Friday, January 22, 2016

Five on Friday: Seniors, Snow, and Sneak Peeks

It's funny that sometimes the "short weeks" can be the ones that seem the longest....am I right? All of us teacher folk had the day off on Monday, and when you toss a day out for meetings into the mix, I'm really only spending three days in the classroom this week. But still....hello Friday. You couldn't have come soon enough. Not that I don't love my kids, I'm just having a hard time pulling myself out of my warm bed and into the cold abyss for work each morning. Amen? This week has been full of day dates, sports, and a little Shakespearean fun. I've also got a special sneak peek for you, as I'll be revealing a finally-finished-project next week!

rustic dining room with baby's breath

1. Breakin' it down, Shakespeare style.

Romeo and Juliet is one of my very favorite units to teach with my gifted freshman. I know, I know. Some of you are totally cringing and thinking about how much you hated reading Shakespeare in high school. But these kiddos are driven and motivated, and they love it! I love having them do some fun activities like walking in circles and stomping out the prologue to really learn iambic pentameter. And my favorite thing is teaching them the Pilgrims and Saints dance that Romeo and Juliet were doing at the party where they first met (and kissed). It's such a blast seeing freshman who would never think that dancing in class was "cool" become super into it and have a great time! These aren't my kiddos, but this is a little snippet of the dance I teach them- so picture this with more giggles and eight counts. I always jokingly tell my kids they can take these moves to the club.

2. Untimely Snowfall

I was so thankful for time off this week, but I can't help but think about all of the snow days we could have had, if only the snow had timed itself a little differently. I know that I'll be happy about it come May, when we get out a little earlier. But for now, the thrill of waking up to a text message that tells me to go back to sleep sounds pretty fabulous. Snow fell on Sunday morning and then again in the afternoon on Tuesday, and we would have totally gotten out for school both times if it had been timed a little differently. Instead we had a dicey, icy parking lot.

frozen rearview mirror

3. Long Weekend Adventures 

My husband's grandma bought us a Sam's Club membership for Christmas, so we spent part of our day off Monday exploring the aisles. I had no idea that they had good deals on everything from shampoo to medicine and clothes? We stocked up on enough toilet paper and paper towels to last us for a good while, and of course I had to make my weekly "dreaming" trip to Hobby Lobby. We also ventured down to Buca di Beppo for a double date on the chilly Plaza, and our hubbies spoiled us afterwards with Cheesecake Factory cheesecake for dessert! Throw in a Bachelor watch party and a Southwest Boulevard Mexican date night, and it was a pretty solid long weekend. We are very blessed and enjoying year three of just the two of us.

long weekend husband and wife
Okay, so this photo isn't from our long weekend. You caught me. But I love it, and days off with him. So please forgive me! 

4. Celebrating Our Seniors

I remember what it felt like to be a senior- everything that you do is the last time that you'll ever do it. Last first day of school, last homecoming, last courtwarming, and so on. We have a really awesome group of seniors this year at my school, and I'm blessed to spend time with them in my AP Language class, National Honor Society, and YoungLife. It's been a lot of fun cheering on our amazingly talented crew of senior basketball girls here lately, and I also got to celebrate my sweet sister-in-law's senior night at swim this week. These ladies are wonderful young women who are going to rock college and change the world! Isn't my sissy so beautiful??

We had a blast taking her senior pictures. I love this one! 

5. Rustic Dining Room: Sneak Peek

After dreaming and planning....and painting my dining room THREE different times (more on that later), it's finally done. And I love it! I'm so happy with the way the colors turned out, and the decorations I was dreaming up turned out to be exactly what I wanted (and even a touch better). Throw in some amazing homemade pieces from my awesome hubby, and you've got the perfect rustic dining room with just the right amount of cozy and classy. Can't wait to show you more later on!

BEFORE
rustic dining, baby's breath
AFTER. I know, I'm leaving you hanging :) Stop by next week! 
Currently,
Kelsie

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22 comments:

  1. We love Sam's club! They have so many great things :) I LOVE Buca di Beppo! I haven't had it since college and now it sounds soooo good!
    Kelsey
    www.thepeacockroost.com

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    1. I love it too!! Both of those places. So fun!

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  2. Truthfully, I learned to love Shakespeare after high school. Your right, if I were that age again, I would totally cringe!

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    1. Ha! That's awesome! It's crazy how much he has truly influenced pop culture and other literature!

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  3. My husband and I love Sam's Club! We could spend hours in there haha

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    1. Amen to that one! We walked every aisle ha!

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  4. We have a Sam's Club membership and we genuinely go once a week!

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    1. That is awesome! I'm sure once we have kiddos we will be going more often :)

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  5. We've been wanting to do a Sam's Membership too, especially once Caleb gets here! We'll have to pick your brains of which things are the best deals. Excited to see pictures of your dining room!

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    1. Oh yes, you should get one for sure! It's amazing to see what all they have in there :) Thanks for checking out the dining room post!

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  6. I was so sleepy and cozy this morning when my alarm went off. I was praying for a text message, too, since the forecast said we might get some snow, but no dice. I can't wait to see your dining room makeover!

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    1. Boo! I know that feeling. Wonder if we will have any in February! The room is up tonight :)

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  7. Ah! Snow seems like a dream for the tropical side of the world at my side. I would LOVE to wake up to the view of snow fall someday <3

    Noor | Noor's Place

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    1. Haha! Too funny! I'll take your tropical view- let's trade!

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  8. Love the rustic dining set! Adorable! I totally know what you mean about hoping there is a snow day! It would be awesome! Hobby Lobby is a fun store, I love going in there and dreaming of all the things I could buy if I was rich!

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    1. Thanks so much! I posted the full picture today- you should check it out. And I love Hobby Lobby dreaming too!!

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  9. Buca di Beppo and Cheesecake Factory sounds heavenly, both my favorites restaurants. Ok you make me hungry now!! Looking forward to your 'after' dinning room wall post.
    xx, Kusum | www.sveeteskapes.com

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    1. Me too girl, me too!! The dining room post is up today- head over and check it out :)

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  10. What a fun week! So sad you didn't get a text to go back to sleep though -- haha! Love that you teach your students the dance!! And I love that you have little 'dates' strolling through stores. Honestly it's such a great 'free date' -- we do it too. Though, not at Sam's Club, but now I'm very tempted to get a membership since a brand new one just opened up down the road ;)

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    1. So true! I love those kind of dates. I took a silly video of us on a rocking bench at Hobby Lobby. People probably thought we were super weird.

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  11. I LOVED the video of your kids doing that dance from Romeo and Juliet! How creative and fun! Makes my teacher heart smile!

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    1. Oh yay! Those moments are honestly my favorite!!

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