Thursday, February 9, 2023

Friday Favorites, 2.10.23.


Happy Friday, friends! I am linking up with Andrea and Erika for this favorite blog post of the week. I'll jump right in!

Praying on my way to school and starting and ending each day with Jesus is not only my favorite, it's essential in my life. I don't know what I'd do without Jesus in my life! Do you know Him? 

Seeing this picture with a crowded grand foyer at church is my favorite! And so is my Jonah, pictured right there in the middle. 

While the sunshine is my favorite, it's also a favorite to see icy branches. I took this picture last Friday morning before I went to work.

One of my favorite things from this week was showering this sweet momma and her little Baby Byrd to come this spring! 

I subscribe to daily word and daily quote emails, and this one below is one of my favorites. It reminds me that even though I don't agree with everyone and with what they believe, I still need to love and respect them enough to not argue with them over their convictions. 

This time to myself to read and have coffee is one of my favorite times of day! And so are these excellent books, for that matter, by one of my favorite authors. 

I have some favorite outfits from this week! 

This new headband from Old Navy is my favorite! 

It's been mild in weather here this week, so I pulled out these pants that I usually only wear in the summer. I don't know why, because clearly, they go with everything and royal blue is fun in all the seasons. 

The milder weather and sunshine has been my favorite this week, especially after all the ice we had in the last seven days. I enjoyed this walk into work on Tuesday.

Wednesday was a favorite day, because the parents from a grade level at our school brought in treats for us! I had a small bag of Skinny Pop, some carrots, and a protein bite. It was delicious with my diet Dr. Pepper! I haven't had one of those in ages. 

It's been my favorite thing to be at work all week. I'm still very new, but this was my first full five day week out of the three I've worked. I'm loving the job, and being there consistently each day has helped me get a lot of things figured out. I am grateful for my job, and for the amazing administrative staff and faculty that I work with. They've been so nice to help me figure things out, and the principal always texts me back immediately when I ask her a question, like the one I had for her last night. This is astounding to me! It's my favorite place that I've ever worked to date, and that is saying something. 

These pictures above were taken during one of the two breaks I get in a day. One is a planning period from 10:45-11:15 and my lunch break is from 1:45:2:15. While I'm on these breaks, I clean up my work surface, put things away, and regroup for the groups to follow. I'm in the reading intervention class, which is for students who are falling behind in reading. I get grades k-5, so my day looks like this: Kindergarten comes first, until 9:45, then five minutes later, 1st grade comes until 10:40. I get the first break, then 4th grade comes, then 3rd, then my lunch break is next, followed by 2nd grade and ending the day with 5th. I get all the grade levels for about one hour and we reinforce reading for fluency the entire time they're with us. I get three students at a time, no more than that, and we work with them on spelling words, sight reading, fluency skills, grammar rules with words (suffixes, prefixes, vowels, consonants, and parts of speech), and sentence structure. It's way more than what I anticipated, but I am loving the job and feel it's a perfect fit for me. I love the ladies I'm in the classroom with. There is a teacher, and two assistants, which is what I am. 

It's been a minute since I've thought about elementary anything, regarding educational facts. As I am writing this, I am texting with my coworker about the acronym I learned to remember the planets. Do you remember yours? Or did you have one? Todd reminded me of what ours was: My Very Excellent Mother Just Served Us Nine Pies. The P would no longer be applicable since they say Pluto is no longer a planet. Anyway...

How was your week? Tell me something good from the last few days, I'd love to hear from you!

In case you missed them, here are my other blog posts from the week. 

Monday was a weekending/Hello Monday/Prime Purchases post, all in one. 

Tuesday was when I talked about what I keep in my purse and bag.

Wednesday was what's working for me right now, in the way of words to live by. I also made a bonus post that afternoon, and joined up with a link party called Let's Look: what's in our medicine cabinets. 

Thursday was Thankful Thursday and my bonus post was Fashion Files, 2.9.23 where I joined with a link party called Fashion Files. 

Thanks for reading my blog, friends! I hope you have the best weekend, and that whatever you're doing, you stay cozy. Love to all!


  1. I love each one of your outfits. I think the first one is my favorite. Hope you have a great Friday.

  2. It sounds like your new job is super fulfilling and a perfect fit.
    Are you so tired at the end of the day?
    Happy Friday! I hope you have some down time and some fun time planned!

  3. That is cool that you get a break besides your lunch break. In our district, educational assistants only get a half hour lunch break. Sub teachers get lunch and their teacher's plan period as a break unless the school is short on subs and coverage is needed elsewhere. Our school also doesn't use EA's for reading intervention. Only certified teachers do intervention (which doesn't make a lot of sense- you clearly don't need a teaching degree to help students who are behind or struggling in reading). I find it interesting how procedures are different among schools even some within the same district. Have a great weekend!

  4. Thank you, Cathy! That one is one of my favorites as well and is a backup for when I sing on the praise team. A black column with a cardigan or all black is always a good choice for the days when I need to blend in or be neutral. We don't plan our outfits to match, but often times we do end up matching, especially if we dress within the colors of each season.

    I hope you have the best day!

  5. I'm glad you're enjoying your job! It sounds like you're in a nice routine and I'm sure the kids are enjoying their time with you :) And all of your shirts in this post are really cute and comfy :) My kind of clothing!

  6. Amy, it really is and I feel the same way. I am a little tired in that my head hurts and I need to not be on my phone or talk to anyone, since that's all I do everyday. But, I can't read either, so usually I come home and get busy doing something to stretch out my shoulders and back, since I sit a lot as students read. Bending for laundry and walking around to vacuum always feel the best. After eight p.m., I am useless and I've been going upstairs to watch a show at 8:45 each night, falling asleep around 9:20. I'm up at 4:50-5:15 to get dressed each day, then I don't do anything but drink coffee and read blogs until 7, when I start getting things ready for my day. I like to leave at 7:55-8:05.

  7. Maria, I am so thankful for the two breaks! They said last year it wasn't like that and they only had one break each day. It's different from year to year. It makes since that your district would use EA's for this, because even though my title is EA, I am teaching. I taught on adverbs last week and I teach lessons almost everyday. I also do my own lesson planning now that I'm getting the hang of things, because each group within the grade levels have different needs.

    That's what I meant when I said this was way more than what I'd anticipated, but even so, I love the job. It's EXTREMELY fulfilling and rewarding. One student thanked us on his way one day this week, a little kindergartner who said he had a great time.

    Thank you! You have a great one as well!

  8. Thank you, Debbie, it really is a mutual feeling. I am loving being with them as well and they're all so sweet and patient with me as I find my way.

    Debbie, they are so comfy, which is why I love them all! I do love to look nice and put together, but I can never sacrifice comfort for style. I hope you have the best day and weekend, my friend!

  9. It’s so great to hear that you are really loving your new job. Thanks for sharing your daily schedule. I find it so interesting to read about how the school systems work over there in the USA. We get a paid 50 minute lunch break as well as two one hour planning and documentation periods. One at the beginning of the week and one at the end of the week. It’s a real struggle for our director to work out the roster which is currently being reviewed as we’ve had a few changes. The two hour blocks that we get sounds like a lot but you wouldn’t believe the amount of record keeping on children’s development and documentation that is required over here! The classroom teacher has so much more paperwork to do than I do as I work as an assistant in the classroom. I love my role because I get to be hands on, do some documentation but I never have to take work home.

  10. Such cute outfits for the week! It sounds like you are having a fabulous time at your new job. That's wonderful!

  11. It was really mild in E.TN this week, too. I missed Thankful Thursday but will have to jump in with Favorite Fridays, even though I've technically missed it, too!!!

  12. Sounds like a busy day, but so glad you were able to experience a full week and are enjoying it, while looking cute each day too!

  13. Thank you, Ruth! I do find it fascinating how things work for you in Australia. You're right, it does sound like a lot of time, but I would also imagine that the time flies by quickly. I can imagine how dreadful the paperwork would be for the teacher! You definitely have the better of the two jobs, in my opinion- all the fun and none of the documentation!

  14. Thank you, Joanne! I am loving the job and the students. I forgot how funny elementary school aged kids are! I need to write some of what they say down before I forget.

  15. Thanks for stopping by my blog, Mary! Technically, or at least in my opinion, it's never too late to join in with us, even if the link is closed. I hope you had a great weekend!

  16. Thanks, Marilyn! I hope you've enjoyed your weekend!

  17. YES to starting and ending the day with the Lord- no other way! :)

  18. Holly, right?! There is no better way than that way. I hope you had a great weekend, friend!


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