Friday, January 31, 2014

Five for Friday ON FRIDAY!

Hello, friends!  It's been a LONG time since I've actually posted a Five for Friday post ON Friday!  Yay, me!  Here's a peek at what was going on in my world this week!

SNOW!  Snow and frigid temps happened this week!  We had 4 snow days in a row with a weekend in the middle.  My husband and I decided to venture to town to get a few things at the store before it got worse when we woke up Saturday morning.  This was what it looked like on our trip home.  Thank goodness for a big 4 wheel drive truck!

I recently signed up to be a Jamberry Nails Independent Consultant.  My consultant kit arrived on Thursday (the day before the first of the four snow days!) so I had lots of time to get acquainted with everything and get my Facebook page going.  If you haven't heard of Jamberry, you really should check it out.  I know you're all thinking "yeah, right, she just wants to sell us stuff."  No, that's not it.  I am so excited about this product that I just want you to KNOW about it!  If you love to have cute nails, but hate the chipping of regular polish, you need to try these nail wraps! That picture is of my nails on the first day I applied the wraps and after a week of wear.  Still look brand new! Check out my Facebook page to learn more!

We did finally get back to school on Thursday.  My kids were so happy to be back and to see all their friends.  This wonderful creation was built during their morning play time.  Because the kids all arrive at different times, I just let them have play time for the first 15 minutes before the bell rings and we get down to business!

We've been trying to study penguins.  It's been tough since I think we've been to school all of 11 days in January due to weather and some of those days were 2 hour delays!  Today, my kids built CVC words with magnet letters.  This activity came from Caitlin over at Kindergarten Smile's awesome penguin unit.  You can find it HERE!

I actually got to sit down and listen to my kiddos read today!  Between all the craziness of the snow days, report card assessments, and winter benchmarking assessments, I felt like I hadn't heard them read since before Christmas!  I was so pleasantly surprised!  Look at that text that this sweet girl was working through!  That is what it's all about.  I just LOVE to hear them read!

Thanks for journeying through my week with me!  Don't forget to head over to Doodlebugs to see what everyone else did this week!  I bet there are LOTS of pictures of snow and the temps reading below zero.  Seems like the winter weather hit us all this week!

Doodle Bugs Teaching

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Five for Funday!

A little late to the party, I know, but I still wanted to join up with the Five for Friday fun over at Doodelbugs Teaching!

 My colleagues and I were lucky enough to attend the Ohio Kindergarten Conference on Monday and Tuesday in Columbus.  We had a great time, got lots of great ideas, and had a lot of fun.  But, best of all, we got to meet the fabulous DeeDee Wills from Mrs. Wills Kindergarten AND the amazing Deanna Jump from Mrs. Jump's Class.  We were in bloggy nerd heaven!  It was so much fun to finally see them in person after following their blogs for so long!  If you ever get the chance, GO!  They were terrific!

(That's me on the left and my colleage Kristy from The Phonics Phenomenon on the right.)

I became a Jamberry Independent Consultant this week!  If you haven't heard of Jamberry, go check out the website HERE.  I'm anxiously awaiting my kit so I can get started!  I got hooked when I requested a sample from Christi over at Mrs. Fultz's Corner.  If you're interested, you can find my Facebook page HERE.  I'm so excited to get started, I can hardly stand it!

Forgive the less than stellar quality of that picture!  Basketball is huge where I live, especially girls basketball.  There are only two high schools in my county and between those two high schools, we hold 18 state championship appearances and 7 state titles.  Both teams look to be headed back to state this year, too.  Every year on MLK weekend, there is a giant showcase for high school girls basketball held here.  It's a huge deal with college coaches coming in from all over the nation.  20 games take place over the 3 day weekend.  I try to spend as much time out there as possible.  It's a great atmosphere and great basketball!  Those are my girls warming up before our game.  I actually had some of them in school!

I will be prepping to begin our penguin unit this coming week.  This is my favorite unit of the year!  It just brings a lot of fun and excitement to that dreary winter period following the holidays.  I use THIS great penguin unit from Caitlin over at Kindergarten Smiles.  We also like to watch THIS live penguin cam from Sea World.  It's so much fun!

Finally, a few of my bloggy friends and I put together a little snowball fight freebie hop!  You need to go there NOW!  I gathered all the freebies last night and they are awesome!  And I'm not just saying that because I'm a part of it.  They really are amazing!  It's definitely worth some time for you to head over and join in the snowball fight!  You can get all the details HERE.

After you've completed the Freebie hop, don't forget to head over to Doodlebugs to see what everyone else has been up to this week!  Happy hopping!

Doodle Bugs Teaching

Saturday, January 18, 2014


Don't miss the BIGGEST Snowball Fight of the Year!!
22 of your favorite bloggers have teamed up to bring you a...

Our forts are built...
the snowballs are packed & stacked...
and we're about to BLAST you with FREEBIES!!

So lace up your boots, pull on your mittens,
and get ready to load up on 'SNOW' much good stuff!!

Hop on over to to the Happy Teacher Heaven facebook page to start hopping!

Look for this tab on every facebook page to find the next FREEBIE.
Note: You will not be able to access the freebies from an iPad.  

Click the image below to download a copy of the clickable map to find your way to all the 'snow forts'!

The Snowball Fight begins at 10 am CST on Saturday, January 18th.  
But don't delay because the snowballs melt at 10 pm CST on Monday, January 20th!!

We hope you have fun on the hop and find lots of fun freebies that you and your kiddos will love!
Make sure to follow our blogs too so you'll never miss a FREEBIE!  
Thanks for joining our Snowball Fight!!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy 2014!

Am I really posting two days in a row??  Yes, yes I am!  Maybe I'll stick to my goal of blogging more regularly this year.  It probably helps that the holidays are over and I'm still on Christmas Break!
Tonight I'm joining two different link ups with this post.  First, I'm linking up with Sunny Days in Second Grade to share my One Little Word for 2014.  I've thought about this a lot and here's what I came up with.

I really need to have more balance in my life.  I tend to have an addictive personality.  Whether that be addiction to blogs, addiction to clip art, addiction to Candy Crush, addiction to Scandal on Netflix--well, you get the idea.  I just need to be much more aware of how I spend my time both at school and at home.  More family time, less computer time.  More workout time, less Candy Crush time. More devotional time, less blog reading time.  You get the idea. 
I'm also posting my January Currently.  I love this linky and look forward to it every month because it really helps me focus in on what's really going on in my head right now.
I'm listening to the Rose Bowl.  I love college football, so this has been a great day for me.  I'm rooting for the Spartans.  Not necessarily because I like the Spartans, but we're huge Buckeyes fans and that means we root for the Big Ten.  Even if that means rooting for the team that beat us and kept us out of the National Championship Game this year.  (yes, I'm a little bitter).
I'm loving Christmas Break.  We had a full two weeks off this year so we don't go back until Monday.  It has been THE best Christmas Break.  We weren't over scheduled.  We had several pj days.  We had lots of family time.  We've eaten lots of junk, watched lots of movies, played lots of games.  It's just been the best.
I'm thinking that I'm ready to head back into the classroom on Monday.  I have a difficult group of kids this year, and I really needed the break.  I've thought very little about school and it was so good for my disposition!  I'm refreshed and ready to face those 18 lovely faces on Monday morning!!
I'm wanting a snow storm.  We are supposed to be getting some snow, but I'm afraid that most of it is going to stay north of us.  Not fair!  I want to be snowed in.  Hubby is off this week, too, so we could all just sit inside and watch it pile up.  Then we could go sledding!!
I really need to do some lesson planning and be sure I'm ready for next week.  I have it all in my head, but I need to get it on paper and make sure it's all prepped and ready to go!
My memory of this Christmas will be spending the morning in the ER with my hubby who cut himself while opening up our son's robot.  Luckily, it wasn't too bad and only required 4 stitches.  Lesson learned--move the knife away from your hand when cutting rather than towards you!

Thanks for sticking with me for this long post!  Go check out all the other posts linked up with Sunny Days in Second Grade and Oh' Boy 4th Grade!
Oh' boy fourth grade