Tuesday, August 31, 2010

school is cool :)

As I said in my previous post  I just started my LAST year at the University of Memphis! Praise the Lord! I hope the next 8 months fly by.  I'm so ready to: graduate, get married, and have a classroom of my own! 

In the next two semesters I will be doing my Residency[student teaching].  During the first Residency I will spend two days a week in an elementary school and two days in class at the U of M. And during the second Residency I will be in the elementary school everyday.  Right now I'm two weeks into Residency 1 & so far so good!

I was assigned to a 5th grade teacher at Barrett's Chapel Elementary in Arlington.  I LOVE THIS SCHOOL! Everything about it.  The kids, the principal, the faculty, the other U of M teacher candidates that are there, and especially my mentor teacher. 

She. Is. AWESOME. 

Before meeting her I was so nervous about the upcoming year.  I really wasn't sure what to expect and I was worried I would get a mentor teacher that I didn't get along with, but soon as I met her I knew this would be a great year.  Mrs. C is so fun! She is great with the children and I am already learning so much from her.  She is really laid back and a go-with-the-flow type of person. I know she is going to be a huge help this semester! Check out my desk.  She had the poster on it when I came the first day.  I felt loved :)

The kids are awesome too.  They are so well behaved and I have a blast with them!  When I was signing in today in the office, I looked up and saw three of them waving at me and telling me how much they had missed me. They are always asking "Miss Kelley" for help and giving me hugs. So precious.  I was thinking I wanted to teach Kindergarten or first grade but now I just don't know.  Fifth grade is pretty awesome. :)

Mrs. C is keeping me SUPER busy. And I LOVE it.  So far I have: worked with smalls groups, ran errands, graded papers, cut out various things, filed papers, car duty in the afternoons & the list goes on.... Today I got to do a fun, little project.  The kids are learning their states & capitals, so Mrs. C assigned each child a state and gave them a blank cut out of their state.  They got to decorated it with various items that their states are known for.  We put the map up on the wall & today I got to add the major rivers to it. I used tissue paper. It turned out FANTASTIC! I may have to steal this idea for my own class one day.  Check it out.

SO great, right?! :)

Until this month I hadn't had a PB&J sandwich in aloooooooong time. But that is what I take Barrentt's for lunch just about everyday! Check out my lunch today :)

my favorite drink: Mountain Dew. 
Tamale Pringles[which are AWESOME btw].
 & my delicious PB&J. 

What makes my sandwich SO incrediblely awesome is the PEANUT BUTTER! I don't use just any old peanut butter. Oh no, I use the best pb EVER!

Peanut Butter & Co. If you haven't had their peanut butter you are seriously missing out.  I don't think I could ever eat regular peanut butter again.  There are quite a few flavors but these 3 are my favorites.  The Bee's Knee's[honey flavored], White Chocolate Wonderful, & Dark Chocolate Dream. You can get it at Target, Walmart, etc.  Go get you some.  It's heavenly. You won't be disappointed. :)


Sunday, August 29, 2010

The start of something good...

I just wanted to start off by saying I've wanted to have my own blog for FOREVER, but I just never felt the time was right.  I love looking at blogs. In fact, I could spend hours reading what's going on in various peoples' lives.  But it hasn't been until recently I felt I was ready to start my own.  Big changes will be happening to me this year & I feel this is a great way to document all of the excitement.  I am starting my LAST year at the University of Memphis, student teaching, & marrying my best friend. All in the next 9 months. Whoa baby! I'm so excited! I am hoping this blog will help me to better cherish all of these memories. So HERE WE GO!
Today was what I could consider to be a perfect Sunday.

Jonathan[my AMAZING fiance] & I started the day at Highpoint Church.  I first found out about Highpoint in high school because this is where my uncle met his wife.  I went with them a couple of times in my teens and I came back randomly throughout my college years. But now I'm HOOKED!  It's a great place to worship and you can actually SEE God's working through the church. It's awesome. If you live in Memphis & haven't found a church yet I highly recommend checking it out.  You won't be disappointed.

The lead pastor, Chris, is doing a series called, "Love Works." Today he talked how all the commandments can basically be summed up into two...

 Love God. Love people.

"Love the Lord your God with all your heart &  with all your soul & with all your mind.  And Love your neighbor as yourself."-Matthew 22:37&39

I'm excited about my quiet times this week.  God definitely stirred me this morning & I can't wait to see what He is going to do.  I know the more I study, the more I will KNOW Him.  The more I know Him, the more I will LOVE Him.  And the more I LOVE Him, the more I will LOVE others.

Chris gave us 3 goals for the week.  They are:

  • Love ONE person in a specific way this week
  • Be kind to ONE stranger this week.
  • Invite ONE friend to church this week.
I'm going to make sure I accomplish all three this week.  See if you can too!

After church I was craving some mexican food. What's new. I could live on the stuff.  So we decided to eat at Swanky's.  I destroyed their chicken nachos but after we were wanting something sweet. We decided to try YoLo Frozen Yogurt.  This is not your typical yogurt place. It's self-serve which made it super fun! This was my creation:
Birthday cake & espresso soft serve with cookie dough, sprinkles, pecans, and chocolate chips! Wowza! It was delicious! After all the food I took a 2 hour nap & spent the rest of my day with my sister. 

Talk about about a perfect Sunday.  :)