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Sunday, December 4, 2016

In LIFE...there is NO "DO OVER"

Happy Holidays, my friends!

I just spent 2 1/2 HOURS...yes, hours...
putting up our
CHIRSTMAS  TREE!


Wendy....
WHY SO LONG?
Because.  

My Christmas tree is NOT a 
MARTHA STEWART tree.

It doesn't match.
It doesn't have a "theme".

It is MY  family's legacy.
It is a timeline of our life.
AND I CHERISH EVERY MOMENT!

I cried.
I giggled.
I remembered moments from years past.

My hubby kept coming into the living room
wondering what was taking so long.

Then...he would look an an ornament and say..
"Do you remember...?"
Yes!  I DO!

As I look through the ornament box,
my heart swells with happiness.
THAT, my friends, is what 
CHRISTMAS is ALL about.

I collect ornaments! 
I search them out EVERYWHERE we go!
I buy them for MY kids and MY grandkids!
ALWAYS...date the back! 
Doesn't seem important now...IT WILL BE LATER!
If you can't find ornaments...key chains work fantastic!
Scavenge the "AFTER CHRISTMAS" sales!
Christmas boutiques, & craft sales!
It's about a memory.
I never want to FORGET!

IN  LIFE...there is NO "DO OVER".
There are "second chances"...but they are
DIFFERENT!

Here is a little "smattering" of my 
Christmas Tree!

A cruise hubby & I took to the Caribbean.
The first ship I had ever been on!

After 10 months on fertility drugs...BABY on the way!
This was the first ornament I ever bought with a baby on it!
We didn't know if it was a boy or girl.
Ended up being twin boys! 
32 years ago & still cry at this one!
Happy tears!


Yes...I have the first 5 years for ALL of my kids!
We are blessed with 4 kids & 5 grandchildren.


Hubby's FAVORITE!
JAWS FAN!



A trip to EUROPE with my mom & sisters!
4 California girls to England, Ireland, & Scotland!
We found our ancestor's farm!

My auntie ( now 90 ) made this for me
when I was 5. ( 48 yrs ago ).

Very precious.
At the TOP of our tree.
The last remaining ornament HANDMADE by my grandmother.
My parents house burned to the ground 30 years ago.
In the attic were ALL of my MOM's Christmas ornaments!
GONE!  Luckily, I had one from MY grandma.
Sniff...sniff...memories!
You think those little strings of popcorn won't last?
Hubby's from PRESCHOOL!
1965!
(It used to be much longer...I wrap it in tissue every year!)

For your kids...
If they play sports...get them a sports ornament
EVERY  YEAR!
There will come a day...when they won't play!
Remember all the fun times!


KEY  CHAINS   MAKE  ORNAMENTS!
My little sis got remarried on the beach in HAWAII!  
The WHOLE family went!
We went snorkeling and saw the SEA TURTLES!
FUN TIMES!

My son's favorite sport ( He wrote this when he was 10 ).
He is now in the US NAVY!
I wonder if ALL the practices & games helped him get ready for LIFE?
YES!

My first trip to the EAST COAST!
We toured from NEW YORK to NEW HAMPSHIRE.
Stayed at the BEST B&B in Plymouth BAY!


TEACHERS!!!!
Yes...those  "SILLY"  classroom ornaments 
DO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
AND...GLITTER  MATTERS!
A plastic lid...some glitter...and  a picture!
Circa  1992.

So here is a "SMATTERING"
of 
MY LIFE!

It's  PERFECT for ME!






Remember..

IN LIFE...there is NO "DO OVER!"
Live, LAUGH, Love!


Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays
from
1stgradefireworks

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Happy "HOLLY" DAYS...DJ INKERS Giveaway

Hi.  

My name is WENDY.

I   AM  A  CLIPART   ADDICT!

Anyone else?

Do you scroll past TEXT  &  go straight for the 

CUTESY  PICTURES!????




I  DO!   I  DO!

Do I have a GIFT for YOU!



My friends at 


are

giving YOU a chance to 


WIN  A  FREE

 ( Yes, I said  FREE )

Holidays Around The World 

Clip Art Download Collection


( valued at  34.93 )



Celebrate Christmas & other 'Holidays Around the World' with DJ Inkers! These delightful clip art downloads can help you share a smile & a little culture with the kids this holiday season. Collect All 7 & SAVE with this download!!! There's Australia, Germany, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Mexico, Scandinavia & the USA. Each set includes holiday clip art & borders, a gift tag, 2 background papers, holiday sayings & a fun facts information page (all in b&w and color).(djid525) 

You can check it out.. HERE
(check out ALL the goodies at DJINKERS) 

I always want  
MORE  CLIPART!

Also....

I am adding my 

5  Packet  HOLIDAY Bundle!

( Valued  at  $10 )

You can check it out...   HERE
5 Packet BUNDLE!
Includes:



BABY It's Cold Outside:


Noun Sort
FROZEN!...HFW Game
SLIP SLIDIN' AWAY...Long vowel Silent "e" Word Work
SILLY SNOWBALLS...Beginning blends word work
Color & B/W printables
Grades 1-2

Do You Want to Build A Snowman?

Place Value Activity for whole group / small group / independent practice.
Snowman "pieces" to create a snowman based on a given value.
Snowman HATS have a number. The students "build" the snowman using corresponding units. Uses base-ten blocks, expanded notation, math mountains, & ten-sticks to make numbers. Differentiate based on student needs. CCSS CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.1.NBT.B.2

Power Pronouns

25 Pocket Chart Word Cards and
Printables to help students practice using pronouns
in complete sentences.



Snow Fun


4 ELA Centers for Winter
Included:
Sight Word Snowball Fight
Partner Reading Stick Puppets ( Reading Comprehension)
How to Make a Snowman: writing
Christmas Tree "Rhyming" Chains
Available in color & B/W
Grades 1-2

This Elf is NOT on the Shelf!

32 Math Task Cards ...
1 more / 1 less
10 more / 10 less
Holiday Themed

So...HOW  DO  I  WIN???

Enter  the  rafflecopter BELOW!

( EASY  PEASY  LEMON  SQUEEZY!)

To get YOU started...
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I hope I have satisfied your clipart
obsession for today!

Good  LUCK!

Merry  Christmas & Happy Holidays
from
1stgradefireworks




Friday, November 25, 2016

It's ALMOST HERE! CYBER MONDAY is ALMOST Here!!!

You know you are an online shopper when....

The  UPS  man  comes to your house daily.

You check the "package" spot on your porch, before you get out your front door key.

Your laptop automatically goes to AMAZON.

You look in the spare room, and YOU have more boxes than AMAZON!

OK.

I GIVE!

I shop. I shop well.

So...

CYBER MONDAY
is almost here!




I know there will be 
LOTS
of sales.

I am offering to help!

I am giving away a
$10
giftcard
to 
TPT!




You can spend it
ANYWHERE
you want...
might want to check out



Short & sweet!

Nov. 26 & Nov. 27


Thursday, November 24, 2016

#SmallBusinessSaturday 11.26.16 & TpT Giftcard GIVEAWAY

DOLLAR  DEALS!

Who wants to

SAVE    $$$$$$  ?????


HANDS UP......ME!   ME!    ME!

It's that time of year when 
WE
want to help
YOU

SAVE   $$$$$

My bloggy friends & TpT Store owners
have gotten together
for
#SmallBusinessSaturday

Saturday, November  26, 2016
ONE DAY ONLY!

YOU can get LOTS of GIFTS for YOU!

FOR  only  $1

WHAT?

Yes!  

 $1

HOW?   HOW?

Log into:


In the search bar
 type in:

#smallbusinesssaturday

All of the products will be
$1

ONLY  FOR  SATURDAY!

Here is a sneak peak @



Don't  miss it!
Mark YOUR CALENDAR!

When you purchase...
make sure to follow the stores & leave some 
LOVE!

AND

A TpT Giftcard  Giveaway!

( I smell a SALE coming on!)

:)

Here you go to enter:

Giveaway 1:


Giveaway 2:



Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Giving from the Heart... from the Kiddos

Teachers  are  givers.
Kids are TOO!


We want EVERYONE  to  have 
ALL of their WISHES come true!

BUT....

So how?
How can we teach curriculum,  maintain  sanity,
and MAKE WISHES COME TRUE?

Give!

GIVE  FROM  THE  HEART!

In our classroom we  make ornaments.

NOT all of the ornaments are for CHRISTMAS.

Some of my kiddos don't celebrate Christmas.

BUT...
They  create.  They  inspire.  They  give.
From the  Heart.

My  favorite things are HANDMADE.
( Sniff... from the heart)  :)

Where do we get our  " inspirations" ?

PINTEREST!
(You can follow me here...)


No stress...pictures...some directions...Ahhhhh.
My  happy  place!

Here are some of MY  favorite  ideas!


https://www.pinterest.com/pin/AauKHq04s3VIDuE8bceSrLCmvzxEHKxLIV9dfmZwn2y-Qrg2qgtIP88/

Popsicle  sticks! 
Glue! Paint!  Decor!

Let the imagination go!

NOT ALL OF MY KIDS MAKE THE SAME ORNAMENTS!
Let them have choice!

I show them the pictures.
 I share the BASICS.
I let them GO!

MY  choices and their choices MAY BE DIFFERENT!

Different is good! 

Give from YOUR heart!


https://www.pinterest.com/pin/101260691599483836/

SALT  DOUGH!

Who doesn't  like  DOUGH?

Squishy, squeezy  balls of  FUN?

I  LOVE  handprint ornaments.
(GMA  HERE)  :)

Our kiddos are small for such a short time.
Make those MEMORIES!

I  bring out ALL the cookie cutters I can find, borrow, beg for.

SUGGESTIONS...

Don't let them be too THICK.
Let them dry FOR A LONG TIME ( 3-4 days ) 
before PAINTING!

Hot glue string on the back after dry,
OR
Poke a hole on the dough with a straw BEFORE drying.


https://www.pinterest.com/pin/572309065131032309/

MY newest LOVE!

HANDPRINT   SNOWMEN!

ALL of MY kiddos make this one!

I make these in small groups
( I can only do 3-4 kiddos at a time)

If you have a PARENT HELPER...
this is a PERFECT craft for them!)

Paint on day 1.
DRY  day 2.
Faces ( I suggest  BLACK SHARPIES )  Day 3
Scarves  (  felt, material/ paper scraps...srapbook paper works great!)   Day  4
Let EVERYTHING DRY 
& then 
add  a  string  for  a  hanger!

BE SUPER CAREFUL when sending these home!
( No dropping )

Place in a gift bag
 ( we use hand decorated lunch bags)
with LOTS, LOTS, LOTS
of tissue !

So...we  GIVE FROM THE HEART!

It's not about the $$ amount 
when giving.

It's about the thought, the effort, and the LOVE
that goes into it!

Here is another gift I do FOR my kiddos.
See the blog POST here.


I hope you have a WONDERFUL Holiday SEASON!

Make memories.
Share the LOVE.
And

Give From the HEART!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Stressed OUT TURKEY GIVEAWAY!

Are 
YOU

"STRESSED OUT"
TURKEY?



Are you starting to get that...

OH NO!

"I'll never get EVERYTHING done!"
FEELING???




RELAX!    BREATHE!    Close your eyes!   Find your HAPPY PLACE!

I can't help you make turkey dinner..
or deal with grocery lists, family, cleaning house, etc.

BUT...

I can help with

classroom materials

 to help relieve SOME  of the stress!

For the next 3 days.. Nov. 14-18, 2016
I am having a 

THANKS  TO  YOU

Giveaway!



1  WINNER 
 will receive their CHOICE
 of $15 in products
 from my TPT store!
Check out your choices HERE.
You can CHOOSE 
what will help 
YOU 
the most!

Enter  in the rafflecopter below!

Good LUCK!  :)

Happy  Thanksgiving 
from our house 
to
YOURS!

a Rafflecopter giveaway



Sunday, November 6, 2016

IT's ALIVE! FREEBIE

I can totally relate to this..


I  started working on my
Journeys MEGA BUNDLE
last summer.

It started out one unit at a time.

Sorry to ALL who had to endure with
MULTIPLE  Updates! 

But..little by little
-PERSERVERANCE...and NEED!-

I  have 
FINISHED!



My 
is  
complete!



Grade 1 Mega BUNDLE
INCLUDES:

-Spelling for the YEAR 
30  weeks of spelling      3 to a page    ALL  30  WEEKS!
Weekly Spelling Lists for the Entire YEAR
 I have also included Kinder spelling for the year 
AND
Grade 2 Spelling lists for the entire year!
GRADE  1  ...  differentiate!

-Focal Wall Printables - ALL Units (for the year)
300+ pages for ALL components of the Journeys Focal Wall
( can be used for supplementing other programs ...
including homeschool programs ) 

- 100 HFW cards 
Includes Units 1 - 6
HFW  cards for 30 weeks    240  word cards  in color & B/W

-Daily PROOFREADING Practice
80 student pages for the YEAR! Editing practice.
Mini Booklet   for  easy  printing & management

-Morning Message
Units 1-6
Daily  Message  cards  to  enhance  vocabulary,  comprehension, & high level thinking!

Focal Wall Headers & CCSS cards included

Blending Line Phonics cards
3 Blending Line Cards per week  (90  total )
for fluency practice!

I know this package supplements 
CA  JOURNEYS 2017

BUT...

it can be used with ANY program!

HFW  are HFW.   Spelling  is spelling.
Daily proofreading  is daily  proofreading.

And so on... And so on.

HOMESCHOOLERS....Your  YEAR   is   DONE!  :)

I hope you get a chance to check this out!

Here is a little FREEBIE  to get YOU started..:)




Happy  Fall  'Yall!

( I think I will take a nap!)
:)