Tuesday, July 17, 2012

3 Months Have Gone By...

We have been super busy for the last few months.  Unfortunately, blogging was one of the things that I pushed to the side.  It is unfortunate because this blog serves as a journal/photo book for my children.  Turning a blog into a book is super simple and saves me a ton of time!  So in order to catch up on the last few months, here are a few pictures of what we have been up to!
Kindergarten Graduation
My tiny little girl is a first grader now.  Talk about mixed emotions!  On one hand I am sad because she is growing up so fast...and I want her to stay little.  But on the other hand, she is growing up to be a smart and confident girl.  And of course, having her on the first grade hall with me is a plus!  I'll be able to sneak in hugs throughout the day!
Award ceremonies for Max. 
 He received awards for having perfect attendance, Super Student, and an academic award.  So proud!
Max was also chosen for the lead in the third grade play.  He played the role of principal in a play about Earth Day.  He did a great job!
To feed Charlie's train obsession, we visited a local museum that houses trains dating back to the early 1900's (1910, I believe).  Charlie was in heaven! 
I have to say, I was as interested in the trains as Charlie was!
We have managed to sneak in a few lazy days...but not as many as we would like!
In May, we celebrated my grandmother's 95th birthday. 
95 and still spunky!
And then there was baseball!
Baseball lasted a good three months or more. 
Annie's dance recital was also in May.  She loves recital day. 
 I think it is mostly because she gets to wear real makeup!
And since it is summer, we have spent a lot of time swimming.
With friends!
And fried chicken!  A 4th of July Requirement in the South!
So that just about sums up the last few months.  Staying busy and having fun. We recently returned from the beach.  I will share those photos soon!  Man!  I sure wish we could go back before school starts! 

Friday, March 30, 2012

Cupcakes, Candles, and Angry Birds! Happy Birthday, Charlie!

4 years old.  I can't believe it, but it's true.
This sweet boy is cuddly, smart, loving, happy, mischievous, and full of personality. 
For his birthday, he wanted to celebrate Angry Bird style.  He plays the game as often as we will allow.   Is it sad that a 4 year old can play it much better than I can? 
Thanks to Pinterest, I planned the whole party in a day.
I asked him if he wanted a cake at his party.  Lucky for me, he requested cupcakes.  I baked them, threw on the icing, and added some sprinkles.  He went back and forth on the flavor, but settled on...
Chocolate...of course.  I ordered the toppers from Etsy.  Simple, cute, and cheap!
Skittles are his favorite.  He might have gotten that from me!
Skittles and suckers...perfect party favors.
I loved how easy it was to throw together. 
These birds are starting to grow on me, but the pig is my favorite.
He spent a lot of time building (and knocking down).  I love his chubby fingers.  Seriously.
Happy Birthday, Charlie Brown!!!  We love you!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

I have been....

chasing my own tail. 
It seems as those I am running in circles these days!  Between my children, school, taking classes for my gifted endorsement, baseball, ballet, and everything else, I can't seem to find time the time to breathe.  However, spring break is only ONE week away.  Surely I will get caught up then, right?
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Tuesday, February 21, 2012


I have officially lost my voice.  As in...it's gone.  I open my mouth to speak and nothing comes out.  Nada.  Teaching with a little bit of a voice was pretty challenging today, but tomorrow ought to be down right hard.  18 first graders with a speechless teacher.  Oh geez.
Here's what we have been up to lately...since I have been so busy that I haven't had a single second to think about blogging.  (Insert frowny-face here)
Basketball.  Lots and lots of basketball.
Max went from being a pretty good player to a GREAT one!  I couldn't be more proud!
My cutie stepped in to help out some during the season. 
The boys had a fantastic season and made it three games into the playoffs.  I loved every minute of watching him and wish the season wasn't over. 
Annie and Charlie enjoyed the games, too.
Coloring with Friends
You name it, they did it! 
Since it has been a while since I have posted, I thought I would throw in these pictures as well.
And two of my favorite things...
*A Cute Butter Bean*
*Itty-Bitty Toes*

Saturday, February 4, 2012


After a few years of planning, writing grants, researching, etc., my school was awarded charter status.  This seems to be the new trend in education...and it is awesome!  Our school chose the School Wide Enrichment Model.  To make a loooooong story short, the entire faculty decides on a "cluster" that they would enjoy teaching.  We each choose what to offer the students based on what we are interested in.  One day a week (for an hour and a half), the students attend the cluster that they have chosen.  They spend their cluster time learning through their interests!  Since the students list 5 clusters that they would like to be a part of, we are able to place them in one of their choices...and keep our numbers down to 14 or less per teacher.  NICE!  Here are a few of the clusters that are being offered right now.

*Dirt and Worms   *Footloose (dancing)   *Jewelry Making   *CSI    *American Girls    *Dogs and Cats    *American Heroes     *Poetry     *Pottery     *Games (chess, etc.)    *Cross Country    *Cupcake Creations    *Jr. Master Gardeners     *Karate    *Chocolate Creations    *Book Cooks   *Photography    *Cross Stitching    *Sewing    *Drama    *My Little Pony (all about horses)    *Computer Creations

~If you are still reading this long post, keep reading!  The best part is coming up.~

Since I looooove taking pictures and editing them, I offered a photography cluster. 
Even though I teach 1st grade, I offered it to 3rd-5th grades.  It is like a breath of fresh air when these "old" students walk in my room.  They can tie their own shoes!
Each cluster is responsible for coming up with their own authentic audience.  We are encouraged to find an audience outside of the school.  It can be as simple as having a poetry reading night at a local library...or helping others!  My cluster students came up with the most precious idea!  We are going to head to the zoo to take pictures of the animals.  Once we edit and develop them, we will be donating them to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta!  We will have them blown up to 8x10's or larger.  The students will frame their pictures and we will deliver them to the hospital.  Then, they will be hung in the children's rooms.  One of my students said, "the sick children will love getting to see zebras, elephants, and giraffes.  Hopefully the pictures will make them smile and forget about how sick they are."  To me, THAT is real learning. 
Over the few months, we have a lot of work to do.  Fun, meaningful work!
Like I said, we have a lot of work to do!  I can't wait to share their photos and experiences with you!