Monday, July 27, 2015


Remember that one post where I wrote that I was ready to go back to school? Ya, well I take it back! It's so bittersweet because I love seeing all of my coworkers but the thought of going back to work already work makes me twitch a little. For the past two weeks I have been in professional development, working on organizing the school literacy resource room, going to planning meetings for ELD (English Language Development) and today I began unpacking my room and setting up.

I am looping with my kids to 2nd grade, which means a room change! Actually, 98% of our building switched rooms this year. Our principal is setting it up so grade levels are not separated and stay put. So if you decide to loop, you know you are moving classrooms and you know where you are going etc. Any ways, I moved rooms. I left my large classroom and am now in a smaller classroom. I didn't realize it was smaller until I got in it today- it does have more cabinets so I guess it works.
Working in my  classroom today started out great and then I decided that I needed to get rid of the boxes that were piled up. So now everything that was in the boxes is now on top of the tables. Everything is a mess. I spent about 6 hours in my classroom and I feel like the only progress I made was making a mess of things. 

I have also started a new grad class. It's a special education inclusion class through GCU. I am a little overwhelmed. It's only 6 weeks, but I have never taken any type of SPED class before so I don't feel very knowledgable like many others in the class are and some of the assignments are a little intimidating! 

When I got the mail today I saw that I received my first Rocksbox!! I was so excited! I love all of the pieces thy sent me. Rocksbox is a subscription and you get 3 pieces of jewelry valued at $200+. The pieces are on loan but you get $10 of spend/ month towards a purchase so if you like some of the pieces you can buy them at a special price. You add pieces to your wishlist and take a style quiz so they know what pieces to send you. You can always retake the quiz as well. The subscription is $19/month but if you use my code: RACHELBFF625 you get your first month free!

I also got my new favorite swimsuit. I gave in a bought a Triangl swimsuit. They are neoprene swimsuits (wetsuit material). It is amazing, although I have to exchange the bottoms for a different size, but I still love it!! Now, if only I had another beach vacation to go on :(. A week from Thursday I officially have to report back to work, I'm ready but I am not.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Update and Summer Vacation!

I have not posted in so long. It is so hard to post when I am teaching and going to school, I do not know how all these amazing teacher bloggers do it and post amazing TPT products! I don't think I would consider my blog a teaching blog, there have been times where I have posted about my classroom, but I think I am going to focus more on the fun stuff in life: vacations, DIY, food, friends, adventures and life. This means, I am probably going to need a new blog design (know of anyone, because the classroom heading is just not going to cut it)..and maybe a new blog name....hmmmm...I need suggestions my friends, or do I keep it?

So it is summer break, well actually summer break is a little more than halfway over and basically I feel like it is over because the next two weeks are jam packed with professional development. Then I have one week and it's back to work for me! WHAT?!!! HOW??? I seriously do not know how summer went by so fast, yet June seriously dragged on forever (oh my gosh, do not tell other teachers I said that or I might have a mob of them coming after me). I worked a little at the beginning of summer by my original work plan for summer didn't work out because the program was cancelled, but I couldn't find an alternative because it wouldn't work with the second half of my summer...if that makes any sense. I also don't have any children- just a husband. So I didn't have much to do. We don't have a house- just an apartment so I couldn't really do DIY fixer upper projects. We also don't have a dog :( which makes me sad and because we had multiple trips planned my husband said we couldn't get a dog (unless I wanted to cancel all of our trips). I just signed up for this great designer jewelry subscription box called Rocksbox! I know, there's another subscription box out there!!! They have amazing brands like Kendra Scott, Wanderlust + Co, Gorjana, Material Fix and many more. So here's the deal. You pay $19 and you get 3 pieces of jewelry on loan that are valued at over $200. You can keep it as long as you want and send it back when you are ready for a new set! You also get a monthly credit of $10 to spend on jewelry. You can scroll through all of their jewelry and make a wish list of pieces that you want them to send to you and you also take a style quiz, which you can always retake! I really recommend it! If you decide to try it out use my referral code: rachelbff625

Any ways, we just returned from a 10 day trip. We went to Tampa, FL where my Abuela and other family members live. Then we went to Cancun! First, I grew up going to Tampa ALL THE TIME during all different times of the year, including in the middle of summer. I guess when I was younger I was blissfully unaware of how uncomfortable the heat and humidity was. Unfortunately, that is no longer the case. As my Abuela put it, it was hot as hell! Granted, living in Colorado we are so spoiled with beautiful weather all the time so that is probably another reason. 

My Abuela threw my husband and I a cute 2 year anniversary party/ dinner when we got there. My Tia, uncle, cousin and her husband were there and there was tons of delicious food. 

It was our 2 year anniversary while we were there. We went to the beach and out to dinner. We also toured around and went to the Columbian in Ybor City for lunch with my cousin, her husband and my Tia. 

Then we headed off to Cancun. We stayed at the Hyatt Zilara, its an all inclusive adults only resort and I have to say if you are going to Cancun without kids and you want a relaxing and great time, go there! It was not pretentious at all, which you might think because some Hyatt's can be a little pretentious (depending on the area). It was AMAZING. Here's my review, also, disclaimer, no one is paying me or telling me to promote this resort- I just love it so much. We had the BEST vacation. It was beautiful and everyone there was so so nice. Here are some of our pictures. Oh! They also threw a HUGE 4th of July Beach Bash, which was AWESOME! Sorry, not sorry for the picture overload.

Ok, so you're thinking...why did she take a picture of the bed..well that little light brown ish rectangle...thats a window...INTO the SHOWER. You're probably thinking ew, weird! However, if you are in the shower and look out that window, you have an ocean view. 

Now that we are back from vacation we feel like we are hung over from paradise. It is sad that it is over, but secretly I was ready to be home. 10 days is a long time for this introvert to be away from my DVR and comfort of home. Man, I sound like a couch potato- well it is summer vacation...right? The worst was probably coming home and realizing that I had to do laundry and cook dinners again haha I'm only kidding....kind of. I love cooking, most days. So as summer starts to wind down, I hope that I can at least post every 2 weeks once I get back to teaching. That's a realistic goal right?  Ok sad confession before I end this...I am quickly scanning my Facebook to see if there are pictures of anything else exciting that has happened in my life since I had last posted...who knows when that was because I didn't even look, because I don't even want to know. Also, I know my blog is full of run ons, but that's only because I get SO excited when I type my entries!! 

Ok so I scanned through my pictures! I guess I can report that my life is not that exciting. We did move though (silly me how could I have forgotten about MOVING!) We moved from our little one bedroom 1 bathroom apartment 2 buildings over in the same complex to a 2 bedroom 2 bathroom unit. The day we moved (middle of May, keep in mind) it started out raining then it turned to snow....8 inches of snow...yay Colorado. 

I love this picture. It was taken at our friends house in California. I ended up loving that bench so much I bought one for our place :)

My mom visited in June

Moving from our first place...good ol' P102

We visited our college friends in California in June

Also when my mom visited in June

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Five for Fraturday

This week has just felt so weird! We had PD on Monday, so we only had 4 days with kids, but looking back Monday feels like it was so so so so so long ago. However, the week didn't feel like it went by super slow. It was just a weird week. A lot of crying firsties missing their mommies. 
Winter break ended, but it was really nice to have the first day back be a PD day. I was able to not totally put my body in shock and just wake up kind of early and then the next day wake up REALLY early. Although all of us were completely exhausted all week. Especially my team, we are big nappers when it comes to having breaks from school. We like our naps and sleeping in. 

This week booked my Spring Break trip to see my family in Arizona. We also booked our flights for our summer vacation to Florida and then to Cancun!!! We are also preparing to go to Chicago (brrr) next weekend for the long MLK weekend. I am thankful it's not this weekend due to the extreme cold! Speaking of Chicago........

My husbands uncle sent us a delicious Christmas gift. Only our favorite deep dish true Chicago style pizza!!!! I was super excited! We are still going to go there next weekend because obviously nothing beats fresh deep dish Chicago style pizza. 

I got back into my groove of planning meals and cooking this week. Here I am making my favorite meal, Chicken Piccata.

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Someone posted this on Facebook and I could not stop laughing. Only because this happens to me ALL THE TIME. Only it is my husband who brings me my towel and not my mom. I always seem to leave my towel in weird places and realize I don't have one and of course it's winter and FREEZING COLD. 

Hope you all have a great week and remember Theres a long weekend coming up so just keep plugging away and looking forward to that!! My kids were absolutely off the wall yesterday. We had 2 indoor recess days this week so it was super hard on them to come back to school and not be able to get their wiggles out. Even with my GoNoodle Brain Breaks they were losing it! Here's to hoping for a warm up :)

Friday, January 2, 2015

Currently January...2015!!!

I'm pretty sure I have been writing 2015 by accident for a while, heck, I even caught myself accidentally writing 2010 on the board by accident a few times. 2010!! So weird, I know, because if 2010 I was still in college. Ya, ya, ya some of you are probably rolling your eyes as you read that. at our last staff meeting before break one of my coworkers was talking about the movie Love Actually. I told her I had never seen it because when it came out in theaters it was rated R and I wasn't old enough to see it. The look on her face was priceless then she proceeded to look up what year it came out and she goes, it came out in 2003!!! So then I had to tell her that in 2003 I was a freshman in high school. Everyone around me just about died. I am the second youngest teacher at my school. I just turned 26. Any ways, I am linking up for this months currently!

Listening: Oh Millionaire Matchmaker, it is one of my many guilty pleasures. Since I am on winter break I will save my husbands brain cells and watch it without him. Anyone else watch this show out there? It is weird this season. They definitely had to revamp it but they are going with "celeb" clients and other Bravo reality stars as the millionaires. I am intrigued, but it is not as entertaining. On another note, the Bachelor starts on Monday. I am pretty excited for that! I especially love to read the blog posts from A Teeny Tiny Teacher. I don't know her at all, but she cracks me up with her recaps and I pretty much look forward to reading them after I watch the that weird? I hope not. 

Loving: I have been enjoying this break so much! Although I have the most well behaved, sweet, loving class this year- it has been a very very stressful school year. I am also having to take these grad school classes that the district requires us to take within our first 3 years (as if being in my first few years of teaching wasn't stressful enough). So I welcomed this winter break with arms wide open. I have done absolutely nothing work related which is fine because my team is awesome and we did 2 weeks of planning before we left for break. So all I have done is relax and ski and relax and ski and relax, oh and did I mention relax? P.S. I am so not ready to go back on Monday. At least Monday is just a PD day.

Thinking: So our Christmas decorations are still up. I was going to start taking them down today, but I didn't. Maybe I will tonight, or tomorrow, or Sunday. I should probably do it before Monday. It's so much fun putting it all up, but when it comes to putting it all away, forget it! Not my cup of tea. 

Wanting: As much as I love being home and doing nothing, my hubby took almost a week off of work last week. It was so nice to spend all of that time with him, so now it feels weird to have him back at work. I wish he had half days while I'm on break, or at least on Fridays. 

post signatureNeeding: I need to go to Target, but then again, when do I not need to go to Target? Does one really ever have to have a reason to go to target? I am going to a baby sprinkle tomorrow for one of my co workers. I had never heard of a baby sprinkle until two weeks ago. If you don't know what a baby sprinkle is, its like a baby shower but not. See she already had a kid prior to the one she is pregnant with. So she really doesn't need any of the major stuff. So this is where you sprinkle her with love and well wishes and little stuff like diapers, wipes and other things that you might not necessarily have from the previous child. She is also not finding out what the sex of the baby is which is driving me nuts. It's ok I tell her that all the time, she's my teammate and my mentor. I joke with her about it daily. I give her props for that, I could never do that. I don't like surprises and I'm too type A and too much of a planner. Anyways this is my SECOND baby shower in 3 months and really it should be my third but I ended up not being able to go to one I was supposed to go to last month. Am I really at that point in my life where all the weddings are over and now it's baby time?????? 

Yes: I have lost 6 pounds according to my doctor (I bet it would have been 8 if I had taken my boots off!!) haha. I want to lose at least 15 more!

Maybe I will be a little more outgoing and more of a risk taker this year (in a good way not in a scary dangerous way)

I wish I had time to travel more, and I guess I would need more money to travel more...but mostly time. 

5 for Friday


Wow, I have been MIA for a while! Well, I am back now and refreshed from winter break! I sure did need it. However, like my husband said, Monday will be a rude awakening for me. I have pretty much been laying in bed until 10 am (sounds great huh?). When my alarm goes off at 5:30 on Monday morning I am going to be groaning and moaning. Luckily it's just PD on Monday, so really I don't need to set it for 5:30....YAY!!! Tuesday will be bad :( haha.
For Christmas my in-laws came out to Colorado. We got a condo up at Copper Mountain. We spent a week up there skiing and enjoying the snow (not so much the freezing cold temps).
We had A LOT of stuff
(Brother-in-law, me, mother-in-law)

We found a cute little xmas tree in the condo to set up. Our present pile was bigger than the tree. 

Day 1 of skiing was perfect. It was sunny and it felt warm even though it was in the teens!

Me & my hubby

(father-in-law, mother-in-law, sister-in-law, brother-in-law, me & hubby)
We celebrated Christmas on Christmas Eve since my brother-in-law had to fly back to California on Christmas. It was freezing cold when we took the picture below. It was a quick "take off your jacket, take the picture and put your jacket back on."

We are ready to do some cooking!

The rest of our trip it snowed and snowed and snowed and was FREEEEEEEZZZZIIINNNNGG cold. I'm talking single digits and below freezing temps. Windy and snowy on the mountain. The picture below, if you look closely I'm at the base of the tree stuck in shin deep powder. Right after this picture we were skiing in white out conditions. It was miserable, I couldn't see and I was almost in tears because I was cold and kept falling and just wanted to go inside lol!

My birthday was on the 27th my husband got me an Origami Owl lanyard :) I can't wait to wear it 

We also did some outdoor ice skating on a frozen pond in the snow! So fun! 

We came back this week from our mountain trip and yesterday was New Year's Day. It was NOT supposed to snow here in Denver and guess what? IT DID!!! We were at the mall and they probably had close to 5 inches!!!!! It was insane!! I was not prepared, but my husband was...of course!

I hope everyone else has had a relaxing winter break. Happy New Year!!