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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Connecticut :)

We are settling into our new home rather well. I love the area and my commute to work is 6 minutes AND no traffic - yippee!

We finished packing up our house, ate lunch, said our good-byes and began our journey. It took us 22 hours to drive ALL they way from Florida to Connecticut. Moving trucks are rather slow and the uphills were a killer on gas. My husband drove the moving truck with our 2 dogs and I drove our Prius with the 2 cats, 1 rabbit and yes, the found kitten. I just couldn't give her away. Everyone has their own kennel and we stopped over night on the 1st day because we were well beyond exhausted. Thank you Red Roof Inn - they allowed us to stay with ALL of our fur-kids. :)
Always in someone's way! This is our junk mail basket.

Here are some pictures of my classroom this year.
I saw this cute saying on Pinterest and I am fortunate enough to have a very artistic husband, he made the gum ball machine for me.
This bulletin board is to display the students work!

This was the first day the school was open to the teachers - it's much more colorful now!

our Kinder playground

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Found Kitten...I'm foster mommy!

With everything going on in our lives I have 1 more event to add :)

On June 4th, my mother-in-law found this tiny kitten in the middle of the road. She weighed less than a pound, had worms and her left eye looked yucky (respiratory infection) :(. She would not eat and had an upset tummy. (4 weeks old)


Here she is a week later...
For some weird reason she REALLY enjoyed sleeping in the groove/track of the glass door. She was eating more and becoming more active....then all of a sudden blood appeared in her stool. (ouch/yuck). (5 weeks old)

Here she is 2 weeks later...doing much better - antibiotics seem to be working! No more blood in her stool and as you can see she's rather brave :). Here she is with our cats (L: Roxy, R: Jackson). (6 weeks old)

In 2 more weeks she will be going to her "fur-ever" home (hopefully). I am VERY sad about giving her away. I know the people will take good care of her, but this is my 1st foster kitten and I don't know if I can do this again. It's hard not to grow attached to her...she has been through a lot in her short life. I know giving her away opens the opportunity for us to help another one, but man oh man....it's VERY tough.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Wow!!! New and exciting things are happening for us :)

I know...I know... I have been MIA for quite some time! I started grad school this August and it life has been a bit hectic. I don't know how people do it (work, school, families). During this time, my husband applied to Graduate schools for his Doctoral Degree. I'm VERY excited to announce that he was accepted at UCONN! (Go Huskies) We will be moving there this summer.

We went to visit Connecticut and the campus in May. We're in love! The town we will be living in only has 12,000 people! They have many state parks, lakes and trails. We cannot wait to begin our new adventure. 

During these months, I have been applying to many towns. Unlike, Florida, each town in Connecticut has it's own public school system. I applied to 13 towns and waited...and waited...and finally received a call for an introductory interview. 

Due to us still living in Florida (and the school year ending) I had to opt for a phone interview. It went ok...but no call back. :( I was pretty bummed. However, I knew that getting a job in new state would be quite difficult and was preparing myself for the substituting world. The same day I get an email from a school IN the town we're going to live in. I was jumping for joy, but then I found out that they wanted to interview me in person. Fortunately the interview dates were after school was out! I hopped on a plane and after flight delays, flight cancellations, flight changes and the car rental place being closed...I arrived in Connecticut. 

The interview was a bit nerve wrecking. I was interviewed by 3 members and even though I only had 4 hours of sleep, I felt the interview went quite well. :) In less than 24 hours I flew from Jacksonville to Connecticut and back! It was all worth it too, because....I GOT THE JOB!
WOOT, WOOT!!!!!




Sunday, November 25, 2012

The Liebster Award

WOO!  I have been nominated for the Liebster Award!  This award is for new bloggers with less than 200 followers and it helps bloggers find new blogsThank you to Wild About Firsties! for this nomination!!

1. How long have you been teaching? 

This is my 9th year teaching

2. Who is your favorite author? 

Mo Williems for my class, personally Howard Zinn

3. What is your favorite subject to teach? 

I love to teach writing, even though it can be stressful at times.

4. Do you have a special talent? 

Hmmm...I'm super organized and I am fluent in Spanish.

5.  What do you do when you are not teaching? 

REST, cycle, watch football and hangout with my hubby and our furry kids.

6. What is your favorite movie? 

10 Things I hate About You

7. How long have you been blogging? 

Since February 2011

8. What are your plans for Christmas this year? 

Rest and relax, fix our roof and spend time with our families

9. What websites do you visit most often? 

Facebook, LOTS of Blogs, UNF and TpT

10. Do you have children of your own? 

Nope - still debating

11. If you could travel anywhere, where would it be? 

Africa

Here are 11 random things about ME!

1. I have 1 brother
2. I do NOT like living in Florida
3. I LOVE to dance!
4. I love celebrating my birthday
5. I started my master's this August
6. I support equality for everyone 
7. I read ALL of the Twilight books...yes, I'm a nerd!
8. I plan to open an animal rescue shelter...someday
9. I enjoy training in Wing Chun (Kung Fu)
10. I "pawsitively" adore my animals (2 dogs, 2 cats, 1 rabbit and fish)
11. I love, love, love cheese!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Kindergarten Common Core

I have spent countless hours on Pinterest, Teachers Pay Teachers, blogs, etc... trying to find lots of resources so that I can implement the Kindergarten Common Core Standards. Alas! I have found everything I need in one book! I just downloaded the sample, and I'm in love. I emailed my team and principal the link to this awesome resource. I'm hoping they will agree to purchase this!  Head on over to their website and check it out!



Saturday, August 4, 2012

Beginning of the year...

Well, I started working in my room on Thursday...it's coming along. I went back yesterday and today...AND NO A/C! AHHHHH, it's too hot in Florida to work in your classroom without a/c. Holy moly!

Here are some Freebies.
Student Info Sheet
2102-2013 Overview

Ready Confetti
I can't remember where I originally got this cute idea :/. I've seen it on some blogs here and there. Here is the poem. It's in word, so you can edit as needed :). 
Bags - Michael's (100 for $2.63 with 20% coupon)
Confetti - Dollar Tree (ballons & stars) 3 packs made 18 bags (about a tablespoon of confetti. Yes, I measured :P)