Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Hello There...and WILW

Where has the time gone...?!

It has been ages since I've blogged, minus that one or two rand-o post. My blogging sabatical has not stopped me from reading all your lovely blogs! So much going on in the blog-o-sphere - weddings, babies, moves, oh my!

So what happened to lil' ol' me, you ask? Well kids, I got sucked in to the deep, dark world of what is known as "The First Year". What is this strange phenomenon? It is more commonly referred to as "teaching". Yes ladies (and gentlemen?), I am officially done with my first year of teaching 8th grade social studies and coaching volleyball and track. It was a whirlwind of cramming as much information into my head (and the students) as possible, learning the ropes of a new profession, and trying to balance my professional career with my personal life. No easy least not for me. But more on that later this week...

Other than teaching, which basically consumed my life, I managed to get some wedding planning done - which is only 66 days away - EEEEK!! - and move from an apartment to a house. I am loving the house, mostly because our puppies now have a giant backyard to run amuck in, but the extra space inside is also great.

Now that school is over and I have finished my summer training, my "true" summer can begin! YAY! So what better way to celebrate than with sweet Jamie and WILW :)

I'm loving....that I am officially on my summer vacay! I love getting to watch Good Morning America and Today in the mornings (makes me feel accomplished, like I'm actually keeping up with current events, haha), then doing my workout and having the rest of the day to tackle projects and wedding items.

I'm loving....the "Insanity" workout. Yes, the name says it all. Ok, ok, so it may be a love/hate kinda thing, but in the end the good outweighs the bad. It is truly insane but it hurts sooo good! Haha, gotta get myself in tip-top shape before the big day!

I'm loving....that I am getting to spend time with some of my lovely friends today! Lunch with one of my bridesmaids and then off to see Bad Teacher with two of my sweet pals. I feel like I haven't seen any of my friends in forever because of work and then training right after, so this will be a very welcome escape :)

I'm loving....that my sunburn is just about gone and has turned into a nice little tan :) I remembered the sunscreen...but forgot to reapply after three hours. Not good when you're floating a river for six and a half hours in 102 degree heat. Which brings me to...

I'm loving....White vinegar, aloe vera gel, and deep moisture lotion. The trifecta of skin saving solutions has tamed the burn and prevented me from peeling, yay!

I'm loving....the Ke$ha pandora station I created. It gets me moving and grooving, so whether I need to wash a few dishes, sweat it out in a workout, or just need a pick-me-up it has become my go to station.

I'm loving....the books I've (finally) been able to start reading. They're helping set goals, learn how to get from point A to point B, and just feel more organized and focused in my life...and boy do I need it!

I'm loving....the vacation we are taking starting Saturday! Spence was able to get the week off and so we are taking a legit vacation. Not to see our parents or bringing people along, just him and me and the wideopen road and spaces of Colorado and then up to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. I'm so excited to spend some time in the great outdoors (and in some cooler weather!) with the love of my life, just the two of us and some time to get some serious R&R.

I'm loving....all of your sweet and fun blogs. It makes my day to read them :)

I'm sweet fiance, as always!

What are you loving today? :)


  1. Oh my goodness girl! How the heck are you?!
    So glad you made it through your first year of teaching--that is so awesome!
    And maybe I am way off, but I thought your wedding was earlier this spring?! Did you change the date or am I crazy??

  2. Thanks for playing along!

    Yay for finishing your first year and enjoying summer vacay :)

    Love that last picture of y'all!

  3. o wow you teach 8th grade no wonder you haven't had time to update im sure thats hectic! i'm sure you are super stoked for some time off! you deserved it.

    i love pandora and one of my stations i love listening to is ke$ha. she is awesome and always puts me in a fist pumping good mood.

  4. What a sweet photo of you and your fiance! Congrats on finishing year one!! : )


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