Sunday, September 17, 2017

Sneakers, Anniversary, & More Sneakers

Phil and I celebrated our two year wedding anniversary this week!  This year was extra special because he was actually here to celebrate with me!  I swear I look at that man and the butterflies still just flap away :)


This is one of my favorite photos from the big day <3

He also surprised me at school with flowers...needless to say, I was a puddle when he showed up to my classroom door looking all handsome in his uniform (he graduated from CCC that day!)


He also got to meet a few of my students....they all want him to come back to school so they can ask him questions.  It was a very, very cool day!

Phil made the mistake of taking me to the mall Saturday night...I say this because we happened to stroll on by the Journeys store and lo and behold, there were shoes I just had to have!


A pretty pair of pink Converse to be exact!  I was looking at the neon pink ones and decided that they are just a tad too loud (neon toenails, yes, neon Converse, just couldn't do it) and then Phil found these beautiful pale pink/charcoal gray ones and I was hooked!  It was love at first sight!

Then I also saw these beauties:


I walked out of Journeys wearing my new pink Converse (with my formal dinner dress...heels went in the bag) and those beautiful Adidas creations.  They are super supportive and were immediately tested out today on our walk with Max and trip to the gym.  MEGA LOVE!


New shoes, a truck, a puppy, and an amazing husband equals perfect a Sunday to me!

Speaking of perfect Sundays, this is what is happening on this wonderful afternoon in the Sutton Household:


Max is snoozing, Phil is playing Destiny 2, and I am reading, stretched out on the couch...perfect!

Phil is heading home for a little while to do some much needed catching up, so Max and I will be holding the fort down here in OK.  I wonder what kind of mischief we will get into....never can tell! (insert mischievous laugh)

I hope everyone has a wonderful week! :)

Anyone else have a sneaker obsession like me?  What are they?  Please share!

I am linking up with Bianca this week!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

New Pants, 5k's, & Gym Etiquette

There are very few things the make me irritated, but every once in a while I get a little cranky about certain things.  One of these things is Gym Etiquette.  When you lift and grab your plates, load up your machine, and get your reps in, you are supposed to re-rack your weights.  NOT JUST LEAVE THEM THERE FOR ME TO RE-RACK YOUR 215 lbs!  If you can get them on there, you can take them off and put them back.  I realize that after your reps, the muscle group you were working is reasonably tired, however, I do not want to heft all of that off, to put on my own, to lift, and then put them away...no thank you!  I don't understand how you could watch me re-rack your 215lbs and trot your happy butt off to the next machine...next time there will be words friend.

Ok, rant over!

In other news, Phil came home from work on Thursday and said he signed us up for the Devil Dog 5k here at Fort Sill.  Exciting!  Except that I haven't ran in a solid 8 weeks (I ran once, maybe twice, and I am really not sure it counts).  Saturday morning, we were up and at it!  Race started at 8am and we were ready to rock and roll!  At least as much as someone is at 8am on a Saturday running a race they hadn't prepped for....

It was awesome!  I actually ran my fastest 5k time ever!  I credit that to the Stair Stepper, my competitive nature, and the fact that Phil stuck with me during the race (races are always better with a buddy!)


Post run happy!

We also finally got a couch this weekend!


It is a sectional that fits perfectly into our living room space without crowding it too much!  Phil and I finally were tired of waiting for the claim to go through, so we picked it out after the race on Saturday and it was delivered that afternoon!  I forgot how wonderful it is to have a couch to sit on :)

I have also been shopping...I decided to splurge and try Lululemon athletic wear.  It was recommended by a friend and I had never tried it, so it was destiny.  I am now the proud owner of a pair of Lululemon cropped spandex pants and I am in love!


I wore them to the gym on Sunday and loved the way they stayed in place the whole time and really how cute the pattern is! They have all kinds of colors and I am in serious love!  I may have two more pairs in my shopping cart as we speak...

I also made Phil take a selfie with me at the gym...I needed the photo of my pants!  And he is too cute, that is also a huge factor :)

You can check out the leggings on Lululemon's website here.

I hope everyone has a wonderful week!  :)

Does anyone have any other favorite athletic clothes that they love and recommend?

Linking up with Bianca!

Monday, September 4, 2017

Football, Ice Cream, & Snoozing

Phil and I have actually decided to take a leap out of our box and get involved with the college football scene here in Oklahoma.  So, we bought a Oklahoma University (the Sooners) hat for Phil and a t-shirt for me.  I know, pretty crazy!

We took that hat and t-shirt to the home-opener on Saturday and it was awesome!  Our college did not have a football team and I have only been to one college football game so I wasn't quite sure what to expect...wow was I not even close!  Apparently there is college football, and then there is COLLEGE FOOTBALL!  The place was packed! There were people tailgating, walking, talking, buying drinks, food and other OU paraphernalia, and it was just epic!  They even closed down the street! Like what?!?!

Of course that meant that I made Phil take some selfies to commemorate the experience, because if there isn't a self, then did it really happen?  Kidding!





 He was awesome!  I can't help that I am a picture addict when we are together!

Our seats were pretty great too!  Right by the end zone!

It was so fun!  The weather was hot, the sweating was intense, and our smiles were big!  And those Sooners won!  Very rarely do Phil and I actually have a chance to cheer for a team that is actually good and wins (we are Bills fans, Sabres fans, etc...life can get a little tough somedays...)

After the game called for some celebratory fajitas and THE BEST ICE CREAM COOKIE SANDWICH IN THE WORLD!  Sorry for the all caps, but this ice cream cookie sandwich blew my mind!  Homemade cookies with homemade ice cream!


 It was also the size of my palm!  I couldn't finish it, but I sure tried; next time I am skipping actual dinner and going right for the prize :)

I took this photo of Max last week in his usual Sunday position:

And on this Monday that feels like a Sunday, he is enjoying the very same position.  Lazy afternoons at home are the best.

I splurged and got new shoes:



 My very first pair of Converse!  They are this awesome gray color that go really well with my jeans, shorts and khakis (for when I want to feel cool at school).  My students thought they were awesome and I totally gained more cred for that, and Phil, the sweetie that he is, told me that in my Converse I am almost cool...I'll take that!

I hope everyone has a wonderful week! :)

Does anyone else have crazy college football stories?

Linking up with Bianca! 


Sunday, August 27, 2017

Teaching, Running, & Colds

We made it through another week and that is always a plus in my book!  The kiddos are starting to settle in and we are bumping right along!  With the help of some awesome people, my classroom is also not looking quite so bare-bone-ish:


I have some very cool painted signs that really spruce it up!

You can't see it, but my sweet tea cup is totally on my desk...addicted!

I am not sure if it is allergies or a cold, but my head is so congested and my nose is running like crazy!  Oh and I basically sneeze every three minutes...anyone have any cold/allergy medicine recommendations?

Saturday I went to a professional development class up at Oklahoma University called Ipadpalooza and it was out of this world! I learned sooooo much about what to do with the iPads in class that my mind was literally blown! I think I am actually still processing all of that information.  I am going to try one new thing that I learned yesterday to implement in my classroom this year, and then add another next year, and so on.  Now I just have to figure out which one I am going to implement...

I bought these adorable new Nike sneakers around the Fourth of July, but haven't worn them because of being home, then moving, then unpacking the house, and I literally just found them again!  I really need to finish unpacking my clothes from the RV...

They have this cool lace-type pattern on them with slight pops of a neon yellow!  And they make me look so much more tan than I actually am :)

I have been having a really hard time getting motivated to run lately, Phil and I have been lifting at the gym for the past 5 weeks and I really love it!  I never thought I would actually like lifting weights ( I was under the misconception that it would bulk me up...false!), but I really love getting stronger.  We do a cardio warm-up, but instead of jumping on the treadmill and getting a few miles in, I have been hitting the Stair Stepper and getting my butt kicked.  Maybe once it cools off I will pick my running back up, but right now, I am really into getting stronger and more toned with the weights.

Phil surprised me with flowers on Thursday:


I was having a bit of a frustrating day and he walked in the house with these and two sweet teas...he really is amazing <3

I hope everyone has a wonderful week!! :)

Is anyone else trying new exercise moves and want to share?

Linking up with Bianca! 

Sunday, August 20, 2017

School, Hugs, & Gym Time

The first full week of school is done! And Week #2 is ready to start tomorrow! It has been a crazy week!  Apparently in Middle School, kiddos still hug the teacher; I didn't know that (my high schoolers weren't super big into hugs) so I was very surprised when I received many First Day of School Hugs, Monday Hugs, End of the Day Hugs, Open House Hugs, Friday Hugs, etc.  Hugs on hugs on hugs.

Along with the hugs, you get the thugs...or the students who think they run the hard life, can Netflix and Chill, and all that business.   Well, their attitude is no match for my own and they realized who actually ran the classroom...its me.  Plus, they look kind of cute when they act all tough, I didn't tell them that so I didn't ruin all of their "street cred", but let's face it, they are 11 years old, cute is all they can manage at this point.


This was an adorable card I received on Friday...they really can be so stinking cute!  It made me feel so good!  I also hung it up on my filing cabinet so I can look at it whenever I need a boost.

I also appreciate that he spelled my last name correctly :)

Max has also been adjusting to this new work schedule:


Life is ruff...


But he was a good boy for the groomer and scored a brand new bandana!  Look at that handsome little bud!

Phil and I had joined a gym that is literally across the street about a month ago and have been religiously hitting it 5-6 times per week.  I was a little hesitant at first about the two of us being gym partners, you never can tell about your spouse until you're both lifting weights, but it has actually been awesome!  We lift each other up, keep each other motivated, and it is a nice hobby that we have together :)

That being said, sometimes I do make him take selfies with me at the gym...I can't help it, he's cute!

I love that he humors me!

Last week was intense with our gym routine, I had gotten out of Teacher Shape: standing all day, pacing all day, knowing all of the answers to all of the questions, and being responsible.  Whew! Definitely an adjustment compared to summer break!  But, we did it and I feel ready to hit it again this week!

I hope everyone has a wonderful week!  May your caffeine be strong and your attitude high! :)

Linking up with Bianca!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Reflections, Musings, & Thoughts

As summer comes to a rapid close, I always like to reflect on summer: what I've done, what I forgot to do, and what I will miss most.  I do not sit still very well, or at all really, so I am very excited for school to start; too much summer is not a good thing!  Unfortunately for Phil, I also cannot sit still for very long over the summer either...this usually ends up with us going on a sweet tea run at various points in the day (addiction still holding strong)

Phil and I actually got to spend the entire summer together!  This is a concept that was completely unheard of!!  In our almost five years together, we have finally managed to do summer fun activities: we went hiking, walking, boating, on rides, spent our first Fourth of July together, moved into a house, enjoyed the RV, played corn hole, etc.  It was so awesome!  With that, I also made him take a crazy amount of pictures with me!  He was such a good sport:



With school starting for me and his training coming to an end, I find myself a little sad to let all of this time together shift, but such is life and life is actually pretty awesome.  He will go to his new unit in October and the crazy long work days and the questions of deployment will start again, but this summer has been what we have both needed: a chance to relax and enjoy being together!


And enjoy our energetic, high strung, crazy dog!  

I feel rested, relaxed and ready to take on the Middle Schoolers this Friday (yikes!) and am excited to see what comes next!  Life after all, really is the most incredible ride.

I hope everyone has a wonderful week!! Phil and I are celebrating our 2 year Wedding Anniversary next month and he will (in theory) be here to celebrate with me this time!  

Does anyone have any suggestions on good anniversary gifts????  Help would be greatly appreciated! 


Thursday, August 3, 2017

School, School, & School

HOLY CANNOLI SCHOOL STARTS IN A WEEK!!!!!!

When did this happen? How did this happen?  Where did summer go?  And oh my goodness am I excited!!!!

It is finally here: the prepping, the decorating, and the First Day of School Dreams have come back into my life like thunder.  One minute I'm looking at new vacuums (as per move), and the next I am figuring out how in the world to decorate my classroom.

I have always shared a classroom and relied on my partner to take the reins on that particular facet of education; it has never ever been a strength of mine.  I look at Pinterest and am out-gunned on all of those designs.  It really is fortunate that I am a Middle/High School teacher and not Elementary...

*Any of my Elementary friends want to visit me in Oklahoma and decorate my room, I will love you forever and shower you with sweet tea, chocolate and puppy snuggles*

Since I am a perky person, I went with the neon dots my friend and I had used in our room about two years ago to give it a little pop of color:




I have a lot of cork-board space!  As well as shelves, cabinets, and cupboards...I am sure I will find stuff to store in there eventually.

I dragged a friend to help me put up all of those dots as well as to put up some fabric boarders.  Due to my amazing (eye roll) photography skills, I have no photos of the boarders...oops!

This gem also came in the mail so I have been placing my bookmarks, sticky notes, and date dots getting it all ready for the first day!  I absolutely LOVE Erin Condren planners!

Check them out at her website! https://www.erincondren.com

I do believe the only one who is NOT excited about school starting is Max, he now has to get up early again and everyone knows how he feels about that...


(that is a photo of him at my parents house this summer, but he is feeling the same way now, trust me!)

I hope everyone is having a great week and has awesome plans for the weekend! :)

If anyone has some extra classroom ideas, please let me know :) I love buying school supplies and decorating supplies, so don't be shy!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Couches, Chairs & Vacuums

We are finally moved into our new house!  Our stuff was delivered and our empty house became filled with more cardboard than I thought possible.


And that is what we had managed to get it down to by Saturday.  We unboxed, unwrapped, hauled, folded, carried, and placed most of our stuff into its new spot in the house.  At one point I looked at my watch and noticed that it was 3pm, Phil and I had been unpacking since around 10am...I wasn't sure where the time went, but I definitely knew it went to good use!


As you can see, Max worked incredibly hard...

As with all PCS's and moves in general, we had stuff break: dining room chairs, our vacuum and two picture frames.  Overall not too bad!

The biggest thing that baffled me was that they lost our couches, I really didn't think that was possible!  Dishes, movies, picture frames, those I totally understand, but couches are pretty big! They have been lost to the Great Crate Creatures: the creatures that hide inside of crates and beam your stuff up to wherever they want it (I know, there was a Star Trek reference: big nerd!).

However, on the plus side, I do get to pick out new furniture!  As you know I love shopping, and furniture shopping is no exception!  We will soon (in theory) have couches that compliment and fit our living room perfectly!  Until the next time of course...

The movers were awesome and came and removed our mound of cardboard boxes on Monday and I now feel less claustrophobic.  I thought they were just going to take over the living room and as long as I could get to the refrigerator, I was going to let them! But the lovely men at the moving company took them away and gave us our living room back.



It feels amazing to be back and officially in our new home!  Phil and I are settling in quite nicely and are enjoying the double sinks in our master bathroom...this is a privilege we have never known and I am pretty sure that can save marriages.

Next task: hang decorations!  I think that is the best part!


I think Max really misses the couch...the plastic tub just isn't getting the job done.

I hope everyone continues to have a wonderful week! :)

Does anyone else have any crazy PCS/Moving stories???

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Jobs, Houses, & Family...Oh My!

Life this summer has been in a constant state of whirlwind.  Just when I get some type of routine down and feel mellow, KABOOM!  Life laughs at me....again and again as it would seem.

Phil found out our next duty station and it is.....right here at Fort Sill, OK!  So we will be seeing all that OK has to offer for the next few years.  That being said, since we found out early in the summer (mid June),  I decided that I will look for teaching jobs.  Why be unemployed when I didn't have to be?   I accepted a position at a Middle School as a Direct Instruction teacher for Language Arts and I am so very excited to get started! It will be a shift from teaching my high schoolers, but I am ready for this challenge! :)

Oh and we also found a house to rent:


This all happened in a week: Phil found out on a Tuesday night that we were staying and by the following Tuesday, we had signed a lease and I had signed my teaching contract for the upcoming school year...see,  there is that KABOOM I was talking about!

I have been able to fit in some reading which has been like a lifeline!  I am an avid reader and I can usually tell when I haven't been reading enough actually, so I have been making use of summer vacation!



I've been completely immersed in the written word and it has been lovely.  I also think I may be addicted to thrillers...

My parents came and visited OK for the Fourth of July!! It was so wonderful to have them here and show them OK and just spend time as a family.  This year was particularly special because due to trainings and deployments, Phil and I had never actually spent a Fourth of July together!


My parents left for home and Max and I decided to catch a ride on the Big Rig (my dad drives a semi truck) and rolled with them down the road.  Max is the ideal trucking dog: he sleeps, chews his toys, and whenever we slowed down, hopped up on my lap to take a look at what was happening in the outside world.  He is the epitome of chill, and when you aren't looking, he will steal your seat:


It always feels good to go home, it allows me to recharge and gear up for the school year.  Max is happy being back in the hills of Western NY as well


Max has regained some spunk as it is much cooler here and the poor frisbee caught the brunt of the excitement...power chewer indeed.

I hope everyone has a wonderful rest of the week and upcoming weekend!  Anyone got any big plans?

Does anyone use the Audible App?   I downloaded it and my first book for free (another thriller because I'm clearly addicted) and I am deciding on if I want to continue.  Is it worth the money each month?  Thoughts and opinions are greatly appreciated!  :)

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Pokemon, Pot Pie, & AC

So remember me telling you that Phil and I were BIG Pokemon nerds?  Well the COOLEST thing happened: we caught a SNORLAX!  This is huge because neither of us had one and we couldn't for the life of us find one!  We would see them at the gyms and just wonder where in the world did these people get them?!?!  Well feast your eyes on this cool dude:



Ok, granted he's not super good, but he's mine!

Aside from being nerds and catching them all, I have also determined that Phil and I (and two of our other friends that will remain nameless to allow them their cool-guy facade) will be very ready for senior citizenship.  I have come to this conclusion by realizing that:

  1. We like to eat dinner before 6pm if possible, and have been known to eat at 4:30pm with our soon to be crowd.
  2. We like to be in for the night by 7pm....this does not include our nightly walks with Max, that is a whole different category
  3. We eat Pot Pie every Wednesday at Cracker Barrel because Wednesday is Pot Pie Day
Yep, this is what 26 going on 66 looks like friends.

Max continues to enjoy RV life:


This is his newest perch: he can see all, hear all and inform me when the neighbors are making any type of sound/movement.

He's so fierce (insert dramatic eye roll here)

Phil surprised me by coming home with these beautiful flowers on Tuesday!

I am one lucky lady! 

He also installed a floor AC unit in the RV and our lives have been mega better!!  This Oklahoma heat is no joke and the RV is a magnet for the sun and traps the heat in like crazy, so it has leveled the playing field.  I have no picture of this because Phil did not like the shots I took while he was installing it...party pooper!

My parents are coming down to visit next week and spending the Fourth down here with Phil, my brother and I!  I am so excited! It will be great to see them and since mom has never been to Oklahoma before, I intend to show her around.  She will be drinking sweet tea in no time!

I hope everyone has had a wonderful week!  Phil and I are thinking of trying kayaking/canoeing this weekend; any tips?  Has anyone tried it?

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Apologies, New Shoes, & Life

I am soooo sorry for being so absent lately! Phil's laptop died (RIP the HP) and he has been taking my Mac to work.  I usually do most of my blogging during the day because when he gets home, its time for dinner, adventures, walks, and snacks!  Therefore, I tend to forget about blogging and BOOM!  Schedule disrupted!

However, I do think I am turning him over to the Dark Side of using Apple products....

Life here in OK has been HOT and pretty good!  The days are filled with walks, sweet tea runs, gym time and puppy snuggles.

On really hot days, we take rest breaks to watch the geese do whatever it is geese do...not a whole lot in my opinion, but Max is fascinated.

We also managed to actually get Max in the water this weekend!  This is HUGE because this dog doesn't like anything to do with water: puddles, rain, baths, etc; and he was actually chest deep in the lake!


Phil and I were so proud!

*Note my fancy photography skills and getting him mid nose-lick...I know, mega impressive ;)

Biggest news of all: I GOT NEW SNEAKERS!!



I am in LOVE with my new Nike Free Runs!  Literally obsessed!! A friend gave me a new sneaker website that have all kinds of cool designs for Adidas, Nike, Puma, Jordans, etc, and boy am I excited!!

You can imagine how excited Phil is about that...especially with our space restrictions in the RV...good news is that sneakers can store somewhat flat!  Problem solved! :)

Phil and I have also been doing some exploring and seeing all of what Oklahoma has to offer; it has been really awesome having my guy back :)


When I am not doing the gym thing, walking Max, drinking sweet tea, and hanging with my main man, I have really been enjoying the sunsets we get on our evening walks.


Besides the crazy access to sweet tea I now have, I think this might be my favorite part of being in Oklahoma.

I will try to do better this week with blogging!  I will not get distracted by the idea of dinner! Or at least not as distracted, after all who can resist Taco Tuesday??

I hope everyone has a wonderful week!  I will do a Photos of the Week/Past Weeks segment this week so you all can see more of our Oklahoma Adventure!

Does anyone have any book suggestions?  Summer vacation is when I catch up on my reading and I am in desperate need for some book ideas!  Let me know what you are reading!
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