Saturday, November 8, 2014

Hey there!

Well, hello there!

It's been a while. Over two months. Shameful, I know, but life has been busy. A good busy. I'm teaching every day (and nights online). M is enjoying kindergarten and gymnastics. DK is starting basketball. Besides the challenge of trying to keep my head above water and getting a good night's sleep (and neither of those ever happen), I have no complaints. Life is being kind.

Some days I go to my blog and realize how much of a ghost town it must seem to the folks that pop in here every once in a while. I'm going to try to do better. Even posting once or twice a month would be an improvement for me right now. I should be clear though -- this blog isn't going anywhere. It actually turns SIX this month (yay), and I'm so proud of all the things I've managed to document here. And I won't stop. It may take me longer to do it, but I'm not stopping. :-) I even have a few posts for you today. :-)

As you can see, we've had a busy fall. That included Boo at the Zoo for Halloween.

I'm sure this is the only Elsa costume you've seen on a kid this year - ha!
She asked me so nonchalantly while we were at Boo at the Zoo, "Why do they have all these scary things up to try to scare the kids?" She cracks me up. Clearly she isn't aware that she's supposed to be scared, too. Ha! 

Speaking of funny little kids, I got to spend a little time with the CUTEST BABY EVER last month:

Y'all, my nephew is a butterball that I just want to EAT UP. All of his sweet rolls give me life. I don't get to see him often, unfortunately. But one day when we were in Atlanta, my dad and stepmom brought him over so we could see him. 


We went bike riding with some buddies that weekend in the A. 

We biked 22 miles that day. 

It was cold this morning, but that didn't stop us. We went back to the house and watched some Bama football. It didn't end well (ahem: Ole Miss), but whatever. There's still a lot of football to be played. 

Speaking of new hobbies, we've been doing some of this lately:

We've been taking advantage of a cheap skate night at a local rink. The last time we went skating (over a year ago, I'm sure), M had on some kiddie skates. We thought it was time to learn to REAL skating, so that's what she's been doing. Y'all. SO FUNNY. And she gets frustrated because she can't go fast like the bigger kids. She tries. We thought it was a great supplement to gymnastics because she could work on her balance. She loves it and wants to go every week.

Look at my girl rounding that corner!

We went to our favorite kids museum at some point last month, too.

Never gets old. 

Also last month, I traveled to Little Rock for a work conference.

This conference was cool because of three reasons. Reason #1: It's my first year as our state's Membership Director. I'm learning a lot as I get to know others on the regional executive board. Reason #2: I co-presented a session at this conference. Remember I co-presented for the first time back at our national conference in LA? I remember being sooooo nervous. This time was a lot easier. In fact, I've been asked to co-present at the next national conference, which is in Chicago. I haven't been to Chi-town since 2008, so I'm looking forward to it.  And Reason #3: I got to hang out with my peeps. The one with the black hair is who I'll be presenting with in the spring in Chicago. I've had the pleasure of teaching with her for nine years. She's one of those people who has shown me what it means to be a great teacher.

Always fun.

And here we are with the NBEA President. After hearing a piece of our session on personal branding and growing a professional learning network, he asked me to join the NBEA Technology Committee.  It's yet another thing on my plate, but I could not have been happier. I've been wanting to help improve the association's digital/social media reach, and here's my chance to do exactly that. I am so glad to be in a profession that challenges me daily -- teaching teenagers is absolutely fascinating. There is never a boring day. This profession also allows me to grow and make an impact that extends beyond my own classroom or myself. I feel so lucky.

On a completely different note, did you see my crazy hair in these posts? Chile, my hair is something else. I could have a great hair day/week, and then the next day/week is completely crazy. I love it, though. It was time for a trim, so I recently went to see my hair girl. This was after a blowout:

I ended up getting a flat-iron and trim.

I'm actually rocking the straight hair right now, and I'm loving it. Versatility, my friends. 

On another note, DK and I both had birthdays since my last post. We don't make a big deal out of our birthdays. Our little girl turns six next month, though. We always try to do something special for hers. She mentioned wanting her ears pierced. We'll see. :-)  Here are a couple of more pics of my little almost six-year-old. This was one day in the sporting goods store as she showed off her hula hooping skills. Silly girl.

Anyhoo, we're looking forward to lots more this fall/winter. More football. Basketball games (which started Thursday night). The holidays. Time with family and friends. Food! The last two months of 2014 will surely fly by!

Forgive me if this post and my next three are all over the place/choppy. I'm trying to cram over two months of pics and content into a few posts. That's hard! Anyhoo, check 'em out:

Hope all is well with you and your family! 


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