Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Not-November

November, you slippery snake! I just realized that the whole month passed by and I didn't even blog. Not once. That makes me pretty sad. I'M SORRY! I thought about blogging, but cripes it's been busy. At this point I'm not sure that it will ever be less busy.... Although I would welcome some more free time! So here's what I, daughter, sister, fiance, friend, rookie teacher extraordinaire, shower singer, and partially lazy bum Jayna have been up to. (In chronological order.)

  • Finace and I put up a Christmas tree
  • Bridesmaid dress shopping (unsuccessfully so far)
  • Teaching... oh wait, that's daily!
  • A Silvernail road trip to KC for a Seahawks/Chiefs game
  • Wedding planning. Guest list= check!
  • Thanksgiving at home with the family and family-to-be
  • My second formal observation
Okay, looking back on my list it seems like maybe I wasn't super busy during November. At least not with actually doing things. I think the problem is that my brain is alwayyyys going, going, going. If it's not school, it's wedding. Then there's family, friends, and the holidays coming up. Enough of me complaining, we're all busy. Seriously though, if anyone would like to do my Christmas shopping you're more than welcome to. 

Picture time :) First of all, this is why we journal


 Check out this improvement! I'm so proud :) My class journals every morning and although it's more work for me, the trade off of improvement for in the kids' writing and the value of how much I learn about them makes it totally worth it.


Progress makes me smile :) As I mentioned before, today was my second formal evaluation. Like by the principal while I'm teaching. I think that it went pretty well, at least I thought our lesson today was awesome! The kids got to partner read, answered questions, compared and contrasted between two stories. They were so, SO good. Everyone has had awesome behavior since Thanksgiving break. Thank goodness because MAN, we all needed a break. 

Speaking of breaks, we've got another coming up in T- 14 school days. Not that I'm counting or anything. Here's a sneak peak of other things I'm counting down for.

22 days until KAT IS HERE!!!
I have not seen that woman in a year and a half. It's about time by girl other half and I had a little rendezvous. Long distance relationships are hard. Although I would trade our LDR for any friendship in the world. 

226 days until I take on a new last name!!!
That's right people... wedding! WOOO!!! Now if I could just get everything planned already. Hmm. 

One step at a time friends. Until next time... 

Peace, love, and the worst blogger ever, 
Jayna

Monday, October 27, 2014

A Time to Blog...

Finally! A time to blog! It's been so long that I can't even remember what I last wrote about. The month of October just flew by... which is good and also crazy to think. I can't believe it went so fast! It's good because I survived my first complete semester of teaching. Including conferences. Including report cards. And since I can't really remember everything and pictures are worth a thousand words, here are some to tell you about my month!


My kids LOVE the reading mat my Mom picked up (for $5) this summer and the covered crates that Cody made. Thanks guys :) 


This month I spent two weekends visiting friends in Sioux City. The first time was for BC homecoming and 8 of us had a great time catching up, going out, and holding down the Sioux City Hotel for a night!


The second weekend in Sioux City was to celebrate when one of my 5th roommates was back to visit! We all had a sleepover on the Queenie G's basement floor. It was a great time and so good to see everyone again :) 




Here's a gift for surviving the first quarter of school from one of my co-workers. She's such a sweetie. I'm blessed to work with some wonderful people!


After finishing one of my graduate classes on Saturday (WOOOOOOOOO!!!), Fiance and I made our way to the Dierks Bentley concert. He was so pumped (and right) to order us concert tickets a couple months ago... although at the time I couldn't imagine doing anything aside from school. The concert was awesome. Great music, a handsome date, and meeting up with my cousin W was one of the best ways to spend a Saturday night! 



Now we're caught up to today! One of my students who LOVES school showed up in this brand new owl shirt today. It's the third owl shirt I've seen her wear this year! Over conferences many parents told me that whenever their kids see owl things, they automatically say how much Miss Specht would LOVE it. I think that's so cool! Another student came in with broken teeth today... unfortunately they are her permanent teeth. Here was her journal entry. She's so darn cute, even looking like a little redneck for this week! However, the most exciting thing that happened at school today is that we got mail! That's right!! Our pen pal letters from Carson City, Nevada finally came! The kiddos were so exited to read about their pen pals... although they were pretty confused over the concept of a Catholic school. So that was an interesting one to explain! Thanks Miss v for agreeing to be our pen pals. I know your kids are enjoying this project as much as mine are already :)

Hmm let's see. Is there anything that I missed blogging about? Oh yeah... wedding stuff! Fiance and I bought each other's bands this week. Mine is already here. And Gorgeous. I can't wait to show it off.... ya know, in approximately 263 days. His is en route from the jewelry store in California. We are currently working on booking a photographer and DJ. Both are things that should probably already be done... so if you've got any suggestions or advice please let us know! We haven't had a family wedding in a long time, so we're feeling a little unsure of what we're even looking for. Also, I bought a wedding dress! YES. I said yes to the dress. CRAZY. But awesome. Mom, sissy, and both of my grandmas took a day to come up and help me shop. It was so fun, and although I wouldn't have expected myself to pick the dress that I did, I love it. It's perfect and I can't wait to show you guys.. but for now you're just going to have to settle with these pictures.


Here's my lovely entourage. I'm so glad that all of them could make it! We had a really great time. 


Here's my reaction face. When you know, you know, ya know?

Until next time...
Peace, love, wedding and school bells,
Jayna

Friday, October 3, 2014

Organized Chaos

I'm pretty sure I've said it before... but elementary school is basically organized chaos. At all times, the potential for choas, both organized and unorganized, is through the roof. Take my afternoon today for example....

First we had a birthday celebration complete with mom, grandma, little brother and sister, and a chocolate on chocolate cupcake cake. Then a math lesson, followed by small group reteaching. Then I took my kids to music. I spent 30 minutes running around attempting to get organized, make copies, correct papers, and write lesson plans, etc... the main word being attempting. Then I picked up my kids, addressed an inappropriate touch complaint, finished a math lesson, kept naughty kids for 5 minutes of recess, and went down to the principal's office. I sent a kid with a bloody lip to the nurse, gave the students a bathroom break, gave a grammar test, sent a student with a tummy ache to the bathroom, soothed a student who bumped his leg and started bawling, and read half of the grammar test words to one student. I had the principal in my room, gave out coloring contest sheets, put in a science video, and organized my spelling words for next week. Finally I collected our coloring sheets, handed out fit kid prizes, announced our class victory in the coin challenge contest, packed the kids up and sent them home.

Serious madness.

But I did get two awesome things... news that my classroom raised $158.96 in our coin challenge! Our class collected the most in the whole school.. and earned me an extra $25. So that's quite a chunck of change to spend on new books for our classroom :) Also on a free choice writing day, here's what one of my little girls wrote...
"The most thing I Love Miss Specht. And Miss Specht is the bes theatcher in the world and your Awsome. And you allwas look pretty every day and I Love our dresses and scurts."
"ps- Miss Specht is Awesome."

Until next time...
Peace, love, and exhaustion,
Jayna

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

A Good Day

Hello blog world! I've missed you :) I thought today was the PERFECT day to write, because today was a darn near perfect day in 2nd grade. Not that perfection amidst twenty-five 7 and 8 year olds is a thing.... but behaviorwise today was pretty darn good.

I guess I don't have much to say other than thank goodness. This year is going to be a whirlwind and days like today keep me sane.

Plus, I thought you'd like to know which celebrities my 2nd graders would like to meet!

  • Mary Pope Osborn (Author of the Magic Tree House Series)
  • Mia Hamm (Star of our reading selection this week!)
  • Selena Gomez
  • Peyton Manning
  • Katy Perry
  • Yankton band (I'm not sure.. I can only imagine that he was giving a shoutout to good old YHS!)
  • The characters from Frozen- but not Hans because he's the mean guy. (She really wrote that.)
  • Britney Spears
  • Mikko Koivu
  • Drew Brees
  • Lady Gaga
  • President (because he is kind to others. Or so she wrote :))
  • Russell Wilson (GO HAWKS)
  • Mozart
  • The Simpsons
  • Miley Cyrus
Tomorrow it's back to square one with learning. We are currently working on identifying nouns, making predictions, spelling words with -ie and -igh patterns, becoming fluent readers, finding place value, and studying plant life cycles. So if you've got any kick butt ideas to enhance my lessons, hit me up! 

Before I wrap this school portion up, I need to give a couple shoutouts. 
  1. To my coworkers. For putting up with my first year self, for throwing every available resource my way, for always asking how my days are going, for constantly encouraging me, and most of all for being my friends. Love you guys :)
  2. To Fiance. I love you. Sorry for all the sad, stressed out tears, but thank you for giving me a reason to cry happy ones. 
  3. To my family. Baby Dingus, La Reg, Momma, and Daddy. You already know :) 
Okay enough about school. Let's talk life. Big girl life outside of work is really pretty fun. Although I don't do much... Fiance and I are joining a gym, so I am really excited to start working out again. It's been hard for me to transition into a school schedule. Teaching is exhausting, but I've got to find some time and energy to start running and lifting again. Working out just makes me happy and happy is more of what we all need. Stay tuned for (hopefully) updates and progress on that one. 

One thing that should be motivating (not that it really is yet haha) is the approaching wedding date! Okay, it's still 9.5 months off but it's coming! Mom and I have gone wedding dress shopping once, and only for an hour, but it was so fun! We didn't find THE dress, but we did find a style of dress that I really like. Don't expect to see a wedding dress picture posted, but if you're curious just ask! And if you see me anytime soon, encourage me to actually start wedding planning. I feel like July 18th is going to sneak up much faster than I expect! 

Other things that are going on.... Nothing too terribly exciting. I'm just busy teaching, planning, getting ready for conferences next week (EEK!), taking graduate classes (not really by choice), oh and I GET TO SEE SOME OF MY VERY BEST FRIENDS THIS WEEKEND!!!! 

This weekend is BCU's homecoming! It's crazy to think that I was living that homecoming court dream just a year ago... Anyway a few ex-college besties, and I have hotel rooms for Saturday night. The downside is that I will be sitting in one of my graduate classes from 8 am to 4:30 pm, but the upside is that afterwards, I will scoot my booty down to reunite with my girls. I didn't realize until earlier today just how much I miss them! It's been a 5 month hiatus from girls that I used to spend 20/24 with every day. Needless to say, I'm ready for a reunion :) 

Well that's about it for now. Off to bed for me! Until next time... 

Peace, love, and literally piles of laundry,
Jayna

Thursday, September 25, 2014

"Like an Old Beach Rollercoaster"

Click on the picture for a nice treat :) I know this song isn't related to much... except for the fact that there are many ups and downs in teaching. Plus I love Luke Bryan. Criiiipes.

I'm so sorry that I've been skipping out on the blog. It's been a rough/busy/crazy past couple of weeks. And I've been sick all this week. To be totally honest... it's hard. I love teaching some days and hate teaching on others. Mostly what I hate is working allllllllll theeeee tiiiiiiimmeeeee. 10+ hours a day is too much. I feel like the work is never ending, which I suppose I should get used to in the first year. But I hate feeling exhausted and drained all the time. I hate working, coming home, getting ready for more work, talking about work, going to sleep, dreaming about work, and going back to work. So send me some prayers, oh faithful blog readers. I need them to break out of my funk.

Now that school and life are in full swing, there's not much to report on. Except for maybe my favoritest things... The kid's journals. One of our recent prompts was "write what you would do if there was a dragon under your bed." Take a peek...

"I would name the dragon. Then I would ride it. Then it will be my pet dragon. I would fly it abuve the cloudes. I would name it jaws. I would ride it with my dad to. I would ride it to school it will be fun. It would breeth fire on stiks so I can make a fire so I cane make smores." (He's really thought this one out!)

"I would have it under my cumd! I would get on it and fly it to shcool" (cumd=command. Someone watches too many video games.)

"I would look under my bed And I ask if he will be my pet. We would play games toether." 

"If there was a dragon under my bed I would find a sord and a sheLd. And I would fite it too." (too many video games... ;)) 

"I would be scared and I would run away. I would get eaten and I would be sad." (I think I would feel sad if I was eaten too ha!)

"If there was a dragon under my bed I would make friends with it. It would also play legos with me." (Obviously legos are dragon's favorite toys.)

"I would blow it up and detroy it in to small bits." (A bit aggressive, but I like it!)


Anyway. It's off to bed for me. Actually it's off to finish my favorite movie... which came out 27 years ago today. My momma used to let me rent it from the library every week. I'm pretty sure it was only my favorite because I loved her pretty dress, but I still can't believe that she let me watch a movie about war, murder, kidnapping, and things of the like. Oh, and true love. That's important too!

Until next time...
Peace, love, and twueee loveee,
Jayna

Ps- I can't wait until I can say to Fiance, "I'm not a WITCH, I'm your WIFE!" Best line ever!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Day By Day

So if you haven't caught onto my blog drift lately.... the first year is hard. Like I know everyone said it was going to be hard and part of me was listening to them, but part of me was like "yeah it will be 'hard' but I can totally handle it." I was wrong. I have never felt so unprepared... But I promise things are getting better. I'm just trying to take it day by day. Things truly are going better, so that's GREAT! Keep your fingers crossed that they can stay on the upward trend.

Okay now so the MAIN IDEA. That's one of our topics in second grade this week. But hey I really don't want to talk about second grade. I want to talk about wedding stuff. Actually less wedding stuffs (because I cannot handle making another adult decision) and more about engagement stuffs. We finally got to take some pictures! So here they are... at least some. I'm not ready to share them all yet!




 Sorry Mom. It's not what it looks like! :) 




Gosh isn't he just so cute?! A huge shoutout to my almost-momma-in-law for the awesome photos. I can't wait to snap some more (you know this was only round 1!), do some editing, make some great prints and save the dates! 

Big girl life, aka my laundry, calls! Until next time...

Peace, love, and more love <3,
Jayna

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Little Dinguses

I'm not going to lie, last week was awful. As the first full week of school, we had more behavior issues than I care to think about. I really needed that 3 day weekend and I think that the kids did too. Because we came back today and it was awesome. No kidding, I was like super impressed (for the most part) with my 7 and 8 year old's abilities to follow rules, procedures, and directions. There was productive quiet like I've only dreamed of and times where they could talk, ask questions, and be silly too. Now I'm not holding my breath for another near perfect day tomorrow, but it is SO NICE to know that it actually can happen.

On that note, here are some hilariously funny excerpts from their journals last week (that I was just too busy/mad to type our last week)...

The journal prompt was, "write about what it would be like if you did not have a nose."

"I couldent snort and I would look difrint."

"I cudind bret."

"I will be unhpey if i have a nose i will tak fune."

"You could not see it. You could not wear gassis. You could not smell."

" You could not smell anething. I would miss the smell of pie"

"If i did not have a nose I would get a new nose. And i would mk shr it is prfekt."

"If I didnt have a nose I wouldn't be avle to smell or to talk regler like eneone and it would be sad real sad I would get picked on by my brother and my brother and my other brother and by my friend's and probly evryone else but that wont stop me from geting fiends!" <-- I think we have another Rambler folks!

"I woled screm like AHHHHH! in Pain. And that whold feel weird."

"I cud not smel the smok"

"If I did not noes I could not sniff enevything and that be bad because i could not sniff candy."

"If you diden't have a nose then some parts of your boty wudent exist. and you wudent smell."

"If I did not have a nose. I wood die."

And for the encore... Would you kiss a frog? Tell why or why not.

"if i was a priness and a prince turned into a frog i wuald kiss him  then he wauld turn back in to a prince."

"I would not kiss a frog beacse I can't find frog's And they are small and I do'nt whant to."

"No I would not kiss a frog becuese it wouldn't even in to a prince not even a frog prince. and there slimy and grows and wet probly. and they go on lily pades in ponds, and in lakes and there are grows things in there. so no! cuase there very very grows!"

Here's to another (short) week with my 25 little cherubs. Wish me luck!

Until next time...
Peace, love, and frog lips,
Jayna