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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!


  1. Hi Nicole, I completely agree with you about having the most energy early in the day. I am definitely a morning person and by 9:00 I am snoozing on the couch! I am also sad to see my kiddos go this year, I have really connected with this bunch and I get choked up just thinking about it. The good thing though is teaching K I can see them for many more years. I am so excited for you and your hubby! Your honeymoon is going to be AMAZING! Greece and Italy are on my bucket list. Enjoy every second! Have a great day, don'f forget the Popsicles! ;)

  2. WOW Greece! All these currentlys are making me want to travel! I am NOT a morning person....at all! I am a night owl all the way. Teaching forces me to adjust a little but it's still not me! Have a great summer.

    your donation is greatly appreciated and thanks for the great shout out for my fundraiser!!!

    1. Hi Farley! Thanks for stopping by and for bringing attention to such an important cause. Taking care of our four-legged is friends is so important - especially since they take such good care of us!

  4. Hi Nicole! Your blog name caught my eye in Farley's linkup, and I really like your tag line "the imperfections of a perfectionist teacher." :) I can totally relate to that. I have 13 days left with my kids, and then 3 more days after that without my kids. This year, I also had a great group of kids. While I'm only finishing my second year of teaching, this is, by far, a group of kids who will be sorely missed. This class has a special place in my teacher heart. They were an absolute joy to have, and I am so incredibly proud of them.

    Good luck with the end of your year. Press on!
    Take Me To Third Grade

    1. Hi Jenn! Thanks for stopping by and for your kind words! I just popped over to your blog and I LOVE your color scheme. Sounds like you have some big/exciting changes coming up! I've always wanted to go back to school to be a literacy specialist, but never been brave enough to pull the trigger. I'm crossing my fingers you hear from Columbia soon! Happy (almost) summer!


  5. The title of your blog really grabbed my attention- Love it! I enjoyed reading your post. I love quiet morning time too. There is just something special about that quiet that you don't get any other time of the day. Have a great summer!
    On the Trail of Learning

  6. Staying in the same room is fantastic!! Enjoy your honeymoon getaway!!!! It sounds wonderful!

  7. Hey Nicole! I really love your blog and have nominated you for One Lovely Blog Award! You can check it out on my blog! yay!