Monday, September 21, 2015

Weekend Wrap Up

Oh my what a weekend! I feel like from the moment school ended on Friday we had something on the agenda. Luckily, it was all good and fun plans but boy, come Sunday night I was pooped. 

We had an impromptu date night planned for Friday so we headed to a restaurant in town that people are always raving about. We decided to give it a try... And then left shortly after ordering our drinks at the bar. The restaurant was so crowded, noisy and hot! Does it mean I'm getting old if on a Friday night I just want a calm, quiet night?? 

We headed to one of our favorite restaurants that we don't get to enough and ended the night on a much higher note than when it began. 

Saturday morning I woke up and got in my last "long" run in before the half marathon this coming weekend. 

Fall running is when I fell in love with the Midwest. The leaves aren't quite changing yet but you can start to feel the cool crisp air that comes around this time. My favorite. 

Once I got back from my run it was operation clean the house! We had a super fun night planned with our neighbors and friends from around town. We celebrated finally being able to have people over to our house (now that the construction is done) and my husbands birthday! 

I didn't snap any pics of the night but I did take a shot of the pile of dishes that were left for our Sunday. 

Of course, since it was Jesse's bday I had to catch him opening up some of his presents! Thanks mom! He really wanted a new grill for the party so I hid my parents gift to him so that he had something to open up on his actual birthday. 

One last picture of our sweet little walnut tree. Someone told us we had a walnut tree in our front garden bed! Originally, we thought it was just a weed or boring stick that needed to be removed but a walnut tree?? We took that little guy and transplanted it to our backyard. We gave it tons of water and crossed are fingers, and LOOK it has a few leaves! Definitely thriving. 

Busy week at school this week with girls on the run practice and a family event tomorrow night! 

Friday night plans: upbeat or low key? I am for sure into the low key scene.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Oh Hi! and some Positive Changes

Oh Hi! I haven't posted on here since mm last January! Turns out life can get a little busy and a lot can change in just 9 months... ya know like changing jobs, moving homes, traveling,  oh and having two impromptu roommates over the summer!

Let's start with the job: Last year I taught 2nd grade and while I loved that age group I feel incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to teach 3rd grade at a school that is less than 10 minutes away! Last year I drove close to an hour each day just to get to school! So, having a short commute feels like a dream. Not to mention, I have some pretty fun kiddos this year, supportive parents, and am able to coach with one of my all time favorite organizations: Girls on the Run. Positive change? Yes!

Moving homes: Last March I nonchalantly mentioned to my husband that we should just drive around a neighborhood to look at houses for fun. When I said for fun I meant that we could just ooh and ahh at some cute homes and have nice little conversations about which neighborhood we might want to live in one day. Well, as we were driving we my husband saw a house that he had been watching on the foreclosures list for quite some time. Well, to keep the story short one thing led to the another and we preceded to move into this house in May. We then began to deconstruct and reconstruct the house from May-August. Think concrete floors, pergola for a ceiling, and drywall work for weeks upon weeks. It was quite the summer. Now, we are nearly finished with all big construction and have just a few minor projects left. Thank goodness. Positive change? Yes! Easy change? Not so much. Living in a house during remodeling is not something I would recommend to many people.

Impromptu roommates: While we were remodeling our home this summer my husband got a phone call from his youngest brother who was moving to our city to head to college in the fall. Well, he needed a place to stay for those summer months before school started. So, we opened our doors, gave him a bed and fed him. Then, my best friend from childhood moved up here for a job opportunity over the summer too! So, we opened our doors, gave her a bed and feed her as well! Good thing we moved into a new home in May with more space we would have been a little cramped in our old place.

Do we see the concrete floors?? 
All of the craziness is coming to a close as roommate #1 moved out when school started in August and roommate #2 is moving out this week - she found an apartment! Which is wonderful for her but I will miss her face at home each day. How many times does a girl get to live with both her best girl friend and her husband?? Not too many!

Now, the real challenge is to get myself into some sort of groove at my new school and tryto figure out a way to wind myself down at night time!

Tonight I'm trying sleepy time tea and dark chocolate to end my night.

Things I'm looking forward to this month: 1.) Sam Hunt concert this weekend 2.) Our neighborhood bbq we're hosting 3.) Roots N Blues BBQ half marathon 4.) Mizzou Football games!!

What are you looking forward to in September?? 

Ever worked with Girls on the Run? 

Any night time routines that are great for winding down??? I feel like my brain is moving a mile a minute lately!