Sunday, August 3, 2014

Back to School Sale!

It seems impossible for it to almost be over already!  I hope you all had some time of refreshing your soul, laughing till you wet your pants, and quality time with your family and friends!  I know I did all these things... I find myself overwhelmed with love and gratefulness for summer time...
What better way to sing the blues than with a sale! TPT is throwing a sale and we have an additional 20% off our whole store. In addition you have a chance to win a FREE unit. Leave a comment on our FB page and you will be entered to win. 
Happy shopping!!  I know my cart is filled with some amazing items!!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The Move!

I guess you have heard by now I am moving to second grade.... This comes as "bitter sweet". Soooo excited to teach second grade, and yet sad to leave my pre-school buddies! However, it is time to move and of course Liz wants me to blog every step of the way.... So here goes!

I'm back!!!!! My old classroom across the street that is! 9 years ago when my very own babies were just 4 - I was in this same classroom teaching K4! My theme was Honey Bear Lane and it was filled with bees and bears! Many years later and several grade changes I find myself back in my old stomping ground... And loving every minute of it! 
So we ( my kids and I - I believe strongly in child labor! ) began the project of tearing down bulletin board paper, and cleaning and painting bookshelves! With the help of our fabulous maintenance crew the floors are now spotless, and the walls are a fresh, crisp white! It might be a tad bit on the smaller side... But it is already feeling like home and I am in Heaven! 
When I walked in 
These are the before and after painting pictures!!  
I will reveal my theme in my next blog. 

Restore my soul...

The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want. 
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness 
For His name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley
Of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil,
For you are with me;
Your rod and staff they comfort me,
You prepare a table before me 
In the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil; 
My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall
Follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
So it is five o'clock in the morning and I am wide awake! And anyone who knows me, knows that is a problem! You see this girl can sleep any time, any where, morning, noon, and night... I love my sleep! But every so often I find  God gives me a stirring and for a few nights now it has been happening in my heart. So instead of paper to pen... I am on my I-pad (Liz is going to be so proud)! You see I am on vacation with my family in the Keys... Our family has a beautiful home on the water and has generously given it to us for the week. This is our 4th night here and I told our Uncle Tom we had only one small problem we may NEVER leave! And as I was laying in bed thinking about the past few days... I found myself so thankful and grateful for this time here... The words Rest, Rejuvenate, Restore, and Replenish all came to mind. I think as teachers we are equal to professional athletes in some ways... We give it our all... Like athletes who take the field we leave everything out there. Daily we go into our classrooms and whether it's K4 or High School we pour into these students everything we have for that season and when the year is over and the race is finished we are mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually exhausted! 
And that is just our professional life! Unlike every little one I've ever taught thinks... I actually do not live at school! Now mind you, I adore, love and cherish my role as a teacher. I think you have to... Or why on earth would you do it? I love that I can look at my life as a mom, wife, daughter, sister, friend, and teacher and know that without a doubt I am EXACTLY where God wants me to be... I find great peace and joy in that. 
However, my cup was empty on arriving in the Keys this year... And needed desperately to be filled... And as I began each morning looking out over the beautiful view of the still water my cup began to fill...As we snorkeled in the ocean seeing his amazing filled a little more.... As sweet Key deer came up to us and ate apples from the palm of our hands...a little more.... As I watched my children laugh  and play Jenga and Apples to Apples without a care in the world...even more...As my hubby and I walked hand in filled.... And as I  sit here writing this with tears streaming down my cup runneth over. 
Thank you for your peace that only You can give, thank you for your love that You give so abundantly, and thank you Jesus for the complete Restoration of my soul.
Forever yours,

The view from my resting, rejuvenating, restoring, and replenishing spot. 

Monday, June 30, 2014

Time to reflect

Don't you love summer??  A time to slow down and do things you want. I love being able to keep up on housework and play an extra game with my kids. Most of all I love being able to have time to read!  I found this picture of my bestie and preschool pal giving a devotional in my class...such a precious moment. 
We give of ourselves all year to our students and their families!  We pour all we have into our little ones. I pray that each of you take time to reflect on what you are thankful for and those moments In the year that change you for the better. 
I am grateful for my friend Kim and all she has given to me as a friend, a mom, and as a professional. I thank my God upon every rememberance of her.  Kim has been given a wonderful opportunity to teach 2nd grade next year!  She is so excited and any who know her know she is one of the most amazing teachers ever! We will not change our name but can't wait to add some second grade goodies to our store!  
Have a wonderful week! 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Techie Tuesday

Did you know that walmart now takes Publix BOGOS. Well on this techie Tuesday I would like to share another favorite app of mine it's called Flipp and inside you will find any flyer that you need and you can take that to Walmart and show them the Publix flier!!  AMAZING!
Doesn't every girl love a deal?  Of course now that it's summer I can go to different stores to get the good deals instead of during the year when I do one stop shop. I have to be honest with you Walmart is not my favorite place to go but when the deals are this good it's too hard to resist!!  Happy shopping!  If any of you have a great app you would love to share please post a comment. 

Monday, June 23, 2014

New App we love!

Do you like the show Shark Tank as much as we do???  My newest favorite app was just featured on the show. Groovebook is an app that you can load 100 pictures from your phone and have them put in a book. I want to organize my room this summer with picture labels. 100 pictures for $2.99!  I love a great deal!!  Also, at the beginning of the year when you need tons of pictures of each child, this is a great deal!  Hope you all love it as much as I do. 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Charleston or BUST!

Do you remember the game?..."On my way to Charleston, South Carolina for the Early Childhood Summit I brought my....2 Preschool Pals buddy, a dead battery 5 hours in, and my Starbucks gift cards !! 
Well...we finally made it to one of our new favorite places in life... Charleston! The conference has been Amazing and we are beyond excited about implementing all of our new wonderful ideas, and we've only been out of school for two weeks! From meeting Dr. Jean and learning EVEN MORE ideas and hearing her heart on the importance of oral language to Vanessa Levin who is getting us organized for the new year! We loved her "picture perfect" idea for showing the students how a center should look during clean up time! Sam Williams was another presenter who showed us numerous ways of how to use Math manipulatives appropriately in our classroom! One great example was to turn cookie sheets into 10 frames with magnets! Or how bout' converting shoe laces into a number line. 
The ideas are just pouring out as we talk about all of the new creative ways we are going to start our year... And we still have another day to go!! We will blog again soon! Happy Summer from 2 preschool pals... Liz and Kim