Monday, August 19, 2013

Back 2 School

Greetings blog world! Sorry I have been MIA for a little while.. decided to take a short break from blogging to relax and enjoy my last week before school started. Where did the summer go?? For those of you that didn't know, I am an elementary media teacher at DeLand Weldon Schools in Weldon, Illinois. What does a media teacher do you might ask?! Well, I teach library & computer classes to Pre-K through 6th grade. This will be my 3rd year teaching and man, it has gone by fast! I absolutely LOVE my job. I work with such an amazing staff along with a new principal this year that is already proactive & passionate about the school. I honestly enjoy coming to school everyday, ready to teach & inspire my students. I am currently in the works of getting my classrooms ready {pictures to come}. Tomorrow starts the first full day of school and I am super excited to see all the kids :) :) :)

Quick Weekend Recap
Switching gears a little bit, but I wanted to share some pictures from our trip to Chicago! Jeff and I went to the Cubs/Cards game at Wrigley Field in Chicago on Friday afternoon. We had such a great time at the game and made sure to enjoy lots of ballpark beers and hot dogs, oh and you can't forget peanuts! Once the game was over, a huge win by the Cubbies- 7 to 0, we went to The Cubby Bear for a victory drink before dinner. After a short lived dance party (Jeff wasn't having it haha) we went to Rockit Burger Bar restaurant where they have the BEST burgers ever! My favorite burger is with a pretzel bun, yummy!  Jeff and I were both stuffed after our meal, so we headed back to the hotel and watched some TV then went to sleep, yep right around 10:00PM (wow, we are old!). Always a blast in the windy city!
Go Cubs Go!
Candid taken by the hubby of my sweet dance moves

Hope everyone has a pleasant week and enjoys these last few weeks of summer before FALL arrives :) 

XOXO, Sara

Sunday, August 4, 2013

5 on Friday (Sunday) *Week Wrap Up*

Hello blog friends!! It's that time again to wrap up the week with 5 things I'm loving, obsessed with, or just want to talk about in the linky party *5 on Friday*, in my case Sunday :)

On Tuesday night, Jeff and I decided to go see the movie Kevin Hart- Let Me Explain. We both love his stand up when we catch it on TV or even his interviews on different talk shows; Kevin Hart always has us cracking up. The movie wasn't that long (only 75 minutes) but it was hilarious!! There was one part in his stand up routine that had Jeff and I crying with laughter, two words- bum bump. You will have to check it out for yourself to understand. Fun movie overall, we just wished it was longer!

Happy 22nd Birthday Ryan!
August 1st was my little brother's 22nd birthday (not so little anymore). To celebrate, we went to dinner at Ruby Tuesdays with the whole family. I am so glad that we finally out grew the stage where it wasn't cool to be nice or hang out with your sibling. He has done so much living already at the age of 22. He has experienced Ole Miss, Breckenridge, and now he leaves in a few weeks for his latest adventure to Hilton Head, SC for golf professional career college. I admire my brother's courage & care free spirit to be able to move to a new place without knowing anyone and just go with the flow. He has done more things in his life that I only wish to do. I am proud of you little bro and good luck in SC!

Every first weekend in August, my hometown of Decatur, IL has a massive street festival that brings in tons food vendors, live bands, and lots of free entertainment! To people who live here or in the surrounding areas, it is kind of a big deal! This year, they did a kick off party on Thursday night & had a great band come play at the Lincoln Square Theater called Here Come The Mummies.  They are a funk/R&B group, who are best known for their energetic live performances in which band members perform in full mummy bandages. Jeff and I saw them two years ago at the Celebration and wanted to get tickets to see them again. We had a blast and hope they will come back to the Decatur Celebration next year!

First day @ her new home!
9 Weeks Old
Such a doll! One year old
Jeff and I aren't the only members of the Neisslie family, we have our sweet little puppy girl Ember that we just adore! Ember is a Shih-poo,a cross between a Shih Tzu and Poodle (love that she doesn't shed). We got her last July as soon as Jeff and I arrived home from our honeymoon. We looked at the newspaper ads for puppies and found a nice Amish family in Arthur, IL that was selling Shih-poo puppies for a great price! Right away, I knew which puppy I wanted with there only being 3 girls left, Ember was the one who came to me and wanted to play. I gave Jeff "that look" and he knew we would be taking her home. She is definitely a spoiled little girl and we love her so much. She is full of energy and very smart. Jeff and I are so happy that Ember was our first addition to the Neisslie family :)

With summer almost being over and a new school year about to begin, it is time to make some changes in my life. I am ready to get back in shape and become a healthier person! Let's face it, I have too many cute outfits that are going to waste in my closet and I want to wear them again! I know if I am going to stick with it, I need to start out slow and work towards achievable goals so I won't want to give up. I'm sure there are others out there just like me who once they don't see results after a certain amount of time just throw in the towel and I want to make sure I just keep going because those results will happen! Life is too short to be unhappy in your own skin.This week, Jeff and I had a conversation about motivating each other to be better, exercise, and eat healthier. Together as a couple, we want to be happy with our bodies and feel good inside & out. I believe doing this together will not only strengthen our bodies but also our marriage! We will be one another's support, accountability, and encouragement. No more of the woulda, shoulda, coulda, we must commit to changing our lifestyle for the outcomes we want! "You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great."

Hope you all enjoyed another rendition of my 5 on Friday Sunday! Have a wonderful week :)

XOXO, Sara