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Monday, December 30, 2013

New Year, New You, New Me!!!

Happy early New Years!! Hope you are enjoying it with your loved ones! I for one, am sick AGAIN!! WTheck?? My Chalkie sister, Laura from Peace, Love, and First Grade  blogged about it on The Primary Chalkboard and I am going to really try and stay healthy for the remainder of the year. I usually don't get so sick but I feel this year has been my worse since my first year teaching-- and that was a LONG time ago! If you'd like to read up on some tips, please click on the Primary Chalkboard button below to take you there!

So, now the R word:

resolution: the state of quality of being resolute; firm determination; a resolving to do something; a course of action determined or decided on. 

Yes, every year I try to make and keep my resolutions or is that my firm determination and course of action decided on! I think I didn't do too bad last year. One was to create a teaching blog (I did!! You're reading it!) and start TpT (I did that too!!). I didn't quite meet up my expectations to lose that pesky 50 lbs but I think I lost 5 so I consider that a *small* victory. Was probably water weight but hey! Some of my pants are a tad bit looser! LOL! 

I am linking up today with another Chalkie sister, Jessica from First Grade Nest for her

My #1 resolution is to spend MORE time with my family! Sometimes I am sooo busy with school and being a mommy that I don't always get to enjoy them the way other people do. Does that make sense? I am the one behind the scenes making sure everyone/everything is taken care of that you rarely see me sit or eek!! get in a picture! 

Be more organized!!! Right now I feel like our house is in complete bedlam!! Toys are everywhere and clutter consumes me (obviously not the children or DH). I feel like our bedroom which according to Ty Peddington every time I used to watch Extreme Makeover Home Edition should be a place of rest, relaxation, solace. If you look at it now, it looks like a dorm room! We have papers, frames, kid name it! So I think that organization and maybe redecoration may be in order.

I'm hosting another senior intern this year. I am so excited to share this experience with her! I so know what it is like to be in her shoes and want to be as nurturing, helpful, and supportive as I can be for her. I want to set a good example of what a real classroom is like and the successes and challenges she will face in today's classroom. 

I am seriously thinking of becoming a Teacher on Assignment. I love to help other teachers and am creative and knowledgeable in my craft and feel I can really reach out to other teachers. Not that I don't love the kids!!! I REALLY do! They are what keep me going day after day; their hugs, smiles, light bulbs above their heads when they get it, tapping of their pencil when they are in deep thinking! Everything about the kids is satisfying to me. Now, if only the adults who make the BIG decisions about teaching were so easy... 

I would love to have an enjoyable, relaxing home and school life and still create for TpT! 

I have an Activboard and would love to create amazing lessons using it. 

Enjoy the little moments. Sometimes we say we are TOO busy but if you really think about it, if it's that important to you you'd make time for it and anyone! I need to enjoy more of those! Oh, and find better ways to save our money. Don't get me started on our grocery bill! 

Sweets!! or maybe less sweets. I gotta say, a Coke after a looonnggg day is fabulous when that carbonation fizzes my lips or that Reeses cup or five at the faculty meeting. Need to limit those. 

Indian food. One of my BFF's is Indian and I love her but am a little scared to eat curry. I ate it when I was younger but as an adult have shied away from it. So although I've *tried* it, I've yet to experience it as an adult. And I know that not all Indian food has curry! :-)

You know?? With my hubby as a pilot you'd think we jet set every where. Fact is-- we don't!!! This year will be our 10th anniversary. Brian said we are going to France! We shall see!! ;-)

If you'd like to link up with Jessica and this fun linky, please click on the pic below!

Are you also looking for other new blogs for ideas? I'm also linking up with Simply Kinder.

I am always amazed at the creative ideas teachers have and share! Please click on the graphic above to learn some new bloggers! I've already learned a few new ones that I really like! Don't forget to follow them! 

Hope that you and your families have a safe fun New Years! 


  1. I am so happy I found your blog! I am pretty sure we teach in the same district in Florida!

    Mr. Gibbs' Colorful Circus

    1. Yes!! We do! I'm so glad you stopped by!! :-)

  2. I share two of your same goals/resolutions: Blogging more (although my more is once a week) and being more organized. I'm scouring Pinterest for tips :)

    Best of luck to you and Happy New Year!!!

    First Grade Smiles