Life Lately

Happy Sunday! Hope y’all had a relaxing weekend and are ready for the week ahead. I used to dread Sunday SO much because it meant one more sleep until I had to do the whole repeat of the work week. I don’t dread it so so much anymore but am definitely already counting down again til Friday. Here are some of the highlights from the last week or so:

Meet Henry!

Last weekend, the family gained a new member! Henry is an 8-week old Jack Russell and he is THE CUTEST THING IN THE ENTIRE WORLD! He and Pippy are becoming fast BFFs which I love the most. She is so gentle with him and he follows her around everywhere. I think my family’s text thread is all dog pictures at this point and I am definitely okay with it. Unfortunately I won’t have the same amount of baby Henry time as I did with Pippa but you can definitely bet that I will be visiting whenever I can to get my dose of puppy!

Summer plans…

My summer is definitely filling up quickly! With the four weeks of summer school and professional development I’ll be doing, it leaves only 3 weeks of actual vacation. And those three weeks are fully booked, too. Michael and I will be in Washington D.C. for a week for his sister’s wedding, Whitney has her flight booked to visit me, and this past week I booked a flight to visit her in Boise at the end of July. Phew! Busy, busy, busy.  Oh, and a friend and I bought tickets to see Justin Bieber at the Rose Bowl in August! 😉 Summer, you’re going to be FUN!



Michael and I rented “Snowden” on Friday night and it was super good! It was slow to start and I was initially really confused with all the technology/government jargon but I’m glad we held out and finished it. I didn’t really play close attention when the documents were leaked a couple years ago but have been reading up on it a ton today. I’m torn with my thoughts on it… obviously it was classified information and he deserves some consequences for exposing it. I know I’m willing to lose some privacy in order for my government to keep me safe. But there is also a line to that and I think he thought it had been crossed and he was standing up for what he believed in. That’s my very surface level thought on the issue 🙂 But anyways, definitely check it out! And put a sticker on your computer camera since you’re being watched…

Teacher Appreciation Week

This past week was Teacher Appreciation Week and boy, did I feel appreciated. My students, their parents, and my school’s admin and operations team kept the surprises coming all week. We had a lunch theme everyday that kept us well fed and my kids spoiled me with gifts. My favorite were the cards and I will forever cherish them. Teaching is not an easy gig. Some days I have absolutely no patience, other days I question my abilities to help my kids grow as learners, but most days I am fairly certain I have the best job in the world.


Those were the highlights of this past week! Hope y’all have a wonderful rest of your weekend!


Little Miss Mags

Today, my family had to say goodbye to little miss Maggie, our 12 year old Welsh Corgi. I am thankful that I was able to be out at my parent’s house last weekend so I could tell her goodbye and that I love her one last time. The only other goodbye I vividly remember saying to her was the one right before I left for college freshman year. I picked puppy Maggie up out of pen, held her close to me, and said goodbye. This goodbye was a million times harder.

Maggie was Erin’s dog. After we decided her service dog wasn’t working for her, Erin got Maggie as more of a companion dog. She was the best companion dog we could have asked for. Maggie was spunky and was just a plain weirdo in the best way. Even though Erin never uttered a word to her, Maggie knew who her person was. She provided comfort during hospital stays and was just a friend who kept Erin company around the house. On one of my visits home during college, I tried to get Maggie to sleep in my room. It didn’t work. She wanted to sleep in her bedroom with her person.

Over the last couple of months, specifically the last few weeks, Maggie’s health had gotten progressively worse. She was having a really hard time moving, would go to the bathroom in the house, and didn’t finish her food. Maggie LOVED food so I think this was what really indicated that she wasn’t feeling well. Maggie also loved her people so much. She loved getting her belly rubbed and would roll right over the second you starting petting her. In the last few days, she was in so much pain that she didn’t want any of us touching her. I’d get down on the floor to talk to her and pet her and she would snip at me or get up and move. It was hard not to take it personally or not be sad that I didn’t really get to say a proper goodbye because she didn’t want me near her, but I think that was her telling us how poorly she was feeling.

What helps a little bit is knowing that Maggie knew it was time. She didn’t fight it and even the vet said she was “worn out.” I am thankful that my dad was there with her, too. I was talking with my mom and we both agreed that Maggie is now with Wayne in doggie heaven and Wayne, who did not particularly like Maggie, is saying “Are you kidding me? Why are you here?!” While Wayne is sitting by the pool, Maggie is definitely laying on her back, waiting for a Puppachino to arrive.

It’s been extremely hard losing two dogs basically within a year of each other. It still feels weird looking out the kitchen window and not seeing Wayne and I know it’ll now be weird to visit home and not be greeted by Maggie. In instances like this, I am envious of the people who don’t have dogs because they will never know the heartbreak. But when I really think about it, it makes me feel sorry for them because they will also never know the unconditional love that they bring.






Happy Birthday, Pippa!

Today, Pippa turns ONE! It’s hard to believe this little pup has only been with us for a year (and even less than since we got her when she was 6 weeks old!). I know everyone says they have the sweetest dog, but really, Pippy is THE sweetest!

We (I say we, but really I mean my parents) got Pippa in May of last year. This was about 5 months after we had to put our 14-year old Welsh Corgi, Wayne, down due to health issues. That may be one of the hardest goodbyes I’ve ever had to say– people, included. I can just imagine Wayne, who loved relaxing by the pool, giving the side-eye to Pippa if she ever tried to play with him. He would have none of her antics that’s for sure!

It was love at first sight when I met Pippa. My parents got her about a week before I moved back to California and I remember walking in the front door on the Friday that school ended (I wasted no time in leaving Arizona), saw her straight ahead in the family room, and squealed. The squeal scared her and she hid, but I’m pretty sure it was love at first sight for her, too!

My favorite thing about Pippa is how much she loves her people. She is so affectionate and loves curling up next to you. She is also the best greeter whenever you walk through the door. You could be gone for 5 minutes, or in my case, sometimes weeks, but she is just as excited to see you. And having a dog with a tail is seriously the best! We had tailless dogs for 14 years (Maggie is our other pup, a Welsh Corgi like Wayne) and I love being able to see how happy Pippa is with the wagging of her tail! She also has such expressive ears and eyes that look at you with love (seriously!).

Pippa sleeps in my parent’s room and used to put her little hands (yes, hands) up on their bed at about 2am and they would let her up. Let’s just say that Pippa no longer uses her own bed and is in bed with my parents all night. She sleeps with me whenever I stay over and my gosh, she is a massive bed hog! She always needs to be touching you so she curls up right next to you but in this process she basically throws herself at you. I’ll wake up in the middle of the night and basically be hanging off the bed with Pippa right next to me and the whole rest of the bed wiiiiide open. She also loves to be right up by your face, so I am never surprised to wake up and have her nuzzled up by my neck.

I often ask my mom what she and I talked about before Pippa because I’m pretty sure 95% of our conversations involve her. I call every day on my way home from work and not too far into the conversation each time is “How is my Pippy?” I can’t even imagine if I was still in Arizona and only got to see her once every couple of months. It makes me sad to even think about! I texted my mom this morning and asked if this is what parents feel like when their children have birthdays– she said no 😉 .

I won’t see Pippy today on her actual birthday but I plan to celebrate with her on Saturday! Maybe a walk? A puppachino from Starbucks? She’s the birthday girl so she can choose! 🙂