Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Good News and Bad News (well bad news for some of us)...

Sooooo...bad news first...
Our snow days were a few weeks ago but I checked the weather last night and you would NOT believe what I saw...MORE SNOW (which I am sure by now has been changed to rain again) and REALLY cold temperatures! We live in Georgia and we just aren't used to these cold temperatures for this long! We were so excited to get snow a few weeks ago. And then a couple of weeks came. Now there is talk about MORE snow! Here is where we were enjoying our snow a few weeks ago... (Me and The Coach, Little Man Ezra, and Princess Emma Lou-who had to pretend she was Elsa in the snow)

Well if I'm being honest with you-the thought of more snow makes me...well sick. We were teased this past weekend with beautiful weather-I mean gorgeous-stay out all day in it-weather. On Saturday we went to my husband's soccer tournament-he coaches high school girls soccer. They hosted the tournament which meant he had to be there all day and it was perfect weather for all of us to stay there with him! We had a blast!

They both were able to get new soccer shirts and Ezra thought he was Spider Man in that shirt! :)

Then we have some sweet brother and sister lovin...which only lasted minutes seconds! onto the good news! I FINALLY FINISHED MY SECOND GRADE DAILY MATH!!! I have been doing this with my students since day 1 and decided that they did so well with it and have retained so much from it...I would finish the year and put it on TPT. You can find it here (I included 4 weeks worth in the preview so be sure to check it out!)!!

I use mine for morning work. I put it up on my promethean board:

 and my students get out a sheet of notebook paper and fold it...

And complete their morning work without using any copy paper (once we get into measurement I will make copies for them)!!

My students have been extremely successful using this model. We are still able to review standards that were taught in the first week of school!

Happy Teaching!!

Thursday, February 20, 2014


It has taken a great deal for me to post this. I couldn't decide if I wanted to just write all of this for me and my family or just put it all out there. I decided on the latter for a couple of  reasons. Number 1-I want you to really know me-not just me as a teacher-but me as a person. Number 2- my grandfather was an AMAZING man-why wouldn't I want to share him with all of you?!?! goes....

A LOT has happened since the last time I blogged. At the beginning of December, I talked about Christmas being the most wonderful time of the year and how much I LOVE Christmas! While I still LOVE Christmas, there is now a connection with Christmas that will always be extremely hard for me. My wonderful grandfather, Harry Cook-who we endearingly called Dang-Dang, went to be with The Lord on Wednesday December 11, 2013. I just want to share with you a little bit of his amazing life.

1. He was one of the most incredible men I have ever met. He was a man of love, humor, and integrity.  And I'm going to tell you this-He loved Jesus. Almost every single memory I have of him is leading our family and church in worship and prayer.

2. First and foremost, he loved Jesus. But secondly, he loved his family more than anything else. This is a picture of Dang-Dang with our oldest, Emma Lou- who is named after his wife, Patty Lou (but we called her Granny-and I am here to tell you-Granny and I were so so close...but that is another story for another day). His love for his family was the most important part of his life. Every year we have our family reunion-and this could possibly be Dang-Dang's favorite time of the year! He LOVED visiting with family-especially all of his family from out of town. He loved hearing the laughter of everyone around and reminiscing of times past. One of my most favorite memories of family reunions is visiting with Dang-Dang's brothers and sisters and hearing stories of when they were younger. Dang-Dang was a twin and was extremely close to his brother-and man oh man-have I heard stories of them from their WILD teenage years! 

3. He loved to sing. One of my favorite stories that my mom has shared with me is that when she was growing up, she and her sister and their 2 brothers would all decorate the Christmas tree. As soon as they were finished, they would turn the lights in the room off and turn the lights on the tree on and they would sing Christmas carols. Once they were through singing Christmas carols, they would run outside to see what the tree looked like from the road. His favorite Christmas carol was Silent Night and they would sing it EVERY year.

These are only a few things about my grandfather that make him special....but these are my favorite things about him.