Weekend Recap

Good morning! Summer is so close that I can almost taste it! It was hard to get up and go to work today, but tomorrow is the last day of school so I think I can make it. 😉

This weekend was a quick one with some uncharacteristically dreary and cool weather.

On Friday, we had a lazy night… after Travis spent forever outside putting in a fence by our “cliff.” We still want to plant some bushes around the fence, but hopefully this makes our yard less of a hazard. 🙂


We usually start shows and watch them all the way through when we have nothing else to watch, and lately, we have started watching “The Office.” Neither of us has seen it all the way through, and to be honest, the first time I watched some episodes (years ago), I thought it was so dumb. I’m not sure if my humor has changed or if I just didn’t give it a fair chance, but this time around, I think it’s hilarious! 

On Saturday, we headed to Kansas City to do some shopping. We started at Ikea because I had to return some frames and wanted to get different ones there. Travis initially dragged his feet about having to walk through the whole store to get to the frames, but he was the one I was waiting on as he looked around at everything- ha.

After Ikea, we drove to The Legends, which is my favorite place to shop- all of my favorite stores as outlets, which means low prices! We both found some new clothes for summer.

When we got home, I was doing some laundry and heard Travis sigh so loudly when he laid down in one of our outdoor loungers. He fell asleep shortly after that. Shopping takes it out of you! It’s not for the faint of heart. 😉

On Sunday, it was just dreary. We both laid around a little bit and felt out of it (we’ll blame that on the weather). We got my new frames and art hung in my office. I’m going for a neutral, Hamptons-style coastal vibe (say that fives times fast!), and I love how it’s turning out so far.


Anyone looking for cheap frames that come with matting, Ikea is the best place. I’ve bought most of the large frames in our house from there. I always buy the white Ribba frame. It’s so clean and modern looking!

The office is slowly coming together. The next step is painting the room and getting a few more accessories. I also ordered a sign for the area above my desk, and then it’s close to being done!

We had another softball game that night and then it was time to start another week already.

Have a happy Monday!

Question of the Day: What are you most looking forward to doing this summer?



Five on Friday

Happy Friday! It’s the last one of the school year (Halle-freaking-lujah!). This week seemed to drag on and onnnnnn to me because I was so ready for it to fly by!

As usual, here are five things from the week!

one. Trav and I are headed to Kansas City on Saturday to do a little shopping, and I’m more pumped than I should be for it. 😉 I have a return/exchange to do with some frames from Ikea, and I’m hoping to just goof and get some cute summer stuff. Travis has a low tolerance for shopping, so we’ll hope he doesn’t fade out too quickly. I can shop for hours and hours. 🙂

two. Our school has a lot of construction happening, as we are getting a whole new addition built on and various other repairs. Well, one of the things they did this week was taking down a brick wall right outside my classroom. On Tuesday, they were jackhammering like a foot outside my windows, and it was so loud that I was literally yelling at the students for them to hear me as I gave directions. Thankfully, it was a project work day, and I didn’t have to lecture all day. My students were troopers because I know it was annoying and hard to focus! Grr! After like six straight hours of listening to that, I had a headache for sure!

three. In my Foundations class that I teach, we did mock job interviews last week. I had one student who had been gone so we made up his interview this week during homebase. One of the questions I asked the students was “What are some of your personal weaknesses?” His response killed me.

He said, “Well….I don’t do so well working in the heat. I have to have like a breeze or some wind blowing on me.” Ha- most random answer ever! You can never predict what these sixth graders are going to say! 😉

four. So, I’ve mentioned before that the neighborhood we live in is full of older people (cough, cough, retirement community- ha!) who were so excited when we moved in (young blood!).

Well, the other night, Travis and I were taking a walk after dinner, and on our way back home, we passed a couple of our neighbor ladies sitting outside talking. They smiled real big at us, and here’s how the conversation went:

Old lady 1: “Hello, you two lovebirds.” 🙂

Old lady 2: “Look, they’re just out on a honeymoon walk.”

Old lady 1: “Oh yes, a honeymoon walk…” 🙂

It’s almost been three years, but who’s counting. 😉

five. It seems like one of my Friday points has been about a Pinterest recipe win for the last couple of weeks so we’ll keep that going. I made several recipes from Pinterest this week that were definite “keepers.” These Sweet and Spicy Korean Meatballs were SO good. They were for sure on the spicy side, but their flavor was incredible! Also, this Coconut Lime Quinoa was a delicious side! We eat quinoa about every week anyways, and this recipe was a good change from the normal, plain way that we always eat it. I’m a huge coconut-flavored-anything fan so win-win!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Question of the Day: What are you looking forward to this weekend?


Weekend Recap

Happy Monday! This is the last full week of school. Just two days of school and a PLC day next week, and then we are HOME FREE!!

Before I get too ahead of myself and my excitement for summer, let’s recap the weekend.

My Friday started out bright and early because of a staff meeting and breakfast. I left my house by just after 6:30 a.m., which is sometimes when I am just getting up. Needless to say, I was tired and ready for a quiet night by the end of the day. I ran some errands after school, and Travis and I spent time outside and then just watched tv.

This week was Teacher Appreciation Week, and among my favorite gifts was this cute-as-ever cookie, made by one of my students’ aunts who has her own cookie shop. It’s so cute that I still haven’t eaten it yet! 😉 It was even wrapped in bubble wrap when she gave it to me- extra security!


On Saturday, we cleaned and got some things done in the morning because my mom and brother arrived just after lunch. My dad had to finish planting at home, and we sure missed him!

It was a beautiful, sunny day! *Strange fact about me, but I loooove watering my outside plants in the summertime. Having lots of potted flowers and new landscaping makes me extremely happy. 🙂


They were in town to celebrate my cousin Chelsea’s graduation, and they hung out at our house a little while before we all drove over to Chelsea’s party.

Our nice Mother’s Day picture…


…and the outtake. 😉



We spent most of the afternoon outside (three cheers for beautiful weather- ahh!), and we ate a quick meal before going over to graduation. Chelsea graduated in Engineering, which was the last ceremony of the day in Bramlage.

After the graduation, we drove back home, said bye to mom and Matt, and then had another quiet evening.

On Sunday, we went to church and then Travis started staining the inside of our screened-in porch while I read/blogged/did laundry.

I have a chalkboard in our kitchen, and I noticed that Matt had *revised* a couple of the meals. No, we are not having “North Koreans” for dinner Monday. It’s supposed to be Korean Meatballs. 🙂


We had another softball game that evening at 6 p.m.

I’ve never been so ready for a Monday because it means only one more left of the school year!

Have a great day!

Question of the Day: What did you do to celebrate Mother’s Day?



Five on Friday

Happy Friday! Another week down, and only seven days of school left!

As usual, here are some highlights from the week.

one. Our school does a service day (really just two hours in the afternoon) for each grade in the spring where students go out in the community and help people/businesses with cleanout or chores that they need done. This is the second year that we have done this, and our sixth grade service day was Tuesday.

I lucked out and had a small group: just three really good boys. We went to the Chamber of Commerce and started our “service” by untangling some flags that Wamego uses to decorate downtown for the 4th of July festivities. They were knotted up and a complete mess. My boys thought that we would never do it, but alas, we had them all untangled after awhile, once we took over the whole hallway to spread them out, that is.


Then, we did some cleaning (windows and chairs/tables). We still had some time left, and the lady at the Chamber was out of things for us to do so we walked a block down to help another group at the Columbian Theater. We weeded outside for about thirty minutes before our bus picked us up to take us back to school.

I love getting to talk to kids outside of the school setting and see them contribute to their community in a positive way. All of the kids I worked with really impressed me and stepped it up! Such a fun day!

two. So, our softball team was trying to lose our first two games because they are the games that determine the summer schedule and the league that everyone goes in. We won our first game and barely lost our second one, so we thought that we might end up in “C” league instead of “D” league like last year. However, we got the news this week that we ended up in “B” league. We thought it was a mistake, but nope, we’re officially playing against the good people (cue the wide eyes!). I need to step up my playing since now the pressure is on. Hoping we don’t get pummeled each week!

three. I had my students interview a grandparent last week to go along with themes from our novel “A Long Way from Chicago.” I loved seeing the responses that kids got from their interviews, but this one especially made me smile from a girl’s poster.


I mean, c’mon?! It sounds so simple and cute.

four. My cousin Chelsea graduates from K-State this weekend. She’s the last of the cousins on that side to graduate college, which seems so strange. Weren’t we just little kids playing house at Grandma and Grandpa’s house?!

five. Our meals this week have been super easy and basic because I’m officially over this school year and basically crash every night after school. This recipe for Bruschetta Grilled Chicken Zoodle Bowls, however, was so delicious, easy, and healthy too. It tastes like summer in a bowl. The only change we made was adding feta to the top because more cheese equals better!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Question of the Day: What are your favorite grilling recipes?


Middle School Mayhem

Happy Hump Day! There is only one more full week of school left after this one. Only nine more days TOTAL left until summer. Ahh! It’s hard to stay motivated when you are that close to freedom!

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted more funnies from my students and this is probably going to be the last round until next school year. Enjoy!

1. I have two girls in my last class of the day who stay after school every afternoon to clean off my chalkboards. I never asked them to; they just enjoy doing it.

One other girl came in after school, saw them cleaning, and said to one, “Is that like your job everyday?”

Student 2 answered for her and said, “She does it optionally.”

Then she continued, “I do it…….well, optionally too.”

I had to laugh because she wanted it to sound like she had this big obligation to do it, but really she just chose to also. 😉

2. A couple weeks ago, several students from last year came in my room after school to talk. They were talking about how the class I have now has a reputation for being bad, disrespectful, etc. One of them was then talking about how good their class is.

Student: “Our class is like awesome. We are just so good. I think it’s because we’re all basically Catholic, so it’s like a big church reunion every day.”

I’m not sure what being Catholic has to do with it, but she was positive that it was the reason they were so good. 😉

3. In Foundations class, we have current events every Friday where we watch the news and then do an activity with some event from the news. One week, our news story was all about reducing the use of plastics and recycling. One jumpstart question I asked kids before we watched the news was, “What does it mean to “go green?”

I couldn’t have prepared myself for how one student answered.

Student: “I think my mom said it means like to smoke pot. Like going green…?”

Me: “Noooo…….Think like recycling!!!!! I’m not going to show you a video about drugs! C’mon!”

On a side note, that answer about the students’ mom explains a LOT about that student- ha.

4. The same student from above (“going green”) stayed after school in my room a couple nights to get caught up on homework. After not caring about his work for most of the year, I had been shocked when he was willingly staying about 30 minutes after school to work for about four days in a row.

One day, after getting his work done, he started looking at his nails, which were pretty long for a boy.

Student: “Do you think my nails look girly?”

Me: “Why do you say that?”

Student: “My mom says they do look girly. She says they’re too long, and she makes fun of me for it.”

Me: “Well, they’re longer than mine, but that doesn’t matter. You can do whatever you want.”

Student: “Oh..ok. I’ll keep them. I guess they do look pretty girly though.”


6. One day last week, I wore my hair up in a ponytail, which I rarely do. I had to stay late at school the night before, and honestly, I was looking pretty rough that morning since I slept in a little.

A student came up to me before class began to ask a question about something she had missed.

Student: “First thing…you hair is BEAUTIFUL like that.”

Me: “Thank you. Honestly, though I need to shower. It’s kind of greasy.”

Student (who always needs to wash her hair): “Ya…I probably need to shower too, now that you mention it…”

She boosted my confidence, but it cracked me up that the day I didn’t really try is when she thought my hair looked great.

7. A student walked into my class after lunch, threw himself on the floor dramatically, and said, “Freddy just punched my nipple!……Wow, that’s the funniest thing I’ve said in a while.”

Oh, middle school.

8. We were doing a Socratic Seminar about our novel in my classes on Monday, which is where students lead the discussion and share opinions. One girl was trying to mention a part of the book where Grandma Dowdel (the main character) is kind by feeding the drifters, or the people who didn’t have jobs and wandered around looking for work.

She couldn’t remember the word “drifters” though and thought they were called “wankers.”

Two very different words!

Needless to say, it took about five minutes for the boys in that class to contain themselves from laughing so hard.

After class, the girl came up to me and said, “I knew that the word “wankers” was strange sounding, and I couldn’t remember what they were actually called so I just went for it. I didn’t know it was actually a bad thing though. Oops!”

That’s it for today! Have a great Wednesday!

Question of the Day: What’s a “funny” that you have heard lately?


Weekend Recap

Happy Monday!

I used to think that teaching in May was the worst, but at this point, I’m just so excited that summer is so close that I’m permanently in a good mood. 🙂 The nice weather we have been having definitely helps too!

On Friday, Travis went back to Sabetha to turkey hunt with a high school friend. I had a low-key night, trying to rest and prep myself for the big race. 😉 (Thursday, I prepped by eating a donut, two cookies, and sitting on the couch. Friday, I chugged water and got in a long walk. Balance, right?!)

Saturday morning was the big day. I picked up Emily, and we met Jessica at the Johnson Cancer Research Center on campus. We were running the “Walk Kansas 5K for the Fight” race.


I was a little nervous since I had done so little to prepare for the race, but it went so well! We ran most of it, which I felt good about, and it seemed to go so quick. The route was mostly flat and went around the football stadium for part of it.  It was a little crisp for most of it (perfect running weather) and it only got hot towards the very end. I definitely have no desire to actually get competitive in a 5K, but just getting out there and doing it felt so great. I’m already looking up another one for the summer!

Emily and I hit up Acme (the cutest store ever in Aggieville) after the race and I picked up a cute midwest shirt and a postcard that looks so cute framed on the shelves in my office!

When I got home, I was excited to see that the patio furniture we ordered had came early. We got two chaise lounges and a little table for our back patio area. It was actually Travis’ idea because he thought I would enjoy them so much in the summer, reading and laying out (Isn’t he the sweetest?!)

After the 5K, I must have felt like I had hulk-strength because I carried back each (heavy) chair from our front door to our backyard. I wanted them set-up and ready, and Travis wasn’t home yet.

The chairs are so comfy, and I’m definitely going to spend a lot of time out here in my new little oasis. Hopefully I can actually get a tan this summer. Crossing my fingers!


I showered and cleaned our house quickly because we were going to have friends over to day drink outside that afternoon. Starting my morning with running made me feel so productive the rest of the day; I loved it!

Travis got home after lunch and mowed, put the arms on the chairs, and got in a power nap before the gang arrived.

Sidenote: He found a ton of mushrooms with his friend this weekend. Look at that haul!


Around 3 p.m., we had our friends over. We all sat outside, talked, and played cornhole, beer golf, and beer darts. Zach and Emily brought their new puppy over, and she was so stinkin’ adorable. She finally got sleepy later that afternoon and cuddled up with me on the chair for a bit (swoon!).


By like, oh, 8 p.m., we decided that we needed to go get food, so we ran into Aggieville, looking for some tacos and margs. We all squeezed into Trav’s Durango, and Zach and Coleman “entertained” us with some turkey calls the whole ride in. We told Travis to hide that thing next time- ha. I can still hear it ringing in my ears!

Unfortunately, the line at Taco Lucha was even more ridiculous than usual so we headed back to Wahoo, which got us right in. After being in the sun all day drinking, we all kind of crashed after getting some food in our bellies. We drove home, got a little slap happy laughing at the turkey feet in Coleman’s truck (???), and then went to bed.

On Sunday, Trav and I had a lazy start to our morning, and enjoyed coffee and breakfast out in our new chairs (Spoiler alert: We love those things- so relaxing!). Our backyard is so peaceful and quiet too!



We finally decided that we needed to get up and do something so we got some chores done, got groceries, and then tried to be outside as much as possible.

We had our second softball game at 8 p.m. These first two games are exhibition games that decide which league we will be in for the rest of the summer. We were in “D” league last year and like playing against the other people like us who aren’t the best- ha. We won the first game, so we went into this one hoping to lose so that we wouldn’t be bumped up a league.

Two and half weeks left of school now. Yippee!

Have a great day!

Question of the Day: What was the best part of your weekend?


Five on Friday

Happy Friday! I need the weekends now more than ever with the last few weeks of school craziness! This week actually felt super fast to me though. Fast….and busy.

The picture below made laugh a little too much.

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Teachers, it’s full on survival mode. May the odds be in your favor that we make it the next couple of weeks!

one. Well….tomorrow is the 5K that Jessica, Emily, and I signed up for while out drinking in the Ville a couple weekends ago. I am in no way ready or in shape enough to run it well, but here goes nothing. I’m hoping that I don’t feel like dying through it, and I’m hoping that having an active job where I’m on my feet all day has prepared me a little bit fitness-wise since I definitely have only ran a handful of times recently. Could be ugly- ha.

two. On Wednesday, our school got out early, at 2:45 p.m., in anticipation of the storms that were rolling in. They wanted to get kids home before they hit. I left school right away then too (though I had to take some grading home to get caught up on- boo!). The storm didn’t hit until around 5 p.m. so it was definitely an excessive caution, but I’m not complaining! I love our new superintendent who, above all, thinks of everyone’s safety first (plus, that meant I only had half a class period with my crazy 7th hour kids so that felt like a major win!).

three. As my ELA classes have been reading the book “A Long Way from Chicago,” there is a lot of vocab work that we do since some of the words are older terms. Students have vocab sentences they have to write and then study for each chapter’s vocab quiz.

I noticed that a lot of my students were “forgetting” (ok, let’s be honest, being too lazy) to study so I made a competition with them. Of my four ELA classes, the class with the highest quiz score average would get a reward. This really helped and we had the highest scores of the whole novel for that quiz! It may be bad, but I have a couple classes who drive me absolutely crazy, and I was going to be a little peeved if they won (just being honest…).

Luckily, my favorite class, 4th hour, won. I know I’m not supposed to have a favorite class period, but they just rock…by a long shot! Their personalities mesh well together, and they do what they need to do (a novel idea, right?!) and work hard.

I made them wait a week for their reward (today), keeping them in the dark about it, which drove them bonkers. 😉 Today was their next vocab quiz and they got to skip a couple of the questions (freebie points) and I brought in donuts for a donut party. Food is definitely this group’s favorite reward (I mean who wouldn’t work for food?!), so it was a good motivator! 🙂

four. Today is my K-State aide’s last day with us in the classroom. My students have really grown to love her, and she has done a great job working with them and really getting involved in our classroom. The notes they wrote on her “Thank You/Goodbye” card were too priceless and cute.

She helped me more this semester than she knows, and it was great having another set of hands a couple times a week. I’m thankful that my school is so close to KSU and can participate in these kinds of programs!

five. I’m so not a pro on anything hair or beauty-related, but this face wash is the bomb.com.



I don’t usually notice my face wash making a difference in how my face looks, but I can honestly say that this one does! It leaves my skin feeling so tingly and fresh. The smell slightly reminds me of liquid Dayquil (bleh!), but I’m willing to look past that because of how much this works!!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Question of the Day: What’s a new product that you are loving?