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Well. I'm back.

After the longest blogging hiatus I've ever taken, I am returning to the blog that was my daily companion for over a year.

I guess it's time to catch you up on a few things. 

In a crazy turn of events [all good things, promise!] I've returned to teaching

I've made the jump from 2nd grade math & science alllllll the way to the top in 5th grade reading and social studies. Talk about a 180. 

But y'all. Jesus knew what he was doing. 5th grade reading is my J-A-M. 

Also, I adopted the *best* labradoodle on the planet in May.

Her name is Eleanor. And she's my world. 


"What's my plan for the blog?" you ask. You know. There isn't one. In order to better balance the demands of teaching and dog-momming and family-ing and being a good long-distance-girlfriend and taking care of myself, I don't imagine I can realistically blog daily as before. But you better believe the creative/sentimentalist in me is ready to be back as often as I can. 


✌🏼 Shout out to my teaching partner for encouraging me to pick up the old blog again.  

a tip for subbing

One week ago I said goodbye to a group of pretty rad 4th graders. On that last day, they slowly handed me hand-written notes wishing me well in Austin and thanking me for being their teacher for 6 weeks. 

There were a few that really stood out among the rest and made me chuckle [yes, chuckle] on one of my saddest of days. 

a tip for subbing | ashleyjoanna.com

Yes, that's a $1 tip for subbing.

And yes, I kept it. 

Happy Friday :) 

goodbye: take 2

4 months ago when I said goodbye to my Rocket family, I had no clue that it really wasn't goodbye. 

Now after 6 weeks of teaching 4th grade, I'm saying goodbye one final time. 

I loved seeing my teacher family every day. These people saw me as a student teacher 4 years ago, loved on me in my first year of teaching, encouraged me to find my groove as a teacher in year two, and embraced me one final six weeks for a spontaneous long-term sub position.

And those kiddos. Oh, those kiddos. My love for them is indescribable. One of the coolest things has been getting to teach the little ones from my first ever class, who are not so little anymore. Their 4th grade minds are a treasure. 

I may not know what tomorrow looks like, but I know that these 6 weeks really [and 3.15 years for that matter] have changed me for the better. 

So cheers to new beginnings! Next time I see ya, I'll be an official Austin resident.