Monday, November 30, 2015

Thanksgiving/Black Friday Recap

Well hey there! I hope that everyone's Thanksgiving was as wonderful as mine! I feel like I took a week-long break from life (and in a way I guess I did) so it's weird to be back at school. Mainly because my house is zero degrees and the heaters aren't making a dent in how numb my toes are right now. Parents' house is warm and toasty, school house is a hollowed out ice cube. Fact.

I spent Thanksgiving with my mom's family. Usually we have a huge (about 30 people in total) dinner at someone's house, but mom and the aunts wanted a break from cooking this year so we went out to eat at a lodge. I wish I'd taken more pictures that were blog-worthy. It was so cute and so fun. Best part- no dishes to clean up!

That night since everyone had way too much energy we went Black Friday (although lets be real, it starts on like Wednesday nowadays) shopping. We planned to go out for a few hours but it turned into a shopping marathon. No joke. We started at 7pm on Thursday, shopped without stopping until 9:30am, then aunt and grandma gave up and went home. So mom and I went home and looked through our stuff then went back out to return/exchange some things and shopped until 1pm. Took a horse riding break and thennnn (we're crazy people I tell ya) went back out with my brother for a few hours on Friday night. We logged 27,000 steps throughout the shenanigans.

My feet hurt.

So, all in all even with 18 hours or so of shopping I only really bought some small gifts for my roommates (we'll share later, don't want them to find out!) and some black skinnies and the cutest flats from Macys I've ever seen in my life. Plus, they're only $30 now because of Cyber Monday AND you get free shipping.

Time to sit here and look over all of the blogging I missed and chug hot chocolate until I'm a normal temperature again. 

How was your Thanksgiving? Did you shop?

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Shows I Can't Stop Watching Lately

Keeping it simple for this one, because Turkey week is a crazy week. But, even during crazy weeks sometimes you just have to watch some comfort tv. My comfort tv? These shows.

1. Switched at Birth
Even though I can't easily watch this one anymore since I don't have cable at my school house, it's still a favorite when I can catch up. It's a teeny bopper show, but I recommend it.

2. Friends. Always Friends.
I don't even need an explanation for this one.

3. Jane the Virgin.
Because it's hilarious and nothing like what I was expecting.

4. Young & Hungry
Ry and I watch this one. Something about Emily Osment just makes me laugh every time. It's a good one.

5. Heartland.
This is a family show that's filmed in Canada about a girl who trains horses, and I've watched it since I was probably 14. But it's so good!

What're your favorites to watch? Share! :)

Monday, November 23, 2015

My Dream Classroom

As a teacher (well, future teacher) I'm always snagging ideas. Every time I walk into someone's classroom I'm mentally remembering all of the adorable things I love. My mentor teachers have a pretty cute room and some pretty adorable lessons. For example, the kiddos are learning about the pilgrims and the colonies so our class has been divided into groups and each group has to earn pounds ($) from the queen (my mentor teacher) and the princess (oh hey, that's me!) for doing good things. And then they can pay for their group to send their ship across the ocean, pay for food while on the ship, etc. It's super cute, and they're so engaged.

So, I spend a lot of time on Pinterest snagging ides for my future room. Here are some of those adorable ideas. Hopefully I can show inspiration and real-life classroom pictures of some of these from my own room someday. Someday soon.

To Display Kid Art/Notes

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Kids love giving their teachers pictures and notes, and it's the most adorable thing ever. My mentor teachers just tape them on the wall, which is great, but I think this is so adorable and so clean and neat. I love it and I will do it.

Decorating/Making the Room Pretty!

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I love love love this classroom. Favorite things? Everything. But especially that rug and the teacher work station and all of those colors. Can I live here?

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Also love this, of course. Favorite things are definitely the green organizer baskets and that daily five font. So cute.

What was your favorite part about your elementary classrooms?

Friday, November 20, 2015

11.20.15 - Remind Me Who I Am

"When I lose my way, and I forget my name, remind me who I am." - Jason Gray.

I know that I can't be the only person in the world who goes through some self-doubt sometimes. I'm not? Phew. And I know I'm not the only one who goes through these self-doubting stages in seasons. I'll have times when I'm so confused about who I'm supposed to be and what God wants me to do that I start doubting everything. If I chose the right college. If I'm supposed to be a teacher. If I'm spending time with the right people. If I'm brushing my teeth correctly. If I'm nice enough, smart enough, pretty enough, and if I worry about those things too much, and if I do- does that make me a bad person?

I worry.

I stress.

And then I let it go until the next time I worry and stress.

But, lately I've been really good. For the first time in a long time I feel extremely content. I love every class that I'm taking and for the first time in a long while (lookin' at you, prereq courses) I feel like the things I'm being taught are actually relevant and applicable to my goals. Speaking of goals, I love my student teaching placement. Waking up at 6:30am is rough, and I don't like it, but when I get to school everything is great. I love being able to see the impact I'm having on kids' education and their lives.

I'm so happy in my relationship it's ridiculous. On the good days and the challenging days I'm reminded of how wonderful the man of God I have is, and I'm so thankful for his ability to love and challenge me to be a better person.

And I'm just so blessed, guys. And I know that it's obnoxious to hear about how busy someone is, and how much they have to do, and then hear them ramble about their happiness because we all know life isn't happiness and glitter rainbows everyday. There's still some dirt thrown in. But my glitter rainbows shine brighter than my dirt does.

So, public thank you to Jesus, for reminding me when I was down of who I am, where I've been, and most importantly- where I'm going. 

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Christmas Gift Ideas for Mentor Teachers

Hi there! I'm not sure how many (if any) student teachers read my blog, but something I've been struggling with lately is deciding what to get my mentor teachers (plural, I have two)

I've made running lists of things they like/ideas of what to give each of them, and have found some super cute things on etsy and elsewhere on the internet, so I thought I'd share a few of them. Maybe you'll find some ideas for what to throw in those lovely gift baskets for the important people in your life!

Photo of the Remarkables mountain range in Queenstown, New Zealand.

Photo of the Remarkables mountain range in Queenstown, New Zealand.

Photo of the Remarkables mountain range in Queenstown, New Zealand.

Other Ideas:
Coffee travel mug with teacher saying
Dry erase markers
Card/note to each of them
Dark chocolate (their favorite)
Some device to help organize their desk
Childrens books for the classroom
Handmade candle
Cookies in a jar
Homemade clipboards
Have anything else to suggest? I'd love to add it to my list :)

Wednesday, November 18, 2015


I originally saw this post on Susannah's blog because she was linking up with Kiki's The Circle linkup, and I knew I hadddd to do it! So here are some things I'm thankful for in the spirit of thanksgiving!
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T - Time. With student teaching and all, lately I haven't had much time to just sit and do anything that I want to do. But, lately I've been very thankful for the time that I do have... to sit by myself and do nothing, to spend with friends, or to visit family with Ry.

H - Happiness. I'm so so thankful to be involved in lots of things that I actually ENJOY, not just things I have to do to get through the hoops. I love everything about life right now, guys. Everything.

A - Apple crisp. We made a bunch this month and it was deliciousssss. A quick google search for Apple Crisp II brings up the recipe we use. I've made this with every kind of apple, with gluten free flour, etc. Nothing can mess it up.

N - Naps. Even if I don't get to take them often.

K - Keurig K Cups, because coffee from coffee shops is expensive (even if I love it so much) Thank you barista job from two years ago and k cups for keeping me caffeinated with things that don't taste too awful.

F - Fellowship. I'm so thankful for the two hours a week I get to spend worshiping with other college students, for my boyfriend's constant 'Jesus has got you' reminders, and church on Sundays. God is good, all the time.

U - Unimaginable silliness from the kiddos I work with. Nothing tackles a bad day better than a silly kiddo with a silly story.

L - Love. Love shown to me, the happiness from loving on others. Just love, guys.

Do a poem of your own and share it with me, please! I'm dying to hear what you're thankful for!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Christmas Wish List

I've seen a few of these posts out and about in the blogger world, so I thought I'd make one of my own! This year I feel like Christmas has come early! It's not even Thanksgiving yet and on the drive home today I saw two houses with Christmas decorations up! Part of me was slightly offended that they would skip over Thanksgiving like that and march straight on into Santa-Land, but part of my heart also cheered for the Christmas love. Good job, neighbors.

So, without further Christmas rambling... here's my Christmas/birthday/anything really wish list.

1. Flannel. All the flannel.


I love flannel. I started rounding up flannels I like, but then I realized that they all were similar to the ones in this really big picture (hey thanks, Eddie Bauer...) so I'm just gonna leave this here. Because flannel. I love it because it's warm and colorful and goes with literally everything under the sun (er, clouds...)

2. Watches.

I've always loved watches, but since I bought Ry one a few months ago (and then kept it a secret from him until our anniversary in November...) I've been browsing for womens watches. I love the look of that sweater and button down with gold jewelry and a pretty watch (coffee in hand, I see you too...) andddd the streamlined look of the black with leather. Oh the struggle.
The watch I got for Ry was a Nixon (recommended by my brother, self-proclaimed watch expert that he is) and I love this smaller version Nixon Small Time Teller. So that may have to happen.

3. Sweaters!



Like this oneor this one!! So that I can have a sweater closet (people don't have these, I know) and can duplicate this girl's exacttt outfit. Oh sweaters... I love them.

4. A thermos/coffee holding device!

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Seriously how cute is this one from QuiteUniqueBoutique on etsy? And this one.  Andddd this one. Also, this one from Kate Spade, because polka dots that's why... 


I love love love shoes, and in the fall boots and cute shoes are needed to make clothes fun, pretty sure that's a law of life actually. These (lovely as heck) Fryes are at Nordstrom (aren't all the good things?) Also beautiful (and at Nordstrom...) are these Sam Edelman flats! My mentor teacher has these in a different color, and I love them, but I'm also obsessed with this pink/pewter glitter blend.

6. Christmas to get here faster!

Seriously though guys, how cute is this door?

So that's my Christmas wish list. Although what I really want is some sleep, a nice cozy blanket, and some coffee to keep me company when I wake up.

What do youuuu want for Christmas?

Monday, November 16, 2015


"I used to think that every person in the world was good, and that some just made bad decisions, but this world makes that hard to believe."

I spent Friday student teaching and in class so I didn't have the chance to pay attention to the news, So when I got in the car at the end of the day and Ry asked me if I'd heard about Paris I was confused about what he was talking about. "Paris? What happened in Paris?" I looked at my phone and spent most of the ride reading articles about what had happened. The first thing I thought was the quote I started this post with.

A younger-Sammy used to think that every person in the entire world was good, and that every one was deep down a very good person. Everyone on the street. This is probably from growing up in a small town sheltered community, and from being a young person with child-like trust that all of the bad things couldn't happen to me, because bad things only happened really far away.

Now that I've grown up and the things that I thought could 'never happen to me' are now happening all around me, the world makes it hard to believe that everyone is good. Because if everyone were good then people wouldn't cause harm to other people. If everyone were good then these senseless acts wouldn't keep happening at concerts, at soccer games, in schools, and at work.

I don't understand why people make the choices they do, or why these things happen at all. And I don't think that anyone will ever understand. But what I do understand is that this world needs more love and more light. In good times and in bad, love your neighbors, love your enemies, just spread God's grace all around. Because now more than ever before, this world needs love.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Five on Friday

Hi there! I feel like every post I make nowadays is just me apologizing for not being around the blog for decades. I'm sorry for that. Life is just super busy. So here's a quick recap of what I've been up to. 

1. Full time student teaching. 
This week I was in my classroom from 7:45-4 every day and taught the majority of the time which was really nice. I had a formal observation from my university supervisor that just so happened to take place on a rough day (boo) but I've been getting a lot of compliments on how hard I'm working; so that makes up for that. 
I've also been working from 4-6, which is great because of how busy I am, but these ten hour days are no bueno. Also, boo daylight savings time. I don't like that stuff. 

2. Uh, pumpkin carving!
Ry and I carved out first pumpkin (yay) 
It was a fun time and definitely a good break from everything. 

3. I've been super busy during the weeks, but the last weekend and Saturday I've been doing horse things too, which is crazy. But, we have fun. 

4. I made some lovely oatmeal chocolate chip cookies when I had some wiggle time. Too busy to take beautiful food pictures, but here's a cute bowl shot. I love these mixing bowls and I wish I could find them somewhere! But for now, I'll borrow my roommates bowls.

5. Ry and I have been dating for a year! We haven't been able to actually celebrate yet because of how busy this week is, but well probably go to dinner this weekend sometime. 
He gave me a super cute Nike running layer jacket and I got him a watch I know he's been eyeing for a while and FINALLG spilled the beans about the smash book. It was a good day. It's been a great year. 

How's your Friday? How's your week been?