Friday, August 30, 2013


Football season is back.

We can all rejoice.


(some favorite Hokie pictures from past years!)
Me & KJ, freshmen year
Class of '13...why we're throwin' 3s
B PATT! The best gal to have seats with!
After winning ACC Championship
Turning Steven into a VT fan :) Junior year
Junior year. Crazy night game - the best
Tailgate shenanigans. Senior year.
The gorgeous Worsham Field.
Beating UVA, senior year. The usual.

Once a Hokie, Always a Hokie.
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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Thursday Thoughts

One more day until Friday! Praise The Lord!
Today is open house night at the school where I will be interning, which is also the school my mom works at that I love, love, love. However, I'll be going back and forth between it and the school I work at to get things done!
Tomorrow is Friday and I will be RELAXING! It's been a long week of childcare and getting ready for school.  I've such a great week but I'm also ready for a little chill time.

On Saturday I am scheduled to run 12 miles and then we have the return of HOKIE FOOTBALL! Our fighting gobblers will be on the road Saturday evening for their season opener to take on Alabama in the Chick-fil-a kickoff game. I believe it's only natural that I have Chick-fil-a for lunch, right? Or maybe breakfast, lunch AND dinner :)
I love Frank :) via Hokie Sports

On Sunday I am {most likely} going up to Richmond for a few days.  My Dad is going to drive me along the marathon course - or at least the majority of it - so I have an idea of the elevation, terrain, etc in person. Elevation maps are hard for me to decipher! Hopefully there aren't too many hills ;)

On Monday it's Labor Day and I'm anxious to see if there are any good sales.  Specifically, at LOFT and other "teacher-y clothing stores"...I need to start beefing up my wardrobe!
On Tuesday it's open house night for the school where I work and substitute.  I will be at my "work table" helping to register kids and saying hi to all of the ones I haven't seen all summer! It's been nice to have a two-week break from them, but I miss them at the same time!
On Wednesday it will be the FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL! I am so excited to start my internship in 4th grade.  I can already tell it will be so rewarding to be in this classroom.  I'm blessed!

Have a good one!

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Teacher Talk :: About Me

I am so excited to be joining Teacher Talk with Jamie and Nicole!
 Today's post is all about me -- teacher style :)
What I Teach: I am here as a future teacher. I will graduate with my Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education from Mary Baldwin College in 2015 - which seems like a long way away!
Although I will be happy and lucky to teach anywhere, when I have my teaching license I would love to find a 1st grade teaching position.  I'm definitely more comfortable in K-2.
I recently did a year-long internship in kindergarten and am preparing for a semester-long internship in 4th grade.  In the spring semester I have two internships I need to do and need to choose different grades!
You'll have to let me know your favorite grade to help me decide :)
Why I Teach: I've wanted to be a teacher ever since I was a little girl. I played "school" with my younger brother and would teach him everything I learned from my own teacher that day.  When I went to college, I was a little lost.  I was in a science based major and felt unmotivated and overwhelmed.  I decided to switch majors during my second semester and have been happy ever since.
I want to teach because I want to "give back" in a sense to the amazing teachers I had growing up.  There are a couple in particular that were more like family to me and they made coming to school fun.  Learning was fun. I hate to see kids who dread coming to school and think it's pointless. I want to be a teacher so that I can be the change for someone.  I want to show them that learning can be fun and that having an education is one of the most important things in life.
I want the challenge.  I want the constant change.  I want the surprises of each new day.  I want to grow and learn with my students, because I know they will teach me more than I will teach them.  I want to create a safe, fun and engaging environment for them.
For the kid who has no support at home, I'll be their support.  For the kid who has never been told "You're smart", I will be there to tell them.  For the kid who needs a hug, I will give them one.
I want to teach so that I can celebrate reading achievements with a struggling that I can share joyful moments with that I can rave to everyone about my awesome, inspiring students.
It's like they say -- it's not about the income, it's about the outcome.
Where I Live: I currently live in Blacksburg, Virginia which is a small town in Southwest Virginia. Home of Virginia Tech, where I went to school for undergrad. I graduated last May and approximately five days later started classes with Mary Baldwin.  I commute about 45 minutes to Roanoke for classes at MBC's satellite campus.
When I teach, I have no idea where I will live! When it comes time to apply for jobs, in about a year and a half, I will probably be looking all over Virginia. I really love Virginia and would love to teach here, especially since I will have a VA license. However, if life takes a turn and I end up somewhere else I will be just as happy. You just never know...!
So happy you stopped by! Say hi in the comments so I can check out your blog! I would love to hear from and meet other future teachers AND current teachers!
Hope y'all have a great week!
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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Sunday Verse

Mama is on her way home from Austin and I'm picking her up in Charlotte.
I may or may not be leaving in time to stop in Ikea. :)

Happy Sunday! Get some rest for the week ahead!
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Friday, August 23, 2013

Five on Friday!

Happy Friday!
On Monday morning I set the alarm, had my computer charging overnight, and woke up to tackle the Lilly Pulitzer Endless Summer Sale. You might be asking, "Why did you even bother to wake up early?!" and that is exactly what I'm asking myself too since I could barely see anything on the site until 1:00 pm!
I, like other Lilly lovers, wish the Pink Palace would find some other way to put on the ESS that wouldn't crash the website each year but in the end, I am just thankful to have the opportunity to buy new Lilly at such awesome prices!
This is what I ended up getting:
Murfee Scarf in You Gotta Regatta
Boardwalk Bikini Top in Bright Navy Swim Party Polkadot
The picture is of a different top but the same print! The boardwalk top has a cute ruffle that I love!
I didn't get bottoms to match because the site was being so crazy so I'm just going to mix-n-match with a solid bottom.
About a week ago we had our family dinner at work to celebrate the end of summer! I pulled off a Pinterest-inspired cupcake that the kids LOVED. There was almost a fight for the last one. (#1 teacher right here...)
 Yesterday was my last full day of summer with Steven before he heads back up to school! Bittersweet for sure as he only has one more semester and is excited to be graduating and moving on to grad school. I'm just ready to have him back in Virginia! I'll take a 3 hour drive over a 6 hour drive any day :)
We went out to Beliveau Estate, which is a local winery/bed & breakfast, for a wine tasting and lunch! We were the only ones there, which isn't so weird on a Thursday afternoon, but it was nice to have the space to ourselves! We did a tasting of six wines and then chose Discovery to have with lunch.
I hope that my fellow teacher/future teacher bloggers are going to be participating in Teacher Talk with Nicole and Jamie!
Although I'm not in my own classroom quite yet, I'm excited to read and connect with other teachers - or future teachers like me. I'm going to tweak the posts a little bit to fit me, so if you're a future teacher don't be afraid to join in! :) Monday's post is "about you - where, what and why you teach"!
 I finally caved and bought a chalkboard yesterday at TJMaxx! I had a gift card that was burning a hole in my pocket and have been wanting a chalkboard for some time.  I was tempted to make my own, but I found one for a good price and couldn't pass it up!
I think I'm going to put it in my room. Now I'm looking for inspiration for what to write on it!
This is cute!
Have a great weekend!
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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Throwback Thursday: James is OUT OF THE NAVY!

Six years have come and passed.
From Chicago, IL to Charleston, SC to Norfolk, VA.
2 deployments on the Big E.
My big brother is {unofficially} out of the Navy.
Graduating from Boot Camp in 2007 - Chicago, IL
James went to boot camp in 2007. He spent his 21st birthday in boot camp - parrrrrty! - and we drove up to Chicago for his graduation. This seems like soooo long ago! He has such a baby face.

Graduating from "Nuke School" in 2008 - Charleston, SC
James went to school in Charleston, SC, somewhere we had nooo problem visiting! I absolutely love the architecture, food and environment that Charleston has to offer!

First deployment in January 2011 - Norfolk, VA

Coming Home in July 2011 - Norfolk, VA

Coming home from second deployment in November 2012 - Norfolk, VA
 Came home on his birthday!

Leaving Ghent in 2013 - Norfolk, Va...Austin bound!

We were so lucky to have James in Norfolk for the past couple of years. He could have been anywhere from Georgia to Hawaii. We were able to see him quite often and were able to make it to each deployment send off & return. These six years have seriously flown by!

He is currently on the road, probably somewhere in Tennessee, moving to Austin! So excited to visit in December!!

So thankful for my brother's service to our country and God Bless those who continue to serve!

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