Saturday, March 2, 2013

CURRENTLY it's Saturday ,but I am linking up like it's a FIVE FOR FRIDAY!

Happy Friday Saturday, Friends! ( WARNING: THIS POST IS LONG! My apologies, but stick around to the end for my giveaway! )

Today I am linking up with:
Teaching Maddeness

For Currently and the Friday Link Ups!

First up, fiveforfriday

You know that saying " If you want to make God laugh, start making plans." Yeaaaahhhh, I lived that yesterday.

Fridays are my busiest day at school. I send home my newsletter, the school newsletter, and graded work folder ( I call it a FISH folder- Friday Information Sent Home- gotta keep up the theme) on Friday's. Plus we usually have our comprehension assessment, our spelling assessment, and Project Friday. ( I give short morning work and then we do some sort of project- like the  SNOWMAN STAINED GLASS .) We also have library on top of our regular specials. So yeah, crazy day. But it's one of my faves.

Usually I spend my specials time stuffing folders and writing a quick note about their week in their folders. This time I got it done by the end of library because I knew there would be a new Currently linky as well as my beloved Friday linky, and I wanted to be ready to snatch up that Currently pic ASAP and get blogging! :) So, I sent my peanuts ( minus a few who had some work to finish) to specials feeling pretty good about how on top of things I was. When BAM! ( well, it wasn't loud but it WAS sudden!) the power went out....and went out in about 5 surrounding towns as well....and in our case stayed out...through the end of the day....

About an hour into the power outage our Superintendent sent a message through our electronic phone tree that there was a power outage, that we didn't know how long it would last ,and if parents wanted to come get their children early from school they could. Now, you want to talk crazy, try collecting students from 3 floors of classrooms with no PA or phone system, just walkie talkies. Our secretaries and aides ROCKED IT OUT yesterday doing just that. By the end of the day I walked out with 3 students!

SO! The Hubs, the Peanut, and I road tripped it to Grand Rapids for dinner at the Olive Garden. And then made a stop at Toys R' Us for Peanut to spend a gift card she got for Christmas. While in GR I got a text from my mom saying the power was back on in our neighborhood. I was super happy because it looked like I WOULD get to do the Friday link up and Currently as planned. Got back home, put Peanut to bed, fired up the computer aaaannnnddd NO INTERNET! NO TV!  It seems that it took the cable a while to reset itself. But, this morning it is back and I am super thankful.

WHEW! That was LOOOOOOOOONNNGGG! But it was TOO crazy NOT to share!

So a few pics from the week.

We had ANOTHER snow day Wednesday. ( Sorry Angela!) So the Peanut and I hit up the dollar store where I FINALLY got a touch light to do this:

The kiddo's have had a hard time lately during Station Time remembering that when I am working with friends in a small group I can't answer their questions. So I thought this would be the PERFECT solution. I got this idea from a pin from the LESSON PLAN DIVA ,but not sure where she got the idea from. But let me tell you, it works! No issues when they had this visual.
The new unit we are reading in Open Court is all about Fossils. So this week we " made" fossils of shells. We took clay ( another dollar store purchase) , flattened it out and shoved a shell in it to make an imprint. We are waiting for them to dry before we take it home.

We have been studying forces and motion during science. This week the kiddo's brought in a simple machine for their final project. I am going to share more about this in a later post. This is a simple machine that one of the peanuts made. It is a sandwich cutter!

NOW, onto Currently! ( Are you still with me?) This is a ridiculously long post! Don't say I didn't warn you! :)
LISTENING: Peanut is OBSESSED with princesses and anything girly. She likes to act out and sing along with scenes from her favorites. Like the scene in Sofia where she sings about not being ready to be a Princess. She is so dramatic and kneels down in her princess dress and puts her hand over chest...I'm talking about my kid here, NOT the character! It's crazy and hilarious. I love that she has no inhibition's yet and doesn't get at all embarrassed when I stand there watching her.
LOVING: See above. Ah, first world problems! :)
THINKING: The school peanuts are studying homophones during spelling and I am working on my first ever TPT item that is not going to be a freebie. I want to charge 11teen hundred dollars for it because it is taking so reality it will probably be 2 or 3. :) I now have even MORE respect for those of you who make all these beautiful things for TPT. This is hard work!
WANTING: I have neither the time, nor the inclination if I am being honest, to read anything other than YA fiction. I hate to be one of those people, but I read the Beautiful Creatures series because the movie was coming out. Read the book, then saw the movie. Loved the book, would have liked the movie if it was actually even halfway true to the book. I HATE, HATE, HATE when things get changed in book to movie adaptations and it was COMPLETELY unnecessary. ( I understand they can't include everything but they don't need to change someone's name, something they like to do, or change their personality. That's just someone being on a power trip in movie world. * steps off soapbox*).
NEEDING: Well, I was in the middle of writing this post when my grandma came to stay with Fin so I could go to the gym. On my way back from the gym, my brakes went out! So I guess I should amend that to saying I NEED brakes!
LIKE, LOVE, HATE:  Ok, well since my name is Jean I had to pick J things for this. Jemima J is one of the few adult books I have read ( it's by Jane Green...another J!) that I really super love. I am a Christian so it was a pretty obvious choice on what to put for my J love. :) But I also had to stick the hubs in there too. His middle name is John so it worked. And the hate, I mean, really, who likes a jerk. So that was a pretty easy one too. :)
OK! If you are still with me here. I want to remind you of my giveaway which is ending SUPER SOON! As a celebration of reaching 100 followers I asked a few bloggy friends to help out and got some awesome prizes. You can go TO MY 100 FOLLOWER POST HERE and join in. It ends in 12 hours so hurry up and go! :)
Happy Weekend Friends! Hope yours is off to a better start than mine! :)


  1. I LOVE the "no interrupting" button light! I think I may need to make one soon, too. :) I had to laugh about your "Beautiful Creatures" comment . . . I just finished up the first book and was thinking I need to grab the next books in the series. Hope you have a great weekend.

    1. Yes! The 2nd book takes a bit to get into but once you get going it is really good. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I miss teaching the fossil unit...

    1. It's really just the theme of all the stories but I couldn't pass up the chance to do something fun like that. :)
      Thanks for stopping by.

  3. I like the idea of the No Interruption light button.I think I need to put a string on it and wear it like a necklace. Ha!

    I am with you on needing to go to the gym. I am running a 5K next Saturday and have not jogged in two weeks. I don't know about you, but I am EXHAUSTED when I get home. The gym is the last thing on my mind!!

    Mrs. Christy’s Leaping Loopers 

    1. Christy,
      I try to go 3-4 times a week. I am definitely not in shape but I got back to the weight that I was before I had my daughter this past summer and that felt so great. Gotta keep going! Good Luck on your 5K!

  4. Hi Jean,
    SO glad I found you and am now your newest follower. So sorry to hear about your brakes...but I'm glad you are alright. Love your Love - Jesus!!! I had to come up with 'v' words that was fun...LOL
    Traditions, Laughter and Happily Ever After

    1. OH! V is a tough one! LOL!
      Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Back again, Jean! :) Reading YA fiction isn't a bad thing - gets you in the groove of what your kiddos might like! Our power went out during the middle of the Biggest Loser and you would have thought the world was ending... I'm so used to internet, tv, phone, etc. that when it's gone, I don't know what to do with myself! Glad someone else is in the same boat ;)

    The no interrupting light is probably one of the smartest things I've ever seen a teacher do. I've also seen it where the teacher where's a hat, and when that hat is on... no questions!! I love it.

    Miss V's Busy Bees

    1. Hi again Sara! :)
      I already wear a pair of crazy glasses during station time so I can spot kids reading, writing, listening, and working with words. I think a hat would just push them over the edge! LOL!

  6. Wow! Crazy Friday!! Holy cow! I'm not sure what to say but I think I would have been a nervous wreck with all that craziness! It sounds like you and your school handled it really well!!

    (Olive Garden is my ABSOLUTE favorite!!)

    Awww, I missed out on donating to your giveaway! Booo! I'm gonna try to win it though! ;O)
    Collaboration Cuties

    1. Next time Amanda! :) I'm excited to see who my winners are. :)Thanks for stopping by!

  7. My little one loves Sophia, too.

    It is crazy how dependent we are on electricity! I hope your weekend is less eventful!

    Suntans and Lesson Plans

  8. Another snow day?! COME ON!!!!! There is a slight glimmer of hope for me on Tuesday. We still haven't had ONE this year :(
    No power at school?? That's CrAzY!
    And STOP it with that "No Interrupting" lights. I JUST got one this weekend to do the same thing!

    Wish you lived closer... I'd share my GS cookies with you (even the Caramel Delites!)
    Angela :)
    Hippo Hooray for Second Grade!

    1. CREEPY! We are the same!!! :)

      I cant BELIEVE you didn't have a snow day on that Wednesday. I would have been MORE than happy to have given you some of ours....12 is ridiculous!


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