February 24, 2015

Wait...what?

Nervous- Adjective.  That “oh shit” feeling you get when something big is about to happen. Okay, so that’s not actually the definition but you know that’s the feeling that goes along with it!

Here I am at the end of my first day off in preparation for our wedding.  Here are a few thoughts that have crossed my mind today:
  1. Why did I think 6:00 am was an acceptable time to wake up?
  2. I’m getting married Saturday….what?!?!?!?!
  3. Why did I schedule a dental appointment the week before my wedding?
  4. Wait…Saturday that’s like 4 days away….
  5. What is wheat germ?
  6. Wahoo wedding Saturday get to see all my family and friends!!!!
  7. Should I eat a toasted bagel with cream cheese, bacon, and provolone cheese from the Bagel  Bagel Cafe? Check out their menu here. (For those of you dying to know I DID NOT eat the bagel....sigh.... I had bacon, eggs, and a multigrain wheat germ pancake from First Watch instead…. Refer to question 5.)
  8. Holy shit I’m getting married Saturday!
  9. Lastly, what’s for dinner? (That’s because I forgot to eat after breakfast. Woopsie. Insert stomach growling here.)
  10. And just for good measure pretend there are several more exclamatory statements about the fact that I’m getting married Saturday here.

So I’d say at this point in time my thoughts are across the board. I will do my best to keep everyone updated on the events of the week; so MAYBEEEE…there will be a few more posts than normal.

Cool, calm, collected…for the most part. Post spray tan… Don’t even say I’m not tan. You have to see me in person!!


P.S. let me just add that this sweet new headband came from the #wodswap I participated in this month. It was awesome!! Angel Bridgeforth gave me some really cool stuff! Thank you!!! I will definitely participate again in the future.

Enjoy and have a great week!

Adios my friends! -K

February 20, 2015

5 things that could be considered crazy 2.0

I'm not even going to lie. I like this topic for so many reasons. One being that so many things happen throughout my week that could be considered crazy... but because I live in middle school counselor world I forget sometimes that my reality is different from people in the real world.

So here is the Friday edition:



5. 30 degree weather in SW FL. I'm originally an Indiana girl so you'd think this weather wouldn't phase me...WRONG. I've been in FL for 3 years now and my blood is about as thin as they come! I am always cold, so 30 degrees actually feels like 2 for me. This is me. My fiancé joked that if I could fit Rooney inside one of these sweater onesies I'd live in it.



4. The phrase, "Rooney quit licking your butt on the couch." I am slightly embarrassed that this even came out of my mouth.

3. The immense love I feel towards my mac. If you don't have one, you don't understand. It's magic. It's like my own Harry Potter wand. The day I bought it the first thing I texted my co-counselor was, "My macbook is my only friend," Pathetic, I know.

2. The amount of caffeine I consumed before 8 am this morning. This one is pretty self-explanatory. What can I say, I'm going to be killing it for the next few hours.....



1. All the feelings I've experienced in the last 24 hours. I'm getting married in 8 days. Anything that comes out of my mouth in the next week should automatically be excused. (This could actually work in my favor.)

Stay tuned. I'm sure to flood you with the particulars of the whirlwind week before wedding phase.

Adios and Happy Friday people! -K

February 18, 2015

Devotional, what are you?

I've never actually owned a devotional. Let's just put that out there. But I did get one last week and I've read it every day since then. This is what it looks like:


There's something about reading a note from God every morning that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Each month has it's own topic and is broken down into daily messages within the overall topic. It's a quick, not even, one-page read which makes it super simple to open up in the morning before work. Sometimes you don't even realize you need something like this until you start reading it. I'm not really sure where Will Bowen got his inspiration for this book, but he writes the word of God very nicely in each of the short letters.

I thoroughly enjoy the time I take in the morning to drink a cup of (Peet's) coffee and read my Bible as well as this new devotional. If you have never gotten in the habit of doing something like this I highly suggest it. I use it as a short, quiet time to focus; reminding myself of what my dreams are; and that God always has the answers as well as the direction that I should take next. It also helps to kinda reboot my energy because... let's face it, there are days that all the wind is sucked right out of my sails. But the fact that I know I can always rely on God to guide me in the right direction tells me that what I'm doing is good.

To find out more about Will Bowen, the author of this devotional, go here:

Will Bowen on Facebook

More info on To: You Love, GOD

Happy Wednesday y'all. P.S. I'm getting married in 10 days (insert every emotion on the planet here with all the emoji faces; especially the big eyes and ugly cry ones...and maybe the cat with heart eyes too.)  Ok, ok I'm done. Adios-K


I received this book on blogging for books for this review.


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February 13, 2015

Things that could be considered crazy..

I saw this topic idea somewhere as I was perusing other people's awesome writing and blogs- so to that person, THANK YOU!

5 things that could be considered crazy... on a FRIDAY!

5. Having a full conversation with your dog before 8am. Don't judge me, it's been a long week.
4. Praying that your students come to school on dress down day without any inappropriate body parts showing. (Flashback to the Great Spandex Epidemic of 2013.)
3. Having an in-depth conversation with a middle schooler about why "pissed" is considered profanity. I mean I guess I get it, it's not one of the most offensive curse words, but none the less still a curse word.
2. Being able to "people watch" in the school you work at (adults are not excluded from this).
1. Throwing a huge party for the 8th grade dance, naming it WHIPLASH, and encouraging kids to participate in a DANCE OFF to win the TITLE of BEST DANCER IN THE MARSH.


All truths. Welcome to my life. :)

For real though- being a middle school counselor could be considered crazy ANY day of the week, but I wouldn't change it for the world. I know I was put here for a reason and I will not grow tired of doing good. My students need me and I need them. If not for anything else other than to keep giving me awesome material for my blog. (I joke..... kinda.) :)



Happy weekend (especially for those of us who are off Monday)! Adios -K



February 10, 2015

Hair of the dog(s).

Today I want to switch gears a little and talk about my dogs. They are my major loves of life. We have two. They both have very distinct personalities also. My dog is a 6 year old boxer mix. Her name is Rooney...also known as: Rooneys, Rooney Petunia, Rooney Tooney, Rooney Tunes, Maca-rooney, and the list goes on. Here's my pretty girl. She's lazy, grumpy, and frequently un-amused at my attempts to get 1231239 cuteeeee pictures of her daily. But she loves me and I love her. She's also really smart. Like... so smart/sneaky when it's silent in the house I automatically get that dreaded thought...what's Rooney doing now....!? She's also pretty quick with commands like speak, lay, sit, roll over, play dead, and high five. What can I say.. it's cute.


My fiancé's dog is a 2 year old blue nose pit bull mix. Her name is Mya. Sometimes I call her no. Just kidding, but really she probably does think her name is no most of the time. I feel like that's all we're ever saying to her lately. Her nicknames are: My, Mya-moo, and various synonyms of the word "a-hole". She is strange. She sits on the back of the couch like a cat, runs from Wal-Mart sacks if one falls off the counter, and is scared of things as small as rustling leaves. She's a lover though and you can seriously see the love she has for us in her eyes. Here's our precious baby.



Okay so I could have uploaded a better picture of her, but I couldn't resist. This picture just sums up her crazy personality so well. She is constantly doing something. Moving, jumping, running, staring, irritating Rooney, sitting on the back of the couch, running from EVERYTHING.

Here are our pups together; they genuinely love each other. They snuggle, sleep in the same bed with us, and play pretty well for the most part.




Anyways we love both of our dogs dearly, but in the past few days they have been getting in some serious throwdown matches! Before we moved in together they never fought. Then we had a few small tiffs. But this week we've had 3! And they have gotten increasingly worse too. It's been pretty stressful with both the dogs and us frustrated (and not to mention sick), but today we decided to switch things up. All this talk about growth and competing against myself to "be a better me" got me thinking- can't I make things better for my dogs too? The answer to that is yes, absolutely.

So... today things changed a little in our house. No matter what the reason is that they are fighting we decided to put the blame on ourselves and work to make things better. So, Jeff bought a bike today and spent time riding his bike outside with Mya running beside it (we can't keep up with her to really get her the exercise she needs), and we also got Rooney outside for some playtime. The girls enjoyed themselves so much that they are both pooped and laying on opposite sides of the room snoozing away. My brother says, "tired dogs don't fight." Which has proven to be true..for one night at least. We also have a call in to the trainer that Rooney went to for manners classes to see what we can do.

If you pray please say a prayer for our little family that we can get the structure back in place and under control for our own sanity as well as our dogs!

Adios-K

February 04, 2015

Growth...and not the hair kind.

In the last week this has been on my mind a lot. It seems like a lot of people are really into personal growth right now. Which is great, I think? I know personally I’m a fan because if not I would never be who I am right now, which is the best version of me that’s been out probbbbably since the day I was born…. Just kidding, I think I was actually nice for awhile before I started painting cats green, putting sandwiches in the VCR (yes I said VCR, don’t judge me) and being nicknamed “Meanie Jeanie”. Things could only get better from there right?

Anyways, fast forward like 20 years…ugh can’t believe I said 20 years. And here I am. Better than I ever have been, but still striving to become something more; to grow. So my question for everyone out there is; do you dream of being something bigger and better? Do you have a plan to grow? If so, what is it?

I’ve come up with a few things that I think are important to growth:
1. Focus on being better than you were yesterday. Compete with yourself, not anyone else.
2. Set goals. Put them on paper. Make sure they can be measured. And tell 2 friends to hold you accountable.
3. MOVE. Don’t set your goals and think all the work is done. Make an action plan and get going!

My girls group met today and when I think about growth I can’t help but mention that they have grown a lot since the beginning of the year. They have decreased their discipline referrals, become friends with one another, and above all else they have come to trust the group and ultimately trust me. I’m grateful for these crazy kids; they might be the cause in my increase of finding gray hairs, but today reminded me that they’re just little girls.

Things weren’t thatttttt deep the whole group session. We moved on to talking about different kinds of hair. Real hair, fake hair, long hair, short hair, curly hair….and drawn on eyebrows...the important things in life.

Oh and ready or not: here is the winner of the first ever Counselor with a Cape giveaway.....drumroll please....RICO MORENO! (I promise I wrote all the names down on pieces of paper and folded them up 100 times like when we were little. Then Jeff drew the name. :) I will contact you with details.


Adios!! -K