Friday, February 27, 2015


We have had too much fun watching the flakes dance around the playground and gather on all the surfaces!  We just had to take some construction paper outside and catch some!  We found some beautiful flakes!

Slice of Life

The promise of snow caused me to take a hard look at my Wilson shirt collection.  Should I wear short sleeves with a long sleeve shirt under it?  Would long sleeves be enough?  Did I have the right color combination for short and long together?  Then, without warning, the tips of my fingers grazed a vivid green sleeve.  I new instantly, that I had found the one garment that would make me feel comfy and ready for the day!  My green Wilson sweatshirt was the perfect selection for this snowy Friday!

My Top Ten Favorite Books

1. Amelia Bedelia books by Peggy Parish  - My mother loved Amelia.  The idioms always made her laugh.  The book is written with idioms, and mom and I always thought it was hysterical that Amelia would take the idiom literal and completely mess up her chores.

2. Dead City by James Ponti- I was hesitant to read this book because I don't typically like scary or zombie characters.  However, this book was fantastic.  I love it.  This book opened my eyes to the wonderful worlds of different genres.

3. Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd- the words are delicious and this book is written in a way that makes my heart sing:

     "As the thunder growled louder, Toast pounded the piano keys harder, and the song changed from something lonesome and haunted to a peppy tune that belonged on a Broadway stage.  The soung sounded bright, and happy.  It reminded me of sunlight and wildflowers, leaps and kicks.
      Suddenly, the thunder stopped rumbling.
      The rain squiggling down the windows paused midway.
      The shy September sun peeped its bald head through the clouds and shone through my kitchen windows.
     My heart kicked in rhythm with the plucky piano music:
          Yes and
                     Yes and
                              Yes, yes, yes!
     By the time the music died down, the storm was over."

4.Go Dog Go by P.E. Eastman - I love this book so much!  I have read it hundreds of thousands of times!!!  It delights my heart!

This is my very favorite page of this book because I loved seeing what the dogs were doing when they made it to the top of the tree.

5.  Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein - I have memorized, loved, laughed at, and read these poems over and over.  I have gone to UIL competitions with them.  They are truly a part of my childhood and now my teaching career as I read them to my students.

One of my favorite poems is "Sick"

6.  Fish In A Tree by Linda Mullaly Hunt - I just read this book this week, and it is already one of my top ten favorites!  I think everyone who feels different should read this book.  Which is all of us, right?  I think every teacher should read this book!  It is fantastic!  I think everyone who loves to read should read this book.  I think everyone who has ever struggled to read should read this book.  Gosh, I guess EVERYONE should read this book!  I love it!  I want to be a teacher like Mr. Daniels!

7.  James and The Giant Peach by Roald Dahl - This one is on my list because I love the way my students laugh, enjoy, and experience this book.  I usually assign parts and we read it like it is a play.  They love it!  I seriously doubt they would read this if it wasn't part of our classroom.  I love it.  Another reason that I love Dahl's work is because of the similes and descriptive language!!!
"They were like a couple of hunters who had just shot an elephant and were not quite sure whether it was dead or alive."
"It felt soft and warm and slightly furry, like the skin of a baby mouse."
"But it was a magnificent affair, and the stuff that it was made of shimmered like silk in the pale light."

8.  Scott Kelby books about photography, Lightroom, and Photoshop have helped me so very much.  I keep them very close to my computer so I can refer to them whenever I am working on editing pictures.

9.  Little Golden Books - I read these as a child!  I love them so much!  They are a part of my learning to read and my childhood!!  

I am especially excited about a project that I want our class to do in May to rewrite a Golden Book!  We are going to study Scieszka's Battle Bunny which is changed from the original Golden Book!  

10.  Charlotte's Web by E.B. White - Is there any friendship that is any truer than Charlotte's and Wilbur's?  I adore sitting with the two of them in the barn listening to the animals, smelling the fresh hay and wondering what Timpleton is up to.  Every time I come to the end of this book, I tear up and morn the loss of precious friends and moments that are still and wonderful!

Friday, February 20, 2015

A Few Of My Favorite Things

This week we were challenged to write a blog about our ten favorites!  So, here we go...

1.)  My family is my most favorite thing!  I am honored to be a wife, a daughter, a granddaughter, a sister, and an aunt.  These people fill me with love and help me to see all of the good in the world!

2.)  Another favorite thing is my class!  I love teaching!  These kids delight my heart, and I am always so excited as they grow and change and learn!!!  It is a joy to be their teacher.

(Ladies and Gentlemen, I need a picture to put here!  We MUST take one soon!)

3.)  This one is NO surprise.  Texas A&M University is one my most favorite places on earth!  I am super proud to be a Texas Aggie!!  WHOOP!!

4.) I love to read!  Getting lost in a book is one of my most favorite things ever!!   A Saturday afternoon with the windows open and a good book is heavenly!

5.) I love the seasons!  Fall is one of my favorites because I love football, sweatshirts, and comfort food.  I love the winter because I get to enjoy holidays, festive parties, and colorful lights.  I adore the spring because I love tulips, Easter, and warm sun.  I also love the summer months because swimming, vacations, and coconut oil delight my soul.  See, I love them all!!!  Every one is precious and fun.

6.) I love to create.  From my photography to watercolors to spools of yarn all of them make beautiful creations.  Creating things is one of my favorite things.  I love to get lost in art.  I also love to buy new art supplies.  They delight my heart!

7.)Coffee!!!  One of my most favorite treats is a Starbucks Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha!!!  I try to limit myself to just two a month, but I love them so much!!  Another of my favorite things is to go to Starbucks, order my coffee, and read for a while.  I love the environment so much!!  It is cozy and wonderful.

8.) My favorite color is pink.  I think!  I change it a lot because I love colors!  I love how your mood will change depending on what color is surrounding you.  I my

9.)  Galveston is one of my favorite places.  My husband and I always have so much fun down there.  We love the beach and seafood.  We enjoy the Strand, shopping, and finding new places.  Every time we go we ride the ferry to watch for dolphins.  It is a wonderful place that is full of fun memories.   Did I mention that we love the seafood!?!?!    It is a favorite place for sure!!!

10.)  My last favorite for today is laughter!  I love to hear people around me who are happy and enjoying life!  Laughter makes everything better.  My brother, sister, and I have always made each other laugh.  My favorite memories involve lots of laughter!

What are a few of your favorites??