Saturday, August 16, 2014

Saturday Snapshots {To Atlanta & Back Again}

On Monday morning, my friend, Heather, and I headed to Atlanta. We left in the dark and watched the sun rise. I'm not usually awake and in a position to watch the sun rise very often, so it was nice to be a captive audience.
After 12+ hours of driving we finally made it to our final destination in Decatur, Georgia. Of course, we had to stop and take pictures at the Georgia state line. We passed the time in the car with Switchfoot, mini cupcakes, lots of talking and some cat naps for the passenger.
On Tuesday we went in to Atlanta to explore a little bit. It looked like it might rain in the morning, but that worked to our advantage by making it a little cooler outside. The picture below has the Coca-Cola Museum on the left and the Georgia Aquarium on the right.
We decided to go to the aquarium. It is the biggest and best after all.
We saw really big tanks full of beautiful fish.
We got to walk through a tunnel that goes through a massive tank.
They have three, huge whale sharks. We sat and watched the fish for a long while. So cool!
There were also some really big manta rays.
We saw the beluga whales. They would swim around and bump up against the acrylic in between us. It almost looked like they were bouncing up against it.
We crawled through a tunnel in the penguin exhibit. Then we popped our heads up in the middle of it. It was hard for us to get a good picture, but we did it!
We walked around a lot in downtown Atlanta after we left the aquarium. We stopped and hung out for a bit in this park with an awesome playground.
Then we went to The Varsity for dinner. We can check that off of the list!
On Wednesday, Heather took me to visit another friend before flying home. On the way to meet up with him, we stopped at the Chick-Fil-A Dwarf House. Isn't it precious?! Heather even crawled through the little red door.
I flew home super late on Wednesday night and then hung out with my baby nephew on Thursday. Yesterday I relaxed and read for most of the day since it was my last official day of summer. I can't believe I go back to work on Monday. Man, time flies!!
Hope you're having a great weekend and enjoying your last few days of summer too!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Intentionally Choosing People

As I laid in bed the other night willing myself to go to sleep knowing that I would be waking up in the dark of the morning to drive to Atlanta, I was reminded how important it is to intentionally choose people. It's not always easy. Sometimes I even get frustrated when it doesn't feel like they choose me back. Even still, I want the people in my life to know that I care for them and I am for them. This life is hard. I mean really hard. We're constantly juggling the unknown and sometimes our people get placed to the side. I'm just as guilty of this as the next person, but I desperately want to be somebody who intentionally chooses to encourage and uplift those around me. I think if we all intentionally chose to remember the people around us, the world would be a different and better place. After all, we are all wounded and scared and worried and happy and unsure and so much more. We are here together and we need one another.

7 Ways to Intentionally Choose People:

1. Send handwritten notes of encouragement (emails work too)
2. Call to check up on your friends and family
3. Be aware of ways you can help others- hold doors open, carry things, etc.
4. Listen and be present when others talk to you
5. Be flexible and understanding- we have no idea what others are going through
6. Make time for others- yes, life is busy, but our most cherished memories will be the ones that include people not tasks
7. Pray for others- in fact, ask others how you can pray for them

I'm completely aware that this isn't always easy. I admit that I'm the first one to jump to conclusions or to believe the ridiculousness that my mind comes up with about others. Despite that, I really want to intentionally choose people. And it really does have to be an intentional choice. Otherwise, it's easy to write people off, but that's not how lasting community is made. God calls us to love one another. Today I'm praying to be aware of ways that I can intentionally choose people- friends, family and random people I walk by in the store. Intentionally choosing people is not just limited to those I know. Today let's send some letters or emails. Let's make some phone calls and spend some time intentionally choosing people. Let's pray for one another and ask how we can pray. Let's know that sometimes we won't do our best, but that we can still try to intentionally choose people. 

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Saturday Snapshots

Summer days are fading away. Not the heat though. It's sticking around for a while longer I'm sure. This was a good week full of friends, family, relaxing and my new classroom.

One of my least favorite things about home ownership is watering the yard. It seems like there is such a science behind it and I never know if I'm doing it right. I'd rather it just rain. That would be nice.
Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken was one of my favorite movies when I was little. I watched it every time I was sick and had to stay home from school. I haven't seen it in quite a while, so it was fun to watch it again.
I glanced at the book section at Target this past week. I left that section with three books. I've already read two of them. It's been really nice to get some reading in before school starts!
I went to dinner with a sweet friend this week. While I was driving, I asked her to take a picture of the sunset. This picture doesn't do the sky justice.
I decided to sit outside and read one day this week. I had nothing that needed to be done immediately, so I stole away some time to soak up my last few free days of summer. Then I dropped my phone screen side down on the concrete. It shattered. Typical. It's fixed now, but I mean really?! Apple needs to look in to using plexiglass or something.
Thursday was classroom move in day. It was kind of weird to move in to a new school, but I think it's going to be really good there. My mom and nephew brought me lunch and came to help me set up some stuff. A certain little boy found a place to hide. He makes me laugh!
Here's a sneak peek of my new room. I only moved in about a third of my school stuff, but I think it looks pretty good for only one day of work in there.
We went to the Children's Museum yesterday. We made a paper rocket and had lots of fun!
Today I plan on doing a little packing for my quick trip to Atlanta on Monday before spending some time with my family later. This coming up week will be my last week of summer. That makes me kind of sad, but I'm excited to meet my new students too!
Happy Weekend!