Wednesday, September 30, 2015

This Week in 'History"

I've talked a few times about my Happiness Project journal.

Basically, it's a tiny little journal that you're supposed to write one little sentence in every day for five years. The idea is that you can look back on what you were doing over a span of time. It sounds tedious, but I love it. It's so cool when your year finally overlaps and you can see what you were doing/how you were feeling in the past.
I wish I could hook you up with some cool discount or snazzy freebie to convince you to get this journal, but I can't, I'm just rambling about it because I love it and because it's affected my life.
But what I can do is show you what I wrote about this year and last year. This post is being written a little early, so by the time you see this it'll be a week or so behind (I know, I'm sorry) but still! Enjoy, and happy Thursday!
September 17, 2014
Early dorm arrivals showed up! Two residents!
September 17, 2015
Went into the classroom today, then went back that night for open house. Met some parents of the kids..
September 20, 2014
Didn't do much, got my hall [decorations] finished, went to town with N, J, and P. [I remember this! We went to get food and stopped at Starbucks and this sweet little old lady barista made mini versions of the drink I ordered and we all toasted. It was cute.]
September 20, 2015
Rode Ruby and then drove back to school, A moved all of her stuff in.
September 22, 2014
Got to know my residents more, the Christian group gang visited while P and I were on duty.
September 22, 2015
More training for job. We painted for a few hours today.
September 24, 2014
Worked desk duty, been thinking a lot about a lot. Ryan came over and hung out really late...?
September 24, 2015
Went to elementary school, picked up Ry's birthday cake, got ballons, Ry's flight comes in tonight.
It's just so funny to me to see how subtly things change in just a year. Last year at this time I was super exhausted and excited to be starting a new year as an RA with some really great friends and I'd literally just started talking to Ry. This year, I'm excited to be student teaching and meeting all of my kiddos and Ry and I are going strong. It's things like that that make me so happy I have these tiny little documented moments.
Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Super Easy Cinnamon Rolls

I go through phases in life. Sometimes I don't bake for twenty years, others I bake five things in one day. It just happens. Not often do I document baking life though because let's be real, my photos are not perfect. But, I just felt like it today... so I did! I told Ryan I'd make him breakfast when he came home and cinnamon rolls are a fave. I'd never actually made them from scratch before... which is sad, I know. Still, super happy with how they turned out and it wasn't as hard as everybody had made it sound.
Disclaimer: my cinnamon rolls will be squished and my pictures will have weird shadows. Sorry. You can give it a shot using the recipe I used, here.
Prep Time: 1 hour, 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Servings: 12 (mine made 9... whoops)

For Dough:

  • 1 (1/4 ounce) package dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 12 cup granulated sugar
  • 13 cup margarine (I used butter)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 cups flour


    For Filling:

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 12 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 13 cup margarine, softened (again, I used butter)


    For Icing

  • 8 tablespoons margarine (once again, butter.)
  • 1 12 cups powdered sugar
  • 14 cup cream cheese
  • 12 teaspoon vanilla
  • 18 teaspoon salt (I didn't add this... because 1/8 tsp...?)



    For the rolls, dissolve the yeast in the warm milk in a large bowl.
    Add sugar, margarine, salt, eggs, and flour, mix well.
    Knead the dough into a large ball, using your hands dusted lightly with flour.
    Put in a bowl, cover and let rise in a warm place about 1 hour or until the dough has doubled in size. 

    Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface, until it is approx 21 inches long by 16 inches wide.
    It should be approx 1/4 thick.
    Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
    To make filling, combine the brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl.
    Spread the softened margarine over the surface of the dough, then sprinkle the brown sugar and cinnamon evenly over the surface.
    Working carefully, from the long edge, roll the dough down to the bottom edge.

    Cut the dough into 1 3/4 inch slices, and place in a lightly greased baking pan.

    Bake for 10 minutes or until light golden brown.
    While the rolls are baking combine the icing ingredients.
    Beat well with an electric mixer until fluffy.
    When the rolls are done, spread generously with icing.

    And then eat them all before anyone else knows they even existed. Kidding. :) 

    Sunday, September 27, 2015

    Room Tour!

    It's finally done! Not that I moved all of this in here myself (I'm a weakling, but this stuff is heavy!) Thank the Lord for stronger friends, and parents.
    Because my school room is done.
     The missing mattress finally arrived. Everything is decorated. Life is good.
    First, the door. Super exciting, I know. I love pictures and notes, and I love seeing happy things before I walk out the door. My door decs from RA life are up there, a note from the boyfriend, and then a heart collage of pictures of course.

    I bought those little square wall art deals from Ross or TJMaxx for $5 each last year, the Faith wood sign from a local boutique, the side baskets were from TJ Maxx three years ago (yikes!) and the blue shelf (...for shoes...) was from the same boutique. I told you earlier, I have a problem with that place...

    I got my bed, nightstands, and two dressers (one's in the closet and a mess right now...) for $300 from Craigslist. Whaaat? So proud of myself. Thank you random people for selling your furniture. Real wood furniture for that cheap? Woo!
    Anyway, that's my really tiny school room.
    I'm super grateful for it.

    Friday, September 25, 2015

    Today's The Day!

    I promised that I would stop talking about Ry being gone when he was home, and guys! He's home! I have a whole weekend of surprises planned for that man and so I won't be around the blog for a few days... can you blame me?! Anyway, here's some more questions I had the guy answer  (poor soul) so you can get to know my favorite person in the whole world, or at least what he thinks of me... I've done this before a while back, but these new answers definitely made me laugh a bunch

    Me: Why do I keep asking you these questions?
    R: . Because you like to ask questions.

    Which fingers do I snap my fingers with?
    R: You can't snap. Yes I can... Middle and thumb. No. Kidding, index finger. No. Ring finger. No. You snap weird that's all I know... (This is true... thumb and pinky)
    Me: What's a popular fashion item for women right now?
    R: . Victorias Secret (What...?)
    Me: What's our song and why?
    Thinking Out Loud, because you like to think out loud and because we listen to it a lot and it reminds me of you.
    Me: Where do I shop:
    R: Farm stores, and you shop online a lot.
    Me: What do you and I like to do together?
    R: Sleep. Watch Netflix. I swear we do more things than nap and watch tv...
    Me: Am I good at staying on a budget?
    R: Yes
    Me: First impression of me?
    She walks fast, always in a rush...
    Me: What do I keep in my purse?
    R: .Not your debit card or your phone. True... oops.
    Me: When did we meet?
    When our eyes first looked at each other. I don't know
    Me: What do I do when I'm home alone?
    R: Watch season 2 of Young & Hungry. Oops, he's still not over me watching that without him...
    Me: What's your favorite memory of us?
    I don't know, you can't just ask something on the spot. Every one is my favorite.
    Me: What's my favorite accessory?
    R: Phone
    Me: First event we went to together?
    R: Probably church...
    Me: What jewelry do I wear everyday?
    R: A wristband.
    Me: What's my favorite TV show?
    R: Duck Dynasty.

    So there ya have it! Ask your SO/loved one these questions, see what they say!

    Thursday, September 24, 2015

    A Few Happy Things...

    Happy Thursday! This week has been a crazy one, but I'm happy for the distraction because Ry flies home tonight. He won't be here until tomorrow morning, but still... the excitement right now is unreal. Also, I feel like I haven't been updating current life on here super well. Posts feel like they're... late? Like I post after the fact and not 'current' things? Maybe that's just me. Either way, here are some other random things that have made me happy this week (I mean, other than the fact that the boyfriend is coming home... have I mentioned that?)
    First of all, wearing teacher clothes used to sound like a hard thing to do but I'm so surprised how easily I've been getting ready every morning. Amen for that. Also, getting my nails done for the first few weeks of school was a great idea (I got complimented by my students, yay!)
    Also, I've discovered a new fave coffee shop in town and even though I was trying to give up coffee I've been going there on rough mornings. They're just so nice!

    Random outfit for student teaching. I bought this skirt soooo long ago, and I'm happy I did! It was a solid outfit day, teachers noticed this skirt guys. I've made it.

    Since Ry hasn't been in town I've been going home every weekend to see the family and ride my horse, which is great in itself. Buuuut my dad (being awesome and dadlike) has been bringing milkshakes on the hot days. Bless his soul.
    Another random student teaching outfit. Again, teachers complimented guys. I'm surviving this thing! Also, I bought this shirt from H&M for like $10, and I want to go by a million more colors. It's one of the only button ups that doesn't feel like a tent. Yay for that.

    There's this super cute boutique in town that I go to often, so often that I promised myself I wouldn't go in until I had a job and guess what I GOT THE JOB. I've spent a few days training (paid training...) and I start on Monday in an Education-related job that pays more than minimum wage and will work around my schedule. Thank you, God.
    Anyway, since I got the job I let myself walk into the store for the first time in weeks. It'd been so long they completely rearranged everything... and I saw this sign and I love it. If it's still there the next time I go in, I might buy it. Maybe.
    So that's what's new with me? How are you?

    Wednesday, September 23, 2015

    The Most Ridiculous Joke Ever

    A few days ago I saw a video somewhere on the internet that I've been laughing about for days. Before you watch the video, hear me out. One, this guy asked his girlfriend (?) wife (?) this question while they're in bed, so it looks a little sketch but I promise it's not, and you should trust me. Two, this is the simplest joke I've ever heard of, ever. I fell for it just watching someone else fall for it. After I watched it I had to try it and so far, Ry and my dad both do the same thing...

    I don't even know what to say about it. I have no idea why it works literally every time, but it does. There are hundreds of videos of people falling for this. Try this on someone you love, who will hopefully forgive you. And record it, trust me.

    And after you watch it, and laugh a lot because that's required, tell me if you fell for it... and don't lie, we all know you did.

     Not that anyone's paying any attention but me (and believe me, I'm counting down the days enough for the whole world's excitement to be accounted for...) TWO #DaystilRyishome

    Tuesday, September 22, 2015

    Ask Yourself...

    As an RA, we were given these books called 'One' that we never did anything with. Two years later, I opened my book and started flipping through it. And honestly, this book is so motivational! It's full of constant reminders that we're all so important to the world and little pages to fill out for you to look back on later.

    The first one is labeled 'Ask Yourself' and has three questions:
    1. Who am I?
    2. Why Am I Here?
    3. What Am I Doing for Others?

    1. Who Am I?
    My name is Samantha. I'm a 22-year-old (almost) college student, a Christian, a future teacher, a daughter, niece, sister, granddaughter, and a giver. I'm the girl who's madly in love with Ryan, a cookie enthusiast, and I am happy.

    2. Why Am I Here?
    I am here to be a messenger of God's grace, to love others as Christ loved the church, to bring positivity into an often negative world, and to inspire and teach children that they matter, they're capable, and they're loved.

    3. What Am I Doing for Others?
    I am planning to teach young minds the skills they need to be successful and to know their worth, to love and serve my neighbors, to bring new Jesus lovers into this world and to create a loving home for my family.

    I just loved these questions and how simple they were but how great they made me feel to remember my goals and who I am. Try it!

    ... THREE #daystilRyishome

    Monday, September 21, 2015

    Love Languages

    I love personality tests. The Meyers Briggs and I were bffs for a time, I tell ya. (Solid ESTJ over here...) and my other fave is the Love Languages Test. I've always known my top result (these things are important somehow!) but the other day Ry and I took the test again to see what both of ours was, and then I saw this post by Alyssa and I knew I had to do something similar!
    Quality Time
    R - 10
    S - 11

    "This language is all about giving the other person your undivided attention."

    I knew this would be our number one before we even started. We spend time together constantly, usually doing nothing We're just happy together, and there's nothing wrong with that! Downside though is that if we can't spend lots of time together because of business (or ya know, the boyfriend living across the ocean for some time...) then we get sad. But who doesn't?

    Acts of Service
    R- 6
    S - 6

    "For these people, actions speak louder than words."

    Ry shows love by helping a lot. He's always there to volunteer and lend a hand,  which I love. And I find it hilarious that our scores were so similar...

    Words of Affirmation
    R- 6
    S- 7

    "This language uses words to affirm other people" <--- that was detailed...

    The similarities in this test killed me. Like the fact that our top three answers are fairly the same. Ry's also a note leaver and always encourages me with what he says. Guy has the right thing to say, always.

    Receiving Gifts
    R- 5
    S - 3

    "For some people, what makes them feel most loved is to receive a gift."

    I love thoughtful gifts, don't get me wrong, but my favorite thing to do is give someone a well-thought out gift or surprise. Ry's also a super good gift-giver, so I wonder if he feels that same way...

    Physical Touch
    R- 3
    S - 3

    I don't really have anything to say here. I love hugs and being affectionate, but I don't need that to feel loved. I know I'm loved without that, if that makes sense?
    What is your love language??
    Also, FOUR #daystilRyishome

    Friday, September 18, 2015

    Blogger Recognition Award

    I was nominated to do this post by Liz over at Sundays with Sophie. Funny story, try as I may I'm pretty terrible at keeping up with all of the blogs I love and so I'll go weeks without reading and then will spend hours catching up. That's just how it goes with me.

    I was skimming really really old posts of Liz's guys, like it's kinda embarrassing how old the posts I was reading were... and then I accidentally refreshed and found out she nominated me for this. Who knows if I would've noticed otherwise!!

    So what are the rules? Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
    Write a post to show your award
    Attach the award to the post
    Give a brief story of how your blog started
    Give a piece of advice or two to new bloggers
    Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to.
    Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them & provide a link to the award post you created (You cannot nominate yourself or the person who has nominated you)

    How the blog started |
    Quite honestly, I just love documenting life. I write letters to myself to find in the future, I have a five year one sentence a day journal, I save everything- and I just loved reading blogs. So, I wanted to see if I could keep up with writing one. I've almost quit probably a million times, but so far still going! It's been...four months now? My ultimate goal is to document the important things and be able to share it with those close to me in the future and look back on all  of the fun stuff I did.

    Advice to new bloggers |
    Don't panic about your niche. I honestly think this is stressed too much, and I'm so glad I decided to give up on figuring out where I belong in the blogging world. Because just as no one will ask you to pick one 'type' of person to be, nobody will tell you that your blog can't talk about cooking and Jesus and clothes and polka dots. So blog about whatever makes you happy and people will love it just because they love you!

    Also, I'd just suggest that you do linkups when you can, but don't feel like you haveee to blog. When I try to blog every day just 'to blog' my posts are awful and it's not fun. Post when you're excited and happy or when you feel that you just absolutely need to for you, nobody will notice if you skip a Thursday because you have a life, hon.

    and who I'm nominating |

    Thursday, September 17, 2015

    Blog Growth

    Lately, I've been pretty discouraged about blogging. I'm tired and haven't been making as big of an effort as I could. But, today I looked at my blog numbers since I started in April and I'm honestly so proud. These numbers aren't the greatest, but they're mine. And maybe someday I'll look at them and be so proud of how they'll increase, but if not- I'm happy here.
    The Happy Chalkboard Blog Growth
    Page Views by Month
    April 2015 - 27 views
    May 2015 - 489 views
    June 2015 - 297 views
    July 2015 - 668 views
    August 2015 - 1297 views
    September 2015 - 797 views
    October 2015- 657 views
    November 2015- 401 views
    December 2015 - 492 views
    January 2016 - 943 views

    Also, since we're talking about important numbers... only seven more days until Ry is back in Oregon and you'll never have to read another blog blurb from me about him being gone... at least until he leaves again.

    Also, fingers crossed that I get this job I interviewed for yesterday... it's education relevant and everything! :)

    Note: this post will be updated to show how the blog has grown, probably for forever... :)

    Wednesday, September 16, 2015

    The Missing Mattress

    I've had the same full-size mattress since I was probably three years old. It's a fine mattress, but I've grown a little since toddlerhood and sometimes I just want to feel like an adult. Also, I have two houses now (parents and school) and living in two places with only one mattress would be a little rough...

    So, my lovely momma decided to buy me a queen-size mattress for my school house. She's really into not having things made with chemicals so she's doing her research and eventually will replace all of our mattresses with this new natural kind. I'm pretty sure she decided to go with organic latex, because they're supposed to be hypoallergenic and both my dad and brother have allergies to almost everything under the sun.

    Anyway, so this mattress was supposed to get to my school house two Fridays ago, and I thought I'd be sleeping on the cot we have here for a few nights and then I'd be rewarded for my time with a brand new cozy mattress and glitter or something.


    Because the mattress never showed up. And then the delivery people called to reschedule its delivery to last Wednesday.

    So finally I accepted that I'd be dealing with the cot for a little while longer and on Wednesday I left school early, came home and started some chores while I waited (super excitedly) for the delivery and then lo and behold... those darn delivery people called again.

    No mattress.

    By this point I was really upset, which I told the lady, and asked where it was and what was going on. She told me she had no idea where my mattress was. None. She didn't know why it wasn't there to get on the truck. My mattress is missing...

    So I called my mom, who called the people she bought it from, who said that the company does know where it is, they had just delivered it to the wrong person. So they had to go get the mattress from where they incorrectly dropped it and then didn't have time to get it back to me during the next delivery route... sweet.

    So now I have no mattress, my back is now that of an eighty year old woman, and I don't know when I'll get my comfy new bed. But believe me, there will be a blog post about it.

    Countdown til' the boyfriend's home... 8 days.

    Tuesday, September 15, 2015

    It's The Little Things...

    I know I've said this half a billion times, but this summer was kinda a flop. So, in an effort to bring some positivity back to this dreary chalkboard, I'm gonna keep it simple today and share some things that have been going on despite all of the muck that have managed to make me oh so happy.

    1// New bedding - My mom and I went to TJMaxx and found this comforter set for a great deal (I can't remember how much it actually cost right now. Anyway, it's coral, grey, and a light tan. I'm pairing it with dark brown accents and I can't wait to share my finished school house room.
    2// Mocha - Of the six (yes, six...) kittens we had this summer, Mocha is the only one left. So we're keeping her! Our friends have some of the other kittens and it's strange how much smaller she is than them. We'll see if she grows, I hope not.
    3// Free sundaes - I'm missing the ice cream love at my summer job, that's for sure.
    4// Wedding! - I haven't shared much because I've been busy (and I feel like it isn't really my wedding to share...) but my best friend in the whole world got married a few weeks ago! I loved our bridesmaid dresses, and my hair! Pinterest for the win.
    5// My new Lamborghini... - HA! Kidding. Found this gem while taking my parents on a surprise anniversary dinner (kidnapped my mom to get her hair and makeup done and planned coordinated outfits for the fam) I prefer trucks to cars 100%, but this thing is killin' it...

    And last but not least, my sweetheart of a boyfriend who always cheers me up on the down days.
    #CountdowntilRyancomeshome = NINE days!

    Monday, September 14, 2015

    Meal Planning on a Monday

    Lately, I've been really aware of the fact that my meals are often quick, last-minute thoughts. I grab whatever's closest and just eat. Bad, bad thing. So, I've been starting to really get serious about what I'm eating for meals. Snacks are another story... but intentional meals.

    Surprisingly, I got Ry in on this business too. We've already started a list of foods that we want to make during the next year. Our plan is that we'll have tons of leftovers to stock both of our freezes and make late-night runs to DQ a thing of the past. Hopefully.

    I think it'll also be helpful because I'll have long days at school and can have healthy grab and go choices on hand, and Ry has classes that span across dinnertime and the boy's gonna need food.

    I got to thinking that I know some other bloggers I follow have talked about meal planning with their guys...  and I was wondering if any of you have tried-and-true tons of leftovers recipes you love and would be willing to share? Mattie, help a girl out? Anything's worth mentioning! I've attached a quick picture of the list we were jotting down via Facetime, but feel free to add even slight variations to what we already have!

    Thank you in advance!

    Also, #countdowntilRyancomeshome = 10 days!

    Friday, September 11, 2015

    Serving When It's Hard (5 on Friday)

    Sometimes, I find myself in situations in which its hard to serve. I always dislike these situations because my patience is something that I'm working on, and even though I really like helping people. I don't really like helping people when they're rude. Ya know?

    I'm one of those people (but then again, aren't we all?) who think that everyone should have to work some kind of customer service job in their lifetime. You won't yell at someone about a closing time they're not in control of if you have worked a job and been yelled at before, you won't order tons of food and then walk out without leaving a tip if that's happened to you, etc. At least I hope you wouldn't.

    So, when I'm in these situations (only sometimes, thank goodness) I remind myself of these five things and sometimes (sometimes) it makes it better.

    1. The Big Picture. I am serving others because it's a job that I have agreed to do, or because I want to do something for someone else, but ultimately I'm serving because it's nice and it's the right thing to do. I'm not serving to gain their approval, or to make myself happy.

    2. Maybe serving someone kindly will have a positive effect on their day. I don't know what's happened to them today or this week or in their life in general. If they've had a bad morning and being treated kindly by you helps relieve their stress and treat everyone else for the rest of the day, then great!

    3. What someone says about you (I'm talkin' about the customer that yells and says mean things completely irrelevant to the situation...) says more about that person than it does about you. Just because you make a mistake doesn't mean someone can treat you badly. They can be angry, sure, but you're still a person.

    4. We are called to serve, and serving is an act of obedience and love shown to others. Embrace that.

    5. Maybe someone, somewhere, will recognize your obedience and dedication and it'll be even more positive for them. You never know.

    Linking up with the Faith & Fellowship Blog Hop

    Thursday, September 10, 2015

    Worry-Free Peace

    If I've learned anything about myself over the last few months, it's that I'm a worrier in every sense of the word. I can't experience anything even slightly frightening without immediately assuming that's how the world is going to end. I don't even want to get into all of the mindless (and sometimes also important) things I've been worrying about. Just know that if worrying was an Olympic sport, I'd win every metal there is. All of em'.
    I'm trying really hard to make a conscious effort not to worry so much. I found this pretty picture from somewhere on the interweb (sorry, I don't own it but it needed to be used.) It just reminds me that it's not enough to accept that God has a plan, but we also need to wholeheartedly let go with those white knuckles of the control that we want. If it's God's plan, there's no room for our control. I just need to trust that He knows what he's doing. Pretty sure if the Guy can run the whole Earth and everything else He does I can't even understand, He's capable of navigating the life of little ol' me.
    That's just what's on my mind lately, other than all of the worry...

    Wednesday, September 9, 2015

    If You're Reading This, I Survived.

    YAY! My most favorite first day of school, ever was yesterday. And I really mean ever. I got to school at about 7:47 (two minutes later than I planned, which made me panic a whole lot.) The whole place was packed with people: kids, parents, teachers, I'm sure some randoms were there, too. It was nuts.

    I ran upstairs to my classroom, chatted briefly with my mentor teacher and then tons of kids and parents just started rolling in. Many were confused about the idea of a classroom having two teachers (just like I was) and many kept looking my way suspiciously. I'm sure they thought I was in the fifth grade. Maybe I just had something all over my face. Who knows.

    Anyway, the whole day flew by, tons of procedural stuff and 'get to know your classmates' activities. I shared a little bag of things that helped them get to know me and they asked tons of questions about Ruby (my horse) which was fun. The kids earned an afternoon recess where they asked me to play basketball with them. I love basketball and all, but no thank you to spending the rest of the day in grossness. So I watched.

    Overall, it was a solid day. No tears from anyone in our class! And we even had a new student add late bringing our new total to 35... Lord help us...

    I'm only going in mornings for the rest of the week, so I'm sure I'll miss plenty of exciting things, which makes me really sad. But, I'm happy to have my first day of school in the books and really looking forward to the rest of the week!

    Tuesday, September 8, 2015

    First Student Teacher OOTD

    I MADE IT! I survived tests and homework and volunteer hours and applications for literally everything and all of the doubts and long days, and I'm student teaching in a real life classroom with real life fifth graders (not that anyone ever teaches in fake classrooms with fake students, that I know of...) starting tomorrow.

    I'm not anywhere near being a fashion blogger.... There are probably people somewhere out there laughing at the idea of me blogging about fashion... because I can't.  I can't really do clothes things at all, but this is what I'm wearing for my very very first day ever meeting my fifth graders. And here are some very staged and not perfect pictures I took to document the moment.

    Shirt - Forever 21, Slacks - Ross, Cardigan - Boutique, Shoes- Toms!
    The school that I'm going to be teaching at is adorable, but the temperature in that building is all over the place. So, I'll probably wear a cardigan during the morning and then ditch that thing for the afternoon once it gets hotter. Side note, apparently cardigans make you do awkward things with your arms... who knew!
    And everybody knows that fancy shoes are silly. Or at least I like to think they are. Dress shoes are great, but I can't chase fifth graders in them. So, Toms for the win.
    Wish me luck, I'm gonna' need it.

    Monday, September 7, 2015


    I've got a lot to say, but not a lot of time to share lately, so here's a little run down on life currently..

    Currently, I've just moved back to my school house (yay!) and I'm student teaching! Double yay! I'm really loving this year so far, my mentor teachers are wonderful people, I'm student teaching in the cutest little school imaginable, andddd my boyfriend comes back in (almost) two weeks and I haven't died yet. Things are going well.

    Eating // Not a lot of food. Between my teeth hurting and putting me on a soft diet and all of the business and stress sometimes makes me forget to eat. It's just not good. The other day I ate a mini bagel, some coffee, and buffalo wild wings. What is life?

    Listening to // Last time I did this I was obsessed with a song and couldn't find the actual name of it. So weird, I'm sure there's an app for this problem, but I still don't know the name. I always mean to snag some of the lyrics and write them in my phone but I'm always driving or busy when I hear it.
    I also like this song a lot, good ol' Keith...

    Looking forward to // Ry. Coming. Home. I'm sure you're all looking forward to me not complaining about him not being here anymore. Also, starting classes, and getting my room all finished. And Ry's birthday (I've got a hugeeee day planned I can't wait to share) and Christmas. Because Christmas.

    Playing // Not a thing...

    Missing // If it's not obvious, Ry... (this is still true)

    Dreaming about // My future classroom and all of the things I'm learning how to do for next year. Eeep! I can't believe it's so soon!

    Thursday, September 3, 2015

    Three Things I'd Say to Myself as a College Freshman

    This week it's just really hit me how old I am (not that old... I apologize to forty-year old Sammy who may read this someday...) and how far I've come since I was in high school. Or a freshman in college for that matter. I came from a small school to a university alone and terrified. I had no friends, I had no connections to campus groups. And I was scared.

    I know there are other people who go through this every year, and I want you to know it's gonna be okay. You're gonna make it, scared little girl faking confidence! And it's all gonna be okay. Also, I look the exact same... almost-22 Sammy and barely 18 Sammy are twins, I swear. Ugh.

    1// You will make friends, and you will love them, even when they move away when they transfer universities. You will make more friends, and you will make the greatest memories going on beach trips at 3 am and making dinner together because dining hall food is awful even when it's free, and you will rejoice with them in their celebrations and cry with them in their sadness because their lives are as much your own as they are theirs. Who knows, you might even fall in love with one of them...but I'm not spoiling anything.

    2// Dont cut off all contact to home, but don't wait around for the people you left in high school that really don't deserve you. There are much better people in the world, sweetheart, and even though they don't know it yet they are dying to meet you and you will have such an impact on the lives of those around you.

    3// Don't hide your faith because your roommates values don't align with your own. Get involved, branch out, take a risk. Wake up early to spend time with your Father and speak up when what they're doing affect you and makes you uncomfortable. Don't move, because staying will make you stronger, but don't be afraid to speak up. You're not below anyone, you are always equal. Always.

    You'll make it, love. You'll make it and you will look back on your life now and you will be so happy for all of the blessings and the mistakes that college has brought you. And you will be so excited for your future, hon.

    Linking up with... The Diary of A Real Housewife

    Things I've Loved Thursday

    I've seen posts like this on other blogs, and I find them so interesting. I think it's so fun to see what other people are reading and enjoying out there. So, here's what I've been reading/watching/thinking about lately! Did you see it?

    1// I'm really loving the personalized with handwriting jewelry floating around on etsy... I love handwriting and receiving notes, so I'm really thinking about getting something like this with something Ry's written, or something from my mom... so far I really like these designs here, and here but they're not exactly what I want so I'm gonna wait a little bit.

    2// THIS Buzzfeed article about the struggle of being a pale girl. I feel you, Buzzfeed. I really do.

    3// These jogger pants and this whole outfit that The Teacher Diva put together... even though I know that if I bought these pants they'd hurt my already empty wallet anddd probably would look like I was wearing pajamas, because that's how this sort of thing looks on me. Still wishing I could pull things like this off.

    4// Kara and I got paired together for this really cool thing that's allowing bloggers to get to know each other better. It's like blogging penpals, I don't know how to describe it any better! Anyway, her blog is just the cutest thing in the whole world and she shared a post recently about her kitchen adventures as a college student that had me dying. We've all been there guys, read and reminisce.

    5// Since I just left my job last Thursday (can't believe it's already been a week...) to come back to school, I've been thinking a lot about how many things I disliked (which is a natural thing we all go through sometimes with jobs) but also how much I feel like I grew from this whole summer. Even when it was rough, I knew I would make it out alive. Barely, but still alive. And one of the biggest things I feel that I've gained is that I was able to serve others even when it was hard, and even when I didn't feel like that serving was appreciated and well received, and I know that'll help me so much in the future. Anyway, this whole thought process had me thinking about this blog post I saw over at Simply Clarke about 10 verses on loving others. Check that out.

    6// I've been really craving blogging community lately. I'm a member of the Peony Project, although I mainly use the Facebook group to read others posts and learn more about blogging. I also don't have time with my busy schedule (these last few days of nothing have been so so weird) to invest a lot of time in blogging right now, despite how much I love it. Posts like this one from Tiffany at endless bliss recently about a summer blogger box swap sound so so fun. I can't wait to adjust to my schedule and get into things like this!

    7// With the school year coming up quick I can't wait to start packing school lunches again. I've been thinking about buying a cute lunch box, but then I saw this post over on simply love about bento box lunches. I like the idea of getting cute little separated containers and filling them with all of the food groups. Organization even at lunch time? Yes.

    What've you been reading lately? Anything on your list that's also on mine? Let me know!

    Wednesday, September 2, 2015

    Empty Days

    I'll be completely honest with you guys, I have no idea what to write about today. This whole week has been strange. Have you ever noticed that when you really don't wanna think about something and you put all of your effort into not thinking about that one thing, that the thing becomes what you're consumed with?

    Well, that's how I feel about my teeth, which I talked about on Monday. Thankfully, I think that they're starting to get a little bit better, but maybe I'm just getting used to it. Or maybe this sensitivity toothpaste is just numbing my whole face. We'll see.

    On Monday I went into my student teaching classroom for the first time (yay!) and met my amazing mentor teachers. They co-teach because they have young ones at home (so so cute, I love that this option was available for them) They're just really excited and so happy about the school year and instantly upon meeting them most of my fears just flew out the door. Still, I've been thinking about this little quote a lot lately regarding the upcoming school year... senior year is gonna be a doozy.

    Yesterday was definitely a lazy lazy day. I slept in until 11 (which I never ever ever ever do), cleaned my new room, did some laundry and some dishes, and just relaxed. It was a strange feeling, having nothing to do. But, I looked at all of the important dates I have coming up and put them in my planner. Sidenote: I'm a planner girl, and writing things down is my jam... never before have I been as in love with a planner as I am with this thing. It's big (8.5x11) and each week has a two page spread, with a section for notes. Plussss, it color coordinates with my favorite pen... If you need a huge planner, I recommend checking out At-A-Glance. [Note to say that this sounds really infomercial-esque, sorry- I'm just a girl that loves my planner. And no, this planner (very very sadly) wasn't given to me in exchange for my opinion. I just love it! I wouldn't turn down future planners though... planner people where you at?]

    Important Things Coming up in the Planner. 
    Ryan comes home - 22 days
    One year with Ryan - 64 days 
    Graduation (adulthood!) - 283 days 

    Today I woke up bright and early, filled out some applications and printed up some resumes and walked into the world with the goal of getting a job to supplement my life.  I walked into eight places in two hours, bought a cup of coffee at a coffee shop because inquiring about jobs at a coffee shop without buying coffee is weird to me, and nothing. Nada! So, that's got me stressin' a little. But, like my dad said: If it works out, great! If it doesn't, it'll work out...

    I hope you guys are having a great week. Tell me about your Wednesday?

    Also, kitten update! We're down to three! Cheetoh (renamed Harry), Goopy (renamed Potter), and Goose (renamed Blue) all have found new homes! We're down to one light grey kitten and the two female tabbies, and they're hopefuly off to new homes soon too!

    Linking up with Best of Baby for Ladies Collective Linkup and The Awesome Life Friday Link Up

    Tuesday, September 1, 2015

    Fears I Have About Student Teaching

    Teaching is something I've wanted to grow up and do for the last twelve years of my life. So, while I'm super excited that this time next week I'll start student teaching in my little classroom, I'm also terrified. And here's why.

    1. Fifth graders can be rough. And I'm not a rough person.

    2. Gum being placed in my chair. Or thumbtacks. Anything awful.

    3. That I'll get stage fright, at any time.

    4. That I'll forget to wake up and miss the whole day, or the whole week.

    5. That I'll forget someone's name.

    6. That I can't make the cut and won't actually be a teacher (biggest sad face of life inserted here...)

    7. That I won't be able to find my classroom and will spend hours roaming the halls.

    8. That I won't remember anything I've learned over the last three years.

    9. That others will outshine me.

    10. That I'll worry too much...

    Anyway, now that I've got that out of the way, check back in a week to see how it actually goes...