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November 2, 2013

Currently November

Did you miss me?

Even though, I've taught Math and Science before changing grade levels and subjects at the same time has kicked my butt. Add my husband's recent hospital visit, and something had to give, my blog.

I've missed blogging and you. Maybe 2nd quarter will be better. Anyway...

OK! This may be a surprise, but I love watching Top Gear. I could care less about the cars, but the three hosts, Adam, Tanner and Rutledge, are funny. Tonight, they made cars amphibious and tried to drive to Canada.

In Texas today, it was a cool 72 degrees with a light breeze. I opened up all the windows, which I almost never do.

During the month of November, I usually do the FB Blessings Countdown. This year, I am even more blessed, because my husband recently had a health scare. He spent nearly a week in the hospital. Fortunately, he is home and recovering now. 

A few years ago, we went to New Orleans. The hotel we stayed at had the BEST mattress. I had the most awesome naps there. I want that mattress.

So jealous of all of the teachers who have had a Fall break. We have been going HARD since Labor Day. Our first break is Thanksgiving in 3 weeks. After Thanksgiving, the rest of the year is all down hill, but it is an uphill climb to get there. Right now, we are in the middle of "benchmark season". UGH!

Yummy pin..
.Peanut Butter Crack Brownies
I made these for a teammates birthday. I think the "crack" refers to the Rice Krispies in the topping, but I think it is because they are as addictive as crack. Cut them small! They are very rich!

Check out whatever everyone else is doing over at Farley's Currently party!

October 13, 2013

Friday Pile Up

Several Fridays have piled up on me. I could skip them, but then I wouldn't get to share with you what I've been up to lately.


Does your school collect Box Tops? We do, and we compete. Each month the winning class gets the grade level trophy for the month. My class won for September, and they lost their mind when the principal announced it. I hope we can hold onto the title for the rest of the year. If we do, then we get a picnic with the principal in May.


We got our 1st lost tooth this week.This little guy got the honors of being first. I wish you could see his toothless smile. Precious!


Ice Bubbles or Fun with Dry Ice! Friday, we wrapped up our matter unit with our 4th grade Cross Trainers by making giant ice bubbles. I had to hold my breath, but we managed to get two to last for about a minute.


Winning! We, also, won the Boosterthon Fun Run door contest for 2nd grade. The theme was "Camp High Five". The entire school was decorated by PTO. My homeroom moms were responsible for the door. Can you see the twinkle lights in the fire. They put each of my students' photo on a star. The funniest part...little pieces of marshmallow kept disappearing. My kids kept blaming "Stanley the Squirrel", Camp High Five's mascot.
The class chose the name Buford's Bobcats. Room moms decorated their shirts with spots. Here are my bobcats ready to run Thursday!


                Pinspiration                                                                     My Version

One of my teammates hosted a Pinterest party. We each brought a project, mostly wreaths and a goodie. I decided to make this wreath. I am so happy with how it turned out. We have lived in our house for 7 years, and I never have been able to find something to hang above the mantle. This wreath solved that problem. Thanks Pinterest!

Hope to see you back here next Friday, but don't hold your breath. Grades are due Friday!
Happy Columbus Day tomorrow!

Updated to include my only Made It this month. I guess I should have just waited to post until Monday.


September 20, 2013

Five for Friday - What does the fox say?

Believe it or not, I started this post last Saturday. If I didn't, then I would never get it posted on Friday. I look forward to it, because I feel like my week is officially over after it is posted.

 Peanut Butter Cup Crack Brownies

Close up of the layers

What are you known for on your team or at your school? Me...Peanut Butter and Chocolate desserts. My past two team leaders have "scheduled" me to bring their birthday desserts, so that they ensure they get their PB and chocolate fix. This past weekend, I decided I needed to "practice" a new recipe, so I made these for game day. OMG! A brownie base...a layer of melted Reese's PB cups...topped with a chocolate chip Rice Krispie ganache. 

Angie - If you are reading this, this is what is being served for your birthday in October. 
Click here to get the recipe.

One out, one in! Friday, I had a student move. Monday morning, I got a new student. Here is the BEST part. Now, I have 3 students with the same first name all in the same class. Two spell their name with a y, the other one spells it with an i. You would think I could use their last initial. Well, I do, but they all sound the same (G, P, and T). This is going to be as much fun as the year I had 4 Madisons (2 in each class.)

A few years ago, our superintendent started a reading initiative in our district. Every year, there is a BIG kick-off day. Most schools extend this into a special reading week. Our librarian coordinates the event for our school and comes up with daily themes. 

Monday's theme - "What have you READ today?" Staff and students all wore red and jeans.
Tuesday's theme - "Reading is a fashion statement!" It was school picture day, so we all dressed up.
Wednesday's theme - "Read for a Better Life Day" District kick-off day! We wore our school spirit shirts and jeans. We, also, had a guest reader. 
Thursday's theme - "Team Up and Read Day" Staff and students wore a team jersey or t-shirt. Instead of doing just book buddies, we cross train. My 2nd grade Math/Science homeroom is paired up with a 4th grade Math/Science homeroom (actually my former partner). My 2nd graders took their favorite Science book to share with their 4th grade trainer. 
Friday's theme - "Hats Off to Reading Day" Staff and students wore their favorite hat. We, also, donate money to The Heavenly Hats Foundation.

Kindness counts! Thursday, I received 3 of the kindest comments. The first one came from my partner. She submitted a TAE (Teacher Achieving Excellence) report. A copy is emailed to my principal and myself. Now, my name is submitted for a quarterly prize drawing. 

The second kind comment, also, came in the form of an email. A parent emailed to let me know how happy she is, because her daughter is so happy this year. She, also, offered to send in books for my classroom library. I have an awesome 4th grade chapter book library, but only 3 baskets of picture books for 2nd grade.

The third kind comment came from one of my sweet little ducklings. She looked up at me with her big brown eyes and told me that "2nd grade is the best grade ever!" 

I hope someone shared some kindness and love with you this week. 

My newest obsession

This song is way better than the "See and Say" toy I had as a kid. It cracks me up EVERY time I watch it.
Then, a friend shared this one with me.

As a former high school marching band member and self-proclaimed nerd, this video makes me want to go to Ohio University and be in the marching band again. LOVE it!

Question: Do you read my PMA Wednesday posts? The positive side of me is saying, "Keep doing it. Even if you only help one person, you helped that one person." The negative side of me is quoting Sweet Brown, "Ain't nobody got time for that!" It is one more thing to do EVERY week. I would appreciate any comments.
Have a great weekend! 

September 18, 2013

PMA Wednesday - Smile - 15th edition

Welcome to PMA Wednesday!

This meme reminds me of the song lyrics, "Smile though your heart is aching. Smile though your heart is breaking...You'll find that life is still worthwhile. If you just smile." ~ Nat King Cole.

Smile! It is "Hump" Day!

September 13, 2013

Five for Friday & Two Freebies

It's FRIDAY, and I'm as happy as a little girl! (SNL Dieter Flashback - Sorry!)

I work for an awesome district. Several times a year, they offer "Make and Take" sessions. Tuesday, I went to a Science inservice. I was able to make and laminate 5 stations. I, also, walked away with four books. (If you'll notice my cat, Kipper, is reading the "Rain for the Bluebonnets" board.)

Friday was my teaching partner's birthday! I made her a vase out of Junior mint boxes. I added flower candles, her favorite snack (almonds, cashews, and pistachios), and a set of monogrammed stamps. Then, I added a pretty ribbon. It turned out pretty cute. 

Last week, I mentioned that I made my first foldable with my 2nd graders. This is one of my student's foldable. Me = Blown. Away. She trimmed the pictures, but left the name of the Science tool attached. This was nicer than my example.

Lockdown Drill  - It makes me sad that these are necessary. However, I live north of Houston. Last week, a student stabbed and killed another student and wounded 3 others at a high school I have driven passed about a million times. Today, I was watching the local news while I was walking on my treadmill. There was another story about a cafeteria worker that was shot and killed by her estranged husband in another high school parking lot. Her husband, later, took his life at his residence.

As I sat on the floor with my kids, I couldn't help think about the students and teachers at Sandy Hook and the terror that they went through hiding in closets. Even though, I prepared my class for the drill today, my heart still skipped a beat when the administrators checked my door to make sure it was locked.

10!!! That's right! I've officially lost 10 pounds. I've walked 30 minutes a day for 75 days straight. I've had to slow down my speed, but have increased my incline. I, also, figured out that my 30 min. passes a lot quicker if I multi-task. I've graded papers, read a book, and wrote my grocery list while walking this week.

To celebrate Patriots Day, I made my "My Hero Writing Project" FREE until Veterans Day!

Another quick freebie, I made a Properties of Matter Scavenger Hunt for Science homework this week.

Hope you had a great week and have an even better weekend!

September 11, 2013

PMA Wednesday - 14th Edition

Welcome to PMA Wednesday!

I would replace "sad" with stressed, tired and/or sick. At this point in the September, everyone is back in school. Some have been back for a month, and others just a week. Either way, chances are good you are either stressed, tired and/or sick. If not, you probably work with someone who is stressed, tired, and/or sick. I've already had a cold with a fever, but I get my flu shot on Friday. Remember to take care of yourself and each other.

Have a "Happy PMA Wednesday" and Happy Patriots Day! God Bless the USA!

September 6, 2013

Five for Friday & a Freebie!

Self high five! I made it to Friday! High five to you, too! You made it!

I saw a post with this sign on Pinterest, but the pin only lead to a photo. I decided to create my own for Parent Orientation night. Yes, I served them in a dog bowl.
 (Our school mascot is the bulldog.) 
You can click here to get a copy. 

Footloose Friday after a fire drill! Lots of dew on the grass this morning! 
My shoes (top left) were finally dry around noon.

Super excited! I made my first foldable with my 2nd graders. They were champs! They pinched in the middle rather than creasing and cut to the line without cutting all the way through. The only problem we had was cutting too many flaps (usually 8, instead of 6). This is way better than my 4th graders last year! Sorry, I don't have a photo of the finished product, because we didn't finish.

An apple for the teacher!

Science Eyes Guys!

Science Rockstars!

We see Science EVERYWHERE!