MIMM: Charlie’s First Swim

Hey y’all :)   So much has happened over the past four months – I ran another half marathon, we found out that WE’RE EXPECTING {such a BIG surprise! – our little “miracle”!}, friends and family have gotten married, we traveled to Boston with friends, the school year ended, we hosted a gender reveal party {team pink!}, we went on a Caribbean cruise for our “babymoon,” I accepted a new job for the 2014 – 2015 school year, and oh yeah, we’re moving next month.  Thank goodness for my OCD color-coding tendencies, otherwise I might have forgotten about some of the wonderful things that we’ve done or have coming up in the future.

I never planned to take a break from blogging but life kept happening and one day turned into two, two days turned into a week, a week turned into a month, a month turned into four months, and today is already Monday, July 21st.  That baffles me.

IMG_9258 Rather than trying to recall everything that has happened, I think it would be easiest just to move forward and I’ll sporadically share highlights from the past four months as “Throwback Thursday” or “Flashback Friday” posts.  Kapeesh?  Kapeesh!  Good.  <– I started saying kapeesh a LOT with my students this year.  I’m not why, when, or how it started, but they loved it – I’d say “Kapeesh?” after I gave them a set of directions and they responded energetically “Kapeesh!” if they understood {and oftentimes even if they didn’t}.

I can’t think of a better way of jumping back into blogging than linking up with Katie for Marvelous in My Monday!

Ryan and I approached this past weekend with a “go with the flow” kind of attitude.  We didn’t have any concrete plans, so we did whatever sounded good in the moment…  I baked a batch of black bean brownies, he surprised me with “just because” flowers, we went out to lunch, visited my momma, stopped by our new townhouse for measurements, picked our own fresh fruit and veggies, sat outside at a small town tavern, spent Sunday Funday swimming at our cousin’s house, and ordered pizza for dinner.











IMG_9231 Question:  What have YOU been up to the past four months?  Share a highlight!

Question:  Does your dog love or hate the water?  This was Charlie’s first time in a pool…  I wouldn’t say that he loved it, but he didn’t hate it either.  I think with more exposure he’ll become more comfortable.  He was fast as a bullet!

— Allison


MIMM: Life Lately in Numbers

It’s always tough to get back into the blogging groove after missing a few days, or in this case, over a week.  Lots of things happen, lots of food is eaten, many miles are run, memories are made…  I don’t know where to start.

Thanks Katie for hosting another marvelous link-up!

My 1st.  Last weekend my momma, my BFF’s mom, Ryan, and I went out to dinner.  We went to The Tavern {a local restaurant} and I tried my first buffalo burger.  It was good, but the conversation that lasted three hours was better.  I’m glad that Ryan and I are already married because he might have run after hearing about our childhood shenanigans.


3 jobs.  Within about a week I went from working part-time as a substitute teacher to working three jobs – elementary special ed teacher, tutor, and sales associate.  My days are long and we’ve eaten lots of random meals {or take-out} lately, but I’m really enjoying everything that’s going on in my life right now!


2nd, 3rd, and 4th.  After shuffling schedules for a few weeks, trying different combinations, my schedule is finally set.  I teach one class of each: 4th grade math, 4th grade science, 2nd grade math, and 3rd grade math.

7 students.  The number of students on my caseload.  I’m lucky, they’re all precious  Seriously.

3 meetings.  Every week I have at least three meetings before school, which means I’m out the door between 6:30 – 7AM.  Thank goodness for quick breakfasts and Starbucks.


50/50 split.  My school day is split 50/50 – half of the time I’m co-teaching in a general ed classroom {“inclusion”} and the other half I’m in my classroom working with a small group of students who need additional support {“pull-out”}.

3 miles.  Last Monday Sarah and I went to our first Monday Funday Runday at =PR= Fairfax Corner.  It was hosted by Brooks Running so we got to take their latest shoe {the Transcend} out for a three mile test run and were served root beer floats when we got back to the store.


Lots of hours.  I’m scheduled to work lots of hours at the running store this month – every Wednesday, most Fridays, and at least one weekend day.

1 post.  Last week I shared just one post, a guest post by Jenna about injury prevention {thank you Jenna!}.  This week I’ve got a couple of guest posts scheduled: a wheat-free, dairy-free muffin recipe on Wednesday and a career-related post on Friday…  Plus a few next week!  If you’d like to guest post, please send an email to lifesabowlblog@gmail.com.

3 exams.  Two teaching exams and one running store exam means that there’s lots of studying to do!  Plus, studying middle school math to prep for tutoring.  Bring on the coffee, highlighters, and index cards.


10 miles.  Yesterday morning I ran the Reston 10 Miler!  I’ve run a few half marathons, but yesterday was my first official 10 miler.  Race recap coming later this week.

Too long.  I spend too long writing race recaps.  I type up my thoughts but then always go back and second guess myself {same is true for product reviews}.  I don’t want to leave anything out, don’t think I was thorough enough, think I rambled too much.  Hopefully I’ll get better with time.

At least one.  Truth: I’ve eaten at least one bag of PopCorners everyday for the past two weeks.  I’m addicted.  My favorite flavors are white cheddar and kettle.

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2 inches.  After waiting way too long, I got a haircut yesterday.  I asked my stylist to for just a trim, but I think she chopped off about two inches.  I’m not hating it though…  My hair finally feels healthy again.  The blonde highlights last spring butchered my hair.

60 minutes.  Ryan had a 60-minute massage scheduled yesterday, but gave it up for me to take.  So sweet, love him!

Too many.  We had snow day number ?? today.  I can’t keep up.  The roads are still snowy and it’s supposed to be only 7* tonight so I have a feeling we’ll be home again tomorrow.  The laundry is clean, the bathrooms are shiny, I made a batch of meatballs, potatoes were roasted, {break & bake} cookies were baked…


Question:  How much snow has your part of the world gotten this winter?

Question:  Have you tried PopCorners?

— Allison


Valentine’s Weekend 2014

cuddles.  snow.  surprises.  candy.  flowers.  take-out.  workouts.  shopping.  movies.















Sleepless in Seattle










Question:  What’s your favorite “classic” chick flick?  Have you seen Sleepless in Seattle?  Watching Meg Ryan made me wanna watch You’ve Got Mail

Question:  What are your favorite pizza toppings?

— Allison