Sunday, December 21, 2014

14 in 14 Linky Party

This is always a fun Linky Party to participate in each year.
Can you believe it's almost 2015?  I mean, seriously, where did this year go??
I think this year, my word is content. It seems like an odd choice, but with so many changes for me this year, I think it's a good fit.  We have been looking at buying a new house for over 5 years...this year we finally did and we moved in the day before school started.  We had been hoping to add to our family for over a year, and this year it finally happened.  We welcomed our baby boy in November.  I also had been thinking of transferring schools and this year things just fell into place.  A 1st grade position became available in the same school district as our new house.  New baby, new house, new job...a little overwhelming, but so worth it!
I don't have any BIG dramatic goals for the year, so my main goal is just to be able to find balance in my life.  I want to find a way to balance family, teaching, blogging, Teachers Pay Teachers, fitness, etc.  Ok...easier said than done.
Enough said.

Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined that I would have presented for SDE at I Teach 1st.  It was so far out of my comfort zone, but also a lot of fun!I liked this post about reading.
 I tend to prefer the funny pins.  Here are some of my favorites.
 My sweet friend, Mary, from Sharing Kindergarten, has the biggest heart.  She was checking on the new baby and me and I mentioned that he had reflux and wasn't sleeping well.  Two days later, this shows up at my door.  This Rock and Play has been a lifesaver at night!
 He has given me a 4-5 hour stretch of sleep each night since.  A huge improvement from 1-2 hours. 
I kept trying to think of something for this one and couldn't. My friend, Marsha from A Differentiated Kindergarten reminded me that this year I tried something new...raising a boy.  LOL!  It will definitely be a huge change from my two girls!
When we were in Las Vegas this summer, we ate at Sushi Samba at The Venetian.  I think it was some of the most amazing food I've ever had.  I can't wait to eat there again this summer!
I am still obsessed with Scandal!
I just started watching Sons of Anarchy on Netflix last week and it's pretty dang addicting too.
I actually cannot think of a movie that I watched this year.  I do want to go see Unbroken though.  The book was absolutely amazing!
Well, this year my wardrobe has consisted of maternity clothes and then yoga pants or pj's since being home on maternity leave.  So that isn't too exciting.  I have had an obsession lately with The Mint Julep Boutique.  I recently ordered this super comfy tunic from there.
Head on over to join in the fun!

Friday, December 19, 2014

January Nonfiction

Happy Christmas Break! 
I have technically been off for 4 weeks now on maternity leave, but I am still excited for Christmas Break.  It'll be so nice to not have to wake up and get my girls ready for school.  Plus...I LOVE Christmas!
I'm ready to celebrate and spend time with my kids.
I know that school is probably the LAST thing on your mind right now, but I did finish my Nonfiction in January packet.
This packet includes nonfiction units on penguins, polar bears, Martin Luther King, Jr. and other Arctic Animals (walruses, seals, beluga whales, arctic foxes, moose, and snowy owls.)
Don't forget that if you have purchased my A Year of Nonfiction Bundle, head on over to TpT to redownload it and get the January packet.
I hope you are having a wonderful start to your break!

Monday, December 15, 2014

January Games Galore & A Teacher's List of Favorite Christmas Read Alouds

I finished my January NO PREP Games packet this weekend.
This packet includes 5 Language Arts and 5 Math games as well as 2 whole group games.  They are NO PREP...just print and play.
If you have purchased my Games Galore Bundle, you can go and redownload it to get the January packet.
Last week on my Facebook page, I asked teachers what their favorite Christmas read alouds were and I wanted to share some of these with you.  There were quite a few that I did not have in my classroom library and I will now be adding them.

Click on any of the books below to find them on Amazon.

 What is your favorite Christmas book?
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