Feeling Pretty Accomplished!

My INFOGRAPHIC for open house!
My INFOGRAPHIC for open house!

Open house at the STEM Academy is tonight! We have worked hard this week and are so excited to meet these great students who are the first to experience the awesomeness that is STEM education here in Savannah!

(Three….Hours…Later….)

Whew!! Ok, the open house is over and everyone is gone. All but 16 8th graders showed up with there parents! Many of the parents were so excited about the school that they said they wanted to actually come to school with their child because the classes seemed to awesome! I can’t believe how blessed I truly am to have I job that I love! (Now I need to go rest before Monday’s madness begins!)

 

Here are just a few pics from the night!

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Here is layout of the building. Our pictures show where our classrooms are located within the school! You can use a QR code scanner to scan our face and watch a video of us!

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Use your QR Code Scanner on your phone and watch my welcome video!!!

2013 Bucket List Item: Perseid’s Meteor Shower!

With the school year gearing up to start next week (pre-planning is this week), getting into the daily grind is pretty much inevitable. I like budgets, lists, and structure….they are comfortable for me, however I know by the beginning of October again I will be begging for the freedom to sleep in and run around town aimlessly! With school, and grad school, and 3rd trimester looming I want to make sure that I get this Bucket List item checked off this weekend! CHECK IT OUT!

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Have no clue what I am talking about? Take a look!

August 10-13, 2013 before dawn, the Perseids
The Perseid meteor shower is perhaps the most beloved meteor shower of the year for the Northern Hemisphere. The shower builds gradually to a peak, often produces 50 to 100 meteors per hour in a dark sky at the peak, and, for us in the Northern Hemisphere, this shower comes when the weather is warm. The Perseids tend to strengthen in number as late night deepens into midnight, and typically produce the most meteors in the wee hours before dawn. They radiate from a point in the constellation Perseus the Hero, but, as with all meteor shower radiant points, you don’t need to know Perseus to watch the shower; instead, the meteors appear in all parts of the sky. They are typically fast and bright meteors. They frequently leave persistent trains. Every year, you can look for the Perseids around August 10-13. They combine with the Delta Aquarid shower (above) to produce the year’s most dazzling display of shooting stars. In 2013, the Perseid meteors will streak across the short summer nights – August 10-13 – from late night until dawn, with little to no interference from the waxing crescent moon. Plus the moon will be near the planet Saturn in the evening hours, giving a colorful prelude to late-night Perseid show. Best mornings to look: August 11, 12 and 13 http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/earthskys-meteor-shower-guide

 

The Plan:

Go to the Highway 21 Drive-In (love that place!) to watch the new Smurf Movie and Grown-ups Two and then drive around to the middle of no where to find a good spot to view the magic in the sky! I wish that I had learned more of the constellations before now…but that’s life!

 

Hope you guys are having a good week? Are you doing anything fun before school starts back?

Pregnancy Confessions….

I will be six months pregnant next week. That feels very weird to say….and even stranger to live out. I feel like my belly isn’t HUGE yet, however I am already starting to be uncomfortable sleeping at night, and Hubby complains that Miss Lily and I are hogging the whole bed. When I wake up I feel like I have ran a marathon…EVERYTHING HURTS! But, I am convinced that this and the constant heartburn are normal, so bring it on third trimester!

As I get ready to begin month six, I have just a few confessions to make. Remember…this is a NO JUDGEMENT BLOG! (If ya don’t like it…don’t read it!)

Confession #1: It still doesn’t feel real. I am pretty sure they are going to send me home with a little human in about three months and it STILL won’t feel real…but I will let you know how THAT goes when the time comes.

Confession #2: I love CHERRY COKE from Sonic! Yes, I know caffeine is apparently the devil for pregnant women, but my doc said 8oz of caffeine a day is fine. She probably doesn’t want me drinking all the sugar in cherry coke…but a small Sonic Cherry Coke once or twice a week is fine. DO NOT JUDGE ME! DO NOT LECTURE ME! I stick to my recommended caloric intake for the day, steer clear of most other junk foods, don’t give into cravings for chips and dessert (that often), and I exercise several times a week! LET. ME. HAVE. THIS. ONE. THING!

Confession #3: I don’t like feeling helpless! I think a lot of mothers-to-be enjoy being waited on, catered to, looked after, and worried about…BUT NOT ME! I would much rather feel like I have the independence to pick up a sack of potatoes, eat what I want, and do what I want without consulting a physician! I can’t even use my normal face wash or take Ibuprofen!!! YEESH!

Confession #4: There is not a stitch of pink in Baby Addie’s nursery. No, I am not one of those “pink haters,” but it just seems like there are only four colors in baby world (pink=girl, blue=boy, green/yellow=gender neutral). Addie’s nursery is nautical, so we will use gray and navy blue with accents of coral and yellow…but not hot pink. Yes, she will have pink clothes, and blankets,and toys I am sure. Like I said…I don’t hate pink.

Confession #5: I forgot what #5 was….(Just kidding), but this whole pregnancy brain thing is for real! Yesterday morning alone I tried to pour cereal in Hubby’s drink cup (witch his drink still in it) and put the jelly lid on the butter! I think it is more absent-mindedness than anything, but it makes me feel a little cray-cray!

Confession #6: I like mother earth, I try to eat “clean” when I can, and I recycle, but I am not into the whole natural childbirth. Yes, I am well aware that you, someone your know, or your mother may have given birth to a 10lbs baby at home, in a bath tub, at the birthing center, or without any pain mediation….BUT THAT AIN’T GONNA BE ME SISTA! Sign me up for epidurals-r-us!

 

I think that is probably enough for now….and I am ready for nap!

Hmm....seems about right!
Hmm….seems about right!

Chasing the Last Days of Summer

Wow! School. Starts. Next. Week. (Well, at least pre-planning, which everyone knows is the calm before the storm!)

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Yesterday was fabulous. It was one of those days that isn’t incredibly eventful, but that is how you planned it to be. I made Waring breakfast ( a luxury he gets when I am off during the Summer and not hating mornings because I know I can always take a nap in the middle of the day) and cuddled Miss Lily until almost 10am. After we finally decided to roll out of bed for the day, I left to run some errands for the day.

I picked up our new crib from Walmart, which made this whole pregnancy thing feel a whole lot more legit, and picked up some paint for Waring to paint Addie’s nursery bookcase. Then I decided to do something really fun, I WENT TO THE LIBRARY! I used to go every Summer growing up with my grandmothers and it was so much fun, but I haven’t been in years. I went in, registered for a new card, and started browsing! It was so great. Library….I have missed you! I won’t leave you for so long again!

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While signing up for my library card, the lady at the front desk asked for my ID. She was quiet for a few minutes, and then said, “Your name is very familiar. We have someone on our church prayer list with the same name.” I immediately thought to myself, well….I am not sick, so I replied that I must have a common name. Then she responded by sharing that the lady was not sick, but rather she was pregnant. At that point I had to ask her where she went to church. It turns out she attends the same church as my aunt and grandmother in the small town in which I grew up! I couldn’t believe it, this complete stranger had been praying for ME! Wow. I was so humbled, and slightly amused by the whole situation! Just because I am not sick doesn’t mean that I don’t need prayer. As a matter of fact, if you are reading this now please feel free to add me to YOUR church or personal prayer list. It felt amazing to know that I have a family of believers praying for Addie and I. I a was so shocked by that encounter…but I am sure that God was laughing!

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The rest of the day flew by pretty uneventfully. I went to a thrift store and picked up a few maternity items. (It seems pretty pointless to pay full price for maternity clothes that hopefully won’t be worn too long after recovering from the baby). I went for a swim and read one of my library finds, and cooked dinner for Hubby and I. We (he mostly) set up the crib and put on the wall decal above her bed. Around 10pm we called it a night. It was a great day, and one of the best last days of Summer!

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A List of What I Did Accomplish This Summer:

-Got the honor of being a bridesmaid in the BIG DAY of two of my dearest friends.

-Went to the mall and hung out with my sister (which doesn’t happen as often as it should.)

-Spent time with my Uncle Lee before he went to be with the Lord.

-Visited two new states (Washington and Alaska) and went on a BEAUTIFUL cruise through Alaska’s Middle Passage

-Ate from a food truck in Seattle!

-Had a spend the night party with two of my best friends (Tori and Mariah)! We ate Chinese food and watched cheesy movies. It was the best!

-Watched my husband use our Paddle Boards for the first time (I can’t play with them yet…boo…)

-Went to Myrtle Beach for Trish’s Bachelorette Weekend and had some fun in the sun!

-Visited two new places in the 1,000 Places to See book from South Carolina with my friend Jennifer

-Cuddled and hugged my puppy (Miss Lily) everyday!

-Threw a successful Gender Reveal Party

-Registered for baby stuff and started on our nursery

-Spring cleaned the ENTIRE house (and donated over $1,000 worth of my “junk” to charity!)

-Made Jam and canned picked

-Read three books (Honestly, I am not very proud of this one. I should have been reading much more!)

-Created a meal plan once a week AND stuck to it!

-Updated our monthly budget AND cash system (and we are currently sticking to it!)

-Only put on make when vitally necessary.

-Slept in!

-Worked out!

-Had quiet time devotionals (love me some Beth Moore)

-Got life insurance

-Created lesson plans for school up through January!

-Made our annual digital scrapbook and updated my smashbook

-Set up my classroom BEFORE pre-planning!

-STARTED A BLOG!!

WHEW!!!!

I can’t believe I am heading into my fourth year as a teacher and about to take maternity leave in just a few short months. When I think about agonizing  over my major in college graduating early, I am so glad that God already knew my plans. He had it all figured out….and he was probably laughing at me for being so dramatic about the whole thing! I am so blessed to have a job that I absolutely love and a passion for what I wake up and get to do each day (note that I did not say I had a passion for waking up….I don’t feel 100% human on most days until about 10am).

Pray for my students, the new family addition, hubby, and I this year. We will always need prayer, and we will be busy! l