Hello, September! & A quick first week recap.

This September marks 1 year since my hubs and I bought our house and got married.  It also marks 1 year since my grandmother passed away.  It's a bittersweet month full of memories. 

I am not sorry to say goodbye to August.  It was a stressful month of unknowns.  While my teaching future still is not certain, I am back in 2nd grade right now where I feel I belong.

{Looking a little disheveled after my first classroom set-up experience. 
PS. not sure why I decided to wear a dress....all.day.}

We had successful first week and accomplished a lot despite the heat.

Thanks to Wendy at Read with Me ABC, my kids (and I) left school with our adorable "I had a great first day" bracelets. 
I started a post to go into more detail about what else we did this week so check back for that.
 Fast forward to the end of the week. 
Friday night looked like this:
Cutting lamination has been a nightly activity in our household. 
Even Smokey gets in on the action ; )
Next up.  Time for Currently September thanks to Farley over at Oh' Boy 4th Grade.
Oh' Boy 4th Grade
I love pretty much every Lumineers' song but Big Parade is one of my favs. Oh my my, oh hey hey!
I am loving almost every aspect of being back in school teaching 2nd grade.
Except for that....
My feet are KILLING me. 
There is NO AC.  It should be illegal. Of course we are having the summer we never had.  As in, it's been in the 60s-70s for the past 3 months. And now that I am isolated in a room with 21 little humans, it decides to be in the lower 90s with 80% humidity.
Funny, the way it is ; )

Due to the above fact, you would've thought I'd pick Alaska or Iceland for my dream vacay.  But no, I do like to vacation in the heat--just not teach in it!  I WILL go to one of those places in the next 3 years.  Yeah that sounds good!
Can't wait to read about what you are currently up to!


Eeek!! A Peek at my Week!

Tomorrow is a milestone for me.  While this may be my 3rd start to the school year as a teacher, it is my first one all.by.my.self.  Two years ago, I subbed in a random class on day 1.  Last year, I was working with the teacher I was about to long term substitute for.  Tomorrow, it will just be me!!

I am going a little crazy right now.  So what did I decide to do? Put all my time into making some visual plans.  That's right.  I don't really know what I am thinking.  But I already wrote an overview of plans for the week, and a detailed down-to-the-minute set of plans for tomorrow so I thought, hey why not do a pretty one with color and pictures?!  I somehow squeezed this is into a day with a birthday lunch with my husband's side of the fam AND his fantasy football draft party.

So I am linkin' up with Deedee Wills to share them with you.

Now that I finished them, I am actually thinking they will be helpful.  If they are, I have no problem with making them again.  If they are not, this will probably be the last time I ever do this {ha!}

All of the resources are clickable if you download them from googledocs. Just click the picture and it will take you there.  I have included a mixture of paid and free products.  AND I am excited to say I included a mixture of amazing, talented, teachers/TPT creator products
PLUS some of my own creations : )

I am planning on starting my week with lots of rules, expectations, products, modeling, practicing, more reviewing and more practicing.  I am thinking we will NOT get to everything I have planned but it's there just in case.

 I wanted to DIVE right into Science for 2 reasons:
  • 1-I am a self-admitted non-scientific-y person.  I wish I were but I much prefer math and L.A.  which makes me put Science on the back burner big time and I don't want to do that because it is unfair to those kiddos who love it and
  •  2-That time at the end of the day can DRAG if we are not engaged and having fun.  I strategically placed our parachute investigation on Friday afternoon because I know from past experiences it can tend to get them all wound up and I will be happy to wave them "Goodbye" for a three day weekend after that goes down.
There ya go! Wish me luck.  If tomorrow is your first day, too, I hope you have a wonderful day : )



I am going to get a little personal before I share my schedule.  It's kind of ironic I will be sharing a schedule because I have had a very recent epiphany.  Are you ready for this?

You cannot plan, control or schedule all of the events in your life.  And that's okay.  I already knew this but I needed a good reminder.

Let me explain. 

As you all know, I have been on an intense job search this summer.  Like 8 interviews, 4 school districts, over 20 applications, countless hours of waiting and wishing. In this time, I have done some major reflecting.  Through my ups and downs {there have been a few more downs it's seemed}, what I realized is, The Rolling Stones were SO right.  "We can't always get what we want." But that's okay. 

Last night I was offered a 2nd grade long term position and I started today.  It's not a full time permanent position and that's okay.  Because it is just what I need right now.  And we only have right now.  We don't have tomorrow, or next week, month or year.  This exact moment is all we can be certain of.

We had inservice today and let me tell you, it was powerful.

Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis  was the keynote speaker.  If you don't recognize her name, you will recognize her story.  She was the 1st grade teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary who protected her students by locking them and herself in the bathroom of her classroom.  Her room was 10 feet away from where the shooting started.

While I anticipated her presentation to be, without a doubt, very sad and upsetting, her message was one of hope and choice.  We cannot control what happens to us but we can control how we react.  Her story really put everything into perspective.

I could go on and on about the whole day and how uplifting and inspirational Kaitlin is as a survivor and a teacher.  I am amazed by her strength to share her story and purpose.  If anyone is interested, Kaitlin has started an organization called Classes 4 Classes which strives to teach students about the interconnectivity of humankind and promotes taking action and making positive changes in others' lives.

Alright, let's switch gears and talk about my year.  As I said I will be teaching 2nd grade again which I LOVE!  I am just drawn to that age group and luckily most of the resources I have created are for 2nd grade so I cannot wait to use them again!!  This schedule is still tentative but it hasn't changed much over the past two years. I like it because we are never confined to the classroom for too long! 

It's pretty self explanatory but I'd love to hear any comments/questions you have!  I am off to bed--another day of PD tomorrow {and MORE classroom set up! Pictures to come : ) } Then getting ready for the first day back with the students on Monday!!



I am going to do this whole thing Five for Friday Style.  
Because I like lists and numbers and keeping it all organized.

I am a substitute hence my title.  Before that I taught preschool.  In my opinion, preschool teachers don't get enough credit.  I was responsible for TEN 3-5 year olds all.by.myself.  Everyday, 9 hours a day, wiping snotty noses, kissing boo boos, vacuuming up crushed Goldfish crackers, preparing snacks and meals, getting out nap mats, rubbing backs until they fell asleep, changing little ones who had accidents during nap, waking them all up, making another snack... {how did I ever find time to actually teach?}
 I enjoyed it but it was EXHAUSTING!!

One day at nap time, one of my 3 year olds stuck her hands in her poopy diaper and smeared it all over her nap mat.  That's when I realized it was time for a new job. 

Then I started subbing.  It has been over two years now. I have had FIVE long term jobs--mostly in 2nd grade and in the same school district.   

I have spent the summer interviewing.  I just had my 7th interview this morning.  And school starts a week from today.
So I have been sitting. waiting. wishing. and I STILL have no news to report.

But you know what they say...no news means principals are still interviewing and making decisions and I have to just wait some more and maybe be back tomorrow with news.  Someone said that once right?

My husband and I closed on a house, moved in and got married last September.  Did I mention that all happened within 9 days?  It was a crazy month--year--for that matter.  When I look back, I still can't believe all of it actually happened.

My husband and I met working at an Italian restaurant--the most delicious Italian restaurant ever if you ask us.  We were both servers and at first I thought I might have a crush on him because he was the only English speaking male who worked there.  But it turns out, that wasn't the only reason.  We never ever get tired of being together which we realized when we worked AND lived together.  Now we just live together.  He is a foreman for a landscaping company.  He loves to mow grass and he is always tan. Oh and he rocks that bald head.  My mother says the week before we met that I actually declared "I will never date a bald guy or a guy who drives a Chevy." Guess what? J drove a huge, white Chevy Caprice ; )

I am an only child.  Yes, I was kind of spoiled.  But I still know how to share and get along with others.  I think I actually have always gotten along better with adults than kids.  Obviously, I still love kids.  I like being in charge, though : )
My parents are THE BEST!  They will celebrate 35 years of marriage this year!!
They are not just my parents, but my best friends too.  

{In the background are my in-laws.  I really love them, too! J's dad is a pastor and married us.  It was super special.  I am very lucky to have gained a whole other family who I love so much!}


Random but I have never eaten a fast food hamburger.  Don't get me wrong, I have eaten a hamburger.  Just not from a fast food restaurant.  That is all.

TPT is not my first entrepreneurial gig.  In college, I sold grilled cheese sandwiches to the late night, party crowd for $1 a piece on the weekends.  It was SO much fun and I met a ton of people in my apartment building.  Once I was even featured in our building's newsletter.  Here is a horrible picture of me making grilled cheese.

Well I hope you learned something new about me today.  I am going to go read as many other blogger's posts as I possibly can while I still have all this free time before school starts ; )


HELLO August: 5 for Friday & Currently Mash Up

Hello bloggy world!
          This wonderful, work-free Friday {for both me and the hubs!!} I am going to be linkin' up with my two favorite parties: 5 for Friday with Doodlebugs Teaching AND Farley's Currently August Edition.  It's a beautiful thing when these two collide so I just couldn't pass up the opportunity.  You should hop on the bandwagon and do the same!

First up, 5 for Friday.


This past week, the hubs and I took a mid-week vacay with our friends, S and G, for G's birthday to Baltimore.  It was full of fun, food, baseball, and walking around.  LOTS of walking. Okay so I am showing you a picture of us riding a boat and not walking but TRUST ME when I tell you I am SORE from the miles and miles of walking but it was ALL worth it because we had a blast.  
{on the ferry from Inner Harbor to Fells Point}

Hubs and I went to the Aquarium because I had never been before!!! No one could believe that but I had such a deprived childhood it is not very surprising.  I kid, I kid.  I was spoiled like crazy.  
But just never made it there.  So there we went and there we saw fish, stingrays, SHARKS {AHH!}, frogs, sea turtles, Nemo fish, Dori fish, birds, lizards, snakes.  You name it, we saw it.  
Except a whale, there was no whale.
Fish like lettuce. Who knew? 
I would NOT want to mess with this guy.

The JELLYFISH were my fav!  Probably because we learned about jellyfish in 2nd grade this year and it is one of the stories that sticks out because  I really liked it  the students enjoyed it so much.

This picture is not upside down, the jellyfish swim the wrong way!! Or is it the right way?

Great stuff in here, I tell ya!  There are FIVE centers total and they cover many of the beginning of the year 2nd grade skills including:
--skip counting using calculators
--name collection boxes
--3 D shapes
--ordering numbers {up to 3 digits}
--place value {ones and tens}

Want to try them out?! GO and LIKE my Facebook Page and come back and leave a comment and you can have a copy for your classroom!! : )

Or you can skip all that if you are feeling lazy already a fan and 
pick them up on sale for today and tomorrow only!!

We attended the 2nd of 3 weddings we were cordially invited to this summer.  My favorite oldest male cousin, Peter, married the love of his life, Laura, in a beautiful ceremony on an 80 acre property with a renovated barn.  The scenery was gorgeous on its own, and the added touches made it even more perfect.

Couldn't have asked for a more wonderful day!

The new Mr. and Mrs. Lewis! 

The job hunt is still ON.  I am not going to lie.  It is August 1st and not knowing where I will be teaching is scary but I have to keep the faith that everything. will. be. okay.  Please continue to send good vibes my way :)  Hoping to be back with good news soon!
Until then, here's a freebie I made at the end of the school year.  Because every sane person thinks about Labor Day the minute Memorial Day weekend is over, right?  
Click here or on any of the pics below to download!

Onto August Currently with Farley Oh' Boy 4th Grade

LOVE me some Carly Simon...nobody does it better ; )
One of the BEST things about being away is coming home. 
I just wrote this to do list.  It is long.  BUT on the flipside, I have 3 days of no plans to get it all done.  I love a good challenge
I may or may not also be watching E! news in the background...
My love is leaving me for 4 days for work : (  Never like to be apart.  Although his absence will probably help me be more productive with that to-do list!
Being in Baltimore meant eating badly.  But it was SO worth it.  Crabs, clams, mussels, crab mac and cheese, spinach dip, queso, wings wings wings, ravioli, hot dogs...are you disgusted yet? We were only there for three days! EEK!
Public schools around here start August 25th.  But my own future is unknown.  While it drives me crazy because I love to plan, plan, plan--it is also beautiful.
Thanks for stopping by.  I promised 1 more freebie.  Click here or on the picture below!

Thanks for listening : )