Monday, May 6, 2013

sleepy heads

Max and I get along so well because he loves to sleep as much as I do.

This dude will sleep All. Day. Long.

I would totally join him in a heartbeat.

I'm telling you.  I am not a morning person at all.  It pains me to wake up anytime before 10:30am.  But thankfully, my pup is not a morning dog.  He will gladly sleep the day away with me.

Here is some photographic evidence for you.

And yes, sometimes the poor guy even falls asleep sitting up.

Friday, May 3, 2013

some links

  • This is a really great post about finding your worth in Jesus, not on Instagram.  It's written for parents of teenagers, but I think it applies to everyone.  Can I get an Amen?

  • These are the best pants I have ever owned.  I got them on clearance at Lane Bryant for like 10 bucks, and they're sold out in every Lane Bryant close to here.  But for some reason they've never gone on sale online.  But I love them SO much that I ordered another pair (in another color) anyway.  They are soft and stretchy like a legging, but they look and fit like real pants.  That sounds too good to be true, but it's not!  A friend of mine did not believe me that they were technically leggings until she awkwardly pulled on my pants to see their stretchiness for herself.  (You might order a size down, by the way. They stretch out after you wear them for a few minutes.)  And be sure to check Retail Me Not for coupons before you order since they apparently are on clearance no longer.

  • One of my friends is reading through The Story, and she really loves it!  This book takes all of the Bible and weaves it together into a continuous story.  I read some things online about it, and it seems like it is very accurate to the Bible.  It includes selections from the NIV Bible with short transitions to connect the reader to the continuing story. So says the book description, anyway.  I have the book in my Amazon wish list!

  • I never order clothes online.  I just can't buy them without trying on first.  But Ruche is my only exception.  Their dresses are my favorite.  (Plus returns are really easy with them if something doesn't fit.)  Their inventory changes pretty frequently, so be sure to snatch up this dress before it's gone.  It's my favorite from there! (Wear it with some navy leggings.  It's a little short.)

  • Speaking of Ruche, they have super cute FREE computer wallpapers to download.  The April one they had was my favorite so far.  It just makes me extra happy every time I turn on my computer.  Click over to see the new May wallpaper!

  • On a whim one night, I decided to open a shop on Teachers Pay Teachers.  (Teachers Pay Teachers is a website where teachers can sell digital documents that you can use for your own classroom.)  I had used it a lot to buy (or download free) documents.  But there were several random worksheets / documents that I had created for my own classroom.  Nothing fancy at all, but still useful things.  So I decided to open a shop.  Well, miracle of all miracles, some people actually bought my stuff!  It blew my mind that I earned 50 bucks in a couple months just from documents I created for my classroom.  It's almost like I'm getting paid for nothing.  And I'm all for that.

Alrighty, that's all for now!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

embrace the camera

{ Each week, Emily over at The Anderson Crew intentionally gets into pictures with her kiddos.  She has a great post that talks about how important it will be for your family to have pictures of you to look back on someday.  Well, even though I don't have any children yet, I've still decided to embrace the camera.  If my future kids or family are anywhere as sentimental as I am, they'll definitely want some pictures to look back on. }

This is what I looked like after mowing the yard.  Bangs everywhere and plants in my hair.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

thankful for pictures

My mom did an amazing job documenting my childhood. In a day with no digital cameras, she took hundreds of film photos of my brother and I, and she has them all organized by date in photo albums. There's not one birthday or Christmas that we don't have pictures of.

I am so thankful for those photos. I'm only 24, and already I feel like those pictures are from so long ago. My family knows how overly sentimental I am, and family pictures are one of my favorite possessions.

I am also thankful that picture taking is easy and readily accessible now. I am confident that there will never be a period of my life that isn't documented on film. Isn't that crazy to think about? I've seen maybe one picture of my grandpa as a child, and I already have hundreds of pictures of my nieces and nephew.

I hope photos are cherished in the future, like old photos are now. I know they will be in my family, at least!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

apple pie

Apple pie is suppose to be an American staple, right?  But somehow I had never made one until a couple years ago.  I wasn't sure where to start, so I found a recipe online, did some altering, and ended up with this recipe.  It's now one of my favorites!  (It's even better with homemade pie crust!)

My apple pie from Thanksgiving last year.

Apple Pie
  • pastry for 9 inch double pie crust
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 6-7 granny smith apples - peeled, cored, sliced

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Melt butter in a saucepan.  Stir in flour to form a paste.  Add water, white sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce temperature and let simmer.  Place bottom crust in pie plate.  (You can brush egg whites on bottom crust to prevent sogginess.)  Mix apple slices with liquid mix, then pour into pie plate.  (Save out a little of the liquid to brush on top crust.)  Cover pie with lattice work of crust.  Brush top crust with the liquid mix for crispness.  Bake for around one hour, until apples are soft.

Monday, April 29, 2013

elephant and piggie

Mo Willems is my favorite children's author.  He is very popular for his pigeon books (which are fabulous), but I love him even more for his less popular Elephant and Piggie books.

They. Are. Hilarious.

They're about a cautious, worrisome elephant named Gerald and his silly, adventurous best friend Piggie.  I have never seen my kindergarten class laugh so hard.  They literally fight over who gets to pick these books for their book boxes.  There are around 20 Elephant and Piggie books, and every one I've seen is hilarious.  But these are a few of my favorites.  (Click the captions to find them on Amazon.)

We Are in a Book!

Today I Will Fly!

Are You Ready to Play Outside?

The best thing about these books is that they're hilarious to read out loud, but they're also on a first grade reading level.  So even some of my high kindergarteners can read them by themselves.  They're retail $8.99, but they're all $5.61 on Amazon (hardcover!).  So pretty much every time I order something, I throw in a couple of these books too.

And then you should see how much my 6 year olds squeal when I carry a new one into class.