Friday, August 29, 2014

Easy Fruit Dip

this may be a little silly to make a whole post about but i threw it together the other day and i ate it right up! best thing is, it is SO easy! i'm the type or person who needs to eat right away when they're hungry. so if i can create a healthy snack fast, that's a plus!

Peanut butter Fruit Dip
(seriously, i can hardly call this a recipe)

-Individual plain non-fat Greek yogurt
-Tablespoon of all natural peanut butter (no salt added)
-Fruit of your choice for dipping

Step 1: Stir peanut butter into yogurt cup
Step 2: Dip fruit in, do a little dance, eat it ALL

Suggested fruits to pair with dip: pineapple, banana, berries, grapes
Told ya it was easy :)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

being a teacher, I am blessed to have my job always changing. it changes year to year. it changes day to day. of course, you can sense the most drastic change from year to year. this will be my fifth year with my own classroom. i honestly can't believe it's been that long! this will be my second year teaching third grade and i couldn't be more excited. every year, the first week of school, i set classroom goals and rules with my students. sometimes as a class, sometimes as individuals, and sometimes both. i decided to set some "hopes and goals" for myself this year and for my celebration of 5 years of teaching.
*hope for happiness for my students in and outside the classroom
*hope to understand the special needs of each individual student
*hope to bring excitement into lessons
*hope that my students feel safe and healthy this year (less colds for me!)
*hope to take more risks with teaching strategies and previous lessons
*hope my students love not only being with their friends, but learning too
*hope to develop a trusting relationship with parents
*not have to buy more than one electric pencil sharpener!
*leave the classroom feeling fulfilled at the end of the day
*reflect more
*read more read-alouds
*pick my battles
*be more ambitious with writing curriculum
*don't leave my cardigans on the back of my chair (i took home FIVE leftover in june)
to all my teacher friends and parents- i HOPE you enjoy this year too!

Monday, August 18, 2014

What Makes a Friend?

okay- this picture is cool! the first was taken about 13 years ago, the second one taken this weekend. you can see we have traded in our pajamas for real clothes, put in the effort to actually style our hair, got a bit taller (okay- A BIT), and maybe the "blue house" was fixed up a bit. but, this picture means so much more. to me, this picture symbolizes true friendship. it can be hard getting older to stay close with friends. the inevitable gets in the way- lives get busier, careers are going full-force, families get started, etc. as i get older, i can fully understand what a friend is.

a friend is:
*someone who can make you laugh until you cry
*someone who understands your quirkiness
*someone you can text at 5am or 11pm
*someone who will listen when you're sad, say nothing, and still make you feels 100 times better
*someone you can eat a whole container of 5-layer Mexican dip, a large pizza, and fried mozzarella sticks with (and help you hide the evidence)
*someone who makes you feel your prettiest, even in sweats- and old navy pajamas
*someone who motivates you in life and your career, and most importantly...
*someone you are proud to stand next to