Wednesday, December 31, 2014

14 in 14 and a Sale!



It's the last day of 2014 and I thought it would be fun to link up with Miss Kindergarten, A Teeny Tiny Teacher and Dragonflies in First for their fourteen in 14 linky party!


Here is my 14 in 14....


This is a hard one. I love clothes. and I love shoes. especially TOMS. Here are a few of my favorite pairs right now.

I love cardigans and skinny jeans in the fall/winter months. And I LOVE anything Lilly Pulitzer anytime of the year.

Lilly Pulitzer Home Page

Gosh.... we are slacking in the movie department. We did go on Black Friday to see Dumb and Dumber to for a little shopping pit stop date. It was full of lots of laughs. :)

I do have several on my list that I want to go see. I need to plan us a movie date night soon and make it happen! :)

I'm all about me some Housewives and Vanderpump Rules. And I love Master Chef.
The Bull & Thistle Pub

This place has the best melt in your mouth filets!!! 

I big time puffy heart LOVE to travel. We try to go somewhere as often as possible. I took my first cruise this year and surprisingly loved it! I was skeptical and didn't think I would like it at all but I'm so glad we decided to take one. It was a lot of fun and I would so go on another one again! 

One of my sweeties brought me this personalized ornament with the most precious note. Talk about melting my heart!


iPhone 6-- I desperately needed a new phone because mine was dying a slow, painful death little by little. I have unlimited data and didn't want to loose that by getting a new phone/plan and I didn't want to pay retail for a new phone. Eric text me one afternoon and said meet me at Verizon after school. He went and got me a new one without my plan changing or telling me that he was going to do it. Sweet! 

That's a hard one. I have tons and tons of great pins from this year. But this is one I keep going back to often.
Baked Macaroni and Cheese

I love mac and cheese. This recipe I pinned is my new favorite mac and cheese. It is soooo yum in the tum!!

I worked really hard over the summer on my classroom and I was so happy with how it turned out. So I'm going to go with this little post with my classroom reveal as my favorite. 

I finished my Ed.S and graduated in December! Yahoo!!!

We had pics made this fall. It's hard to pick just one favorite. So here are a few of the ones that I really loved.





These two have my whole heart. They will never really know or understand how much I love them. :)

I have lots of great memories from 2014. It's hard to pick just one. Here are a few favorites.

Spring Break- Cruise to Grand Turk, San Juan, St. Thomas, and Bahamas


Summer days at the lake with my boys



Meeting up with this sweet friend for a dinner date and seeing her present at the first grade conference in Franklin, Tennessee! Love, love, love her!

 Jamaica vacation in November-- There's nothing I would rather do than travel anywhere with this guy. :)


 
Stress less, get organized, leave work at work, and be the best possible me that I can be! ;)


love.


Well friends that's my 14 in 14! If you haven't linked up with these gals it's not too late! There's still a little bit of 2014 left so what are you waiting for??



Oh... I'm joining some other tpt sellers and having a New Years sale! Everything in my little tpt shop is 20% off today and tomorrow! :)

Are you having a sale too? Be sure to link up with Molly at Lucky to Be in First! :)


I hope the new year brings you and yours lots of love, laughter, joy, and blessings! 

Happy New Year!!!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Polar Express Day 2014

Hi there! I wanted to share with you about our annual Polar Express Day. We had so much fun and great memories were made! It's always a ton of work, but oh so worth it to see all the smiles and hear responses like "this is the BEST day EVER!!" 

Kindergarten and First grade team up for this fun filled day. Each teacher has a different activity planned for their little visitors. Students wear their pajamas to school and come prepared for a full day of fun! Each group boards the train with their ticket and makes a stop at each classroom. When they arrive they are greeted by the teacher at that classroom and they get their ticket punched. It's then time for the fun! 



My stop along The Polar Express is the toy shop where the kids get to "elf around" and have lots of fun and laughs with some sort of game or relay. This year we did a decorate the Christmas tree relay. When students arrived they picked an ornament to color and we used these to later decorate the trees. The ornaments student colored are the color me holiday cut-outs from my favorite Creative Teaching Press. We also used some bulletin board cut-outs that I had on hand as well. Students worked in teams to decorate one of their classmates and turn them into a Christmas tree. I had judges come around and pick a winner in each group. The winning groups got a Christmas pencil and some chocolates. :)
In the past I have done pin the nose on the reindeer, pin the carrot on the snowman, and a snowman relay race. :)



Another stop on the Polar Express was the ornament shop. Students made a Christmas ornament.
This is the ornament my class made during their stop on the Polar Express.

Another stop on The Polar Express was the sweet shop. Students made a super tasty snack to enjoy when they came back to their home room.

Another stop on The Polar Express was the book store. Students listened to the teacher read The Polar Express and then made magic reindeer food. I forgot to snap a pic of the magic reindeer food. Darn! :(

Jodi at Fun in First has a cute freebie label for magic reindeer food. Click the pic below to go to her blog for her awesome freebie! :)


Once everyone had visited all of the Polar Express stops, students returned to their home rooms and watched the movie and enjoyed some sweet treats while they sipped on hot chocolate. 
During the movie we had a special delivery straight from Santa himself at The North Pole!!!! Our package was still cold!! When we opened our package we found bells! :)

Below are a few pics I shared on my Instagram of our special day and Christmas in our classroom.
Top Left- Our classroom tree
Top Middle- a couple of the ornaments we made in December for parent gifts. 
Top Right- feeling the cold package from The North Pole!
Bottom Left- some sweet treats 
Bottom Middle- my Polar Express door
Bottom Right-another Christmas tree cutie! :)

The days leading up to our Polar Express Day I read the book and we do some activities in addition to our fun we do on our Polar Express Day. This year I used my sweet friend Cheryl's amazing Polar Express book companion pack. I can't say enough good things about this pack! It is jam packed of awesome! Sooo many great resources and activities to do with the book! I'm sad I didn't snap any pics of the things we did from her pack. But trust me when I say it is a wonderful resource. If you don't have it you need to add it to your Polar Express collection. You won't be disappointed! :)

Well that's my little run down of our 2014 Polar Express Day. It was SOOO much fun! I look forward to this day every year and can't wait for the next! :)