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!

Thursday, January 15, 2015


Reno, NV has the lovely Truckee River running straight through the downtown area. IT makes it one of the most interesting places in all the city since you can hear the lovely sounds of running water, see the icy waters in winter and see kids and adults splashing in the water in summer. It is a gathering place and a lovely place to sit on a sunny afternoon no matter the season. Although Reno's downtown area may not be the nicest area in the city, it has starting to become a rather new and nifty place. There are new restuarants, plays, concerts and hotels along with activities throughout the year. (i.e. Santa Crawl. Too many people for me, but still a fun event.  Santa Crawl! ).

When I was in college I found myself downtown often. It was a neat place to be with cute coffee shops and a few funky little stores. It is nice to see that it is being revitalized! Plus the city is getting a Tesla Gigafactory which is bringing major jobs to the area. Woohoo!!!!
 The downtown ducks at the river!
 Jeans and top: Loft, Cardigan: Old Navy, Shoes: Target ( a few years ago), Headband: ?

 The Boy took these pictures of me by the river. It was a pretty nice day and we were on the hunt for records. There is a cute little record store right on the river. 
The only sad thing I notice when looking at these pictures is the severe lack of water. I know it may look normal, but with the last few years being so dry the water level is significantly lower than normal. Here is to hoping for snow and rain. We need it!
The Boy hanging out with me!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

A weekend hike

I love to be out in nature. I have had a few health problems in the recent past that have made it more difficult for me to do too much activity, but I am finally starting to feel better. Thanks Yoga! My flexibility is almost back. Anyways, our close proximity to the mountains and fair weather recently have lead to some pretty great hiking opportunities. This is one I had been meaning to do for a while. The trail is called Silver Saddle ranch Dead Truck Trail. It leads up to the top of a hill and provides and excellent view of the entire little city I live in. It truly is worth it to hike!
 The view of the ranch while hiking the trail. This was the easy part!
 Twisted winter bush. Though, to be honest, living in a dry climate, they pretty much look like this all year long. Ha.
I had to take a break to get water and empty my shoes.
We found the dead truck the trail was named after. It had clearly been there for a bit. Side note: I really enjoy pieces of history like this. Abandoned pieces of human life. Trucks, buildings, even whole towns. It is so interesting to me to see how people forgot or left these items, so nature took over and has tried to take it back. So neat! 
The boy at the abandoned truck, 
Inside the truck. The dirt and rocks have taken over. 

Finally, the view worth hiking for. This is a view of the Sierra Nevada mountains and the Carson Valley area. 
I love snow covered mountains!
Here is the view of our little city from the top of the hill. We did it and got an amazing reward!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Happy New Year

May your 2015 be filled with adventures! (Picture of Lake Tahoe in Summer)