Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Latest Happenings

Man it has been forever since I have been on here! I have been extremely busy finishing up with school, but good news is I just finished up my first year at JSU!!! What a relief. Time flies by so fast it's unbelievable!! I finished up with my Early Childhood classes with all A's and one B so I am satisfied with that. This past semester I had a really bad experience in my practicum classroom, leading me to change my major to Secondary Education. I went through the process of changing my major and registered for all my secondary ed classes. Recently, I had the opportunity to substitute at Fyffe in 2nd grade. 2nd grade was the only grade I had not had the opportunity to sub in so I was very excited. To make a long story short, by the time that day of subbing was over I ran into my Aunt's classroom and said, "What on Earth have I done? Elementary Education is where my heart is!" I believe that I just got down and out after having a bad experience in one classroom. Now I just look at that as another learning experience in my career. Having said that, I should do my student teaching Fall of 2012 and graduate that December!! :) Enough of that...here are some of my latest happenings!

This is a picture of our ECE block class and our teachers.
Easter 2011
Easter says you can put truth in a grave, but it wont stay there. ~Clarence W. Hall

Jena, Kyle, and I colored Easter eggs one night in Jacksonville before we all went home. To start off, we forgot to get vinegar at Walmart so we had to send Kyle to get some. THEN it completely slipped our minds that we were supposed to boil the eggs! Haha

They still turned out to be pretty though :)

Anna, Me, and Hope after church on Easter Sunday with our three favorite little girls, the Webb triplets. I still cannott believe how much they have grown. They are so very different and each one of them have their own unique personality. It's neat to think that the three of us used to be that small growing up in church together. I love all of you girls!!

My wonderful family!

Anna, Nanny, and I

Me and Anna with Granny and Grandad

Your never too old to hunt Easter Eggs :)

Counting money that was stashed inside some of the eggs!!

Ashley is a Graduate!!
My roommate, Ashley, just graduated from JSU with a degree in Elementary Education. We are so proud of her because she has worked extremely hard to get to where she is. She is going to be an amazing teacher one day and I admire her so much!! I believe that Ashley is going to be the teacher that students remember years down the road. Love you Ash!!

My best friend Jessica Pope also graduated with her degree in Elementary Education. I know she will make a positive impact on the lives of many children. Love you Jessica!!!

As of now, Jena and I are in Jacksonville for wonderful summer classes...joy! I am hoping to find a summer job to help my parents pay for school. May is going to be such a busy month for me. This month Jessica is getting married so we will be getting ready for that. Also, my sister will graduate from high school on the 26th. Busy, busy, busy!! I am actually kind of glad because here lately I have been so bored that I was ready to have some homework to do (sad I know) lol. I am just taking life day by day, trusting that God has a plan for me. Sometime don't you just wish you could see the bigger picture of things? I sure do!

Have a magnificent week!! :)

Monday, April 4, 2011

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

A Picture of your Favorite Night
This is ONE of my favorite nights for so many reasons!

A Picture of the Cast from your Favorite Show
Gilmore Girls has always been one of my favorites, I would love to have all of the seasons on DVD one day!

A picture of your Favorite Memory
Christmas 2010: My first WHITE Christmas

A Person you'd Love to Trade Places with for a Day
Carrie Underwood, she's beautiful and has an amazing voice...who wouldn't wanna be her for a day??

A Picture that makes you Laugh

A Picture of Something you Love
Here lately I have been hooked on these things! I will buy a box from the dollar store just to leave in my car :)
A Picture of your Favorite Band or Artist
I have many that I like, but I'd have to say he's one of my favs!

A Picture of Something you Want to do Before you Die

A Picture of Someone who Inspires You
Regina Webb is my Sunday School teacher. She has been through so much in her life, yet she remains faithful to God. Her testimony is absolutely amazing, I wish you all could hear it. I admire her in many many ways! Oh, and she also has three beautiful triplets who I love very much. :)

A Picture of Something that has Made a Huge Impact on your Life Recently
School, school, school....I don't think I have ever been this stressed out. I always thought I wanted to be an Elementary teacher, but now I have recently changed my major to Secondary Education English Language Arts. I know this change is going to be tough on me; however, I am very excited about it and I believe this is the path God wants me to take. Like any college student, I am just ready to graduate!!

A Picture of your Biggest Insecurity

A Picture of you When You Were Little
Nice pose, huh?

A Picture of Somewhere you'd Love to Travel
I want to travel all around the world some day but Saint Lucia would be amazing!

A Picture of Something you Would Like to Have
Is this not the absolute cutest thing ever??!! I want one so bad, BUT mom says not until I have a place of my own :( maybe one day!!

A Picture of Something you Wish you were Better At
Man I want to be good at Ping Pong so bad!! I mean I can keep it going as long as you don't slam it at me. I don't even hold the paddle right, haha. I'll be a pro at it some day.
A Picture of your Favorite Book
Oh my goodness if you have not read this book, you must!! It is incredible and my all time favorite!

A Picture of Yourself and a Family Member
How about me and all of my family members

A Picture that can Always Make you Smile
Oh what an interesting night this was!

A Picture of Someone you Miss
This is my great grandmother, Granny Flora. I miss her so much. She was an amazing person and one of my biggest role models. She had such a compassionate heart for anyone she came in contact with. If you told her you liked something she had, she would give it to you without thinking twice about it. I love you and I will see you again one day!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Hiking Sticks & Campfires

Spring Break 2011

This spring break, my friends and I went on a little camping adventure. My family owns a camper, so I talked my dad into taking it to the campground for a few days for us to stay in. It was a great time for some fun and relaxation away from school!!

Wednesday: Dad and I pulled the camper down on Wednesday and Jessica followed us there. I was amazed at how crowded the resort actually was. After helping set everything up, dad went home and it was just me and Jessica. Well we were really ready for Jena and Ash to get down with the FOOD. She and I ate a yummy cheeseburger at the cafe and decided to go ahead and build a fire while we wait on them to get there....well, we had no lighter to start the fire! We decide to drive to the gas station to go ahead and get a lighter and we pull up just a few minutes after closing time! We head back to the camper where we take a million self-timer pics to pass the time. And FINALLY the Bright girls arrive with some groceries and my sweet dad brought us a lighter to get a fire going.

Thursday: Thursday was our hiking day. We slept in, played some ping pong, packed our things, and headed on our adventure.

We drove over to the state park and chose which trail we wanted to hike on. There were many different paths, but we chose to take the Waterfall trail. Each trail was marked by a different colored arrow to help you stay on the bath. Lord knows we would've gotten lost if we didn't have something to follow, haha.
We're ready to go!!

Jessica and I before we headed back down.

I love my goofy friends.

Ashley is an expert rock climber!

Jessica and I traveled across this shabby tree.

After hiking, we drove back to the resort, put on our bathing suits, and got our tan on. It was so relaxing to sit outside in the sun reading a good book and looking at the water. For supper we grilled out, hamburgers and hotdogs. That night Molly got to come stay with us and she brought things for SMORES!! We were all so very excited about roasting the marshmellows until we realized we had nothing to roast them on. Jessica, Ashley, and I set out to find some sticks. A family at a nearby camper felt sorry for us and let us borrow their nice marshmellow roasters!! After we ate wayy too many smores, we made them some to thank them for letting us borrow their roaster. Later that night we ventured over to Town Creek and had a campfire with Kyle and some of his friends. This night/morning ended with a 3 AM trip to Waffle House haha, what great times!

After waking up Friday Jena, Ashley, Molly and I play an intense game of Phase Ten and then decide to go eat lunch at Applebees! After that they went to Crossville's baseball game and I went back to the camper.
Saturday afternoon, the Greesons and Bowers came down and we all grilled out for Anthony and my mom's birthdays. We had some wonderful food and some great laughs.

Overall, this was a wonderful spring break!! Spending time at the river with friends made me even more excited for SUMMER to get here!!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

The Roomates

*Jena    Amanda   Ashley*
I could not have asked for two better girls to live with and share my college experiences with. I believe it was November 2007 that I met Jena and Ashley Bright and we have been friends ever since. I know for a fact that God places these two in my life for a reason. He knew that we would get along with each other perfectly! They attended JSU for a year and then asked me to move in with them Fall of 2010. Jena and Ashley get along better than any two sisters I have ever seen and I tell them that all the time.

It's amazing how well we get along. I promise you, us three can just sit in the living room with the tv off and have the time of our lives. We can just talk talk talk (even when we're supposed to be studying). We were all three raised up in good Christian homes and we share the same beliefs and morals. We hardly ever eat out while at school. Most of the time we cook meals and sit down at the table and eat together. We share all of our food and don't have to worry about who eats what. Having people like this to live with makes college so much more enjoyable. I had a friend come over and tell me, "y'all three just get along so well!" Now I will tell you a little bit about my two best friends.

Jena is 22 and she is majoring in Social Work. She has such a compassionate heart for the elderly and enjoys working with them. While I'm about to pass out when I see a needle, Jena can walk up to someone and just give em a shot. She really enjoys watching movies, I believe she could watch movies all night long and be content. Jena and I are alike in a lot of ways. We tend to tell our honest opinions on what we think. When I want to know an honest answer, I can just ask Jena. We can sit and chat about absolutely anything. We catch ourselves saying the most random things at the same time and then we just sit and laugh about it. Jena and I are both very anal about having everything organized. Let me tell you what, while it takes me and hr and a half to get ready Jena can wake up, take a shower, and be ready in about 30 min...blows my mind. I know that Jena will always be there for me and I can always go to her if I ever needed her and she would go out of her way to help me out. I love you Jena!!!

Looking for a brilliant Elementary teacher?? You got her right here. This girl is going to make a great teacher some day. Ashley is about to turn 21 and she is working on her student teaching right now and will graduate in April with her degree in Elementary Education. Ashley and I are also alike in so many ways. We share a lot of the same experiences in life and know how each other feels. Ashley is our cook. She cooks some of the best meals while Jena and I may make the mac n cheese or biscuits (the easy stuff) haha. Sometimes me and Ashley just get in the craziest moods and we act so goofy. Ashley is a very determined person, if she sets her mind to it...she will do it. I admire Ashley so much!! I love you Ash!!

Words cannot describe how much I love these two girls and cherish our friendship. I can tell these two absolutely anything and trust them with everything. I don't know what I'd do without them!!