Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Summer Catchin' Up Bloggin'

I have been trying to blog in between here and there, literally going here and there. And for an introvert, this schedule is not good.. I need a home base to recharge! Well maybe it's more like re-grounding. I need structure, I need schedules, I need a plan. Maybe that's why I teach, it provides me that framework.

Okay, Now I know it it is not Monday, but I did start this on Monday,
 2 weeks ago! 
AND I know that this says week 4 and I'm still on week 2 and 3, 
which I also started on week 2 and 3! 
So I'm not sure that makes me technically behind, 
but maybe thorough, 
or persistent, 
or just plain late! 

Here is me joining in the fun with Teaching Tribune's "Summer Bloggin" Link up
and asking for a little grace.

 Summer Bloggin' Link

I have been on vacation, well at least out of school, for a week and I am finally getting a chance to sit, with my feet up with my lap top and joining in on all the linky parties and bloggin' that I have spent time reading. Hey, I'm not going to lie, but I am somewhat intimidated by some of the awesome blogs out there. But I think you just have to jump in, be yourself, and enjoy it. So I am going to work on that this summer.

One of my 'projects' this summer is to tackle this.
I  know I am not the only one that brought stuff home to organize purge.

I need to be able to stash things in a convenient way...
a way in which I will be able to quickly find lay my hands on THE item when it is needed.
I have been reading a lot of the various tips you all have been posting; Such great ideas, and so much classroom space! But I am still searching for what will work for me. Right now I'm thinking about sorting things by subject, theme or month...or maybe by task regardless of theme.  Yikes some of this is reeaally old. Why do I hang on to every piece of paper? Purple dittos do not copy well!  And these aren't even mine! 
I've never actually used mimeograph machines as a teacher. 
Ok I know some most of you don't even know what the heck I'm talking about! 

I dropped in my favorite Dollar Store 
(Not all Dollar Stores are alike!) and was so excited. 
I found the little containers I missed out on last year. 
And in many assorted (5 different) colors.
I am a color container hoarder.
I bought a class set - 2X12=24 and I am going to use them for individual crayon containers.
Notice the easy to handle snap lock sides!
No more boxes opening at the wrong end, 
zip lock bags leaking crayons 'cuz they didn't get ''zipped-locked".
My first thought is to put all four of the same color at a table, 
but what if I move kids around,
 which is bound to happen.
So I'm thinking I'll start the year with each little at a table will have a different color,
so it will be easy to ID whose crayons are whose.

They also had a sandwich size and
this deep one that is tall enough to hold a icing container and still put the lid on.
Perfect for my magnet center.
By the way the container fit perfect in the small baking pan
so no more sliding.

Thanks for stopping in,
Wishes for a great, restful summer!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

June Currently...Lately

School's Out...My Birthday is Here... It must be Summer!
Yeah! But as I look at the calendar, how is June half over? 

I am not going to panic that the summer is almost over. 
After all I have just finished (school was out on Wednesday) 
and checked out (Packed up in 2 days and was out the door by 3:00 on Friday).

Today was my birthday, and using one of my wonderful gift cards from a a very giving parent, my hubby took me out to dinner. I am soooo stuffed. My sister-in-law and her hubby joined us and it was fun catching up with her.

So I finally have time to fill out my June Currently.
It's never to late is it?
Well I guess if it is July it would be late.

I have been listening to a lot of HGTV as I am planning on redoing the bedrooms upstairs. I need to make room for my granddaughter so I thought it could double as a guest room and maybe a space for an office. It currently is Pepto Bismo Pink and is in desperate need of a redo.

Today is my Birthday and I was surprised that I woke up to FB birthday greetings from so many friends. And they kept coming all day. WOW! It was nice to hear from friends I haven't heard from for a while too.

It's nothing like a birthday to remind you how blessed you truly are. I have my health, family, friends, and a great job. My husband is recovering from surgery quickly. My kids have full-time jobs they like. My first granddaughter is growing into a super fun little person. God has been good to us.

I know I said all year that the year was speeding by and the the summer appears to be continuing the trend. I would like to stop, take a breath , and regroup for a short moment. I already have a full schedule, not including the plans to organize and get a jump on next year. I am tutoring, overseeing a Math Club once a week for the summer campers at school, and baby sitting twice a week. I also have 3 seminars to take at the local college that I am so excited about. And of course the TPT Convention which will be sooo fun! I hope to see many of you there.

I need some cute summer clothes! I have plenty of knockin' around, don't let anyone see me clothes that I hang out in.  But not going out to lunch with a friend clothes. Many friends are having wedding showers or baby showers or little get togethers and I need some "Oh don't you look nice!" clothes.

I love reading and as many of you have also said, I don't have time to read during the school year. I read a wide variety of books; mysteries, romance, educational, historical, fiction and non-fiction. I also want o freshen up the look of my house. And my yard needs trimming. I'm not a gardner! I kill silk plants.
But since my husband had surgery, it falls to me and the tall things that aren't flowers should probably be pulled out. If I don't do it soon my little doggie might get lost out there.

Well there you go. A little about my plans. Now I'm going to go and check out some of your post and see what you all are doing this summer.

If you want to link up go to Farley's Blog 
June Currently and meet some new friends

Meanwhile I am going to do better at blogging, so I hope you come by often.