Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Vegas Baby 2014!

Wow!   I can't believe I am home from Vegas!  What amazing 4 days!  I met so many incredible people and learned sooo much!

I got into Vegas on Wednesday and met my awesome roommates!!
 

That night What the Teacher Wants hosted an amazing 
Teacher-Blogger Meet Up! 
 
http://whattheteacherwants.blogspot.com/2014/06/are-you-ready-for-vegas-3rd-annual.html
 
 





 Okay... If you can't tell.... Vegas is a blast! When I got home, my besties at home asked if I had a great time.... How can you go to Vegas and not have a great time? 

I met some amazing bloggers that I have stalked the past 3+ years! I met some amazing friends that I have talked to for 3+ years! I laughed! I cried! I was in awe!  Y'all, these people were so sweet! And they knew who I was! I came home on cloud 9!




Natalie from Teachery Tidbits, Haley (My Silly Firsties), Chrissy (Buzzing with Ms. B)


 Our days were packed with learning and our nights were packed with food, Beatles Love, Fremont Street (Do you see the photo bomber? We didn't!) and just a little Vegas slots and roulette!







Friday I attended the amazing TpT Conference 2014. Talk about Wow! I learned so much! The presenters were amazing! Again, I was in awe!


  Of course we had to have a little happy hour fun on Friday! I love that Deanna Jump and Paul Edelman (founder of TpT) took pics together for the BlogHoppin Scavenger Hunt! They were the sweetest!
 

I learned so much!  But this post is long enough! I want to share my tips and tricks I learned on one of my next posts!  

I am linking up with A Burst of First!  

http://aburstoffirst.blogspot.com/2014/07/its-vegas-baby.html

Monday, June 30, 2014

I have missed you and Currently!


I am so sorry I have been away for soooo long!

My school year has been soooo crazy!

I promise to better at blogging this Summer!  

I am linking up with Farley for her July Currently


Listening: to my family watch television. They can not make up their mind what they want to watch! It is driving me nuts! For a few minutes it is the Star Trek movie (the 2009 one with Chris Pine.,,,need I say more!) and then they change it to sports... then they change it back! (I think my kids have been home too long!)

Loving: I have been reading Magic Tree House books with my son and Lois Lowry books with my daughter! So much fun! We are having our own little book club! I am loving it!!!

Thinking: I sooo need a pedicure!  I may have to give myself one tomorrow!

Wanting: a cleaning fairy! My house needs a deep dusting! And dust and I do not get along! I am about to resort to mean mommy tactics to get it done!

Needing: to organize my closets.  I have been dreading this!  It is my goal to get it done when I get home from VEGAS! 

4th Plans: I don't have any yet!  We are staying low key this year because of VEGAS! 

I am soooo excited about going to Vegas!!  Are you going? 

http://whattheteacherwants.blogspot.com/2014/06/are-you-ready-for-vegas-3rd-annual.html
 
 What the Teacher Wants  has a great post about the Meet Up! It is going to be so much fun!!! 

Now.... visit Farley and link up your Currently! I would love to hear what you are up to! :)


Monday, January 20, 2014

Today!




I am tired, but I wanted to share this awesome quote!  I had an amazing day, and I hope you did too! I hope to share more soon! :)


Sunday, January 19, 2014

Getting ready for Kindergarten! {freebie included!}

I am so sorry I have been away so long! 

My kids, classroom, husband, activities... have been really keeping me busy this year!  In my last post I mentioned I wanted to really spend more time with my family and I have to say I have truly been doing just that!  I love spending time with my two beautiful children and I think they are really loving the extra attention! Time flies and I am trying to soak it all up before they fly away (I have a high school freshman and it seems like these years are flying away!) 

Speaking of flying away.... 

Has this school year been flying by for you?  It has for me! I can not believe January is half over! It won't be long and my school will be discussing preregistration for Kindergarten for next year! 

With that in mind, I recently had a friend ask what her child needed to know to be ready for Kindergarten in the Fall, (recently I saw this list  and passed it on to my friend... It has some great suggestions).

I am no expert, but I personally think a child needs to know their first and last name and be able to say it if asked. Every year I have at least one child that may know their first name, but not their last name, (It would also be great if they could write their first name).

I also suggest they work on fine motor skills! My school has a list that I am sharing with you, {click here to grab this freebie}.

Some more suggestions to help with fine motor skills are:
* Grab a pipe cleaner and have your child make a bracelet by adding fruit loops (and they can learn about patterning while they add the colors)
* Use clothes pins and have your child open it and clip some papers together or put that clip on their favorite snack bag or finding letters in a magazine. (this is great to work their little finger and hand muscles!)
* Grab a spray bottle and have your child spray water on the plants outside! 
* Grab some play dough or clay and roll it out to make letters, numbers and shapes (they could even roll it out into a strip and cut it to work on their cutting skills)

I have a play dough station in my classroom and my students LOVE it!   If you would like some play dough mats for your classroom, my packet, I Can Read the Alphabet, has some play dough mats included in the packet.   But, right now, Educents has included my packet in a bundle! You can purchase it, and  many other awesome products, at a reduced price!  I just got mine and am so excited about using it!  

http://www.educents.com/featured-deals/preschool-rocks.html#crayonsandcurls 


















 
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_YzxXBxooaheTJRMGNCMDRnRms/edit?usp=sharing
font:  Cara Carroll polka dot background: Ashley Hughes  frame: The Moffatt Girls


Be sure to grab this freebie! I will keep it free on my blog for a while, but will eventually put it in my TpT store!  If you love it, please leave me a note!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Currently January 2014 and Family time!

Happy New Year!!!

I am so excited about this year!
I am ready for a fresh start!
I began exercising again this morning and it felt great!  I used this DVD and boy did I sweat!

http://www.amazon.com/Leslie-Sansone-Walk-Off-Days/dp/B00D2UMHWO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1388626384&sr=8-1&keywords=walk+it+off+in+30

I am trying to eat healthier too!  But I did eat my black eyed peas, sausage, rice, cornbread and cabbage today! Not too bad though, right?

I am linking up with Farley for her Currently!

http://ohboy3rdgrade.blogspot.com/2013/12/january-currently.html

Listening: to college football.  This is our New Year's tradition.  All day long - bowl games!

Loving: family time with my husband and kids! I love this extra time with them! Playing games, watching movies, sleeping in... I love the holidays!
(And did you see the Aggie's play in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl last night? Wow!! What a way to end 2013! Amazing!!!)

Thinking: I have my Christmas boxes, they just need to be moved to the attic... but football is on! I guess tomorrow is another day! :)

Wanting: more time at home with my kids! I love this time with them! 

Needing: to really do a deep cleaning of my house! (I never really did enjoy dusting!)

Memory: This year was the second year my whole family went to Christmas Eve candlelight service together! I love it! It is so beautiful and really helps my family remember what the holiday is all about!

Only a few more days at home, then we go back. I love this family time! When do you go back?

Speaking of family...

I am also linking up with Blog Hoppin'


 I love my family! This is one of my favorite pictures:
I really want to spend more time with them this year! Playing games with my two kids, practicing ball with my boy, reading to him at night, family dinners at home, singing with them.... 

We took a trip together last summer, so I am not sure we will take a big trip again this year, but just a weekend together camping would be fine with me!  And I really need to plan that now, while it is still cool in Texas! I hate camping when it's hot! 


I hope you have a very Happy New Year!!!




Sunday, December 1, 2013

Currently December and Cyber Monday!

I hope you can forgive me I have been away so long! My kids have been keeping me super busy, not to mention school! I am so sorry! I have been taking lots of pictures of my classroom and will post them soon!  I am working on getting my life more organized! It has been so CRAZY!! 

I hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving!!! I can't believe it is December 1st! Today would have been my grandmother's birthday! This is a special month for me - both of my grandmothers and my mother share this month as their birth month.  They are all my angels in heaven now, but I still love celebrating their lives!

So, I am linking up with Farley's Currently


Listening: to the Texans play the Patriots! This is an awesome game! We love football in my house! Especially College football! Did you watch all the great match up games Thanksgiving Saturday? I caught some of the games {We spent most of the day driving home from seeing family!} and we listened on the radio to the others! All I can say is WOW!

Loving: that the Texas weather has been so much cooler! I love it! It actually feels like the holidays!

Thinking: that I need to make my Christmas cards! I need to get this done!!!

Wanting: to take some cute pictures of my kids for the cards! I do this every year and this year they do not want to do it! Oh boy! I may have to play the Santa card! 

Needing: to finish Christmas shopping! I have barely started, so I am a bit panicked this year! 

Favorite Tradition: Every year my siblings and I get together and make our mother's Italian Christmas cookies! {Cuccidati - you can click here or here or here to read more about the Sicilian-Italian cookie - these are not my mother's recipes, but they do sound good!}

   
 And, have you heard?  TpT is having a Cyber Monday sale!!! I have put my store on sale! Just click the picture to head to my store
Thank you Maria from Kinder Craze for sharing your cute button!
Happy Monday! and if you are shopping, Happy Shopping!

 

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Currently November!

Ok.... Am I the only one that can not believe it is November???  Where has this year gone?  It must be flying because every Monday I wish for Friday so I can snuggle and have fun with my own babies!
I LOVE LOVE LOVE my class, but I ADORE the weekends to play with my own children! And this weekend Texas is having the perfect Fall weather to play outside with my kids!

I am linking up with Farley for her November Currently!

Listening: to college football!  This is a Saturday staple in my house!

Loving: this cool weather! Can't believe it is finally Fall in Texas! I am hoping it lasts!

Thinking: I can't believe Christmas is only 7 weeks away and I haven't even begun to shop!

Wanting: to go to the movies! There are so many movies I want to see! I think my daughter and I may have a date for tonight! :)

Needing: to do some housework! Laundry, vacuuming,..... I guess it's not going to do itself!  {I guess I should do some before the movies!} 

Yummy Pin: Yum Yum Chicken! 
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/103371753918810379/
  This is my husband's grandmother's recipe and it is a great Fall casserole!  Super hearty!  I just love Plain Chicken!   If you have not visited her, please do! You will not be disappointed! I make recipes from her blog all the time and they are all delicious! Click {here} for another delicious pin - Chicken Ranch Pasta! Yum!
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/103371753921016047/

 I love to cook! And I love new recipes!  
{Check out my Recipe board on Pinterest!}
 
So, What are your plans for this weekend? I hope a little bit of fun is included in those plans! 
Happy weekend!

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