Friday, May 30, 2014

Five on Friday

I haven't done a 5 on Friday in a while, but I actually have 5 things to share this week! 

So here we go...

1. First off, I'm super excited that I am finally starting to fit into my pre-pregnancy jeans!!!!! Woohoo!!!!

{This is obvi an old if only my stomach could be that flat again!}

2. Today I'm feeling a little nostalgic, as it is the day I found out I was pregnant last year. 

{Again, old pic! Don't be getting excited!}

So crazy to see how much my life has changed in a year. I'm a little sad thinking about how I was just beginning this whole adventure at this time last year...but then I think about that god awful morning sickness and I don't feel so bad! I'm happy to have Ella out in the world rather than in the womb any day! 

3. Yesterday, I had another pretty major thing happen....I told my principal I will not be coming back to school....until February! (Did you think I was going to say forever?! I wish!) 

Our school district offers up to 12 months of unpaid (blahhhh) parental leave after the birth of a child. I was planning on going back in August, but I was already feeling anxious about it, and it's only May! I knew I'd regret it if I didn't take advantage of the full 12 month leave...and if I totally hate teaching now that I'm a mom come February, I only have to stick it out 4 short months, instead of an entire school year. I really hope I'm making the right decision! So thankful for my husband and his great job for allowing me to do this for our family. :)

4. So, along with that...because I will have virtually no income for the next 9 months, I am going to tutor this summer! I've posted an ad on Craigslist, and I've already heard from several people wanted tutoring for their kids! So if anyone in Charlotte needs a tutor, I'm your girl! :)

5. This weekend I will be heading to none other than Cleveland, Ohio for my bestie, Natalie's, bachelorette party!!! 

A little walk down memory lane...

{Spring Break 2006!}

{The night UNC won the National Championship in running down Franklin Street--and no, we did not go to UNC! Ha!}

{My bachelorette party in 2012!}

Don't worry, Natalie...there's plenty more where those came from! I'll post some more old pics before your wedding! ;)

I fly out Saturday morning and I return Sunday evening, so I will be gone a whole 36 hours, but it's still my first time being away from Ella for more than a few hours! I'm a little anxious about it, but I know she will be in great hands with her dad!! Now if only I didn't have to pump the whole time I'm in Cleveland......
But seeing this little face on Sunday night will be worth it!

Have a great weekend everyone!


  1. That's great you have an entire year to take if you want. I bet that relieved a lot of anxiety for you!

  2. Great news on the maternity leave! You are very lucky to have that option, and Ella is very lucky to have another 6 months with you! Have fun in the Cleve!

  3. YAY for being home for a whole year with Ella!!!! and YAY YAY YAY for this weekend!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

  4. Have a GREAT time on your trip!! You deserve a fun weekend away (even if the pump has to come along!) and Ella will miss you but will also be just fine. Enjoy the time apart!

    And YAY for deciding on a whole year of maternity leave!! I'm selfishly excited to have you girls to play with all fall :)

  5. Lots of exciting news! Happy you're able to spend more time at home with Ella this year!! Hope you had a great girls' weekend away!!! :)