Friday, May 23, 2014

Five on a Friday!

Three posts in one week??? Say what???? Go me!

This week was so darn SLOW. Seriously, I woke up everyday complaining that it wasn't Friday. And now Friday is finally here. Let's go it shall we??

1. THREE DAY WEEKEND! YES! Now while it will be INCREDIBLY difficult to go back to school on Tuesday, I need a break. I need to just get away and relax. J and I are continuing our tradition and heading up to his parents' place outside of Savannah. Even if all we do is lounge around and play board games, it will still be great!

2. I wish I had a screen capture, but it was really so GREAT to catch up with a few of my high school friends. It's exciting to see how great our lives turned out and how at heart we are still the little nerds we were in high school.

3.


10 SCHOOL DAYS LEFT! I really did love my class this year, but I'm ready to say bye-bye to them. 

4. 

J and I went to rookie mini camp last weekend. 6200 fans showed up! For a ROOKIE MINI CAMP! I can't wait for football season to start, even if it means I'll be watching most of the games during the season with my little one in a Jaguars onesie. :)

5. Did I mention three day weekend??? :)

Do you have any plans this weekend? How was your week?

Linking up with Lauren

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Technology is an amazing thing

In this world we live in, technology can be a bad thing. So many people have their faces glued to their phones while they are at dinner. Other people can't go two seconds without some sort of "major" life update on Facebook. (In quotations, because many FB life updates are not major!) Even blogs which connect people can cause drama.

But in many ways, technology is an AMAZING thing. I experienced one of those ways last night.

My high school English teacher has been teaching for 50 years! Can we just take a second to applaud that? 50 YEARS. Say what??? She's an incredible human being and to recognize that my old school is naming the English building after her.

Back story: I was in the International Baccaluareate program, basically a really international intense version of AP classes. Since it was just starting, my group was small. I had all the same classes with the same 23 people from sophomore year on. We spent every waking moment together, and needless to say by graduation we were done! We've kept in touch on Facebook, but with the exception of a few I hadn't spoken to many of them since then.

Mrs. Olin was our teacher junior and senior year. She taught us to really think in our philosophy class. Introduced to me some of my favorite books senior year. I definitely consider her to be one of my teacher inspirations. So when a friend of mine had the idea to set up a Google Hangout so that we could record messages to her, I was down.

And here's where technology is amazing... the hangout let us connect people from literally all over the world. One of my friends ended up in Japan. He was able to join us on his way to work! Another friend was in Denver, one was in Baltimore, and one was in NYC. In our typical IB way, it took us a minute to figure out what we could tell our teacher, but it was wonderful being able to catch up with all these people that were such a huge part of my life for such a short while.

I am sure Mrs. Olin will laugh her head off when she sees our video, but I hope she loves it to. I certainly loved making it!

Ever caught up with old friends? How was it?

Monday, May 19, 2014

23 week bumpdate




  • How far along are you? 23 weeks, 
  • How I'm feeling: Pretty good. The dry nose is really getting out of hand. It hurts to breathe in sometimes. Need to research remedies for this ASAP. 
  • Total weight gain:  Assuming it's still about 10 pounds. The people that keep telling me I'm small or I don't look pregnant can go shove it!
  • How big is baby? A grapefruit. Yea, okay, where?. 
  • Boy or girl?: boy!!! :)
  • Maternity clothes: Still rockin' some regular clothes, but with maternity pieces thrown in. My mom bought me a cute dress and jeans from Old Navy maternity. Once I find a cute maternity bathing suit, I should be set. 
  • Sleep: Eh. I've kind of accepted that I will not sleep through the night. It's all good!
  • Best moment this week: Hearing (and seeing) that baby is measuring great! And putting together the crib. Yay! OH! and J finally felt him! That was a fun moment. 
  • Worst moment: Cannot think of one. Good thing right?
  • Movement: More consistent. I feel him everyday at some point. He was going at it during rookie mini camp on Saturday. I can also see my belly move, which is very, very weird. 
  • Food cravings: Nothing really, is that odd? I feel like it's odd. I did want a KFC bowl for lunch today, but it wasn't this like burning desire. 
  • Food aversions: Still veggies. Trying to sneak them into various meals. 
  • Miss anything?: A good old Coke. I know you can drink a little bit of caffeine, but with his cord issue, I want to make sure he's getting as many good things as possible.
  • Belly button in or out:  Belly button is still in. 
  • What I am thankful for: That he is growing and had a healthy heartbeat. I measured 22 cm, which is slightly ahead. Hoping I get just as good news tomorrow!
  • What I'm looking forward to: We start our birthing classes next week. I'm really intrigued by the idea of being in a small group.
  • Maybe I will get around to updating more than just my bump. So many fun things to write about!

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

    Craziest time of the year...

    People think the beginning of the school year is the craziest time of the year! That would be SO wrong.

    May is the craziest time of the year. I've read three posts today from Bonnie, Brooke and Mal who totally agree with me. Let's break it down shall we?


    • I adore my class this year. By far the best behaved and sweetest class I have ever had. But May hit and they have lost their darn minds. I knew it when one of my best kids decided that throwing chicken nuggets up into the air and trying to catch them with her mouth would be a great idea. SAY WHAT?????? Or when I get blank faces when I ask them how to solve 35 +20. Or when I ask what the problem in the story is and they give me a blank stare. Or when I ask ANYTHING and they give me a blank stare. Kids are just done by this time of the year, and to be honest I am too!
    • EOY Checklists. In real people talk, end of the year checklists. This long checklist that requires signatures from a bunch of random people. I try and start it as soon as I can, because usually when I go turn something in or try and my list signed, the person magically disappears. 
    • End of the year tests. This year my district went test crazy! I've been cycling my kiddos through my computers to complete all their online assessments. Then I've been staring at my calendar trying to figure out which kids to test on which days for their big EOY summative tests. Makes me want to cry really. 
    • Something else that makes me want to cry? Packing up my room. I normally am a pro at this, but I can't do a lot of it on my own. (All those first grade books and materials are heavy yo!) The only positive to this is that part of that checklist is to create a diagram of your room. This way the custodians can attempt to put furniture back where it goes!
    15 schools days, plus two work days. Just like The Little Engine that Could... I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.

    Monday, May 12, 2014

    22 Weeks


    I know, not being consistent with this thing, but at least I'm trying! I am more than half way done and that's just crazy to think about. We have 18 days (18 LONG days) of school left and I cannot wait. I know this summer will zoom, but I want to enjoy it as my last one before baby comes!


  • How far along are you? 22 Weeks
  • How I'm feeling: Pretty good. Besides the constant dry nose that irritates that crap outta me, I really have nothing else to complain about.
  • Total weight gain:  10 pounds. I weighed 130 at the doctor's office last week. I am pretty pleased with that. 
  • How big is baby? A papaya. Where in my belly there's something as long as a papaya, I don't know but we will see. We'll get more accurate measurements at our ultrasound tomorrow. 
  • Boy or girl?: boy!!! :) ( and we may or may not have a name...) :)
  • Maternity clothes: A week ago, I bought four shirts from Motherhood Maternity. All in the same style, because I'm really not a fan of baby doll shirts. They are super comfy. This paycheck I'm going to invest in a good pair of maternity jeans and khaki pants. I also tried on some regular maxi skirts and dresses at H&M that should do me pretty well too!
  • Sleep: Been decent. Weird dreams don't really help (like my principal leaving and my grandpa with dementia taking over our school! What the heck does that mean?)
  • Best moment this week: When we were at our appointment, my doctor checked baby's heartbeat with the Doppler. Right when she put it on my belly, we heard him kick the Doppler AND I felt it! So neat. 
  • Worst moment: Headaches. Yuck!
  • Movement: More consistent. Baby boy likes football because he was the most active whenever I was watching the NFL Draft. :)
  • Food cravings: Still nothing different or weird. I did crave a Philly roll so I ordered one on Saturday. It was divine!
  • Food aversions: Nothing that sticks out to me. 
  • Belly button in or out:  Belly button is still in. 
  • What I am thankful for: That he is growing and had a healthy heartbeat. I measured 22 cm, which is slightly ahead. Hoping I get just as good news tomorrow!
  • What I'm looking forward to: Setting up the crib! I cannot wait!!!!