Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Feeling Discouraged

You all may know that I am doing student teaching right now. I am in a 1st/2nd grade class. That means that I am teaching two different grade levels in one room. This class also has many students with behavioral IEPs. I'm going to be honest; this has been an incredible challenge for me.

Last week I had my midterm observation. I was 2 points away from failing it. This is a tough class for me. I love the students but I'm not sure how to get them to really listen to me. Sometimes I think I made the wrong career choice. This has been a battle for me.

I know that I have not been posting, but my student teaching has been draining me each day and while I want to post more on here, I have been lacking in motivation and in energy. I admire those who have a full-time job and are able to blog.

Since spring break is coming up, I am going to be looking at the site where my wedding and reception will be held, so I am hoping to take lots of pictures and share them with all of you! I'm also hoping that maybe I can start taking pictures of my outfits before I go to the elementary school each day.

Thank you for all of your support! Have a blessed evening!

xoxoxox Mimi

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Updates: February 2015

Hello my friends!

Well, I have had quite a few adventures lately! I can't wait to share them with you! Life has been so crazy and hectic, but I am managing it quite well!

1. We got a kitty!
Meet Rosie! She is a 1 year old kitty from the Arc Sanctuary! She is a beautiful, talkative baby who loves cuddling and kisses!
We had some reservations when we brought Rosie home, but she is very smart and she has adapted well!

2. We found out where Matt will be stationed!
It is right at home where we are from. It was our last choice and we felt a bit disappointed at first, but now we couldn't be more happy because we are less that 40 minutes from both of our families and we are in the town where we grew up!

3. I've started planning the wedding!
I'm so excited to start looking at some of the wedding details. We know the location where we want our wedding. We also picked out navy and ivory as the colors. I've started looking at dresses and planning a budget. I've decided that if we can get my mom's wedding dress restored and some minor adjustments done, that would be my perfect dress! Now we just need to find out when Matt goes on active duty so we can pick a date!

4. I've done over 20 days of student teaching!
Student teaching has been going by so quickly and I am still trying to get used to all the responsibilities that are added each week. I am loving it though and couldn't be happier! It is going by super fast though!

What has been going on with all of you?

xoxoxox Mimi

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

My New Year's Resolutions

Well, we have another year coming up...2015. So, I really was not able to complete any of my new years resolutions. I just did not have the determination. We hear all the time about the reasons people can't keep their New Year's resolutions and I am determined to work on that in the coming year so...

Let's make it the best year yet!

The following are my New Year's Resolutions:

1. Get down to 110 pounds. I know this will be difficult for me, but I am going to keep a log what my weight is so that I can see the progress that I am making.

2.Get my A1C down to 6.0. I ended this year with an A1C of 8.0 and that is still not within a healthy range, so I need to take control of my blood sugar and start getting into much healthier habits with it.

3. Drink 80 oz of water every day. This one is a bit of a stretch for me but I'm going to try to do it!

4. Work out 3 times a week. Even if I just do some exercises in my apartment, it will be better than doing nothing at all.

5. Wash my face every night. I have been neglecting my skin long enough, so I figure that it is about time that I have a nightly routine that I follow.

6. Cook 2 new meals every month. I want to make something new and exciting two times a month. I can try experimenting with food from different cultures and just become more comfortable with cooking new things!

What are your New Year's Resolutions? How will you hold yourself accountable?

xoxox Mimi

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas

So, I didn't do my 12 days of Christmas....I ended up getting busy with work and.... I got engaged.

Family and friends was more important at this time.

I will try to do more postings this upcoming year! I've really slacked off the past few months and I apologize for that.

xoxox Mimi

Monday, December 15, 2014

12 Days of Christmas - Making Your Home Merry & Bright

Ok, so this should have been posted last night, but I got a bit tied up making cookies and watching "David Copperfield" so it is going up this morning! How can you up the decorating and make your house super fun and cheerful for the holiday season? Read on to find out!

1. Decorate your tree...with the ones you love.
I know, I know. Why am I even saying this? Basically most people who celebrate Christmas decorate a tree. I just want to emphasize how fun this can be when you are with your family, friends, or significant other. Make the tree your own and decorate it with things that remind you of what you have done, what has happened, and what you love!

2. Put mini ornaments on everything!
Me and my mom do this! It's so fun and somewhat funny to see where we can put those mini Christmas bulbs! 

3. Add some fun holiday stuffed animals around your house! 
The ones in my house remind me of those cute old holiday cartoons. These stuffed animals have had a place in my house since I was a baby, so naturally, they have a lot of sentimental value!

4. Have some tabletop decorations
This is a great opportunity to invite friends over to make your table centerpieces. While we didn't make ours, my and my mom bought them together! They just keep reminding you of the beautiful holiday to come!

5. Decorate the fireplace
I think stockings are essential around Christmas time. Since we are all older in my house, we don't wait until Christmas to fill the stockings. Now, something that worried me when we moved into the house was how we would put stockings up so here is a guide for all fireplaces and if you don't have a fireplace...

Traditional fireplace - put stocking holders up and hang your stockings on them.
Beehive fireplace - hang your stockings on the fireplace screen (see my photo)
Stove - Try putting some command hooks on the pipe-looking thing and hang the stockings on them, then you can take down the command hooks after the holidays.
No fireplace - You can put hooks on the bottom of a shelf or buy a stocking holder (basically a board with hooks on it specifically for stockings) or go back to the original tradition. Put boots out and fill those with goodies! Bonus points if you decorate the boots or around the boots.

6. Find other places for holiday cheer!
We put these tiny swags above all our doorways, but sometime I would like to try mistletoe. You can do so much, so be creative and have fun with your friends, family, and loved ones!

So, thank you for reading this...what do you do to decorate? Do you do it alone or with others?

xoxoxox Mimi

Friday, December 12, 2014

I Was Thinking...

I've been working on gift lists for my blog. I did it last year, but it was much earlier in the year and I thought this should be easy since I've done so much shopping and have the perfect gifts picked out for everyone. Suddenly it hit me...

What are gifts really to me? I did a ton of holiday shopping this year and spent tons of money on everyone on my list. Why did I spend a ton of money when I could have gotten everyone one thing that was small and special. Yes, I got everyone multiple things that they will love, but isn't being together and giving them one thing to show I care enough?

It is. The holidays are about being grateful for having the ones we love around us and showing them that we care. The holidays are about being together and spending time talking and laughing and remembering and creating special moments. I think that gifts have really ruined the holidays.

My year is spent finding many perfect gifts. I shouldn't be so worried about the gifts. I always figured that Christmas is about giving, but it is more than that, it is giving my company and giving people joy that can't be bought. This is done all year round and Christmas should be a reminder of doing it all year round again. Christmas should be a reminder to spend more time with the ones we love, spend more time reflecting on how we can do more, not spend more.

This year I want to reflect on what truly matters, the ones I love, the very first Christmas, and how I can make a difference this upcoming year.

So, while I will do the 12 days of Christmas, I will do them without any focus on gifts or frivolous things that have overshadowed remembering what truly matters.

xoxoxox Mimi

My Family (picture taken on Thanksgiving)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Why It Has Taken Me So Long To Get Back

No, I haven't been experiencing any traumatic events that would cause me to stop blogging.

I have just been busy and unmotivated. I was working a job that was stressful and demanded from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I had school all day on Tuesdays and Thursdays. And my weekends were filled with homework and relaxing.

I am going to start blogging again now that I am on winter break, so be prepared!