2nd Grade Wisdom

I teach 2nd grade.

However, these 2nd graders often teach me.

{Now as a preface, this blog is not for me to rant and rave about things at school.  It’s for me to “journal” things going on in my life right now since I’m in a crazy busy, but crazy exciting time and different thoughts along the way.  And maybe you might get a smile out of it yourself.}

But there will be times when I won’t be able to help myself and share a story or two about my class, my career… a big part of my life.

Today’s one of those days.

All of my students have abilities and talents that I love about them (even if they don’t yet recognize it in themselves).
Sometimes though, they can leave me speechless about their thoughtfulness and care.

Sending me a bouquet of buttercups to brighten my day in a mason jar.
Sneaking me a Reese’s peanut butter egg.
Bringing me an extra scrambled egg from their breakfast at home that they saved for me (I saved it for later). ;)
Drawing Snoopy and palm trees on the Get Well cards they make for me when I lose my voice.
Bringing me an Alabama wallet cause they saw it and just knew I’d love it.

My favorite is walking up to give me a hug for no reason or writing my note that just says “I LOVE YOU.”

But it’s not just about things they do for me.  What really makes me smile is when I see what they do for each other

Rushing to help pick up their friend’s books when they go everywhere.
Seeing that someone may not be understanding that math problem and bending down to their desk and making sure they get it.
Ordering an extra “Cupid Gram” for the kid in class who didn’t receive one to make sure he felt loved.
Laughing at each others jokes (that’s a big one for a 7 year old!)

I could go on and on.
Kids can sometimes get a bad rap. Yeah, there’s bullies out there and yeah, sometimes they don’t make the right choice and can cause a wee bit of frustration… but you’ll be surprised that once you look for the good in a child how much you will find.  How most of them just want to make those special people in their lives happy and are thinking of those around them.
Something we “grown-ups” can learn from… and if you watch, you may be surprised to see how much that child will, well, bloom.

Spring Break, you were lovely

It’s a Friday night, but unfortunately both Brett & I are under the weather.  Hopefully Saturday is much better for us wild & crazy kids, but I thought I’d take this time to recap (if you will) my Spring Break.

First off, let me just say Spring Break is soooooo much sweeter as a teacher than as a student.  Why, you ask? Well, other than the much-deserved time off it’s nice to (technically) get paid for Spring Break thanks to being on salary.  Can I get an “Amen?”

But the big thing is I get to be just me. I loved what Emily’s mom said to me this week, “So you get to be Lacey and not Miss G for  a few days.” TOTALLY.

Sooo in no particular order here’s what Spring Break 2011 has brought for me the past couple of weeks (wish I had more pictures but my parents took my their camera with them on a trip) (But a camera might be on the registry) (HINT):

  • Friends! With fixing up a house and first year teaching, I don’t have much free time.  So I have taken full advantage by visiting with friends and eating too much and sleeping in and have SO enjoyed it (maybe a little too much).  It’s been fun being acting like a college kid again and just hanging out on campus for a couple of days. Did  you know college is so much more fun when there are no classes you have to go to?A post will be devoted to her later, but Emily is rad and can make anything fun.  Watching baseball, tennis (did you know that the alley doesn’t count in singles? Me neither) (And I totally took tennis lessons the summer of 7th grade), going to BCM, and receiving lots of hugs and “What are you doing here?!” greetings was super great. You know who you are to those of you who it was extra great to see at CU this week.  Plus, I snuck in a lunch with my newly-engaged Erika! And of course, spending any time with Brett makes me a very happy girl.  I had fun watching baseball games WITH him, even if I know deep-down he wishes he were out there.
  • Worked on the house– Again, a post will come soon with updates we’ve done to the house since we bought it, but Brett & I put in a full day this past weekend and cleaned the inside top to bottom, worked outside, he painted the guest bath, and much more.  This includes spending SEVENTY something dollars and cents on (are you ready) lightbulbs and knobs. LIGHTBULBS AND KNOBS.  But the buy 1, get 1 Sonic burger and homemade (thank you) Velveta mac & cheese for dinner helped. Just ask Brett.
  • Registered! Brett & I also completed our registry at Target and then later Sears. Target went pretty smoothly (although I totally didn’t freaked out when the battery appeared to have suddenly died after TWO HOURS roaming and scanning the aisles at Target and we didn’t think it saved. But crisis adverted! We were golden).  Sears had some great things too, but don’t get us started on the process there. A bless-his-heart-older-man employee approached us as we were trying to scan the push mower for the THIRTY-EIGHTH time and said, “How are you folks doing today?” And I, with my Christian attitude, said “Doing great other than I’m ABOUT TO THROW THIS THING OUT THE WINDOW.”

There were other things too, of course.  My Mom teaches in the same county, so we have the same breaks and I always enjoy spending time with her- around home, shopping, and delivering food to friends recovering (I do love that about her).  Thanks for the Oatmeal Raisin at Panera, mama.

Oh, and I bought “THE DRESS.” I have to admit, I was pretty excited when I found it (on a whim- by myself- which was probably the best for my sanity).  It’s simple, perfect for the beach, and (most important to me) COMFORTABLE.  You will totally see me rocking it throughout the summer.  Ain’t no shame in my game.

While break was wonderful, I am excited to get back to school.  I’m blessed to be in a career I love, at a school I love, with people I love.  Plus, I sure do miss my favorite second graders (but sooo not that 5:40 alarm clock).

If you made it this far, I salute you. I feel like you earned it.  Hopefully, I keep the blogging up once school cranks ups again, if solely for my sake.  It’s kind of therapeutic. I’m my own Dr. Phil.

That did not sound right at all.

Chao!

Going to the beeeach & they’re gonna get married….

When’s the date?
Have you picked out your colors?
What about flowers?
How many in the bridal party?
Number of guests?
Who’s doing hair? Make-up? THE DRESS?

I think you catch my drift.  Ever since June 22, 2010 when the boy I’ve been blessed to call mine for (at the time) almost four years asked me to marry him, those questions and more have flooded both him and me everywhere we went- among family/ friends, work, church, etc.  Of course, all who asked have the best intentions and are being polite, courteous asking us about the big day.

BUUUUUUUT here’s the thing. I’ve never wanted any of that. Friends weddings? Sure, I’ll be happy to put on the dress and hold the flowers… it’s their day. I could care less about picking out colors. Or choosing overpriced flowers. Or ordering 390 lbs of food. Or making sure so-and-so got an invite.  Not to mention all eyes on me walking down the aisle and I’m so not a girly-girl. In fact, it stressed me out just THINKING about figuring out all of that.  Not to mention adding up the costs of everything.  We just bought our house and our eyes are open to how much it cost to maintain a house, not to mention if you prefer having, you know, FURNITURE. :)

So long story longer, we are indeed having a wedding.  A wedding we are stoked for. It will be June 11, 2011 on the Gulf Coast (friends know the location but in case someone randomly searches, I don’t want a stranger knowing) (Yes, I am that paranoid).  That’s right. A BEACH WEDDING!

Now, I know what many are thinking when I tell them (as we were when we were figuring it all out)… umm, what about the guests? Well, we love all of our friends and family to pieces, at the end of the day it’s about us (although we’ll certainly miss a few).  Our parents will be there. Come over anytime and we’ll tell ya all about it (I’m sure a photobook will be involved).  Well, what about the costs? Well, it’s certainly not cheap necessarily to do a beach wedding, but it’s cheaper than having it here after you add up all the other “stuff.” Who’s going to officiate the wedding? God is so good… it worked out that our pastor is not only able, but willing to travel down to officiate the wedding beachside. BLESSED!

I’ve always dreamed of the marriage, not the wedding. God has blessed me with the future husband I’ve always dreamed of… he’s smart, kind, thoughtful, a hard-worker, handsome, Alabama fan (well, it’s true), and above all a Christian who is involved with me at church and wants to grow in the Lord together.  With the purchase of our house, that dream is becoming a reality- we’ve (ok, he’s) been painting each room, picking out colors, figuring out what kind of furniture we want, etc.  The wedding will be a great and important day, but it’s just day one… I’m more focused on the long haul. : )

So, I’ll become Mrs. S (again, with the paranoid tendencies about random people knowing inf0  :-) ) with the sand between my toes, close family watching on, hearing the waves crash on the shore and we couldn’t be happier!

By the way, please begin praying for pretty weather. :)

First thing’s first

So a friend of mine has a “blog challenge.”  She is new to blogging as I am (and I think just as skeptical if she will continue to do it), so this is a way to ease into it.   We’re supposed to introduce ourselves and give 15 interesting facts, but I think most people know me pretty well that will be reading this (especially if I ever actually, you know, tell people other than Brett about it) know me so let’s see if I can think of some “interesting” things about myself.

1.  I am all about staying in on a Friday or Saturday night with Brett, watching some HGTV onDemand (he loves it, don’t let him tell you otherwise), and either picking up take-out or eating something from home.

2.  I would pay someone approximately $2049.49 bonafied US dollars & cents to figure out the curtain situation in our new house.  The thought of rods, colors, fabrics (gag) makes me want to throw something.  And considering there’s about 14 windows that need a curtain at our house, that would be money well spent.

3.  Which brings me to my next point, and that would be that I am a second grade teacher and can’t really afford hiring a curtain professional. So any friends whose heart flutters anytime they go in a JoAnns and would like to tackle that, well BE MY GUEST! By the way, I love being a teacher. My students are funnier than most of my friends.

4.  I am the world’s worst with a cell phone.  I’ll leave it on silent, not hear it, or simply forget I own one.  IFFFFF I get an iPhone (see: the big if), maybe that’d change since those are so, whats’ the word… valuable in the cellular world.

5. The beach is my place (see last post about beach wedding! will transfer that post over here soon).  My parents took me every year and so I told Brett they can blame them for my need to have to go every year (at least once a year). I love Nashville and wouldn’t want to be away from these places, people, and where I’ve grown up… but if we somehow wind up with millions, heyyy beach house!

6.  I’m thankful for the time I worked at Old Navy during college summers/holidays.  Retail is not my thing, but it taught me how to interact with people and treat people how they wanted to be treated (that sounds like something golden,…).  I’m more patient waiting in long lines than others (usually). :)

7.  Sprite is my coffee.  I tried Sprite Zero for a while, ya know cutting down the calories, but those were dark days.  Do not take away my calorie-filled, caffeinated-beverage of choice!

8.  I love me a good concert.  I’ve seen Garth Brooks, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, N’SYNC (UNASHAMEDLY), and lots others as “special guests” like Dolly Parton, Lady A, Faith Hill, Brad Paisley, Jordan Knight (ashamedly), and lots more. I love Music City. (Side note: have met “out and about” Darryl Worley, Gretchen Wilson, James Marsden, and just a couple of weeks ago The Band Perry at Cracker Barrel).

9.  Jesus is number one in my heart (even though number 9 on the list, but this was totttttes not in ranking of importance).  It’s been awesome to see God reveal Himself in Brett and I’s lives these past few months.  He’s opened some fantastic doors that taught us patience, trust, and what’s important.

10. Brett & I are in a Sunday School taught by (what I call) my “third Grandfather.”  It is a class where we are the youngest……. by at least 25 years.  And we love it.  Those sweet people have taken us in and loved on us, prayed for us, and supported us.  We love learning from them and with them… some of the wisest people you’ll ever meet in there.

11.  It’s like clockwork.  Every May, I get on a running kick.  It ain’t a pretty sight, and I’m near cardiac arrest when it’s over, but I GET ‘R DONE…….. that is, until about mid-May when it rains one day so I don’t run.  And then the next day, I don’t feel like it. And then well, A for effort.

12. Tuscaloosa, AL is such a fun town, but Brett and I have never gone together.  Can’t wait to go walk around the Bama campus with him one day and catch a football or baseball game.

13.  I’m kinda cheap frugal.  I’m all about coupons (Brett oftens hears, “Let’s go to Steak-n-Shake- oh wait, nevermind. Left the coupon for $1.50 off at home so I can’t.”). Seriously, it sometimes drives me crazy how indecisive I can be about something that cost 20 bucks (“Is it 20 bucks cute or just 15?”) But it pays off (pun intended).

14.  Ranch dressing makes just about anything better.  Chilis and O’Charleys waiters who we see (yeah, we’re regulars there) know to bring me an extra.

15.  I can’t wait to have kids……. a few years away! Of course, God’s plan doesn’t always match ours, but we are thinking 3 or 4 years from now.  I’m so looking forward to being a young married couple and making those memories and saving our pennies.  (Yes, we have a girl’s name and boy’s name already picked out. No I’m not telling on here, they’re cute- you may steal ‘em)! ;)

Whew. Now you know 15 things you either hopefully knew about me (that I love Jesus), or that makes you question my sanity (the curtains, oh the curtains).

Welp, see ya later.

Pressin’ on

Well hello, blog world.  I have been doing some ‘blogging’ on tumblr, but didn’t get it just was not a fan of how it works over there.  WordPress seems to be where I read a lot of blogs so here goes nothing! I will begin to import some of the blogs I wrote on tumblr over here (grand total of about 4 I believe).  Now question is… how long will this blog last? And will anyone read?