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First Day…Number 4

DSC_1110Summer flew by and today we started the new school year. Travis and I were both excited, but nervous to start this school year. We survived!!! We both learned a lot over the summer about teaching and really want to implement it into our classrooms. That meant rethinking our first days and most of the days afterward. I am working on making my classroom more of an OUR classroom and giving my students more control over their learning and classroom. Travis is working on making his classroom inquiry based and having his teaching led by students questions. We both know that this year will be a starter year for what we eventually want our teaching to look like, but we are excited to be on the right track! So here’s to the 2014-2015 school year and to our learning and growing and our students’ learning and growing!


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Our Kitchen Hierarchy

Travis and I really enjoy cooking together, mostly because I don’t like to be in the kitchen by myself and Travis likes to cook. It’s a win-win! We also love watching cooking shows so lately I have been thinking about what roles we would have if we ran a restaurant together. Here’s what it turned into to:

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My Knee Saga

I have a love hate relationship with my knees. Love because I need them to walk, hate because they don’t work the way they are supposed to. My knee sage started when I decided I liked to play volleyball in middle school. I continued to play through college, where the years of playing and my families’ history with bad knees started to catch up with me.

It wasn’t bad though until I got to Dakar and had to walk up so many stairs and it just kept getting worse. It eventually got the point where I could no longer walk up stairs without pain and I can’t run or play sports. Also, my right knee makes the worst creaking  noise when I straighten it out, not normal. Spraining my ankle, didn’t help much either! I went to the doctor earlier in the school year and he said there wasn’t really much to do except  start physical therapy and let my knees rest. I started going to physical therapy which has helped, but there are still good days and bad days. I have been doing exercises to strengthen my quads and have been stretching a lot.  I still can’t really play any sports, but after going to physical therapy all summer and being off my knees, my doctor is going to reevaluate me. For people that know me, I like to play sports and I like to exercise so this whole knee thing is throwing a wrench into my lifestyle. It has been a humbling experience and has taken my identity of being an athlete away, but I am learning to be thankful for what I have like being able to walk and not having to have surgery. Here’s to a summer of my knees getting better!

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