What I do for a living

Another very important aspect about my life is my occupation. I currently teach geometry at Benton High School and next year will be teaching AP Stats as well. I absolutely love the kids I work with, the staff, and the school! If you are curious about what it would be like to be in Mrs. Payne’s Geometry class (I know, I have such an intimidating name), here is a look into some of the more exciting assignments we have done!

ImageWe did this assignment at the beginning of the year to review graphing lines and writing the equations of lines. Students had to graph lines with certain characteristics, then write the equations of the lines they graphed. As you can see, the students could make any design they wanted. This project was modified slightly from one that my amazing cooperating teachers that I worked with at Liberty High School did while I was student teaching. 


This was a pretty simple assignment, but probably one of my students’ favorites. They were to design a stain glass window using the different types of triangles. The flamingo one in the middle is AMAZING. The brilliant Mr. Knight came up with this one!


We took a short tangent during our similar figures unit to talk about fractals! So of course, we drew some! The kids like the challenge of seeing who could make the smallest triangles (I’m sure you can tell the triangles are getting smaller and smaller the further into the drawing you get). 


We recently finished our unit on 3D shapes. One of the assignments we did involved us finding the surface area and volume of the shapes above. One of my classes (with 6 students) finished the assignment pretty quickly, so we had a little “minute-to-win-it” challenge and saw who could stack the tallest tower. 


I promised you its not all coloring in my classroom. Trust me, my kids get math worksheets too, but why not make it more interesting? I’m sure you all act the same way towards math that Uno does:


Just keep in mind that children listen. When you say your not good at math, it gives them an excuse to not be good at it either. Please, embrace education, in its many forms, with our youth today. Your nursing home self will thank you later 🙂


Now that I’m sure you feel inspired, go learn something new today!


Birthday Weekend

This weekend was full of birthday celebrations! First we celebrated Uno’s adoption day and birthday. We got him a year ago today, but we don’t know his actual birthday, so we decided to celebrate his 6th birthday this weekend! Of course, we took Uno to get his favorite treat, frozen custard!


Uno chomped down his dessert in about 30 seconds and spent the rest of his time begging us and other people for their custard. 



We also celebrated my brother, Calvin’s, 27th birthday this weekend. His actual birthday is May 10th, but he will be traveling in Europe over his birthday, so we celebrated as a family tonight! We went to Outback for some blooming onion! Afterwards, we went back to my parent’s for ice cream cake (which by the way, my brother has had THE SAME ice cream since I can remember, Oreo ice cream, chocolate cake, from Baskin-Robbins). 


If any of you would like to hear the true nature of my husband, here is a story for you: After we were finished eating at Outback and got in the car to go to my parent’s house, Travis says, “and the real surprise is in your purse”. I open my purse to find the salt grinder from Outback!


That sneaker put the salt grinder in my purse during dinner without me noticing! Needless to say, Travis and I spent the rest of the car ride home laughing! Thanks to Travis, we now have a sea salt grinder!


I hope everyone had a great weekend and is rejuvenated for the coming week!

Warrior Dash

Well, more like the Warrior Walk for the Paynes. This is the second warrior dash we have done and look forward to doing it again next year! We just hope for a little warmer weather and a cleaning station at the end with water pumps that actually work  🙂  If you have never heard of a Warrior Dash before, it is a 5K mud run with obstacles. Here is our before and after picture:


Travis does NOT look happy after running the warrior dash!

It started out with about a mile run which we did pretty good with.


Then we did all kinds of obstacles for the following 2 miles. Here are some of them:


This was one of the easier obstacles. The ladder part that we are walking on is chains.


After doing warrior dashes, I have learned I’m pretty good at climbing cargo nets! Training for when I go on (and win) Survivor.


A fire jump, or the warrior roast, that I enjoyed because of the warmth. I wanted to stop and dry my clothes over the fire.


And the last obstacle was everyone’s favorite: muddy mayhem! We had to crawl/swim through muddy water while dipping underneath barbed wire.


Still smiling though! As you may have noticed, my hair did turn itself into a side-pony because it got caught in the barbed wire. Of course, my warrior was there to help me get untangled!

We ended up walking the middle portion of the race since not everyone in our household was as serious about training (I’ll let you guess who that was). There was one obstacle that Travis and I both thought was one of the more fun obstacles that we had to wait 20 minutes to do! It is called the vicious valleys. You had to climb up, over, and down wooden mountains using cargo nets and small stepping blocks. With that 20 minute wait, it pushed our time to around 1 hour.

Our least favorite obstacle: the mud mounds! 3 huge mud mountains with valleys filled with muddy water! Hardest part was getting over the mounds without slipping back into the water valleys!

Of course, we are always thankful for my parents who are willing to drive us, take pictures, let us sit in their cars, and open our gifts before us!


I hope all the other warriors had fun out there today! Warrior Travis is taking a nap with Warrior Uno, and I may be joining them shortly.

First Post

I have thought for a while now it would be kinda fun to start a blog, but I kept thinking, “what would I write about?” Well, I decided to go ahead and start a blog and figure out what I’m going to write about as I go! I figured I would include updates about mine and Travis’ life, recipes we like, books we have read, movies we have seen, and of course, adorable pictures of our Italian Greyhound, Uno!

How happy is everything that it is finally looking like spring out there?! On Tuesday, it snowed in St. Joe. Nasty! However, we are finally getting some spring flowers popping up around the house and the ice cream man made is 2013 debut! Image

Thank you all for reading, I hope to update again soon!