Monday, August 27, 2012

Saturday, August 25, 2012

New Challenge

This is the typical Ashley-around-school-time.  I start perusing the blogs and get caught up in ideas that I try and cram into the school year the week before it starts.  Right now, I'm tackling "The Cafe Book" as an addition to my Daily 5 challenge.

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Thursday, August 23, 2012


...I get genuinely upset that Peter Boyle is dead.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Whole Brain Teaching

I've discovered a new love and a new challenge I'm ready to accept.  I found this awesome blog and am enjoying scouring the site for new and fresh ideas.  I wandered upon a post about "Whole Brain Teaching".  The gist is that you use several "cues and commands" with gestures and voice mimicking.  Also, there is a lot of what I call "buzzing" in which the kids share ideas and reteach.

Here is a video of Chris Biffle modeling it for a college course.
After you get hooked (I promise you will) there are several videos of him offering the first steps on youtube.  Just search Chris Biffle.

Also, here is the link to the website that also gives you step-by-step instructions on getting started.

I'm picturing putting together some visuals of this as well.  Just things around the room to remind them of how we do things!

I'm super excited about getting started on this!  I will update and let you know how it goes!!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Milk Mondays

Couldn't Be Cooler
Just walked in on this little man taking a nap.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

My (Our) Pirate Love Affair

As I was thinking this post out I found myself diverging in two seemingly unrelated directions.  My love affair with the Pirates and my family.  As I thought further, they are sort of one-in-the-same.  So this post is sort of going to be a twofer.

Friday, August 17, 2012

What Gets Me Through: Edition II

Here are the latest tunes that are getting me through my workouts!  The ones that let me push through that extra song/mile/set.  As always, they're as random as I am.

Cher Lloyd ft. Astro, "Want U Back"  -- I thought this was Nicki Minaj for a while!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Letting Go A Little Bit

In preparation for the upcoming school year and in order to "disconnect" for a while, I've taken a break from Facebook and other "networking" type sites for a bit.  It's just time for me to avoid conflicts like these:

and to focus on more moments like these:

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Pinterest Wednesdays

Here are some things I'm checking out on Pinterest these days.  You can click the pictures for links!
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Oh, Michael Scott.
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Can finally do this since our specials are at the same time now!

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I always prefer pictures over art.
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One Day.  Not now.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Honeymoon in Kauai

The Wednesday after the wedding we spent a blissful 10 days in Kauai, Hawaii!  We stayed at the St. Regis in Princeville for 2 nights then moved to The Cliffs, a time share in Princeville.  We traveled to the nearby beaches, spent some time at the pool, wined and dined in the small town of was absolutely wonderful!  We can't wait to go back!
Flying into Honolulu

The Back to School Countdown Begins!

Love this tumblr and this truly defines how I feel!
Returning to work

Monday, August 13, 2012

Sweet, Sweet EI

Here we are at the most wonderful place on Earth...Emerald Isle, North Carolina. This place will always hold an extra special spot in Ryan and my's heart as it was where we got engaged! Here are some highlights of our first full day. Lots of love, sun, good runs, tricep dips, corn hole, and Bud Lights!!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Painting the Guest Bathroom

I love the summer months because I get to tackle some projects that drive me batty during the school year. The first project of the summer was our horrible guest bath. Who paints a small room navy blue? It reminds me of an angsty teen. None of those around here, yet!

The first step was cleaning the walls. The paint was so dark is showed dust. Yuck! I then taped off edges which was because there is an oversized built in vanity. I also couldn't get much of the hardware off!

Our Wedding: June 23, 2012 - Reception

The reception was an absolute blast!  We had it at the Commonwealth Club which is beautiful and elegant.  Rumor has it, the food was amazing!  We were too busy to eat, but we're so glad the guests enjoyed it!  The flowers were beautiful and Julie did an amazing job!  Here are some pictures of the "details:"

Our Wedding: Saturday June 23, 2012 - Getting Ready and Ceremony

Our day was simply amazing.  To be honest, leading up to it I was worried it was going to be like high school prom.  You think and dream and plan and it always ends up being a let down (sorry to all of my prom dates out there).  I'm happy to report that our wedding day was better than I could have ever imagined.

The day started with a wonderful text message from my hubby-to-be.  "Good morning to my bride and my pup!"  I jumped out of bed and ran into my parents room.  For a second, if felt like a Saturday morning in the late 90s.  We chatted for a minute and they asked me how I felt.  I felt excited, nervous, ready, and a little thirsty (we definitely toasted the future last night).  These feelings would kind of intesify then ease throughout the day.

I jumped in the shower, so glad Teresa is amazing and wanted my hair clean ("We can dirty it later"....whatever that means!).  It was nice to have those few minutes to myself because I had been warned that those minutes were few and far in between.  I was super organized the days leading up to the wedding so I didn't really have to pack anything up.  The girls showed up and we headed to the salon.

We took turns doing hair and make-up.  Rachel brought us some food and we had plenty of mimosas!  I didn't over do it at all...I was honestly afraid I'd be nervous and start guzzling drinks!  The girls at Rituals were ABSOLUTELY AMAZING.  I couldn't have been happier!

When we got back to the house, the photographers showed up.  We snapped a few shots, toasted one last time before the church, and headed off to get hitched!

All photos are by the amazing folks at DMFOTO

Milky did NOT like the cameras!