April 14, 2015

#4thQuarterStruggles

Monday marked a very sad end to spring break. My alarm went off way too early and I drug myself back to school happily returned to my smiling 1st grade friends! As we all know, after spring break there are only a few short months left before the end of the school year. This means lots of things... #somuchtoteach #notenoughtimetodoitall #crazychildren #toomuchenergy #4thquarterstruggles



So how exactly do I plan to fight these feelings of exhaustion and keep my wonderful children focused and engaged throughout the last 9 weeks?




Hands down this is my addiction! Living in Florida, it's way too hot for coffee most of the year. So when I found this secret menu refresher recipe last spring I had to try it and I WAS HOOKED! I have tried starting my morning without it, and it never fails... each day without this delicious beverage is horrid! 


Every year so far I have implemented countdowns and rewards to encourage good behavior. I have used both balloons like in the Pinterest pic above and envelopes. I will definitely do this again this year! 





Routines and structure for as long as possible! Things like our amazing literacy block everyday will not change. Thanks to Deanna and DeeDee my kids will be rocking it out for a little while longer! 



Silly time and lots of brain breaks! GoNoodle will be on point the next 43 days as we will need it so we don't lose our sanity! 



April 11, 2015

Five for Friday: Life with us lately!




Last week Thursday we happily ran from the building for spring break! We had big plans and a huge week ahead of us. Why you ask? Because we were once moving to Florida! It's been a very difficult few years for us trying to decide where our happily ever after would be. Are we crazy? Honestly... Absolutely insane. But I wouldn't have it any other way! 

We drove down to Florida on Sunday and spent the week running errands and getting our new place ready for us. 





I am beyond in love with our new home and can't wait for the school year to end so we can live here! 



While in Florida we had lots of fun of course! We spent time with Ryan's family, we painted, lots of walk and pool time, and attempted a beach adventure with the boys! 





Sadly our beach adventure failed! We drove there only to find jellyfish all over the shore. No thank you! 





Our crazy spring break is almost over so at this moment we are back in the car making the 1,100 mile journey back to reality. 




That's all the big things this week! Lots of masters work and planning waiting at home for me. Excited to get back in the classroom Monday and get busy!