Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Mentor Teacher & Student Gifts

Well, today's the day. I have to say goodbye to the fifth grade. I'm already really emotional about going in for a few hours to say goodbye to my kiddos and so to distract myself a little bit I decided to come up with some gifts for them, and blog about it of course.

This class has helped me grow in so many ways as a teacher and my mentor teachers are incredible people that I'm really sad to leave. So, I decided to come up with something little to show how much I appreciated them. They're honestly the best.

My mentor teachers are two very different people, obviously, but I wanted to get them similar gifts. My roommate (check out her blog, she's new and lovely) and I were in Target wasting some time before dinner with Ry and a friend and she helped me come up with this idea.

We found these plain wooden block letters for $3.99 or so, and J was like "SAMMY! We could mod podge these and paint them and turn them into beautiful wall dealies and they would love them" That's actually not exactly what she said, but I don't speak craft so I didn't understand where she was going. We took a chance. I realized that the process could result in something awful because I'm the worst at crafting, but it turned out okay! Thanks to J. Seriously, I'd be lost without her. '

The end result was awesome! I love these little letters and I want to make one for myself! I also grabbed a few other things in Target (helloooo chocolate and cute stickies!)

When it came to a bag though, I was at a loss. One of my mentor teachers loves polka dots, so I really wanted to find a cute polka dot bag, but they didn't have one. Just boring plain. So genius J was like "SAMMY! Get a bag and we can make our own polka dots!" Again, this sounded like a disaster to me, but the girl can make anything awesome so she said she'd do that part for me. AND IT LOOKS SO GOOD!

I'm so excited to see their faces tomorrow! And to give the kids these little stars. There are sweet and sour starbursts on the back and a little note for each kiddo.

I'll see you in a few days, once I recover from the tears.

Paper bags - $1.25 - Target
Wooden letters - $3.99 - Target
Sticky notes - $1.00 ea - Target
Chocolate - $2.50 - Target
Starbursts - $3.00 - Target
A super helpful roommate who stays up late with you to craft - Priceless

Total cost: $20-something dollars. I don't do math, folks. :)


Sunday, March 13, 2016

That one time I finally got a Kate Spade bag...

IT HAPPENED! Sorry for the caps, I'm not screaming at you... I'm screaming with you... I. got. my. bag.

Backstory. I've been watching this bag in a local boutique for a few weeks. I loved it and it was beautiful and I wanted it, but I couldn't justify buying it right now because... college... and student teaching. Food is usually more important than handbags, ya know? So, I decided that the day I found out I got a teaching job I would buy myself a Kate Spade bag. I was set. I even tweeted about it.

I went on with my life, tried not to think about the bag at the boutique every day, and things were good. But then I was talking to my mom about Kate Spade bags, and this bag in particular came up, and she said "Oh, well I was going to get you one for your graduation present... if that's the one you want, and it's cheaper there than the store, get it now." #thankyoumom

I didn't get a teaching job, but I was getting the bag anyway. Opportunity knocked, folks. So on Friday I walked as fast as my little legs could take me to that boutique and the bag was gone from it's usual spot. So I cried in front of everyone. Full on sobbing tears in the middle of the floor. People stared.

Just kidding, I promise I didn't make a scene, but I was sad. I literally turned around to walk out the door and then I saw it. In the wrong place. But really the right place because it was still in the store and I was buying it. I grabbed it and aimlessly wandered for fifteen seconds to make it look like I was generally interested in things other than this bag and then I bought it.

And now it's mine.

And I love it.

Happy Graduation (in 90 days...) to me :)

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Kid Thoughts

I don't think I'll ever be able to express how much I love my 5th grade kiddos and how sad I am to be leaving them. So, in honor of those little rascals, here's the three best things they've said to me this week (well, one is from last week... but oh well)

We had just sat down at the carpet to start morning announcements.

Boy: "Eyyyy Ms. S, back at it again with the black and white scarf!"
Me: "...yeah, but I don't own white vans."
Girl: "Oh, what do you drive?"
Me: "..."
Girl: "... well you said you don't drive a van..."
Me. "..."

How do you even focus on math after that? How?

During afternoon break I was walking across the blacktop toward the swings when the sweetest, quietest, most well behaved little girl in our class walked up to me and said "My rubber ducky spoke to me one day and said if you go ice skating you will fall in lava" and then DANCED away. What do you even say to these little people? Nothing. The answer is nothing.

And last, but not least, when the substitute teacher showed up late a lovely little one handed me this note while I tried my best to look like I had it all held together. I really love them, ya know?

Happy Tuesday xo

Monday, March 7, 2016


Life is hard sometimes, ya know. That's why we disappeared from responsibilities and spent the morning at the coast a few weeks ago. Because there's only so much school and homework and stress and decision-making one person can take before they have to drive away and let it go. So that's what we did.

Lately, and to be completely honest probably always, I've struggled with trusting that there is a plan for me and that something good is about to happen. This time of life is the first time that I haven't really known something about what the future looks like. When I was younger, I knew that I would be with my parents and attend the same school the following year. I just knew.

When I was in high school I made a plan to attend college and I went. In each year of college there was some difficulty in figuring out what my 'next step' would be, but something always turned up (note to self...) But this year, I feel like instead of the usual 'two weeks of lost wandering Sammy feeling' I've felt that way since September. I have very little mapped out for next year and I'm so stressed about it! I've learned some things over the last few weeks that have been really helpful. For instance, I'm staying in my college town for the next year (at least) and in my same house because I like this area, and Ry is here, but I still don't have a job lined up.

Nobody does. But still. It's this whole 'not knowing' things that's getting to me. And I don't like it. So, if I get too rambly about how unsure I am about life, bring me back here please.

Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all of your ways acknowledge Him and he will make your paths straight."

Maybe someday, hopefully soon, I'll look back on this post and laugh because my classroom will be great and I'll be happy. Maybe I'll read this post and laugh because I'm doing something different, but way better. I know it'll work out, I just want to get there already. I'm impatient.

Linking up with What Joy Is Mine's Monday Musings #206.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Five on Friday

To be completely honest, I had intended to go to bed an hour ago but I was talking to my roommate and SHE STARTED A BLOG. That means that we just need to get our last roommate on board and then all four of us will be blogging out here. 

I also looked at how much she's blogged this week and felt guilty. I'm supposed to be the one that's good at this after a whole year. Right? 

So I'm going to recap my week a little. 

I attend a bible study with Ry at the cutest family's house every Thursday night. Since we've been attending I've kinda claimed the job of making dessert. Most recently I made these strawberry shortcake cupcakes. I'll link the recipe later. But they were so good! It's basically a vanilla cupcake with a hollow center that you stick a strawberry in and then cover in cream cheese frosting. Yum. 

The very next morning (last Friday) we drove to the coast to celebrate that I submitted my teaching assessment. The forecast looked awful (because, PNW) but we went anyway and it didn't rain until we left! Success! We had fun and Ry took lots of pictures because that's what he does for fun lately. 

See? He took these pictures over the last few weeks and I especially love the horse ones. I haven't seen the beach pictures yet that he took, but I'm excited to. 

And last, but not least, I spent a lot of time shopping with my momma. 

I've been looking for a grad dress, and I found one! (For $9!) but I also tried on lots of other dresses for spring break. None worked out. I was sad. 

I love spring tops and so I tried on a lot of those too. These were all very cute but very similar so I only kept the light blue one. I was going to keep the navy but it was $50!? I still don't even know why. 

Andddd there is no fifth thing, so instead...

What've you been up to? 

Wednesday, March 2, 2016


White chocolate mocha. That's what's in my cup! Also super excited to say that this drink cost me $2.00 because of a promo I didn't even know was happening. Score. 

How are you!?

I feel like the last two weeks were really stressful for me and that you are a long lost friend I haven't talked to in a while. My teaching assessment is DONE. The next two weeks of real college are going to be a blur and then before I know it I'll be in Hawaii, and then full time student teaching, and then graduated (AHHH!)

This week, like I said, was great. Do you ever have those days where you can totally see God's hand? This week was full of those. 

Yesterday I had a meeting with my supervisor to review how my teaching is going and she basically told me about nearby job openings and told me she'd SET UP AN INTERVIEW FOR ME. 
In fifth grade. 
In a nearby school. 


Anddd, tomorrow I'm being observed by my principal. Eek! Nerves on high, but I'm confident it will go well. I'm also excited to debrief with her afterward and get her advice and stuff. 

Do you have any highs or lows from this week? 

Like I said, looking forward to the weekend, Hawaii, teaching full time, graduating, and getting a teaching job (finally!)

So many good things. Plus coffee. Plus freshly painted nails and a new dress. Life is good, loves.