Rang in 2014 with a group of sweet friends, most of who I plan to ring 2015 in with tomorrow night!
~Went on an interview for a job in a neighboring school district. This was the one that started the season of interviews.
January was a rather boring month!
-My mom ended up having to have heart surgery to have a stent put in due to one of her arteries being 80% blocked after spending all of MLK day with her in the ER. (Yeah, I knew there was a reason not a lot happened in January!). Despite her having to go to cardiac rehab (what a hassle for her to get there!) and getting tired sometimes, I am thankful to still have her!
-Participated in Bailey Jean's blog challenge! It was a lot of fun and I hope she does another one at some point in 2015.
-Spent many days home from school due to SO MUCH SNOW!!
Lily clearly loves the snow!
-Went on an interview for a leave replacement in one district where I did my student teaching. And so the job search continued.
-Blogged about the WORST experience I have ever had at a restaurant, Ruby Tuesday's. As someone who is also a server I am extremely patient when I am out but this was horrible. My complaint went to their regional manager and he contacted me. They sent me a $20 off coupon to try another RT near me. It was okay but I don't know if I'd go back,
-Went on another interview for another leave replacement (hey at least getting the interviews as a good sign!). Weirdest interview ever.
-Went to my co-worker's wife's baby shower. I apparently took no photos!
-Blogged about one of my first baking adventures from Pinterest - Reeses Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes...time consuming but SO YUMMY!!
-My beautiful niece Emma turned 5!
-Celebrated my mom's 66th birthday! Apparently no good photos from dinner either!
-Spent a few days of my spring break visiting my best friend April in DISNEY!!!!
-My dog Lily Belle turned 1! She is such a crazy dog!
-My nephew made his First Holy Communion.
This picture cracks me up! "ENOUGH!"
-Went to my co-worker Anjelica's baby shower! Her mom did such an awesome job.
-Reverted back to my blonde roots. Which reminds me, I need to get my hair done ASAP!
-Threw a surprise work baby shower for Anjelica and she had NO IDEA! Best reaction ever! Also said goodbye to my favorite manager Daimys as she was transferred back to a store near her. :(
Work family! <3
-Chaperoned the 7th grade field trip to the Bronx Zoo. My first time going there and OMG it was SO hot!!
-Also took my mom to see The Lion King on Broadway for her birthday/mother's day gift!
-My niece Emma graduated preschool, ready to start kindergarten in the fall!
-Attended Olivia & Marc's engagement party (they got engaged in Puerto Rico in February). Side note: this is going to be the SICKEST wedding I will be in/go to. Olivia's dad knows how to throw one killer party.
-Finished another school year off (not knowing it would be my last with that group of work friends). Started my summer off by going on a girls weekend trip to Atlantic City!
-Anjelica had her baby boy, Michael Lawrence!! He is just a doll!
-My niece's had their dance recital! So glad they're following in my footsteps.
-Had an interview that led me to getting a demo 5 days later that led me to walking out of the demo LANDING the job!! I remember driving home just crying. Crying for various reasons. One because I finally landed a teaching job. Two because it was in NY and I never thought that would happen. And three because I was going to leave my other work friends. But they were ALL SO supportive and happy for me!
-Spent a weekend in Rhode Island/Block Island/Massachusetts with my cousins!
-Prepped for school.
-Spent a day out east with Olivia and Shannon for Shannon's birthday at the wineries!
One of the best things about Long Island is the amount of wineries we have!
-Started my first real teaching job!! Despite the amount of planning I have to do because everything is coming from scratch, I really do love my job.
-Saw Luke Bryan in concert!!
-Threw my cousin Lisa's baby shower! (I apparently didn't take any photos! Or if I did, they haven't been uploaded yet).
-Celebrated Amanda's birthday in the city.
-Apparently the beginning of the school year I didn't do much because I was busy getting myself situated. Oh well.
-I started covering one class at the high school because the teacher went on maternity leave. While it is a great experience, it just made me realize how much I love working in a middle school setting.
-I turned 28! Yikes! Slowly approaching 30.
-My cousin Lisa had her baby boy, Owen Edwin!
-My goddaughter turned 10! Holy smokes she is going to be a teenager before I know it. She also makes me feel old because she was born December of my senior year of high school.
-Finished off school (the day before Christmas Eve!) and have been relaxing. I haven't done a lick of school work so I might want to hop on that train and get going!
-Celebrated Christmas with the family. I still need to upload those pictures.
Overall, 2014 was a year of change. I switched school districts and began teaching on my own. While I am part teaching assistant (because my principal liked me that much he wanted to make the drive worth it for me) and part teacher, it is everything I could have hoped. Everyone says the first year is the worst and it seems to be true....just for the fact of getting your lessons together, figuring out what works/what doesn't. I know year 2 will be a smoother transition.
I cannot wait to see what 2015 will bring. Hopefully a more well behaved dog (Lily is on her third trainer) and a new car. Maybe even finally moving out on my own!
Happy New Year everyone! May you all have a wonderful time celebrating SAFELY with your friends and family! Be smart! Be safe!