Category Archives: Summer

A Change is Gonna Come…

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Summer break is drawing to a close and there are big changes on the horizon for my family. I’ll get back to that. 

I have had such a fantastic summer that’s also been a bit of a roller coaster. This year, I decided not to return to my summer job that I’ve had for 7 years. I loved the job and it provided me with extra “summer fun” money but it also required a lot of time away from my family and a lot of time spent with kids, some of who were also my students at school. After 12 years of teaching and 7 years of this summer job, I decided I wanted (needed) a break from everything and took the summer to spend how I wanted. My daughter and I went on several trips, we did a big family vacay, and I got lots accomplished around the house that I had been avoiding. 

We went to Beaufort, NC for a long weekend to explore the sights and the food of the coast. It was beautiful and I can’t wait to go back! 


Then we spent a week driving to art camp and exploring a cool city! Art camp at the Greenhill Center was great and she enjoyed her time there – I enjoyed a new coffee shop each day! 


Our family vacation was so much fun and I loved spending time with my sister and her babies and my mom and dad all under one roof. 


We also went to see The Little Mermaid live and it was awesome! I would have stayed for another showing right then. 


For the first time, I feel like we were able to really make the most of every day of summer break!

Now, getting back to that whole, a change is gonna come thing…

My husband has been working for a company an hour and a half away from home for a year and a half. He loves his job so much and it really shines through in the other parts of his life. We had discussed moving closer but it was not in the immediate plans. But we all know how the best laid plans go. An opportunity was placed in my lap that I could not pass up. An art teaching job at one of the best schools in the state! And it just happens to be in the city he works. It was still a difficult decision and one not made lightly. I have chosen to leave my current school system and my family and I are moving and embarking on this new adventure together. We are excited but also very sad to leave such a great life of having amazing friends and family so close by. Luckily it’s still only an hour away so we will get to visit and hopefully we will get to share our new city with them. 

I think about my students I’m leaving behind and I get so anxious about their future. I hope my quiet, shy students who tear up at a strong “teacher look” continue to gain confidence in themselves with the help of compassionate teaching. I think about the babies who I snuck pencils and crayons and markers and paper to and pray they will continue to get supplies that help them create outside the classroom. I think about the kids that search me out in a crowd for a hug or a high five and they will think I left them without a backwards glance. But then I remember that I work(ed) at the best school ever with the most caring teachers ever and they will get the hugs they want and the supplies they need and the gentle looks and the guiding hand. It’s so hard to say goodbye when you’re leaving something you loved. 


In the words of Sam Cooke:

“There have been times that I thought I couldn’t last for long

But now I think I’m able to carry on

It’s been a long, a long time coming

But I know a change is gonna come, oh yes it will…”

Cheers to a new year, new students, new adventures, and an old love for all things ART. 

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Summer ending’s got me like…

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Summer ending’s got me like…


It’s been such a fun summer and I am not quite ready for it to end but the real world is sneaking up on me fast. 

I went on lots of fun trips with my summer job as an outdoor camp counselor and spent some quality time with my sweet girl. Then about two weeks ago we rescued another little dog from our local humane society. We are topping it off with a week long trip to the beach with the whole family. I *might* be ready for school and Fall when this week is over. But in the words of my nephew, “prolly not.” 😊


Here’s Henrietta Puddles Pierce Osborne! She’s our newest addition and is sweet as pie! She’s an Australian shepherd and Labrador mix and we rescued her from our local humane society. 


I’ll be back when school starts back! 😎

i do it for the $$$ 

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In June, at the end of the school year, I promised myself that I would take a break from the blog this summer. My thought was that at the end of the summer and the beginning of the new school year I would feel a renewed sense of excitement towards art ed and blogging both. 

I think it’s worked! I haven’t looked at any notifications or anything the entire summer and I am so ready to jump back in and share what we will be learning and expiramenting with this year. But since the school year hasn’t actually started, I guess I’ll just have to leave you with this…

  
😇 time to go back to the crazy life!

Summer Adventures! 4.0

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Summer Adventures! 4.0

This is my fourth year with my local parks and rec dept, working for a program called Challenge. We have kayaked, canoed, fished, hiked, rappelled, climbed, slacklined and zip-lined. It’s such a fun summer job!
But something I’m even MoRE excited about is my upcoming, very first art camp! I can’t wait to get started but it’s not for another two weeks. There is still plenty I have to do to get ready but I will start sharing pictures as soon as I can!
For now, here’s what I’ve been up to…

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Time keeps on slipping…

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Two more weeks have already slipped by. One week was filled with sparkly tattoos, cinnamon rolls, and fun at the lake.

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This past week involved Young Explorers, another round of hiking, canoeing, and archery, and a trip to the Fork Farm in Norwood. We finished it up with a weekend at the beach and some sun, sand, and seafood.

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I can hear the minutes ticking by and I’m feeling conflicted! I’ve had a fantastic summer and I don’t want the fun and adventure to end but I’m also ready to see my kids and get back to making some art!

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Moral Monday Protest

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My birthday was July 29th. I turned 31. I have celebrated with a trip to a Dave Matthews Band concert (amazing), trying a new restaurant called The Cowfish with my bestest friends (amazing), partying with my family (love them), and participating in a protest(inspiring!)
The NC General Assembly passed a budget last week that will devastate public education in my state. It also passed several other bills that will strip the rights of voters, women, the unemployed, and African Americans. My state is taking enormous steps backward. It’s incredibly disheartening to see how little some of our government officials value education and the work that teachers do. It’s shocking to watch them demolish our reputation for being one of the most forward-thinking states in the south. Because of all this craziness, groups have been gathering in Raleigh each Monday since April at what is now known as “Moral Monday” to peacefully protest the NC legislature. I was able to participate at the final MM on my actual birthday. It was a long, hot, emotionally draining day but I wouldn’t have had it any other way because it was also inspiring to see all those people come together for a common cause. NC teachers, parents, grandparents, students, and many others came out to support our right to public education in the largest of all the Moral Mondays. It was estimated at over 10,000 people in attendance. If you live in NC and haven’t written or called your representative or governor, I encourage you to do that today! Educate yourself and don’t let your government get away with this!
Now, for some pictures…

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Lounging at Lake Jocassee

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My last week of Challenge was probably my favorite. We went to Lake Jocassee and camped at Devils Fork State Park for two nights. Despite a nasty storm on our first night there, it was a great trip and a beautiful place.

Maybe it was because we were there during the week (Wednesday – Friday) but there was very little boat/jet ski traffic. The park has campsites and villas. Our campsites were waterfront and had easy access to put our boats in. We had sites 10, 14, and 15 I think. There were 3, right together. Also, I came home from this trip feeling the cleanest all summer because of the nice bath houses with showers, woohoo! 😜

So, the best thing about Lake Jocassee is that it’s a clear water lake. The water was pretty warm and it was so nice to just hang out and swim and paddle.

One day we went to Whitesides Mtn and hiked. That was an easy hike with beautiful views. It was in Cashiers in NC, I believe. After our hike, we stopped at an ice cream shop in town called Sweet Treats to get cooled off.

It took us about 4 hours to get there but it’s totally worth the drive. I’m already planning another trip to take my family!

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The view from our site.

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My hammock. I slept like I haven’t slept in WEEKS because of the water lapping at the edge of the lake at night. *heaven*

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One of the views from Whitesides Mtn.