Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Oh, kids...

"Are your nails fake?" x2 The first time this happened they were painted in a French manicure, but still my nails. The second time they were just pink...

"Is college food better than our school food?"
I told him that I either buy food or make it at my house myself, and then I have tons of leftovers since I can't eat it all. He didn't like the idea of making his own food.

"School isn't fun when you're not here."This one was just cute...

I wear a He>i John 3:30 bracelet daily... "What is John 3:30? Is John your boyfriend? Did you start dating at 3:30?" Ohhh this was hilarious. No, John is not my boyfriend, and no, we did not start dating at 3:30. This was very quickly followed by them asking what my boyfriend's name was... yikes.

Well, at least now you have some idea why I've been so absent from the blog lately. Just putting up with these little rascals... :) 

Monday, October 26, 2015

If you're lovely and you know it...

It's currently Sunday night, but by the time you read this it'll probably be Monday morning - so good morning you lovely little gem!

This weekend was pretty uneventful, so to top it all off I'm watching a pest management training video... which is about as exciting as it sounds.

Lately, I've been up to a lot. My student teaching is starting to get super busy (hence the lack of blog posts...) and I'm teaching a unit next week... next. week. Pray for me, folks.

My job is swell, because I get to hang out with kids some more. And it gives me an excuse to drink more coffee.

And I've been surviving, beat the sickness, and I still get to see my boyfriend as we run by each other to get to the million and one places we need to be. So that's dandy, too.

Basically, that can all be summarized by saying that the only way I'm surviving is coffee and Jesus, and I'm so thankful for both of those things.

But how are you? How's your October?

Monday, October 19, 2015

Happy Tuesday!

If I have time I'll link this post up with Stephanie for Two-sday. But I know myself, so who knows. 

This week (so far...) has been good! Our college group went on a retreat this weekend so I'm feeling a little sluggish, but one day in the books is a great motivator! 

Anyway, back to the two things!

One// Deviled eggs. 
These little buggers were difficult. My cousin loved making these for Easter and always made them look so easy. They tasted alright, but the consistency was all wrong. Oh well, next time I'll be better. 

Two// FALL!
I'm just really feeling the season change this week and I LOVE it. I'm a cold coffee girl, but I've been proudly toting my warm coffee around this week. 

That's me and Ryan at Starbucks (yay!) and me pre-work drinking a salted caramel mocha and a peppermint white mocha. Both were wonderful choices. 

Happy Tuesday!! 

Maybe You're New Here

Hi there! I just felt like re-introducing myself to the blog. Sometimes that happens in life, ya know?
You get stuck in a rut and just feel like starting over. That's where I'm at I think.

So, welcome to The Happy Chalkboard! I'm Sammy, a sometimes super lazy and sometimes super energetic future teacher. I spend my days in the fifth grade student teaching, my afternoons working in an after school program, and my nights scrambling to finish homework and making dinner with my favorite person in the whole world - my boyfriend.

I love coffee, spending time with silly kiddos, horseback riding, baking, and shopping at boutiques. I don't have a niche, and I don't wanna. I've been writing this blog for about seven months now and I still feel very much like a baby blogger. My favorite posts are these ones, and you can read them if you wanna but I won't make you.

The most important thing I want you to know about me is that I love my life, and I'd love to learn about yours. What do we have in common? Comment or send me your favorite blog post. Anything! I wanna get to know you, my dear!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Why My Blog Has Been So Bare...

Once upon a time, in a land far far away there lived a Sammy who once had a life and time to do things other than school. And that, my friends, is why I haven't been to The Happy Chalkboard all week. I feel like I'm obligated to give you a quick little run through of all of the crazy that's happened in the last seven days (longer than that, really...) so here's what I've been up to.

1. The last time I checked in I wrote a quick post about how my computer was being ridiculous. And because I'm a blogger (kinda, I mean bloggers have to post and I haven't been too great at that lately...) I took a picture of the tragedy and I'm posting it below. #nofilter.

Last Friday I had a long break between classes so I ran home to grab my laptop and bring it back to school to work on some lesson plans (don't I sound so teachery-y... just workin' on my lesson plans...) Ha. Laptop had other plans.

As soon as I started my computer it blue screened and it blue screened hard, for a solid two hours. I couldn't fix it and my break was over so I went to class and told myself I'd bring it to the IT people after class was over.

When I went to the IT people they said they couldn't do much since I didn't live on campus anymore (wah... of course this would happen) and tried a few things that didn't work. They basically told me to go home and see if it worked there because that was the last place it had worked correctly. So I went home and the silly thing worked! We've basically decided the school's internet doesn't like my laptop anymore and so it'll attack it when I try to do work there. Awesome.

2. One of my roommates isn't moving in until the winter but she came to visit us for her birthday weekend last weekend. Our town has a super adorable boutique that she loves so I ran over there real quick to pick up a few small things for her birthday! I don't know about you, but J is 22!

3. When I was thinking about student teaching, student teaching outfits were one of the biggest stressors on my brain. But I've been wearing things that are comfortable and make me look like I've put in some professional attempt, which is great, every day! So shoutout to my clothes for helping me look put together at 7am Monday-Friday, even when I break the anti-jeans student teaching rule sometimes...

4. This morning on the way to school I saw this lovely burst of happiness in the sky and I just had to take a picture of it. God is great, all the days of my life (even the craziest ones) and He can create some beautiful things in this world. Waking up at the crack of dawn to witness them isn't the greatest, but every happy has its struggle.

5. After the craziest week of life because of my computer almost dying, myself almost dying from a crazy cold, student teaching, work, losing my debit card (which I don't even want to talk about because it's ridiculous...), getting ready for a weekend retreat, and prepping my package for Summer's Sweater Swap.... I had to make something.

So, I decided to make these lovely little mini pumpkin cheesecakes (hello favorite dessert). They are great and I recommend you stop whatever grown up responsible things you're doing now and make them. And then eat them all.

Well, that's all I've got! Have a happy happy Friday and hopefully I'll be back sooner rather than later.
xo Sammy

Friday, October 9, 2015

Lord, help me.

I'm writing this blog post from my little phone screen because my laptop is coming down with the same cold I have and has blue screened half a dozen times this hour alone.

So, in lieu of a blog post here's five things I need all of the good vibes and prayers you can muster up for.

1. That there's nothing seriously wrong with my laptop and that the tech guy can simply fix it today. 

2. That this cold im feeling coming on goes away, or isn't too bad.

3. Less stress about this whole term. I have to plan three lessons in three weeks and I am so lost in the process.

4. Sleep.

5. The ability to stay calm through the crazy and to keep recognizing the good things.

Thanks all. Happy Friday!

Update to add: I took my computer to the IT guy on campus (who told me that since I don't live on campus anymore he can't help me...) and he ran a few tests and found out... nothing. So, since they closed in ten minutes and I technically wasn't even helpable he told me to go home, see if it worked at home, and if it did or didn't to let him know. He said if it didn't he'd try to help me.

Which I so appreciate.

But, my laptop works at home (insert a million question marks here...) I'm not complaining. I just won't ever ever use my laptop at school. Ever.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

My Crockpot Dinner Sucked.

Well hi there! A while ago, the lovely Stephanie posted this blog post that basically confronts the fact that so often we make our 'blog lives' look perfect when in reality we all know life ain't perfect. And that post is the only reason why I'm even sharing this little story at all.

About a week ago I bought a crockpot because wintertime always makes me think of warm food made by my momma, and my momma uses a crockpot. So, I bought one because I wanted to recreate that food for myself in my own house. I don't know why but I thought that just the fact that something was made in a crockpot would make it instantly delicious and ten million times better in every category, right? 


Anyway, I took the thing home, looked through Pinterest recipes, grabbed a few things I had on hand and threw all of them in the crockpot.

And then waited like six hours...
I had no idea what I was doing.
Who am I kidding, I never do.

I don't know what I was expecting, but I wasn't expecting what I got.
I'm not even gonna tell you what I put in there because nobody in this whole wide world would probably want to recreate what I made.

We ate it, because wasting food isn't cool, but we definitely ate leftover cold pizza afterwards that night, and I am not ashamed.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Goodbye September...

I can't believe September is over already! I feel like it was just May last week and then bam! so many months have gone by. It kinda makes me sad, but I'm also super pumped because this year is going to be a crazy one. Student teaching and working andddd trying to have a life? I'm reaching for high goals, folks. But that's okay.

I think I'll keep it light today and just share a few links that have made me smile as of late.

1. This little girl telling her mom why her parents should stop being so ridiculous and just be nice to each other is the sweetest thing you'll find on the internet, I swear. I know a few other blogs have shared this but my goodness, she's so precious. I love kids and how sweet and innocent they are sometimes.

2. This, this, this... a million times, this. I've read a lot about blogger swaps and I think they're so cool! I really love the blogging community and who doesn't love great little gifts? Summer, over at Coffee with Summer, is hosting a... ready for it?... sweater swap. That's right, sweaters! Genius, I tell ya. The idea sounds so fun I want to start a swap of my own! Except, not sweaters and not this season because woah, holiday craziness. Seriously though, if anyone's interested in brainstorming something fun for the spring, I wanna be in on that!

3. This girl, because she wrote this post about being nervous about making new friends and the whole entire time I was thinking how silly that was because she's great. And her blog is great. And I know lots and lots of other people feel that way too. So, go check out her blog. :)

4. Also, I feel like everyone in the blogging world turned 24 this week... happy birthday to you if that's true in your life! : )

Have you seen any of these things or others? Let me know, I like happy. :)

Monday, October 5, 2015

Five of my Favorite Bible Verses

Bibles are great. Sad? Open a Bible. Happy? Bible. Worried? Bible. My first 'official' Bible was one I got from my girls youth group. It has a patriotic book cover on it and these funky little quizzes inside. It's seen better days, not that that's a bad thing! Last year on my birthday Ry got me my first 'adult' Bible I guess you could call it. The thing is beautifulllll, but it needed to be highlighted and post-it flagged and so it has been.

A lot.

So, I'm just gonna get right to it. These are my favorite Bible verses. Woo! Also note that I live in the New Testament. I'm sure my old Bible had tons of highlights in the old, but me and this magenta lovely haven't got that far yet.
Luke 12:22-26
"Then Jesus said to his disciples: "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Sine you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?"
I love this because I'm a worrier. I love that the Bible talk to worriers so much, because clearly I'm not the only one, right? I love that this talks about so many different worries. I just love this.
Romans 12: 6-8
"We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully."
I honestly think about everyone's gifts so much it's ridiculous. I think it's so great that we were all made differently and how we can help each other and grow together by using all of our different gifts. Also love that it says "if it is teaching, then teach." I think I might put that on my desk someday.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."
Probably my most favorite verse right now. It's so simple.
James 4:13-15
"Now listen, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money." Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, "If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that."
I found this recently, and goodness it hit me hard. I'm a planner. I plan to plan, guys. It's bad. I love that this, to me, is saying that planning is silly. We don't know what's happening in ten minutes, days, or years. If it's in God's plan it'll happen. Our plans don't mean anything.
1 John 4:19
"We love because he first loved us."
I've always loved this one. But, this new Bible has little notes at the bottom and the little note for this verse says 'All love comes ultimately from God; genuine love is never self-generated by his creatures.' I thought that was really interesting.
What're your favorite verses?

Friday, October 2, 2015

Currently - Then & Now

I have a few journals, and by a few I mean six. Only two have been written in, one semi-regularly and one that I've written in maybe five times since I started college, ya know... three years ago. I was flipping through these few pages and it was just so amazing to me how different life was, just a few years ago. Also, since school has just started up again and most of these are college-related I thought why not!? :) Each little entry also has a 'currently' section below it, but I'm only including those if they're relevant.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

"It's really strange that I graduated. Ready to see where life takes me, and I'm already looking forward to graduation #2. Concerned about college, and how that will be, but God's on my side, so I'll be alright."

Saturday, September 8, 2012

"Well, one more week until move-in. CRAZY! I'm so excited, but really nervous for stuff. Getting a smart phone, so that's cool. And I have almost all of my stuff ready. Ah, nerves!"

Wanting: A TAN [Still true, home girl...]. Starbucks.

Thursday, October 11, 2012.

"Three weeks into college, and it's been great. My roommates are nice, even though we're different-which has been interesting. I like my classes, I love volunteering. I love my school and I love my friends."


Wanting - To go home, finish my homework. Finish this term.

Needing - TO GRADUATE. Do I have a degree yet?

Saturday Nov., 10 2012

"First term is so close to being over! I seriously can't wait! So excited for a month of break, and new classes!"

Thursday, March 14, 2013

"Second term is almost over! So ready to be done with first year and out of these dorms!" [Haaa, that's what you think... you're not done yet.]

August 1, 2014

"Found out yesterday I'm an RA again!"

Wanting - Move in day to be here!

Needing - to tan... [again, still true...]

October 2, 2015

It's so strange to me that everything I had planned for my life as a kid is almost done. That sounds strange, but hear me out. When I was growing up I knew that I wanted to go to college and be a teacher, that was my goal. And now, I'm less than a year away from graduating from college and I will be a teacher. Of course I've grabbed onto some new life goals along the way. I want to be a wife, I want to serve God somehow, I want to buy a small house and make it my own. I want to be a mom. I want to bake lots and drink good coffee and never ever get another filling ever again. But, it's so strange that I never remember specifically wanting any of these things until the last few years. I'd always just wanted to go to college and teach.

Life's funny like that sometimes. I'm sure if someone asked ten-year-old Sammy if she'd like to grow up and own a house, I would've said yes. If someone asked if I wanted to bake when I was older, I would've agreed, and probably been willing to volunteer to eat it all too.

I don't really know where I'm going with this, I just know that if just ten years ago I didn't have all of these goals in mind that I do now, I'm really excited to see what my goals are in another ten years, and where I am in life. It's interesting stuff.

Currently... going through old journals.

Listening... to the hum of my computer, some loud car outside, and an obnoxious bird.

Eating... just ate a whole wheat homemade cinnamon roll

Drinking... water a few seconds ago but only because I forgot to take my vitamins

Wearing... brother's old green Nike shirt, jean shorts.

Feeling... impatient, as always.

Weather... still sunny!

Wanting... life to stay simple, at least for a little while

Needing... nothing, life is good!

Thinking... about how that was probably the first time I didn't write that I needed a tan

Enjoying... life.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Planning Birthdays

Lord knows I'm a planner. I plan everything. I might not stick to the plan, and God doesn't always have the same plan as me (thank goodness...) but there is always a plan. When Ry told me he was coming home on his birthday (yeah, I know I said I wouldn't talk about this anymore...) I knew that being me, there would be some planning to do. And plan I did.

Before he got home I went to his house and decorated the outside. It wasn't anything fancy: a happy birthday banner, some triangle banner thing wrapped around the tree (that's probably the worst description of anything, ever) and some balloons.The balloons make me laugh even as I write about them now because when I went to the store I just grabbed random things and one of them has minions on it. Also, before he got home it started raining like crazy (thanks, PNW...) and they were all just laying on the grass...
He had no idea what we were going to be doing on his birthday so when he got home I subtly told him what to wear and we got in the car. He actually told me at this point he hoped we weren't hiking because of how hard it was raining... whoops, we were. Months before he left I put 'The Surprise' as a contact in his phone with directions to a super popular hiking spot he'd never been to before. We'd talked about it a few times, but it's far away, so we'd never had time to go. Until his birthday. So I told him to ask his phone for directions to the surprise and he looked at me like I was a crazy person, until it worked. Sneaky girlfriend for the win. So, we followed the directions and ended up at the surprise.

After we spent a few hours there eating lunch and hiking around we had to drive back home for an event that our college Christian group was putting on. All of our friends are busy people, but most of them are involved in the college group, so I figured instead of trying to make everyone get together again after the event, I'd just show up early with cupcakes. Well, a cupcake cake, which is basically the positives of both cake and cupcakes


Overall, everything went well. There was hiking, there were friends, and there were cupcakes.