This End Up

Earlier this week my mom and her friend did a whirl wind trip to Asheville to do a furniture swap. They rented a cargo van, loaded up my mom’s This End Up furniture from her house, drove to Asheville, we moved the current furniture out of the apartment, unloaded the This End Up into the apartment, loaded the van with the other furniture, had a brief evening on the town for dinner at Wicked Weed, slept, and they hit the road early the next morning, unloaded the furniture into my mom’s house, and returned the cargo van. All in 24 hours. So yeah, they’re pretty much the bomb diggity. If you know what I mean.

The first picture is a bit of an oldie from right after we moved in two years ago. But the furniture didn’t really move and it was always a bit too big for the space. But it was free, and for that we were always grateful! (Thanks Dad and Dean!)

old furniture

The This End Up furniture isn’t really that much smaller as far as seating is concerned, but it is much lower profile and feels like it fits the space much better. (Thanks Mom!) Oh, and we have a Classic Overnighter¬†upstairs too!

this end up


So there you have it. Our new-to-us furniture!


My Word: Trust

My word for 2013: trust.

Because I am a planner. And as an ardent planner I like to be in control. However, I have no idea what this year will bring, and I am working really hard on being okay with that. No, not just “okay.” I want to embrace the possibilities and opportunities and welcome this new year with open arms and an eager outlook!

2012 was a wonderful year! Sharing a home with my sweetheart has been wonderful! Doing life together is awesome. Taking hold of my life and putting myself out there by volunteering at my current school was the best way to get a job I can possibly think of. Traveling to so many fun places to see family and attend weddings this summer was so much fun! We really saw some beautiful parts of the country – some we have seen before, some were new to us! Starting my teaching job in a marvelous little Montessori school here in Asheville has been absolutely the best! It is such an awesome feeling to leave work on Friday afternoon loving my job! And I feel so fortunate to have finished up the year spending time with family and friends. I am so blessed to be surrounded by such magnificent people!

2013 has started off safely. I am grateful for safe travels back home for Scott and myself. I drove back and he flew back yesterday. It feels so good to be home! Yesterday we relaxed and unpacked after arriving home, and today we had a lazy morning followed by a good hike and a bit more laziness with some laundry thrown in.

So far so great!

“A place for everything and everything in its place.” ~ Benjamin Franklin, and some other folks too.

I want this to serve as my reminder this year to trust. To embrace the potential of this new year. To love with all of my heart, to dream with all of my imagination, to leap with faith into the next chapters of life!

“Everything will be all right in the end. So if it is not all right, it is not the end.” ~ Sonny,¬†Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

New Years Day Burning a Christmas Tree!


I know this picture is a little blurry, but I love my new mittens! It is a little bit ridiculous how cold my hands get, and since I spend (and will be spending) a lot of time on the playground this winter watching the munchkins, I feel like it is worth it to have warm hands! Occasionally my hands get so cold that they ache, and that is just SO not fun. At all. Ever. Hence: mittens! For warm, happy hands! Just in case you’re curious and want warm hands too, check these out here.



New hairs! I got my hair cut today! It was an appointment I have been looking forward to all week. I was growing my hair out, but I decided that I think I like it shorter better. At least for right now. The last few years I have gone back and forth quite a bit between having hair halfway down my back (beginning of senior year of college) to having a pixie cut (winter after graduation) and then growing it back out and cutting it short again. I have been trying a few different styles to see what I like and what works with my hair, and I found a stellar hairstylist! Here’s my new hair cut!

First Full Week of Montessori!

Today is FRIDAY! And it feels so good to have made it all the way to this day! This was the first full week of teaching at Montessori and it was terrific! It was fun, exciting, exhausting, messy, loving, bright, eye-opening, routine-oriented, and all-around great. It was full of hugs and snuggles, dancing and singing, jumping and following, learning and loving. My lead teacher and the other assistant are finally getting into a rhythm, and we’re changing things around already, but the order of things is getting easier every day. We are learning as we go, getting to know the children, and figuring out our own routine. There have already been some challenges, but I am pleased to say that we have taken them in stride and things are going quite smoothly! I love teaching, I love Montessori, the kids are great (even the handfuls), and my coworkers are wonderful!

Unfortunately I do not have any photos that really pertain to my first week of teaching. But I did catch this photo of the sky after my yoga class on Wednesday evening! It was really perfect.

New Lunch Bag!

It’s the little things in life. I got a new lunch bag on Saturday! I can’t remember the last time I had a lunch bag (other than a good ol’ paper bag, of course). And this one feels like a “big kid” lunch bag! Hehe.

Thank You Tile

At the end of the day, when all the friends have their backpacks and are ready to go home, we have one last circle time where we do Thank You Tile. The teacher goes around the room and each friend gets to say two things that they are thankful for. After a busy and slightly-chaotic-at-times first day of school, this was perfect. The children have such tender hearts and they are so loving. I am thankful for patience and hugs.

I needed this.


Today we had our new three-year-olds and four-year-olds come into the classroom to meet us and see what they are going to see tomorrow. We showed them their cubbies, showed them where to wash their hands, showed them where the rugs live and how to carry a work so carefully to their rug, and how we put our work away when we are finished. All the parents and their kids joined us in circle time where we told them our class rules (In this classroom we use: kind hands, kind feet, kind words, listening ears, and inside walking feet.), did some yoga, and welcomed everyone!


Tomorrow is the first day with the children! And I am so excited. I will try my best to post more soon!

Threads: New Shoes

I love my new shoes! I like to think of it as though I have thoroughly slept on this decision. They are seriously some of the most comfortable heels I have ever put on. And I have a wedding to wear them to in a couple of weeks! This is an investment considering how many heels I own, and the one pair I really love to wear has been worn into the ground.