helpful when I have questions. I know that I have made life-long friends. :)

Off to head home and take care of the pups. :)

Have a great night.


I was on a high because of how well I had run yesterday. So, I decided I would do a short run to the front of our community and back. I checked the milage when I was driving home. It was a total of 1.6 miles. I think that would be a great run on the off-day. I decided that I would take Adi. Maybe she could get some muscle on her thin frame. We are gaining weight, but we would like it to be muscle.

So, I came home, changed, and we were off. I did not have a solution on where to keep my inhaler. My shorts do not have a pocket. Any suggestions? (I had to put it in my bra... not really comfortable) Anyway... We were off and Adi seemed to be having fun. We made it ALMOST to the front of the community when she just stopped. I mean stopped stopped. Not walking, not budging! I am sure that people who were driving by couldn't help but chuckle. I was pulling with all of my strength. Her neck was stretching out, but her feet were not moving! Well, I had a goal in mind, and she wasn't having it. So frustrating!! So, after about 5 minutes of trying to coax her to keep running, I decided to turn around. I did turn around and off she went, running! Who is this dog? It was nice to run outside and enjoy the fresh air. It was a beautiful day, overflowing with sunshine.

We did end up going 1.2 miles, so not too bad for Adi's first run. I was proud. I was so happy that my app that I use was helpful and tracked the process.

I give our run a 3/5. It felt good.
(true fact)



I had a wonderful proud moment today as a teacher. My students were challenged to read 210 minutes each and earn their way to the top prize of a TShirt. Well, in addition to the prizes, if a certain percentage earned TShirt level, we would have a popcorn party, then an ice cream sundae party, and finally if 100% of the students earned that level, a pizza party!
Well, my students went above and beyond. I sent home a sheet that they could fill out when they read. I tracked their progress on a bulletin board outside of the classroom. It always had kids stopping in the hall to see how we were doing. Our book buddies loved to check on their buddies progress! (which is so sweet) All of my kids got their shirt and they knew what that meant... PIZZA! Today was our pizza party. I decorated the room like a luau, each kid got a lei, and a fun tiki! It was just great to see them strive for a goal and reach it! (The custodian even got in on the fun and brought us cupcakes for dessert!) Yummy!
After a long day at school, I decided I needed to get back into running. I haven't been making time for it for the past 3 weeks! I was nervous, but I knew I had to do it. I decided to run the program where I left off. Brave. I did it! I was so proud of myself because I ran 3 miles (first time since I started the program) in 38 minutes. I did have some walking in the mix for warm up and cool down and a small 3 minute walk. I was so shocked by what I have accomplished. Whew! Color Run, here I come! (I would like to get to a 30 minute 5k... a bit of work still to do)

Today, I took the time to try to start to catch up on my blogging. Again, I am determined to keep up! I went through the days and just jotted down what had happened. I will elaborate more and publish! 

Have a great night. 


Well... I can not dwell on the events of yesterday.. I must move on. (easier said than done...)

I started the couch to 5k running program a while back (I would say beginning of February) when my sister, Wendy, approached me about running in the Komen for the Cure race. I looked into the process, and I thought to myself.. I have never been a runner, but I need to be healthy, and this is a great program to get started. (I always joke that I want to be addicted to running... and I don't know how other people are)
Pinterest is a GREAT motivation. There are so many inspirational quotes that are just helpful at times. Here is the pin that made me run for the first time: (maybe it will inspire you too...)
I knew that this was true, so off I went. I am determined to not be a quitter. I searched for the couch to 5k and found a wonderful app for my phone. It is called "Ease into 5k" It did cost money, but not more than $3. It is perfect for me. It tells me when to warm up, run, walk, cool down. It is encouraging too! ("You're halfway there" and my favorite "Last run, coming up!") It has a journal for me to jot down notes about my run, a graph of my running, and even lets me use my own music! I recommend this app!
After I had been running for a bit, I decided I would try to find a 5k that may be sooner. I looked online and found The COLOR RUN! I know that I am crazy, but I was determined to run in it. So, I went to the website ( and found that there weren't many near Ohio. Bummer! So, I went on the facebook page and asked them to come to Columbus, Ohio. Well...about a month later, it was set! (I had no part in doing this, but I did suggest it at one point) I am so glad that they are coming to Columbus. I have started a team. CR12. (color run 2012) If you want to join, let me know and I will give you the password to join the team. 

Here is a quick overview of The Color Run:
1. Must wear white. 
2. 5k walk or run. (my goal is run)
3. After each kilometer, they throw a specific color of powder on you. By the end, you have five different colors on you and you are tie-dyed!
4. I will frame this shirt and bib from the race. My first race EVER! (I never thought I would say that...)

Check out the website for more info. Here is the picture that made me want to sign up!
You can't deny it... it looks awesome. Join me and my team~



Well, the day has arrived. I was pretty calm during the school day. This morning was a breeze and I knew that I have done as much as I could to prepare myself. I am not necessarily nervous, but more anxious. I know that this sounds corny, but I love to sit and talk about teaching with other people who love to do it as well. I think that going into the interview with a realistic view helps. I know that there are other teacher's out there. I just hope I am the one that they want to join their staff! Before I left for the interview, I had to do a quick change at school into my suit, freshen my make-up (it is amazing sometimes what I look like after a day in Kindergarten) and head off to interview. I had butterflies in my stomach because it is time! In the words of my loving husband, "Don't screw it up..." (semi-jokingly... we do need this and I think he knows that I need this for my sanity and he knows how much time and effort I put in behind the scenes)

Here comes the amazing Kinderquote:
As I am rushing down the hall to put my stuff in my classroom, grab my purse and portfolio, I walk swiftly passed one of my kindergarteners waiting on her bus. She is a sweetheart, but definitely has had her fair share of moments in kindergarten. As I am walking by, she says, "Mrs. Edmonds! Where are you going?" I never ignore a child when they speak to me. Just not my style. So I stopped and told her that I have a meeting to go to. She could obviously sense my urgency and butterflies. She simply responded, "Well, you look really nice!"
At that moment, the butterflies were gone and I knew I was ready! This little girl was able to do that by just giving me one compliment. What a moment. I will cherish it.

Off I went, to the interview. I think that it went well. There were six people in the interview. I don't get intimidated easily, but now looking back, I probably should be a bit intimidated, because they could potentially change my life.. .but that is looking back.

I should hear something within the next week or so. I can only pray that my personality and attitude toward teaching was represented and they would love to have me on their staff. God has a plan for me. I just have to trust that plan and be patient. It is easier said than done...I will admit that.

Off to bed trying not to over-analyze everything I said in the interview. (not going to happen)



Sunday. I was excited to go to the new church again, but we decided to stay home as we have a lot to do. I have been reading The Leader in Me by Steven Covey. I know that the school I am interviewing with tomorrow is a Leader in Me school. I needed to get it read. So, that is what I did. I read, and read, and read. It is a good view of how schools create a common language for the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and the students are succeeding! I look forward to implementing some of the information and verbage from the book into my classroom. It definitely makes me want to read more about the subject matter and even visit the pilot school. (I will have to save to make that trip!)

John was busy working on his masters work again today. Sundays are a drag around here. Full of work. He is so close to being done. It will be welcomed by both when it is over. It is hard to watch him just toil away at his MBA. SO SOON... I keep trying to remind him. (I'll let you know how next week  goes... last week!)

Because we were just working around in the house, we were really bumming it. We didn't look good AT ALL! I was pretty ashamed when I looked in the mirror later that day. But I had a goal to finish that book, and I accomplished it! We got a surprise Facetime call from our cousins in Tulsa. Zooey is only 6 weeks older than her cousin Mia Grace. I think it is amazing to see how much she has even changed since their baptism on Palm Sunday! Well... we got a special treat to see... ZOOEY WALKING! It was so cute to see her waddle around the back porch. The wonderful things that technology can do. It is amazing. I would have never been able to view that live.. and now.. I can! What a blessing!

The night ended with a bit of positive self-talk, updating some things in my portfolio, and trying to calm my nerves. A full-time classroom is my goal. (as many of you know) This is my chance! As I laid down in bed, so many things ran through my mind. I do not know how I got any sleep...




Today started off bright and early as John and I finished our taxes online and I went downtown to pay the city taxes. We actually got money back this year. That is unheard of! We have always had to pay. It is coming at a welcome time. A time where we can try to get ahead of the bills and focus on the important things. (I am determined to get my patio this summer!)

After the taxes were done, I headed to Polaris to look for some suit pants for the interview. My skirt is a little big and I thought pants would be nice too. Well, after 4 different stores, I gave up, bought panty hose and decided I would wear the skirt. Looking back, good choice!

On my hunt for the suit pants, I always stop in the baby sections to see if I can find anything for the arrival of the twins. I found the CUTEST onesie for twin girl. (I searched for a match for baby boy, but to no avail) Look how cute! (and only $6.00-can't be beat!)
On my way home from my shopping fail/find, I decided to stop at John's team's double header. It was raining, but I know they play in the rain if there is no lightning. So, I decided to watch from the comfort of the car. I was dry... and warm. They won the first game (I saw the last inning) and then they fixed the field up, ate a snack, and were ready to play game two. After the 5th pitch in, it started to rain HARD. So, I just left and headed to the grocery.

At Meijer, I decided I would try to find the materials for a craft/tool that we could use at school. During one of our literacy night meetings we talked about how, at the Dublin Literacy Conference, they talked about the importance of students seeing us as readers as well. We thought it would be neat to create something to hang outside of our doors to show what we are reading. I decided I would take on that task.... I will keep you updated! (a tutorial will follow)

I came home and tried to relax, but that is NOT happening with everything about tomorrow on my mind. I had everything packed and ready to go for my quick change after school, but I was antsy. So, I decided to start the project. Here it goes...

I will try to get some sleep...


Wednesday, April 18, 2012


TGIF! (I wish that show line up was still on TV)

After school, I headed home, took care of the pups, and then went to the rivalry game between John's team, Olentangy and Olentangy Liberty. I am so glad that Jamie was there to keep me company. We sat on the wrong side of the bleachers.. so we cheered and they jeered. They cheered and we jeered! It was a good game that really kept me interested. Unfortunately, they lost... with a loss comes unhappy boys. So, we were plotting whether or not we could get them to go out to dinner or not.... it was a tough sell, but it worked! We got to go out to Buffalo Wings and Rings. Yum! I walked in and asked the young man for a table for four. He said a few minutes, how about this booth. Then, being difficult, we ask if we could have the one with the game center on it. (just girls here...) He says, "well, I am not supposed to seat there, but I will ask..." (Cue boy entrance) Waitor turns around and says (spotting the boys) "Are you with them?! Sure we can sit you there..." Are they famous?? I felt dissed! But, we got the table! We enjoyed dinner and fun games of photo hunt!! We rocked.. officially.

After a late dinner and exhausting day, we headed home to hang out with the puppies.



Kindergarten Kickoff is over. I was slightly nervous about how it was going to go because of the newness of KSACC.

We started the night off in the Kindergarten rooms (my room was closed because I am on the other side of  the building) The parents and future students joined us to do a small school bus craft and their FIRST 'I Can' statement. The parents got a paper to fill out about their preference for next year and their possible enrollment in the KSACC program.

Next, we moved to the library. With a fabulous turnout, it was standing room only! It was a bit loud, but the parents got a folder of information and the principal gave me the chance to talk for a few minutes about KSACC. After the presentation and such, I had a good amount of people come up and ask me specific questions about the program. I think it is going to be pretty full next year too! That is exciting!

On a side note, I have been really working hard this year to create a program that is academically based and correlates to what the students are doing in kindergarten. So, when parents who you do not know or teach their children, come up to you and compliment KSACC! I had at least 5 families come up to me to tell me that they have heard so many wonderful things about KSACC and me! It made me smile.

Long night... off to bed.





(I am playing serious catch up... bit behind...)

In kindergarten today, we made some of the cutest cards that I found on Pinterest. I know that it is AFTER Easter, but my kinders LOVE to use paint and their hands. So, we made handprint bunnies to make cards that say "Somebunny Loves You". I had one student who actually got the play on words and he thought it was so fun!
Check out the pin for this fun card:
I made it a card, having the students write "Somebunny Loves You!" and their own message on the inside with their signature. They looked great!

Tomorrow is kindergarten kick-off in the district. I will post about that tomorrow!


Wednesday, April 11, 2012


Whew... two days in with kiddos and I am exhausted! You would think it was the first day of school... I didn't even rest on spring break, I worked!

Update on the 'eggsperiment':
The egg from yesterday is covered in bubbles, the shell is getting thin almost see through, and it is rubbery! I think you should ALL try it. It is fun and weird at the same time.

After the day was over, I headed home to let the dogs out and hang out. Duty called with dishes and picking up (doesn't it always). And of course... Adi was at it again.. barking at the new neightbor, "GUS". I must say, he is adorable and so small!

Time to catch up on the TV! I just can't help it. While I was watching I was working on the KSACC Kickoff video for Schultz. (for a friend) I had it done, just had to burn it to a disc. I burn it... it won't work in my dvd player or blu-ray. WHY?! It worked on both mine and John's computer.. but no.. not the actual dvd players. Any ideas or advice? I gave it to my fellow KSACC teacher and we got to have a fun chat!

On an exciting side note, I have an interview!! It is next week, and I will be sure to keep you SUPER updated on anything else on the job hunt. Keep me lifted in your prayers and help me stay positive about the job hunt. :)

Feeling inspired tonight...



Back to school with the kiddos! It was a pleasant day back and I am glad that I planned everything before we went on spring break. We started our 'eggsperiment' by putting the egg in the vinegar. I am excited to see the result (being a rubbery, see through egg) I am EGGsited!! (haha)

After school, I did my Tuesday/Thursday tutoring. I added a new friend to the mix today. She is a beautiful soul and really wants to read well. We worked hard and had one initial breakdown. It is so hard to see a child not succeeding in their heads and they are devastated. It broke my heart. I was as encouraging as possible and hope that she wants to keep working toward her goal! We read a book that she chose (on her level) and went through sight word flash cards as quickly as we could. We are SO close to under 1 minute! After we finished, she headed home and mom called me about 20 minutes later and she wants to come back tomorrow! Maybe Thursday would work... but I was just elated that she was excited about reading and wanted to come back! I will keep you updated. This tutoring session made me think about a verse I pinned on my pinterest classroom board.
(I should have this on my desk.. say it every morning)

Home I came for a night of my favorite TV shows. Unfortunately, Adi insisted on barking and barking and barking at our new neighbors puppy. I ended up with a headache, and headed to bed. Guess I will play catch up tomorrow!

Have a great night!


Tuesday, April 10, 2012


Monday! Teacher work day which means I was sort-of on double duty. I worked in the morning at SACC and then headed to my classroom to get things organized and make sure it was ready for the kiddos. There are more opportunities in the district (internal still) and I am looking forward to possibly getting an interview. The daydreams I have about a full time teaching job are happening more and more. I have to believe if I want to make this MY year!

After work, I headed home to clean up. As if I weren't "off" this week, my house was a disaster. I did the organizing, laundry, and 'picking' up. Tomorrow is floors. BORING! The wonderful schedule works when I work. One of my 'to-dos' for the day was get all of the DVRs updated. SUCCESS!

Off to bed early because I need to be well rested for the first day back!


Sunday, April 8, 2012


He is Risen...He is Risen Indeed! (Happy Easter to all!)

This morning, John and I tried out a new church that is pretty close to us with our friends Braden and Heather. It was a very small church, but I like it like that! It was so great to be greeted and included. It was like a piece of home had come to Columbus. I love that about my church at home... so inviting, kind, and chatty. The pastor was kind and the company was around our age with small/new families. It was nice to 'fit in' and not be the babies of the church. They showed one of the cutest videos I have ever seen. I don't know if it is because I teach kindergarteners or everyone thinks it is cute. (It just is funny how kids think perspective) Check it out here (and watch the whole thing):

They even had extra Easter Lilies and we got to take one home! :) I think we will go back next week!

After church, we stopped by the house to gather our goodies, and headed to Pete and Tiff's house to celebrate with some family (John's side). When I say some... I mean a lot. There are a total of 10 adults and 9 children. 19! It is a packed house that is always fun and eventful. After a delicious lunch, we headed outside for an egg hunt. I helped out Sebastian and Remae. They had so much fun! The kids all colored eggs, made crafts, and just hung out like cousins do. The adults were all in food comas, so we sat and watched the Masters. Check out some of the goodies John and I made to share:
 (Rainbow Fruit Skewers)
 (Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries with Chocolate Drizzle)
 (Deviled Eggs...)
(Close Up and Colorful)

After eating a ton at Easter, we headed to meet up with Kristi and Nate at Pei Wei. KJ and I met when we were younger at Camp Presmont. Church camp was so much fun for the years we attended! Alissa and I always made sure we had the most food for our cabin. KJ and I have kept in touch and it was great to get to see her! We got to catch up and talk about her newest adventure... TWINS! (I am glad my friends are having twins.. it makes my chances smaller.. haha) It is always great to see friends! I can't wait to meet the two little misses or misters! 

Back home to our babes, Adi and Aspen. We have been so busy.. they probably think we hate them. Tonight, they have been running around like crazies! I am glad they are getting their exercise now.. not when I head to bed! 

*I hope you all had a blessed and wonderful Easter. It is a wonderful reminder of how magnificent our God really is and what he did for EACH of us. In church today, the topic was... we should START celebrating now! He is RISEN. He is Risen Indeed!*



Forty days. I am impressed with myself and my writing. It has definitely been a challenge to keep it up at times with the schedules we have. But... I am... so moving on:


We had a lot planned for this day and I woke up excited! First, visit GG and GP at their new place! It is a blessing that they are in a place that they will be taken care of properly with minimal invasiveness. It is a fabulous thing to see them sticking together through all of their moves and through life. They fully support each other at all times. It is a blessing to witness a 94 and 95 year old, but two that are so in love... remarkable! They loved the Easter basket... yumm! GG is doing wonderfully and we love visiting. We wish our schedules allowed us to visit more.

After our visit with GG and GP, John and I got to go on a DATE! You heard it... a date. It has been a while since we have had the chance to just relax and go out. With Easter being tomorrow, we headed to Easton to watch The Hunger Games and get in a fun shopping trip! TJ Maxx never disappoints. I found a SUPER cute dress for only $24.99 and a cute skirt. (I must brag for a minute: It was two sizes smaller than normal! Whew! It is paying off!) John got some new shorts and shirt. Check out my cute new dress...for Easter:
(I love it!)
The Hunger Games did not disappoint. John has not read the book, so I felt like I had to keep updating him, or giving him back-story. Other than that, I think it was a good way to portray the book. I enjoyed walking around Easton. Back in the glory days... (ODU Days) we always walked around Easton. A lot has changed! More stores... updated theaters... same ol' parking issues. After our date, we came home and got all of the goodies for Easter lunch ready. Pics will be up tomorrow! Have a great night!



After a long day at work, I headed straight to visit the loves that I spend the summer with. Mason had a HUGE secret <<hamsters, upstairs for Easter>> Kennedy had all of her birthday presents that we HAD HAD HAD to do! We got to make beads for a necklace, it was a cool machine thing. The boys joined in. This summer is going to be busy and more busy. The benefit, Stella can now hang out with us without having to be held the whole time. We are going to have a lot of fun this summer on our many adventures. I am sure they will be jam packed! (plus, I get to drive the nanny van-woot woot)

Here are some pictures from tonight's adventures:
 (Bead Making Adventure)
 (Napping Adventure)
(Photo Session Adventure--Check out the chubs!) <3


Thursday, April 5, 2012


Today... I didn't get to sleep in. I had to be up and at 'em in order to greet the cable guy. Last night, the cable box went crazy... and wouldn't work. So, this morning.. I got to hang out with the cable guy as he fixed the cable. It was fixed.. but I lost all of my DVRed shows. Bummer city! Because of how busy I have been... I had a lot to catch up on!

Moving on... I headed to work. It was a pretty good day. Rather cold for recess time, but we stuck it out. The school has this cyclone part of their playground. It looks like so much fun and the kids are always on it! Today.. I decided to try it. WOW! How do they do this? I almost lost my lunch. I was dizzy for the following two hours. <yuck> One positive: I had a parent ask if I have been working out! What a great thing to hear when I have really been watching my food intake and trying to run. With the busy schedule, it has been hard to make it all work. I am glad that she noticed. It validated my efforts.

Home to figure out the DVR and get my shows re-scheduled. I hate to be a TV junkie, but I just am! ((guilty as charged))

I can't find a fun picture of the spinny thing to share.. I may have to take one tomorrow and share!

Off to be a tv junkie! :)

Quote to leave you with:
From Pinterest


Wednesday, April 4, 2012


Well.. today was pretty eventful!

1. All Day SACC-Always an adventure. The kids have been GREAT this week. Tomorrow, I get to work the afternoon shift.. so maybe their personalities will change!

2. Lunch and girl talk with Tiffany (and Ellia and Remae). I had to return all of the wonderful tupperware and such to Tiff from the shower, so we decided to meet at Five Guys. Yumm! The girls got a hot dog, and I was jealous. <Iwillgetitnexttime> I get to help Tiff bake later this month! I love to hang out with her. We have so much in common. You would think we were raised next door to each other. haha (we weren't, but God knew what he was doing by choosing us to marry the men we did and make us sisters)

3. Driving home to check on the dogs and catch up on the DVR before John's baseball game (never did get to, had to call the cable company and they have to make a stop over)... I check facebook on my way home... and see the headline "Olentangy High School Evacuated for Bomb Threat". WHAT? So I call John to make sure he is ok, and get the scoop. Everyone is ok and the game was cancelled. I shouldn't be excited about that, but I get to spend the entire night with my husband... unheard of during baseball season!

4. Naptime: Unheard of in baseball season as well, John and I got to take a nap! (I always am jealous of children who still get to nap daily... can we get mandatory naps for adults? I think we would all be more effective.)

5. Dinner: We decided to go get Mexican food (at our favorite Mi Cerrito). It was hard to look at the movie theater across the street, and WAITING to see The Hunger Games. (That is for Saturday...)

6. Dessert: Delaware has a fabulous and delicious custard place... WHITS! It is so amazing! I don't know what it is about that place, but we can just crush some ice cream! I got the special flavor: brownie carmel swirl. YUMM!

7. Relax: Well, we are home and watching the opening game of the season. The new Miami stadium looks pretty night and flashy! Pups are sleeping, John is working on his grad school homework, and I am blogging. All is right in the world.

*I have really been blessed this spring break to take time to relax, visit friends and family, and put aside some aspects of life (cleaning, working out) to focus on those relationships.*
My week has proven this quote. And I am only half way through!



I have to really get focused and stay on top of this blog! Write EVERY day. That is the goal. I am going to get on that!

Today, after work, I headed for the chiropractor. I definitely needed it. My lower back was really bothering me. I got my re-scans done to check on my back's progress. I am feeling much better now that I have seen the chiropractor. He is amazing!

Off to Beavercreek :)
I love to organize.. anyone who knows me knows, everything has a place.. and it should be in that place! (haha) I headed to help Michelle sort through all of the shower gifts from this past weekend and set it all up. The nursery color is fabulous and the twins are definitely blessed. I got to spend time with Michelle as we folded tiny clothes, organized butt cremes, and stacked towels. I am so excited for her. It is going to be such an amazing experience and I can't wait to babysit! ;)

After all of that organizing, I headed home. (It is normally about an hour-hour fifteen minute drive..) As I was driving up the road, with no warning, there are signs EVERYWHERE, "Road Closed". So, I had to figure out another way to get home. whew. Tack on a few (20) minutes.

When I got home, I passed out in the chair. I don't remember going to bed!
Up and at em' early for SACC! It is a busy, crazy, tiring life.. but I don't know how else to live. I work hard and succeed. Look at this fun quote to keep me motivated:

(what is another 10 minutes?)


Monday, April 2, 2012



I am working... every day, but I thought I would share something. The program I work for offers an All Day SACC program during spring break for families who are working. (which is many) I had a bit of anxiety being the opening manager this morning and hoping that the students would respond to me. Let me tell you.. I was so pleased when I left! They were so fabulous today and there were 57 of them!

1. All three activities (grass planting, bubble painting, and resistance water color painting) ALL completed!
2. We did DEAR time... (silent reading) and ALL 57 kids were silent and READING! I was nervous, but I even had a child who was so proud of himself for how much he read. He didn't seem like the kid who reads for pleasure or on grade level <I could be wrong.. but just by my observations> and he asked for a bookmark so he could save his place for tomorrow! It was a BIG accomplishment to have all reading and trying. Made me smile.
3. I made it through day 1 of spring break with a great staff by my side. Whew.
Bring it on day 2! We have a lot more in store for you!

((I didn't get my nap in.. but I will at some point this week))

*Off to enjoy pizza and relaxing with my hubs... as soon as he gets home from baseball*