Sunday, March 29, 2015

Celebrating Spring/Giveaway

Today I'm so happy to be linking up with some of my best bloggy buddies for  Celebrating Spring and a Giveaway.  I really love the season of Spring because of all the new life.  The flowers are blooming, trees are coming to life and I wake up to little birds singing outside my window each morning.  I love it! 

When I first started blogging and TpT I didn't really have any idea how it would change my life.  It's been a very bumpy road, with both good and bad stops.  I'm still overwhelmed that anyone at all would want to follow any of my social medias.  I'm extremely thankful and blessed to all of you for your support.  I'm still trying to find a good balance of all these avenues that have been opened for me.  Truly THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart!!
If you happen to not be following me I'd love to have you as a follower:)

April is a BIG month in my house because it's both mine and my Hubby's birthday month.
His is April 14 and mine is April 16. 
This year is a milestone birthday for me:(
I'm not going to lie I'm not happy about it and I'm not looking forward to it.
Sadly that doesn't matter and I will be turning the dreaded 40 this year.
Guess I need to start planning a birthday bash so keep an eye out for it soon.
Right now I'm celebrating that we don't have any snow and it looks like winter is really and truly coming to an end.  (I hope!)
Green Grass!!!!
Our grass is turning green and I know that make the Hubby happy.  He cuts lawns as a hobby and second job.  This year he might have landed an HUGE deal and have to start his lawn care business as an actual business.  I hope so because he enjoys it so much. 

Flowers are blooming.
 OK so the grass isn't green over here but my flowers are blooming and bringing some color to our backyard.  Trust me the backyard needs all the help  it can get right now.
Weeping Cherry Tree
We bought this Weeping Cherry Tree several years ago and I LOVE it.  I have always wanted a Willow Tree but that isn't really an option where we live.  So this was the next best thing and I'm really glad we went on and got it.  It only looks beautiful for about 2 weeks when it is in full bloom then it's a pretty green tree but that little bit of time when it is flowering it is breath taking.

I told my kiddos on Friday I would have them a new desk buddy on Monday so I whipped up this April set of desk buddies.  They are a great time filler for in the morning when I'm trying to get things ready and I have kiddos already in the room.  They know exactly what to do and they really do enjoy them.  You can check this new set out in my TpT store, just click on the picture to view it in my store.

You can grab this FREEBIE by clicking on the picture.  
I really enjoy making digital papers and I hope to have some time during Spring Break next week to create some more. 

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Five for Friday

It's Friday!  
It's Friday! 
Praise the Lord it's Friday!!!
It has just been one of those weeks.
We had 2 wonderful days in the high 60's and 70's and then today we had snow flurries:/
The weekend is finally here and I plan on catching up on a lot of stuff.
But for now I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching.

We started time this week and so we had to make a clock.
These little clock were full of magic because my kiddos had so much fun while learning and review time.  I always love when an activity is a hit and it's easy:)
The Busy Busy Hive

I used some of my TpT paycheck to buy my guinea pigs a new cage.
They were in desperate need of a new one and this one has so much room.
They don't know what to do.
They LOVE it!
Thanks to everyone that supports my little shop!!! 
The Busy Busy Hive

One of my sweet little boys brought me in a Cotton Flower.
This has to be one of the best gifts I have gotten.
It brought on a whole discussion about if it was real or a craft.
We had a impromptu lesson on Cotton Flowers and how they are real.
It was AMAZING!!!
When the kiddos get excited about something it's so nice to be able to just stop and investigate it.
So much learning going on in those little minutes.
The Busy Busy Hive

My dog Oscar got his shots and a new haircut.
He is a special needs dog.
He has what is called parrot mouth.
The bottom of his mouth is very short causing his tongue to always be out 
and it is hard for him to eat.
He is around 8 years old and still going strong.
Love this little guy! 
The Busy Busy Hive

I'm in trouble!
My hubby is going to do me in:/
I discovered the new store that just opened close to school.
It's called Hobby Lobby!!!!!
I fell in love with so much stuff that I just HAVE TO HAVE for my home and classroom.
The hubs isn't hearing it.
I have a feeling he will try and ban me from going back in there.
My oldest daughter is really into anything Paris or Eiffel Tower so of course I had to take pictures of EVERYTHING they had in those themes;)
Aren't they cute?!?!?1 
The Busy Busy Hive

Hope you have a wonderful Friday!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Teacher's Pets

Today I'm linking up with some of my best blogging buddies for Teacher's Pets Linky.
This linky is "pur"fect for me because I am a HUGE pet lover.
I can handle just about any kind of pet except spiders, snakes and bug type pets.  
If you have those as pets awesome!
I'm just more of a fluffy furry kind of girl:)

To start off I want to give you a run down of all the pets that live in my house.
We currently have 5 dogs (4 Shih Tzus and 1 German Shepard/beagle mix), 2 black cats (1 male and 1 female), 1 Bearded Dragon, 2 rats (use to be classroom pets until this year), and 2 guinea pigs.  At school I currently have 3 hermit crabs.  I know I have a mini zoo!
Today I'm going to share about our newest addition and a little about our class pets.

Mittens was born on November 30, 2014.
She was the second to be born out of her mother's litter of 5.
Sadly only 3 of the 5 puppies survived.
We found out Mitten's mother was preggo exactly 1 week before she had the puppies.
Talk about a HUGE surprise.
We seriously didn't know she was going to have puppies.
It was a whirl wind of emotions in our house at that time.

New born Mittens
We had raised 3 other litter of puppies before but that was years (like 7 to be exact) ago.
We were out of practice and not prepared.
I was upset and overwhelmed.
But in the end everything worked out and we ended up with these adorable bundles of joy.

It's a rough life

 Long story short my middle daughter fell in love with Mittens and we allowed her to keep her as a Christmas present.  My hubby was in love with her too, even though he swears he doesn't like the dogs;)

Nap time
I mean who couldn't love that little face.
She also looks just like our first Shih Tzu, Munchkin.
Munchkin was her grandma.
That is why my hubby was so in love with her.
Munchkin had been bought for me but was really his dog.

I'm ready for my close up
  Yes we dress her up but she doesn't wear these all the time or even all day.
It's just for fun and she actually loves wearing them.
If she can get a hold of one of her dresses she will bring it to you to put on her.
I will admit she isn't a fan of the red coat.
I think it's a little stiff for her liking so she doesn't wear it.

Fashion show time
She is always getting into mischief. 
We can not put the tp paper on the roll or she jumps up and pulls it all down.
It wasn't me

This school year I have 3 hermit crabs as class pets.
I enjoy having them in the room but I can't lie I do miss not having my rats in there.
This year I have a student with a fatal peanut allergy so the rats couldn't be in the room.
Better safe than sorry!
Next year I plan on having the rats or even maybe the guinea pigs in my room.
Actually the pigs were suppose to be class pets but I just couldn't bring myself to take them to school.
Hermit Crabs

Templeton and Nicodemus

Caramel and Mocha

I whipped up this little desk buddy craft and writing activity to use with my kiddos.
Did I mention that it's FREE.
Just click on the picture to grab it.
My Pet: Desk Buddy
Do you have a pet in your classroom or at home?
Link up or leave a comment. because 
I'd love to learn more about your sweet little critter.

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Friday, March 13, 2015

Five for Friday: Friday 13th Style

Did someone say today was FRIDAY?
Praise the Lord above!
This has been a long week.
Just see for yourself.

I am over the moon excited about my new blog make-over.
Christi did a fantastic job of designing the perfect blog for me.
I was terrified a little scared at first to change up my bees but I really wanted and needed to step my blogging game up.  
She was amazing to work with and very fast!
If you're in the market for a blog make-over I HIGHLY recommend Christi!

We started Terra Nova Testing this week:(
All the kiddos in grades K-7th take this test at our school.
Yes we are taking it early.
We get a big discount on the grading for completing it early.
Yes I am against testing my sweet firsties.
It has been a very stressful week for them and me.
The only grades required to test are 3rd, 5th and 7th,
but we test everyone for tracking and extra data.
I have no problem testing my firsties but this particular test really needs to go.
We have out grown it with Common Core and differentiated teaching.
There has to be a better option!?!

I received my new GRAZE BOX!
I LOVE getting this box every other Monday,
so does my kids:/
This time I liked everything except the Apple Cosmo.
I'm just not really into dried fruit.
Want to try it out?
Click on the picture to see for yourself.

We practiced tornado drills this week.
My kiddos did a great job of listening and following directions.
They wanted to try out the drill position during calendar time so we did:)

You can grab my newest FREEBIE by clicking on the picture below.
It contains 5 writing pages (organizers) and a simple and cute craft.
Just in time for Saint Patrick's Day!!!

What have you been up to this week?
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