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!


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