WUW in K! …You mean 2?

Back in March I dedicated my What’s Up Wednesday to sneak peaks into my kindergarten classroom. I’m not sure I kept my end of the deal very well but I’m trying to be a better blogger. Anyway, you can read all about my intentions here.

If you haven’t heard already (which it’s already been Facebook official so likely you have) I moved schools and I’m moving grade levels. This Idaho born girl, Lewiston produced, is teaching at Webster Elementary in 2nd grade. I am so excited and anxious for everything about to come in the next few months and years.

Here’s a peak into my new classroom!

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I checked in yesterday and my classroom is all cleaned up! I met the night custodian (super sweet lady! instantly loved her) and she told me my floors are all done so I could start moving in my stuff. She even offered to open up the back gates so I could drive my pickup right up to my outside classroom door. Perfect. So here’s what my room looks like right now:

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Gosh I have SO much to do!! Aside from learning 5 new curriculums I have to get this room all set up to support student learning! And you know be super cute. Honestly though, it isn’t a Pinterest competition. I think it’s important the classroom be dressed up for two reasons.

1. It’s where I spend all day for 180 days. It needs to be a room that I feel happy to be in each day.
2. It needs to be inviting to my students and a space for them to feel happy to come to and feel safe in each day.

So yeah, it needs to be cute. đŸ˜‰

So on my current to-do list… set up my classroom library, set up the student desks, create the calendar area, make my Daily 5/CAFE board, establish my desk (teacher) area, organize the supply closet, unpack my boxes from my old classroom, piece together and organize curriculum, order my teacher lesson planner, organize manipulatives and student learning tools, and…I’ll think of 1,000 more things later. But this is where I start. And it all needs to be close to being ready to go by Aug. 15th! Gosh, when I type that it hits me that it’s only 5 weeks away! *Insert anxiety here*

But I am excited! Change is so good! As I promised my BFF Jenna, I am going to be better keeping up with this blog so she can stay in the know with my life since we don’t see each other everyday anymore (yes, I still cry about it.) Wednesdays will be dedicated to my classroom and I will take you along on the entire process of this big transition!

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Motherhood is…Sacrifice.

Gosh you hear it all the time. That women sacrifice their bodies and their social life when they become a mom.

Here is the most simplified definition of sacrifice:

the act of giving up something that you want to keep especially in order to get or do something else or to help someone

How true this is for parents. Especially moms. I think most ladies will agree that their pre-pregnancy body is something they would have loved to keep. The freedom to go and do as you please is something we’d all like to keep. And we give that up to get something else. And what we get in exchange, Motherhood, is so much greater than all the abs and all the freedom that the sacrifice seems so small! Our worlds are so transformed when our babies are born that what used to matter, what we gave up (sacrificed), doesn’t seem so important anymore. God has that magical way of transforming our hearts for Motherhood.But the sacrifices continue throughout the rest of the life sentence that is being a Mom. And sometimes the sacrifices do seem a little bigger. Sometimes we are called to give up something really important to the woman we are to help our kids. Like a job we love. And that can be hard. But we can’t focus on what we lost, we must remember why we made the sacrifice. Because of what we gain! Time with our kids. A chance to be a better mom to our kids. The love of our kids.

And while they are little they don’t comprehend the sacrifices mommy is making in her life to make their life better. But my hope is that someday they will.

Weekend Recap • BBQn

I didn’t take a single picture this weekend. There really wasn’t anything significant to take a picture of but it was a bunch of time together as a family, and a little time with friends, so it was a good weekend.

Friday night we grilled pizza and hung out in the garage watching YouTube videos, drinking cold brew and Nathan made some fishing weights. Pretty relax night.

Saturday morning Nathan got up really early and went fishing. The boys and I slept in. I am a big Beachbody fan and just signed up for a new program they have coming out called LIIFT 4. There was a free preview, Live Facebook workout, that I did Saturday morning. It was a lot of fun and I think I’m going to LOVE this program!! Then I sat outside on the back patio while I had my protein shake. Nathan got home and took a nap while Joshua played with his Minecraft Legos and Grady and I ran some errands.

Saturday night we went to our good friends Ryan and Tina’s house for a BBQ. They recently moved into a new place and we had a little home welcoming dinner. The boys loved running around and exploring their big property while we hung out in the shop. I love summer nights.

Sunday was just a day at home together. Joshua built a fort out of blankets in the backyard. Grady took a long nap. Speaking of poor Grady, I have to call the doctor in the morning. I’m pretty sure he has swimmer’s ear. He swam in the pool and the hot tub a lot at my mom’s house Thursday night and Friday morning. Now when I touch his ear he instantly bursts into tears and cries out in pain. He even got really upset with his brother and then started crying about his ear because crying hurt his ear. Oh boy. Poor babe.

Sunday night Nathan made BBQ hamburgers for dinner and we had leftover pasta salad from the previous night BBQ. We hung out on the back patio and in the garage a bunch. Then we rested up so we’d be ready for Monday and whatever this next week has to bring.