Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Some things I love

Sometimes I get busy and forget to do the things I love.
This semester, I'm determined to do more fun things.
And so far, it's going pretty well. Here's what I've been up to...

Read lots of books  --->   Madison's book recommendations, liked quotes, book clubs, book trivia, book lists (read shelf)
Drank a lot of Sodalicious
Crafted a little bit

Journaled a little here and there
Eaten too much popcorn
Spent some awesome time at the temple

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And spent a lot of time with my family and friends. It's been really great year so far.. 3 months down and 9 to go! They're going to bring some awesome things, I can feel it.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

That first-year teacher life.

There was this one time when I was on campus taking classes.
Back when I would stay up all hours of the night and not even care.
When I would go to the library for hours.
There was this one time I felt like a college student.

Now I don't.
I'm surrounding by kids that I call "my students" and "my kids."
I want to crawl in bed at 9:30 sometimes and I don't even care.
Now I go by the name of "Teacher," "Ms. Thorpe," "MT," "you," and pretty much anything but my actual name.

Somedays I hate it.
I cry, but I usually laugh a lot more.
I'm getting pretty good at my "teacher voice" and my "teacher look."
Somedays I'm ready to quit and go get a 9 to 5 job because it would be easier.

There are a lot of things that you could call teaching. And I've probably called it most of them, the good, the bad, and the ugly. At the end of the day, teaching is awesome.
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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Teacher or college student?

I'm a Special Education major. Yeah, nothing new. And as that, sometimes I look at my outfit and think "holy cow I look like a teacher." And I've decided I don't have a problem with it. I can be a cool teacher who dresses pretty cute, right? That's the goal at least.

So here's to all the teacher clothes that I currently own and to all the one's I'll own in the future. Win in doubt, add a cardi.

How to dress like a teacher tip #1: Add a cardigan to anything. 
You never know when your classroom is going to be cold, warm, or in between. It's best to layer with something that you can take off the sweater, in case it's too warm. Also they're great for those spring/fall/in-between/bipolar weather days! (Is this reminding y'all of Miss Congeniality when she's talking about her perfect date? All you need is a light sweater!)

So, do I look like a teacher? Or a college student? I'm okay with either one, or even both.
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Thursday, February 6, 2014

"Big" things are happening

And by that I really just mean that it is important to celebrate the little things. Whenever people ask me "what's new?" (which happens a TON, let me tell ya...) usually I haven't made any big life changing decisions or there hasn't been anything monumental happen in the last few days/weeks/months. It's just the same old, same old... School, work, church, friends. Nothing really new to tell them. Such is life. But the little random moments are awesome and totally worth noting.

So here's to the small moments of 2014! Let's party!

Stayed at a cabin and went snowmobiling in beautiful Kamas, Utah. The stars. I was in heaven. You could see all the stars. Ahhh. It was gorgeous. Also, snowmobiling is a blast.

The nephew and I totally took selfies the other day, but he wanted his blue snake, Lupe, to be in there too. But really he didn't care about us being in the pictures, so much as Lupe... haha!

Getting to post and send Valentine's puns to friends because it's February. Seriously, they're awesome. See some of my favorites on twitter and pinterest.

Teaching a group 25-minute lesson and totally rocking being a teacher. We were about 2/3 done at 10 minutes and had to think on our feet to add a few discussions and activities. And we nailed it. #victory

Random times when my brother (and all of my siblings) calls me simply to ask how my day was and say hi even though he lives super close and I saw him yesterday. So cute. So sweet. He's awesome.

My mom asking "how do I get to send little hearts?" in iMessages to me. She now loves emojis. She's pretty hip. And it makes our texts waaay more entertaining. Last semester the youth back home taught her what selfies were and then she proceeded to send me them periodically. I'm going to introduce her to Selfie Sunday this week... I think she's going to love it! Hahaha
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