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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Let's Get Acquainted Linky SUNDAY edition...

Happy Sunday! It's time for another round of....
Let's Get Acquainted (Sunday Edition)!
Today's topic....
Favorite Place to Shop
For    Myself..
(Thanks for the picture LaToya!)
for kids & Grandkids...
I know.....I'm cheap frugal.
Favorite TV Show
I don't watch a lot...no time, but....I do like
Who can resist men on the beach?????
Favorite Sweet Treat

As of yesterday, my new favorite cookie is....
Favorite Food
Fettuchini  Alfredo
Pasta with garlic, butter & white sauce?
Can you feel the calories entering your body through the picture?
My hips can!
Love it for a HUGE treat! Not often though..oh well...
Favorite Restaurant
Anything Mexican!
 I love Medium to mild....
cheesy & saucey & ricey & RED!
No Green sauce!
OK...gotta go! Thanks for stopping by!


There was a farmer .....in the SPRING...EIEIO!
 (or something like that!)
My farmer without a farm has been VERY VERY BUSY!
(More on that later...I need to go hide, hunt, dye, purchase, get off  PINTEREST,
get ready for  EASTER!)
So...I put together this little center for my kiddos to practice
SPRING vocabulary! My hope is...they will use these words in their
Oh, well...fun game!  I Like games!
Here you go! Check it out!


Yippee! The flowers are blooming & Spring is HERE!
New Packet to help us
Happy Easter to ALL of my family & friends!

Monday, March 25, 2013

The NOUN Linky Party

I have linked up with LaToya at Flying into First Grade
for her
"Let's Get ACQUAINTED" Linky...
It's the NOUN game!
(Person, place, thing, animal)
Favorite person....this week must be hubby!
 If you read my last post, he is a farmer without a farm.
BUT...he can do ANYTHING! We have chickens, (had rabbits), 4 HUGE gardens, and HE CANS!
He cans ALL of his own salsa...and we grow EVERYTHING that goes into his salsa.
Now he likes it HOT....Habenero HOT.....Me?  MILD....really mild.
So he cans his own!
 What a MAN! Hammer in one hand, tongs in the other..
No wonder we have been together for more than 30 years!
I like the beach.
 The sand, a chair, good book,wlking the beach collecting shells....YEAH....
My family rented a house at Pajaro Dunes in Santa Cruz,CA
(kinda close to Monterey & Carmel...northern CA)
We had 15 of us in a 4br 3bath house ( on the beach ) for 5 days!
SO fun! I don't know if it was the family time or the beach,
but what a fantastic time!
Hmmm...thing??....My newest "THING" is my car. I don't usually buy NEW cars.
I have 4 grown kids. I have bought MANY cars in the last 20 years.
Mustangs, Cameros, KIAS, Trucks, Small & BIG!
(There was a time when I had 3 teenage boys on MY car insurance!)
I think DMV sent ME "THANK YOU" cards!
So I ( me , little 'ol me), got a NEW Honda Civic.
No SUPER BELLS & WHISTLES....just enough to get me to where I want to go.
I LOVE IT! Still smells new...
Hubby even lets me drive it...once in a while! HAHAHAHA
Well, I guess out of respect for my aching BACK...must be chickens!
They really are cute when they are small.
(Don't tell hubby...I even took pictures of them...OOOOO cute!)
And..I do like my eggs! So I think we will be OK.
I have to keep up my
if I let down my guard..
I will come home to ...COWS!

Chickens,bathroom & fences! HELP..It's theMonday...after Spring Break :(

OK...It's Monday.....YAWN!....AND ....
sniff..sniff...IT"S BACK TO WORK! UGH!
I love my job! I love my school!
OK...I admit it! I LOVE VACATION!
My honey do list is LONG! And..my body aches! (Back, shoulders, knees...I'm getting OLD!)
But...smiling...gritting my teeth  I am a teacher & I do have to go back to work!
The kiddos will be there, well, some of them.
Here are some pics of my "PROJECTS" completed on Spring Break.
(Now if the Easter Bunny would just leave some "helpers" who want to work for FREE
to complete the REST of the HONEY DO list!)
 Hubbby & I arm wrestled for the ice packs!
 teehee    I WON! :)
Fast explanations...
We live in the city! In a SUBDIVISION! 2 story house! BUT....He wants CHICKENS!
He checked out the city codes...etc..etc... ANYWAYS...We now have 3 chickens...They needed a home.
He got a coop ...We will have eggs in JULY. The grandkids LOVE them! OK for now...
Bathroom...All I wanted was to paint a small (closet size) 1/2 bath  GRAY...painted it 1 hour ( NO PROB!)...it dried...
next AM.....PURPLE! the color was sooooooo bad. So, I REPAINTED it...darker...dried..good color. While I was cleaning it up, noticed WATER ON THE FLOOR! NO!  so...pipe fix...1 week later...new pipe, new valve, new toilet, new paint, new ice packs, & new towels!
(It was whiteish)

When hubby was putting in CHICKEN COOP, fence wobbled....SO.....fix it!
My hubby CAN & WILL fix anything...
(Remind me another time to tell you about my washer & drier) :)
So...fence fixed!
Have a great week! 


Sunday, March 24, 2013


is having her
100 FOLLOWER...giveaway!
Stop by and join in ALL the fun!
I am giving away a goodie too...

Saturday, March 23, 2013

It's a GIVEAWAY @ Happy Teacher Heaven!

I'm sooo excited to be part of a 100 FOLLOWER giveaway!
AMY at Happy Teacher Heaven is having a giveaway!
She has 75 contributors! Stop by and join the fun!
One of the goodies is.....MINE! :)  Stop by and say HI!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

MORE Stormy Weather & FREEBIE

Spring Break...the birds are COWERING IN THEIR NESTS?
 Taking baths IN THE PUDDLES by my back door?
RAIN ??  On MY Spring Break?!  WELL!!!!
(Guess I'll have to stay indoors....teehee...Can't work in the garden, OH WELL!
Can't weed the flower beds, OH WELL!
So what's a girl to do?
( DO you know there are REALLY GOOD 'Chick Flicks' on DURING THE DAY?)
Who'd have guessed?! Who is home to watch these? OH,WELL...
A good cup of coffee (tea, juice, Cupcake?) Whatever...
and a large blankie, fluffy slippers- a must....AAAHHHH.
OK...for my ADHD mind that lasted for about 20 minutes ( OK 10 minutes).
Who can sit & do this with SOOOO MUCH TO DO?!
So...my newest works!
I have to teach weather IN 2 DAYS! That's it! 2 days...my pacing guide is QUICK!
So...here goes..
Check it out & let me know what you think!
Thanks for reading to the bottom!
Here's for you!
Leave me some love!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013


 A HUGE Thank You to
 ANGELA at Hippo Hooray for Second Grade
for all of the goodies from her
200 Follower Giveaway!
Stop by and give her some LOVE!
THANK YOU to all of the contributors!
I love the goodies! My kiddos will be sooooo happy!
Happy Spring!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Spring Linky!


Spring Linky ~ Check it Out!!

Mrs. Kelly's Class is having a Spring Linky so hop on over and check it out!!
Spring Linky!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

NEW ITEMS! (I'm on a roll!)

I am on a roll....the little engine that could..( I think I can, I think I can..)
I need more coffee :)
Stop by my stores & check out 2 new items I have FINISHED! YIPPEE!
Thanks to ALL 


Thursday, March 14, 2013


New "Prefix" packet on my TPT store!
Wanted to give my friends a FREEBIE!
Check my store 1stgradefireworks TPT store  for the FULL PACKET!
Get the FREEBIE Preview Packet :

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Cuteness...Gma needs HUGS!

I know...2 posts one day!
(I'm avoiding my HONEY DO list on Spring Break!) :)
Gma needs Hugs..
Aren't they cute!? Thought I'd share.
OK...Off  to work on my LIST!



Buzzy Friends!

Just Added another Word Work Packet to my store!
Come on by and check it out!
Synonyms, Antonyms, HFW, & Alphabet Recognition.
Spring Themed..Great for K-3 ( or any levels in between!)

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

I'm Linking Up to a Linky Party

I Know this was started Sunday, But...
I'm On Spring Break & my list of "HONEY DO'S" has increased!
Good thing I made the list..:)
Linky... Latoya at Flying into First Grade is helping us get acquainted!
Stop by and LINK UP!
                                                                                       Flying Into First

    So To Introduce myself...WJM
W... Woman of many hats...I am a . I am a new Grandma ( 3 yr old step-Granddaughter, 11 month old granddaughter, and 2 month-old granddaughter :)   I married my JUNIOR high school sweetheart. ( Our 31st anniversary this year!)
   I have 4 grown children ( twin boys, another boy, and a girl!). I am a US NAVY MOM! and I have been a first grade teacher for 22 years in the same school district. Last 16 years in same school.
J... Just excited about this new adventure "blogging, TPT, TN,FB,Pinterest, etc"...I am NOT a techy. I think I have learned more about my computer in the last 6 months than I had learned in the last 6 years!
M...Motivated to help others. As the "oldest" of 3 girls, mother, teacher,etc...I have ALWAYS been the helper. I think that's my life path. I LOVE IT! I am the first to jump in ( sink or swim).
Well, that's me in a nutshell.
(Thank's Latoya!)

Sunday, March 10, 2013

FREEBIE...For a while :)

I'm NOT in my classroom for St. Patrick's Day! :(
(The leprechaun's used to come to my class, knock over desks, leave us "gold dust", and leave us notes
almost every day until the BIG day! We would write back each day ...so fun!)
And then our schedule changed...sigh...Oh, well..
So...I am beginning to think about SPRING!
I love Easter!
 It's REALLY hard though, in public school.
 I love SPRING activities, flowers, animals, weather, new beginnings, etc, BUT...
It is a religious holiday! I know! I will be in church on EASTER Sunday!
So I try to keep it "Easter" Lite...and go "SPRING" heavy...
As I begin the path to SPRINGDOM...I hopped  skipped right into
Just a little Freebie ( for awhile)...
After all....I'm soooooo close to 100 followers!
Keep sending me LOVE!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Animal Classifications

This week we did some EXCELLENT WRITING!
Report cards were done & I didn't start our next unit because...
So..what do you do with ALL of the extra time ....we WRITE!
I have to be honest...I have not taught ALL of my SCIENCE standards.
 I know I have a new series somewhere , but my new ELA series takes up most ALL
of our day...& Math... so
As any good teacher ( who LOVES science & writing) would do...we wrote about ANIMALS!
Living things...yaadaayaadaayaadaa...NO...WE WROTE ABOUT ANIMALS!
My EL's had a hard time with the new vocabulary so...(Thank You Project GLAD),
we did new academic language, made charts, filled out graphic organizers, did shared writing,
sloppy copies, and a final draft! We had to edit for spelling, handwriting, complete senteces,
punctuation, AND IT HAD TO MAKE SENSE!
All of that in 5 days! AND THEN.....
They got to make a "tear art" bear head. ( They HATE  tear art... "Can I PLEASE use my scissors?" "NO!")
Simple...tear construction  paper, glue to small paper plate,
add ears (with torn paper..they need FUR too), add eyes, nose, & mouth.
(Pictures in 2 weeks when I go back..sorry)
here is the unit we used to RUN the MARATHON! Enjoy!
Check it out on my TPT store!


FREEBIE for Friends

Well, Spring Break in HERE! FINALLY!
And what do we do?
WORK! (Nah...it's NOT really work when you enjoy it!)
Here is a freebie for Spring!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Brand New Mega Packet!

Brand New Mega Packet!
Well...Mega Packet for me! 
48 pages of Printables, Word Cards, Games & More!
Word Work for /ar/  /or/  /ore/
Addition, Subtraction, High Frequency Words
a little bit of EVERYTHING!
Check it out & let me know what you think!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Catching up on SUNDAY (BumbleBees & Cupcake!)

You know that "check off" list ...IN YOUR BRAIN?
I am working on that list today. Am I getting to an age ..ummm  50...
where I HAVE to write things down!
So now, I am waking up in the middle of the night ...to WRITE THINGS DOWN! OMG!
When did I become my Grandma? Oh, well...just DO IT!
So...I wrote some thigs down I need to do..(then I need to do them)
Not the regular stuff..laundry, dishes, etc...NO, important things! LIKE...
1. Report Cards (I have procrstinated LONG enough..no, you do NOT need to enter another giveway, comment on a friend's blog, check your emails, etc)  GET THEM DONE!
2. Fold the 4 loads of laundry currently sitting on your couch! ( only because they are in the way of my hubby using the remote to watch his BELOVED NASCAR!)
3. Sign, and SEND your son's birthday card...his bday is WED. Think it will get there by the big day?
4. Call Mom, and sister (s), kids, inlaws, anyone else? (So I don't have to do report cards?)
So last night in my "currently" I mentioned the BUMBLEBEE Totes I got. Well, here they are

I'm using them to keep my flash card games in! The kids take them to their seats & return them to the game shelf! YES!
so...i know...report cards.....ALL  DONE!!! YIPPEE! Time for a glass of CUPCAKE! :) Bye!

Saturday, March 2, 2013


OK...this is my first CURRENTLY...
I hope I do this right!
Thanks FARLEY.(Giver her some LOVE)
I think I did it!
YEAH!  Give me some LOVE!!!! :)
OOPPSS.. sorry  Bumblebee game tote pictures tomorrow....forgot my camera in other car.
THEY ARE SOOOO CUTE!  Target $1 .....tomorrow, I Promise! :)

Happy Early St. Patrick's Day

I just love this BLINKIE!
Hop over to her & say HI!