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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Tell All Tuesday: Let's Have Some Fun!

I love games. Games are my JAM. One of the reasons that I love teaching first grade so much is the copious amount of games I get to play teach my students. Board games, cards games, trivia, puzzles, I love it all. So imagine my excitement to combine game-playing and blogging into one fun link-up with two of my FAVORITE bloggers: Jayme from Teach Talk Inspire and Diana from My Day In K for a little Tell All Tuesday: Two Truths and A Lie.  Are you ready to start guessing?

Here's the rundown: below you will find two truths about me and one little lie. Are you ready to dig through my sarcasm and find the truth? Leave your guesses in the comments below and I'll be back in a couple days to reveal!

Both my husband I are only children. Though our families are small, we are incredibly close and celebrate all the holidays together. Since we also have several close friends that are only children (seriously, not sure what's in the water over here) we have it all planned for them to be stand-in aunts and uncles for our kids (I'm looking at you, Audrie). 
I love adventure and am always looking for something fun and new to try! I thrive on the risk and love the adrenaline rush. It's so different from the teacher side of me, but I think it keeps me sane! I went sky diving a couple years ago and can't wait to go again. Next on my bucket list? Zip lining in Costa Rica. Who's with me?

I am obsessed with historical periods and fully believe I was born in the wrong century. I definitely should have come into the world circa 1895. Bring on the corsets, ridiculous customs, and formalities. Lady Mary Crowley is my spirit animal. 

Can't wait to read your guesses in the comments below...and don't forget to link up with Jayme and Diana to join in!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Welcome to June!

Well, June is here. And that means it's time to link up with Farley at Oh Boy 4th Grade to see what's going on this month. Before I selfishly make you read all about me, you need to hear about the important cause that Farley is bringing attention to. Have you turned on the television lately? Then you know there is some intense weather happening down in Texas.  Today I'd like you to think about the small town of Wemberley, TX, which has been irreparably destroyed. While us humans are pretty resourceful, and will find a way to rebuild, I need you to send some TLC down to all the four-legged friends in Wemberley. Many have lost their homes, been separated from their owners, and are just plain lost. If you know me, you know that dogs are my anti-drug. So I hope you'll join with me in supporting this great cause! Just head right on over to Oh Boy 4th Grade to find all the info you need.

Buzz says you need to donate. ASAP!

Now...here's a peek at June!

Listening: When I started typing this morning, it was 4:27. Golden time. Nothing but me, my laptop, and some coffee. Too many people tell me I'm crazy for waking up so early to get things done, but I swear it's the time of day when I have the most energy. It doesn't matter what day of the week it is - by 10PM, I'm toast. And if it's a school day? Good luck keeping me awake past 8:45. 

Loving: Let's talk about the power of fonts. Isn't life better when you can customize everything to look EXACTLY the way you want it? All the time? I think so, too. That's why I was beyond excited to grab a lifetime license to all of Jen Jones' fonts from Hello Literacy during the TPT Teacher Appreciation Sale. They. Are. AMAZING! Intrigued? Go grab them here. You won't be disappointed!

Thinking: At this point you are probably slightly questioning my state of mind. 4:40AM and I'm thinking about popsicles? This can truly mean only one thing: it's a marble jar party kind of day! In my classroom we use a class marble jar to help us focus on certain target behaviors. For the past couple months we have been working on the goals of: working hard, staying on task, and using teamwork. Each time we earn a whole class Dojo point, we put a marble in the jar. Last week we FINALLY filled the jar, which means today we are celebrating with PJ's, a movie, pizza for lunch, and...popsicles! This time my kiddos voted to watch Up. Let's hope I don't traumatize anyone when I am weeping at the beginning of the movie....

Wanting: Speaking of weeping. I am NOT the teacher that gets emotional at the end of the year. Don't get me wrong: I fiercely LOVE my kiddos, but usually when summer comes, I'm practically running out the door. But this year is different. This class is just something special in so many ways, and I'm going to be devastated to see them go. Thankfully we have 19 more school days left, so I still have a couple weeks before I have to actually admit the year is ending. Denial seems the best coping strategy for now. 

Needing: Sometimes I think I am the most patient person in the world. And sometimes I am actually the least patient person in the world. Cue: the US Passport Agency. I need an updated passport with my married name (see why below!) and it's taking FOREVER to arrive. Technically, it's taking exactly as long as they told me it would (4-6 weeks) but I'm already obsessing over what will happen if it doesn't arrive in time. Like I said: selective patience. 

Summer Lovin': This is the first time in my entire teaching career (all five years of it!) that I get to stay in the same classroom for two consecutive years. For the past two years, I've been told I'm moving classrooms approximately 1 day and 5 days before school starts, respectively. I might be an expert packer, but let's just say things aren't exactly the way I'd like them. This year I've been assured I am staying put (cross your fingers for me!) and I'm thrilled to actually have some time over the summer to prepare my classroom for the year to come, instead of frantically throwing organizing everything in the closet on shelves practically as my new students are walking in the door.

Also on the list? It's HONEYMOON time! Come July 31st, hubs and I are checking out for two. whole. weeks. And I can't wait! It's been years since we've taken an actual vacation together and we are doing it right. Greece here we come!