Monday, April 01, 2013

Spring Break & Currently

Take a deep breath with me.  Ready?  {ahhhh...}  In the words of Junie B. Jones, that is called a sigh of relief.  Spring Break is here!  I hope if you were off last week you're back feeing rested & reenergized! I have a few plans for my week off.  Let's see how many of them actually get crossed off the list...starting with my Currently for April.  Thanks to Farley for a FAB addition of the advice section!

Listening: Huxy runs though the house - and I mean fast - when he gets all riled up & no one is playing with him.  It is hilarious!

Loving: A week off.  Hubs felt bad for me that I couldn't go celebrate with my traditional vacation margarita and picked up a 6 pack of non-alcoholic beer on the way home Friday.  I'm not typically a beer drinker, but how sweet was that?!

Our church was hoping for nicer Easter weather when they got the snow cone truck to park out front, but still...who turns down a free snow cone after a great service?  Hallelujah, Jesus is risen.  Let's celebrate!!  :)

And I was super pumped these Pinterest eggs turned out.  Yes, some of those are chive & bacon.  They were de-licious...and I don't even like deviled eggs!

Thinking: Here is our current den, which will soon be referred to as the playroom.  :)  We haven't done anything to it since we've moved in so I'm really excited about changing it from "old people yellow" to a fabulous playroom/second living room/super great place to hang out.  I'm painting the walls gray today.  {I checked with my OB & she said it was okay!!}  The fireplace will be white, but not today as I forgot to ask hubs to take down the 2 ton mirror before he went to work!

Here's a closer pic of the fireplace.  I'm definitely painting over the brick with white but I'm not sure what to do about the wooden mantel.  Gray to match the walls?  Still white to match the brick?  What do you think would make it look fab??

These are the colors...updated pic to come when I'm finished!  I figure these can be accessorized with organizers & bins of any color to hide toys, diapers, etc.

Wanting:  Sunshine.  I love love love being in the sunshine.  And compared to last year's spring which came about quickly, the rain & chilling temps seem to be streeeetching out this year.  I am over it!  Hubs & I are going out of town tomorrow with the hopes to get in some beach time but I don't think we're going far enough south to achieve my goal.  Either way, my in-laws move in with us again today for about a month and we leave tomorrow morning.  These facts are {of course!} unrelated.  ;)

Needing: We find out in 2 weeks what we're having and I. CAN. NOT. WAIT!!!!

Advice: If you're a current blogger or are thinking about starting, my advice is to remember why you started.  I have let myself get stressed out and worked up more than once over my blog because I didn't post enough, have enough followers, get participation in linkys, make enough money, yadda yadda.  You name it, I've stressed about it.  But in the end, I just have to remember why I started.  For me, it was to share ideas, help other teachers and ultimately reach more students other than my own.  There are super bloggers out there and admitting my jealousy makes it easier to say Yay for You! {in a completely honest way!} and move on.  When I get good ideas, I'll share them, but I've tried creating, posting & starting link-ups just for the sake of drawing readers and I will tell you, they have all flopped.  Somedays the creative juices are flowing and other days, they're just not.  But authentic work and things that you truly enjoy will bring the most hits because your readers can't be fooled.  :)  Numbers are fun to track but they're not always a true measure of who is actually reading or following you.  There are ways to make your blog more like a business to increase revenue and up those numbers - and there are days that I wish I was doing more of that! - but in the end, you just have to go back to the beginning and remember why you started.  And if you're accomplishing your initial goal then you're doing enough for you.

Be sure to check my Facebook page over the next few days so to see vaca updates!  Happy April Fools Day.  Keep your wits & don't be fooled!  My favorite one so far comes from Chick-Fil-A.

Beware southerners, the cows would NOT be okay with this!!  ;)


  1. I didn't even realize you could paint over brick.... :) I am so excited about this- my fireplace is hideous and painting it might really fix it up! Thanks for the great idea- I can't wait to see how yours turns out! You look great- two weeks will fly by! :)

    Soaring Through Second

    1. Thanks Sandy! If the previous owners hadn't already painted it, I'd probably be skeptical. But now I'm just ready to cover that color UP!!! :)

  2. I just found your blog and LOVE it. You have a new reader!! :)

    A Day in First Grade

  3. Hi Kristin! i found you from Farley's Currently. I'm on Spring Break too. I'm loving the quiet, and the not having to get up at 5am for work. Congrats on the pregnancy!
    Coffee Cups and Lesson Plans

  4. Omg! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I am so glad you did! How exciting you find out in 2 weeks what you are having!! :) Have a fabulous Spring break! Love that your hubby got you non alcoholic beer to celebrate! Adorable!

    Kimberly Ann
    Live, Laugh, I love Kindergarten

  5. Good luck with painting your fireplace. Sorry I don't have any tips! Have a fun spring break! That was super sweet of your husband to pick up nonalcoholic beer. I can't wait to hear what you are having!
    Fun in ECSE

  6. Congratulations on that new little one-I can't wait to hear boy or girl either! Your advice is the best I have read so far today! I see some of these blogs with 1,000's of followers and they just started a few months ago. I have literally been doing it for years and have nowhere near that--but I feel like if just one person can get an idea they can use, then it's worth it. I like having it as kind of a portfolio for myself too!


  7. Your blog is so fun! I'm with you on wanting sunshine- we've thankfully had some the last few days, but I really hope it continues! So exciting that you find out what you are having so soon!
    Learning to the Core

  8. Congrats on the pregnancy! I didn't find out with either one of mine, they are both boys (but that was a long time ago!) Good luck painting the fireplace. I love fireplaces! I found your blog through the currently!
    Second Grade is Out of This World!

  9. I **LOVE** the Chick-fil-a pic!! What an awesome April's Fools joke!

    Beg, Borrow, Steal

  10. Congratulations!! Babies are so exciting!

    Good luck with the fireplace. My husband keeps telling me to get off of Pinterest because I just want to paint and re-vamp everything in our house! I'm sure you'll have some great after photos to share.

    Kindergarten Schmindergarten

  11. I love your advice!! I feel the same way sometimes... you gotta remember why we do this. Thanks for sharing!

    First Grade Garden

  12. Aw you look so cute! Congrats!

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade

  13. Thank you for your advice section! Starting a blog is something I was considering, but feeling overwhelmed about and reading your words really helped :)

  14. Great advice! You are right, ours was similar!

    Can't wait to see what your room looks like when all is said and done! Congrats on the baby too. :)


  15. Ok you're just the cutest little pregnant lady! :)


  16. Kristin, I love the sunshine too. Even though I can't see it, I just love feeling it on my face. And can I say that I feel the same way you do about blogging sometimes. I stress, I worry. I don't know if anyone is actually reading my blog. One time, I actually burst into tears when I discovered that someone who has been blogging for the same amount of time as me had about 1,000 followers. I really love your advice, and I'm going to try, when I have those down moments, to keep it in mind.

    I also just put up a bunch of freebies to do with spring writing if you want to come over and pick them up.

    Take care, sweetie!

    Sharon Dudley, NBCT
    Teaching with Sight


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