Wednesday, December 30, 2015

New Year's Resolutions… A Blog Link Up!

Happy New Year!  My Primary Punchbowl blogging buddies Jayme from Teach Talk Inspire and Diana from My Day in K have created this super fun New Year's Resolutions Blogging Link-up.  We are sharing resolutions for the new year in school, our personal lives, and for our blogs.  What a fun way to share what's on our hearts for this new year and to get inspired, right?  I mean, let's face it, I always read everyone else's resolutions and think "Why didn't I think of that?"  Here's hoping we can bring you some inspiration!

This January I will venture into the world of student teaching for the first time in my 15 year teaching career.  I've enjoyed spending two years at home with my children while we lived in the Bahamas.  Now we are back home in Washington.  Now it's back to reality.  There aren't any full-time teaching jobs in January so I will spend the rest of this year subbing.  Wish me luck!  I vow to be brave!  :)

As I stated above we have just moved back from the Bahamas.  We spent two years there for my husband's job.  Now we are back home in the Seattle area.  December has been a whirlwind.  We left the Bahamas on December 13.  Since then we have found a house to rent, moved in, and are trying to find our new normal.  We are still awaiting our sea shipment of our goods.  It's expected at the end of January.  It's coming through the Panama Canal and is taking FOREVER!  It leaves Panama on January 5.  So we've had our air shipment delivered and our storage delivered.  Then Christmas came.  Can I just say we've been living with lots of boxes??  Suri is registered for school and starts in January.  She can't wait to make some friends.  My husband is settling back into work.  My son and I are still working on finding our routine.  He was in school in the Bahamas but won't be here unless I get a full-time sub job.  We are hoping to keep him happy and busy with story times at the library, classes at the Y, trips to the zoo, children's museum, etc…  So that's my personal resolution.  Help everyone get settled and into their routine.

My poor blog has been so neglected lately.  I shifted into move mode in November and never looked back.  I need to commit to blogging.  My resolution for this new year is to blog at least 2 times a week.  I have lots of ideas to share and love to blog so it's time to get things rolling!

Happy New Year!


Thursday, November 26, 2015

Creating Peace Through Peace Talks

Today I blogged over at The Primary Punchbowl.  It's a new primary collaborative blog.  Have you checked it out yet?  If not, definitely pop on over and see who we are and find some great ideas and resources.
I blogged about creating peace through peace talks.  This is a crazy and hectic time of the year.  Can you imagine a peaceful classroom for the month of December and all other months after that?  Interested in finding out more?  Click the picture to hop on over and read all about peace conferences.

Wishing you a peaceful December!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Five for Friday ~November 13



I'm so happy to be back and be linking up with Kacey from Doodlebugs Teaching for her fabulous Five for Friday linky party.  I've been so busy lately that I've missed blogging and linking up on Fridays to see what all my friends are up to.  What am I up to?  MOVING!  We are officially at 30 days until we fly home to Seattle.  Our two years here have flown by!  So much to do in the next 30 days but this morning I pause and reflect on my week...

Tuesday night I went to dinner with a dear friend.  Our boys look like twins and attend Montessori together.  We have become very close and I'm going to miss her dearly.  On Tuesday night we headed out to our favorite meeting place for dinner and drinks... and we decided to order dessert too!  It's a newer restaurant that is right on the beach.  Check out our view of the sunset!

Here's the two of us.  Note... we are not good selfie takers.  This was like our 6th attempt.  :)

My husband had Wednesday and Thursday off.  We started cleaning and purging. 
Decluttering is an important first step to take when preparing for a move. Not sure how to get started? Here's how to declutter your place.:

Hello magic eraser I LOVE you!  When we moved in Levi was 2.  He had a lot of fun coloring our walls and doors for us to help us feel at home here.  Now comes the job of scrubbing it all off.

A friend of mine back home messaged me a couple weeks back asking if I have any money games.  I said of course, I'll email them to you.  Ummm.... no I didn't.  So I've been busy creating money games.  I made Piggy Bank SPLAT!  SPLAT is a fun matching game played similar to slap jack.  I made it in color and in black and white.  There are 2 full games.  The first game has 36 coin combinations with matching numeral form cards for combinations up to 50 cents.  The second game has 36 coin combinations with matching numeral form cards for combinations of 50 cents to $1.  Both also come in black and white.  If you're in need of math stations or small group instruction activities for money click the picture to head to my store to check it out.

I also made Money Go Fish.  This game comes in color and black and white as well.  There are a full set of games for coin combinations up to 50 cents and another full set for coin combinations up to $1.  A full set is comprised of 4 games in color and 2 in black and white.  Click the picture to read more about it in my store.

Sunday I'm going to a tea party with a couple girlfriends of mine.  We are so excited.  Note that the invitation says hats and gloves are mandatory!  Luckily a friend of mine has 2 hats that 2 of us are going to borrow.  I'm hoping to find some gloves tomorrow.  Now I just have to figure out what to wear...

As I stated above we are now on our last 30 days here in the Bahamas.  I've decided to celebrate and honor our time here by sharing my favorite memories from our two years here over the next 30 days.  I will be sharing these memories on facebook and instagram.  If you don't follow me on instagram you can follow me here.  If you don't follow me on facebook you can follow me here.  To kick off 30 days of memories here is day 1:

We spent Christmas Eve on the beach our first year here.  We had just moved out of temporary housing and into our home a couple days before.  Things were finally improving and we were beginning to feel happy to be in the Bahamas.  Where else can you spend Christmas Eve in the ocean and on the beach?  A Christmas Eve we won't ever forget!

Happy Friday Everyone!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Currently November 2015

  It's hard to believe it's November already.  We had a very nice Halloween here.  It was our last one in the Bahamas and we enjoyed the fact that it was warm and we were sweating in our costumes.  Next year we will be attempting to layer enough clothing under our costumes to stay warm and dry.

We received our date and will be flying home to Seattle on December 13.  Looking forward to being home but in the meantime there is so much to do... including linking up with Farley for her fabulous linky party.  Thank you Farley!

Here's what I'm up to currently...

There is nothing like the sound of the coffee pot brewing your morning cup of coffee.  I add a little bit of cocoa and sprinkle in some pumpkin pie spice.  Top it off with some milk.... and perfection!

Can I just say that I LOVE Stitch Fix?  When living abroad shopping is very challenging.  You have to either guess and order online (and deal with trying to return it when it isn't right) or wait and cram it in when you are visiting the US... no easy feat when you have two kids.  Stitch Fix has been just what I needed.  I lucked out and got a great stylist who really seems to understand my style but yet still pushes me to try new styles.  My last 2 fixes have been fall and winter clothes for when I return home to Seattle.  I don't even remember what is in storage from 2 years ago.  I now have some fun pieces to pack in my suitcases to last me 10-14 days while I wait for our storage to be delivered.  My next fix is due next week.  It'll be my last one before I move.  I did request a fun outfit to celebrate my birthday in for this month's fix... I'm turning the big 4-0!

So we are shifting into moving mode.  I am going to schedule the movers to pack us out December 3 and 4th.  I purged my daughter's room and closet the past two days.  Today I'm on to our master bedroom.  It's going to take a few days I think.  Making lists, organizing, purging, all what I call moving prep stage 1.

Both of our community pools are undergoing repairs.  I'm so sad.  I miss hanging out at our beautiful pools.  We won't swim in our community pools again before we move.  Looking forward to swimming at Atlantis in December if it stays warm enough.  We will stay there for 10 days after the movers pack us out.... so excited!!!!!

We are trying to find a home to rent when we return to Seattle.  First house we found we found it too early and the owner was able to rent it out before we returned home.  Second house turned out to be a rental scam.  Third house we love but there is already an application on it.  It's a terrible time of the year to be looking.  There just isn't much out there.  Praying we don't end up in an apartment...

When I think of Thanksgiving and everything delicious on the table I think of my mom's stuffing.  Growing up I spent Thanksgiving morning toasting and cutting loaves of bread into cubes for the stuffing.  The recipe is from my great grandmother and I have yet to eat stuffing that I find equally delicious... but I could be biased.  :)


Friday, October 30, 2015

Letting go and going with the flow...

Well, I had plans to post every day this week about the fun projects I was doing with my kids to get them in the Halloween spirit and to bring a little Fall fun to our home.  Then...
*there were impromptu playdates
*the a/c broke upstairs
*school fees had to be paid
*travel funding came through and arrangements had to be made
*my little man just wanted to play

Life, life is what happened.  Sometimes I just have to remember that I have to let go of all the "plans" and just go with the flow.

I asked my little man if he had a fun week home with momma.  His response was "Yes!  The best week ever!"  What did we do?  We played.  We played with friends.  We played at the park.  We played transformers.  We played restaurant.  We went for stick hunts.  We built a fort.

We didn't get to all my "plans".  But that's ok.  We had fun.  We read all my pumpkin and Halloween theme books I kept from my classroom supply.

We did get to a couple projects.  I posted about one project here.  The other day we helped some neighbor friends out.  They are moving and needed the kids out of the house.  Their kids are the same ages as ours and are really good friends.  We had everyone over here and I pulled out a pumpkin project.  They loved it.  I found the idea by crafts on sea on pinterest.

First I cut up some orange and yellow tissue paper squares and pumpkin outlines from orange construction paper.

Then I grabbed some laminating sheets and opened them.  I laid the pumpkin outlines on the open laminating sheets for each kid and let them go to town filling the pumpkin in with tissue paper squares.  Note... turn off your a/c or heat vents if they are nearby.  Our a/c came on and blew the tissue paper squares everywhere.  :)

When the kids were done filling the tissue paper squares in I closed up the laminating sheet and ran it through the laminator.  Then I trimmed the outline of the pumpkin for the younger two.  My daughter and her friend were able to do their own trimming.

Ta da!  A beautiful stained glass style pumpkin window decoration!

Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Halloween and Pumpkins Week Day 1!

This week is a busy one around here with all the Halloween festivities going on both at my daughter's school and in the community.  Living in the Bahamas, there are no pumpkin patches to go to, but there are lots of fun experiences to be had.  I decided to do some fun Halloween and pumpkin theme activities with my kiddos this week.  My son is on Fall break and my daughter just loves it when I get out the crafts! 

We started by carving our pumpkins on Sunday.  There was a pumpkin carving event for our US community here that the kids were really looking forward to.  After attending last year, we learned to carve the tops off our pumpkins and scoop out the seeds ahead of time.


The finished products...
OK... I have to be honest.  Mom and dad did most of the carving... but everyone had fun anyways.  :)

Then Monday I decided to do a craft with the kiddos.  I remembered I had some of these lying around...
So we got these pumpkins out.  We got out the black construction paper, a couple pairs of scissors and glue sticks.  It was time to make jack-o-lanterns!

First... careful gluing.

Give it a good pat and stick it down.

For Suri I drew her pieces and let her cut them out.  For Levi I had to draw and cut the pieces out for him.

Then it was time to glue the pieces on.

Sadly Levi promptly tore his project to pieces but here's Suri's final project...

Check back tomorrow where I share our pumpkin "stained glass" window projects and a fun Halloween freebie!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Primary Punchbowl Fall Blog Hop

Hello Friends!
Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you are finding lots of great Fall-themed activities and freebies!  Fall is my favorite time of year.  I always look forward to trips to the pumpkin patch, honey crisp apples being in season, the fall colors, and the change in the weather.  I have to admit it's a bit different living in the Bahamas for a couple years without all those things, but we still find ways to celebrate Fall.

Our favorite Fall activities always have to do with leaves.  When I was in the classroom I read Look What I Did With a Leaf every year to my students.

I would then send home a letter having them hunt for leaves and create something out of the leaves they found.  It was a great family project.  I wish I still had pictures of the amazing things my first and second graders did with leaves but I wasn't a blogger back then and the thought never really occurred to me.  *Sigh*

So what do I do with my own children when we are living in the Bahamas and the leaves aren't turning colors?  We make our own leaves with Fall colors!

Fall, leaves, art projects, toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarten

Note:  I did this with a group of toddlers and preschoolers and waiting for the glue to dry wasn't an option.  We opted to use some scotch tape to attach the construction paper to the painting paper.

fall, leaves, art project, toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarten

To celebrate Fall and as a thank you for stopping by on our fabulous Fall Hop I have created a Fall themed freebie full of resources for grades K-2 for you.  I compiled some fun activities from my Short Vowel Pumpkin SPLAT! games and my Candy Corn Theme Fall Math and ELA Pack.  Click on the picture to grab it.

Four fabulous Fall resources are on sale for 50% off for the duration of this hop.  On sale are:

Fall, ELA, Math, no prep, reading, writing, math, Halloween, candy corn, kindergarten, first grade, second grade

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Click any of the pictures to head to my store and grab them for 50% off.  Sale ends at the end of the blog hop on October 17.

I'm giving away a $20 gift certificate to my TpT store so you can stock up on some Fall-themed goodies, or even think ahead and grab some Winter activities.  Enter below to win!

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Thanks for stopping by and click below to keep on hopping.  Happy Fall!