Thankful Tuesday

I'm linking up with Lucky to Be in First with this WONDERFUL idea. I think this is a great linky because sometimes it's great to let a little of yourself be known by sharing personal things. I am so excited to see what everyone says.

First and FOREMOST, I am so very thankful that I know Jesus Christ. I am so far from perfect and the fact that He allows us to make up for our mistakes and wrong doings and be forgiven is one of those never-ending thank you. I might not thank Him as much as I should, but there is nothing in my life that would have been remotely possible without Him. ;-)

 I am thankful for my sense of humor. Life gets so HARD sometimes and I've been given this wonderful gift of humor to take everything with a smile. As teachers, many people cannot imagine the daily struggles that we endure. The wonderings of how we're going to reach a child, writing up a reply to an aggressively rude parent, leaving your personal issues at the door and slapping a SMILE on your face for your sweet babies, seeing children go home to "empty homes", and such an ENDLESS list. Life can be so hard, but I think we all have this sense of humor to let the small things go. That's what I'm thankful for - being able to drop the worries, drop all the extreme pressures of school and simply not sweating the small things and being HAPPY.

I am very thankful for my family and friends. My friends keep me SANE after my family drive me insane. Seriously. My family is the BEST. They are always there for me when I need them. Personal friends. Work friends. New friends. Old friends. Online friends. I'm very shy in person and it's so relieving to have friends that I can just be myself with. I have so many different types of friends and I love all of them for different reasons.

 My JOB. I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE what I do. Seriously I cannot say it enough. This year, I am almost back to the "old" me. My first 3 years of teaching I learned the type of teacher that I wanted to be. The next two years I ended up in a place that changed my entire attitude towards teaching. I began to hate coming to work. I knew I needed a change and I think I found the perfect place for me. I love getting up in the mornings. I love seeing my kiddos. I just love what I do. I'm pretty sure most of you can relate (I hope ALL of you can), but there aren't many professions, careers, jobs or whatever you want to call it where the employees can say they truly love what they do. With the job, I get so much FREE PD from all these wonderful other teachers around the world.

I do a little bit of everything it seems nowadays. I like crafting which includes dabbling in painting things, scrapbooking, creating wreaths, making things on my Silhouette Cameo {best thing I've purchased TO DATE - and I've had it for 2 years now I think}. I've sewn a little with my scrapbooking and that's fun. I like seeing things that I can create and putting my own spin on them... mostly personal things.

My 6 year old Yorkie. Love her to pieces. Everyone says she is spoiled rotten. Hmmm, I beg to differ.

One of the most thrilling things is getting on a plane, in the car, on a train, on a ship - and just GOING. I absolutely love to travel. I usually talk or can get my friends at some point in our friendship to go on some type of trip. It's one of my specialities. I've been to Jamaica twice, Honduras, Bahamas twice, Key West,  Cozumel (2 or 3 times), Grand Cayman, St. Thomas, Belize, Puerto Rico, Montego Bay and who knows where else within the actual states. I love to GO! Funny thing, I've never been to Vegas or California and everyone in my family has been, but ME. My parents are heading to Aruba December 1st. Family of travelers, huh?

I hope that you will link up and join the fun!

Oh and I almost forgot to let you know about the winner of my Santa Needs a Vacation pack!

Congrats to Andrea! Check your email!

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Five for Friday

SOOOOOOO exhausting this week, but I made IT! Hope you survived it as well. To my week...

We celebrated Thanksgiving this week with a small Charlie Brown-like feast. So much fun.

My sweet kiddos made turkey hats which was a BLAST to make. I like making things, but am not a fan of the process... these were pretty easy. They were inspired by a pic from Miss Kindergarten, I think... not 100% sure that's where I saw it. And of course some "Indian face painting..." I couldn't resist messing their faces up.

One of our Special Ed teachers brought his turkeys to school. MY MY they gobbled up a STORM.

But... really I CANNOT keep CALM.

I was so surprised and not expecting anything because I haven't really talked about  my birthday. I got all these goodies and these CUTE things. I especially love the HUGE apple with all of my kids pictures. It says Happy Birthday Ms. Brown. Also the little book has a little card from each of my babies with what they love about me! LOVE IT!

Lastly, I finished my most FAB pack to date and I'm having a giveaway... 80 pages of literacy based activities. Go ahead and enter. Tell a friend, too!

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Back with a Giveaway...

What have we been up to? A TON! We get the entire week out for Thanksgiving (PTL!) and I am super excited that there are TWO days left this week. Today seemed extremely long.

I am SO ECSTATIC to post up this unit that I have sweated and worked and thought and sweated and worked and GEESH everything OVER. Super excited to post this. I have a few ideas that I may add to it as well. It is posted over on TPT on sale for the next couple of days, BUT if you'd like to win it - the rafflecopter is below. I will be giving away one here and one over on my FB. If you'd like to purchase it now, it will be on sale for $5.00 until the weekend! :-)

Also, I posted the 7th series of my Word Family Mini Units today. The -ad Word Family is up. Get it while it's FREEEEEEEEE!!! The other 6 in the series is $1. Below I have the link to the category of each. Be sure to follow my Facebook page - I post it up there every time that I post a FREEBIE. Go over and like it - you can find my FB page here.

What have we been up to in the room? I cannot show you because I forget to bring my camera in every day to take some real pictures :-/ How sad right? My camera has been in my car for a MONTH! I forgot to take it when we went skating last week too. Bad teacher over here.

Don't forget to join the GIVEAWAY. It ends on my BIRTHDAY next Monday. Enjoy! Love you all!

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