Sunday, March 18, 2012

Isn't Life Just Crazy Sometimes?

I tell life has been a whirlwind lately!  I think I will just list a few things that have been going on in my neck of the woods...

1.  We have looked at a couple houses within the last week.  We love both of them.  So the realtor is coming to look at our house on Wednesday and we're going to meet with him Friday to list it!  Our family started to grow 9 months ago when we had our precious son, Rowan.  So now we're running out of space and the last thing I want to do is get pregnant again and be house hunting!   :P  Now tell me, is this little dude not the sweetest?  Of course, I'm biased.  ;)

2.  I ran my 2nd 5K yesterday!  I only did one other one when I was a sophomore in college.  I have NOT been training, whatsoever, so I was just wanting to finish around 45 minutes.  I was PRAYING I wouldn't take longer than that, but that was my goal.  As it turns out, I finished in 37:21!  I was pretty pumped.  Of course my teacher brain started thinking, "Ok, now I have a baseline and I will work to improve so that the next time I run one, I will have a better time!  I just want to see growth!" :P

3.  The biggest news of all...which is what has made my last week's official that I will be teaching 1st GRADE next year!!!!! :D  With enrollment numbers being kinda crazy and our school having a low budget (we have GOT to get a levy to pass!), they had to do a little bit of shuffling.  Well, lucky me, I get to move AGAIN.  :P  I taught 1st grade my very first year, so I already have a little experience.  But honestly, after I got over the initial shock I became VERY pumped.  And of course, I already have the first 8 weeks of guided reading plans done and made a book to correlate the Phonics Dance with Reading Street (so I know what hunks and chunks to teach when).  I've already started creating spelling homework.  :P  I'm ***HOPING*** this move will get me into a more secure spot so I can stop moving around.  But I truly am thankful for teaching 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades (and being in a kindergarten room my first year in the district), because it has made me the teacher I am today.  So get ready folks..the tables are about to turn to FIRST GRADE!  :P  And if there happen to be any of you out there who are PANICKING about my 2nd grade Reading Street packets...don't you worry!  I want to continue to help you out, so I will be finishing ALL the 2nd grade stories.  :)  Whew...what a crazy time I have ahead of me!

4.  Leprechaun traps.  Enough said.  I love seeing students get creative!

I hope y'all have a wonderful and BLESSED week!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Winner of Biography Study and Some Pics

Would you believe I fell asleep last night at 5:30?!?!?!?!  I'm NOT even joking.  I laid down with my 8.5 month old son to try to get him to take a nap before our Small Group Bible study and I fell asleep, too.  Slept right through the thing.  I didn't wake up until 8:45 p.m.  I grabbed a quick bowl of fettucini alfredo that my husband had made and then climbed right back into bed.  It was a LONG day creating famous Americans...

Here's the 2nd grade hallway...and here are many of the kids working hard in the hallways to trace, cut, and dress their Famous Americans!

It's always so fun (and funny) to see how creative they get.  I will try to snap some photos tomorrow of the finished products.  They are AMAZING!

So now that you know how I fell asleep yesterday, I hope you understand why I didn't get to choose a winner and blog last we go!

The winner is...DELLA!  She found me via Pinterest, which is awesome.  That is SUCH an addicting site!  :P  So CONGRATS, Della!  You'll be receiving the unit momentarily!

Don't forget, if you didn't win you can pick it up at my TpT store.  I'll also be doing another giveaway of my next unit in the works.  It's called "Measurin' Up!" and it is a until on length.  It's gonna be a piece of work, but I'm pumped about it!

Stay warm everybody...spring is almost here!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Famous American Biography Unit

It's finished!  FINALLY!  Oh my has taken FOREVER because of my millions of chiropractor visits and tournament games this week.  But it's done!

And I will tell y'all a little secret...not so secret anymore...anytime I create a new unit (except for Reading Street resource packs), I will post about it and ALWAYS give one away for FREE!  Exciting, right?

I consider this one a pretty big giveaway.  It's 42 pages of biography goodness!  It guides you along with how to run it and gives you plenty of resources, activities, craftivities, reports, forms, and more!  This is one you TRULY don't want to miss!  It's all about writing a biography, plus it gives the students some great info about Famous Americans!  The kids LOVE this because they can be independent and research someone that interests them.  It's simply a favorite in second grade!

So to enter, please leave a comment below WITH YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS.  And if you'd please, pretty please, pass along my blog site to others.  I'd appreciate it!  :)  I will pick a winner on Wednesday, March 7th!  It's March, March is considered "lucky", 7 is considered a "lucky" number, and it's Hump Day!  I can't think of a better day to give this baby away!  :P

I'd like to give a HUGE shoutout and THANK YOU to Latricia from Wild About Second Grade for nominating me for a Top 10 Blog Award!  Wow!  You are too sweet!  How encouraging!  You seriously made my night!!!! :D

Ok, here it is!  A Biography Study of Famous Americans!  You can pick it up at my TpT store!  :)  Enjoy!

Thursday, March 1, 2012


My oh my...what a week!  And it's FINALLY starting to feel like spring!  For that I'm very happy and grateful.  It makes it so much more bearable to have the sun shining, windows open, and flip flops on (after school of course).  :P  And to think, it's only March 1st.  And we're getting this type of weather in OHIO!?!?!?!  Everyone is just waiting for our surprise blizzard that comes out of nowhere.  I honestly think we're not going to get any significant snow (not even an inch) the rest of this winter season.  YES!!!!  :D

So apparently I'm still not that popular yet...fair enough.  ;)  So that means that all FOUR of you who commented will be getting my Bag O' Tricks pack!  Yay!  Since I forgot to mention it on the last post, please leave your e-mail below if you were one of the ones who entered and I will send it to you!  :)

Ok, I was REALLY hoping to get up my Biography Unit tonight, but I needed some more borders from KPM Doodles and I haven't gotten them sent to me yet.  Darn.  It should be up tomorrow!  Saturday at the LATEST!  I'm so pumped about this.  SO PUMPED.  Seriously...I've never been so excited about something I've created!  And of course, when it's finally done I will be giving one away for free (or more, haha!)!  But spread the news, y'all!  Here's the cover to give you a little taste of what's to come!  :)