Friday, March 21, 2014

Five for Friday: My First Week Back!

I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for this week's Five for Friday! What a week it has been!

I was an absolute nervous wreck on Monday morning. We're talking Janice-breathing-into-a-paper-bag-and-choking-on-the-receipt kind of anxiety. It was my first day back since August! But, my wonderful coworkers surprised me with a little pick-me-up. I have a *slight* addiction to Diet Mt. Dew, and that totes adorbs bag was filled with deliciousness. 

{Just so we're clear, I don't actually say, "totes adorbs," in real life, but I do type it on occasion.  According to this post, though, I don't actually have to stop saying it (or typing it) for another year.}


My first day back went VERY well, and it was St. Patrick's Day! I had my kids do a little "I'm lucky because…" writing. We started with brainstorming with an idea web, then used our ideas to write rough drafts, and ended up with these: 

We used paper from Stephanie Stewart's Leapin' Leprechauns pack, and made some shamrocks to accompany them. We need to work on sentence structure and a less-is-more attitude about exclamation points, but otherwise, they did a great job! I especially love the "I have a good life!" closing. :) 

A very nasty stomach bug is going around my school (and everywhere I think), so these have been my best friends this week. 

Thankfully my in-laws have been watching my little loves at my house this week, so every day I came home, immediately changed, and washed my hands up to my elbows before holding my girls. Then I wiped down my phone and anything else that could be harboring germs. I didn't want to take any chances! I'm really hoping these next nine days away will give the virus a chance to die once and for all. 

I found out this week that I have been selected as a presenter at my district's eRevolution Conference this summer! I'll be presenting about using Kidblog with kids of all ages. If you'll be in the southern Indiana area this summer, you should definitely plan to attend. Registration should begin soon! 

And finally, I'm officially on Spring Break, and I'm SO EXCITED about the Spring Blogger Meet-Up in French Lick tomorrow! Holly Ehle from Mrs. Ehle's Kindergarten Connections has absolutely outdone herself planning a fabulous event, and I can't wait to meet the 50+ other teachers and bloggers! 

That wraps up my week! Happy Spring, everyone! 


  1. I'm so glad we were able to reconnect this weekend! :)

  2. I love your kids "I'm lucky because" writing. The closing lines are so cute! What an honor you will be presenting at a conference this summer! I will have to check out Kidblog! I'm glad I found your blog, it's super cute and I'm your newest follower! If you are interested I am running my first giveaway for a TpT gift certificate and an item from my store.
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    1. Thanks, Andrea! I'm following you now, too! :)

      And I just figured out how to add the link in comments, thanks to a tip from the Blogger Meet Up today, so I have to make sure it works!

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