Santa Sacks!

So excited that my next batch of santa sacks arrived!

My previous ones turned really cool an I am so excited for this next set too!

Love love love these! Specially since I am in no rush and can do these at my liesure. 

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Getting my crafty on!

My latest project…

My happy place! Or at least one of my happy places is crafting! 

These dog tags are easy to make and I love making them.

I have a couple more crafty projects coming up for Christmas. So excited for my materials to get here!

Make today and every day amazing!

Janelle

Fighting Fear

My Lottie is so brave that it is kind of scary!   If you don’t know that their is a reason for a fear, how would you know to be afraid. I am thankful to say that I am trying to teach her to be brave, independent, curious, strong, and oh so much more.

But sometimes we are afraid for unknown reasons. Something deep within us tells us that something isn’t right, which is great to have that perception since it can keep us out of harms way. However, sometimes is an irrational fear and you have to fight it.

For example, I was deathly afraid of speaking in front of others and still am from time to time. I have to fight that fear.

For Lottie, at her young age she is afraid of any type of containment. Ball pits: so fun for most kids! Lottie however screams bloody murder.  The little ‘chicken coop’ pictured behind her in the image above terrified her. It had little balls and pom poms. Fun, right? Not for Lottie. Sweet girl, had to be pulled out immediately. She’s kind of loud for a 10 month old.

It’s easy to look at others and think, “wow, that is silly!”

No matter how ‘silly’ it may seem to others. It’s not silly. But keep fighting. Always keep fighting that fear. Don’t give up!  Know that. Your fears are not silly. Link arms with others and keep moving forward.  Also, help others fight their fears. Don’t diminish their fear or make fun of their fear, just be helpful. Be sweet. Be encouraging. Our world needs more of that.

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Trying Something New

I haven’t been in the teaching world for a year now! Crazy to think that it has been that long! I still love keeping up with new ideas and activities, so I am stalking my fellow educators  blogs still! 

But in the mean time I am having fun with Lottie. She is a blast! Love love her! 

Wow is she a hot mess! haha. 

I have decided that I really need to start taking care of myself more because I want tto be the best mom I can be for a long time. I really struggled for a while with being a new mom. 

My personality works best on a routine schedule, part of the reason being a teacher worked so well for me. So, my new routine includes….

💪 going to the gym several mornings

💊 eatting well and taking supplements to make sure I am  getting the right nutrition 

💄 taking time for myself to do stuff that I want to do 

👪 making spending time together  as a family a priority 

🕇 reconnecting with my church
None of these things are new or crazy ideas, but I wanted to write them out just in case someone comes across my blog and feels like they don’t know what to do and is miserable! I struggled as a new momma and finally feel like I am finding my groove. These things above are the things that have made my life so smuch much better! 

Ahead of the holidays

I must say that I have never felt better about being on top of the holidays! Something feels right about planning ahead!

It started with the father’s day gift that I wrote about last post.  Well, then I found some SUPER cute Santa sacks, Halloween sacks, and Easter Bunny Baskets for a SUPER good price. Umm, yes please!

Since Halloween is up next, I started with that one.

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I ordered extra if anyone wants one!   I’ll post pictures of the Santa Sack and Easter Bunny Baskets when I do those!

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Laugh or Else

Sometimes you just have to laugh. Seriously, I gotta laugh or I’d fall to pieces.  For example…
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Yes. It is what you think it is.  Sorry, I know that was gross. That was Friday, of course Friday the 13th.  I saw it pretty much as soon as it happened but for some reason I didn’t want to believe it was what it was. So, I picked up the entire walking toy with child inside so she wouldn’t roll over it or step in it.  I looked a little closer and sure enough, my doubts were cast aside. I had to laugh. Like, HAD TO LAUGH or I think I would have exploded into a million pieces, which would have been an even bigger mess to clean up.

 

On a more positive note, I got my supplies today for a project! Can you guess what it’s going to be?
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Charlotte’s father’s day gift to Matt. So freaking excited!  Selfishly, I wanted to have some super cute pictures  on our wall, so it’s a win for both of us.  As far as pictures around the house…well, we have pictures hanging in Matt’s office because that gets the most traffic and it is right there when you walk in, but that’s pretty much it as gar as house decor. Every other room of our house has blank walls. Seriously, we moved in over 6 months ago and I can’t get myself to hang stuff up on the wall or to go buy new stuff.  I have more important things to do. Like Matt’s father’s day project and writing my blog!

 

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Calendar

It’s been a while. Well, a long while if I’m honest! And I’m okay with going on a blogging break for a bit even though I didn’t mean to. This blog is mainly for myself and the progress I make as a teacher. If I make blogging buddies or help someone else along the way, that’s great too and an added bonus!

I haven’t been in the classroom since October 2015. That’s a long time to not be at school. To make a long story short, I was put on bed rest and then decided to not go back after my baby was born (after talking with my principal and getting her okay!).   But now I miss it.  I really miss my students and my teacher friends big time. I wasn’t able to focus on school for a long time, but now I feel like I’m becoming more like myself and have a desire to grow myself in the teaching world again.

I decided to update my school calendars for next school year even though I decided to take next year off. I had a little helper! She’s great and a keeper! 🙂

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Here is a peak of the calendars I made:

 

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Here is a link to my calendars if you would like to download a free one or purchase one!

 

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My Classes are Committed to Success!

The first day of school. It’s always my favorite day of the school year. I tell the students that everyone is on the same playing field, nobody is failing, nobody has late work to worry about, etc…  I challenge my students to commit to themselves and their teachers to make every day like the first day of school.

And they did!

We did this really cute activity and it was great getting the students to work together so well ON THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL!!!!

I had the students ‘COMMIT’ to several things that they need to do to remain successful all school year.  They wrote the word commit down the center of a poster. Using the letters of commit, they came up with other words that they needed to commit to and placed it on the poster. The first letter of their words didn’t have to be the letters of commit, just fit in somewhere.  Here are some examples….
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I love my students already! 🙂  I started the activity by showing them my poster of things that I committed to doing this school year. I wish I thought to take a picture of it before I left school.  It was great to get students to sign their poster too.  I heard multiple times “So it’s like a contract”. Yep!

 

 

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Summer so Far…

I had lots planned for this summer. Vacation. Relaxation. Blog. Craft. Lesson planning. Conference. More vaction. More relaxing. My brother’s wedding. Etc…

I am a planner. I LOVE it. It makes me feel more confident and better at what I’m doing. I had a pretty awesome plan for this summer. Sometimes things don’t turn out exactly like you plan. I struggle with this!

Last weekend my plan changed. While on a family vacation in Myrtle Beach, my husband, my mom, and myself rushed my father to the emergency room. After several tests, they found a brain tumor. They transferred us to MUSC in Charleston. This may not be what I planned, but I am so thankful that I was with my mom when we found out and also have the ability to be with her through this because I have summer vacation. This all has come to a big shock and a lot of things are up in the air right now with what is going on. We are staying positive and know that this is all in God’s hands.

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I love this blog and teaching, but right now I need to focus on my family. So there will probably be no posts for a little while. Things will get better and I’ll be back soon!

Vacation!

I often get scolded or smirked at when I refer to my summer vacation as a teacher. It can be irritating when someone makes a smart comment about how easy it is to be a teacher because we get the summer off. I’d be happy to trade jobs for a week so people can see how easy teaching is not! Most teachers I know work more in 10 months than others do in 12!

Anyway…I thought I make a quick post about how I am enjoying my vacation, of course it is math and teaching related:

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Maybe I have a poor sense of humor but these two memes got me rolling!  Hope you enjoy them too.

Cheers to rest, relaxation, and recouperation!

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