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Guys, I’m so, so bad at this. I don’t even want to look back at the last time I posted. Instead, let’s have a life update via bullet points.

  • K and I bought a house and moved an hour and a half north back to my hometown (buying a house quick-fast-and-in-a-hurry is NOT recommended for first time home buyers, FYI)
  • I’m teaching Kindergarten in the same elementary school that I attended as a child *insert Circle of Life song*circleoflife.jpg
  • I’m co-coaching the high school dance team I used to be on
    *continue singing*
  • K is still a mechanic, but he’s chosen to go back to school for Gunsmithing (shouts out to SDI!)

A bit more about living in town: I was positive K was going to hate it after about 2.5 days, but he’s really surprised me by loving it! I think the ease of NOT having to drive 30 minutes to work/the store/major civilization combined with the fact he can now mow our yard in 20 minutes rather than 90 reeeeeally won him over.

The dogs are adjusting well…ish. Poor Jessie misses getting to meander where-ever she pleases. I miss our old yard for the ease of being able to let Remi run off all her energy with minimal supervision. However, living in town has proven beneficial in the way that I actually have places to walk the dogs!

I’m looking forward to the start of summer vacation (15 days, but who’s counting??) so I can really buckle down in finishing getting the house in order (when you move in during late fall and after the start of the school year, there’s minimal time to get everything unpacked. I’m looking at you, office.)

That’s surely enough babbling for now. I’ll leave you with my favorite part of our new house.



2% life update, 98% puppy woes

Remember that time that I said I should be able to post somewhat-regularly now that school has started?

Ha. ha. ha.

My bad, y’all.

I’ll give you the Spark Note version of my life since I posted last:


Sarah got to come home right around New Year’s! It was amazing to see her and hear about all of the amazing things she was learning about at the time. Just recently, the Navy selected her to fly helicopters, which is exactly what she wanted. I’m so proud and amazed of what she’s doing! My bestie is more badass than yours. End of.

Side note: I almost didn’t allow myself to post this picture because part of my necklace is turned around and it makes me twitch. OCD, you are a cruel beast. 


Remember that teeny, tiny puppy we got? She’s 8 months old, and a pure hellion now. I’m talking pure evil here, people. Don’t let that sweet face fool you. She know’s the precise moment that I sit down and put my feet up and chooses that time to do one (or sometimes multiple) of the following activities:

  • maul the poor (clawless) cat
  • chew on the entertainment center
  • chew on a dining room chair
  • chew on the leg of the ottoman
  • root through the litter box and prance into the living room with a fresh turd in her mouth
  • try to gnaw off Jessie’s leg
  • body check Jessie’s repeatedly until she plays with her
  • tries to steal whatever Jessie is playing with/chewing on so she’ll play with her instead
  • climb on a dining room chair and unpack my teacher bag
  • flip over the water dish and proceed to drag it across the house
  • bring me my shoe (always the same one- my left tennis shoe)
  • chew on the windowsill while she stares at the birds outside

All of these activities take place usually within about 5.8 seconds. It’s infuriating. Now, I’ve had dogs my whole life, and we’ve had multiple puppies over the course of my childhood. I know that when a puppy is a straight-up asshole, it means they’re bored. But wearing her out is literally in EVERY sense of the word, impossible.

That picture I posted of her? That was after approximately 3, 942 throws of the stick. AND SHE’S STILL SMILING. I can’t. Cannot. I’m going to get carpal tunnel in my shoulder from the amount of times that I throw a stick in a day. We have a Chuck-It, but she’s uninterested in chasing balls, just sticks. Or should I say branches. She enjoys finding the branch closest to her body size and brings it to me to throw until my arm falls off. Then she comes inside and repeats the above activities until she crashes for about 11 minutes. Let me tell you, they are the most glorious minutes of my life.

When the fields are dry, we’ll take a nice 2-3 mile hike and she can run to her heart’s content. However, even then she’ll come back and still be ready to play. Poor Jessie is damn near wheezing at that point and just wants to collapse. I’m not looking forward to when the famers get their crops in and we can’t take our hikes anymore. Since our house is surrounded by fields on 3 sides and a highway on the 4th, there’s really no other walking option for us.

If you’ve got ideas, please throw me a bone!


I’m still absolutely LOVING Kindergarten! I always looked forward to the point in my life when I can securely say that I love my job, and I really do. After teaching third, the thought of going to K kind of made my stomach turn, but I am so pleasantly surprised! I get to sing and dance and act goofy all day, and the kids are right there with me. Sometimes the data collection can get a bit insane, but I’ll take that over 9 million papers to grade every week!

This update got a bit long. Oops. I’m not going to make any ridiculous promises as to when I’ll post again. However, I know I’ll be back blogging full force in the summer. I’ll see ya when I see ya!

Photo Dump– and a life update.

Sometimes, you start a blog with the best of intentions. Sometimes your really good friends send you AMAZING birthday presents and you love them, but keep forgetting to blog about it (SORRY BERT! I promise, it’s coming!!) Sometimes you start cooking and realize, “Umm, hey, I should be taking pictures of this for the blog,” but you’re already halfway through the recipe. Sometimes you promise yourself that you’re going to try to post twice a week. However, sometimes that promise happens to be at the end of the summer and those promises fall by the wayside. FAST.

So, since It took approximately THREE posts for me to fall behind, I’m going to skip over the Birchbox review this month. I feel like if I just post three of those in a row, that’s all I’ll ever end up posting here. Instead, I’m going to show you what my life has been in pictures the last few months.

Well, to start off with, I’m teaching kindergarten this year. It’s been a HUGE jump from third grade, but honestly, I.LOVE.IT! I love it way more than I even expected that I would. My kinderbabes are just SO eager and sweet!

K and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary! The bakery that we went through for our wedding cake gave us a free mini version of our wedding cake to compensate for a slight SNAFU at the wedding. (That SNAFU being that our cake got ruined on their way to the venue and they had to go back to the bakery and remake the entire cake as the reception was starting.) Stressful? Yes. However, the mini version of our cake was a wonderful consolation!

We took our Kindergarten field trip to our nearby pumpkin patch. It was a BEAUTIFUL day–albeit, a bit outrageously windy. We were able to participate in a bunch of neat pumpkin activities, and even go through their corn maze! Have you ever lead a group of 5 and 6-year-olds through a corn maze?? It’s not for the light of heart.

I’ve spent the last three Sundays peeling enough apples to feed approximately five armies. K’s friend discovered my apple crisp and has been straight.up.obsessed. He drove an hour and a half last Sunday JUST to come here and pick up an apple crisp. Granted, it’s my mother-in-law’s recipe and it’s twenty-three kinds of AMAZING. I’ve thrown the idea around of sharing the recipe on here. . . we’ll see.

We kind of got a new baby. By accident. You know the friend I just mentioned that is obsessed with apple crisp? Well, a few weeks ago, he came home with not one, but TWO puppies. This friend also has twin nine-month-old baby boys. So when he came home with TWO PUPPIES, his wife was less than thrilled. They brought their whole crew down to visit for the weekend, and he suckered K into keeping one.

Anyway. Her name is Remington, or Remi, for short. She’s a Shiba Inu, and she enjoys the taste of human toes, cat turds, and she has an extremely irritating uncanny ability to locate the TINIEST scrap of paper/plastic/godknowswhat on the floor and eat it before I can get to her. She’s eaten K’s tablet charger, half of a flip-flop, and got into a pretty nasty sparring match with the poor cat.

Jessie was NOT very keen about her the first few days, but they’ve grown to be close buddies. Remi has been giving Jessie some much, much needed exercise. And in turn, Jessie has been really good about playing with Remi and keeping her from eating shoes   terrorizing the cat   destroying the village  getting into too much trouble.

I’m forever putting their antics on Snapchat. My username is memishelly13 if you want to see a good show!

Thanks for putting up with my life update! (Even though approximately two people read this blog) I’ll do my best to posting somewhat regularly now that I’m settled into the school year and parent-teacher conferences are over. *insert praise hands emoji here*

Until next time!

diving in

Hello, blog world! I’m anticipating that nobody will ever read this. As K says, this will be another one of my “projects” that I start with gusto for days and then . . . . poof. Gone.

He may be right. I’m giving my last project the stink-eye. It was messy and required vacuuming afterwards. Not about that life.

Even I’m not sure why I’m starting a blog. This very well could be the product of me stalking reading my favorite blogs a liiiiiiittle too much now that I have time to because it’s summer.

Okay, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty, Michelle. List the things you want to blog about when you forget in the future:

  • makeup and hair for broke girls…. because, teacher’s salary
    • reviews of cheap makeup/hair products that make me look presentable (HOLLA)
  • recipes that I make up on the fly and my husband still eats
  • random life undertakings and babblings

I’m a list freak. I have lists for my lists. I forget ALLTHETHINGS if they’re not on a list. It’s one of my many qualities quirks things K makes fun of me for.

Michelle, you’re boring the invisible people out there! Sorry.