December 31, 2015

Because I'm back!

Hey world, remember me?! I've been REALLY busy over Christmas vacation. We travelled all over the midwest and go to see so many people we love. So, while I am recuperating from our travels and planning out my 2016 I thought I'd do a little photo drop for you! Here's what we've been up to.

We made the cutest little salt dough ornaments with my niece. She wasn't really sure about sticking her hand in the dough, but she did! Then I baked, painted, and glittered. It was fun! Here's the recipe we used.

I seriously couldn't believe how much she has grown since I last saw her. She is WALKING!? She's adorable, and she's a rotten little princess. Just like her Aunt KK.

Of course every year my mom buys us all new Christmas jammies to wear while we wait for Santa. Hadley's were of course the cutest! And I bet you're wondering why these are the only Christmas jammie pics I have. Well that's because the rest of my family was too cool to participate. Don't worry Hadley, Aunt KK will never be too cool. :)

Then we got to have a "Very Madrigal Christmas day" with our cousins and extended family. There's never a dull moment when we all get together!

We got to puppy sit for our best friend until Santa picked up the sweet little babe to deliver on Christmas morning. If this isn't the cutest face I've ever seen I just don't know what is. Plus being a part of a little girl's Christmas surprise makes your heart tingle just a little!

I got to spend a couple awesome nights with my closest friends watching movies and hanging out. Don't kill me, but this picture seriously makes me laugh every time I look at it.

And here we are. I have a ton of other pictures I could've shared, but we don't want to be here all day on NYE 2015 do we?! Here we are, rounding out Christmas and flying back to sunny and STIFLING hot Florida. 

Going north is my favorite Christmas tradition (besides the Christmas Eve Jammies of course). I will never be able to spend this holiday away from my family and best friends. Even though I'm 1,000 miles away, these people will always be my most important.

Have a safe and happy NYE, and stay tuned I will be back tomorrow with a special edition of 5 on Friday.

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December 11, 2015


Finally getting back to my 5 on Friday! This week I'm in the holiday spirit and wanted to share with you guys- 5 things that have made me happy this week.

5. My boss declared next week to be jeans week right before the holidays. I know I've told you how I feel about jeans day before, but really...jeans days are everything.

4. Frances brought me cuban coffee. You haven't had the magical drink that is cuban coffee? You are missing out! Pretty sure I could run a marathon after drinking it.

3. I opened an early Christmas present and got a zebra print mac cover. Mr. L is pretty terrific. Even though I picked it out. It's still the thought that counts!

2. Being able to wear boots again. The cooler weather didn't come in November like it usually does, so it was a little sketchy to wear boots until recently. Now I'm all over it. I LOVE boots. Anyone who wants to share good websites to purchase them will be loved for eternity!

1. The fact that we now have an Elf on the Shelf. Meet Waffles. I'm sure Mr. L won't agree, but I personally think I'm better at creating things for Waffles to do. See.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Friday and have a relaxing weekend!
Check out all the other great Friday 5's!

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December 02, 2015

Because Joy Right?

Uhhh so I haven't felt very joyous lately, so in the spirit of Christmas and Jesus' Birthday I'm going to tell you about the 10 things I want to do this holiday season. Besides see all the people I love, because that's so obvious!

Not in order because they're all great ideas so they all tied.

Watch ABC Family. Because. The Santa Clause. Scott Calvin, Santa Clause?!? Did anyone realize Tim Allen is 62 years old? I was a loyal Home Improvement-er back in the day.

Make a gingerbread house. And pray that I don't have to use real adhesive...this time.

Watch church online while I'm in Indiana. Try it out! I love it!

See snow. I don't think it snowed when I was home for Christmas last year. I wouldn't mind getting Mr. L with a snowball!

Drink seasonal wine. Lanthier Winery.

Get an Elf on the Shelf. Is that weird?

Wear my Uggs. Just for a few days, and only in Indiana. Don't worry, I don't wear Uggs in Florida.

Go to the Louisville Mega Caverns. Holy sensory overload!

Make these pecan pies at least one more time. SO good. I made the crust from the recipe last year and it was delicious...but I got a little lazy this year.

And lastly, which I think we can all agree is probably the most important anyway...
Drink champagne in my Christmas jammies.

I think that means I should online shop for some new Christmas jammies! Score!

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November 24, 2015

Because they aren't all bad....

Lately I've been seeing a lot of videos shared that show students physically attacking their teachers in one way or another. I don't know if this is becoming "a thing" or if these videos have been around awhile and are just now being shared, or maybe I'm just super behind the times and didn't know they existed. But now I've seen them and I can't just unsee them.

I have to say that I've also seen posts on posts on posts about how this generation has an entitlement complex and are completely disrespectful, which I don't 100% disagree with. I have come across several kids that have a blatant disregard for authority and think everything in life should be handed to them. But those aren't the kids I think of as I'm still processing all of this.

I think of the fact that a couple weeks ago there was a peer conflict between two girls in the cafeteria at school. I was the first person who got to the girls and let's just say I didn't have a lot of luck trying to get them apart. However, there was an 8th grade boy right in the middle of it all with me trying to make them stop. More adults got to us and someone made sure the boy was at a safe distance from the conflict. That next day a teacher came to me and told me she was speaking with the 8th grade boy, telling him how she was proud that he was trying to stop the girls from fighting instead of gawking and instigating it like several other kids were. His answer completely floored us. "I didn't want them to hurt Mrs. Liddle."

So while we see these videos out there of students who attack their teachers. I can't help but share my feel good story. It didn't happen just because. I'm a firm believer that if you take the time to build a relationship with as many of your students as possible, you will have so many fewer problems. I'm NOT saying that you won't have any problems, just fewer.

So all that said....this year, I'm thankful for kids with good hearts. The world needs more good hearts.

I hope you have a very happy Thanksgiving and eat all the good food! I'm making pecan pie tarts. Pictures and recipe to come soon. Disclaimer: Not healthy at all. But SO delicious!

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November 17, 2015

Save your Sanity.

Sometimes I feel like the teacher from Charlie Brown. You know the one. And if you don't, you can't talk to me anymore. Just kidding- if you don't here's an example below. The teacher is teaching and all the kids hear is "wah wah wah wah wah wah waah" instead of the real sounds coming from the lady's mouth.

UGHHHHH. I finally truly understand what my parents used to yell at me about growing up and that whole "in one ear and out the other" saying that I've heard more times than I'd like to admit. BUT then...Today I saw the silver lining.

Those of you who have the patience to keep up with my life know that I have a student at work that's my "school daughter". Well, she was involved in an altercation last week and this morning she found herself face to face with the same girl wanting to fight her again. And then...drum roll please.... SHE WALKED AWAY INSTEAD OF FIGHTING. Yes, you read that right. It might not sound like a big deal, but come spend a couple days with us and you will learn to appreciate any and all wins.

That being said, I've been trying to be better about celebrating wins. It's in like every leadership book and theory on the planet that you should spend time celebrating wins. But why? Today it clicked. For me celebrating wins isn't just a way to recognize something good happened. Celebrating wins....

Reminds me of why I'm doing what I'm doing.

Gives me a reason to want to continue.

Is my reward for a job well done.

Is a huge deposit in my personal bank account a.k.a. the good feels.

It solidifies my mission of spreading love to those who may not get it elsewhere. 

Most importantly, it gives me the confirmation that I'm right where I need to be.

And that is the why behind celebrating even the tiniest of wins. Don't just take my word for it. Try it out. You won't be sorry!

Now, go do something awesome.

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November 10, 2015

The Lazies

In honor of the movie marathon I am about to engage in since we're off work tomorrow honoring Veterans... I wanted to find the easiest way possible to catch you up on my life. Pictures duh!

School Pictures. #nerdstatus
Red Ribbon Week Photo Booth
Bulletin Board Contest Winner
Tried to give Monday a fair chance this week. Monday....NOT sad to see you gone.
How I've felt lately
Too many cutes in one picture.
Baby steps back to a new normal.
Lots of Veterans at my school. Happy Veterans Day!
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November 02, 2015

Throw away your planner.....just kidding.

Isn't that the truth?!

My life has been hectic lately. It's also been really unpredictable. That being said, I've struggled some weeks to write anything at all on here. I know nobody holds that against me, but I do feel compelled to explain myself a little bit. With being sick I've had to learn to live in a new season of life. This new season that is upon me is full of unknowns, slowing down, doctor appointments, lots of sleeps, learning to be more flexible, and saying no sometimes. ALL new things for me. (Except maybe the sleeps, because everyone knows I sure do love to sleep).

Anyways.  Here lately things haven't been going as planned and I'm learning that that's okay. It's not necessary to be hard on myself when something on my to do list doesn't get done. I don't need to feel disappointed if my blog post is a couple days late. I'm an INFP so by nature I'm not only a perfectionist, but I have some seriously high standards for myself. And let me tell you, I am relentless when it comes to things I want to accomplish. (My top strength on my strengths finder 2.0 is discipline). Ok I'm revealing way too much about my life, so let me get back to the point.

I know I'm not the only person in the world who finds value in being productive. I also know I'm not the only person out there who is hard on themselves when things don't go as planned. But I'm here to bare witness to all of you that....the sun will rise another day...even if you don't get to mark off that last thing on your list. I can't even believe that just came out of MY mouth. But it's true. So often we get caught up in the whirlwind of life that we forget to slow down and enjoy it. If you don't take the time to truly experience life, what will you have to show from your years here?

I don't know about you, but that's a pretty big wake up call for me. It's like the universe is knocking on my forehead yelling "Hey, hey you! You in there? Quit living life by a rubric." Touche universe. Tou. che.

Let me end with something that's inspiring me to embrace what life is throwing at me and be patient for what's to come.

Monday, I'm not terribly upset to see you go. Trying to work on that attitude.

P.S. My dogs got some new toys today. If you are the parent of a fur baby that is super destructive to toys you've got to try these Tuffy toys. Best $30 ever spent. I wish I was that happy over a turtle and a lobster. The first round we bought are all still mostly in tact after several months! That's a win in my book. Mya approves too.

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October 26, 2015

How to avoid jail time during a triple threat week

I've never really been much on superstitions. I think the closest I've ever been to believing one is if a virgin lights the black candle on Hocus Pocus, the Sanderson sisters will appear and terrorize your neighborhood.

However as I've gotten older and have gained more life experience I have come to truly believe in one superstition: crazy things happen when there is a full moon. More specifically children and especially teenagers tend to morph into little (and sometimes big) gremlins.

Now that you understand how frightening that can be let's add some whipped cream to the top of the sundae by stating the obvious that this coming weekend is Halloween and no respectable teenager can come to school without at least attempting to have a costume on because they just can't resist.

And finally the cherry on top of the Sundae: They are all going to be well rested and feeling like they have spring fever because they have been stuck in their homes for a little over 4 days.

We hit the lottery this week.

If you're anything like me you might need to take a couple WOOSAH moments this week so I've compiled a few things that I think might help.

Stay Caffeinated. On a week like this limiting your caffeine or trying not to drink it at all is just setting yourself up for failure. Don't set yourself up for failure. You're going to need the extra boost to keep up.

Pray. A lot. Have you been slacking on your Bible or Devotional reading? This is the perfect week to get back to it because it's only going to be by the grace of God that you survive.

Eat the chocolate. And if you don't have any to eat, buy the chocolate then eat the chocolate. I suggest dark chocolate covered espresso beans. Two birds with one stone. I know, I'm an overachiever. But they really are delicious.

Laugh. Finding humor in tough situations is a lifeline. Use it.

Drink. Disclaimer: Not promoting alcohol consumption. I was thinking more along the lines of staying hydrated with water, but hey if you're a big kid choose a big kid beverage if you want. Not judging at all. Ok, maybe just a little but I am trying not to.

And those are my suggestions on how to avoid jail time during a triple threat week.
Happy Monday.

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October 19, 2015

Is this really you Fort Myers?

Saturday night we went downtown Fort Myers to have dinner at Ford's and walk around, no big deal. We do this every so often, but this past weekend was different because there was a big festival going on. There were quite a few people there, I guess upwards of 20,000 they say. Again, not even that big of a deal because we'd been to this festival the past 2 years and it was so fun; mostly to walk around and people watch, but as always the food options downtown make it pretty great too. So, of course we didn't think twice about taking one of my best friends from Indiana while she was here to visit.

What started out with a text reading, "How do you feel about Zombies? We're thinking of going to ZombiCon." Ended with a text reading, "Leave NOW! We just heard gunshots."

Yeah, that escalated quickly.

Here's what happened:

I'm struggling to find words. And you know that doesn't happen often. But.... a person opened fire, killing someone and injuring several others, at a street festival that was raising money for art and music in the community.

Please do all of us in SW Florida a favor and say a prayer for Fort Myers. Not just a prayer for the police officers and detectives who are trying to locate the person (I use that term loosely) who caused this incident, but a prayer for the whole city. That we would band together and spread love. It starts with you. All of you, any of you, even just one of you.

I know this can't really be you, Fort Myers and I am eager to see what lies ahead.

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October 12, 2015

If you met me in real life....

You'd quickly find out these things about me:

I talk with my hands. A LOT. Like it just doesn't make sense to talk with your hands as much as I do.

My face makes it really hard for me to hide stuff from anyone. For instance, I love playing practical jokes on people at work, but I STRUGGLE to keep it to myself or to keep a straight face when I'm asked about it.

My life revolves around when my next meal will be and what I'll be having for it. Ask Mr. L. I bet he will say his most dreaded text message from me is "What should we have for dinner?" Which I generally send several hours beforehand when it makes no sense to be worried about what's for dinner. Speaking of food- check out my recipes page to see the awesome pumpkin protein pancake recipe I made Sunday!

My dog is my child. See below. Even when we lived in Indiana we used to do things you would generally only do with human children.

Coffee is a necessity. If I don't have it, I'm probably going to fall asleep sitting up or yell at someone. I just wish Keurig would quit cramping my style by trying to reject my favorite non keurig k-cups, don't worry we overcame that obstacle. Mr. L is kind of a MacGyver. Sorry Keurig.

And lastly, I asked Mr. L for one and he said I'm passionate about the things I do. Go ahead and try to get in the way of something I've set my mind to. It won't work. I think that doubles as "You're bossy". But I'll take passionate.

And now that I've ratted myself out, I'll let you go for the day. I have an important meeting with my friend On Demand. Blood and Oil, here I come!

Monday you were alright, good to me.

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