Saturday, September 22, 2012

Sharing Saturday

Well it is Saturday again, and I did not manage to post anything all week. I keep hoping it will get better and I will be able to do other things besides work and lay down half dead. I thought this week was going to get better then it just didn't. I also didn't get as many pictures this week as I wanted. Next week won't be any better. It is only a 3 day week, with Parent/Teacher Conferences Thursday and an Inservice Friday! So on this wonderful 3 day week the powers that be decided the Kindergarten county wide meeting should be Tuesday. So on this short week I have to be gone one of those days. It will be insanity. Anyway....

This week we did Max Takes The Train and talked transportation. We also started rotating through our stations (without help from me!). I think they are ready for me to start pulling groups. I will wait until after our 3 day week though. I also have some before pictures of my classroom to share with you. I plan on doing the after pics on PT Conference Day.

Anchor Charts

Our New Little Friend

Literacy Stations

Before Pictures of My Classroom

Saturday, September 15, 2012


Wow, not counting last nights quickie post from my Ipad, it has been forever since I have posted. I have a ton I want to post about. Eventually I plan to post pictures of my classroom from this year. I have been working on a Red and Black Theme. The room turned out looking great (at least in my opinion). With two little ones I don't put a lot of money in my classroom, and we don't get a lot of classroom money. So some of the stuff I am changing a little at a time. I also made (had some one much craftier than me make) some crate seats. My K team and I begged the milk company to give us black crates for free. That ended up being an ordeal but I will make a whole post about that! So there are two up coming posts for you to wait on! Today I thought I would do a peek at my week in pictures! These are some of the things we did this week. I hope to do this each week, but I can't promise anything this year. That leads me into my explanation as to why it took so long for my to post. It has been a rough start to the year. This class is a very large mix of super strong personalities. They are all so sweet, they just don't mesh well together. We have a class motto this year and it is proving difficult to learn (learn to do, not say!). Our motto is "I worry about me!". We need this because some of my friends need a different teaching method or behavior plan than the others, and in kindergarten they just don't understand life isn't fair. We are getting there, it is just a slow process. Anyway enough about that, on to my week.  Hope you like it!!!

That's what I got this week. We did a lot more, but I was out two days with a stomach virus, so no pictures!!!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Kindergarten Common Core

Okay K teachers have you seen the new Common Core Resource Book? It looks great! So many resources for each standard clearly labeled.
You need your own copy. Head here to get it Kindergarten Common Core .

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Tell Me More

Step into 2nd Grade with Mrs.. Lemons is hosting a linky party and I love a good linky party. The purpose of this one is to get to know each other better, and I love it! So here we go some things about me!

1. I am a people watcher. Once when my sister moved into an apartment and I had a hurt knee and was unable to help I sat out front and watched her complex. By the end of the day I knew all kinds of things about the people in her neighborhood. I don't ease drop I just watch. (My daughter is already doing that too and she is only 8 1/2 months old!!!)

2. I am an Alabama fan!! ROLL TIDE! My dad was a military brat and was born while stationed in Alabama and it stuck with him! And he passed it on to me. I am such an Alabama fan I negotiated with my husband to ensure my children would grow up Alabama fans. Sorry Atlanta Braves but we are Cubs fans now!

3. My sister and I are 10 years apart in age but we are like best friend. We just spent a month in Florida together with our kids.

4. I live on my family farm in VA, but work, shop, and do everything in TN. I even once said to a lady on the phone who was giving me directions "I don't know where that is, I don't go to Virginia" she responded "Don't you LIVE in Virginia"!!!!! I live really close to the state line, so it doesn't really feel like I live in VA, other than at tax time :(
5. I have an addiction to Coach purses and items. I love them! Before I had kids I got bags and such like crazy! I have slowed down since have the little ones though!!!
This is from 2008, so pre-babies. I have added a couple more things since then, but not too many! I do have a blue diaper bag that I love! My dad and my husband have spoiled me with Coach!

6. I love Nascar! I think it comes from living in Bristol Motor Speedways back yard and my dad being a huge fan. One thing on my bucket list is to go to a race at every track on the circuit! So far I have been to 3 different tracks, hoping to add one or two more next year.
7. In case you haven't figured it out yet, I am a Daddy's girl. I want nothing more for my little girl to be the same way with my husband. I love my Dad and we do so much together. It is a great relationship, one that I wish every little girl had!
From Left to Right: Me, my little boy, my dad, my sister holding my little girl
My husband and his Daddy's Girl!!!
That's me! Hope you enjoyed a peek in my life! Link up so we can all learn a little about you!

Sunday, July 22, 2012


Wow there are a lot of giveaways popping up right now! Check out a couple of them:

This one is on day 4 of 10, so lots of chances to win! Plus I am excited that the winners will be announced on my birthday, so maybe I will get lucky!!!!


Anyway that is just a couple so go check them out and!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Meet Up, A New Item, and Surprise!

I have really gotten into making these borders and frames and then use them to create items for my classroom! It has been my stress relief. I put up my red and black theme items last week, and I have a matching reading focus wall pack to go with it. Today I put up my red and black themed job chart.
Check it out! If you like it send me a comment (and the first 4 to do so will get it free!!!) 4 is in honor of my anniversary last week. My husband and I have been together 4 years now!!!
Now TN is a LONG state and so it is proving hard to get us all together for a second meet up, ssssoooooo we are going to have a East TN, Southwest VA, and Western NC meetup. 
We would love to meet you if you live anywhere near Johnson City (or are willing to drive!!!) Even if you aren't a blogger, just a blog stalker you should join us!
If you are coming let Heather Shelton from Mrs. Shelton's Kindergarten know so we have an idea of how many people are coming! Hope to see you there!!! Click the picture above to head over to her blog for details!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

A Winner

I haven't posted in a bit because we have been traveling. Two small children and a dog, Venice Fl to Charleston WV in two days and then back home on a third. I am exhausted and my house is a MESS! I really should be cleaning now instead of blogging but I had to share this with you
Thanks everyone for entering. I created some things for my classroom and used some red and black backgrounds I made for it. I thought I would share with you one of the backgrounds as a freebie and a thanks!

Hope you can use it, and I have more which I may put up later so check back! Now I must go clean!

Thursday, July 12, 2012


I have reached 100 followers and to celebrate I am having a giveaway!! I asked some fellow TN teachers to help me out! I am very excited to be offering one item from each of the following people:< /a>

Ms. Kerri and Her Krazy Kindergarten

Smedley’s Smorgasboard of Kindergarten


Be sure you leave me a comment with your email address if you enter so everyone can send you your prize if you win!!!!! Good Luck!!!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Another Award!

I hit 100 followers last night!!! Yay!!! Giveaway will go up Thursday, be looking for it!!

Wow  I got another award!!! Thank you so much Emily & Antoinette from 4321...TEACH!!!
They gave me:

If you haven't checked out their blog yet you should,

There are rules with this blog too! They are:
1.  Follow the person who gave you the award (which I already do!! They are one of my favorites!)
2.  Link back to the person that gave you the award (did that too!!)
3.  Pass the award on to 15 new bloggers- I am going to save this for a later post because it takes me awhile with two littles to sit down and link up with 15 blogs, but until then check out the 15 I gave the Versatile Blogger Award to here.

Thanks again for the award!!!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

New TpT Item

I just posted my Red and Black Theme items that I will be using this year. I plan on taking pictures of it as I put it up when we go back to school in about four weeks. It also matches with my Reading Focus Wall pack I have up. If you get them let me know what you think and I would love to see pictures of them being used!!

Don't forget I am almost at 100 followers and when I get there I will have a great giveaway of 6 items, one from my store and one from each of 5 fellow TN bloggers!!!!!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Almost There and Vacation

I am almost at 100 followers! I have a giveaway planned for when I hit 100! I have 5 great TN blogger/teachers that will be helping me out!!

I thought I would share some of our vacation with you today! (I am going backwards from today!!)

Yesterday my Hubs came back and we went to Tampa to get him. After we picked him up we went to Lowry Park Zoo, which is such a neat zoo!!
Bubs and Sister riding the train!!! They are loving all the rides we have been on lately!!
Photo: Riding the train with daddy,  mommy, and brother!Photo: I love ridin'

My little man has discovered Ketchup and dipping while we have been here!!
Photo: Yummy

We spent the 4th at the Florida Aquarium and included a dolphin cruise, which was a first for both my babies. They love the wind in their hair though and had a blast.
Photo: Super cutie. My niece Erin.

Some of us followed the cruise with a picnic, some of us slept!!

Then we watched Tampa's fireworks from the deck of the aquarium. If you are from a small town like me it is just amazing to see a big cities fireworks. Both my babies LOVED them, but little man went crazy clapping and jumping for them!!

On Tuesday we had Lunch with Elmo and Friends. We went for Little Man because he is such a Sesame Street fan, but I think Little Sister has fallen in love now!

Also while at Busch Gardens the littles enjoyed their first amusement park rides ever!!! It was so much fun.
Photo: Erin's first amusement park ride!!!

We did visit the beach some, but I hate sand, so not much!!

Before I end this incredibly long post about my family I have one last picture from our vacation for you. Almost every night we have been here we have walked for ice cream and then walked out to the beach for sunset. If you have never seen a sunset from the Gulf Coast you must, and I highly recommend Venice, FL as the place to do it!!