Saturday, November 15, 2014

Our Little Peanut

Hey there blogger friends!

I feel like it has been too long since I have sat down for a good blog session!

This summer was filled with all sorts of emotion! At the beginning of May, my husband and I purchased our first home! Our home was built in 1900, and from the moment I walked through it I knew it was where I wanted to start our family. It has such character and charm. As a little girl, I always pictured my house with a big front porch and a swing. When we started out on our house hunting journey, I never thought we would find anything like this house in our price range. After several months of looking, this house came onto the market. It needed some improvements, but overall it was the perfect home for us!

If you are friends with my on Instagram, you know how much time I dedicated to decorating this front porch. My poor husband was knocking down walls on the inside, while I was planting and crafting on the outside. (I have to take a moment to say how blessed I am to be sitting next to such a wonderful man! He has spent and continues to spend countless hours on this home to make it perfect. He has the patience of a saint, and I know our dreams would not be a reality without him! Love you, Babe!)

So after the house was "somewhat" done, we decided to have our housewarming party! I was so excited and so nervous. I wanted everything to be perfect (surprise), but it is just so hard to make a house your own in just 2 months. Needless to say, there was plenty of food and drinks for the guests. Most people spent their time in the backyard enjoying the beautiful weather, and everyone thought the house was beautiful! 

I remember as guests were arriving feeling very frazzled and just not myself! My poor husband can attest to this! Just a week after the housewarming party I was starting to feel less and less like myself and was praying that maybe our plan of starting a family was coming true. We were on vacation visiting my family in Florida when I felt almost positive that I was pregnant. Davey and I ran out to the store to get a test and were beyond words when the test came back positive. We had only just started trying, and I never thought it would happen so quick. As excited as we were we decided to give it some time before we told anyone. A few weeks later we were back at home and still in shock that our lives were going to change forever. Davey had begun to plan the nursery. He was so set on painting a mural in the nursery. But then a Saturday morning that changed everything. I had woken up and went to use the bathroom. My body felt different. Weak and achy. I noticed some bleeding... 

I called the doctor, and he confirmed I was most likely miscarrying and that there was nothing they could really do for me because it was so early on. I cried a heartbreak that I have not felt since my sister passed. I never knew I could have such strong feelings over a child I had never held in my arms. I prayed to god to give me another chance, but I knew there was no undoing what had been done. I wanted to hide away. I felt ashamed like maybe I had done something wrong. I packed away the little gray romper that I had bought and the few maternity items I had got out of excitement. I went back to work with my cheerleaders and just tried not to think of what we had lost. 

I consider myself to be a pretty happy person, but it was so hard to go through all of that alone. We did not tell our families. We suffered in silence. It was awful...

I begged my husband if we could start trying again. I think he was nervous, even with the doctor's approval. After lots of talking and crying, we decided that we were not ready to give up. Just 24 days after miscarrying I took another pregnancy test and the little line was faint, but it was there. I refused to get my hopes up. I waited 3 days and took another. Each time I took another test the line got brighter and brighter. When I went in for my first visit, my doctor could hardly believe the news. He said it was a miracle I got pregnant again so quickly. I was over the moon! I was going to be a mommy!

This time I decided that instead of keeping the news to ourselves we were going to share with our family. I knew that if I had to go through all of it again, I would rather be able to cry in the arms of those who love me than suffer in silence. The different reactions we got were priceless. I have them all written down so that I can one day share them with our little peanut. 

We started with our parents!

Then the grandparents!

Then after my first trimester was over, I shared with my classroom parents!

Then my students! 

and finally to Facebook! :)

I am 16 weeks today, just 4 weeks away from finding out the gender. I still have days where I am scared and nervous about what could happen, but mostly I feel overwhelmingly happy that there is a little life growing inside of me. I dreamt about this for a long time, and it is so much better than I could have every imagined. We continue to count our blessings each day and look forward to holding our little peanut in our arms in May! 

Thank you for reading! 


Saturday, August 9, 2014

Back 2 School Blog Hop

Hey There!

Thanks for joining our PA Blogger Buddy blog hop! I hope you are enjoying your time before you are back to school. Please check out our blog hop and enjoy the free goodies!

As many of you know I love trying new things in my classroom! 
One thing I really love is decorating it in a new way each year. 
Some things roll over from year to year, but one thing I normally change is my bulletin boards. 
This year I decided to do something new and make pennant banners out of scrapbook paper.
I was not sure how I would add the letters on and was running out of time. 
So I just created them on the computer - cut them out - and glued them on!

I had this left over ribbon and strung them up! I am in LOVE! 

Click the picture above to get the white circles from my TPT store for FREE!

Daily 5 is such an important part of my daily routine. My students enjoy this time and I feel it is some of my best teaching time with my students. I created this fun Daily 5 Pack that includes signs for each station, checklists so that the students can keep track of what they have completed, and bookmarks!

Click the photo below to get my Daily 5 Pack for free for this week only!! 

Now don't forget to head on over to Two Friends in First
They will have something waiting for you on their blog!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoy the blog hop!!

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Saturday, June 21, 2014

The End and The Beginning

The end to a great year!

Where did this school year go?

I still can't quite believe that this school year is over and I have already begun to think about next year.

This year was a rather difficult year to finish. As the final days approached we all knew that saying goodbye to a dear friend was near. Mrs. Lockhart was retiring after 33 years of teaching. She is one of those people who has a great impact on so many peoples lives. Not just her students, but the staff as well. I have only spent two years with her, but in those two years she has grown to be my school mom and a very dear friend. We celebrated her last days with lots of fun. Then it was time for the goodbye. There were plenty of tears on my behalf, and I know we will all miss seeing her smiling face in the building each day. The good news is she is off to relax and spend time with her family.

Mrs. Lockhart we love you and will miss you!

I also said goodbye to my beautiful senior cheerleaders! I am so sad to see them go, but I know they are ready to make their mark on the world!

New Beginnings

This year I have become an Aunt thanks to my older sister!

Little Miss Reagan or "June Bug" as I like to call her
was born in March. Being apart of her birth was a beautiful
and life changing moment! 

 She is the sweetest!

Reagan's First Baseball Game!

Happy Girl! 

As some of you may have seen from my Instagram  my husband and I have purchased our first home. It is a brick home, built in the year 1900. We have been working hard! My husband is so talented and has done some wonderful renovations. 

We asked our wedding photographer to come over and 
take a few pictures of us on the front porch with the new house. 
Those should be back very soon! I cannot wait to show you!

I was so worried about this blue color,
but it is really growing on me!
The porch is probably my favorite place to be :)

I have been very busy planting!!

My AMAZING husband built this stone fire place 
all by himself! He is so talented! (I will post before and after photos soon!)

Summer Days!

I do not know about you, but I have already been bit by the "next year" bug!

I have some things to re-cover so I got new fabric!
I am loving this fun paisley pattern!

Our building is rolling out classroom iPads this year and I 
am so excited! I purchased 25 headphones and 25 stylus pens
for the students to use next year. I got a big response on my
Instagram and wanted to share the information with you. 

The headphones are from PartyPalooza
and the pens are form Walmart
Click the links to take you to the items :)

Lastly - my new planner is here and ready for filling :) the new school year will be here before we know it! I just hope I am sunkissed and more relaxed! 

I hope you all have a wonderful summer! I am really going to try to be better about posting this year!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Life Planner

So... I did it! I switched to the life planner this year instead of the lesson planner. I am not sure how it is going to work... but I am very excited!

My problem with the lesson planner was the size. It was hard to carry it around with me when I was out and about. Then someone would ask me what I was doing on such and such date and I had no clue! The life planner is smaller and can fit in my purse.

This is the cover I chose!

I will post photos soon and let you know how it is going :)

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Is it that time again already?

I do not know about you... but I keep asking my self where had the time gone!? This year flew by so fast.

I am already starting to think about the end of the year party and how I will recognize all the hard work the kiddos have done this year!

If you have not checked out my End of the Year Red Carpet Party - YOU HAVE TO TAKE A LOOK! :) It is one of my favorites! I know we have a few more months, but I am a planner so I ALWAYS plan ahead!

I am even brainstorming some other fun things to include with it! If you have any ideas or requests be sure to let me know!