Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Take Care of Your Skin!

<a href My sophomore year of high school I had a really close friend lose her Dad to skin cancer. It hit her hard as well as everyone else. I was there for her through the hard times and I have never seen a family so devastated. He was a husband, brother, son, friend, and a father to my friend, her older sister, her younger sister who was in elementary school, and another younger sister who was not even in school yet. It broke my heart to see one of my very best friends have to deal with losing her Dad at such a young age. From then on, she has become devoted to spreading the word to people to protect their skin. People don't realize how scary skin cancer can be and how easy you can get it. In high school I would go tanning in a tanning bed before dances, that was until I promised my friend that I would never go tanning again. She made me realize that it's not worth being tan in the winter time. Would you rather be tan in the winter, feel prettier, get wrinkles earlier in life, and increase your risk of melanoma by 74% or would you rather deal with being white in the winter and living a longer and healthier life? I know I would rather deal with being white in the winter because I have important people in my life that I want to continue seeing every day and I need to live for them. I am so proud of my friend Courtney for who she is today. She has educated so many people about how to take care of their skin. She helps her step-mom host a softball tournament every summer in honor of her Dad and everyone is required to wear sunscreen. I hate seeing girls go tanning in tanning beds because I know how bad it is for them and I know that so many of them don't realize what they are doing to their skin and their future. One blistering sunburn in childhood or adolescence more than doubles a persons chances of developing melanoma. I ask you to please protect your skin and think about the people in your lives that you need to stay healthy for; your loved ones need you. It is so easy to reduce your risks of skin cancer, you just have to choose to do it. I am so proud of Courtney for everything she is doing in life. She has lost a step-dad and her very own Dad but she still continues to be one of the strongest most kind-hearted people I know. She is currently attending George Fox and pursuing a degree in molecular biology so that she can pursue a career in cancer research. I plan to continue protecting my skin and trying to get other to do the same. I have posted a video that I would love for you to watch!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

I had a great weekend this past weekend and it was much needed! I was able to go to our families cabin on the Middle Fork of the John Day river. The weekend was full of family, laughter, sledding, four wheeling, camp fires, hunting, and so much more! I thank God every day for blessing me with such amazing people in my life. I celebrated 2 great years with my boyfriend who also got me a 10/22 rifle...you could say I was pretty excited. :) The mountains were beautiful and they made me look even more forward to spring time and summer! I hope everyone else had a great weekend during this busy time as well! Here are a few pictures from this weekend:

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

I got a chance to go home last weekend and it was much needed! After another stressful and busy week of school, seeing my family and boyfriend was a great way to spend two days. There really is no place like home and I'm lucky to have such an awesome family to go home to. I'm also pretty lucky to have such a great boyfriend as well ;) Going to different colleges isn't always the easiest, but in the end it'll all be worth it. Weekends are definitely a nice break to have from five days of hard work and I am looking forward to this coming weekend as well! I get to go up to my family's cabin at the Middle Fork of the John Day river with a bunch of family and my boyfriend. I feel blessed that this weekend I will be celebrating two years with an amazing guy and that I will be spending quality time four wheeling, snowmobiling, eating smores by the fire, and hunting with my awesome family as well. Today, I am just simply thankful for...WEEKENDS.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Whew... can you say lesson plan after lesson plan along with many other odds and ends of work? Holy cow, I am so ready for spring break! I feel that this term has required far more work than last term and I thought last term was rough...who was I kidding? On the positive side, it is the last term of the teaching program not including student teaching and by the end of this I will feel so accomplished. I notice that I have to keep telling myself all this hard work will be worth it in the end because I will get to teach all those amazing kiddos that I seem to love so much! So, let the term continue!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Well, I had my first week last week with kindergarteners and let me tell ya, I think they're the best thing to ever walk the planet! It was crazy to me what a difference there is between kindergarteners and first graders; that year difference is a big deal! I'm really excited that I got placed in a kindergarten classroom for my practicum. I've learned that you either love the primary grades or you don't. I've realized that the primary grades are definitely where I belong. Getting to work with these kids makes me that much more excited to be a teacher. They are a new experience for me every single day and I love the joy that they bring to my life. I am not a morning person at all and let me tell ya, I've finally found something that makes me look forward to getting up in the morning...my kindergarteners! :)

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Take a moment to stop and think.

Too often we go through life day by day, week by week, without really stopping to take a moment to be thankful. The only time you really hear a thousand people talking about all the things they're thankful for in life is on Thanksgiving and other holidays. I, myself, am guilty of it as well. I feel like it takes something bad happening in our lives to make us stop for a moment and think about all the things we have to be thankful for. No matter the kind of life that you had or have there is always something good you can find to be thankful for. So, I challenge you to make that call to a friend that you feel you haven't had time to call, tell someone you love them that needs to hear it, and overall, just be thankful and let the people you care about know that you care about them. All too often we go through life without telling people how thankful we are for them and it's often too late before we realize it.