Tuesday, October 25, 2016

It's OK to Have Priorities & a Little Life Update...

Lately, I've been really struggling with balance. My new job requires so much more planning than my last. I used to have some free time before & after school, as well as a lunch break, that allowed me to write my own blog & read others. Not the case this year. I am working from the second I enter the building at 7:15 am to the minute I walk out at 3:45 pm. And of course I'm not really done when I walk out at 3:45, because I'm headed to practice from 4 to 6. Then with Ella at school, I'm suddenly dealing with a completely different nighttime routine. Free time is a myth in our world. So at this point, so I've simply had to accept that my blog is going to take a back seat for the near future. I can't continue to apologize for it. It's just the way it is. And quite honestly, I'm really starting to like my new job & our new routine, so it may be this way for awhile. As hard as it has been for me to accept, my priorities have changed... and that's ok. 

But since I'm already here, I thought I'd share a little life update :)

Another cheer season has come & gone. I'm currently savoring two weeks off & relishing in my first place victories!

I am really enjoying teaching fifth grade more than I expected. Biggest surprise - I love teaching math. My kids are awesome & it's a job that leaves me feeling fulfilled every day. 

Little Ella took her first field trip on Thursday & I got to take the morning off to go with her! We went to the pumpkin patch in the pouring rain, but spending the morning with her & all of her adorable friends was worth getting soaked. 

And as far as Pre-K goes, she's owning it. I've seen so much growth over the past two months & am so proud of the progress she's making physically, academically, & socially. 

This past weekend we went to visit our Grammies & Grandpas in Hornell. The girls had a leisurely Sunday morning doing crafts with Grammy Nancy :) 

And of course, we're gearing up for Halloween weekend! Here we are trick or treating with our besties at the library last week! Can't wait to take my little Snow White & Tink out for the night! Be sure to follow me on Instagram & Snapchat (brieason) to keep up with our daily adventures!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Show & Tell - Quirks Edition

Today I'm linking up with Andrea to share a few of my quirks... and by quirks I mean the stuff that I don't normally admit out loud to other people, but if you know me for very long, you'll figure it out. 


1 - I eat like a five year old. I hate condiments. Ketchup, salt, and ranch dressing are about as wild as it gets for me. I prefer white bread. I dislike any sauces, garnishes, etc. The simpler my food, the better. As I type this right now, I'm eating chicken nuggets & potato wedges from the school cafeteria & I'm more than happy with that. 

2 - I hate unpacking/putting away laundry. I'm horrible about this. We got home from a long weekend at my parents on Monday morning last week & I unpacked the suitcases this Saturday night. That's also when I put away every ounce of laundry that had been done all week. 

3 - It pains me to be late, so I'm usually close to 15 minutes early. It's ridiculous, but I can't stand being late, so I overcompensate. Those who know me well, just expect me early. 

4 - I avoid confrontation at all costs. I can't stand it. I will tip toe around the issue forever if I don't get a little shove. Sometimes when I'm reading books, I'll skip a confrontation in the book, just because it makes me so uncomfortable! 

5 - I probably drink a gallon of iced tea a day. Between what I bring with me to school, buy at the drive thru, then drink at home - it has to be close to a gallon. My students & athletes know the way to my heart is a Tim Horton's or Dunkin Donuts gift card! But it HAS to be unsweetened. Sweet tea = bleh...

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Homecoming Fun with #GoldfishMoments

One of my favorite weekends of the year is always Homecoming. I grew up in a very small town where we didn't even have a football team, let alone a Homecoming Parade! So each year, I live vicariously through my cheerleaders & set out to make our float the best float ever! 

This year, we decided to do a theme from a popular movie & I just love how it turned out! Can you guess what it was?!

We had a group buffet lunch while we decorated the float, and even though it was raining, we had a blast. Everyone was asked to bring a snack to pass, and of course Miss Ella brought her favorite snack - Pepperidge Farm Goldfish - with her to share with the entire team! We had so much processed food on that table it was nice to know that she was eating a product that has no artificial preservatives & 12 grams of whole grains per serving. Seriously, when you're on the go - Goldfish are the perfect snack to keep your little ones happy! 

I have to say, Ella is probably the one person in the world who loves the Homecoming Parade more than I do. She gets so into it - even though it's a really long day. 

After the parade, we cheered at the varsity football game & they won! Sadly, it poured the second half of the game, but thankfully our massive umbrellas kept us dry. #praisejesus 

It was really just an awesome day & I'm already looking forward to it again next year! 

What is your favorite weekend of fall? Be sure to pack some Goldfish for the adventure & share it on social media with the hashtag #GoldfishMoments and tag @GoldfishSmiles!
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