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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Fall Fun- Stickers and Notepads from Carson Dellosa!

Stickers and notepads! A teacher’s favorite things! These cute fall resources from Carson Dellosa are perfect for so many things! Not just the obvious. We know we can put stickers on papers as we grade them. We know we can write notes home about how great our students are on the notepads. We can also use them in other ways. We can use the stickers in a rebus sentence or story for our beginner writers. We can use them as counters in ten frames to make a matching center. We can use them to make patterns. They are a great quick way to get a picture in a center activity. The notepads can be used the same way. Each student could get one and write a sentence for a class book. The paper is already done for you. You could use the notepad to make matching pieces for an alphabet game, beginning sounds game, matching numbers to sets, matching numbers to ten frames. The list goes on as far as you need it. These are great quality products from Carson Dellosa. So cute for this time of the year! As much as I don’t want summer to end…. These make my fall heart happy! I participate in the Brand Ambassador Program for Carson-Dellosa and have received this product for free to review.

Math Thinking Mats - Carson Dellosa



Thinking Mats -Math
Thinking Mats! 
Oh Carson-Dellosa you have read my mind again! As many of us move to Guided Math, this is a great resource! It is divided into the five topics of math – Counting and Cardinality, Operations and Algebraic Thinking, Number Operations in Base 10, Measurement and Data and Geometry. 20 activities in all! It is already laminated! Hands up people! Once less thing to do on the list! Cut and go! The ONLY thing other than this book you will need is a write on/off marker! Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy! There is even a check off in the back for you to check off which student has done which activity. There is one for students also. The mats are color coded so you know which piece goes with which mat – not that they EVER lose a piece, but just in case! The directions are not hard for them to follow either. If you use it in a guided math group first, then move to independent practice – they will be set! Looking forward to using this tomorrow – and it won’t take forever to prep! YEE HAW! CLick on the image above to check them out yourself! 

Here is a video to help too! 


I participate in the Brand Ambassador Program for Carson-Dellosa and have received this product for free to review.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Teaching With Intention Chapter 6 Lesson Design

Well, here we are already at Chapter 6! This book packs such a punch and is such an easy read all at the same time! Here are my thoughts on Chapter 6 Lesson Design. This is an important chapter. I love the gradual release model. I love the Lesson Design Tool (Figure 6.1). I love the plan on page 81:

  • "Teacher Modeling
  • Guided Practice Within the Lesson
  • Guided Practice Beyond the Lesson
  • Independent Practice
  • Application"
I love how she relates it to her lessons on page 83. 
  • "She explains
  • She shows kids how
  • Give significant time to practice
  • time for students to reflect, share and teach
  • assess
  • I reflect and consider next steps"
I love Figure 6.2 also. I love the chart and the time breakdown. I agree with all she has to say. I know we need to do this! I beleive this is a great way to plan. I just don't know if there are enough hours in the day! I know I don't have to do this with every lesson - well, I couldn't do this with every lesson. I know once I started doing this with some lessons, it might would become easier. I know the brain would just start thinking like this on a more normal basis. 

I show my students their new learning. I demonstrate. I model. I use gestures. I use turn and talk. I use Whole Brain Teaching - gestures, mirrors, teach-ok. I get them moving. I get them talking. 

I like the criteria for anchor charts. Sometimes I think we can get so overwhelmed with the "cuteness" we see all over Pinterest, that we forget that the anchor charts have a purpose. 

I do like the Guided and Independent Practice tool. I do think that it is very important to think this through. This is where there is so little time at school. I just wish there were not so many meetings at school and so many other things that need to be taken care of so that we could do more of this important work at school. I think sometimes we lose the focus of what we need to be doing - teaching- because of so many regulations are in place. More planning and thnking should be going into our lesson planning and not our test taking planning. I know we need to reflect, share and teach - again - time! 

I love the last paragraph of the chapter. I agree - and have- admitted when things didn't go well. That's life. There are always times when this happens. We need to be honest with the kids. This is the chance to show them that it is ok 

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Infographics!



Infographics Workbook

Infographics! How cool is that? Carson Dellosa has a cool new tool for us to use! This book fits great into the new in-depth reading that Common Core is looking for. This covers many different content areas. I think I found one for almost all the content areas that I need to cover- including math! The pages are perforated of heavy card stock!  I’ll be taking the book apart and putting each card in with the materials for the units so I don’t forget to use one. The pictures are colorful but not over stimulating. Well labeled too! That is another bonus – use it as a modeling tool!  The topics range from insects to dinosaurs to video games – with tons in between! And the questions are on the back of the pictures! This will be a great resource to start a topic or to end a topic. It will be integrating reading and content knowledge.

Did I mention hitting the standards? What about:
·         With prompting and support, retell key details of text that support a provided main idea.
·         Answer questions about a text.
·         With prompting and support, make connections between information in a text and personal experiences.
·         With prompting and support, answer questions to connect illustrations to the written word.
·         With prompting and support, actively engage in group reading activities with purpose and understanding
Just to name a few!  

I am (almost) looking forward to going back to school to use this great resource! What a way to increase critical thinking. Are you like me? I want to ask those higher level thinking questions and then in the moment I can’t think of any (unless I wrote them down before hand) or I get distracted by something (shoe tying, bathroom breaks, etc.) and I forget to go back and ask! Please tell me I am not alone in that! Anyway – these cards are a great starting point of questions and discussions.  It will make it easier for me to continue on the same path of higher order questions. Thank you!

I’m thinking that the few that are not covered in the curriculum I have, will be great to leave in a sub tub! Keep them thinking when I am out sick.

Well, Carson Dellosa has done it again! LOVE these! Thanks so much!


You can check out the video on line at 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWaF-HdEM5A





I participate in the Brand Ambassador Program for Carson-Dellosa and I received this product for free to try and review.

I hope you are still reading this! Make sure to follow my blog. Because soon I will be having a giveaway! Stay tuned! 

Monday, July 4, 2016

Spectrum Phonics - Carson Dellosa

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Phonics- The simple definition from Merriam Webster is “a method of teaching people to read and pronounce words by learning the sounds of letters, letter groups, and syllables”. Kindergarten teachers do this all day long. We sing, we dance, we match, we play. Sometimes it feels like we stand on our heads to do this! Once students start making the connection – it is WONDERFUL! There are those students who just don’t seem to “get it”. They are the students who need the small group/one-on-one time. They are the students who we work it into EVERYTHING for. They are the ones who need some practice at home. We can help them get the practice they need at home by recommending Spectrum Phonics K from Carson Dellosa. You can go right now and see the page – but don’t forget to come back and finish reading!

This is a well-organized workbook. It practices what we do in school. It has a few pages for tracing lines, left to right practice and same and different. These are important skills first. The heart of the book is letters and sounds. There are three pages for each letter. Identification comes first – in isolation and in words. There is handwriting practice along with finding pictures with the beginning sound. Writing the letter and matching the sound is also included. Each letter has some different activities – no boredom here! Rhyming is included. The vowels are included with the short sound. There are consonant and vowel reviews after several letters. At the end of the book is a check-up for vowels and consonants, matching letters, recognizing letters, beginning and ending sounds and abc order. There is also a nice chart for a reference for the letters with pictures. Parents don’t need to worry because the answers are given also! J
Check out this video about it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnC76mCCOmQ

This would make a great review book for the summer. It would be a great supplement for parents to support their child’s school learning. This is just one in the Spectrum series – there is math, reading, language arts, writing, spelling and sight words also available. What great resources to help the students!

I participate in the Brand Ambassador Program for Carson-Dellosa and I received this product for free to try and review.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Lessons Learned

Ahhhhh! Summer! That time of year that a teacher can take a breath and be ok. That time of year when  a teacher can drink two cups of coffee and not worry about making it till lunch time or special! LOL

The end of the year is bitter sweet. We are so ready for summer. The kids are too! The thought of saying goodbye after all those days together is still sad - even after 26 years! I can't even believe I have been teaching that long! Where does the time go?  I can't believe my kids are almost all grown up! The DD will be starting her teaching career this fall. OMG! She will be moving to a new state and everything. When I walk by my living room right now, I kinda can't wait. I know when the day comes, I will be crying like a baby! I am so happy and excited for her though! She has worked so hard to get to this point! Super proud!  It will just be different that she will have her own place and not come home for the breaks! Another new. The DS will be a sophomore. That is going too fast. He's the one I am afraid will never leave the house! HA! We will tell with time.

The end of this school year brought three kindergarten teachers retiring out of the six of us. Half the team. We did hire three wonderful teachers to fill their spots. We will continue to have a strong team that will advocate for early childhood education!

As I watched the retirees pack up their classrooms and go through everything in their rooms, I had some thoughts.

1- All kindergarten teachers are basically hoarders. :-)  I think because we are always looking at books, blogs, and Pinterest and thinking that would be great! I'm going to do it. Do we really have ALL that time to do ALL the cute ideas we find? And then we go to do it and we can't find ALL the materials to do the project because our cabinets are so full, you can't find anything. Because we hoard everything and shove it in closets. Please tell me, it's not just me!?!?!  I look at my two Ikea bookshelves in my classroom ( and some filing cabinet drawers) and think -"Do I need those books anymore?" At one point, that is all we had. We had to get a book so we had some materials. Now we have the internet. We can find anything we want. We can find several versions. We can be picky about which one we choose to use. We can find ways to do it better, easier and cheaper than we thought. Thanks to all the wonderful sharing teachers out there.

2- Everything old is new again. As I watched materials being pulled from the back of the cabinets, I was reminded of shifts in education. Character building was huge. We had kits, we had books. Is it still important? OF COURSE! Is it the hot new buzz word? No. "Old Fashioned" bulletin board sets. Homemade. Before color printers. Before clipart cd's. They are still nice and good. Do we use them? Hardly ever. Do we still put up bulletin boards? Yes. Manipulatives - remember when they were well made? Wooden pattern blocks. Now they are cheap plastic and the set is so small. But yet we are still using them. Fiction books, non fiction books, shared reading, whole language, portfolios, cooperative learning... the list goes on.

3- Classrooms do NOT have to be Pinterst worthy. Not every classroom is going to look as good as some of those pictures. That's OK! As Pete would say, "It's all good!" Do I think an organized classroom is important? Absolutely! Does that mean different things to different people? Yes. So long as you are happy it's good. Does it mean you are not a great teacher if your room doesn't look like some of those pictures? NO! Is it ok that you worry about feeding yourself and/or your family before buying things for the classroom? YOU BETCHA!

4- It is truly the relationships with the students that matter! On our last day at our school wide morning meeting, they announced the retirees to the students. The cafeteria lady, the reading specialist and the three kindergarten teachers. The groans for each one made me cry. I'm hoping when they announce my name one day on my very last day of teaching, that there will be a groan too. That will mean I have made an impact.

5- I need to keep working! I LOVE my job! Yes, I do love summer and the break. I need to keep working though because I love the kids and teaching. One day I will be ready to retire. But NOT now. Unless I win the lottery! ;-)

6- I need to clean out! I have to stop pinning and start using. I need to use what I have and be done with it. When the hubby says, "Are we collecting egg cartons still?" I will say no. Somehow I would be able to manage to get 24 of them if I needed them. The parents help. Other teachers help. The custodians and cafeteria people help. It takes a village. I don't need to store the village in my room! I have shared some "extras" with the new teachers. I will be sharing more when I clean out more. I have decided to put a sticker or some mark on an item as I use it. If it doesn't get a mark, it is going. The "might need it one day" phrase will be struck from my vocabulary.

7- I will let the students use the "good markers" and share my things. Why else did I get it? They will take care of things. I will have taught them how to do that. And if they forget and leave the marker cap off, it's ok. I have about 100 more! We will use the art materials and we will not hoard them! If I have to get more, I will.

8- I will not be waiting until the last two weeks of school to clean out my room when I retire. I will start in September. When we are done with a unit, I will clean that unit out. I will not take my first week of retirement cleaning out my room. Well, I guess we will need to wait and see on that one. And I will not be taking ALL of it home. Yes, my books will be coming home with me. I will read to the grandbabies that I may have one day. But what would I do with the rest of it? It's just stuff! That's all. The older I get- especially after cleaning out my mom's house - the more I realize that.

Ok - those are my thoughts and lessons I hope to have learned from this year. If you agree - YEA. If you don't, that's ok too! That is what makes the world go around!




Sunday, May 29, 2016

Carson Dellosa Summer Bridge Activities




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        Carson-Dellosa Summer Bridge Activities

Well, look at me! I'm blogging! I really LOVE to blog. I just don't get how all of you wonderful bloggers get it all done! I'm kinda jealous! I have so much I want to share. I'm thinking this will be the year! Watch out people! lol Have I said that before?

Any who's! Carson-Dellosa sent me the Summer Bridges Actvities book to bridge K to 1. I think this is a GREAT resource for kids during the summer! It is substantial but not overwhelming.  Any it is so well organized! There are three sections - one for each summer month. :) There are activity pages, experiments, social studies activities, fitness ideas and outdoor ideas. They are covering it all! We CAN prevent summer lose! We just need to get the parents on board and this is a great way to do that! Check out the video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vek6YTeiFY

There is a simple, easy, straightforward introduction for the caregivers. Not overwhelming for them either. It suggests doing 2 pages every day. That is about perfect for kindergarteners. I want them to have fun this summer, but I don't want them to lose what I taught them! It is certainly a nice recap of all the skills we have done. They even do a little previewing for first grade! Here is a little preview for you! http://www.carsondellosa.com/brands/summer-bridge  Check out which grade level you are interested in! 

The book includes flashcards for the students to cut out and use. It has a certificate to be filled out at the end of the summer. It even includes stickers to put on the pages after they are completed! It has everything but a pencil and crayons! 

At the top of each page it also tell you what skill you will be working on that day. I'm telling you - it has it all! And it is Common Core aligned! If that is not enough for you - then you can check out http://www.carsondellosa.com/summer-learning-activities  There are even more activities to do there! Sign up! Don't fret! Get the help and ideas you need from them! 

This is a great resource and not a bad price! It is set at $14.99. I don't think that is bad for an entire summer's worth of activities and ideas. What an investment that would be! 

Way to go CD!Keep on learning! 

 I participate in the Brand Ambassador Program for Carson-Dellosa and I received this product for free to try and review

Monday, April 4, 2016

SPRING!!! Bulletin Board Set

Spring!!!! It’s here! Well, it says so on the calendar! Now if the weather would figure it out! I’m tired of coats! I’m tired of still helping zip up the little one’s coats! I want no coats! I want the coat closet doors to close and not have anything fall out! Soon – it has to happen soon!

Well, I took down the bulletin board. Now to decorate it tomorrow. I can’t wait to use this new set from Carson Dellosa!



This set has tons included. I’m laughing ‘cause it is called a Mini Bulletin Board set, but I know that it will cover the whole board! It has headers, accents, smaller signs, and lots of student pieces. It is soo cute! There are flowers and rain stuff and a sun and umbrellas. So even though April is for showers – there are some cute pieces that are sunny! I’m pretty sure this will last the rest of the year! ;-)





I am not quite sure what I will use it for but I’ll figure that out. Maybe the kids will help me! I know I can use it for displaying student work. I could use it for math facts, sight words, April words, weather instruction- so many possibilities! I’ll be able to change it up with the headers. This is a great “mini” set! 

  I participate in the Brand Ambassador Program for Carson-Dellosa and have received this product for free to review.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Science - Interactive Notebooks

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The interactive notebook craze continues. Carson Dellosa continues to support the trend. There are great kindergarten appropriate topics in this book. All the topics are sorted by the categories – life, physical, and Earth and space. Eleven activities in each category. Jammed packed if you ask me! I love being a Carson Dellosa Brand Ambassador – makes my heart happy trying out these products and breathing a sigh of relief when they fit perfectly into my curriculum! This is a fun thing to do with the students – and really helpful in their thinking process. We all know – hands on is the way to go! This gives them a great way to make their learning stick – it is interactive and helps organize their thinking. The more we do this type of organizational thinking in the younger grades, the more the students will transfer it on their own as they get older.
I really enjoy teaching these science topics with the students. The resources in this book make life easier! It is all done and ready! And something for everything! Even if you do not do the whole notebook thing, you can still use these on a piece of construction paper. Do several that go together and make them into a book. Possibilities are endless! The end of the book has lots of reproducibles too! So you can create your own! Keep it going!

  I participate in the Brand Ambassador Program for Carson-Dellosa and have received this product for free to review.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Valentine's Day Mini Bulletin Board Set

OK where does life go?? How is it February? How is it half way through February?? I have written this post and about 20 more in my head. I just can’t find the time to get them on paper. I am really shocked how busy life can be even when the kids have left the house! OH MY! I keep thinking that every week, I will get there….and then I don’t. I’m sorry – I feel like I start off every post like this. I don’t know how some of you do it! Hats off to you!
On to more important things…

Valentine’s Day may be over. But the Mini Bulletin Board set from Carson Dellosa is still A-DOR – ABLE! There are 56 pieces in this ‘mini’ set. I think that is not so mini!  What a great set to use for the holiday or for a unit on writing letters! Or for a Random Act of Kindness bulletin board. They even give you some cute ideas for using it too! It will make a great full size bulletin board.

There is a sweet mailbox – don’t kids love getting mail! We, as adults, only think of mail as bills. It is fun to actually get a letter! This would be a great to leave notes for the kids. I can see this set as a great positive reward or showing off great work! My kinders would love to get a note that they can read now.

This set includes a header, signs, mailbox, bee accents, heart accents and student pieces that look like little envelopes. I do like these “mini” sets – you can do tons with them and make them go as far as you want. I know some rooms have small bulletin boards – so perfect. And yet, a larger bulletin board – once you add the student work or art work -it would fill right up. I love the colors too – bright but not overly bright.

So all in all. Another win! Cute, practical and fun! And can be used for more than just a holiday!

 I participate in the Brand Ambassador Program for Carson-Dellosa and have received this product for free to review.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Five for Friday =on a Sunday


                                                                                                                         






I wanted to link up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five For Friday. I had good plans to get this done- then life once again got in the way!  So I figured better late than never, so here is my Five For Friday on Sunday!

                                                          

Found this at Target. It's pink, it's glittery and it's HAPPY! Perfect for my classroom! It's sitting on the cabinet and I can see it often to remind me to be HAPPY! I love/hate that dollar spot! Well, I love it, but I think the hubs doesn't so much! lol




It was the 80th day of kindergarten! I can't believe it! It is going too fast!!! The kids are even telling me what color shirt to wear under it. lol They wanted me to wear a red long sleeve, but that was in the wash. So I had to wear my white one. Kreative in Kinder has all sorts of cute shirts! 




Healthy Eating! It's a new year! Lots have changed and things should be great this year! Pasta Primevera is one of my favorites! OK- so I didn't make this. My daughter did. I taught her how - way back! She was home from college while I was back at work. So she made dinners all week! It was AWESOME! And YUMMY!!  We already went shopping this week for some more healthy meals! I will be making those myself!

 

 Dear Daughter went back to college today - and will start student teaching tomorrow! OMG! I can't believe it! How did that happen?!?!? She is student teaching in High School in Math! She LOVES it! I can't wait to watch her grow in this experience! Proud mama here! 





Well, these just made me happy when I saw them at Sam's Club! Years ago, my hubs and kids were shopping there and my son wanted to get me flowers -so he picked blue ones. It was Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Those blue flowers lasted until New Years. He wanted to get them because they matched our blue kitchen. That sweet "little" boy is in college - kinda far from home. These were a sweet memory! 



Well, not much school stuff there on the Five For Friday - but that's ok. It was a good week at school. The kids came back ready to learn! They said such sweet things about missing school and wanting to learn more. :) It made my heart happy! They never missed a beat. They remembered everything they needed to, to hit the road running! 

Oh happy teaching day! 








Sunday, January 3, 2016

Back to School January Style

Light black gold happy new year with stripe Stock PhotographyWell, it's Sunday night and the football game is on. :-) I stayed out of the building for the whole winter break! I did it! I have been busy cleaning around the house. We have thrown out TONS! I have three bags to take to school this week. You all do that too don't you? You clean out at home and decide that you can use it in your classroom. Oh that needs cleaned out too. I'm feeling motivated though! This is the year! 
I cleaned up the emails from school - it's all fresh and ready to go! I made a list of things that I want to do tomorrow with my kinders! None of it is on the lesson plans. That's ok! I'm good with it. I knew I better make a list though or I would forget what I wanted to do with them. I really want to talk, work on, discuss, move toward a POSITIVE GROWTH MINDSET. I bought the book Mindsets In the Classroom by Mary Cay Ricci today. I'm super excited to start reading it. Probably when I'm done this post. lol 
I also bought Beautiful Oops. It's not close by ( it's in the teacher bag) or I would tell you the author. I bought Growth Mindset by Darlin' Little Learners.  I can't wait to start using it tomorrow. That's on the list! I bought The Book With No Pictures too. Ok, it was a big shopping day! It's the only day I did any over break (I think). I'm really working on having less. So purchases are just not necessary. Don't worry! I'll still be buying things! I'm a kindergarten teacher! We did stop at Target too. I didn't buy out the dollar spot, but I did snag the pink, glittery HAPPY sign! :) That's going to the classroom. Yep, it's in a bag! I don't think I'm going to take all of the bags tomorrow. I don't think I could carry them all. My sweet husband offered to take me into school today to take the bags, but I said no. I was totally enjoying vacation! BALANCE! That's a great word for the year! I've seen it floating all over. I did pick the word HAPPY. I just like being happy. We are empty nesters - it's really fun! Fun makes me happy! 

So the list for tomorrow isn't that long. But it's loaded with FUN! I can't wait to see my students tomorrow! I would love some more time off, but I do miss those little ones! I can't wait to hear about their holidays. That should be fun! I want to read Squirrel's New Year Resolution by Pat Miller tomorrow too. Then we will write some of our goals/resolutions too. Of course.

I want to remind them that they need to help me too! I started a special desk/table for our special student. It has an adult swivel chair, colored pencils, pens, etc. But I keep forgetting to remind the special student to sit there. I need them to be responsible. I need them to tell me that's what they are doing. I also want the special student to tell me of any photo opportunities through out the day. I'm so bad at remembering to take pictures. I figured they can do that! 

I also want to review seating arrangements. I want them to understand that they can choose where they want to sit - table, floor, rug. They can make that choice. I want them to be responsible. I also want to discuss if they need anything special to help make this happen. 

I also want to teach them how to answer the phone. It never fails that I am far away from the phone when it rings. I want to teach them to be polite on the phone. I want them to know who will answer the phone - special student! I have wanted to do this for awhile, but never take the time. TOMORROW IS IT!! 

I also have a guidance lesson tomorrow. Welcome back! It will be a busy, HAPPY day! I can't wait! Oh - we might get to something on the lesson plans! lol


Friday, January 1, 2016

Currently 2016

2016?!?!?! Really?? How did that happen??? I feel like it was just Christmas last year! Everyone always says that the older you get, the faster time goes. They didn't need to be correct!!!
2015 has been a crazy kinda year. I think HOPE that 2016 kinda settles down a little. I'm thinking it will. I think it will. I think it will. HAHA

Christmas break is always a great time! This year has been super nice with the weather! I can't remember another Christmas Eve service that we didn't wear coats to! Running errands wasn't so bad either. I could have gone for some more sun, but I'll take what we get.

So it is New Year's Day Evening. We ate our pork and sauerkraut. Hoping for the luck it is suppose to bring! We ate at a regular dinner time. We are having an evening! This doesn't happen often people! I'm loving that my husband has been able to have two three day weekends! That doesn't happen often either! So since he is relaxing sleeping on the couch, I can watch/ LISTEN to  HGTV! It's really just some back ground noise, but it's fun watching the warm weather places!

I am LOVING being home! I have actually gotten some things done!!! We had to take some trash down to my mom's house because I've been cleaning out so much! LOL That is feeling good! I am feeling like I am accomplishing some things! LOOK OUT!!!

Do the rest of you worry about your school kiddos when you are off? I do!! I THINK about them a LOT!  I wonder how their Christmas was. I wonder what they did for New Year's. I wonder if they had enough food, enough heat, enough love while we were apart.

So now that I said I have been thinking about my kinders, I would WANT another week off! I feel like I am getting some good stuff done! And it's finally getting colder. I am a homebody in the winter! I want to keep cleaning out and organizing and starting to work out! Well, we could hope I would start to work out!

We finished cleaning out my mom's house. Now I NEED some time to go through ALL the MILLIONS of pictures that I brought to my house! OMG Eighty-eight years of photos! I NEED to win the lottery too! Then I could afford to take all 90 reels of movies and make them into DVD's. Then I could do the same with the millions of slides! It will be so much fun to relive all the old memories. Just taking all the pictures out of the cardboard boxes and putting them into photo safe boxes was fun today! I LOVE seeing my grandparents!! Such happy memories!

HAPPY! I want this to be  a happy year! I want to stay in the moment and enjoy what happens. I will still be happy even when my kids go back to college! :) I really feel like this is a year that my husband and I will enjoy ourselves! Not that we haven't for all these years, but I think this year we can really enjoy all our hard work we have put into life!

Have a wonderful 2016 everyone! Be grateful for what happens. Be HAPPY. Be joyful. Enjoy!


So I'm starting the year off well by blogging. I'm hoping to continue!!! Fingers crossed!