Mega-Huge Life Update!

Happy Monday readers!!!

I am so glad to be back and posting.  My first week out of school, I decided to take some time off and be unplugged from the blog.  I needed to relax!

Then, I had planned to post last week, but huge storms hit the area causing major power outages and thus limited internet access.  Luckily now I'm finally back!

Being that life has been so crazy lately I thought I would just do a mega-huge life update in today's post.  Providing you with lots of pictures and updates from my life lately!

The first, most exciting update is that I GOT A TEACHING JOB!!!  Those of you that are fans on my Facebook page (see here) are already aware of this news, but I am so happy to be sharing it now with the rest of you.  On June 18th I had an interview for a kindergarten position at a local elementary school.  I clicked so much with the principal, resource teacher, and other kindergarten teachers and left the interview feeling great, but trying to not get my hopes up.  The next morning, however, the principal called with the exciting news that I got the position!!!  I couldn't be more thrilled and am so excited to start planning my classroom!  Kindergarten here I come!

And now for the rest of the updates.  I guess I'll start with my graduation which I cannot believe was over a month ago!  I officially graduated with my Bachelors in Psychology and Masters of Teaching in December, but UVA only holds one ceremony a year.  It was so special to go back in May and enjoy the graduation tradition.


Katie Couric was our speaker and she ROCKED--she was funny, heartfelt, spunky, and inspiring!

The next weekend was Memorial Day weekend.  That weekend Bryce was a groomsmen in the wedding of one of his best VMI buds.  It was a HOT evening with lots of dancing!

Not our best pic, but it was a fun night!

We also enjoyed some pool time, crabs, and a Flying Squirrels baseball game that same weekend!

CRABS--a sure sign of summertime!

LOVE fireworks!

The next weekend, we attended a birthday party for my friends CLW's boyfriend!  I even met a blog reader at the party that weekend!

It was so fun to meet Sarah, someone who loves the blog!


On June 15 I said goodbye to my sweet first graders.  Saying goodbye was tough, but I'm so glad I had the opportunity to teach and make an impact on their lives.  

I got a kick out of this picture one student drew of me in his First Grade Memory Book!  Apparently I have VERY red lips and pink hair!  Who knew!?

That night I celebrated a job well done with my family, Bryce, and a JUMBO Miami Vice margarita!

A few days later, Bryce and I headed to Virginia Beach for a mini-vacay and two nights of Phish.

The first night Bryce's stepbrother and his girlfriend joined us!

I always love the light shows at these concerts!

This picture pretty much sums up the night!

We came home, worked, for a few days and then headed out of town yet again!  We spent a lovely weekend in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  I'll be doing a full post on this soon, but for now, here's a teaser!

There's something so special about sunset in the mountains!

Finally, this weekend I headed up to the DC area to visit AMF.  Huge storms and power outages put a kink in some of our weekend plans, however, we made the best of it and had a lot of fun catching up.  I even bought some new bedding for the apartment!  (Yep, you heard right, APARTMENT--this summer I'll be moving into an apartment with ALG and am so excited to really experience "grown up" life!).

sneak peek of the new bedding!

Wowee--that sure was a lot!  I've missed keeping y'all in the loop!  From here on out my summer schedule will be much slower and I'm looking forward for some down time!

How are your summers so far?  Got big plans for the 4th?

Have a great day!!!


  1. Welcome back! Congrats on your new teaching job. Now, DISH - where is that awesome purse from that you wore with the yellow dress to the wedding?! I love it!

  2. CONGRATULATIONS! So excited for you :)

  3. Congratulations on your job! It was so fun to meet you and see myself on your blog. Happy 4th!

  4. CONGRATS on the job!!! That's so so exciting and I'm happy for you :) Looks like you're having an awesome summer so far. I've missed hearing about your life! And P.S. the new bedding is gorgeous!

  5. I'm so happy for you. That's wonderful. I hope you are having a wonderful summer.

  6. CONGRATS!! on getting the job.

  7. Congratulations on landing the job! That's so exciting. Your summer looks like it's been fun :) I'm spending most of the summer working on projects around the house and planning my wedding.

  8. Looks like you have been FULLY enjoying your summer! And I am sure you have a few incriminating pictures from the Phish concert. ha.

  9. That's awesome news!! Congratulations! I can tell you will be a great teacher!

  10. God, Bryce is so cute. Lucky lucky girl!

  11. Welcome back! Congratulations on your graduation and your new job! What a great start to your summer vacation. Have a Happy 4th!

  12. Congratulations on all of the wonderful successes you have earned and I am so happy that you are going to be teaching in the fall!! Great to see you back on the blog-o-sphere.

    Twirling Clare

  13. Happy 4th of July! Congrats on graduating! I am your newest follower! I cannot wait to read more of your posts and hope that maybe you can return the favor and follow my preppy blog. I always comment for every comment left on my page and hope to start a friendly relationship with your wonderful blog!

  14. Hip Hip Hooray! Congrats! I have been following you for a while and can remember your student teaching and other fun college classes...now you get to have a K class that is all yours! So happy for you! Get ready for some fun memories! Another great chapter opening up for you!

  15. So so exciting to get a job! I can only imagine how many emotions I'll have one day when I get my first one. :) Congratulations!

  16. Congratulations on the new job! Love that age. They are so cute in kindergarten!

  17. Congratulations on getting a job, and I love your pink hair and bright red lips, hahah! :D

  18. o my goodness you've had so much going on! congrats on getting to experience the UVA grad ceremony and on your first job! You and Bryce look great!

  19. Oh my gosh, I dont even know where to start…except to say CONGRATS on your job!!! WOO HOO! I'm sure your 1st graders are really going to miss you! Have so much fun this summer…looks like you are off to an excellent start! XO

  20. Congratulations on the job!!! Best of luck!

  21. Congratulations on the new job! I can't wait to hear all about your new classroom. What exciting things you have going on--new apartment, trips, concerts, weddings! Hope you are having a great July. :)

  22. Yay on the new job! That will be such a fantastic age to teach! My oldest is going into kindergarten in just a few weeks (EEK! and *tear*!) and they are so sweet and fun at that age! Definitely a lot going on, girl! But it looks like y'all are still having a lot of fun! Congrats and good luck!

  23. Congratulations on your job! I can't wait to hear more about your real world transition into adulthood!


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