Friday, May 27, 2016

The end of the year and the end of era

These past few weeks have been a whirl wind, not while I am in them, but when I actually look back and it flew!

The last week of school was interview week. To say that it has been stressful would be the understatement of the century. I loathe interviewing and I am the worst interviewer ever. In the world. I am the sweaty, nervous shaking girl who talks about nonsense, and people just smile and nod their heads.

So this week I had interview number one bright and early on Monday morning. I was jazzed! I practice all weekend. Made notes, googled every teacher interview question that existed. I was ready. Then I sat in the car in the parking lot of the school and I seriously thought I would barf.

This interview was for my DREAM job. The second I sat down in the "hot seat" every good thing I wanted to say, drifted out of my head. It was like an out of body experience. I could hear what I was saying and in my head I was telling myself, "Shut up girl, you are not making sense." But I just kept right on talking.

It was ten questions. Ten great questions that I would've dazzled them with. But no. I literally interview for 20 minutes and then thanked them and left. The second I got into the car I burst into tears. I blew it. Totally. It was my dream job and I didn't even fight for it.

Then I had to go back to school and teach hellions in their last week of school. No kidding, the bad kids were actually a welcome distraction from my bad interview. The next day I had another interview. Maybe not my dream job, but I have  good connection to this school and the people there. It's close to my house, the hours are better and it's 3rd grade. This time I would NOT fail!

This interview actually went really well. The panel of staff was super welcoming, I had a chance to look over the questions. I feel like I put my best foot forward and if I don't get it, it won't be because of a bad interview. It would be because there was someone far more qualified for it. I have not heard back from said school yet, but they said it would take a few more days.

That afternoon, when I got home from my interview, I had the rejection email from school #1. I was not surprised at all. Disappointed, yes, shocked, not so much. The next day I got a call from one of my friends and former colleagues' wife from school #1. She said the position that I did not receive was kind of a fluke, as the other candidate was a daughter of a teacher at the school. Then she said that there was another position opening and I should apply for it. Redemption! A second chance! So that will be going down as a phone interview next week, since we are in Nashville.

I had one last interview this morning at a school that it super close in location and demographic to my current school, only it's 3rd grade. Minus a torrential downpour and not being able to find the front door and interviewing looking like a drowned rat. It went surprisingly well and I would love to be at this school as well!! So many twists and turns when I opened this whole can of worms to switch to elementary!

My last week of  has been a roller coaster! On the school front, my year finished great with Field day and Movie afternoon with a GREAT group of kids! I was thankful to end such a crazy and tough year on an actual positive note.
Last day of 3rd grade!! She looks so tall and grown up!

Today was the last day for me and for Callie. It was so weird to clean up my classroom. I did not pack everything up. It's kind of like not packing my apartment when I didn't have a closing date on our house. I feel like if I pack up all of my stuff then I am really not coming back. It's the end of an era, well maybe. I could very well end up right back at my school next year if that's where God wants me, but until that is very apparent and clear I will keep plowing on trying to back to doing what I originally set out to do when I decided to be a teacher, teach little ones!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Honey Cakes and 9 More Days!

That's all... just 9 more days until I have my life back! The year from hell will be over and I can relax and spend some time with my babies.
One of my sweet friends posted this picture this week and I HAD to share, cause it's true!

The last few weeks and days and been so physically and emotionally draining. You see, I have been teaching at the same school for 8 years now and recently my principal announced her retirement. I was having my annual career crisis (You know, should I keep doing this? Am I ready for a change?) and this announcement kind of threw my world off balance.

One night after a terrible week with my middle schoolers, I made the decision to apply for a few elementary positions. I originally went to school to teach little people and for 11 years I have not done that. Little did I know that when I submitted my application, my principal is immediately notified with an email that says an employee has requested a transfer. So when I got to school the next day I had a panicked email from my principal asking, "WHAT?!?"-- awk-ward!!

After a very tearful meeting with her, I told her what I was thinking and that I wanted a schedule that matched my family's schedule better. She seemed understanding, but she keeps swaying me into staying. Needless to say it has been a stressful week, not knowing where I will be next year.  It's totally in God's hands now and if I should get an elementary position, I will be SO grateful! But if not, I am content with that, He is still using me where I am.

Honey Buns!! Nothing fixes stress better than sugar, as we all know! A few weeks ago, for family dinner I made this delicious dessert. I think it would be good a breakfast or brunch-y dish as well, but we went with dessert this time!

Recipe here...

You need:
1 box of yellow cake mix
8 oz. sour cream
4 eggs
3/4 cup of vegetable oil
1 cup of brown sugar
1 tbsp of cinnamon
2 cups of powdered sugar
4 tbsp of milk
1 tsp of vanilla

1.Preheat the oven to 325 and grease up a 9x13 pan
2. Mix up the cake mix, sour cream, eggs and oil and pour into the pan
3. Mix the brown sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over the batter. Then swirl it all around with a knife, It will be a hot mess, but don't worry. It comes out just fine!
4. Next, bake for 35-40 minutes.
5. While the cake is baking, mix up the glaze! Powdered sugar, milk vanilla.
6. When the cake is done and still warm pour the glaze over the cake. Yummmmmm.

After the cake has cooled and the glaze has set up, slice that puppy up and ENJOY!

Tres Bien!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

What I Wore Wednesday

I guess the fun spring clothes are going to have to stay in the closet a few more weeks! It has been windy and rainy and blechhh.
I have been disliking spring in the CO for several years now. I am done. Brien and I were watching House Hunters the other day (cause we have recently joined in to world of cable TV after only 7 years) and there was a couple that was buying a primary home in Costa Rica. After watching a family buy beach front property with a pool in paradise for less than we could get a house in our own neighborhood for, he turned to me and said, "Let's move there. I can build stuff, you can teach stuff. Seriously, we can bring our families and just go."
I am sure there is something horribly wrong with Costa Rica like hurricanes or drug lords or something, but it's not sounding too bad these days...

Tight in May?? That's right.
Dress: Target
Cardi: Banana Republic, thrifted
Tights: Nordstom's
Shoes: Target

Scarf and Jacket in May?? Yup that happened as well.
Polka dot jacket: Target
Scarf: ??, thirfted
Jeans: Old Navy
Tee: Gap
Flats: Ross

Sweater in May?? This is my reality people!
Sweater: Old Navy
Pants: Old Navy
Heels: Target
Necklace: Target

It looks spring-y but it was still cold. See what I did there? Tricking myself into spring.
Tank: Old Navy
Cardi: Old Navy
Jeans: Target
Flats: Target

Again with the bright color, but still cold.
Button up: Old Navy
Cardigan: Target
Pants: American Eagle, thirfted
Flats: Target

So the weather is terrible, but there is only 13 days left of school to have to finagle myself into getting dressed for and then it's shorts and tees and flip flops. We are SO very close and SO very ready!

Monday, May 9, 2016

Marvelous Mother's Day!

It didn't snow this year! So weather was a little chilly, but there was not a flake in sight, I will take it!

Mother's Day this year was just nice. It's funny... you see all of these ads before Mother's day that talk about get your wife a spa day or a huge diamond to show her you appreciate her, but isn't about the kids, I mean really!?

Sure, it would be nice to have a cleaning service or a day of pampering, but I would rather spend time with the children who are the whole reason that I get to celebrate Mother's Day!

And that is just what we did! We went to church (gotta work on that VBS stuff that is coming up!) We left a little early to come home and get our house ready for Mother's day Dinner later that evening and then I was showered with sweet cards, homemade jewelry and bath salts. Also squeezed in some hugs and kisses with my loves.

Then we headed to Boulder to Brunch-y at this amazing Mediterranean restaurant. It was super crowded and our party of 15 only added to chaos, but it was so lovely to be out and enjoy each other.
Love these precious babies!
After brunch we headed back to our house to have Mother's Day dinner with my family! My chef of a husband made a lovely dinner of greasy tacos and tostados. They were delicious but even better, I did not have to cook OR clean up. 

I am so thankful for the Mom's in my life and there are many! I so appreciate their wisdom, guidance and love! 
But My mom truly is the best mom ever. Everyone says that about their own mother's but I am the only one who right!
This lady does it all, folks! I don't know what I would do with out her. She makes me feel like I know what I am doing in life and with my own kids. She is the BEST encourager and always has been. I have not always been the greatest daughter and I shudder to think about what Callie will do and the things that she will say as she grows up. If she is anything like me, we are in for it! But everything I did, my mama supported me, even if she didn't agree with me! I am so thankful for her and she spoils my kids rotten. What more could you ask for, really??
I love you mom, thanks for putting up with me!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

April Closet Additions

I wish I could add a real closet to my house, but instead, my 9 year old has a larger one than me... first world problems, right?

When I dug through my spring/summer stash, I realized I had so many old and worn items, that I got rid of a ton of stuff, yay for decluttering and organizing, but now I have nothing to wear. Okay, that is a lie, but, I need some  new stuff! I really should just stick to thrifting. I kind of miss it!

Nude Flats: JCrew. I finally broke down and bought some! These have been on repeat since I purchased them. They go with EVERYTHING!

Floral detail tunic: I LOVE this little tee. Well, I guess it's a long tee, but either way. I feel like this is going to be great for summer!

Maxi dress: Kohls. The snazzy dressed special ed. teacher across the hall had a dress just like this on the other day. When I asked her where she got it she said to my dismay, "Kohl's, but a few years ago." So I took my chances and went there and found this super cute, similar dress. Score!

Romper #1: Target. I have been searching for a romper for forever and I never could find a cute one that was flattering. So this weekend at Target I tried on like 12 and this was one of two that made the cut! I can't wait to wear it when we hit Nashville this month!

Stripy dress: Old Navy- $7. I scored this little gem on half price dress day. It is so cute and comfy! I can't wait to style it this summer!

Romper #2: Target. Thanks to it's high halter neck and loose-ish fabric, this romper was actually so cute! I couldn't decide between the 2, so they both came home with me!
That's all for this month. That's all my bank account could handle. Yup, definitely back to thrifting next time!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

What I wore Wednesday

This week  has been just dandy. The weather is finally warming up (a little), my evaluation for the year is OVER! My students have been slightly better. I will take it! 17. Days. We got this.

I am a little behind again with clothes posts, so in another effort to clean off my camera roll here goes!

A pretty nice day! My Sister in law's father gracious agreed to come be a guest speaker in my class a few weeks ago. We had just finished a book about the genocide in Cambodia. Seeing as how he survived it, it was a powerful reminder and my kids SO enjoyed hearing him talk about his life!
Top: Loft, thrifted
Pants: Loft
Sandals: Target
Scarf: Asian market

It was SO cold this day, and I probably should have worn boots, but I RE-fuse to dig those out of the back of my closet for less than 6 inches of snow!
Sweater: Forever 21
Lacy tank: Very Jane
Jeans: Old Navy
Necklace: Very Jane
Flats: Target

A warm and sunny Sunday outfit! We are gearing up again for the crazy that is VBS and we are practically veterans now. We made it a little earlier this year and now it is creeping up, just 6 weeks left to plan and get everything together, yikes!
Tee: Target
Skirt: TJmaxx
Sandals: Old Navy
Necklace: Homemade!

The pants... They fit do weird, but I love them so much! I bought the same color in the Old Navy Pixie pant, but they are weird and see through-ish, no thank you, returning those!
Top: Very Jane
Pants: Gap, thrifted
Heels: Target
Necklace: Charming Charlie's

I had my last "drive by" observation by the principal this fine day. Everything went SO well and I am so proud of my kiddos. 
Tee: Gap
Cardigan: Very Jane
Pants: Old Navy
Heels: Target
Scarf: Target