Saturday, August 22, 2015

Celebrate This Week

We made it through the first "week" of school! 19 students stood outside my classroom door bright and early on Thursday morning to start our year of adventures.
I don't know about my students, but this was me Thursday night when I got home. I went to bed willingly at 8:00 and slept the whole night through.

Today, I celebrate making it through, but I also celebrate the memory of a dear friend.

Ten years ago when I finished my first ever first day of school, I stopped by my mentor teacher's house on my way home and out walked her husband with a Popsicle. It was the best gift I never knew that I wanted.

After a whole day of talking, your throat gets dry, hot and tired. A Popsicle is a sweet, cold oasis.

At the end of the day, I went around and celebrated each teacher who was awesome and made it through the first day of school with a sweet, cold oasis. It was an incredible way to celebrate the first day of school and the memory of an amazing man.
What did you celebrate this past week?
Check out other celebrations at Ruth Ayres blog!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

So This Happened Today

Living in a small town sometimes has its down falls, and shopping can be one of them. Since I was going to the big city today, I decided to do a little shopping before the baby shower that I was going to.

I was kind of dreading the shopping trip since I needed to purchase some new boobie jails. Not a fun item to shop for, yet an evil necessity.
Thankfully, it wasn't as painful as I had thought it was going to be. Since I was only going to get the one item, I didn't grab a shopping cart and was just walking around the store with a handful of bras, not really thinking too much about it.

Until I saw some parents of a future student. Face palm.
I went down a different isle to avoid them, but what I should have done was walk to the other side of the store until I was sure they were gone.

Walked right into them! I couldn't not stop and chat, and introduce myself to dad. Dad had to be along on this shopping trip? I wouldn't have cared if I had ran into mom with a fist full of over sized over-the-shoulder-boulder-holders, but nooooo, dad had to be there.

At least it will be a story to laugh about later and one that hopefully dad will forget!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Nine Years of Students

Best part about my day.

During my time student teaching, I observed a teacher who had a picture of every class that he had taught on the wall. I couldn't wait to do the same thing. Now there are nine pictures and seven classes on the wall. Two groups are on the wall twice! I love looking at these pictures and love to watch the kids that come back to visit look back at when they were "that small."

I felt proud when I put the last picture up. 
I was reminded of  why I was teaching.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

What I'm Reading Wednesday

Brad and Robey are....AWESOME! Just reading one page of the book is inspiring. Not only is it inspiring, but also makes me giggle. If you haven't seen any of Kid President's videos, go watch every one you can on You tube!

Goodreads description
I am anxious to share this book with  my students! I may even read it to the whole class. For some reason I like the whole Jack and the Bean Stalk thing. I enjoy the simple humor that shows up often and the story is keeping me entertained.

Jordan inspired this post. Check out her super cute blog.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Top Ten Authors I've Read The Most Books From

It has been a long time since I have participated in Top Ten Tuesday over at the Broke and the Bookish, but saw this one and got excited! I found my own list surprising but enjoyed reliving some of the moments with these books. There are reasons these authors made the list. Somehow each one has touched my heart in some way, provided an escape or just plain entertained me. A few of the authors will get a few more reads, and some sadly their writing days are over.

Here's who has won me over the most as a reader:

Janet Evanovich - 34 books
It helps that the Stephanie Plum series has 22 books alone! I have also enjoyed the little romance novels that she has written. She makes me laugh!

James Patterson - 24 books
Patterson was the first author that I though of when I sat down to make my list. I thought for sure that he would nab the number one position. It helps that he puts out a book a week! The Alex Cross series has 21 books in it and then he has a few other series that I haven't read. I have read some of the stand alone books.

Jeanette Oke - 16
I forgot about Oke until I was going through my list of books. One of my first adult books read was by Oke (I can't remember which one) and I think she is the reason I fell in love with historical fiction. A few summers ago I devoured the Love Comes Softly Series and wondered why it took me so long to do so. I even had my dad pick up one of the books from my library back home because I was going to be there and needed it! Might be time to pick up another one by her. (Oh Donnigan made the Man Meat list also)

Lynn and Gilbert Morris - 11
This is the Chenney Duvall Series that I feel in love with in high school and am rereading this summer. I even added Shiloh to my Fictional Man Meat list.

Nicholas Sparks - 10
For some reason I was surprised that I have read ten of Sparks' books. I knew that I read a lot, but there were other authors that I thought would have him beat. I haven't read one in awhile and just opted to go to the movies instead.  Another man meat list!

Lucy Maude Montgomery - 8
Anne of Green Gables Series. I feel like that is all I need to say about that. #1 Man Meat - Gilbert

Sharon Creech - 7
As an adult, Sharon Creech was my first favorite children's book author. I read Walk Two Moons first and fell in love. I have several others by her that I want to read.

Kate DiCamillo - 6
My second favorite children's author. I also enjoy reading her Facebook blurbs. I wait anxiously for her next book to be released.

Dom Testa, John Grisham and Rick Riordan - 5
Testa and Riordan each have series that I have read and enjoyed. My first John Grisham book was A Time to Kill and I could not put it down! I am sure that my boss at the swimming pool was not pleased to walk in the office and see me with my nose in this book! 

What author(s) have you read the most of?

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Rise and Shine

Does anyone really wake up like this?

I have seven days left to practice waking up early.

I have seven days to fight off the nap ninja in hopes that I will be tired and go to bed early.

Could possibly be the hardest part about going back to school, right behind not being able to go to the bathroom whenever I want/need to.
This is more the feeling. I don't have a meat tenderizer though.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

What's in the Box?

The other day when I was out and about on my travels, a motorcycle passed me. On the back of the man's bike was a brown box strapped down. What was in the box?

I decided to write a story.

"I have a package to pick up," the biker said as he stepped up to the counter at the post office. He handed the worker the slip and waited patiently. He was dressed in his full bike riding gear: black leather vest showing off his tattoos on each arm, black boots, dark sunglasses, black leather pants with his gloves hanging out the back pocket and a bandanna on his head. He would fit in at a biker rally, but he stood out in line at the post office.

"Here you go, sir," the worker slid a small brown package across the counter to him. The word "Fragile" was stamped in red all over the package.
"Thank you, ma'am," he responded picking the package up carefully and headed to the parking lot. Since he was riding his bike, he needed to strap the package down on the back and hope that it didn't fall off. He was certain that what was inside would shatter to a million pieces if it fell off, and the package itself wasn't going to let him forget it. FRAGILE! 

Once the package was securely strapped to the bike, he climbed on and filled the air with the rumble of the bike. He loved that sound almost more than anything in life. Riding his bike made him feel so alive and free. Humming "King of the Road" by Rodger Miller, he pulled into traffic headed west towards his destination. 

It had been awhile since he had traveled this road and scolded himself as he moved in and out of traffic. He needed to be better and would work harder since he knew the importance of his visits.

Thirty minutes or so passed and the biker pulled into a quiet little neighborhood that looked like it was the set of Pleasantville; white picked fences surrounding perfectly manicured green lawns, window boxes full of colorful flowers and a few garden gnomes here and there. Once again, he stuck out like a sore thumb. The roar of his motorcycle seemed to be louder in the neighborhood and he could see people peaking through their lace curtains to see what the racket was.

He slowed down and pulled into the driveway of 714 Blue Bird Lane, he was sure that address was on Mr. Rodger's Neighborhood. As he unstrapped the package from his bike, he noticed the neighbor across the street hurrying inside her house with a slightly frightened look on her face.

With the brown package stamped with FRAGILE in red all over it in his hands, he walked up to the front door and rang the doorbell.

He waited patiently.

The door opened and he was greeted with a beaming smile from ear to ear from his 85-year-old grandmother. "Maxwell! Such a surprise!" she exclaimed as she slowly opened the screen door to allow him in. He couldn't help but notice how slowly she was moving from the last time he had visited. He once again scolded himself for not visiting as often.

"I brought you something Granny," he handed her the brown package, all of a sudden a little shy.
"Well now, you didn't need to do that. You coming to visit is enough of a treat."
"I know, but when I saw it, I knew you would enjoy it," he responded as they sat down at the small table in the sunny kitchen.
She tried to pry the tape off, but her hands were weak with age and she wasn't successful. There was an abundance of tape on the package, probably because the contents were so fragile!
"Here, let me help," the biker said flipping open his pocket knife with a snap. With a fast swipe, he had the flaps of the box freed from the tape. She slowly opened the package and pulled out several layers of bubble wrap and then finally the contents of the box.

The biker had ordered two porcelain  tea cups with saucers. He ordered one for her and once for himself.
Growing up, he had always enjoyed looking at his grandmother's collection of tea cups that she had proudly displayed. On special occasions or when he need it, she would let him pick one out and then they would sit at the table and share a cup while talking.

Once the tea kettle screamed in protest, the two of them sat across from each other with their hands wrapped around their fragile cups; his large, callused and tanned from the sun, and hers small, white, crooked from years of work and fragile.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Motivational Monday

This weekend, I went to support my sister and three of her friends participate in the Rugged Maniac. I was in charge of carrying water and taking pictures. It was more of a workout for me than I thought it was going to be, but compared to what these ladies did, I can't complain at all!
Molly, Jen, Kerensa, Karen
This picture was right before they jumped the wall to the starting line. I followed them as far as I could until they went up a big hill and then I lost them for about 45 minutes. When I finally found them, I offered them water and was able to follow them around to the rest of the obstacles. I snapped their pictures as they ran up the warped wall and then down the water slide to the finish line!
I love this picture! They all look so excited and proud! Still makes my eyes a little wet looking at it now. I am very proud of them and admire them. Their hard work paid off from the weeks before the race and they should be proud.

They motivate me.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Sharing Is Caring

The last three days I have been on a cleaning/organizing/getting stuff done roll and I love it! Out of nowhere I got a surge of motivation, along with help from a few friends. I have completed projects both at home and at school. At the rate I am going, I won't have anything left to do soon!
Picture from this blog, and they got it from somewhere else,
so I don't know who gets the credit.

While working on my bedroom I came across some of my writing projects. I think some of them date back to middle school when my friend Holly and I decided that we were going to write a book. I know that there are some from high school and then some from not too long ago. I am excited, and a bit nervous to read through them. 

I got to thinking about these writings and my current writing state. What was so different from then and now? How could I sit down and write a whole "book" or scene and now I struggle to sit down to write a blog post. All I could come up with was the fact of sharing my writing. I guess when I wrote those, especially in middle school and high school, there wasn't much chance of anyone reading it. In fact, I think that the only one who ever read my Terry and Noelle story was Holly. I shared my swimming story with Leslie, but other than that, just myself. Blog posts are shared with whoever decides to click on it and take the time to read it. 

It isn't that I don't want people to read it, I guess I am just afraid of what they are going to think about my writing. I don't get much feedback on my blog from others to either discourage or encourage my writing, so it isn't like I know what people are thinking. So why should I care what people think? Plus, I have control over what people read or not. I can write it and then make the decision. In this world of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and whatever social media vehicle and over sharing, we do not have to share everything in our lives with everyone. This is true for my writing too. I can write just for me!

I shouldn't. I should just write. I should write about whatever I want to.

This post is brought to you by random rambles in my head.

P.S. Side note, I HATE coming up with titles for posts. I don't think I will ever publish a book, just so I don't have to come up with a title for it!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

What's Next Wednesday

Wednesday again? They come around so quickly! I should be used to this by now.

Anyway, last week I blogged my first "What's Next Wednesday" and let me tell you, not one thing on it happened. I guess I didn't mean what is next immediately! The writing summer camp didn't go very far, but I do plan on still working on it. I did go to the library to get the next Alex Cross book, but it was out. I put it on hold and came home with six other books. Confessions of a book addict. I also haven't been as active as I would like or should be. Since coming home from camping, my body hasn't been pleased, so a trip to the chiropractor today should help with that.

I am going to keep working on last weeks list, but here's what's next for now:

Tomorrow I get to go get my hair done! Thanks to some passed on DNA, I need to get my hair colored about every month to six weeks. I am not sure how long it has been, but it is time!
I always have to giggle, because older women will come in and complain about their gray hair. I tell them that I have more than they do, they don't believe me and my hair dresser has to tell them that in fact, I do.

This weekend my sister is coming to help me in my classroom and make me spaghetti! Who knows how much we will get accomplished, but it will be fun to be with her.

I will also finish my book at some point this week and start another one. I do have six from the library!

Not anything too exciting coming up, but I am looking forward to each event.

What's next for you?

Monday, July 13, 2015

Motivation Monday Vol. 1

Morning! I have been up for awhile and enjoying the quiet calm of the morning. I made a cup of chai and curled up on the couch. I switched between country music videos and the news while waiting for the day to start. Oh and I was super productive and already got a load of laundry in the wash! Look at me go!

The other day while looking for blog ideas, I came across "Motivation Monday" and decided to partake this week.

This Monday Motivation is brought to you by this girl:
She motivates me to try new things, work harder and to move more.

While camping, she worked on some of her art projects and used nature as her inspiration. Here she is sitting and drawing a flower for a homemade greeting card.

She made sure that I got this:
New Zealand badge on Fitbit

And she never lets me be too hard on myself.

Who motivates you?

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

What's Next Wednesday

It has been awhile. Two months actually. I stepped away from blogging for a bit, which included writing and reading them. I let some insecurities get in the way. Although I still have to battle some of them, I am going to push through.

So what's next?

I am going to continue to push myself as a writer and as a writing teacher. 
Last week, my friend Cassie, told me about Teacher's Write 2015, an online writing camp for teachers and librarians (or anyone else who wants to play along.) It started on Monday, but I was in the hills without any electricity. I am behind, but will catch up when I am finished here. I am nervous, those insecurities are trying to sneak in, but also excited!
Also, while I was sitting in the truck during a two hour down pour while camping, I finally cracked open a new writing curriculum that I am going to try this year. I. LOVE. IT! I am so excited to try it out. I pretended to be a student and went through a unit. I think it is going to be my best year yet as a writing teacher!

Alex Cross Spree
According to my Facebook/Timehop, it has been a year since I have read an Alex Cross book. I think it might be time to try to make a dent in this series. There are 21 books and I am on the 13th. Every time I see that James Patterson has written another book, which is about every week, I hope that it isn't an Alex Cross. He needs to slow down so I can catch up! By spree, I mean probably two. 

Continue on my journey to health
I just need to be healthier. I have been working on this, but it is time to work harder. 

What's next for you? 
Do you have a favorite book series you are working on?

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Virtual Coffee Date

I really like these virtual coffee dates, so I am going to write more!
Coffee consumed at Doghouse Espresso in Delta, Colorado
with Sandy in 2011
If we were having coffee together, I'd share with you that we have finally finished state testing for the year! It has been a long and stressful process, full of tears, frustration, and hard work. The students did great and handled everything very well. I am bummed that it will take so long to get the results back, because I am interested in how they did. Either way, I am proud of them and their hard work. I am glad that it is over.

If we were having coffee together, I would share with you that I got a book in the mail this week!
A few years ago, a dear friend told me about Soup on Ice and how great it was. I finally read it out loud to my class last year and everyone LOVED it! So it is my mission to collect all the Soup books. I am having to do it through library sales and PBS since they aren't being published anymore. I had to wait awhile to get this one and can't wait to read it!

If we were having coffee together, I would share with you that we have ten days of school left!
This school year went by very quickly! It has been a whirlwind, but it has been a good one! This class has made me laugh and inspired me often. It's hard to believe that they will be moving on and I will be getting a new batch in August. Then before I know it, they will be graduating! I am also amazed that I have made it through nine years of teaching. NINE! Wow!

If we were having coffee together, I'd share with you that my friend, Cassie, ran a marathon in Nebraska today and I am really proud of her! She inspires me every time I talk to her. When I grow up, I want to be just like her.

If we were having coffee together, I would share with you that I can't believe that it is already May! Every year I want to participate in May Day and the fun baskets, but the stinkin day sneaks up on me every year and I don't do anything! Maybe next year, when I am older.

If we were having coffee together, what would you share with me?

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Virtual Coffee Date

During my senior block of college, we watched a video from Harry Wong. One of the biggest things I took from the video was this:

"Steal, steal, steal."

He was trying to teach us not to recreate the wheel and steal ideas from other teachers. I can do that! In fact, I am going to do so now. I am stealing the idea of a virtual coffee date blog post from fellow teacher and friend, Cassie.

Liquid heaven from The Mean Bean
with Scotti and Erin Molly
If we were having coffee together, I would tell you that we only have 18 days of school left! Where in the world did the year go?! I have had a good year with a group of kids who make me laugh most days.

If we were having coffee together, I would tell you about this one student who is inspiring me like no other.
This picture was taken the day she told me that everything was made in China and then asked me if she was made in China! She caught herself before I could answer and laughed and laughed. Another student happened to find a "Made in China" sticker and put it on her.
 If I have only done one thing right all school year, it will be helping Grace discover her love for writing. She participated in the Slice of Life Challenge in March and wrote every day. She did better than I did. Whenever she has a free moment in class, she is writing. The stories she comes up with are amazing and I am convinced that she is going to grow up to be a children's book author.
Another reason she inspires me every day is the fact that she is ALWAYS positive, happy and confident. I am hardly ever those things! Her confidence is better than anyone I have ever seen. She is how she is, she likes what she likes, and she doesn't care what others think. Today she wore lipstick and rocked it! It looked so good on her and to tell the truth, I was a little jealous!

If we were having coffee together, I would tell you that TED and I are thinking about getting a divorce. He once again needs maintenance done and my bank account is getting pretty upset about it.

If we were having coffee together, I would tell you how I was in the depths of despair that Johnathan Crombie passed away. He made Gilbert Blythe come alive in the hearts of every girl who has ever watched the Anne of Green Gables movies. The way he smiled at Anne and said he was sorry, made my *heart flutter* every time!
If we were having coffee together, I'd ask you what was going on in your world?

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Middle of the Night Movitvation

Anyone else up at 1:40 in the morning super motivated? Yeah...didn't thinks so. But I am! Motivation seems to hit me at the worst times. I should also learn NOT to get on Pintrest when I am trying to go to sleep.

It all started when I worked really hard to reach my latest workout goal of getting my next Fitbit badge. I got up early to get on the treadmill and then also got on the treadmill when I got home from school. I was successful!

I think that all this activity made me a little sleepy, so I decided that I would go to bed at 8. Not normally a problem, I have gone to bed that early before and slept the whole night through.
Not this time! I woke up about 11:30 thinking it was time to get up and start the day again.

Well, like a toddler that won't sit still for long in fear of falling asleep, I read a bit and then picked up my phone, BAD IDEA!

Pintrest got me to thinking and before I knew it, I was sitting up in bed with my computer and notebook!

Read alouds and novel studies are the main thoughts keeping me awake.

Lately I have been thinking about how to make each of these events in my classroom better. I have always been content with just reading the book and talking about it and there are times that I think this is ok, but it seems like there is something missing.

I have a plan and I am excited. I also figure what better time to try it out on kids when there is only a month left of school. I can see how it goes with these kids (also without a lot of plan and prep time) and then if it goes well, I can do some more planning and preparing over the summer for the next batch of kiddos.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

April 2015 TBR

Didn't March just start? This month flew by and has been VERY busy. We did our first round of state testing, and there was lots of prep time before that. With having meetings after meetings, and other things that needed to get done, I didn't get as much reading done as I would have liked. I finished three books and all three of them were middle grade children's books. I enjoyed all three of them, especially Rain Reign and sharing it with my students. You can read about that here.
For April, I have changed up my reading plan to make sure that I am a good example with AR in my classroom. I have not been able to meet my AR goal at all this year, because I usually read books that didn't have tests. (One issue that I have with AR.) 
I am finishing up this one that I am reading with my sisters.
I have been listening to this one in the car while driving.
It has been awhile since I have read a Sharon Creech, and this one happens to be worth some AR points!
Current read aloud and everyone seems to be enjoying it. It is also inspiring some of the students to read other books by E.B White.

I am not trying to dream too big in the book department this month, since we have state testing....again, and the end of the year tends to be busy. 

What books are on your list for April?

Sunday, March 29, 2015


“Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible  things before breakfast.” – the White Queen, Alice in Wonderland.
What are the six impossible things you believe in? (If you can only manage one or two, that’s also okay.)
Reaching every student - I want to reach every student who walks through my classroom door. I want to meet them where they are at and help fulfill their needs, no matter how basic or complex. Yet, because we live in a imperfect world, this is impossible. There are too many things that get in the way: lack of time, state testing, other classmates, meetings, paperwork, deadlines, standards, grumpy moods, etc. etc. etc.
The war against gray hair - it's in my DNA and is impossible to change. My mother blessed me with a crown of gray hair at an early age. I started showing signs about the middle of college. By the time I started teaching, I was having to color my hair every few months or so. Now, I go every four to six weeks! It looks as if when I do finally stop fighting the battle, it will be a pretty silver color and I like silver. I am just too young to stop fighting just yet.
Here is what I am hoping for!
Stop/more time- We all have moments in our lives when we would have liked to have stopped time and had more of it. More time with a loved one, more time with your children and stop them from growing up so fast, more time to do the things we love, to get more work done, just more time in general. Sadly, time always runs out and stopping it is impossible,
Taking a selfie. IMPOSSIBLE for me to do! I CANNOT take a selfie to save my life! I do better if someone else takes the picture and I can't see what it looks like until after the picture has been taken. I am horrible at Snapchat and only do so with my sister and rarely is it a picture of myself. Molly is good at selfies:
I am not. I am going to spare you my attempts at taking selfies, but will give you ONE that I did ok with and even then, I have issues with it:

Class response: I asked my group of 21 fourth graders to respond to the prompt, and they were all very different and creative. I picked some of my favorite. (I asked the students to make up a fake name to protect the innocent, and that was the hardest part for them!)
~Adotudanus Gratutudy
I believe in me flying without wings and smelling sparkles. I also believe that my Beenie Boose could come to life and I could smell colors, have a pet minion and Olaf. I could have a magical land that I could dance whenever I wanted to. Water that healed everything, even being sick. A magic pen that never runs out.
~Emmy Lou
One is to see a minion riding a unicorn while dancing to "All About that Base."
~McFuzzy Pants
I believe that you can smell sparkles because whenever I walk in a room with sparkles, it smells different. I believe that you can communicate with birds because whenever I talk outside, they always chirp back.

What do you believe in that is impossible?
Have you read Alice in Wonderland? I want to, but am a little scared.

P.S I would give credit to where I found the prompt, but I can't find it again. Pintrest is an amazing thing!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Made Me Smile Today

Happy Monday! This morning my class and I discussed which day of the week was our favorite. No one seemed to like Mondays, but they don't bother me too much. What do you think about Mondays?
Either way, I had a moment today that made me smile.
During read aloud, we are reading Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin and everyone is enjoying it very much. I have one student who doesn't mind reading, but doesn't get too excited, ask for read aloud each day. Today he informed me that he isn't excited for read aloud anymore. I thought that my heart was going to be ripped out, but then he said,
"I don't think that Rose is going to get what she wants and that stinks."
He is invested in the character and the story!
I don't know how the story ends, but I am hoping that Rose and my student get what they want!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Long Time No Blog

Hello! It's been a few days and boy have they been busy! I am pretty excited about today since I have the whole day ahead of me without any plans! At first I wasn't sure what to do with myself! Monsters Inc. is providing background while I explore my blog world some. Thanks to these ladies, I was motivated to write my own blog post!

What I have been up to lately:

I have been hanging out with my two boy friends the past two weeks. We have gone on a few walks, cuddled and had some gratifying tummy rubs.

Molly came to visit this weekend to do our "traditional" St. Patrick's Day 5k and she made two new friends. Molly laid down on the floor to give Wellington lovins and before anyone knew, they were cuddled up! I think both dogs were sad to see her leave this morning.

~ been dreaming about projects
~ sharing cups of tea with old friends
~ getting to know Rose and Rain with my students
~seeing my students grow as writers while they do a better job at the Slice of Life Challenge than I am
~laughing with my sister over a giant strawberry sopapilla
~made a new friend
~told parents how proud I am of their child

This next week my biggest adventure is our first round of state testing. The rest of the time I hope to find some other adventures and get a few things checked off of my to-do list!

What have you been up to lately?

Monday, March 2, 2015

March 2015 TBR List

Here we are again looking at another month! This is the time of year when I start writing 2014 on everything instead of 2015 since the excitement of the new year is gone. It is also where we face some of our snowier days and I tend to read more when it snows.

What I didn't get read in January, I got caught up in February! It's been a big month for reading! Here's what I read in February:
Adventures to come:
Current read and am LOVING it! I wish that my cold wasn't keeping me from reading because I really want to be reading! I love the voice. Plus I like that the story takes place during Hurricane Katrina, since I (nor have my students) haven't read anything set during that time.
My sister's new job found her traveling which found me dog sitting the two rat dogs (that is my term of endearment for them...really.) As my payment/thank you, I asked her to get me a book each time she traveled. This one came from Austin, Texas. Have I mentioned that I was born in the wrong era? 
This book is part of the Reread 2015 plan. I didn't read this one that long ago, but liked it a lot. If I remember correctly, it only took me a day to read.
Santa brought me this book off of my wish list! I have probably read more James Patterson books than I have any other author. It helps that he writes a book a week! Still making my way through the Alex Cross series.
I grew up reading The Babysitter's Club by Ann M. Martin, so I was excited when my class voted for this as our next read aloud. I hope it is good!
Going to read this one with the sisters. I am having a hard time finding a copy and I am still trying not to buy anymore books. Thankfully, my librarian loves me and is on the search for a loaner.

Whoa, that's a big list for a busy month! We will be starting state testing this month and since everything is so new, I don't know what to expect. This may cut into my reading time. OR it could be my escape from such a crazy month!

What is on your March TBR list? 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

They're Excited, I'm Excited, We're All Excited

Again I have found myself with something every night it seems lately and my poor blog has taken a hit! I was pretty excited when I found myself some time and something to write about!

Recently a former student has been asking me if I was going to participate in the 2015 Slice of Life Challenge. I did it last year along with four girls and enjoyed the project. I wasn't sure if it was something I wanted to do this year since I can't seem to keep my head above water and didn't want to add one more thing. She brought it up again, so I thought I would throw it out to my class this year and see what would happen. I had one little girl in mind who I thought would love this project. And let's face it, sometimes we do things for that one student.

14 students!

So I guess we are doing it! They wanted to start today, and I told them they could, but the official challenge starts on the first. It was great to see their excitement!

I too am going to participate. I don't think I will do so at Two Writing Teachers and through my blog, because I am just afraid it will be too stressful to have that kind of commitment. I can write easier in a notebook that I can carry with me. Plus I am afraid that I won't have very interesting things to slice about for a whole month. Excuses I know.
The checklist has been made. The notebooks have been decorated and now Ms.Wilson needs to buy some prizes. Fourteen prizes to be given three times during the month might be a challenge! If you have any ideas for prizes, let me know!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Celebrating Scott Wilson

Happy Saturday! So glad to celebrate with Ruth Ayres and friends this week.

Today I celebrate this guy:
Today is his birthday! Many years ago a little red headed boy was born and everyone who walked by said, "Oh look at the little red headed baby on Valentine's Day!" (I have to tell that story every year in honor of my grandmother.)

I celebrate the man who:
Sends silly pictures to make you feel better,
Listens all year and showers you with gifts.
Remembers every tree he stood under.
Knows all the good places to take a drive.
Taught us how to camp and enjoy eating in the great outdoors.
 Helped me move into my very first house and then explore the beauty around.
Loves his family.

Happy birthday Scotti! I love you to the more than mashed potatoes.