Well hello my followers! I bet you thought I fell off the end of the earth…lol:) I had a crazy summer this year. As most of you know, I am a teacher and I have the summer’s off. Before you teacher haters say one thing about we teachers having the summers off…all I have to say to you is…The Univerisity of Northern Iowa has a great teacher program that you could enroll in and get your teaching degree and come and be in the trenches with us! I could go OFF on this matter, but that is not what this blog is about. So…I will continue my happy thoughts:)
Where was I, oh…my crazy summer. So school ended in June. EVERY intention of blogging more this summer. I ALWAYS have goals for myself not only for the summer, but also during the school year as well. My goals were to blog more, gym more, organize places in my apartment, and get my school things organized for the upcoming school year, go hiking and do more things outside, spend some time with my boyfriend, and family…oh and of course take some classes for continuing education.
Well, some of that did happen. For those of you who set goals for yourself, know that goals can change for good reasons to! This summer, mine did. But, in a good way I feel. So here is my summer…
•I spent a great deal with my boyfriend. Unfortunately, or as he would say fortunately, he is being deployed. I love this man with all my heart and pray he comes back safely to me:) God Bless America!
• Took some continue education classes….no pictures with this one…not that I didn’t enjoy them, just not enough to take a picture 😛
• Took a short vacation trip to Okoboji with my boyfriend and his family. He really enjoys his Hobie Cat:)
My boyfriend and his dad on the Hobie Cat:)
• Didn’t start the month off too great. It was a little scary actually. My dad has CLL – Chronic lymphocytes Leukemia. He was diagnosed with this years ago. Four years ago (I think it was), he went through his first round of chemo. It didn’t go too shabby considering. Then his lymph nodes started swelling again, and wasn’t feeling well. He was scheduled for chemo. Before his chemo, he was in the hospital for phenomena for a few weeks. Then that got better, so they thought, and he started his chemo. He went through 2 hospitals, the ICU with infection, he couldn’t breathe, multiple tests to figure out what was wrong, and to this day they really don’t know. Through prays he got better. He was in the hospital for 3 weeks, I think it was. So I went to the hospital as much as I could. It was very scary to see my dad in that situation. But he knew he was loved and prayed for and is full of faith:) We are all so thankful for our Savior Jesus Christ and his ability to heal my dad.
•Toward the middle of July my nieces came to visit. I have 2 beautiful nieces. The oldest is 16 and drove here, from 2 1/2 hours away for the first time to the big city of Des Moines, Iowa. She lives in a very small town of Brandon, Iowa. Look it up…you may just see pictures of the famous “Biggest Skillet in the World”. The youngest is 14 I believe:) I could be wrong, 13…IDK they grow up so dang fast. But, regardless of her age we had a blast. Shopping, eating junk food (yep I said it…off limits food and it was great), watching movies, laughing, Adventureland, and just chilling.
•More continue education classes. Again, no pictures here…must I say more:)
•My mom is an interior designer, and man she knows her stuff. She is so flipping creative it’s unbelievable. She can turn ANYTHING into ANYTHING. This year, I moved into a new room at school; into the Science Lab! Way more space and just awesomeness. Well, I wanted it to look really neat, comfortable and fun for my students to learn and for me to enjoy due to the fact I pretty much live there during the school year. So…it all began with just, “Mom, would you make some curtains for my new classroom”, of course she said yes. Then, ” Mom, would you make this shelf into a bench for my kids to sit on (Pinterest inspired), ” of course she and her husband did:) Then, it just went on from there. I pretty much told her what I was thinking and we put our heads together and viola got a really neat, comfortable, fun and amazing science lab for all of us to enjoy.
The BEFORE pictures….. ewww…
Now…the cool pictures…
As you walk into my room this is what the back wall looks like:
The LAB words are made out of aluminum and is backed with black and white cloth.
Above the cupboards are scientists and a quote from said scientist hanging from twine:)
Another place your eye may go to right away is this bulletin board. This is on the left wall of my room by my desk.
This says, “If you are not willing to learn no one can help you
if you are determined to learn no one can stop you.”
To the left of that bulletin board is my desk area.
The front is decorated with the word FOCUS. There is a small clock to represent the word “O” in focus. It is meant to be a little joke to my students. They should not be looking at the clock they should be focusing on the task at hand:) The bag hanging on the right of the focus says, “Don’t make me use my teacher voice”. The curtain in the back ground is made by me:) It was Pinterest inspired. Four different pieces of material torn and tied around twine. It’s pretty nifty:)
To to the left of my desk is my student’s seating area.
The curtains are made by my mom:) The bench is Pinterest inspired. It is a Target shelf made into a bench. The seating part is padded and wrapped in hefty duty material:) There are four pillows sitting on top. Two of the pillows are science inspired. One says “Be Nice” the other says “Keep Calm Do Science”. The cool part about those pillows is they are made with the elements from the periodic table!
This is my front table…
There are little funny science quotes each glued to a black and white flag that is strung across the front of my front table.
A closer view of a few of the sayings. One says, ” If you think your teacher is bad, wait until you get a boss.” The other ones says, “Somewhere, something, incredible is waiting to be known.”
This is by the door.
My step dad (AKA Joe) made this awesome cart. It even has handles and wheels! These are crates for each of my classes. .
This is a bulletin board to the left of the door.
Really neat cartoon type characters that display an element from the periodic table.
This is to the right as you walk into my room.
Each is hand-built by my mom and Joe. They are picture frames with something to represent science.
From left to right…
A light bulb to represent electricity.
Test tubes with colorful beads in each.
These are signs made by my mom as well. To show my students where their glue, scissors and items are at.
So…that’s my science room!
• The end of July I went to Okoboji with my boyfriend’s parents with out my boyfriend. But, I still enjoyed my time with his awesome family:)
This one says it all. I was having a ton of fun, and almost fell! Well, maybe I did….lol:)
So that was my July….
• First week in August I went to Estes Park Colorado camping with a friend of mine. We then hiked in the Rocky Mountains on the Twin Owl’s Loop. It was amazing and a good work out!
So much fun!
Well there ya have it my friends, my summer of 2016 in a nut shell:)
Going back to my goals for the summer:
My goals were to blog more, gym more, organize places in my apartment, and get my school things organized for the upcoming school year, go hiking and do more outside, spend some time with my boyfriend, and family…oh and of course take some classes for continuing education.
Did I accomplish those things…let’s see:
•More blogging- failed..but for good reason:)
•Gym more- failed…BUT was very active outdoors…swimming, skiing, biking, hiking…I was in the outdoor gym and loved every minute of it!!
•Apartment organized- I actually did do some. I just didn’t share any pictures. Too boring..lol
•School things organized Yes, I did get that done too, but again too boring to share.
•Hiking- That I most certainly did!
•Do more stuff outside -Yes I did!
•Spend more time with my boyfriend -Yep sure did !
•Spend more time with my family- Yes, with both my dad, mom, nieces, and grandparents! Even though it was with my dad in the hospital, I have learned that life is too short and call him almost every day to see how he is doing. I spent a lot of time with my mom working and doing classroom things. It was so much fun!
•Take classes to continue my learning in education- Yes, that I did!
The reason why I shared this blog with you is to show you that being healthy is not only just going to the gym, eating right, and staying fit. It is also appreciating what God has given us. The beautiful country he has made for us, the animals that are just amazing to watch, the family he has chosen for us, the strengths that each of us have to share with others to brighten their day, all the blessings that we tend to take for granted.
You may not achieve each and every goal you make for yourself, but those goals may just go in a different direction. I really wanted to get to the gym more this summer. However, the way my summer altered for me worked out great. My gym was the outdoors and it kicked my butt! Especially in the mountains! This just goes to show that you don’t have to be in the gym to stay healthy. Get outside and use the beautiful scenery and take a walk, run, skiing, swimming, canoeing, kayaking to stay in shape.
Revisit your goals every month. See what needs to be changed and what you want to keep doing. Once I go back to school, I wont’ be able to go outside as much. Therefore, the gym will be my place to be. Let some one know about your goals. Have a challenge with someone who you know you will answer to. My boyfriend and I are actually having a challenge. We each shared our goals with each other. Our goal is to meet those health goals by the time he gets back from deployment. I will share those goals with you in my next blog. He is one that I can’t let down and makes me be a better person.
Here is to new goals and new challenges and a new school year!!
Until next time…create those goals and let someone know about them!