January Currently!

Tomorrow is 2015! This year has been crazy filled with many ups and downs. I am hoping that next year there are many more ups for our family than down.

It is also time for my favorite link  up with

for January Currently...here is mine

Listening- My sister told me about this show a few weeks ago and I have been HOOKED! I am on season 5 so I know the end is near. Thank goodness Netflix is starting to stream Friends starting tomorrow!! I know what my next binge show will be :D

Loving- we have been SuPeR lazy these past few days thanks to a flu/virus that is going all through our house.  My couch and I have become quite connected!

Thinking- due to my new friend( aka the couch) I have not done half the things I wanted to do..sigh I guess there is always summer right ?!?!

Wanting-  this lovely virus that came to visit to leave. Only good thing is that no one had to miss any school/ work.

Needing- Just a few more days to get some things done..really! Don't we all feel that way??!!

Wishing- That 2015 is a good year for us all. We hope to do some traveling this summer. Plus my son's Bar Mitzvah is in March and I hope that all family members will be able to attend!!

Thanks for stopping by wishing you all a Happy 2015!

Winter Break Adventures

Well these past few weeks have been CrAzY!! Winter break began and BOOM we were on the road to Chicago. My dad is sick and I wanted to get some extra time with him and my family....
This is a pic of my wonderful Dad. He is SUCH a trooper fighting cancer and kicking it's a**! He has had 10 chemo treatments and next Wed(1/7) he goes for his 6 month scan to hopefully see that this is all working. If you could send him some healthy vibes we could use them!
We drive up all the time so hubby wanted to go a different route this time and went up through AK and we did a quick stop in Memphis for a history lesson
This is where MLK was assassinated. My older son is a history buff and could have spend hours here. We promised to get back and spend more time this summer.
 When in Memphis you MUST see Graceland..so we drove by ;)
This one was for my hubby the big music buff! He could spend hours here. So we decided that this summer we want to go back for a long weekend and take in all the sights.

We FINALLY made it after 16 hrs in the car and a NASTY flu like virus hit my son on Tuesday. So that was the end of our fun :( We did the best we could hanging at home with my sisters and parents but, so hard to keep the sick one away from my dad and all those nasty germs.
 This is my MOST favorite holiday tradition..watching A Christmas Story. My dad loves it too and was snoring next to me while we watched it :)
My middle sis and I ( please ignore how ugly I look) making some breakfast items while we were home. So by Friday, my little guy was still icky and now hubby was getting it too! That was too much for us so we decided to cut our visit short. The week WAS NOT what we wanted :( 

So on our way back down we had the luck to drive through this

Snow in OK is NOT FUN! Plus with hubby being sick guess who had to drive through this..yep ME 
:(  We got through the bad stuff and I think Mike had enough of my driving and took back the wheel for the rest of the ride home.
Sooo now I had time to get some creating done! I have a list a mile long( don't we all?)

Here are my latest creations
New Year's Glyph and Writing Activity
Valentine Write the Room...coming soon!

Groundhog Day Printables

MLK Printables

It has been great to be creating again and I HOPE to blog a little more regularly in 2015. Today since its SUPER cold here for Dallas I have made it a PJ day!! This gives me the perfect time to get started on these projects
How has your break been?? Have you started any back to school projects yet?? Happy New Year to all my readers and hope that this coming year brings us ALL lots of smiles and laughter!!

I linked up with 
Mrs Wheelers First Grade
and her Winter Break Linky Party...check out what everyone else did over Winter Break too!

Wordless Wedensday

I am linking up today for

This about sums up my teaching these days

2.5 more days for us!! When do you get out for break??

Giving Back

Today I am joining many sellers in giving back. All my profits from today's sales will be donated to Pancreatic Cancer Research.
  I am also running a special Sunday deal and a thanks to all of you!

Thanks for following me on my crazy adventures and here is to hope that BIG donation can be made today :)

Gingerbread Week!!

It's the most wonderful time of the year :) I just LOVE all the fun that December brings. My most FAVORITE unit of the year to teach is my Gingerbread one! Today I am linking up with

For their Thematic Thursday which is all about Gingerbread FUN!! Take a look at what books I include, some fun activities and links to some cute crafts!

                                               Book Ideas:
There are SOO many different versions of this story! The 3 I have shown above a just a few. I spend a whole week on this unit so I use 5 different stories. We read a different one each day and then charts them all so students can see how the books are similar and different. I also have my students pick their 2 favorites and create a graphic organizer.

This year I created a whole literacy unit to go along with these books

In this unit I have created pictures for students to retell the story

Graphic Organizers to use with any of the books

Plus 4 literacy centers all with the Gingerbread Theme

These will be used next week in my classroom so I don't have many pics just yet but, check back next week to see these centers in action!
                                                  Craft Idea:

There are SOOO many ideas out there. Just Google it and you will be blown away! One activity I like to do with my kids is Fingerprint Gingerbread

                                                                   Craft Link

They turn out cute and are not too messy ;) I also order some gingerbread ornaments from Oriental Trading for my students to make for parent gifts
I also have a freebie posted in my TPT shop for a Gingerbread Write The Room

I hope you enjoy it! Do you have a favorite theme you teach??

Now go read some of the others bloggers posts about how the have fun with this fun December filled theme! 

December Currently

It's that time once again! I am linking up with     Oh Boy 4th Grade
for my favorite linky party!!

We drove straight home from Chicago to Dallas this past weekend. UGH
15.5 hrs with 2 boys who thank goodness LOVE their electronics!! I even read a WHOLE book on this car ride ;) We were looking a bit like zombies yesterday, but it was ok. Now on to the laundry piles! They NEVER end... you too?

This time of year always fly's by in the blink of an eye! 3 weeks will go by in a flash! Which is good cause we know that this is happening in EVERY classroom!

I will be keeping my kiddos as busy as possible that is for sure!!

My hubby's position was eliminated just before Thanksgiving :( So really the ONLY thing I am hoping for right now is a job. Send some positive job vibes his way!

Lastly I am SOO thankful for every fan, follower and reader that has found me since I started this journey. I have met some wonderful ladies and learned SOO much from so many people! I can't wait to see what the future brings :)

Well, since TPT is having there HUGE CYBER SALE.. it's time to get back to shopping! What have you bought that you can wait to use??

TpT Super Cyber Sale!!

Have you heard the news?? Tomorrow starts the BIG sale on TPT!!

I have been leaving feedback all day on my past purchases. Every time you do you earn credits!! I have a BIG stock pile of credits to help in my shopping tomorrow!
December can be such a busy exciting CRAZY month! I am going to be using many of these activites in the next few weeks! Starting tomorrow they will all be up to 28% off in my store!

So what is in your shopping cart?? Tell me about what your going to buy.