Saturday, July 19, 2014

Five for...Saturday, right?

It must be Saturday already because my husband isn't going to work.

So I guess I'm posting Five for Saturday instead of Friday! Thanks to Doodle Bugs Teaching for hosting this every week!


I went to new hire orientation this week. New district, but same basic stuff. Luckily, there was free coffee. So, two of my favorite things. *Free* and *coffee.* Now it's just a matter of getting ALL. THE. PAPERWORK. turned in. To the right people. Before a certain date. So I can get paid. 

I started (and finished) moving my classroom this week. WHEW!!! Do I look exhausted in this pic? I am. Everything I own - classroom wise - is now in it's new home. Is it unpacked, you ask? NO. I'm not able to unpack everything yet because they were laying new carpet. And now there's bubbles in the carpet. And I am certainly NOT stressing out about it. Why do you ask??? ;-)

I tried to distract myself by having lunch with a friend. And then we did some teacher shopping. I have never been more sad about LOVING Because I do love it. BUT I LOVE THE BRONCOS. They have this planner AND a Broncos probably wouldn't hurt me to have AND this, right? RIGHT??

PS When is football season starting?

We had a delicious dinner with some good friends at a VERY yummy restaurant this week! One of the dessert items was an {adult} milkshake and WARM chocolate chip cookies. WARM. It was so delicious! Sorry for the dark picture but it was...dark.

I was sorting through old pictures on my phone when I found this one. During testing, we have to turn in ALL phones to the office. One year when I forgot to turn mine off (and apparently before passcodes were invented) one of our secretaries wrote me this note, grabbed a picture of it and then put my phone back. When I got it back later, this is what I found in my pictures! It made my day then and it made my day now. Even though I am excited about a new adventure in my new school, I will miss my friends (really like my family) so much. I'm glad I have such good memories to hang on to!!

Now go link up your Five for Friday...or whatever day it is.

PS If you are interested in helping me celebrate my new job, 350 Bloglovin followers and over 550 IG followers, click this link to fill out a Google form and participate in my upcoming giveaway! It's going to be awesome!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Good News to Share!

It seems like forever since I've posted anything on the blog! You know how time flies when a lot is going on in your life? THAT is what has been happening to me.

If you are a Facebook or Instagram follower, you already know the great news that I have to share...

I accepted a position at a new school!

I will be a 5th grade teacher next year, which is amazing. It's my favorite grade of all time to teach! 

My new school is closer to my house by about 15 minutes, which means I will get 30 minutes of my life back EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. Maybe I can use the 30 minutes to work out or something. Probably or something.

I am teaching in a new district as well, so lots and lots of learning will be happening I'm sure! 

As you can imagine, my days have been looking a lot like this:

And this...

And of course, some of this:

And then {maybe} this after a long day of packing...

But, I digress.

I am working really hard to figure out how to arrange my new digs and make sure that I have room for everything I'm moving in.

It's a huge adjustment, but I can't wait and I am VERY excited.

I also just hit 350 Bloglovin' followers! Sooooo....

I really want to celebrate, so I'm going to have a giveaway here on the blog! If you are interested in being a participant in the giveaway, please fill out the Google form below!

Click {HERE} to help out with the giveaway!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Random Monday Meet Up!

If you have been following me on Facebook, you already know that I had a job interview today. I'm trying to get a position in a district closer to my house.

I didn't get it, but I have another interview tomorrow AND another one on Thursday! I'm in a "whatever is meant to be will happen" frame of mind, so I'm not too bummed out. I really appreciate everyone's good thoughts from out there in Blogland and Facebookville!

I have really enjoyed The Teaching Tribune's summer blog series, so I thought I would join up to today's Monday Meet Up and share 3 completely random and non-teaching related things about me!

1. Music was, and sort of still is, a huge part of my life! I was in choir for a lot of years and music continues to be part of my life and my classroom. I still sometimes think about being a music teacher!

2. Of course, it was too long ago to have on any kind of video, but my mom swears this happened.

3. I know you want to see a pic of this. I will warn you - it's pretty terrifying. But if you really want to, you can scroll down and see it.


Be prepared to avert your eyes if it's too terrible.

Are you really ready?

Ok then....

I know it's small, but you get the idea.

Terrible, terrible hair choices in my past. Be kind...I was just a kid!

Well I think that's all the randomness for now. Don't forget to link up some randomness of your own!

I'm off to prepare for my interview tomorrow! Keep those good thoughts coming!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Lovin' Wednesday!

Well, I've applied for several jobs. Now I have to wait.

I am NOT good at waiting.

I get a little (lot) weird and sort of obsessive and fidgety. I check my email a million-billion times a day. I just need to remember that whatever is going to happen, will happen. If it's meant to be, it will be! Whew.

Enough pep-talking. Let's move one to one of my favorite parts of summer:

I. LOVE. THIS. SHOW. Does anyone else watch it? Even though I have to wear a tin-foil hat while I watch it, I can't stop. My husband and I have been staying up WAY too late watching a few episodes a night...makes me happy!

I made this! It's an avocado-asparagus-bacon-egg sandwich! It was delicious. Even my husband said so. Which is definitely a win. If you want to try it, you can see the recipe {here}.

Some people like the Bachelorette, I like Judge Judy. She's my summer-TV-guilty-pleasure. My husband just shakes his head...kind of like you might be doing right now?

If you haven't yet, I highly recommend checking out The Teaching Tribune's Summer Bloggin' series. It has made it fun and easy to get back on track with some (sort of) regular blogging! I love it! Today is Worksheet Wednesday, which means you can go over there and check out TONS of great freebie worksheets.

Today's theme is ELA, so head over! My freebie for Worksheet Wednesday is's my most downloaded TPT freebie. We use it when we learn and practice how to ask questions before, during and after reading. Enjoy!

You can check out my blog post about it {here}.

Ok, that's about it! Thanks so much to Covered In Glitter and Glue for hosting this awesome link up every week. I'm lovin' it! Don't forget to go link up with what you're loving this week.

Alright...I have to check my email again. Keep your fingers crossed for the right job to come along!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Five For Friday

Happy Saturday, friends! {It IS Saturday, right?}

Since my sense of time is all screwed up - what with the going to the bathroom whenever I want and all - I figured no one would mind if I posted my Five for Friday on {what I believe to be} Saturday.

Five for Friday is a fun link up at Doodle Bugs Teaching where you share 5 random things from the day or the week. Check it out if you haven't already!


I'm super excited that I signed up to participate in SLANT boxes! I've been seeing these amazing packages popping up all over Instagram, so I knew I had to check it out.

Each month you get paired up with two people - one to send a box to and one to receive a box from. I can't wait! There's even a theme to each month, so it makes it simple to get to know someone AND be on the lookout for adorable idea for the box. Click {here} or the image above to grab the details for yourself!

I have been fully immersing myself in summer...I love my summer routine! Dogs walks, breakfast and coffee on the deck and then - WHATEVER I WANT. Like blog stalking, Facebook updating and IG wandering. WHATEVER. I. WANT. It makes me happy to be on my own schedule!

I've been working on my resume...

It's not fun. Not fun at all. But I'm throwing it out there to see what happens. I'm kind of a "if it's meant to happen it will" kind of person.

I've been trying to eat better. What with all my free time and all, I figure I don't need to eat crap. Eating at home is a challenge during the school year for sure, but my hubby and I have agreed that it's time to start acting like adults. {Really? Who decided this? Me? Certainly not.} But we are trying.

Poached Cajun cod and asparagus, easy lunch, Crockpot Chicken Tacos...YUM!
Last but not least, I'm so glad to actually be reading. Books. For FUN. Here's what I've read lately...

I finished both of these and loved them both...for very different reasons. I have not seen the Fault in Our Stars movie yet...haven't decided if I want to. Has anyone seen it? Will I be disappointed? Because I loved the book...and I hate when the book and the movie are two separate things. Be sure to leave me a movie review in the comments!

Well, I think that's it! Don't forget to hop over to Doodle Bugs Teaching and share your 5 random things from the week! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Two For Tuesday!

Happy Tuesday everyone! I'm happy to say I spent a gorgeous weekend in the mountains these past couple of days. I had an amazing time sewing with my mom and some other friends, and generally just enjoying and relaxing!

It did me good to get away!

But I am happy to be back home with my hubby and spoiled rotten dogs...

I am really digging summer, people! I'm loving time to blog and time to read...and time to take walks or watch Judge Judy if I so desire.

It has also given me a great opportunity to catch up on blogging! So today I'm linking up with The Teaching Tribune for their Two for Tuesday linky...the idea is to link up with 2 products from your store and get a little two-fer deal in there as well!

Here are my two best-selling TPT products...marked down to 50% off for today only!

First up is my 2D Shape Sort: Quadrilaterals. This product includes shape cards (all quadrilaterals) and several graphic organizers for sorting and classifying. If your school uses Thinking Maps, the quadrilaterals work great with those as well! My favorite part of this activity is that students have to explain why and how they sorted the shapes. It really gets to the heart of properties of shapes! You can see a more detailed post about it {here}.
Today this baby will be only $1!!

My next most popular product is my 2D Shape Sort: Triangles! This product is very similar, except it deals only with triangles and their attributes. This product also includes graphic organizers, shape cards and sorting mats. Unfortunately, I made this before I knew I was teaching 3rd grade, so I didn't get to use it this year! :-( I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I will get to use it with my 6th graders in the upcoming school year. Maybe someone who has used it would want to guest blog about how it went? Or maybe someone wants to try it out before the end of the year and blog about it? If you are interested in trying it out for me, let me know!
This product will be $1.25 today!
I am so excited to share these with you and I hope that many of you might find them useful!

I have been toying with the idea of a general 2D geometry sort as a product...would that be more helpful in the younger grades? Let me know what you think!

Thanks so much for stopping by...don't forget to jump over to The Teaching Tribune and check out more great Two-For Tuesday products!