Friday, July 18, 2014

Five for Friday - Is Summer Almost Over Already?

Is it just me, or does summer seem to go by much faster once 4th of July hits? I just cannot believe how fast these last few weeks have gone. My official report date is a little over two weeks away and I feel like I still have so much left to do! I think "overwhelmed" is a good adjective to describe how I've been feeling lately... "anxious" and "excited" are pretty accurate too.

Anywho, today I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching to share five random things about my week for another Five for Friday

1. Probably the biggest thing that has happened this week for me is that I moved! I tried to time the move so that I could be settled in the new house before school starts so I can focus all my energy on one big thing at a time (I have a bad habit of overloading myself). The house is really starting to come together, and I just love it! This is my first time living without any roommates and I've been loving the fact that I can decorate the entire house exactly how I want it. It's been helping me get out a little of the decorating bug while I wait to go decorate my classroom (which is happening next week!!).

I'm pretty good at this moving thing, if I do say so myself! ;)

(On second thought, maybe I ought to just stick with teaching.)

2. On another non-school related note, I discovered the On-Demand feature on my TV this week. That may not seem like a cool thing to most people, but for this girl who is easily amused and never watches shows in real time, it made me pretty excited! I decided to see what all the hype is about and watch the first couple episodes of Game of Thrones. I haven't quite decided how I feel about it yet, I think I need to watch a little more. Are there any other shows I should check out? 

3. This Sunday is my birthday! I started off my birthday weekend a little early last night to see Aaron Watson and Chase Rice at the free concert in Kansas City. It was such a great show!

Tonight, my friend and I are going to the Lakefest concert in Atchison to see Thomas Rhett and Randy Houser. I can't wait!

4. Now to something slightly more school-related. This week at work we decided to get all the bulletin boards ready for the new school year! It must be the teacher-nerd in me, but I do love a good bulletin board! Last year, we made this masterpiece:

This year's back-to-school board was not quite as involved, but I still think it's equally as cute! How awesome are those life-like popcorn pieces?

5. I started working on a couple of projects for back-to-school, including my Meet the Teacher letter and an All About Me page for my students to fill out of the first day of school while I am doing some housekeeping things. I scoured Teachers Pay Teachers for an All About Me page to use, but just couldn't find any that I really loved, so I decided to just make my own! Can you guess what my classroom theme is? ; )

The blank space on the right ear is where they will draw a self-portrait! I'm planning on displaying these either around the classroom or out in the hallway on my big bulletin board. If you're interested in a copy of this for yourself, comment with your email address and I'd love to send it to you!

I hope all of you have a fabulous Friday and enjoy your weekend!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Monday Made It - 7/7

Happy Monday! It's hard to believe that it's already July, isn't it? I can't believe that I just have a few more weeks before school starts... I'm so excited/nervous/anxious! I have a couple of weeks left until I can actually get into my classroom, and I'm getting so antsy - I so badly want to get in there and get everything all ready for my kiddos! While I wait (maybe not-so-patiently), I've been continuing to fill nooks and crannies of my house with projects I've made for my classroom, which brings me to this post. I'm linking up with 4th Grade Frolics for my first ever Monday Made It! Today I want to share with you all my latest project... my teacher stool!

My latest pastime is scouring local thrift stores in search for things for my new house and classroom. I've been searching and searching for a plain wooden bar stool to use in my classroom and last week, I (finally) stumbled upon this bad boy for just $5! (Side-note, it is much harder than one might think to find a plain wooden bar stool at a thrift store.) Even though it was super duper wobbly, I decided to snatch it up!

Once I got it home, it didn't take long until my brother, boyfriend, and I got started and turned it into this:

This project turned out to be a lot more involved than I had anticipated! After a lot of sanding, wood glue, screws, paint, and some help from my favorite men (thanks Dad, Aaron, & Ethan!), that ugly, unstable bar stool was transformed into this beauty!

It is so cute I can hardly stand it. I love, love, LOVE my stool and can't wait to get it into my classroom!

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