2014 Recap

Looking back at 2014.
I has been a year! Before jumping head first into 2015, I thought I would reflect on the past 12 months.
Here are the highlights….

J (my husband) and I rang in the new year with our best friends in downtown Roswell. The night was crazy, and we felt it the next day.  We also had our first snow day of the year in January. If you watched the news, you know it shut down Atlanta. I couldn’t make it home, but luckily my best-teacher-friend took me in for a few days.

Our little puppy turned ONE! We also had a few more snow days. This time we were a bit more prepared, and I got to spend the snow days with my pup and J. My best-teacher-friend also won Teacher of the Year! So proud of her!

One of my best friends, Katie, said “I do!” Her wedding was beautiful, and so was she.

For spring break J and I went to Riviera Maya in Mexico. It was very relaxing! Although, we never ventured away from the resort, we did some fun things on the resort. Not to mention, our room had a swim up pool, amazing!

May brought on the end of the school year and my birthday. We celebrated the big 2-8 with my close friends and sushi!

I went on a week long mission trip called Blue Skies. See my post about this incredible organization HERE. In short, Blue Skies provided families with childhood cancer a week long vacation filled with fun and happy memories.  My best friend Emily was the party planner for the week, and I was her assistant. Check out some of the awesome parties we set up.

I spent July crafting and enjoying summer. J and I took Rosie to the Chattahoochee river one afternoon. This was her first time swimming. She loved it! One of my besties and college roomies came for a visit in July. Jessi = FUN and indeed we had fun!

Back to school I went. This year I am doing an inspired classroom (what’s that? Read about it HERE), and the students got right to work on the computers on day 2!

In September we went to the MOON! To wrap up our unit on space we pretended to be astronauts for the day and blasted off to the moon. The day was filled with educational, yet fun, activities… including making the phases of the moon using Oreos!

I also celebrated a big milestone on TPT! I couldn’t have done it without all of my followers! I love you all and appreciate your support!


J and I celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary. We celebrated with sushi and visiting a pumpkin patch! Rosie loved the little pumpkins we came home with.

We were very thankful for all of our blessings this year! One blessing arrived the day before Thanksgiving. My best friend, Emily, had her first child! Parker is an adorable, healthy baby boy.

We are lucky that both our families live close to us. We started Thanksgiving with my family and then mid-afternoon we went to have dinner with his family. Yes, two Thanksgiving meals! Maybe that is why my pants are so tight now.

I can’t believe we are already halfway through the school year and halfway through with winter break! I have enjoyed it though. We started break by going to Nashville to see one of J’s fraternity brothers get married. We spent Christmas Eve and Christmas morning with J’s family, then went to see my family in the afternoon. J really spoiled me. One of my favorite gifts were the new stools for my classroom (see picture below). The day after Christmas we went to South Carolina to visit J's grandma, aunts, uncles, and cousins. We had a great trip and enjoyed every minute with his extended family.

It has been quite a year and I can’t wait to see what 2015 holds for J, Rosie and I.

December Currently

Finally, it is December. I love December! There is so much fun to be had this month... starting with Oh' Boy 4th Grade's Currently!

Listening: The Christmas music starts the day after Thanksgiving for me. I love Mariah Carey and the classics of course. What are some other good artists? I need some new music.

Loving: I love December. Cold weather means scarves, boots, and vests. I love all 3! It also means there is a lot of fun to be had at school. We have Polar Express Day, holiday concerts, winter parties, and the Hour of Code (what’s that? check it out HERE!).

Thinking: Ok, ok.. so I survived the first day back after Thanksgiving break. We got all of last week off. So, after a week off I am already counting down the days till my next break? YES!! I loved sleeping late (ok till about 7:30), catching up on reading, cooking, relaxing, and not doing work. LOVE IT!

Wanting: How can any teacher resist the TPT Cyber Monday Sale???

Needing: Most of my Christmas shopping is done and the presents are wrapped, but there are still a few gifts I am waiting on to arrive and some I need to purchase. Anybody have good ideas for my dad?

Giving: My coworker (Jill) and I decided what we are giving our kids this year. We decided to do the same thing as last year. J We are giving each kid a dry erase board, marker, and a $1 book from Scholastic. Jill just went and got the boards from Lowes, 48 boards (12” by 8”) for $16! I will post pictures of them later this month, once I finish personalizing them. J