Wednesday, December 29, 2010

What I loved about this year

Since this is the last Wednesday of 2010 instead of doing what I love about the week I'm going to do what I loved about this year. Honestly, this year was a rough year for me. I had some major heartbreaks but I got through them.  So what was awesome about 2010?

Block 2 with some awesome girls!  I don't think I could have gotten through Spring semester without these girls.

-Goo Goo Dolls Concert with Felicia! It was an awesome concert at Myrtle Beach.
- Tyro Extreme Missions Project.  Getting the opportunity to help remodel a house was so rewarding.
-Family beach vacation.  We didn't get to go last year so it was nice to be able to go again with all the family and friends we usually go with.
-App Football Games.  I had so much fun at the football games this year. It is going to be sad next year when I can't get student tickets anymore.

and finally....graduation!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

I 'm dreaming of a White Christmas...

and I got one! This year was my first white Christmas.  It was actually my whole families first white Christmas as well.  The last time there was accumulating snow on Christmas was in the 1940's.  I was super excited about the snow. It's amazing how much I miss seeing snow since living in Boone.  We got about 5 or 6 inches by Sunday afternoon. Christmas evening was when the snow really started falling hard.  After a good supper at Grandma's we went home and watched Christmas movies.  My favorite Christmas movie, How the Grinch Stole Christmas,  was on TV.  It was the perfect ending to a great white Christmas.

On Sunday the roads were covered in snow and ice so we didn't make it to church.  I went over to my cousin's house and we played her new Wii.  I really like the Wii and if I thought I'd have more time to play one then I'd probably get one myself. But I am hoping that I will soon have a full time teaching job where I won't have time to play games.  Me and Felicia also went sledding in my field and made a huge snowman.  The good thing about snow in Lexington is that you can normally play in it without freezing to death.  In Boone the wind chill factor would make it way to cold to want to play in.

For Christmas I got a new digital camera so I probably will start posting even more pictures while I'm seeing what all my camera can do.  It's a Canon Powershot SD1400. It has some neat features like red eye correction, video, slideshows and special effects. I also got some clothes, boots and vera bradley things. Our family had a great Christmas. Now to think of my New Year's resolutions....

Thursday, December 23, 2010

What I'm loving....Thursday

I was in Lenoir yesterday so I didn't get to post what I'm loving about Wednesday.  So I will do that today instead.  I went to Lenoir to see my friend Katie on Tuesday and came home this morning.  We had a lot of fun.  We went ice skating, shopping, baked a pound cake and played apples to apples with her family.  I loved ice skating so that is definately the first thing on my what I'm loving list.

We went ice skating at Appalachian Ski  Mountain.  I thought the rink was pretty small compared to the one I went to with my sister several years ago. It was super cold outside but we still had a lot of fun.  I asked a girl there who seemed to know what she was doing to teach me a few things.  She tried to teach me how to ice skate backwards.  I could do it but I looked pretty ridiculous.  I did learn how to spin and skate with one foot in the air though. I can't wait to go again.

The next thing I am loving is sausage dip.  My friend Felicia will make fun of me for that but that's alright.  I have some in the crockpot right now and I can't wait to go dig in.  For anyone who hasn't tried sausage dip let me know and I'll give you the recipe.  It is so good with some Tosito's scoops!

On the subject of food, I'm loving Tyro UMC Bbq!  My church's Methodist Men cook the best bbq.  We are about to eat some here in a little bit.  I can't wait for it either.

Well this was short but we are about to have Christmas with my immediately family.  My sister, Bradley and Carson will come over to eat and open presents.  For me it's like Christmas day so I better go get in there!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

What I'm loving Wednesday

It's Wednesday which means it's time to blog about what I'm loving this week.  Being out of college is making me loose track of days. It's been so nice so far to have a chance to relax.  Everyday I try to find a job opening and apply but right now there aren't too many open positions.  I will probably go back to National this week or next and start subbing until I find a full time job.  But for now, I am having some time to myself.  So now for what else I am loving....

I'm loving flannel pj's.  With these cold temperatures it's nice to get to put on warm and cozy pjs at the end of the day.

I'm loving that I'm COMPLETELY done with Christmas shopping!

I'm loving that I had an interview for a third grade position on Monday.  Even I don't get the jobs that I am interviewing for it is great practice.  I know God will give me the job that he has in store for me when the time is right.
I'm loving this new show called Chase. It comes on NBC on Wednesdays at 8pm. I highly recommend going to and watching it.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

I just graduated!

It is so hard to believe that I am now an Appalachian graduate.  It feels like I just started at Appalachian and now I have already earned my Bachelors degree!  Graduation weekend was pretty interesting.  We got a hotel at the Broyhill Inn on Saturday night.  It snowed probably 4 inches before graduation that morning.  We watched out the window as they tried to scrape the roads but the snow was coming down so fast they could hardly keep it clear.  We finally got to graduation and dad dropped me off at the door.  It was a good thing because it was freezing.  The ceremony was nice and I'm very glad I attended.  It was great seeing the people who I became close to during my Appalachian journey.   After the ceremony I decided I would walk back to the car which was in Rivers Street Parking deck.  This is a nice walk from the convocation center which was not fun at all when the sidewalk was slippery, I wasn't wearing a coat and it was snowing.  So now that I'm no longer a student I changed my blog title from "Senior Year" to "After Appalachian."  Hopefully soon I'll be able to blog about a new job!

Friday, December 10, 2010

To-Read List

While I was at Target I today I ended up staying on the book aisle a little too long.  I ended up finding several books that I really want to read.  I hope now that I have a little extra time that I can read them all.  So here are the books that I want to read as soon as I get a chance and I added a review of each from amazon.

1.  Room by Emma Donoghue-  In many ways, Jack is a typical 5-year-old. He likes to read books, watch TV, and play games with his Ma. But Jack is different in a big way--he has lived his entire life in a single room, sharing the tiny space with only his mother and an unnerving nighttime visitor known as Old Nick. For Jack, Room is the only world he knows, but for Ma, it is a prison in which she has tried to craft a normal life for her son. When their insular world suddenly expands beyond the confines of their four walls, the consequences are piercing and extraordinary. Despite its profoundly disturbing premise, Emma Donoghue's Room is rife with moments of hope and beauty, and the dogged determination to live, even in the most desolate circumstances. A stunning and original novel of survival in captivity, readers who enter Room will leave staggered, as though, like Jack, they are seeing the world for the very first time. 

2.  Never Let Me Go by .  All children should believe they are special. But the students of Hailsham, an elite school in the English countryside, are so special that visitors shun them, and only by rumor and the occasional fleeting remark by a teacher do they discover their unconventional origins and strange destiny. Kazuo Ishiguro's sixth novel, Never Let Me Go, is a masterpiece of indirection. Like the students of Hailsham, readers are "told but not told" what is going on and should be allowed to discover the secrets of Hailsham and the truth about these children on their own.

3. Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay.  De Rosnay's U.S. debut fictionalizes the 1942 Paris roundups and deportations, in which thousands of Jewish families were arrested, held at the Vélodrome d'Hiver outside the city, then transported to Auschwitz. Forty-five-year-old Julia Jarmond, American by birth, moved to Paris when she was 20 and is married to the arrogant, unfaithful Bertrand Tézac, with whom she has an 11-year-old daughter. Julia writes for an American magazine and her editor assigns her to cover the 60th anniversary of the Vél' d'Hiv' roundups. Julia soon learns that the apartment she and Bertrand plan to move into was acquired by Bertrand's family when its Jewish occupants were dispossessed and deported 60 years before. She resolves to find out what happened to the former occupants: Wladyslaw and Rywka Starzynski, parents of 10-year-old Sarah and four-year-old Michel. The more Julia discovers—especially about Sarah, the only member of the Starzynski family to survive—the more she uncovers about Bertrand's family, about France and, finally, herself. Already translated into 15 languages, the novel is De Rosnay's 10th (but her first written in English, her first language). It beautifully conveys Julia's conflicting loyalties, and makes Sarah's trials so riveting, her innocence so absorbing, that the book is hard to put down.

4.  Waiting for "SUPERMAN": How We Can Save America's Failing Public School. 
The American public school system is in crisis, failing millions of students, producing as many drop-outs as graduates, and threatening our economic future. By 2020, the United States will have 123 million high-skill jobs to fill—and fewer than 50 million Americans qualified to fill them.
Educators, parents, political leaders, business people, and concerned citizens are determined to save our educational system. Waiting for "Superman" offers powerful insights from some of those at the leading edge of educational innovation, including Bill and Melinda Gates, Michelle Rhee, Geoffrey Canada, and more.
Waiting for "Superman" is an inspiring call for reform and includes special chapters that provide resources, ideas, and hands-on suggestions for improving the schools in your own community as well as throughout the nation. For parents, teachers, and concerned citizens alike, Waiting for "Superman" is an essential guide to the issues, challenges, and opportunities facing America’s schools.

5. Charlie St. Cloud: A Novel by Ben Sherwood.  Not even death can keep two brothers from meeting to play ball: it sounds like a sentimental TV movie, doesn't it? Actually, Sherwood's second novel (after The Man Who Ate the 747) is warmhearted but not maudlin, exploring the bonds between the living and the dead and the lengths to which we'll go for love. A secret jaunt to a Sox game ends in tragedy when Charlie St. Cloud, who isn't old enough for a driver's license, crashes the car he pinched from a neighbor. The hearts of Charlie and his younger brother, Sam, stop, but miraculously, Charlie is resuscitated. Thirteen years later, Charlie is 28 and working as the caretaker for the Marblehead cemetery where Sam is buried; he's also spending every evening playing catch with the ghost of 12-year-old Sam, who's putting off going to heaven for the game. Charlie's world gets shaken up, though, by feisty, beautiful Tess Carroll, a sailor who had plans to be one of the first women to circumnavigate the globe solo. They have a perfect date, and sparks fly. But then news comes that her boat is lost at sea, and Charlie, whose gift of seeing spirits has grown, realizes that her fading apparition is the result of a failing effort to rescue her. Sherwood tugs at readers' heartstrings throughout the novel, and the sentimentality mostly works. Charlie's final effort to save his lady love from ghostly oblivion strains credibility, of course, but isn't that the point of a tale about love triumphant?

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

What I'm loving Wednesday

I'm loving how lucky I was to have such an awesome class during student teaching.  Today was my last day with them and it was hard to say goodbye.  They have been a lot of fun and I will miss them.  Not only did I enjoy teaching but I learned a lot from them.  Most importantly they taught me how to have fun while teaching.  I looked forward to teaching them everyday because I knew we would have fun.

I'm loving I saw snow this past weekend.  It wasn't much but it sure was pretty!

I'm loving the time I have to read what I choose to read now.  I really want to finish reading "Eat, Pray, Love" and then finish up "Crazy Love."

I'm loving friends who are always there for me no matter what.

And finally, I'm loving that I'm going to Boone this weekend to GRADUATE!!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

First Snow

It's so funny that I'm excited to see the snow.  I left Boone saying "I don't care if I never see snow again."  Then I had friends calling me to tell me about the snow up there and it made me miss it.  Dianne called me around lunch today to rub it in how much snow Boone was getting.  Right after I hung the phone up with her it started snowing here!  So here is Sadie walking around in it.  I don't think she is a big fan of the snow.

22 days till Christmas now!  Our church, Tyro UMC,  is having Journey to Bethlehem tonight.  This is something our church started a couple years ago.  It's a live nativity set that displays the real Christmas story.  We have live animals and it all looks like you are really going through Bethlehem.  It's today and tomorrow from 6:30-9 so if you see this before then, go check it out.

I turned in my last assignment yesterday while my 5th graders were at book buddies.  It felt so good to know that I am now free of college work until I decide to go back for my Masters. When they came back from book buddies I had to do a happy dance with them. haha.  My supervisor even graded the assignments last night so I am officially done!  All I have to do now is show up to Tyro Monday-Wednesday of next week. I can't wait till graduation.  It looks like it's going to be snowing that day which I am kinda looking forward to as long as everyone can make it up the mountain alright.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

24 days till Christmas

An angel said to Joseph "Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord." Luke 2:10-11

Not only is this a great Christmas verse but it should also take meaning in our everyday lives. The angel said "FEAR NOT" because Jesus came to save us of our sins. So no matter what trials we go through we should have no fear because the lord is always with us.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

25 days of Christmas

I have to admit that I go a little crazy over Christmas and probably not always for the right reasons.  I get caught up in the shopping, the cute Christmas movies and the overall glamor of Christmas. I don't think getting excited about the Christmas season is a bad thing at all but I think it's extremely important to always remember what we are celebrating. So this year my goal is to remember the reason for Christmas each day of December in a special way. God has brought me through so much this year and so for the first day of my 25 days of Christmas I pray in Thanksgiving for all that he has done for me and my family this year.  It's hard for me to see how anyone could live without him in their lives.  For those of you who are reading this and know what I'm talking about you I encourage you to "give this Christmas away....."

What I Love Wednesday

My roommate from App, Kaitlin, does a thing on her blog where on Wednesday's she blogs about the things she is loving that week.  It's kinda of way to get over the hump day blues.  I loved reading hers so much that I've decided to do it myself.  So here is what I'm loving this week:

Today starts DECEMBER, which means that all the best Christmas movies will start coming on T.V like:

I am loving that student teaching is wrapping up and I have more free time for simple things like baking cookies!

I am loving that I had a job interview this week and that I'm graduating in 11 days!

 I'm loving dinner parties with my best bud.

I'm loving that's it's finally cold enough to wear cute teacher sweaters.

and finally, I'm loving that App State football playoff's start Saturday!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Countdown to Graduation

I only have 6 days left of student teaching and I graduate in 12 days!  It is so bittersweet.  I love my 5th graders to death.  I have learned so much from them and everyone at Tyro.  This semester has absolutely flew by.  It is so hard to believe that it is all coming to an end.  In less than 2 weeks I will have my Bachelors in Elementary Education!

I guess this semester has flew by because I have been going non-stop.  Thanksgiving break was a lot of fun.  I got to see a lot of family I haven't seen in a while, eat lots of food, watch some good movies, hang out with friends and go shopping on Black Friday.  I also went to CVS on Thanksgiving and got everything in the picture below for free and ended up making $7 in extra care bucks!

Black Friday was pretty interesting.  Felicia and I got to Kohls around 2:30 a.m. and waited behind about 600 people for Kohls to open at 3.  It started raining while we were outside in line which was a great added touch to the occasion.  After we got in line there were probably another 600 people that came in line behind us.  The check out line  was a 3 hour wait. It was double wrapped around the store.  We also went to Target right when they opened but didn't try on anything so we got through the checkout line fast.  We then went to Hanes Mall which wasn't too crowded but by this time we were about too tired to shop so we got a few things and left.  I don't know that I'll go next year, online shopping seems like a good plan to me.

On another note,  I had an interview for a 6th grade position this week.  I don't think I will hear anything about it until next week because they have one more person to interview.  I would really love the job though, the staff seems great and it's a really nice school.  I'm loving student teaching in 5th grade so I know I would enjoy 6th grade just as much. 

This past Sunday we had a great service to kick off the Christmas season.  Randy preached about Joy.  He said that at the top of our Christmas list should be to not let anything or anyone rob you of your Joy because we have already won the ultimate victory.  I wish we could always remember this because knowing that we are saved and will be going to heaven should bring us Joy everyday.  And yes, I am spelling Joy with a capital J on purpose.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Time to get busy

I haven't wrote about student teaching in a while so I thought I'd post myself a to-do list.  Note to self: stop procrastinating!  Anyway, I am loving student teaching right now.  Getting to teach everything is time consuming with all the other assignments I have to do combined but I love every minute of it.  I'm becoming much more laid back than I was at the being of student teaching.  At first I was all about my students not talking unless I gave them permission to and getting on to them constantly for not paying attention.  Now I'm letting them take responsibility for themselves.  As long as they aren't disturbing the learning of other students then I'm not wasting time fussing at students for every little thing.  I think it is making my students respect me more because they don't hear me getting on to people all the time.  Anyway, I need a list of all that I have to do this week so I don't forget so hear it goes.

1)  Finish this week's lesson plans
2)  Write last week's reflection
3)  Finish PDP
4)  Revise last component of Impact Project
5)  Combine all components of Impact Project to one PDF file
6)  Scan student work for Impact Project
7)  Make next week's lesson plans
8)  Create reading assesment for this week
9)  Contact registrar's office to make sure name is on list for graduation
10)  Make out graduation invitations
11)  Call for screening interview

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Extreme Missions = Complete!

Our church is pretty much finished with the Extreme Missions project we did. We still have people coming to redo the roofing but the inside is finished. It was such a wonderful experience!  My church really pulled together to remodel a house in our community.  The family was gracious enough to let us come in and work for a full week.  People were there working on some days as early as 6 a.m. and some people stayed until after 9 p.m.  We did everything from removing all the trash in the home to completely redoing a bathroom.  We had a lot of challenges throughout the week like when when the countertop came undone and we had to completely redo the countertop on the island in the kitchen.  But in the end we finished remodeling the house and the family is very happy to have a like new home!  It really showed that no matter what your talent is there is some way that you can help out people.  Those who couldn't do labor helped provide meals for those working.  Even children came and helped out in some way.  I'm looking forward to doing this again.

Friday, October 29, 2010


Last Sunday I did a children's sermon that taught children that in order for us to show our thanks to God we should get out and help others.  By helping the needy we are showing God how thankful we are for all that he does for us.  After teaching this I thought to myself that I really should be doing more than what I have been doing. I have been doing my own devotions, praying more, getting more involved in church but I have still felt like God wants me to do more. So I am trying to show my thanks to God by doing what I can for the needy.

Tonight I went to the homeless shelter and helped feed them.  After serving them I fixed my own plate and sat down to talk with them.  It was really interesting to hear about their lives.  They are just normal families who aren't as fortunate to have what we have.  One girl that I talked to is turning 16 in November. I hope that I can go back around that time and get her something. Another mission project I'm doing starts on November 6th.  Our church will be doing our own extreme home makeover for a family in our community.  We are completely remodeling a house that needs a lot of repair. Right now we have about 150 volunteers from our church.   It's going to be great seeing the community work together. 

I will also be doing Operation Christmas Child this year. I'm trying to find any opportunity I can to give back to the community and anyone else who I can help.  I think it's so important as a Christian to not just say your a Christian but to get out and show God's love.  I'm really passionate about missions and God will bring me more opportunities to help others.  If anyone has any suggestions for missions projects, let me know.

And for people who may not have time to get out and do mission's projects remember that there are plenty of other ways to show God's love.  At school I try and just be a good role model to my students because some may not go to church or have parents who are always there for them. Everyday I try in some way to show to everyone of those kids that I love them.  They all know I am a Christian and by showing them I care they are seeing God's light shine through me.  I have had student's tell me how much it means to them that I show them that I care. I have even had a student write me a letter to tell me how much she appreciated me caring about her. You just never know who is watching you and you could make a difference in someone's life just by showing them that you are there for them. 

I'm not posting all of this to brag about what I'm doing. I want to look back on this and see how excited I have been now that I'm actually doing something. I don't want to ever stop helping others no matter how busy I may get. I also want whoever reads this to realize that even if you don't have a lot of money to donate to the needy you can still help out by donating your time and talents.

Book Club

I haven't been able to teach much this week because I couldn't attend 5th grade planning since I was at the career fair on Monday.  Since I haven't been able to teach I have been trying to interact with the kids in other ways.  A couple days ago I was walking around to see what they were reading.  One girl had just started reading "Island of the Blue Dolphins."  I told her that I had just a hard time reading that book when I was in 5th grade and that I would have to read it with her.  Before long, I had 8 other students wanting to read it too.  So I decided that we would read it on our own time and then talk about it at lunch.  We call it our class book club.  Some of my student's will run up to me after they finish a chapter and say things like "Ms. Michael you are just not going to believe what happened in the last chapter!"  They are getting so excited about this book and being able to discuss it as a club.  For the past two days at lunch I would come sit with the kids and they would talk to me about the book and their favorite parts.  Today they decided that wanted to sit at the same table together to talk about it.  It's been really great to see these children get so excited about reading.  Not only are they learning vocabulary through reading this book but they are also learning to relate to each other better through our discussions.  I will definitely be using this idea in my own classroom.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Busy, Busy!

I told myself when I started this blog again that I wanted to keep it updated so I could look back on my student teaching experiences. Well, I've been so overloaded that I haven't been able to do that.  I've been coming up with and typing 20 lesson plans a week. I have assignments on top of lesson plans like my big impact project.  I started teaching my unit which is on measurement and continue it until next Wednesday.  I'll be glad when I'm done with it so I can focus more on making good lesson plans.  I absolutely love each and every one of  my 5th graders.  I never would have thought I would love 5th grade as much as I do.  I have even thought about teaching 6th grade. I love the older ones and having more flexibility with lessons since they know more.  They say some of the funniest things.  Did you know that August has 32 days in it? Anyway,

I went to the beach this weekend with Felicia.  We went to see the Goo Goo Dolls at the House of Blues.  It was pretty awesome.  We were so close to the stage!  They played every song I knew so it was a lot of fun. We also went shopping at the Tanger Outlets.  I spent more money than I planned on spending but I couldn't resist the deals!  Old Navy had clearance shirts for $1.74!  I bought a lot more clothes from other stores and got my students some taffy.  Good thing I'm working this week.

I'm looking forward to the next couple of weeks.  This week I am subbing for my cooperating teacher on Monday afternoon and all day Tuesday. I am finishing up my Impact Project.  I have to find something to wear the career fair which is at Appalachian on the 25th.  The BBQ festival is this coming weekend and Katie is coming to stay with me which  I'm looking forward too.  Then the next weekend I'm going to stay with her because it's her birthday and then we are going an Appalachian game that Saturday.  October is becoming a very busy month, and probably one of my favorite months as well!

Well I better get to unpacking!

A Great Devotional Book; Good Morning, Lord by Sheila Walsh.

I got the book "Good Morning, Lord" sent to me for free from   I had been looking for a good devotional book to read in the mornings so this has been perfect.  This book has a devotion and questions to think about every day.  It also includes a bible verse and a prayer for each day.  What I like about this book that it leaves you something to ponder throughout the day.  I try to always make time to read a devotion in the morning from this book.   If you don't have time in the morning to read a devotion it would still be a great book to read anytime during the day.

Monday, September 13, 2010

This weeks deals


I went to CVS yesterday to get some deals they had on Extra Care Bucks.  Here is what I did:

I bought Alive Vitamins for 9.99 and got back 9.99 on my first transcation.  With the 9.99 ECB's I went back and bought Candy Corn for .99, High Octane Energy Chews for 1.99, Nivea Body Wash for 4.99 and Skintimate Shaving Cream for 3.99.  I used a $1 coupon for Nivea and .75 off for Skintimate.  After using my ECB's I only had to pay $1.15 which was tax and I got back $7 ECB's.  I only paid $11.91 for everything out of pocket and still have $7 ECB's to spend later.  This is a great transaction idea for anyone who is just starting at CVS and wants to build up some ECB's.

Harris Teeter

Super Doubles is this week, starting Wednesday.  This means they will double any coupon that is $1.98 or less.  I'll list some of the coupons you can print out for those of you who don't save the coupons from the newspaper.

FREE after Coupons
-$1 off Chinet Products  - Napkins $1.40
-$1.50 off 2 Kotex Products - Pantiliners $1.49
-$1 off Tomato Paste - $1.55

There will probably be a lot more free but I won't know until I see the sales ad.

Food Lion till 9/14

Campbell's Select Harvest Soups are $1 on sale - Use this $1 printable to get it free.
Nestle Nesquick 16 $1 - Use this $1 printable to make it free.


Lyrics from an awesome song called Before the Morning by Josh Wilson

Do you wonder why you have to,

feel the things that hurt you,

if there's a God who loves you,

where is He now?
Maybe, there are things you can't see

and all those things are happening

to bring a better ending

some day, some how, you'll see, you'll see

Would you dare, would you dare, to believe,

that you still have a reason to sing,

'cause the pain you've been feeling,
can't compare to the joy that's coming!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Freebies & Thoughts

I thought I'd post a couple things that you can get for free with coupons this week.  Today I got 2 free SOBE lifewater's at CVS. They are on sale, BOGO (Buy One Get One) and you can play a game at to get a BOGO coupon to print out. This makes 2 waters free!

CVS also has Stride Shift Gum .99 and you can .99 ECB, making it free after Extra Care Bucks.  There was also a coupon from a May newspaper insert that was for Free Stride Shift Gum when you buy any Stride Gum which makes it an even better deal if you have this coupon saved.

Food lion has Nestle Nesquick for $1 this week.  You can print off a $1 coupon here,  making it free!

These are the only things I have found free this week.  You can go to to find other coupon deals.

Thought for the day:

I have been reading the book "The Walk" by Richard Evans. One paragraph really stuck out to me, it says "The thing is, the only real sign of life is growth.  And growth requires pain.  So to choose life is to accept pain.  Some people go to such lengths to avoid pain that they give up on life.  They bury their hearts, or they drug or drink themselves numb until they don't feel anything anymore.  The irony is, in the end their escape becomes more painful than what they're avoiding."

This is so true! If everything were to always be perfect than we wouldn't grow or learn anything.  Although at times it's hard to feel like our troubles will ever get any better, at least we can look down the road and know that we will grow from the pain we are in now.

And finally, my current favorite Christian song:

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Labor Day Weekend

    I had a wonderful 3 day weekend.  Friday night I went out to eat with my parents. Saturday, I went to Salisbury with Mom and then worked the rest of the day. Sunday, I taught Sunday school and then our church had one big service.   After church I went to my sisters and we had pizza and watched "When In Rome." The pizza was great, we ordered it from a little pizza place in Granite Quarry called A Slice of Heaven.  We ordered a pizza with beef, pepperoni, green peppers and banana peppers.  The banana peppers make for a great pizza. If you have never tried them on your pizza I would definitely recommend trying it.  I would rate the movie "When In Rome" 4 stars.  It was really cute and it's in Redbox which makes it only a dollar to rent! Click here to see the movie trailer. It is a great time to rent from Redbox because you can get a free movie rental and be entered to win other great prizes.  I got a free Rental and also a Redbox t-shirt with my entry.  All you do is go to and enter the code that is on your redbox dvd.  For a free redbox rental, you can also use the promo code BREAKROOM.  I'm not sure when it expires but I used it, got my free rental then entered the code and received a promotion code for another free rental and won the free t-shirt.
    On Labor Day my mom and I went shopping all afternoon.  We went to the Christian book store, the mall and to Hamricks.  I finally found some awesome jeans at Delias.  They ended up costing $40 but they are well worth it.  It's hard to find jeans that fit me and don't have holes or bleached stains on them.  I also bought some things are Hamricks to redecorate my room with.  I got a flameless candle with my initial on it and pink artificial flowers in a nice vase. Now I just need to find a few nice pictures for my wall. I also want this to hang on my door:  After shopping we grilled out at home which was very nice.  It was the perfect day for it.  We had Fillet Mignon which was delicious!
    I have a busy couple of weeks coming up.  Lots of meetings and get togethers.  I'm looking forward to it though, I love to be busy.  I need to get busy now. I have to plan a lesson on all the different kinds of fiction and non-fiction books for tomorrow.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Watch out for Saddleback Caterpillars

      Earlier today my mom showed me an insect she found on one of her flowers.  She had never seen it before so she scooped it up and put it into a jar.  When I saw it, I remembered I had seen it in a book about poisonous creatures I had bought for my 5th graders. I searched it and found out it was a Saddleback Caterpillar. It's a good thing she didn't touch it because they are poisonous and will sting.  I did some more research to see what other people were saying about this caterpillar and a lot of people said their sting can hurt worse than a hornet's sting and can also leave a rash.  Now through the end of September watch out for these little creatures in your flowers, weeds and yards.  It won't feel too great if you pick it up!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

One Hand, Two Hands by Max Lucado, Illustrated by Gaby Hansen

I was fortunate enough to receive a free copy of the book "One Hand, Two Hands" from  This is a short children's story that shows examples of how we use our hands every day.  At the end of the book it gives a cute prayer that goes "One hand, two hands, five fingers ten... God, thanks for my hands. Please, use them again."  I read this book to my three year old nephew and had him fold his hands to pray like the girl in the book did.  He enjoyed hearing this story and especially liked the illustrations which included a cute puppy and kitten.  I think this is a great book for young children to show them how much they can do with their hands even though they are little.  I also thought the rhyming in the book was educational and helped my nephew stay interested in hearing the story.  I would definitely recommend this book for parents to read to their children or Sunday school teachers to their students.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Week 1 Down...14 more to go!

Student teaching has been a breeze this week. I'm sure it's the easiest week I will have.  I have assignments due tomorrow by noon that I need to get on but for this week they aren't too bad.  I'm really enjoying my 5th grade class.  The students are really sweet and have good manners.  My cooperating teacher has a great personality and will be a lot of fun to work with.
My favorite thing that I've done with them so far is help them pick out books.  They have their own book basket that they keep at least 3 books in.  There are some kids that just don't like to read so they have had a hard time deciding what to read.  Hopefully I can help some of them start to enjoy reading by helping them find books that interest them.  My cooperating teacher told me about a teacher who organizes her classroom really well.  Her name is Beth Newingham and here is her website.  I'm going to try and collect all the resources I can get so that I will have them when I start teaching.
14 more weeks till I graduate.  I'm enjoying student teaching but I can't wait to have my own classroom!  Let's pray that I find a job in January.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Books I want to Read

I have a list of books  I really want to read.  I'm just going to have to fit them into my schedule because I know I will love them all.  First, I want to read "Eat, Pray, Love" by Elizabeth Gilbert. I talked about wanting to see the movie in an earlier post but I've been told to read the book first, so I want to try and read it pretty soon.

My church will be starting a bible study on the book "Crazy Love" by Francis Chan.  It shares some interesting facts on the universe that God created.  Chan wants us to see how amazing God's love is for us.  I may try and read this next

 Now that I'm student teaching in 5th grade  I really want to read some more childrens books at that age level. Today in class I got to know what books some of the students are interested in.  There was one little boy who said he didn't like any kind of reading whatsoever so I'm determined to get him interested in something, even if it's just a magazine.  Anyway, here are some of the childrens books I want to read.

"The Magician's Elephant" by Kate DiCamillo.  DiCamillo is a well-known author who also wrote "The Tale of Despereaux." In the Magician's Elephant, a young orphan learns that an elephant could change his life.

Another book I will be reading is called "Soccer Cats" by Matt Christopher.  Christopher is a very popular author among those who enjoy sports.  Each of his books have a sports theme.  There are several students in my class who play soccer so I will be reading this to see if it would be a good book to recommend.

My current read is "The Walk" by Richard Paul Evans.  It is about a guy who looses everything and is ready to give up on life.  He thinks about turning to pills but instead goes on a walk that changes his life.

As you can tell, I do love reading. If you have any suggestions for books for myself or good children's books then please let me know!