August 3, 2019 (Saturday)

It is the weekend before I return to school. I cannot believe summer is coming to a close. I will miss summer dearly, however I cannot wait to meet my new little ones. Each year I trust in God's plan. I know he has purposely placed each of these beautiful souls in my classroom. I have been hard at work for weeks now in my room. I cannot wait to show you some of the pictures. Today I am going to focus on my family. My oldest daughter turns 13 on Monday! How can that be? Am I really that old? Time really does fly by fast. With each coming year, as my girls grow, my parents growing older, memories are all that I have. Today that is what we are doing! We are going to make more memories! We are celebrating by eating crepes at CREPE CRAZY on S. Lamar followed by a little paddle boarding. If you are local to the Austin area you have to try CREPE CRAZY, . Amazing, authentic European recipes with the freshest ingredients. The serve both savory and sweet crepes. By the way if you have not tried paddle boarding, you have got to try it at least once. I advice you not to try it on the ocean if you have not had experience paddle boarding before, the ocean is much harder than the lake. Although, if you like a good challenge the ocean was fun! After filling up our bellies, we will put on our bathing suits and head out to the lake for the afternoon! Sounds like a perfect way to end summer.

As the last few days wind down leading up to the first day, please pray for the children and the teachers. Our hearts and minds are growing very anxious as the first day approaches. As a teacher, I want everything to be just perfect for each child when they first enter my classroom. I hope they feel a sense of love and excitement from the moment they enter my room.

For now I will leave you a picture of my almost 13 year old daughter (two more days). She is an amazing soul! Lily is so wise beyond her years! I am so proud of the young woman she is.

July 17, 2019 (Wednesday)

Get Your Teach On (GYTO) was out of this world! If you are an educator and have not attended a GYTO on conference you need to ask your principal, write a grant, write a donor's choose, ask a business to sponsor you, don't be afraid to ask for help. This conference will inspire you and leave you feeling so pumped for the upcoming school year. Three years ago I was able to attend GYTO in Houston. I have been following my favorite presenters for the last three years in hopes they would come back to Texas. This year, thanks to a very generous business owner I was able to attend the National conference in Dallas. I was able to hear and speak to teachers from all over the country. I spent four days taking classes just for my grade level! As an attendee you can even have the option to register for break out sessions. My friends and family have asked what was you biggest take away? Honestly, I cannot really just pick one but if I had to pick ONE class it would be glow games! I believe glow games is going to take learning to whole new level in my class this year. I have an entire wish list on Amazon for black lights, glow sticks, and UV blacklight tape. Have you ever tried glow games in your classroom? I am so pumped and excited to begin my 9th year in public education. Good luck to all my fellow educators this year. Go out and MAKE MAGIC!

June 24, 2019 (Monday)

Sweet Summertime! Yesterday as I sat in front of my makeup mirror getting ready for church I noticed something different as I was getting ready for church. For the first time, in a long time my dark circles under my eyes were gone! Since, the day I met my kindergarten teacher I knew I wanted to be a teacher. However, at that point in my life I did not know what I was getting myself into. Teaching is a hard job, plus add the role of a wife on top of that, and then add a mom on top of that!! How do we balance it all? Friends, co-workers, parents ask me all the time. During the school year, I run on coffee and just a few hours of sleep each night. Yes, I know, it is not the healthiest or wisest. Maybe one day I will learn to say no to some of the dates scheduled on my calendar. When it comes to being a teacher I often think of my students like my own children. In fact, by the end of the year I feel as if my students families have become an extended part of my family. I build relationships with the parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents and even great-grandparents. These relationships will last a life time, I will carry these special bonds in my heart forever. Every day when I step into the classroom, I ask myself what would you do if Lily or Kylie (my very own children) were sitting in your classroom? I would give them my all. I pray that each year my students will feel love and that each child feels safe in my classroom. I pray that we create memories together that they will cherish forever in their hearts. It is this question that pulls on my heart every time I write a lesson plan or think of a new idea. Would my own child be challenged by this lesson, would my child have fun, would they be engaged, would they learn a life lesson that they can carry with them for years to come. Teaching is not a job, teaching is a calling. I cannot tell you how often I have been questioned about why I do what I do. There have even been times where I have questioned myself. As teachers we often want to see the end results of our hard work, this is not always possible. I know without a doubt that we are needed and that we must keep fighting for our students. Each time a prior student stops by to see me, wether it is to give a simple hug or to leave me a letter, I know God is sending me a gentle nudge. Now if teaching was not hard enough, add MOM on top of that!! I will save that BLOG post for another day!

Grand Cayman Islands,

June 2019

Where is your happy place? The beach? The mountains?

Make sure you take time to rest and re-charge before the school year gets back in swing.

June 11, 2019 (Tuesday)

1st BLOG POST! I am so excited to launch my website and my blog. I hope you will join me along this journey. Last year, I stepped outside of my comfort zone and and started a social media page on FACEBOOK called "Living That Teacher Life". I want to continue to grow as a professional and invite others to follow me on my journey. This year, I want to continue to challenge my self by creating a blog. I love to write! Today, I felt was the perfect day to begin this journey. I just wrapped up two phenomenal days of training at the TCEA, elementary technology conference in Galveston, TX. The conference was amazing! Thank you to my amazing principal and my technology support team for making this happen! I cannot wait to implement the ideas I learned. Here is a picture of me with my two second grade partners!