Sunday, April 13, 2014

New Orleans Pelicans

During Spring Break, Mack and I went to a New Orleans Pelicans basketball game.  I had never been to an NBA game before and this one was super fun.  The Pelicans were playing the Denver Nuggets.  

Mack was able to get us some awesome seats!  We were two rows behind the bench!  We could hear everything the players and coaches were saying and literally had a front row seat on all the action!

We got there early to see all the players warm up and take shoot around.

Anthony Davis warming up for the Pelicans

We were seating directly behind the Nuggets bench.  So as the players were walking to the locker room I got a few pics! 

Wilson Chandler

Randy Foye

Nuggets Head Coach, Brian Shaw

We were also glad to see #35, Kenneth Faried.  He played college basketball for our favorite college coach, Donnie Tyndall!

Because our seats were so amazing, we also got to go visit the hospitality room.  They had delicious refreshments and these adorable sugar cookies!

The Pelicans won the game in overtime.  It was a super fun first game experience!

The Super Dome was even showing off it's Pelican spirit! 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Ron Clark Academy!!!

My school district invited Ron Clark to speak to all of our teachers and staff at the beginning of the school year.  Ron Clark is a middle school teacher in Atlanta.  But he is much more than that!  He has a phenomenal story and started his own middle school in Atlanta.

Just a little background…

Ron Clark was a teacher in his home state of North Carolina and wanted to make a difference.  He moved to Harlem and began teaching a group of students that had the lowest test scores in the school district.  In just one year he took this group of low performing students from the lowest in the school district to the top scoring group by the end of the school year.  He has written several books and went on to start the Ron Clark Academy.  

He was even named Oprah Winfrey's first "Phenomenal Man" and also went to Africa to train the teachers at Oprah's school.  And they made a movie about him too!  "The Ron Clark Story" starring Matthew Perry.  Needless to say, he's kind of a big deal :)

When I heard Ron Clark speak to our school district in August I was so inspired by him and wished that I could visit his school one day.  Well, that day came!!  I had the privilege of visiting the Ron Clark Academy (RCA) over Spring Break.  And it was amazing!

When we arrived at RCA all the students were there to welcome us.  And this wasn't your normal "Hello", they were in full song and dance.  Ron Clark incorporates movement, innovation and creativity into all aspects of his teaching and into the school.  He brings the learning to where the students are and makes it relevant.  All the students are brilliant and are extremely articulate and well spoken.  It is like a dream school!

More celebration and dancing to get the day started.

Ron Clark welcoming us!

We were some very excited teachers!

Throughout the day we were able to visit the classrooms at RCA.  We were able to sit in on one of Ron Clark's classes and see how he teaches.  His enthusiasm is contagious!  It was an amazing experience!

As you may have noticed, there is a large blue slide right in the middle of the school.  Ron Clark takes everything to the next level, so why not have a giant slide in the school, right?!  As the finale for the day, everyone slides down to get "Slide Certified".

I didn't come down the slide like this, ha!  This was after all the excitement, everyone had a time for pictures.  :)

Ron Clark wishing us safe travels home.

More photo opps!

If he is ever hiring, I know three teachers that would be interested!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Happy New Year, Happy One Year!

Mack and I met last New Year's Eve (2012) for the first time.  So this New Year's Eve we celebrated our one year anniversary!

We had a great dinner in Jackson

Then decided we would go to Madison to try out ice skating.  I think we both thought we'd be able to at least float around the ice once…..well…..

We got some good pics before getting on the ice.  It should have been an indicator that I would be horrible at this when I had a hard time standing up for this picture while still on the grass!

O.M.G.  This was so funny, I had no control from the knees down.  Remember that scene in Bambi when Bambi slides onto the ice and all of his legs collapse under him?!  Well, just envision that scene and a girl with sequins!  Totally out of control!

We stayed on the ice long enough to pose for a picture and quickly exited before someone got hurt, ha! As you can see we are hugging the wall!!

But fun all the same!  Happy 2014 and Happy One Year to Us!

Thank you, Christmas Elves!!

Happy Ice Storm to you!  I'm on day three of being iced in!  It is supposed to raise above freezing by lunch, so I'm hoping to venture out today and school will be resuming tomorrow.  So life will be back to normal soon!

Here's a little Christmas post since we have North Pole like weather!

I love Christmas trees!  Here's my mom's tree from this year.

Grandparents' tree

My tree

Every year I like to post the wonderful gifts I receive from my "Christmas Elves".  My name is lucky enough to be on the Christmas list of some very smart shoppers every Christmas.

So back by popular demand….

Kelly's Christmas Elves 2013

I'm loving these Nora Fleming serving pieces you can change for the occasions.  I actually purchased one of these as a gift and then received one too!

Now, you may be wondering how my Christmas Elves know exactly what I want.  I must confess, I give really good hints!  I pinned many of my favorite things on Pinterest and my elves do the rest! :)

Earrings from Etsy

Of course, Tory!

LOVE these!

My grandmother found this unique purse for me, a friend of hers got one on an overseas vacation.  It's a tulip purse, it opens up like a flower!

Perfect for King Cake!

Love this apple, it looks great displayed in my office.  An apple for the teacher!

No holiday is complete without lipgloss.

This has been on my Christmas list and I was so happy to open this up!  I have already been making some delicious soups in the Le Creuset!

Most comfortable and cutest shoes. Ever.

Perfect for cheering on my favorite basketball team, the Brookhaven Academy Cougars and their Coach!

Love the sparkles!

Love this statement necklace.

Super excited to open this one!

My favorite boots, I wear these almost everyday in the fall and winter.

Love a monogram 

This smells wonderful

And you all know I love Tory!  I was so happy to get a pretty new pair of black flats, I had exhausted my other pair.  These are great and black and gold, of course!

And anther pair too!  Wow, I had a great Christmas!!

Thank you to Santa and all of his Elves!!  You all are the best!!