Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Wordless Wednesday


But on a positive note...

Head on over to Miss DeCarbo's blog to check out the other Wordless Wednesday posts.

Monday, December 15, 2014

It's Beginning to Look Like Christmas!

Here's a bit of my Christmas Craftiness from the weekend...

Inspired by these pins from Pinterest,

here is MY version.

It's hard to see in the picture, but there are white Christmas lights in the buckets that light them up with twinkling lights.  Here's what they look like beside my front door.

They turned out so pretty!

Next up was this inspiration...

it became this...

A glass brick filled with white lights and red and clear glass marbles.
It's the perfect night light for the bathroom!

Here's the towel rack in my bathroom
(Christmas towels are not up yet.) 

And finally, Gingerbread ornaments for my students.  I make these every year to go along with our Gingerbread unit.

They are 2" terra cotta pots with wooden doll heads and glass marbles.
I love making these every year!

I am also linking up with Michelle at Fabulous in First for her Christmas Questionnaire

1. When do you decorate?  It's an ongoing project for me.  I would LOVE to have everything up the weekend after Thanksgiving, but that NEVER happens.  It all depends on when hubby gets the stuff down from the attic and we have time to get a tree.  I spent this past weekend getting most of it done.  Here's the tree...

2. Elf or no elf?  No Elf for me, but I do love checking in on the escapades of everyone else's.

3. Christmas Cookies or No Baking for You?  I do cookies for a cookie exchange, but that's about it.  My daughter is the baker in the family now.

4. Favorite Holiday Tradition?  I love driving around with my family looking at all the Christmas light displays.  In the classroom, it is our Polar Express Celebration.

5. Favorite Christmas Movie?  Prancer!  I love showing this movie to my students.  At home, I am a sucker for almost any cheesy Christmas movie.  I love to watch them with my daughter.

6. Snow or No Snow?  NO SNOW for this warm weather girl!   This is my idea of sledding!

...or a snow white beach!

7. Favorite Christmas Song?  I love 'em all!  Here is this year's favorite.  I just love Pentatonix!

8. Favorite Gifts to Give and Get?   I LVE to give presents!  I love finding little things that other people will enjoy.  At this point in my life, there is not much I want or need.  I just enjoy being with friends and family.  I love the gifts that students have made for me over the years and the jewels and stuffed animal that have come from their own collections because they wanted to give something special.

Head on over to Michelle's blog and check out the other responses too!

I will leave you with these 2 new writing activities that I finished up yesterday, too.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

The Sunday Scoop and Operation E.L.F.

Happy Sunday Friends!

With a death in my family this morning, it has been a rough day, but I wanted to end it on a happy note by connecting with all of you, my online family.

First of all,
tell the people you love,
"I Love You!"
You never know when it may be your last chance.


I'm linking up with my friends at Teaching Trio

Because of  the death of my aunt this morning, I rushed out of the house just after we had finished buying our Christmas tree.  Hubby got down all of the Christmas stuff out of the attic while I was up north and got the tree set up.  Now all I have to do is DECORATE!

I have my Christmas cards and the stamps, just have to get them DONE!

I have ideas for 3 new Christmas/Winter products swimming around in my head.
Hope to have time to work on those this week.

Because of family issues I did not get last month's newsletter done and am running late on this month's, but I WILL get it done!

I love my kids more than life itself and they are growing up WAY too fast!  I want to spend as much time with them as I can.

If you have not been participating in Creative Clips' Operation E.L.F.,
you are missing out!

In honor of Operation E.L.F I have created this fun freebie for you!

Students write a letter to Santa telling him why they want to be one of his elves.
Then the get to "ELF Themself!"
This is a fun activity for these crazy weeks before Christmas when you just want to keep them busy (in a meaningful way, of course!)

To grab your copy, click here or on the image above.

Are you looking for a charitable organization to donate to?
How about a dollar-for-dollar tax credit?
I have recently gotten involved with and become a CASA Volunteer.



Voices for CASA Children is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and a Qualified Foster Care Charitable Organization
Your donation is eligible for tax credit consideration - EIN 45-3359395. 
(Visit for further information)
You can make a dollar-for-dollar tax credit donation of up to $800 for couples filing jointly.  
This is definitely a WIN-WIN-WIN deal!  
Voices wins when you donate.
YOU win at tax time.
And most importantly, kids who desperately need our help win.
Please consider making a donation today.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Teaching Across the US... and Beyond!

What a FUN linky! 
 is asking teachers from across the US ...and BEYOND
 to link up and share where they're from and the best part about teaching there!

I am an Arizona native and a desert rat.
I have always lived in AZ and love it anywhere it is WARM!
No snow or cold weather for this gal!

Yes, it does get HOT, but I'll take that over snow any day.

We rarely have to forego our outside activities due to the weather, but we have had a few "heat advisory" days at the beginning of the year when we have to keep the kids inside.

What's the best thing about where you teach? Head on over to this post and link up or comment below.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Positive Thinking Thursday and Currently

It's Thursday,
and you know what that means.
It's time for

At this time of year especially I am amazed by the kindness of others.

Be especially kind with your words and actions this BUSY holiday season and ALWAYS.

It is also a new month, and that means it's time for

Listening and Loving
Today has been my favorite kind of day.
I love the sound and the smell of the rain!

Thinking and Wanting
I just love my kids!
I am so proud of the young people they have become,
but time seems to sometimes spin out of control.
I just want it to slow down so I can enjoy more time with them before they are grown and gone.
Here's my beautiful daughter on Thanksgiving Day.

To get my Christmas cards finished and mailed.
They are sitting on my desk...

And finally,

Spread the MAGIC of Christmas wherever you can,
just because you can.

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