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.

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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.

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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! 

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Five for Friday: A Weekend in Louisiana

Another name for this blog post could be How To Visit Louisiana During Mardi Gras And Stay Away From All The Crazies!

Mr. Torres and I headed to Louisiana a few weekends ago to spend some time with my Louisiana sister and take a little break from the normal weekend routine. 

Little did we know that the weekend we planned to go down was the weekend before Mardi Gras! Fortunately, we were able to enjoy a day in New Orleans without experiencing the craziness that is associated with Louisiana during this time of year!

Here’s what we did:)

1.First stop…Angelo Brocato for a mid-morning snack.

Louisiana Weekend

There’s nothing wrong with having king cake for breakfast and Italian pastries for morning snack, right?!?

This place has been around since 1905 and serves up some pretty delicious Italian treats! Continue reading

Single-serving Mexican Casseroles

Nom-Rating: ***** (5/5)

These tasty little single-serving Mexican casseroles have been making a regular appearance on our weekly meal plan lately.

They fulfill all of the requirements that I look for in a dinner entree…they’re healthy, have a decent dose of protein, are veggie-based (but can easily become meat-based), and can be made without making a mess in the kitchen:) The delicious chips-salsa-cheese layer on top doesn’t hurt either!

Single-serving Mexican Casseroles

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Our Last-Minute Orlando Vacation

Back when Mr. Torres and I were dating, he gave me one of the sweetest gifts ever.

We had watched the movie UP together and had spent many hours talking about the adventures we had experienced separately and the ones that we hoped to have as a couple.


So the incredibly thoughtful Mr. Torres made an Adventure Book for us to document all the amazing things that we would do together.

Travel Book

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