Sunday, November 27, 2011

Take a Smile!

Okay, I've used some of's printables around my school campus (Compliments and Positive Thoughts) in a couple of random places.  At first, I wasn't sure anyone would do anything but look at them cynically and then ignore them, but the the most WONDERFUL thing happened...they started getting torn off!  I was SO EXCITED to see that they were being taken that it literally made my day in hopes that someone else was moved by the effort.

Then today I saw a real simple, "Take a Smile" with happy faces at the bottom.  It was such a CUTE and SIMPLE idea (I love simple--because honestly, who doesn't need a smile from time-to-time just to cheer us up?) that I just had to remake it.  However, I wanted some of nature's sunshine/smiles on it too, so I added a picture I'd found somewhere out in the great digital superhighway at one point in my life.  SUNFLOWERS!

I printed two of them and scored and then cut them and plan to drop some sunshine on someone's day starting TOMORROW!  Here it is for your enjoyment:

Take a Smile

Much love and have a MARVELOUS MONDAY,

Friday, November 25, 2011

Giving Thanks

How is it possible that another Thanksgiving has come and gone.  Wasn't it just the start of another school year?  Didn't I just set up my classroom?
None-the-less and ready or not, the holiday season is upon us.  I couldn't be more thrilled, don't get me wrong.  I am elated that Thanksgiving has come and gone and that Christmas is in the air.  Prove it, you say?  I put my tree up today and it brings me such joy!  I am also looking forward to getting back to my classroom to put up my Christmas Tree and decorations there as well.
Okay, enough of my off topic meanderings.  The point of this posting is to express my gratitude for the blessings that I and my family have been showered with this past year.
First, and nearly the most important, my mom was declared cancer free this year--both after her surgery (single mastectomy) and after her 6 month check up.  Last year at this time, we were so thankful that she was receiving treatment and the future, though we had not lost hope, was unsure.  Not to say that we know what the future brings now, but it sure looks a lot brighter without that horrible growth consuming our every thought.
Second, I am thankful that my husband is home for the holidays this year.  Last year he was home for Thanksgiving Day, but left right afterwards for a seven month deployment to Africa.  He has received confirmation that new orders were coming and that he would be going to the Pensacola area for the next three years, but those weren't in hand yet (he was supposed to go in October and we found out at the end of September) and so we just kept enjoying the time we were getting out of it.  Now it looks like he may not be going until March (though with the Navy, you never can tell when that will change--we're a Hurry Up and Wait kinda family).  GREAT NEWS!  Our FIRST Christmas together as a married couple (of 3 1/2 years) may be approaching.  THAT will be OUTSTANDING!
Third, we have a new member of our family this year.  Bailey, my first born Golden, and Maizey, my rescue Golden had puppies in April.  We kept the first born male from that litter and his name is Kaizey Hiapo.  Kai, meaning the sea in Hawaii and willow tree in another, is what I call him, but the zey is added to form a combination of Bailey and Maizey.  Hiapo is Hawaiian for first male child and is also the middle name of my brother Kori, who was born in Hawaii when we lived there (my dad was stationed there in the Marines).  Isn't he absolutely Golden Deliciousness:
Bailey and Kai sharing a Father and Son moment--SWOON!

Kai at about 7 months and already obsessed with 'retrieving' the ball.

Fourth, my brother Kori and his wife Crystal, welcomed their first child into the world.  His name is Tahlin Isaac and he is just YUMMY to look at (I've only seen pictures as they all live in Michigan, but I've seen a lot of them and trust me, he's a looker)!  They also celebrated their first anniversary and I am very happy for them!
Fifth, my youngest brother Kasey and his wife Pam are expecting their third child and I am SUPER happy for them as well.  They took in one of my puppies (the first puppy-a female) after the Puppertons were born as well.  She is soooo pretty and her name is Ella.  I can't wait to kiss her nose again as I haven't seen her since June (they live in Georgia).
Fifth, I have once again been blessed with the most amazing little munchkins in my classes this year.  I don't know how I get so lucky to get Wonderful McWonderfuls EVERY YEAR, but they again are accompanied by the most superfantabulous parents too.  How is it possible that people get paid to do something that they love SO MUCH?  I am blessed beyond measure!
Sixth, I have been blessed since before my very first memory of them, but I truly have the most amazing family.  They are a group of big-hearted souls, I'll tell ya!  I love them all so very much and I don't know what I would do without any of them.  My sister has been my best friend for decades now and she is one of the lights of my life, for certain!
Seventh, I have the best network/group of friends a girl could ask for (YES, INCLUDING YOU)!  The angels in my life (friends, colleagues, my administrators, neighbors, Bloggers) are truly like an extension of my family and have made all of my challenging experiences this past year or so a LOT easier to endure.  I love them all and owe a bazillion thanks to them for all of their love and support!
Eighth, but certainly along the 'saving the best for last' lines, I am SO VERY thankful for my FAITH.  God provides us with hope when all seems glum  and that hope gives perspective to BELIEVE that the future will hold exactly what it needs to hold at every moment.  

I realize that my "Giving Thanks" comes a day after Thanksgiving, but I assure you, I am thankful EVERY DAY for the multitude of blessings that God has provided me and so it seems fitting that I not say it on my (somewhat neglected) blog on the day of thanks.  

Thank you to all of you, friends of blogland, for everything!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Overwhelmsville 1; Krystal 0

Today was another loooong day, but I DID get to share my posters with my morning group.  They 'got it' and really seemed to enjoy the easy way to think of the parts of speech.  WIN!

However, personal business requires me to have to stay home tomorrow.   I'm sure it's no surprise to anyone just how difficult it is to be away from  our classrooms.  If it's not enough to feel overwhelmed trusting our babies to someone else, there is the infinite amount of work attached to getting ready for a sub.

Unfortunately, I cannot keep my eyes open another second, so I'm going to have to write my sub plans in the morning.  That which doesn't kill us...

Have a great night!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

My Sabbatical is Over!

Wait, I was on a sabbatical?  You mean you thought I'd fallen off of the face of the blogosphere?  NEGATIVE!  I won't go into the myriad of excuses I could conjure up because I think we've all been to Overwhelmville.  And my blogging wasn't the cause nor a contributor.  However, I can say it was certainly missed by me as a creative outlet getaway escape from reality.

SO, after a terribly challenging day from school related events/people/(mis)communications, I'm back.  :)  And BOY did I need to be.  I packed four, yes FOUR bags of things to bring home tonight because I had every intention of taking a mental health day tomorrow.  Because that would show those colleagues, wouldn't it?  Take the day off.  Let a sub come in and teach my plans.  Hope for the best.  Because the only people who have paid the price for said colleagues' (mis)communications so far are the children and my inconveniences (and of course, the poor trees that died in vain).  Why not take the day off, right?  Grrrr, teacher guilt kicking in in 3, 2, 1.

After deciding that the children have already paid a high enough price, I decided to finish something I've started (CHECK) and I'm glad that I did.  If you missed my previous posting with Amy Benjamin's video, I recommend you check it out.  Regardless, I finally finished creating posters that have the basics of her teachings of Parts of Speech.  They are available to you for FREE (my favorite type of printable) below:
A Verb is
An Adjective Is
An Adverb Is
A Preposition Is

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