Tuesday, December 31, 2013

What am I doing?

Y'all, what am I doing?
The clocked has ticked midnight and it is officially 2014. Most people are heading home, going to bed… but me? I'm typing up my January currently… totally normal right? Hm… don't answer that question! Hah! I was going through my usual pre-bed routine…PJs, teeth brushing, blog checking (yes.. this is part of my pre-bed routine…) when I see that Farley has posted her January currently. Well gosh, I knew I had to get mine posted real quick! Can't be late to the first party of the new year!
Alright…glad I got that done!
Now… it is time for sleep… and LOTS of it!
Happy 2014, y'all!

Monday, December 30, 2013

2013 Top Five.

2014 is in TWO days. 
How did 2013 go by so fast?
I thought it would be fun to look back at some of my favorite 2013 memories…My top 5 memories to be exact. Hah!

2013 top 5:
FOOTBALL. #15. National Championship. RTR.

One week. 5 villages. Beautiful people.

Work. Students. Coworkers. Moments.
Love. My. Job.

Beach. Sand. Sunsets.
The beach is my happy place. 

Backstreet Boys concert.
Proof that childhood dreams can still come true.
"You are…my fiiiiiiire."

2014… I'm ready for you. 
Can't wait to see what's in store.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

I have been blessed! (& win a Starbucks gift card!)

Two very simple acts of kindness have been such a huge blessing for me over the past week that I just have to share. 
Photo found on several different websites.
It all started last Sunday when I ran through the Starbucks drive through. When I am in any drive through line I am absolutely oblivious to everything around me. I always use the time I am sitting there to clean, organize, look at my phone, etc. HAH! If anyone ever watches me in a drive through line they probably think I am crazy. It is just 5 minutes of time I HATE to waste. Anyways… back to the story. I pulled up to get my drink and the cashier says, "Your drink has been paid for by the person in front of you. Have a nice day." I respond with… "WHAT? I can't believe this. Are you serious? Wow! I can't believe this. What I blessing. I can't believe this."After about a minute of me rambling to the cashier I take off with a HUGE smile on my face and a happy heart. It took me about 3 minutes to go.."CRAP! I should have been a blessing to the person behind me, too." I blame my forgetfulness on the shock I was in. I know things like that happen… but I didn't think they happened to me. I decided then and there to pay it forward sometime in the near future.

Friday morning I pull into the Chick-fil-a drive through and immediately start using my time sitting still to look at my phone and organize. I get to the front of the line and ONCE AGAIN the cashier says, "Your meal has been paid for by the person in front of you." My response, "NO WAY. This is the second time this has happened in ONE week. How in the world? Gosh, people are so nice. Wow."This time I was prepared and "paid it forward" to the person behind me. I only hope that it made them as happy as the people in front of me made me.

This long story is not to brag about how I got my meal paid for twice this week… Hahah, but to tell all of you how BIG a blessing even the smallest "random act of kindness" can be to others. I have witnessed first hand what a small act of kindness can do to a persons attitude and spirit. 

This year has been a difficult year for myself and my family and the holidays are going to be the worst part. It is SO incredibly cool how God knows that and sends STRANGERS into our lives to be a blessing when we need a blessing most. These two random acts of kindness have inspired and motivated me to share kindness with others ALL year. It is now my mission to be a blessing like others have been a blessing to me. Even though my mission is to be a blessing… I have learned that when you share with others, you are blessed as well.

Be a blessing this holiday season.
I have learned the impact one person can have on another and because of that, I am living my life in a whole different mindset now. I just wish I could find the two strangers who blessed me this week so I could tell them THANK YOU… 
not only for my breakfast… 
but for impacting my life. 

All of you are also a blessing to me, so I would love to send one of you guys a Starbucks gift card. 
All you need to do is comment below one way you have been blessed or one "random act of kindness" you want to do in the future. I can't wait to hear yalls ideas! 

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Exploring Simple Machines

I don't know about you, but I REALLY enjoy teaching science. I hate that both science and social studies are often forgotten or pushed aside because of the emphasis on math and reading. Even though I do understand the importance of reading and math, I also think science and social studies are important! I enjoy making science units/lessons for my students, so when our textbooks didn't go into too much detail covering simple machines... I started investigating and creating. With the holiday CRAZINESS going on right now, I just created a quick mini-book and assessment activity for my students. I also created some posters to display in our classroom during the unit. I have found some GREAT resources online for making this unit hands-on. Check the bottom of this post for a link to my favorite resource!

Simple Machines Mini-Pack: What will you find in this unit?
This pack is made to be a quick and helpful resource for you to use during your simple machines unit. Pair these activities with several interactive activities that can be found online and your students will be able to identify and classify all 6 simple machines.

- 6 Simple machines posters

-Simple machines mini-book

-Simple machines quick check
Like what you see? Check out this mini-pack on TPT.
This set is on sale for 20% until Sunday so if it looks like something you can use… Grab it now! =) 

Edhead's Simple Machine Investigation!

After each type of machine has been discussed, I plan on taking my students to the computer lab to investigate the different type of simple machines using REAL-LIFE examples. Edheads has a great interactive website to use with simple machines. They even provide a worksheet students can complete while they are exploring the website. I cannot wait to introduce this activity to my students next week. I definitely think it will be a hit. I LOVE that students will explore different areas of a house to find real examples of simple machines… Love making those real-life connections. Click the link below to head to the Edhead's website. Make sure to check out their lesson plans and resources.

Y'all have a terrific Saturday! 
The 2 week countdown is ON until Christmas Break.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

WHERE has 2013 gone? December Currently.

I can't say that I'm sad that 2013 is almost over. It hasn't been the kindest to me or my family. I am ready for a new year. A new start. I also can't believe that the school year is almost halfway over. I am enjoying my time with my current kiddos and I know it will be over before we know it. We have done so many fun things in our little classroom this year. I hope that one day I will have the time to type up some blog posts telling you all about everything. 
Those of you that work, have a life, and blog… WOW. I applaud you. I cannot do it. I do vow to try to be better in 2014. 

Currentlys are always a fun quick way to catch up with the blogging world.

Two things you need to know about this currently:

1) I am seriously depressed Alabama won't be making a trip to Pasadena this year. It's seriously my favorite place EVER. I am also depressed we lost to Auburn. Can't win them all I guess! RTR anyways.

2)  A complete and total stranger in the car in front of me bought my Starbucks this morning. I have experienced first hand the impact a simple act of kindness can have on a person and for that I am thankful. 

Now I'm off to read all of yalls Currentlys. Be back soon. I hope!