day camp

Life is very exciting right now. I have a job for the summer which is great! and I have a job for the next school year which is even a thousand times more exciting. I will be teaching at Columbia High School as the Family and Consumer Science teacher. I couldn't be happier. School starts back up in August so I have the summer to prepare and get everything ready for my first year of teaching.

My summer job is working as a summer day camp leader. It is pretty fun. I do fun activities with 6th and 7th graders all day long! Above are some scenes from the first week at camp.


life through my phone

1. crayon art on the first day of day camp
2. new running shoes
3. i taught how to make fruit pizza at day camp
4. jords graduation
5. lunch at panda
6. peonies.... my favorite flower
7. saltwaters. favorite summer shoes
8. hiked up to table rock and this was the view of boise


memorial day

For memorial day we had a little family get together. There was swimming, a bbq, games, and catching up with family members. I always love seeing all of my cousins little kiddos and playing with them. Its always a blast! and aren't they so cute?


little brothers all grown up

I can't believe it but my little brother graduated from High School! He is all grown up now. It is crazy how time flies. Graduation was great. We even had a little laugh as Jordan dropped his diploma while walking across the stage. It was epiclly Jordan. Graduation wouldn't have been complete without something like that. Well I am so happy for Jord and all he has accomplished in High School! Can't wait to see what life brings his way next. 


Famous Idaho Potato

Well the half marathon has come and gone. Jordan and I ran the Famous Idaho Potato Half Marathon. I was a little scared going into this one because I didn't train as hard as i could have. I thought for sure I would have gotten my worst time for my half marathons. To my surprise I ended up getting my best time at1hr59:30. We had perfect running weather(minus the freezing windy weather while we were waiting to start) and a beautiful course! I was also so proud of my brother Jordan for completing his first half marathon and getting 9th place in his age division at a time of 1hr43min. He really didn't train very much and he regretted that after haha. Now on to training for my next half. After my run on saturday one of my toes wasn't feeling too great. It is all bruised and burns with pain every once in awhile. I decided I will rest my feet this week and just swim and bike for my cardio. Hopefully next week it will feel all better so I can run in preparation for the See Jane Run Half on June 16! I also am starting my marathon training next week. I decided I am going to run in the Top of Utah Marathon in September. I am so excited for this summer of running and so excited to accomplish some goals of mine! 

Baby Ducks

For about the past month we have had a Duck nesting in our backyard. She actually comes every year to lay her eggs. This weekend the babies hatched! At first I only saw 3 or 4 little duck heads but then they came out of the nest and to my surprise there was 12 little baby ducks! They were so precious. They all slowly jumped out of the nest and followed their moma around the yard. They took a little dip in the pool and then left the yard. It was such a cute thing to see. 


Life Lately

There is just ten days until my next half marathon! This year I haven't had as much time to run as I usually have in the past so the training for the half marathon has been a little limited. This is a photo that I snapped really quickly with my phone while I was on my jog this morning. This is one of my favorite places to run. Isn't it beautiful? It's so nice to find places to run that are so pretty and close to home. It can be so easy to get tired of the same old boring running routes so I love to find little trails like this one to run on. 

One of the goals for the summer is to run in three half marathons and one marathon and possible some shorter races. It will take a lot of hard work and dedication but I am ready to take that time and run and become in the best shape of my life!  

Other then running I have been pretty busy. I have been subbing at schools for the past couple of weeks and plan on doing that until the end of May. Along with subbing I have been applying for what seems like a million jobs. haha. I have been applying for teaching positions in the Boise area and a few in Utah. This week I had an interview down in Utah that I think went pretty well. I will find out Monday if I got the job or not. If I got that job that would mean I would move down to Utah which I am a little unsure of right now. I also had an interview today in Meridian. It was just a screening interview and they said I should hear from principals very soon for further interviews. I am really hoping for a job here in the valley. I love Boise and would love to have a job here and live here. I am so excited to be a teacher and hopefully I will be hired somewhere soon! 


a week in the city

Student teaching is over and that means there was need for celebration! So what did I do?? I went to New York! Mariah, her friend Maddie, and myself took a little vaca for a week to NYC. Sorry for this extremely long blog post but i just couldn't keep out any of the fun things that we did. Here is a little recap of our week in the city. 

We went to the top of the Rockefeller Center and the Empire State Building to get an amazing view of he city and man it really was a great view!!
Eating our first slice of New York pizza at Big Nicks.
After a one and a half hour wait we got to eat some dessert at the famous Serendipities. It was delicious and such a cute little restaurant. We got frozen hot chocolate and chocolate cake ice cream sundae to split between the three of us. We ate every bit of the deliciousness. 
Times Square! We probably walked through Times Square on a daily basis. It really was so amazing and Huge! I can't believe how many people there were there either. No matter what time we were there it felt like millions of people were surrounding us. 
We visited the Central Park Zoo! We have a relative that worked at the central park zoo so he took us on a tour. It was great! My favorite animals that we saw were the polar bear, peacocks, penguins, and many many more. It was such a beautiful day that we went on. 
On our last night we went to a Broadway Play. Memphis is what we went to. It was great! We were on our way back to the apartment on the subway after and guess who we saw??? The leading actor of the play. So we snapped a quick photo with him. 
One night we headed over to Brooklyn. We ate some pizza at Grimaldi's, which was pretty delicious. We then took some gorgeous pictures at the pier of the city scape while the sun was setting.
 After dinner we walked across the Brooklyn bridge. It was one of the most relaxing and enjoyable evenings of the trip. 
Lavain Bakery- We stopped here twice in the week to pick up these wonderful cookies! If you know me you know that one of my favorite foods is chocolate chip cookies. I would have to say that these were probably the best cookies I have ever had. First off they were ginormous. Second off they were so gooey in the middle and crisp on the outside. The three flavors that I tired was the chocolate peanut butter, double chocolate, and chocolate chip walnut. I am going to miss these cookies. 
We took a little cruise around the southern part of Manhattan. During the cruise we passed the Statue of Liberty. It was much smaller then I expected but still so awesome to get to see in real life. 
I have heard about Sprinkles and how delicious their cupcakes are so when I saw one I had to stop. We got a lemon cupcake and it really was delicious!
This was a roots from a tree that they dug up and preserved.
We went to Carlo's Bake Shop which is the bakery from the television show Cake boss. It was pretty good pastries and treats. 
We visited the World Trade Center Memorial. It was a good reminder of what happened that day and really how many lives were taken. The memorial was beautiful. They are currently working on building seven buildings in replace of the two that were lost. The picture above is a few that are being built right now. 
Dylan's Candy Bar- This was such a fun candy store. They had tons of candy of course but they also had a bakery with cupcakes, ice cream parlor, and a chocolate bar. It was such a cute fun place that brought us back to our childhood. 
On our last day in NYC we went to Late Night with Jimmy Fallon! It was such a blast. As many of you already know I LOVE Jimmy Fallon so I was so ecstatic to go to the show. It was fun getting to see him in real life. We had front row seats!!!!! and at one point her was like two feet away from me. At the end he went through the audience and I got to shake his hand and can I tell you he had the softest hands I have ever felt. I love jimmy 

We did so much more then the few things I wrote about. We literally were up doing things from 8am to 11pm everyday. It was a very exhausting trip but well worth it! I loved the whole trip and someday hope to go back!