April Currently…

imagesI’ve been looking to some of my favorite blogs for all kinds of inspiration lately for life and blogging of course.  Recently I was reading through my Feedly and came across one of my favorite blogs, The Polished Teacher.  It’s such a cute blog and I happen to love the way she gives updates using a fun little chart.  So, here’s my April Currently modified from The Polished Teacher…

Listening…. Currently, I’m listening to anything and everything, new and old.  I can’t get enough music variety in my life!

Loving…. The way my house remodeling is really starting to come together.  I can’t wait to see the finished product.  One of my favorite’s in relation to my house is the claw foot bath tub we will be installing that just came in last week! Ahh!  Cuteness!  I’m also loving the fact that Summer is drawing ever closer and so is the warmer weather! Yay!

Thinking…. WAY. TOO. MUCH. (As Usual) But mostly positive things lately about three graduate courses this summer, the upcoming Benchmark test that my kiddos will be taking, about when I’ll finally get all moved in to my first home, about my late grandparents of course, about the afternoon nap I will absolutely eat up after school, and where I’d like to travel this summer. And, how could I forget?! My new second grade classroom theme.  Haven’t quite decided yet.  Just too many cute things out there!

Wanting…. Easter Break to get here soon!  I love Easter and I’m hoping for an amazing, and much needed, time with my family.  Oh, and all things home interior/decor/shabby chic/vintage for my house of course!

Needing… A new pair of rain boots.  This Spring weather has already been especially rainy.  I’m going to have to make the investment in a good pair to last me through.  I’m thinking red? Or pink? Or turquoise? Oh my!

Teacher Talk

“…You make me want to do well.”

I received a few of the best little compliments I’ve ever received in my young teaching career today and I had to share….

We’ve began preparation for the end of the year assessment.  It’s a bit of a pressure-filled and stressful time around school.  Kiddos are typically reluctant and wishing for summer vacation rather than focused in on performing well.

As I was explaining today’s online preparation assessment, I wanted to make sure students were doing their best and realizing that they practice how they play, but no matter what score they received as long as they did their best, I’d be very proud.  In the midst of talking, one of my students raises his hand and says, “Miss Politte, Amber and I have been talking while you were talking.  I know we weren’t supposed to be, but anyway, you’re pretty awesome, and, well, we think you should be a motivational speaker speaker.  You’re so positive and peppy and nice.  You make me want to do well.”

As soon as that student finished another student blurts out another unbelievably nice comment saying, “Yeah!  And you should write a book. You’re so smart and give such good advice.  I know people would read it.”

I can’t explain the feeling that came over me after hearing such kind words from brutally honest kiddos, especially with the series of unfortunate events and this time of year when there’s pressure to score well, burnt out feelings as we approach the end of the year, anxiousness and excitement for summer, and an overwhelming sense of fatigue that all teachers are aware of that hits about this time.   It truly was a pick-me-up for today.  If ever I needed validation for why I do what I do, those little reasons, knowing I’ve touched a kid, is the only validation I need.

Is It Spring Yet?

2014-03-26 11.06.44Okay so I have not been keeping up with my blog as of recently.  I’ve gotten a severe case of the winter time blues and I think it’s infecting everything! I’m just ready for spring already okay…. Is that too much to ask for?

I do have a few exciting things coming up soon that I’m anxious to share with my blog readers.  First, I’m remodeling my bathroom and I cannot wait to share the before and after pics.  It’s going to be Awesome baby, with a capital “A” (in my best Dick Vitale voice in honor of March Madness of course!)  Check back for the big reveal.  I’m hoping to finish in record time, just waiting for everything to come in.

Next, I’m re-finishing an old dresser of my grandma and grandpa’s.  I’ve been pinning the best techniques on this DIY project.  Just hoping it turns out like I have envisioned!

Lastly, for now, I’m marking another item off my “Bucket List” in less than two weeks.  I’m going to Opening Day at Busch Stadium!  Ahhh, excitement is an understatement!  You can bet I’ll be rocking my Cardinal red, no doubt.  I’m so excited to soak up all the festivities in downtown St. Louis I can hardly contain myself!  Check back for all the excitement!

I’m hoping the Spring weather rejuvenates me and my routine.  I’m in desperate need.  Anyone else feeling the same way?

Embracing {JOMO} The Joy of Missing Out

Wow! I’m usually pretty up-to-date with the latest lingo, being a teacher and all.  After all, I do know about YOLO ha!  One acronym I’d never heard of was JOMO or FOMO until I came across a blog post from IFB on my news feed.  This post really hit home with me, in more ways than one, and I couldn’t resist sharing.  Find out what JOMO and FOMO is all about!

6 Ways to Embrace JOMO (The Joy of Missing Out)

 

Little Things…

Okay, so I’m a very sentimental, passionate person, guilty as charged.  I hope you can tell that in my blog posts or in my character, for those that have met me.  I’m thinking about starting another weekly post where I stop and appreciate the little things in life, because those are the ones that mean the most.

Today, I happen to be leaving on a trip for about five days.  My mom and20140312_122307 sister left me the sweetest little note on a Post-It today on top of my bag.  Although it was short and simple, it was most of all, sweet!  It absolutely made my day.  The fact that they would take a few minutes out of their day to write this note and the fact that they thought about me makes me feel so good.

Even though this was such a simple gesture, it meant so much.  It’s one of my favorite things to see a note that someone has left for me, but the fact that it’s something positive and sweet, makes it even better!

I encourage you to leave someone a simple note.  Maybe just telling them to have a good day, or a compliment, or even thanking them.  You’d be amazed at what it does for them!

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday Tops and Troubles

Okay, so I know it’s Wednesday, but I forgot to do my Tuesday Tops and Troubles so here goes!

Let me just say, when you struggle to find something wrong with the day, you know it’s been a great day!  In fact, I think that’s going to be my Trouble for this Tuesday, I can’t find any!

Now for the Tops…This Tuesday was such a great day.  For one, it was my boyfriend’s birthday.  I love sharing birthdays with people I love and I absolutely love making them feel special on their special day, not just with gifts, but little things they like.  We had a small, but especially nice dinner with some of my family.  My mom made an awesome meal so that was icing on the cake!

Also a Top for Tuesday, the weather!  It’s been a dreadful winter but it peaked at 82 degrees this week.  That’s a top in itself!  The only thing that made this beautiful day better was the fact that I finally got to watch some baseball… Hallelujah! Now, I’m even more anxious to cross Opening Day at Busch off my Bucket List on April 7th.  Go CARDS!

I hope your Tuesday wasn’t too troubling and you found plenty of tops.  If not, try to top this Tuesday next week by creating positive experiences and memories for yourself.

Thanks for reading!

Dear Papaw…

IMG_1945One year ago today, the world lost one heck of a man!  Although simple, he was one of the best…. If I could write a letter to Heaven, here’s what I’d say.

Dear Papaw,

Although it’s been a year since I’ve seen you, I still remember your face.  Actually, there’s quite a lot that I remember about you.  I think that’s because you were always there, with Mamaw of course.  There weren’t many places that you and her didn’t go, hand in hand, together.  Heaven being one of those.

I remember how well you pulled off the flannel and plaid shirts with “ju jeans” topped off with a cap of some sort, everyday.  You always carried a pocket knife, a handkerchief, and Chap Stick with the black label in your pocket.  It was your signature look! 

I remember how you always called me “Chelsey May” instead of “Chelsey Marie”.  You were notorious for teasing ALL the time!

I remember how every time someone left the house you’d say, “Come up when ya get done workin’,” with an imitated speech impediment of your own kiddos growing up.

I remember riding in the old Model A Ford during the Fourth of July parade on several occasions.  Boy did I feel like Miss America!

I remember watching The Big Joe Polka Joe, RFD TV, The Price is Right, Young and the Restless, Cardinal ball games, and Hee-Haw reruns with you for hours, until you’d fall asleep, remote in hand.  By the way, The Price is Right isn’t the same without Bob Barker!

I remember playing wiffle ball in the yard beside the house, going to help you feed the Beagles, and your wicked serve in ping pong.  Not to mention, all those “6′s” you’d roll playing Aggravation with Grandma and I.

I remember watching you read and turn the pages of that old, worn out, black Bible.  You were such an inspiring man of God.  Gospel music was a passion of yours too.  Whether we were making a road trip to the Gospel Music Convention or watching The Gaithers on TV, I gained to appreciate Gospel and Blue Grass, all because of you.

I remember sitting next to you in the kitchen watching you take your pills with an unsteady hand after you finished your oatmeal while grandma fixed me some scrambled eggs and toast.  You always asked. “Are you going to eat all that?” or “Can I have a bite?” And, I always did, without giving you a single bite.

I remember all your quirky noises and silly sayings.

I could go on and on for days sharing memories and things I remember about you.  I’m so grateful to hold those memories in my heart and revisit them any time I want.  I find comfort in that fact.

I just want to say a quick “Thank You”, for all your support.  The love and attention you showed me and my siblings, the countless ball games you attended, the Grandparent’s Day breakfasts’, and many school music concerts will never go unnoticed in my memory.  You were there at all the birthday parties, family get-togethers (boy there were a lot!), and when I walked across the stage at my high school graduation.  

During all this time of reflection, I can’t help but think of the milestones in life that I wish you were here for; my new job, my first home, my wedding day, the birth of my children, and so on.  But, in the midst of all that, you will be involved and you will be there, inside my heart and behind many actions.  I use the memories and things you’ve taught me every day.  Things about life, how to love someone, being faithful, working hard, providing for your family, being an example of faith, honoring your country, and laughing at life, just to name a few.  These things I will pass on and continue to reminisce in the time you and I shared.

Please say hello to grandma for me and give her a big hug and kiss.  Oh, and tell her I love her MOST!   I know you all enjoyed some cake and lots of ice cream for your birthday this week.  I’m sure there was a party, lots of singing, and of course, love.  I’ll see you again someday, but until then you’re memories will keep me company.

Love Always and Forever,

Chelsey May

P.S.  The house is in good hands.  I’m slowly, but surely, making progress.  I think you and Grandma would be so proud, even though you’re not a fan of change and spending money!  I really think you’d like it anyway…