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Life Lately

It’s been a year since I started this blog and I am still figuring out which direction I am headed with it. I have bursts of blogging motivation and then I have periods where I am just not feeling it. And then there is the whole time commitment. Especially if I am doing an informative post-the research takes time! Sometimes I feel silly, and other times I remind myself that I started this blog for me-not for anyone else. Anyways, life has been fairly busy lately: substitute teaching at three different schools, waitressing nights and weekends, along with some fun stuff! Today marks the first day of my ‘Spring Break’ according to the school schedule, despite the less than spring like weather. Hopefully it will warm up soon!

The Main Attraction

The Main Attraction

The Birthday Bash: Last week was my brother’s birthday and his spring break from college. I was so pumped to see him, even if it was only for a couple of days. We had lots to catch up on! Our family tradition for birthdays is that we get to choose what we’d like to have for dinner and dessert. Chicken fajitas and dense chocolate cake!

Yes please!

Yes Please!

Last week my Mom and I took a day to go shopping and out for lunch. It was a much-needed day! I always forget how exhausting shopping is though! I hadn’t been to Target in ages and was needing to get my fix. I have been wanting to buy some things to make my apartment a little more ‘home-y’. And lunch at Panera is always a win!

Perfect for a Gloomy Day: Vegetable Soup plus a Grilled Ham and Cheese!

Perfect for a Gloomy Day: Vegetable Soup plus a Grilled Ham and Cheese!

Signs of Spring: I am finally starting to crave my giant salads again. During the winter I crave warm comfort food, so salads have taken a backseat for a bit, but my love for a huge plate of veggies is slowly coming back! Must be a sign of Spring!

One Benefit of Waitressing: The Salad Bar!

One Benefit of Waitressing: The Salad Bar!

Another sign of Spring? The Gerbera daisies that my Mom surprised me with at work! I was so excited when she showed up with these beauties!

Coral!

Happy Spring!

School Stories: I have decided that the worst area to substitute teach for is band or music. Ugh. This is mostly because I am not musically inclined in the least bit. I have also come to the conclusion that allowing 30 middle school students to have musical instruments should be questioned. Most of them use them as noise makers, not music makers! Plus, the last time that I subbed for a band teacher the room was a disaster. And check out part of the plans that she left me:

Check Period 4!

Check Period 4!

Um, clean up your room? No thank you. I couldn’t believe that this request was part of the teacher’s plans. I had never subbed for that teacher before so how was I supposed to know what to do with the piles of paper and random instrument pieces laying everywhere? Messy classrooms are a pet peeve of mine, can you tell?!

The other day I subbed in a Kindergarten classroom and first thing in the morning one little boy gave me this to ‘save and eat after my lunch.’

The Perfect After Lunch Dessert!

No Portion Control Needed!

A single jellybean! How sweet of him! I thought this was incredibly amusing, but I didn’t eat the jellybean-too many questions concerning its whereabouts!

Even though I am still working at my waitressing job over Spring Break, I am looking forward to having some more down time. I am also hoping that the sun will begin to make more of an appearance so I can get some good runs in!

Are you going anywhere for Spring Break?

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Returning to the Real World

I have been delaying this post for a few days now. I hate to admit that Christmas is over. The end of Christmas means the end of long days filled with family and laughter, the giddiness of gift giving is gone…Now we have a fridge filled with left overs, random scraps of wrapping paper, and 8 am chocolate cravings. Peanut butter ball anyone?

Santa was feeling a bit shy...

Santa was feeling a bit shy…

I hope that everyone had a fabulous holiday and has managed to avoid any sickness that has been going around! My week has been wonderful. As I get older, I seem to appreciate this season more and more. Now for a little recapping…

I started out my Christmas vacation (perks of being a teacher!) last Friday evening by going caroling with the girls’ basketball team that I am helping to coach. I am not exactly the singing in public type, so this was a challenge for me! Thankfully we had lyrics, and it turned out to be a great night-getting a peanut butter ball at one of our stops helped! Those things are so addictive!

Peanut Butter Perfection

Peanut Butter Perfection

I spent the weekend making peanut butter balls (healthified of course!) with this awesome recipe, peppermint bark, and attending an Ugly Christmas Sweater party. Except I wore a turtleneck with tiny Christmas trees on it. So maybe it wasn’t very ugly, but I haven’t worn a turtleneck since first grade-that counts for something right?! Even though everyone is wearing an awful sweater, I still feel embarrassed-am I alone in this? There were some yummy treats and lots of Taboo playing-I love this game!

Party Time!

Party Time!

Christmas Eve is also my Mom’s birthday. I was up early to pack my things (because waking up at home on Christmas morning is a must!), and head to my parents’ house to help make my Mom’s birthday breakfast. I tend to get more excited for other people’s birthdays than my own, plus my brother was coming home from college, so it was a very good day! We hung out at the house for a bit before going out for dinner at a local Italian restaurant that we all love. We had the restaurant almost to ourselves, so it was a very nice dinner! Then it was home again for tiramisu and birthday presents!

Happy Christmas!

Happy Christmas!

Christmas morning was nothing short of spectacular. We had our traditional breakfast of French Toast Brulee and then spent a few hours opening our gifts. As my brother and I have gotten older, we like to stretch out this part of the day for as long as possible! Santa was super good to me! But more on that later…

Pecan Pie and Christmas Dinner

After our gifts were opened, my Mom and I got to work in the kitchen. I had Melissa’s fruit salad to make (just about the healthiest thing that I ate all week), as well as a pumpkin roll!

The rest of the day was spent eating, going for a long walk, and watching movies. And trying to hold on to the day for as long as possible!

What was your favorite part of this week?

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More Christmas

This is actually a post from last week that I started and did not have a chance to finish. Last week was a bit rough. Three days in a row of not getting home until after 9 pm due to basketball practice and games! However, I was really good about fitting in my ‘errands’: Christmas shopping, post office, dishes, taking the garbage out…you know-all that ‘grown up’ stuff! Probably seems inconsequential to most people, but I am still learning how to balance and remember it all! Anyways, let’s get to an update on the weekend-the fun stuff!
I spent last Saturday with a 9-year-old…(aka baby-sitting). Since it is so close to Christmas we had made plans to bake cookies. Cue the excitement and chaos! We ended up making sugar cookies and gingerbread cookies. Five hours and many finger-fulls of dough later, we had more cookies than we knew what to do with! My partner in crime was quite the decorator-not only frosting the cookies, but also giving them faces, names, and personalities. Needless to say, it was a day well spent!
Cookies, Cookies, Cookies!

Cookies, Cookies, Cookies!

Sunday was a day of pretending to be Santa Claus (best game ever, yes?). My brother and I have gone shopping with my Dad for my Mom’s Christmas gifts since we were little. With my brother away at college, it was just my Dad and I on Sunday. We started out the day with a huge breakfast at a local diner. One of the best breakfasts out that I’ve had in a long time! It was nice to catch up and spend some time with my Dad as well. Then it was off to hunt down the perfect gifts! I also picked up some gifts for people on my list, so it was a pretty successful trip.
Spinach-bacon omelette and coffee!

Spinach-bacon omelette and coffee!

After a lunch of cookies and almond milk (we are pretending to be Santa still right?), we went and picked out a Christmas tree for my parents’ house. Always a challenge and a thrill to find the ‘right’ tree. Not too tall, not too wide…
1. Tiny baby Christmas tree that I had to snap a picture of! 2. Christmas in a bowl: Radishes, 3. Lights!, 4. Pumpkin-gingerbread cake

1. Tiny baby Christmas tree that I had to snap a picture of! 2. Christmas in a bowl: Radishes, 3. Lights!, 4. Pumpkin-gingerbread cake

Bringing the decorations down from the attic, getting the tree into the house, it can be a tiny bit stressful. In order to fuel our tree decorating, I made pumpkin gingerbread cake. So good! It is definitely a make again recipe!
Mia was a bit overwhelmed with all of the decorating!

Mia was a bit overwhelmed with all of the decorating!

It's all worth it in the end!

It’s all worth it in the end!

My excitement for the holidays is getting harder and harder to contain! I now know why all of the kids in school are unable to focus during lessons and are bouncing off the walls! I love the decorations, preparations, giving gifts, and spending time with family and friends. In general people seem to be in a better mood as well-the holiday cheer is being spread! Despite my busy schedule lately, I am trying really hard to make some time to enjoy all of the festivities.
Santa's Littlest Helper!

Santa’s Cutest Elf!

What is your favorite part of the holidays?

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