Sunday, January 25, 2015


We've been diving into some great non-fiction to learn about penguins. 

On Friday the students helped me create this Penguin Chart.

We also made these adorable paper penguins. 

LOVE THEM... and the little artists who created them! :)

Penguin researchers, here are a few things that I thought you'd like to explore:
                           Click to play this Smilebox collage

Penguin Snowball Game

Penguin Parade at the Cincinnati Zoo

Friday, January 2, 2015

Five For Friday

Linking up with Doodle Bugs to share my Five For Friday this week!

Thanks Kacey for always hosting this fun linky party. 

Happy New Year!

I enjoyed writing reflections from '14 for this link up:


My 14 reflections for 2014 were:
Growing up
Siesta Key
Picture This
Nerds Rule
Seven is Heaven
Jr. High Already?
Kindergarten Rules!!
My Sweet Granny
Winter Break

Wishing you all the best in 2015!

So excited about all of the organizing projects I have accomplished around the house this week. 

Inspired by ideas here:

Have you entered JD's Rockin' Readers giveaway?? 

There are several products with your choice of products from many AWESOME bloggers!

She is also giving away 3 ($25) TPT Gift Certificates...

you can also win my Reading Notebook labels!

Hurry - ends Monday!

My kinder friends come back to school Monday. 
I can't wait to hear all of their stories from Winter Break! :)

Many fun things planned for my Book Lovers

My mindset for 2015... 

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Fourteen in '14


I am linking up with these fun bloggers to share 14 memories from 2014. 
is all you need!

So thankful that I get to have my best friend by my side everyday!

January 22, 2000
Celebrating 15 years very soon!!!

Our "before and after pictures" from The Amazing Race.
It's an awesome charity race held in Loveland/Milford, Ohio every year. This year's race was 13 miles of biking and 3 1/2 miles of running, plus swimming, floating on the river, trivia, and super fun challenges. 
We are super excited about 2015's race. :)
{note: we are so as turtles, but have an absolute blast together!} 

Scott at his 6th Grade Dance...
he's now half-way through his first year of Jr. High. 

We bridged from Daisy Scouts to Brownies this year!
I have absolutely loved helping lead this incredible group of girls.
Madilynn and I love the extra girl time together.
We have a ton of fun planned for '15 including jazzersize, volunteering at an animal shelter, overnight at the zoo, cookie sales, hiking, spa night with moms, and more!

From our first camping trip. 
So much fun singing, hiking, dancing, cooking, and laughing.

was an absolutely amazing trip for my family. 
We enjoying the alpine slide, hiking, train rides, shopping, sulfer springs, chuck wagon shows, and more!

is always a fun summer getaway!

 Blogging continues to be a super fun way to connect with amazing, creative teachers that inspire me!

Click below to connect with me... 

 is stunning!

some of my favorites from '14. 

 It was the year of the nerd at my house this Halloween. 

Scott hosted a super fun Halloween Party to raise money for his favorite charity, A Kid Again. 
So proud of this young man! 
Mike and I survived hanging with 34 junior high kids for the night! :)

 Mike and Madilynn went as nerds to the father daughter dance.
Here's a look back at other years. 

Madilynn turned 7 this year. 
Current loves:
cooking, baking, Girl Scouts, Dance, writing, clothes, and accessories.

 Scott started junior high this year.
I can't believe it!!
Current loves:
SOCIALIZING, running, baseball, helping others, science, and technology.

I feel SO blessed that I have a job that I love. 
Kindergarten is the BEST. 

 I love this picture...
It captures my Granny's awesome fun-loving, happy personality... dancing away at my wedding...
I lost my sweet Granny in late November.
Granny was more like a mom to me. She had a huge role in my childhood, and was a critical support to me when my Dad died when I was in high school...

I have so many wonderful memories of adventures with my Granny.
More importantly, I have the life lessons she shared ones that I admire, strive to achieve, and hope to pass on to my own children.
1. How to have a loving marriage.
2. Making your children the center of your life.
3. Following Christ.
4. ALWAYS treating others with kindness through your words and actions.
Miss you Granny!

 has been incredible!
It was all about:

 connecting with friends...

  enjoying family...

creating and enjoying special gifts... 

 and tons of fun with these two!!!!!

Link up with your 14 here.