After 2 1/2 years of being together, Chris asked me to marry him! It was such a beautiful day, and I can remember it vividly, a year later. It actually happened around this time last year, on March 12, 2016.
It was the first day of spring break, and when I woke up, Chris wanted to make me breakfast (french toast with a berry compote). I remember that he was pretty concerned if I liked the breakfast or not, which I thought was kind of weird- why is he paying so much attention to this? I reassured him that I liked it a lot, and that it was really sweet of him.
Then, after I was finished, he pulled out a card he handmade for me- I was getting teary because I LOVE cards, and he's not really big on giving cards... and the once or twice that he's given them to me, they've been store-bought (which is totally fine!). As I'm reading it, I start crying because he wrote all kinds of lovely things about me and why he loves me, and that I make him happy. So once I'm done reading it, I tell him that it's amazing and I'm having a great morning, and he adds, "I think I can make it a little better," and he takes out a ring and proposes. I was genuinely shocked and so happy.
Later, roses were delivered, and Chris told me to get dressed because we were going out with Shadow- then I got suspicious because the card he made specifically said something about flowers and a family- so now I was thinking we would be getting another dog! He kind of denied it and wouldn't tell me where we were going, but I pretty much knew. We ended up at an adoption event and waited around for a little while for soon-to-be Nara to arrive. One of the local shelters had put this event on and brought in some dogs to be adopted. Chris had already spoken to the agency and picked out this puppy (7 months old at the time), but we needed to make sure that I liked her (of course! How am I going to refuse any dog!?!?) but more importantly, that Shadow liked her.
When she arrived (Mia was her name at the time, which I liked, but we decided to re-name her), we took her and Shadow to a grassy area to see how they interacted. I think they sniffed a little and stayed near each other, but they were super calm around each other. After a while, it definitely seemed like a great fit- and we brought them both home. :) A year later and they are amazing together- definitely pack mates.
I love that he planned this all out and tailored it to me- he knew I loved cards, sentimental messages, flowers, and that I wanted another pup. Also, it was very low-key- I do not like being the center of attention, so he made sure it was romantic and private. And of course, he picked out the ring with me in mind, too. The clarity of the center diamond is stunning, and I think he did an amazing job with the whole thing. I am so excited to be marrying the love of my life later this year!
How did your significant other propose? If they haven't yet, do you have a dream scenario?
This year, I decided to do a mid-year parent survey. It's still undecided whether I'll do an end of the year survey, but I'll keep you posted! You can download this survey at the bottom of the post.
I originally got the survey from a seller on Teachers Pay Teachers as a free download. I tweaked it a bit and had it translated into Spanish so I could send it home to all guardians. This is why I'm not uploading it to TPT- it's largely the same with a few questions added/changed and with an added Spanish translation.
Out of the 14 parents I have, I only had 3 return the survey. I included mine in the report card envelope that went home right before winter break. I knew that all the parents would see it, so that would be the best time. However, they also had that whole break to forget about it too. I could've sent another copy home a week into 3rd quarter, but I wasn't too concerned- I figured that if they really wanted to do the survey, they would've.
I didn't have any outrageous or mean answers, though I did roll my eyes at one of results. I knew that by doing this, I would be putting myself out there and opening myself up to negativity. Overall, I think that getting the feedback was helpful. Parents thought homework was fine, they felt that their child's reading skills were growing, the classroom atmosphere was great, and communication was adequate.
Compared to the more typical end of the year survey, I think this is more powerful because if you feel like changes need to be made (big or small), you still have half the year to implement them, and parents feel like you're really taking their thoughts into consideration.
Another perk for doing this is that you can bring this up to your principal at the end of the year as a piece of evidence for communication with parents- that you cared about what they said and potentially implemented necessary changes.
There may be some faults in the preview that are not in the actual document. I hope you enjoy!
Do you feel like doing a survey helps you/your stakeholders? Have you sent one home before?
I debated whether or not I wanted to publish, or even write this post. Should I ignore the fact that I didn't post for a few weeks? Would you guys care what I had to say? Did anyone even notice? Either way, I thought it would be good to write a quick post about this topic, since it happens to almost everyone- hopefully someone could relate.
There's no grand excuse why I haven't posted the last few Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. I even had a whole week off of work due to Spring Break, and I didn't even manage to churn out a single post. I had my mind on more pressing matters that week- like the fact that Chris and I had our engagement shoot out of town, we had 2 impromptu guests spend the night, I had work and chores I needed to catch up on, and my brother was coming into town so we spent a few days with my parents. The week before and after were just too filled to think about this internet space.
When I missed the first post or two, I thought I might just 'catch up' by posting on my non-scheduled days in order to have the same amount of posts. Then, when that didn't happen due to regular life, I decided I would just chalk this up to a short hiatus.There have been some weeks where I was about a week ahead, but it didn't last long.
I am hoping that a non-scheduled hiatus won't happen again because I'll be more prepared with prepping future posts and having them in the queue. I'm sorry about not having anything recently! I am excited about this blog, and I love writing posts so I'll be sticking around.
I am so ready for this season of life and the seasons that are coming up, and I'm grateful for everyone who takes their time to read my blog and especially those who comment :) I can't wait to share more wedding stuff, teaching things, and other miscellaneous topics!
I would love to know what everyone's been up to since I've been MIA- drop a comment below! By the way, I've also been missing out on reading blogs and other internet-related things for a little while and I can't wait to catch up!
Have you ever had an unexpected blogging break? How did you handle it? How long until you posted again?
One of my favorite things to do is watch tv- I like to come home and unwind after a long day by getting comfortable and putting on a show. Instead of doing a monthly shows update, I want to do a quarterly update. If my show isn't running when I do the update, then I won't feature it (Game of Thrones, for example) OR, if I'm not currently watching it actively, I won't feature it (I'm way behind on The Walking Dead, so even though it just came back, I can't talk about it yet). If I'm binge watching a show but it's not actively on, I'll still put it on here.
There may be spoilers, so please read at your own risk!
Here are my thoughts on most of my current shows in ABC order:
*Shows Chris and I watch together
The Bachelor: I really love Rachel and Raven. I used to like Vanessa, but the more I see her, the more I don't like her for Nick... too full of complaints, too rooted to her life (I don't think she would be willing to even consider moving for Nick), etc. I just don't think it would work out between them... But since we know that Rachel is the new Bachelorette (I hate that the announcement came way too early!!), it's between Raven and Vanessa, and you guys know who I want to be picked, hands down.
Big Little Lies: It's not 9 pm yet as I'm writing this, so the 3rd episode hasn't come out yet and I'm impatiently waiting. This is SUCH a good show! I haven't read the book, but it's on my to read list on Goodreads. It's very intriguing, I love the three main actresses, the music choices, the setting, everything. This is a series I will eagerly await all week for. I got the free month trial of HBO Now to watch this!
Blindspot*: We're fully caught up right now, episode 15, season 2. I hate that there aren't any relationships to focus on right now- can Jane and Kurt get back together? Can someone PLEASE be perfect for Patterson!? I just want everyone to be happy.
Criminal Minds*: We just finished episode 4 of the new season (12), and I'm liking the new addition so far, and I love that Prentiss is back! I wish that Reid would cut his hair again, but he still looks fabulous as always- I love his character. I wish I could binge watch this without waiting for Chris because I want to get through the rest of the episodes ASAP.
Grey's Anatomy: (episode 14, season 13)
How to Get Away with Murder: Wow, I don't think I expected Wes to die... he was so integral to the cast! I'm finished watching, episode 15, season 3, and I think we have to wait until after this break to watch the rest. Finally the pieces have started to come together about his death, but I want to know more! Some of the characters are super annoying this season, like Laurel, who I used to like. Now I love Asher and Michaela- they're the glue.
Hunted*: We're still on episode 4, season 1 of this show, and I am amazed at all the resources that law enforcement has to be able to track someone down. This gives me hope in case something bad ever happens, but at the same time, it's also a little frightening how they can infringe on our privacy.
Law & Order- SVU: I miss Stabler!!! I'm caught up (episode 12, season 18), but his absence still hurts ;) The last few crimes have really hit home, and I like that most of the episodes tie into what is currently going on in the real world. Not pleased that Ed and Olivia broke up though- really?
National Treasure: I have about one more episode left to finish this mini-series (it's only 4 episodes), and honestly, it's not my favorite. I'll probably finish watching it because I want to know how it ends, but it's a little too odd for me. It's based in reality, but just too edgy and raw?, I guess.
Rizzoli & Isles: I'm just about to start the 5th season- I finished the 4th season finale earlier today. I love that it's a cop procedural and I like the general lightness of the show between the characters, but it's not my favorite show ever. I still enjoy watching it when my other shows aren't on, but I can definitely go without it for a few days. I hope that Maura and Jane's brother get together- they kissed in the finale!
Scandal: Before this season, I kind of felt like this show took some dips... but I love the new direction it's going with Cyrus and Mellie and I love watching the new episodes! I struggle between feeling bad for Cyrus and disliking him- but he's always got something up his sleeve. I'm caught up (episode 4, season 6)
Shark Tank: I love watching this show! Some of the inventions are really neat, and I'm liking the ones that repurpose materials that would otherwise be thrown away. It's so interesting to hear about the different decisions the entrepreneurs made and it inspires me to work hard. So many of these people had to overcome a lot, or they had to juggle so much to make their dreams come true.
Teen Mom 2: I love watching Teen Mom 2 and Teen Mom OG- I started watching this show from the beginning, even watching 16 and Pregnant (which I would totally watch again if it came back!). Right now I'm caught up- episode 22, season 7. I like watching how people live their lives- usually it's completely different than mine so it's neat to see what theirs is like and how they've grown up. These moms are basically the same age as I am. I think Chelsea is my favorite- she is so great with Aubree and really seems to have everything together.
This Is Us: What an amazing show! I'm fully caught up with this (episode 16, season 1). I LOVE all the actors in it and was SO excited to see Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia back on my screen! Seeing Randall pass away was heart-wrenching. I am NOT ready to see Jack go, but I want to find out how he ends up dying. The fight scene between he and Rebecca was so hard to watch.
Victoria: I'm on episode 8 of season 1, so I'm almost fully caught up. This is so in line with some of my other period drama shows (The Crown, Downton Abbey), and it's fascinating to see how people lived so long ago. Obviously I realize that liberties were taken for entertainment purposes, but many facts were kept intact. I can't wait to see how Victoria interacts with her kids and how the dynamics change between Albert and her. (P.S. watching those 'courting' scenes between the two of them were my FAVORITE, though I was sad that she couldn't be with Melbourne)
That's it! I think I covered all the shows I'm actively watching that are also actively on air.
Please drop a comment so we can discuss these shows! I always love discussing them with other people! Is there a show you LOVE and would like to recommend it to me? I'm always looking for new shows to watch.
DeSoto National Memorial is one of my favorite parks so far. The trail was pretty short, but gorgeous. It was a nice day out, which helped, but most of the trail was near the river so you could see the beautiful water, feel the breeze, and look at the surrounding scenery- we spent about an hour touring the grounds.
There is no admission fee. For a few months, the Memorial offers ranger-led kayak tours, and a living history camp. They also offer guided walking tours but were not doing it the day that we came. We were disappointed, but honestly, after walking the trail, we didn't need it. It's always nice to get historical information but the trail was short and sweet, and had plaques along the way for us to read about it instead.
In 1539, Hernando de Soto and his men landed at this spot in Bradenton, FL, where the indigenous people had been living, and they guarded their land fervently. De Soto and his men then explored some more of Florida, Georgia, Alabama, then Louisiana, where he died.
After I stamped my passport book, Chris and I ended up speaking with one of the park rangers who told us some stories about amazing wildlife he's seen here- like alligators, and eagles with prey in their mouths, circling overhead.
Overall, I visited 3 national parks in December before the centennial anniversary of the park system ended. The national parks did so many awesome things with this anniversary that I wish I knew about all of them before the last month of the year...
I still haven't been able to venture out to see others yet, but I WILL reach my goal of visiting all 413 of them!
Have you been to this national memorial before? It's dog friendly, and they even do an annual event for dogs in March!
Listening: To The Girl on the Train on audiobook- finally finishing this one up- I started it in 2015 and left it a few hours in
Watching: Loving (it was a good story but so SLOW) + This Is Us, Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder, Victoria, Law & Order: SVU, The Bachelor, Teen Mom 2, Rizzoli & Isles, Blindspot, Shark Tank
Reading: Hidden Figures (still! I'm getting through my audiobooks SO much faster)
Wearing: A mixture of skirts/dresses, but also pants- for those days where Florida is temperamental throughout the day AND week. (cold in the AM, blazing in the afternoon... or HOT Monday and Tuesday, and freezing and rainy the rest of the week)
Eating: These new recipes, and I tried homemade pizza last night, which turned out pretty good! (ricotta, spinach, brussels sprouts, onions, sliced tomatoes, regular shredded cheese... yes! Chris had pepperoni and onion)
Planning: My spring break! Nothing exciting because Chris can't get time off, BUT, I'll probably focus on my blog- I bought a blogging Ultimate Bundle a while back, and haven't gotten through enough of that yet.
Feeling: Sick, unfortunately... with a cold. Drinking tea, and OJ, eating a bunch of fruits, and taking vitamins- hopefully it helps ease the symptoms/shortens the cold
Loving: My beautiful dogs! Even though they can drive me up a wall sometimes, I'm always thankful I have them :)
Hoping: That some things at work improve. Being made to feel like you're under a microscope and suffocated is not conducive to anything positive
Excited: For summer in a few months!
What have you been doing lately?
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