Monday, August 25, 2014

What We've Been Up To

Especially during the summer day you're rocking them the next day they're hitting home runs.
Tomorrow I head back to work. It's been a little more than 3 years since I've worked and I'm nervous sad and excited all at the same time. Excited to do something I love, earn a little extra money for the family and for the mini-mommy break. Nervous that I won't do a good job and sad that I won't be a full time SAHM anymore. I have loved every second of these last 3 years and while I know that  taking this job is the best thing for our entire family, I also hate the thought of having to push my babies out of the nest a little. The above saying is so true. Can't they stay little forever.

Gianna started dance at her new dance studio last weekend. We loved her last studio but didn't love the drive so we made a switch. This teacher I was told takes dance very seriously and is very disciplined. Just what Gianna needs. So we signed her up and in addition to ballet she gets to start tap. She loves walking around the house in her tap shoes and enjoyed her first class.

Aren't they so cute standing in line waiting to go in?

Since I will be a first time teacher in exactly one day I've been searching and reading every teacher blog, instagram account, book and article on pinterest  that I can find. And of course as any teacher can tell you  spending all my time and money on Teacher's pay Teacher's. My nights are now spent printing, laminating, cutting and gluing to make signs, decorations or center activities for my classroom. And don't get me started on book order's. I cannot wait to get my first book order in  for my classroom!!

I've also been party planning. I can't believe that my little guy turns 2 in a few months.

 Every party we throw for the kids we realize that we want the next one to be even simpler and smaller than the last. Don't get me wrong, we love throwing parties for our kids but we'd rather spend the money doing fun activities with them than throwing it all away on food and extravagant decorations that are mostly for the adults to enjoy while the kids are this age. But today I finally decided what I wanted to do. A circus theme. I stayed away from it because my good friend threw her son a circus themed party last year and I didn't want to copy. But I came across this super cute party from one of my favorite bloggers and decided that I could keep it simple enough for my liking.

How cute is that? I plan on making everything myself down to the cake and cupcakes. I figure we can get a piñata, play some corn hole and just let the kids run around and have fun. Easy Peasy!

And finally I've been trying to soak in as much relaxation time as I can. Currently I am hooked on Liane Moriarty's new book Big Little Lies. I love it.

And that's about it. I'll try to get back into a regular blogging routine soon

Thursday, August 21, 2014

What happens in Target stays in target

I saw this video about back to school and died laughing. This is so something my friends and I would do. Not to mention that shopping without your kids is truly a vacation. And target. Need I say more.

Friday, August 15, 2014

The Next Chapter

It's crazy to think that in a few short weeks I will be heading back to work. Teaching no less! When I met my husband I was working on my masters in special education. When I moved to NC the nearby colleges didn't have a program similar to the one I had been in in Wi.  When I got hired doing behavioral therapy I needed to go to school for applied behavior analysis. So I never finished my masters program. I always intended to go back but then we moved to fl and I had two kids back to back. So here we are now

I finally decided to put my background to good use and applied for a job teaching K-4 or VpK as it's called here on fl. I'm nervous and excited at the same time. And a little heartbroken about not being with my kids 24/7. However I know it's the best solution for my family

I've been in crazy teacher planning mode these last few weeks. Since I've never taught in a classroom setting before I've been stalking Pinterest, Instagram, reading every teaching books I can and hitting up all my teacher friends for advice 

Next week I get to head into my classroom and start setting it up! It's all
Becoming so real. I'm excited to see where this next chapter takes us

Thursday, August 14, 2014

I'm Back

It's been awhile since I visited this little
Blog of mine. These past few months have been crazy busy. We celebrated the hubby coming home, Gianna turning 3 and then we escaped for a much needed family vacation to Sanibel Island, Fl. Now we are all battling a nasty stomach bug and I have started preparing for going back to work! I'm going to be a teacher. Can you believe it?
But now I've started to ramble. I'll back it up to our amazing vacation.

Sanibel is one of my favorite places on earth. It's so peaceful and beautiful and makes you feel as though you've left the states and are secluded on an island. I am so blessed to be able to take my kids to someplace that holds such a special place in my heart. If my husband wasn't in the army we would pack up our house and move there in a heartbeat. However we have till wait till he retires before that happens. 9 more years to go. Until then we will settle on vacationing there every year

This vacation was eye opening in many ways. I slept like a baby, stressed less and really got to the heart about what was  important in my life and what things needed to change once we got home. Funny how vacation does that to you. 

It was so hard to come back, trying to get back into our routine and getting ready for school to start. It's been a crazy week of ordering things for the kids school, signing G up for her new dance class at a new studio, buying dance shoes and figuring out how I want to decorate my first classroom. So many new changes are coming our way. I'm so excited for this new chapter in our life. More on that tomm. Until then I'll share some vacation pics
Until next year Sanibel