Monday, December 21, 2015

Tomorrow is the LAST DAY of school before Christmas break.  And although I may not have 3 weeks off like some people {cough, cough, Teeny}...the anticipation of 12 days off has provided me just enough energy to reflect on the past year.  Link up here, here or here!!
We started the year by announcing that our family was going to be growing by ONE!
Shortly thereafter, we made another announcement:
We spent Easter with my Georgia Family.  Our trip was full of beautiful weather, lots of good food AND an improv comedy show.

I spent the rest of April and May traveling all over PA to administer PSSAs (zZzZ) and graduate our kindergarteners.  Life as a Cyber School Kinder teacher was definitely different but the experience was worth it!
Despite not being able to attend TPT Vegas, I still managed to find my tribe.  I got together with these AMAZING women a few times over the summer and cannot wait to reunite in a week : )
Lauren : Teaching in Stripes
Caitlin : Cait's Cool School
Becky : The Literary Maven
Becky : The Class Couple
Kelli : Kelli Alaina
My amazing mom threw a beautiful baby shower complete with everything nautical. 
I worked ALL summer--grad classes, baby prep AND I wrote lesson plans which were published on  I knew I had to get it all in before baby boy's arrival!
With the encouragement of my tribe, I interviewed for a teaching job while 8 months pregnant.  After interviewing for countless jobs without a human growing inside of me, I was SURE interviewers would take one look at my belly and politely decline (even though I know it is technically illegal to do so).  Well, guess what?! They didn't!! And I was hired for my very first contract position as a 2nd grade teacher! What a whirlwind!!
My classroom on the first day while kids were at special.
SURPRISE!! Harrison was born the weekend after the first week of school.
Enjoying life as a family of three : )  We spent Thanksgiving with both sides of our family and cannot wait to celebrate the holidays with our sweet boy!
A baby and a new job were obviously the most exciting aspects of my 2015.  BUT I also made a promise to myself that no matter what I would go to the next TPT conference and I am proud to say my hotel IS BOOKED!!! I couldn't be more pumped for July 2016 :)
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See you there?!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

Five for Friday: The Longest Time

Thursday, December 10, 2015
It's mid-December.  So let's get to the point.  I haven't blogged in over a month so I am going to just throw together everything in one neat little package, smack a giant virtual bow on it and call it "Five for Friday". 
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays!
We Nutcracker-ed it up last week.  I am working on a Nutcracker pack but, kind of like the ballet, it is mostly happening in my dreams.  {maybe next year?} We read about 100 different Nutcracker versions, listened to one online, went to see the Nutcracker and finally did these directed drawings.  If you are not doing directed drawings, what are you doing? It's ALL.THE.RAGE!

Here is our tree. I was all like 'Yeah Christmas!' approximately a week ago (okay maybe two). I was wrapping gifts, decorating, singing Christmas carols. The Whole Thing.  Now I am like....zzzzz #thesekidsaremakingmesleepy #amazonpackagesfordays #whowillwrapthepresents

The room in the previous picture recently got a makeover.  I promised the hubs I would post this picture because he wanted to brag I am so proud of his handy skills.  He is practically Bob the Builder.  Except he is bald.

Back to school math PLC has been all about persevering through problem solving.  We watched a video about word problems and it was set up in a "carousel" style.  I don't know if you know this but it's like a scoot but in groups.  It gets kinda loud and kinda crazy (or is that just my class?) However, you can see that some actual, real learning took place.  And I got to see where my students were exceeding/struggling with their word problem solving skills. WIN.WIN.

And it wouldn't be my new life without sharing some pics of my baby boy.  He is 3 1/2 months old.  Time goes fast, time stands still.  We love our little guy and can't wait to share the holidays with him!


In the thick

Saturday, November 7, 2015
New mom.  New teacher.  New wife (2 years is still new, right?). 
It has turned me into a new person, there is no doubt.
I don't know about you, but some days, trying to keep my head above water is my main goal. 
Not losing myself in baby's cries, sleepless nights,
lesson plans that don't go right,
grocery lists that get forgotten,
food stash in the deep freezer went rotten,
home project's lasted three times too long,
kids keep picking 'Whip Nay Nay' as their GoNoodle song,
the spiders on my door've been up too long,

dinners that we've ordered in,
forgetting to meal plan again,
haven't vacuumed for a week while,
maternity clothes going out of style, 
my #Instagramstyle is far from chic,
bank account is looking weak,
Daylight's Savings got me out of whack,
Christmas breathing down my back,
Pinterest-worthy presents--that's a joke,
Amazon Prime's making me broke,
in the thick of it all I have to believe, it will all work out and I have to...

Five for Friday: So good to be back!

Friday, October 23, 2015
I made it through my first full week as a full time teacher who is not 9 months pregnant! Hooray! Celebrations! CHEERS all!
I was welcomed back to my classroom with such sweet messages from my students!! I was kind of in shock they didn't forget me considering I was only their teacher for a week. But these adorable gestures proved they really did miss me ; )
{Today I feel happy because my teacher became a mom}

{top right corner says "I hope Harrison has good health"} collective awwws

Back to work meant leaving my sweet little guy.  He will be 8 weeks tomorrow and he is doing fantastic.  I miss him so but I know he is in good hands : )

This week started out a little bumpy BUT I feel like I am getting back into the groove now.  I just needed to find myself as a teacher again and today my students using Mrs. Olson's Lucky Little Learner's Interactive Math Notebooks made my teacher heart so happy.
I am still in disbelief not ONE kid cut or pasted this on wrong.  AND they were adding like pros!!!

This morning before the students arrived the principal made an announcement about a breakfast Kindergarten and 2nd grade teachers were hosting.  I panicked like "OMG was I supposed to bring something?!"  My fellow teachers stopped by my room to get me and I was still all like "WAIT how did I not know about this?!" They told me that teachers host breakfasts once a month and they didn't want to bother me with bringing something since I just got back.  Little did I know it was a SURPRISE baby shower for me.  All, I just started at this school and I already feel like part of a family.  Everyone has been SO warm, welcoming and generous.  Oh my I don't know what I did to deserve all they did for me today.  It was so sweet!
{that is a DONUT cake!!! Yes donuts are under that frosting and guess what the donuts had cream in them. OH.EM.GEE!}

After months of stressful planning, my 10 year class reunion went off last weekend WITHOUT a hitch!! So thankful it is OVER and I can never plan another reunion ever again--HA!
It ended up being a great time and it was nice to have an adult night out!
reunited with two of my besties from HS
How was your week?!

Currently: October

Thursday, October 1, 2015
Currently is one of my favorite linky parties.  I have missed it the last few months but am definitely going to turn that around! Link up over at Farley's Blog: Oh Boy It's Fourth Grade

Oh' Boy 4th Grade

Listening:  My husband is doing such a great job helping out with baby duties.  This staying at home thing is more challenging than I anticipated.  He always takes the baby right away when he gets home.  We tag team putting him to sleep.  Then he makes him a bottle and changes him in the morning.  I don't know how people do it alone!!
 {how sweet are they?!}
Loving: I could complain that I have to go back to work after just 6 weeks of maternity leave BUT I am unbelievably thankful that I have an awesome job to return to--my DREAM job that I have waited SO long for.  I still can't really believe I am a 2nd grade teacher (or the fact I was hired 8 months preggers!!)

Thinking: I am the mom of a 1 month old! And I am not going to say "I can't believe it, it went by so fast." because honestly, it didn't.  It was a LONG, busy, tiring month.  Everything they say about being a parent is TRUE.  In the words of Wanda Sykes "Kids--they a lot of work, but they worth it."

Wanting: I am thinking of planning some pampering before returning to work so I don't feel like such a slob.  Seriously, I have worn nothing but pajamas or yoga pants for what feels like the past year.  Okay so it's been 5 weeks but really, I need to get my act together!
Needing: Since the only 5 days I was in school so far this year I was the size of an Orca whale, I am in desperate need of some new threads for when I return in 11 days.  I have been perusing Pinterest like crazy getting outfit ideas and putting together a shopping list.  Here are two of my favs:

Boo-tiful: Nights out are now few and far between.  We were lucky to be able to celebrate our anniversary last weekend without baby.  Just a few hours out alone makes such a big difference!! Getting to leave the house for something other than a diaper run or dr. appt. is ah-maz-ing.  We are blessed with awesome grandparents to our little boy : )

Baby overload, I know #sorrynotsorry

Happy October : )

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