Is it summer yet? Weird things my students say


My Spider/Diabetes Problem

I have a spider problem in my classroom, they love to hang out in my cabinets and around the base boards of my room. One day I had a group of 2nd graders working near a “known spider area” and said, “boys and girls, let’s work somewhere else today because I found three spiders there yesterday.”

A second-grade boy said, “We better not get bit because we might get diabetes and no one wants diabetes, especially the spider type.”

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Le Sigh

This next one was probably only amusing to me. During one of my last classes of the day, which happens to be Kindergarten I sat down at the piano and starting singing a song when a very exasperated boy threw his body to the floor, put his hands in the air and yelled “WHY DO YOU ALWAYS SING MS. HAYDEN? EVERY DAY SINGING!! UGHHH” Then after the whole class just stared at him he said, “I am so tired.”

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Me too buddy me too.

Jacket problems or stealing my hair?

I have this bright green/lime jacket I wear all the times (because I’m ALWAYS cold) and a student looked at me up and down and then said: “I’m gonna make a jacket that looks like that but with my hair, you can add some of your own hair if you want.”


My legs are in a fight

Near the end of the year, I like to fill the days with fun active games so my students leave the school year with fun memories of music. One of those games is a relay singing game, at the end of the song the students have to race to the back of their team and roll the ball through their team’s legs (who are standing in a wide V). This alone leads to some interesting comments in first and second grade; “YOU NEED TO SPREAD YOUR LEGS” “IS THAT REALLY AS FAR AS YOU CAN SPREAD THEM? UGH”

I was showing the students how to stand and I said: “okay my legs are in a wide V like you’re about to do a jumping jack.”

A first-grade boy in the front row said (laughing) “haha your legs must be so mad at each other, you’re going to have to spread your legs forever Ms. Hayden.”

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A picture is worth a thousand words?

Last but my favorite so far, this isn’t a weird thing but one of the best pictures I’ve ever gotten from a student. I see one of my favorite kindergarten classes at the very end of the day for 40 minutes. Any other music teacher knows that kindergarten is not really ready to learn new material at the very end of the day. On top of it being the end of the day, it’s a harder class when it comes to being chatty and following directions. I truly love these kiddos so much, but sometimes (like last week) they push my patience.

I had this really fun parachute game planned, as well as a story and a rhythm lesson. The class was having a really hard time listening and wouldn’t stop talking, I even remember staring at the class while they were out of control thinking “well this isn’t going well.”

Anyways we had a rough day and we didn’t get to complete our lesson, I told their teacher at the end of class. The next day their writing activity was to write me apology letters for not listening.

This class deserves an award for the most creative drawing because I got multiple pictures of me playing the flute, purple cats, plenty of hearts and pictures of me singing.

My favorite one has to be this one below that depicted me very angry and a boy on his knees begging for forgiveness. When I saw him in the hall and told him that I loved his picture because it had so much detail, he got down on his knees to show me what he drew! It made my day.

By the way, I rarely get mad at my students and I’ve raised my voice probably 3 times since I started teaching so I LOVE this face he put on me.. and my hair is awesome.


But seriously, pray for me and hope that I can get through the rest of the year with them.

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Sierra vs. Squirrels

Every once in a while I start to get the feeling that my cats are planning something ridiculous. A big escape, maybe a plan to open up all the wet food and feast all day, or a plan to suffocate me in my sleep.

You know what I mean

Usually, they get tired, fall asleep and forget what they had planned. They have yet to actually go through with a plan.


Way too tired to go through with plan

Now, I’m convinced that the squirrels outside my apartment are plotting against me, seriously I have the worst luck with animals in this apartment complex.

When we first moved in I called Mason to tell him that a woodpecker (I named Phill) was trying to enter our bedroom. For some reason, Mason didn’t believe me until Phill had drilled a HOLE into our bedroom wall. It was so rude of Phill but he was very persistent, especially at 4 AM.


Picture of the hole (notice the sunshine shining right through the apartment?)

So Phill has moved on (bless him) but now the neighborhood squirrels are upset with me. See I’m convinced that the squirrels are mad that I took away their supply of tomatoes.

Every spring/summer I decide that I’m definitely a farmer and I can grow anything, and tomatoes are usually on the list.

What I didn’t account for when growing my tomato’s (and strawberries) was that the squirrels will come and do what I like to call a “taste test.”

They hop onto my patio pull off a tomato, taste it, and then say “oh.. I actually HATE tomatoes.” Then they drop the tomato and hop away. Only to come back 10 minutes later and repeat the process, always saying to themselves “oh yeah I don’t like tomatoes.”

So I’ve made a cage out of chicken wire to guard my precious fruits and since I did that the squirrels have gone crazy trying to get through the cage.

They have found out exactly where my head is when I sleep and they have started to dig holes INTO my roof. Seriously, they’re trying to come into my bedroom (it’s bringing back a lot of Phill memories).

Last night they woke us up and Mason and I moved to the spare bedroom, but that bed hurts my face (it’s really hard..) so I ended up on the couch.

Now it’s me against the squirrels. Yesterday I noticed that they bring nuts and crack them on the side of our apartment wall.

We have to sleep with ear plugs now, but I hate sleeping with ear plugs because they make my ears soggy.

(You definitely know what I mean)

So anywho this is what we’re dealing with this Easter week.

Just thought I’d share.

Please, someone, help me figure out how to make the squirrels happy..
Also, send me more earplugs.

Petrie ate mine.

– Happy Easter everyone, may yours be squirrel-less and peaceful.

P.S. The cats HATE the squirrels the most



Weird things my students say – before spring break edition.

So most of my teacher friends are on spring break right now, our spring break isn’t until the last week of March. If you’ve ever been in a school near a break, you can almost feel it in the students. They’re very worked up, tired and honestly don’t know what they want.

Yesterday I walked past the girls bathroom and saw a kindergarten boy just sitting on the floor having a chat with the girls while they used the bathroom. I said “dude.. this is the girls bathroom, where are you supposed to be?” He just stared at me like I haven’t been his music teacher ALL YEAR LONG and said, “what are you doing here?”

So here is my edition of “Weird things my students say when we should really be on spring break already and they might be going crazy.”



When you honestly don’t have any reply


I’m in the middle of giving directions and a 2nd grade raises his hand and says –

“I have a crush on everyone in this room, but mainly I have a crush on myself.”

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When you never have to worry about honesty

I’m literally in the middle of singing a song and I take a breath for the next verse and a first grader raises his hand and says.

“What’s wrong with your hair today? Did you brush it?”

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By the way, the answer is no.. I have curly hair and I don’t brush it when it’s dry. So sue me.


Can you fit in my suitcase?

A first grader looks at me and says “think you could fit in my suitcase?”

I just stare at him.

He says “I wanna bring you to Florida for Spring Break, you can stay with us.”

Hmm.. I don’t know what to say, but I think it’s gonna be a haaard pass from Ms. Hayden.

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Hand Chewing

I looked over at a first grader who almost had his entire hand in his mouth and said “alrighty, lets take our hand out of our mouth okay?”

He then looked at me and said “umm. I’m trying to suck off my wart.”

And then a few minutes later I heard “It’s almost gone!”



Mr. Hayden?

2nd grader – “Ms. Hayden, where does Mr. Hayden work?

Me – “There is no Mr. Hayden, I’m not married and if I got married my name wouldn’t be Hayden anymore.”

2nd Grader obviously very confused – “Mr. Hayden doesn’t want to marry you?”

Me – “There is no Mr. Hayden sweetie, it’s just me.. Ms. Hayden.”

2nd Grader – “Maybe you should have kids so you won’t be so lonely?”


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Think I’ll make it out alive before spring break starts?

Pray for me.



Crying at Toyota & We Have a Monster

Today was my first day back at work, luckily we had a work day today (so no students)!

UNLUCKY – it snowed about a billion feet of snow.

Yesterday on the way to my pottery class I was like “ohhh so pretty snow, I’m going to wear my cute boots yeeeeah.”


Proof of boots – photo taken before it had even started snowing for the day.

Anyways that’s all lovely right?

Last night when I started my always super reliable Toyota RAV4, it didn’t start right away and it took me at least 3 tries for it to start. I texted Mason to let him know and then went on my way.

This morning when I got done scraping all the snow in Colorado off my car, once again my car wouldn’t start! I was trying to get to work and I was already stressed about driving in the snow.

So obviously I started crying and thought “I NEED A NEW CAR NOW.”

I drag myself out of the car and obviously fall in the snow right outside, then I cried some more because I got snow in my boots and somehow this is all Mason’s fault.


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Anyways Mason is the most calm rational person I know, and when I tell him we need to go buy a new car right now he says “lets just get you to work and I’ll take care of the car.”

Nice right? I know!!

On the way to work I call Toyota crying (who knows whats wrong with me) and say “MY CAR WON’T START AND I JUST BROUGHT IT TO YOU AND EVERYTHING WAS FINE.”

The poor girl on the phone is like “okay well if it’s clicking then it’s just the battery and we can replace it whenever you can bring it in.”

Then I think “Oh.. that’s really reasonable, well okay then… thanks.. see you soon, have a great day.”

And then decide that I’m losing my mind (for the 8th time that morning).

Side Note: I just needed a new battery (intense huh?)

Normally I really do enjoy the snow, here is proof from our New Years Day hike


In other news the New Year has been great, but I’ve decided that my cat Petrie is a monster that does whatever he wants and gets worse every day.


Petrie has decided that he only drinks water from the sink now..

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Petrie’s new midday nap place

I’m not really sure that this post had any point, hopefully it brought some entertainment to your day!

Happy New Year!

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Why I Don’t Make New Years Resolutions

Goodbye 2016


In the past I have made many New Years Resolutions and swore to follow through and stick to my resolution all year-long!

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Several years ago I decided to lose some weight and thought I would go on a juice cleanse, which I suppose we can call successful. I ended up getting sick from it and throwing up for about 2 days straight, I did lose some weight though!

There was also the year that I decided I would try to be more healthy, so I googled everything under the sun that could potentially be wrong with me and how I could help all these “problems.”

I spent a month thinking I was dying and once again didn’t become any more healthy than I already was.

This year I have decided instead of making a bunch of resolutions I definitely won’t keep, I’m just going to try to be happier; whatever that might mean in the moment.

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I’ve wanted to take pottery classes forever, and this past year I signed up and it was amazing! We got to do Raku (basically play with fire), and my class ended up being something I looked forward to every week.IMG_20161029_142007.jpg

This past year I decided I was going to try to say yes more, and also say no more. I have always been the person to say yes to everything, even if it was something I didn’t have time or want to do.

What I learned is that when we always say yes to others requests; we start to say no to ourselves.

At one point I was working 15 hour days every day of the week, doing countless other projects and basically working myself to unhappiness.

I now truly think before I say yes and make myself more busy than I can handle. I don’t think there is much glory in being busy.

I found two books I absolutely LOVE this year, and I wanted to share them with you. Both these books are teaching me to enjoy each day more, and stress less.

Start Where You Are

I highly recommend this little journal by Meera Lee Patel, if you are looking for something light and beautifully written. Each page has a pretty quote about self growth and an activity on the other side. The point of this journal is for your to realize your goals and understand that it’s never to late to reach them. It’s also okay to be where you are right now and furthermore, enjoy the now.

Link for Journal, Under 10 dollars! – Start Where You Are

10 Minutes A Day To Less Stress


Another favorite book I’ve discovered this year, is this Gem by Patrizia Collard. Each page is filled with very easy activities you can do to enjoy the present moment.

Many times throughout the day I find myself worrying about something in the future, or feeling guilty or sad about something in the past. This is a waste of energy and it takes away from the present. This little book teaches you how to be more present now and less in the past and future. If you can master these techniques, you’ll be able to enjoy life more!

I will admit I’m still working on those, I tend to worry a lot. The worrying and anxiety it brings can make me sick sometimes but these activities have helped so far!

Link for Book, Under 7 dollars! The Little Book Of Mindfulness

I wish all of you a Happy New Year, I hope this year brings you all happiness, joy, friendship, and maybe the discovery of a hidden talent or hobby!

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If we’re being honest here, I just wish for all of us to be as happy as my cats Littlefoot and Petrie.


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Weird Things My Students Say – Winter Break Edition

Well we have made it to winter break and I had 5 performances last week! I also have been trying to get over being sick for about a month. We spent the month of December learning about the Nutcracker in my room and Mason and I went to the live performance last weekend!

Unfortunately we were sitting next to two very drunk people who decided it would be a good idea to go ahead and hum along to each piece.

Bad humming too.

So.. thats cool.

At this point in the year my students remind me of college students who haven’t slept in a week and might also be intoxicated. They loose the ability to know where they are or even who they are.

It’s basically an identity crisis.


Here are the BEST things I’ve heard this month – Enjoy!


The P.E. teacher and I combined classes in order to do a Nutcracker dance unit together and I asked “Why do people do dance?”

1st grader says “TO MAKE MONEY!!”



Kinder – “Ms. Hayden I have a dong too just like you.”

Me – “What are you talking about?”

Kinder  – “Ms. Hayden A DONG, A DONG, you know DONGS”

Me – “Let’s not say that word over and over.”

Later that afternoon I realized I moved my GONG and he must have meant gong.. hopefully.

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How Old Are You?

Me: “The Nutcracker was written over 100 years ago.”

1st Grader: “Ms. Hayden when do we get to listen to music we know? Not music that was written when YOU were little.”

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I looked over at two second grade boys who looked like they were about to kiss and said

“Oh boys.. what are you doing?”

Boys – “MMMMMM We’re slurping each others breath!!”


Your Melting Face

I was a bit out of breath and I bent down to zip up a coat and a student gave me a hug, another student behind her said

“I don’t want a hug I don’t want your face melting on me, today.”


Whats the Magic Word?

I should preface this with the fact that I have a stuffed cat in my room named “Gerald.” He is pretty famous around here and all the kids know him.

Kindergarten student asks me to help him color and I say “whats the magic word?”

Kindergarten – “Gerald.”

Me: “No the magic word when you ask someone to do something for you.”

Kindergarten – “Mom?”


Naked Crayons

1st Grader – “Ms. Hayden, can’t you get some crayons that aren’t naked?”

(Meaning they don’t have a wrapper)

Me: “You can use crayons with or without a wrapper.”

1st Grader – “I only like dancing naked.”

Different 1st grader – “OH SO DOES MY MOM!!”



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7 Expert tips for working out

My friends that know me very well know that I’m not exactly a fitness expert. I was one of those people who got really lucky that they weren’t fat and just got serious about my health in the past few years. Honestly, I used to eat so bad!! When I was in high school I remember coming home and eating 4 slim fast meal bars at a time because I thought they were like candy, THEN I would eat dinner and maybe some ice cream.. what..?

Now I’m pretty active, I like being outdoors, I run, I go on a lot of hikes, and I eat very healthy. While growing up and going to the gym I definitely found some tips that have helped me along the way, and I decided it’s time to share the wealth. I hope these help you! 😉

Make sure you measure yourself often to keep up with your progress


Never ask anyone how to actually use a machine, just assume you know and commit.


Make loud noises while working out so everyone knows you’re gettin’ shit done


One time my headphones fell out while I was running and I was MORTIFIED by my loud breathing sounds, it’s not something I would recommend.

If you don’t post on social media, your workout does NOT count


Workout to be able to do what is important in life


Skills right there

Make sure to look good while working out


Because that is necessary, apparently.

And most importantly, Stay Hydrated


THIS IS WINE (Just in case you didn’t know)

Okay lets get real for a second. A couple of weeks ago there was a playboy model who took a picture of an older woman getting changed in a dressing room with the comment “if I can’t un-see this, you can’t either.” This really pissed me off because – hello INVASION OF THIS WOMANS PRIVACY. And also why the hell do you care what this woman is doing? She is at the gym doing what she feels like she needs to do to take care of HER body. This “model” is the reason some people feel self conscious going to the gym or working out.

I know that I have felt weird about not knowing how to use a machine or not being able to run as long as the person next to me, and I’ve even felt strange going to the gym and working out next to someone in a full face of makeup. But you know what, I don’t know their story, maybe this person came straight from work and wanted to get a quick workout in without taking off their make up. Maybe they don’t break out from having on a perfect face and hair while also running 6 miles. Who am I to judge either way?

Honestly, no one cares what you’re doing at the gym, everyone has their own insecurities about themselves working out or being at the gym. Do don’t worry about what you look like, if you’re bigger than the person next to you, how fast or long you’re working out, or if you have to ask someone how to use a machine.

Just worry about yourself and how you feel during and after your workout because you’re working on making a healthier version of yourself. Don’t compare yourself to anyone else, compare yourself to your past health. Maybe today you can run for two extra minutes, HELL YES. Maybe tomorrow you’ll be a tiny bit more flexible, YOU GO GIRL/BOY.

Seriously if anyone ever passes judgement on you or remarks on your time spent working on your health, then they really have some self confidence issues that they need to work on. Just smile and move on.


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