Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Energy Bites

So life just keeps on happening here and it’s been CRAZY!

Summer started out just like I wanted it to with lots of reading and swimming and time spent on projects around the house. But then, I was in a car accident and all of a sudden, a large chunk of my time was spent talking to insurance agents and filling out accident reports.

And theeeeeeeeen on Saturday, we found a patch of carpet in Mr. Torres’ office that was soaking wet…which led us to discover that water was leaking from behind a wall…which led us to call a plumber…which didn’t solve the problem, but to make a long story short, led us to not have air conditioning for three days. It was a long, hot, humid week! Continue reading

Summer: So Far…Part Two!

So after posting a list of all the things that summer has held thus far, I had a new experience on Monday evening that needs to be added to the list…

I was driving home after a soccer game and had just accelerated from stopping at a red light and was approaching another light (it was green) when I heard sirens. I started to slow down and then stopped when I saw a fire truck headed towards the intersection. Unfortunately, the Toyota Sequoia behind me didn’t stop! 

After fifteen years of driving, I was in my first accident! Continue reading

The (School) Year in Review

The end of the school year is such a crazy time that involves so many different emotions. 

I spend the last few days of school/first few days of summer feeling sad about having to say goodbye to my kids and knowing that I have welcomed them to science for the last time. However, NORMALLY, this sadness is balanced out by the extreme, deep, overwhelming relief that comes with having a break from the chaos of school and the handful of crazies that I usually have in my classes.

Not this year. Continue reading

Five for Friday: Things to be excited about

5. Camping this weekend:)

Sometimes when you have what feels like a hundred things to do with work and a hundred things to do around the house, it’s best to just leave it all, explore a state park, eat food that tastes like campfire, and sleep outdoors!

4. I spotted this box along my running route this week and knew exactly what it was! 

Little Free Library Continue reading

Five for Friday: Springtime

Happy Friday! I hope that this week (and the last few weeks) has been a good one! The spring semester is always a busy one and it has proven to be a whirlwind this year…only four more weeks of classes and a week of finals left in this school year. Crazy.

Here are some pictures from the past two-ish months:)

1. Mr. Torres and I spent three days camping and hiking around in Big Bend National Park. Happiness.

Big Bend 2015

 2. We finally spent the time and effort to put in our raised bed! All of our plants were in the ground by April 1st:) Continue reading

Five Days in D.C. : Days 3-5

What’s the best way to see D.C.? With 95 eighth graders, of course! And that’s just what I had the opportunity to do in February!

If you missed Days 1 & 2, you can check them out here.

Day 3: We were blessed with the opportunity of being able to tour the White House on Wednesday morning.

The afternoon was spent at the American History Museum (my least favorite museum that we visited). Afterwards, we visited Arlington National Cemetery and were able to watch the changing of the guard and participate in a wreath-hanging ceremony.

Arlington National Cemetery Continue reading

Five Days in D.C.: Days 1 & 2

During February, I was fortunate enough to be able to go with all of my students to Washington D.C. for their eighth grade trip…that’s right, I spent a week traveling with ninety-five eighth graders and truly enjoyed it:)

D.C. in February is lovely. And cold. Soooooooo cold. We flew out of Houston on Monday morning and within an hour of landing, it was snowing. And it kept on snowing until the area had received more snow than it had in years!

Day 1: We met at the school at 4:15am and by mid-afternoon, we were at Mt. Vernon, the home of George and Martha Washington…after having spotted a bald eagle along the way! How perfect! 

Mt. Vernon in the snow Continue reading