I'm a busy mom who works hard for her kids! Hope you can relate to some of my thoughts!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

I'm a dirty girl!! ;)

I did it!! I participated in the Kiss Me Dirty Race Series of 2012!! It's a 5K obstacle course, with LOTS and LOTS of mud!!

This is the first time I have ever done anything like this, and I am so STOKED that I completed it! I feel so incredibly amazing knowing that I was actually able to DO something like this!

My Best Friend, Leslie and I BEFORE we got all DIRTY!!

Here are a few DIRTY pics! :)

I'm SO EXCITED for next year! My Sister, mom, Leslie, and I are planning to have a team again next year! We're even recruiting Ben and his brother to dress up as girls and join our team! It's going to be AWESOME!!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Spring Break

So the first week of Spring Break is over! :( Luckily we get TWO weeks for Spring Break in my school district so I don't have to go to work tomorrow!

I always have big plans (in my head) for Spring Break, or any break for that matter. I usually only get around 40% or so of them accomplished, this break is proving to be no different! I did clean out both kids closets this week and did a TON of laundry. My house doesn't look to shabby either.

Instead of "doing" things that have to be done, I'm having fun with my kids! We've been to Peter Piper Pizza, Chuck E. Cheese, seen 2 movies in the theater, and just had plain 'ol fun! :)

One thing I have NOT been doing is working out! I don't know why I have so much motivation when I DON'T have any extra time while I'm working, but I DON'T have the motivation when I DO have the time?? I did go last night and it felt SO GOOD!!! I'm trying to convince myself to go again tonight...

I'm happy to announce that my last weigh in is was 159 pounds though!! That means that I've lost a total of 29 pounds now!! My original goal weight was 155 so I'm only 4 pounds away...but now I'm thinking of making the goal 150! :)

Here's to a FUN and hopefully productive last week of Spring Break!! :)

Friday, March 2, 2012

Dirty Desert Babes

Or at least I'm trying to be!! I feel like I'm really starting to get into a healthy lifestyle, not just a diet.
I'm starting a new 30 day challenge and following these new workouts and am going to try to follow the meal plan as much as I can. I'm not going to be too crazy but am definitely going to give most of it a try! The challenge is free for 30 days, and then you can purchase the workout downloads after that, so I'm going to see how it goes! Check it out!! :)

I'm hoping these workouts will help to get me ready for my next challenge! My next challenge is going to be a 5K obstacle course/race. I'm going to participate in the Kiss Me Dirty Race with my best friend, Leslie, and my sister in law, Tiffany! Our team is Dirty Desert Babes, so sign up and join us on March 24th! So excited!!!

What do YOU do to stay fit? What should I be doing to train for this challenge?

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Weighing in...

Just a quick blog today to keep myself accountable with my weight loss journey. I've been pretty up and down all month, but today I weighed in at 160! Getting closer to those 150's where I want to be!! :)

My biggest struggle?? DIET COKE!!! I can't seem to stop drinking it! But I figure since I'm so focused on my calories, and exercise, and everything else I can give in on one little vice right?

SO excited for SPRING BREAK! We have 2 weeks off and I can't wait to LIVE at the gym!! :)
Either that or doing P90X with my sister!! :)

I'm also so excited that I'm going to do the Kiss Me Dirty race with my BFF on March 24th! I've NEVER done anything like that before and I can't wait!! Anyone out there that does athletic events like it and has advice for me? Should I be training NOW?? LOL I figure I'm exercising pretty regularly, and if it kicks my ass, ah well!! :)

Sunday, February 5, 2012


I LOVE that Aiden is getting older and doing more "stuff"! Especially at school. He's had a couple of big projects that he had to do for homework, and they are so much fun! The most recent one he had to do was a timeline of some events in his life. It was so much fun to search through my computer(s) and find all the pictures needed to create my, HIS, masterpiece!!

This did however make me feel like a HORRIBLE mother...because I do NOT take enough pictures! I really need to start making sure I take as many pictures as I can during these years, because I am MISSING it all!! I'm pretty sure all of my camera-phone pictures from Addison's birthday party yesterday are just not going to cut it. How could I forget to charge the battery for our camera? I SUCK!!

So my goal from now on is to take pictures of EVERYTHING! Any suggestions to make sure I meet my goal? ;)

Here are a few of my favorite pictures from Saturday's fun festivities!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Weight Loss, and LIFE in general

Wow! I sure haven't posted in awhile! I just haven't had the time, and honestly got a little discouraged. There are so many AWESOME bloggers out there, and I'm just NOT one of them! Anyway, here I go! :)

So since my last post in JUNE, I moved to a different school. I'm still teaching 6th grade, but am at an Elementary school again and am teaching ONE class ALL day. It's been a big adjustment, but it's been great! :)

Also since my last post, I've been working toward my weight loss journey. It's been a little up and down but I'm proud to say that I'm WELL on my way to my goal weight! I'm going to start blogging about it to keep myself on track and accountable. I really started looking at my eating habits and started counting calories BIG time! I also started focusing on making sure I'm eating more protein, fruits and veggies, and a LOT less crap! I also joined LA Fitness for working out and that has been AWESOME!! When my weight loss journey started I was at my heaviest ever.....188 lbs YIKES!!!!! BUT I can proudly say that I'm currently 161 lbs! That's a loss of 27 lbs! Holy cow!! My goal weight is 150, so I'm only 11 lbs away, and I KNOW I can do this!! My goal is to be at my goal weight by my birthday which is April 7th. So that's 2 months away. I can lose 11 pounds in 2 months right? I need to do it because I will be turning THIRTY!!! I want to start my thirties on the right foot! ;)

During this blog hiatus Aiden turned SIX and Addison turned THREE! My babies definitely aren't babies anymore! It is so much fun to see them grow into little people. Aiden is in 1st grade and he is doing so well. We're still struggling to get his ADHD under control, but he has come a long way! Addison is a sassy little thing and way ahead in her development. She is now in a BIG girl twin bed and she absolutely LOVES it! She still isn't potty trained and doesn't show much interest, but I know it will come!

My Mother In Law is really ill, and in critical condition. She's been on a ventilator since last Thursday. She's had 2 blood transfusions to get her white blood cell count and platelet count up, and as of last night they were starting to come up! She has a very serious pneumonia and it's affecting her heart. We've been doing a lot of praying for her to get well, any extra prayers would be appreciated!

The most recent update is my outlook on life. Following a blog post from my friend Chelsea, I've decided that I'm going to choose JOY and HAPPINESS for my life. There are too many negative things to focus on, and life is too short not to enjoy it. I've been trying my best to stay as positive as I can and choosing JOY! So far life has been looking pretty good lately :)

Well, I think that's all I can think of for now. To the ONE person out there for reading my blog, THANK YOU!! :) I'll try to keep it up!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Teacher Reflections Day 5

Sorry I'm late on posting! Here's Day 5! :)

How do you keep your classroom organized?

Oh my goodness! What is this thing called organization?? I don't think I know what that means, haha! I always try to get things organized but they never seem to stay that way!

Here are a few things I use to try to keep my classroom organized:
- Bins - I use bins for everything! And of course they are all labeled (books, SS HW, LA HW, lined paper, white paper, journals, etc. etc. etc.)
- Trays - I use trays every where! I have trays for homework that needs to be graded, homework that has been graded, important papers, to be filed, and have trays for materials for teaching for every day of the week
- Caddies - I use caddies at tables and desks so there are always materials ready for the students. So they always have crayons, markers, glue sticks, etc.
- Shelves - I use a lot of shelves, my room is bookshelf galore! :)
- Files - I file everything!!!
- My computer - I would absolutely DIE without my laptop! :)
Here's a picture of my laptop amidst the mess of the surprise decorations from my students for my birthday! :)

I'm constantly on the look out for new ideas to organize my classroom. If you have any please share! :)