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Friday, July 24, 2015

High FIVE for Friday!

Happy Friday, friends!!  I cannot believe how fast this summer is flying by.  I just want to freeze time and soak up as much of this beautiful warm weather as possible.  

Today I'm super excited, though, because I'm the featured blogger in the High Five for Friday linkup!  If you're visiting me today, welcome.  Hope you stick around!

Alright, onto the top five moments of the week:

1 // I just can't get enough of the beach!  There's nothing more relaxing and therapeutic than feeling the warm sand between my toes.  Pure bliss.  I'm so lucky to live so close to the shore,

2 // Speaking of the beach, my former college roommate is coming to Jersey next week.  I haven't seen her in almost two years, so I can't wait to give her a huge hug and catch up in person.  I'm so proud of all that she has accomplished since we last spent time together!

3 // To make matters even better, I get to see two of my other roommates this fall!  Amanda is coming to Philly in September, and I'm meeting Kati out in Chicago come October.  Going to Wheaton was an incredible experience, but it's sure hard to be away from the amazing people I met while I was there.  These trips have been a long time coming!

4 // A local mall held an awesome event the other night called "Educator's Night Out".  They hosted about fifty local teachers at a nearby salon and offered food, drinks, lots of swag, and even hooked us up with back massages and more.  I didn't have anyone to go with since registration filled up so fast, but I went anyway (surprised myself - I don't usually do things like that!) and had an awesome time.  Cheers to being bold!

I was not, however, bold enough to take any pictures besides this one.

5 // And finally, this week I discovered that working from home is the bomb (dot) com!  As a teacher, the whole point of my job is to be at school, and I've always envied blog friends who can work from home and chill in their PJs all day long.  Well, my supervisor asked me to write some curriculum and told me I could do it wherever I wanted, so I decided to see if I'm cut out for that kind of profession.  I put dinner in the crockpot, lit and candle for inspiration, and went to town.

How was your week?  What do you have planned for the weekend?

Monday, July 20, 2015

Weekend Ramblings

Happy Monday!  If you're in my corner of the country, it is HOT HOT HOT outside, even early in the morning.  I was cleaning our apartment this morning to avoid the 97 degree heat coming our way later this afternoon and I was drenched and disgusting afterwards!  Does that mean I can skip the gym...? 


We kicked off our weekend Jersey-style, meaning we went to the shore!  It was a perfect beach day with beautiful sun, warm sand, and a nice cool breeze.  The best part was that two of my aunts were there along with my cousin and his girlfriend.  It's always a party when relatives are involved.

After we got back from the beach, my sister volunteered to give my sweet, 94 year old grandmother a haircut.  She was loving it!  She had an event later on in the evening at their yacht club and looked so beautiful when her "date" came to pick her up.  She and my grandfather were best friends with a couple who live nearby on LBI, but both she and my grandfather's best friend were widowed a few years ago.  Now they go places together.  It's adorable!

Before leaving the island, we picked up pizza and took it to my other grandmother's house for dinner.  It was always so much fun having both sets of grandparents in the same spot during the summer.  On our way home, we decided to stop for ice cream.  Kelley and I were still hungry from dinner (the gluten free pizza we split was tiny!) so we decided to upgrade our ice creams from "kiddie" sizes to "regular".  That was a bad idea...

Thankfully, the half I didn't eat stayed relatively intact on the car ride home so that I could save it for later.

S A T U R D A Y &  S U N D A Y 

The weather took a turn for the humid and stick on Saturday, confining Walker and I to the air conditioning for most of the two days.  We had wanted to either go back to the shore or go canoeing, but neither activity is particularly fun when the heat index is 105 degrees.  

We did hit brunch on Saturday morning though, which was fabulous, as always.  Our waitress got my order wrong (I hate mushrooms!) but the fruit bowl looked so spectacular that I could not send it back.  Good think Walker was willing to eat them so that they weren't sitting in a large pile on my plate.  

We were forced to go outside on Sunday for a worship service/baptism that our church held.  A few years ago, a very generous anonymous donor gifted the church an old YMCA camp for their use.  It's amazing how the congregation has pulled together to make it beautiful because it's such a blessing to the community.  They had food, swimming, and live music in the afternoon followed by some really cool baptisms in the lake.  My favorite part was hearing the band, obviously!  Everyone in my family is musical except for my mom and I (Dad plays guitar and sings, Courtney sings, and Kelley plays piano and sings) but now Walker has stepped in to perform in the band.  He performed in musicals throughout high school and has a really good voice.  It was so much fun to watch him up there with my dad and sister.

Stay cool, friends!!  What do you have planned for this week?

Friday, July 17, 2015

High Five for Friday!

Happy Friday!  Man, when I committed to writing curriculum for my district this summer, I had no idea how labor-intensive it would be.  That being said, 48 hours of sitting hunched over a computer screen has yielded some pretty excellent results, and I'm proud of the writing units we've produced.  I'm glad to have it behind me, though, and I'm excited to really kick off summer.

Here's what I'm high fiving today:

1 // As I mentioned above, curriculum writing is over, and I'm ready for the year to begin!  I wrote three writing units for 3rd grade which is amazing because I'm going into this new position already knowing what's to come!  I couldn't think of a better way to prepare for the upcoming year.  It's ironic - I'm a blogger and a self-proclaimed writer, but writing is the most difficult subject for me to teach.  I'm excited to try out these new units!

2 // Last weekend Walker and I went down to Virginia to see his family.  When I tell you my in-laws have the MOST beautiful garden I've ever seen...yeesh!  I can't wait until we have a yard of our own.

3 // It's been probably a year and a half since I saw my best friends from high school at the same time.  We met up for dinner and drinks on Tuesday and it was lovely!  Look at the comparison from 2008 to now.  We were such babies then!

4 // My sister made the most delicious peach crisp last weekend.  It was amazing AND gluten-free.  I am rebellious and eat mine with chocolate ice cream.  It's something my grandfather always did, and clearly he rubbed off on me.

5 // Walker had his nerdy friends over (as he does every Thursday evening) to play a suuuuper nerdy game called Dungeons and Dragons.  It's some ridiculous role playing game.  If you don't know what it is, consider yourself lucky!  Anyway, these guys invade my apartment once a week and always order pizza and beer.  Yesterday, they got a gluten-free beer for me to try.  The boys banished me to the bedroom, though, so I had to drink it alone.

What were you up to this week?