Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Edit, edit, edit

I am currently very busy editing photos from my recent camping trip to Great Basin National Park. It was so incredibly beautiful and amazing. The park system is so amazing and I am glad to finally be able to say I made it to my state's greatest park (in my opinion). I will update you all with pictures from the trip and more information when I am done. For now, enjoy this picture of my getting ready to leave for our long road trip, but finding a stow away in the car. That's right, the dog really wanted to come with us. Haha.
 Pants: Loft, Shirt: unknown 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Oregon Adventures

I've been in Oregon (mainly Portland) for the last few days watching my lovely little sister graduate from dental school and exploring around the area. I love Portland and the surrounding areas. They are just so green and full of tress, so different from my desert existence.I was so excited to go to Portland and for it to be cooler than Reno and for there to be more rain. Well, turns out it rained more at home than in Portland! Haha. It was soooo hot so my wardrobe consisted of shorts and tank tops most of the time. Not much in the way of fashion for this trip but lots of travel photos. Here are some of the photos from my week of adventures! Enjoy.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Summer Blues

It is barely summer (break) and I already have a bit of a bug. Yuck! The AC is on so it's nice and chilly in the house but me, I am wearing a sweater and drinking tea. And reading of course. I feel strange knowing it is probably 75 degrees outside and I am wearing a sweater, but it's one of those things I take comfort in when I am sick or feeling icky. I hope you all enjoy your day and hopefully this too will pass quickly!
Sweater: Loft, Yoga pants: Old Navy, Earrings: Modcloth.com

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

End of the (school) year

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Anyone remember the show Recess?

Another school year is almost over and it is bittersweet as always. I am so ready for summer and to prepare for a new class, but at the same time I will miss this lovely group of students I am sending on to fifth grade. I have now been teaching a little over 3 years and I have learned so much. It is incredibly difficult to be a teacher but also incredibly rewarding. I know I haven't posted in a bit, but my job gets in the way in the best possible way. Today, I just wanted to write a quick story about the highs and lows of teaching.

I knew exactly what I was getting myself into when I decided to become a teacher, or at least, for the most part I was aware. My mom was a teacher before she retired and when I couldn't find a job after my undergrad school was done, I became a substitute teacher. I have always worked well with kids and volunteered, tutored, and helped out around schools. After just a year of substitute teaching, I knew I wanted to go into teaching and be able to work with kids every day. I also knew that teaching was a very difficult job. Not only do you have to deal with children, you have to deal with administrators, parents, other teachers and even politicians who think they know what is best for your job. (haha!)

I went forward on my journey, got my teaching degree and began my first year in the classroom. BAM! I was immediately overwhelmed. So much paper work needed to be taken care of, so many individual needs of not only the students but of all the other teachers that needed my students or needed me to be part of the fourth grade team. Thank goodness for my coworkers who were very helpful those first few months. Around October I really started to get the hang of the daily routine. However, as soon as I was used to something, it would change again. Teaching teaches you to become flexible and to think on your feet.

About half way through the year I was so exhausted. I kept getting sick and I was stressed and tired. I had to start preparing the students for the big end of the year tests while still teaching the subjects and taking care of my own personal life. I was discouraged to say the least. It was just so much. Then, during one of my parent-teacher conferences a parent told me what a difference my class was making in her sons life. He was enjoying reading more since I picked out a few books I thought he would like and he was doing much better in spelling and math. She was so glad to have me for her son's teacher! Wow, what a compliment. All the rest of the conferences were quick and boring, but that one made all the difference.

By the end of the year I was ready for summer, but I knew I had done a great job through the school year. The students didn't want to leave on the last day. I sent them on their way feeling satisfied with the job I had done. And every year now I feel the same way on the last day. The students grow so much by the end of the year and so do the teachers. It is a terribly difficult job at times but it is also incredibly rewarding. All I can say is, dear readers, I hope you find your own job that you enjoy and feel like you are making a difference. There ends my rambling and I hope to be back to new photos soon. So go forth readers and enjoy your summer. I know I will!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Lazy Sunday

Today has been spent outside reading, working in the yard a little and generally just enjoying the spring. I forgot how much I like this kind of weather. Not to hot or too cold. I sound a bit like Goldilocks there.

I also discovered spring brings spiders. I do not like this. Spiders freak me out to no end. I have to scream and run and let the boy deal with them. Oh, well. At least he's willing to do it. I also discovered a centipede in the yard today. It was such a neat looking little creature. I should have snapped a pic!
Shorts: New York and Company, Shirt: LOFT, Shoes: Target

I love mixing darker colors with bright colors. I always feel like I can't be bright all over, so I like to tone down the bright with dark. Plus I love how the black top makes the green of these shorts really pop! That's my favorite way to really show off the color of a particular item of clothing. Pair it with something darker to make it stand out. I actually have a few pairs of shorts that are bright like this and I almost always wear them with black. It is interesting to find such patterns in the way that you dress.
These days no post is complete without Luna!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Date Night

The warm weather continues! Ahhh, it is so nice here. I finally get to use all the warm weather clothes I bought in the fall when they were all on sale. This dress is one of those items. I bought it from Modcloth on sale in the fall since I knew it would be a great dress once spring and summer finally arrived. I try not to do that too much, buy out of season. There are just some items that are hard to turn into winter items and when I buy something, I really want to wear it right away!
Dress: Modcloth, Shoes: Seychelles via DSW.com, Necklace: Gift, Dog toy: PetsMart
Even though it's my date night with the boy, Luna always needs to be in the picture! It's okay since she's so cute. 
The details on the back of this dress are really wonderful!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Warmer Weather

Hey dear readers! I'm sure many of you are wondering how it is even possible that I am wearing a dress right now! Well it seems spring has arrived around here and almost even skipped to summer. The winter here on the West Coast has been short and dry. The short part I don't mind, but we really need some moisture. Send us your snow! We'd really be okay with that. Alas, it seems another year of drought is headed our way.

Today it was warm enough to wear a dress and sandles! Admittedly I did wear a sweater most of the day with this outfit though. We have daffodils and toads croaking and buds blooming. It is nice to be able to finally break out the spring clothes all the way. Hopefully this weather will stay so I don't have to keep switching back to tights and sweaters.
Dress: Modcloth.com, Shoes: DSW, Necklace: Gift

Luna the dog is enjoying the warm weather as well. She lays in the sun most of the day and tried to figure out where our little toad seems to be. I'm glad she hasn't found him.
Luna is giving me a strange look!