Friday, March 29, 2013

Five for Friday

It's Friday! A BEAUTIFUL, sunny 90 degree day here in Arizona! 90 degrees is about my max, so it can stop heating up any time now. Today, I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for a Five for first! It's totally random, but fun nonetheless!

1.  This is our baby monitor. It has bright blue lights that flicker up and down the sides when baby boy is fussing or crying. Notice the LACK OF blue lights tonight, which means he is SLEEEEEEPING! Hallelujah!

2. I need more Cadbury Eggs, pronto. This candy dish was full before my husband came home....

3. It's 8:00 here in AZ, and I'm starving. But we have nothing good to eat at home. I am dreaming of this from In-N-Out Burger.

4. Grandma is coming to watch Paxton when I go back to work in a few weeks. Today, my husband and I booked a trip here in Tucson for a weekend away! Can't wait! Thank you Grandma!

5. I guess I'll just skip dinner, and go right for the dessert! :-)

Have a great weekend everyone, and Happy Easter!


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Finding More Bloggy Friends!

Happy Tuesday everyone! With lots of time at 1:00, 3:00 and 5:00 in the morning to browse the internet while I'm up with Paxton, I've discovered some new teacher technology! Instagram! Now I know Instagram is not new, but I had no idea that teachers and their blogs had Instagram for the classroom! I may be very late to this party, but its been fun following teachers and seeing little snippets throughout their day, so I thought I would share! I just started, but already I've found so many bloggy friends to follow! It definitely helps keep me awake while Paxton is up eating during the night. You should check it out and follow me while you are there!

I also started a Facebook page to try and connect with many more inspiring teachers! Check it out! 


Friday, March 15, 2013

Shake It Like Seuss

Last week on our campus was the Read Across America Celebration. On Friday, I took Paxton to the character parade we have each year. He was all dressed up in his Dr. Seuss outfit! Can you tell how much he is LOVING the hat?? One of my teammates got it for him from Little Blue Bird. It came with a bow-tie too, but since Paxton is rockin' 4 chins instead of a neck these days, we didn't wear it. His Thing One and Thing Two onesie is from Zulily. So cute! My students were so excited to see him all dressed up!

Our campus Technology Mentor added to the fun after the parade with The  Read Across America Shake! It is the Harlem Shake, but Cat in the Hat style. It was so much fun! The kids had to try SO hard not to giggle or laugh while they were reading. It turned out great!


I'm Back!

It's March already?! Where has the time gone? I haven't posted since August! So much has happened in my life, and blogging just wasn't happening. It's been a great year, with so much exciting news to share!

In November, I had the most exciting day of my teaching career! I was named the 2012 Arizona ELL Teacher of the Year! The Arizona Department of Education, Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal, our district Superintendent, my district's entire Language Acquisition Department, and our entire school threw a surprise assembly to announce the news to me! I walked in thinking it was Character Counts assembly, and was totally blown away. Everyone was in on the secret, except for me! I was eight months pregnant at this point, and very emotional. I bawled like a baby the entire time. I was so honored, but in disbelief! I couldn't believe this was happening!

The surprise assembly was on a Friday. I was eight months pregnant here, and feeling huge, and yucky. So I woke up that morning, put my hair up, no makeup, and wore my school polo shirt and jeans. My husband is all the way to the left in the red shirt. He was in on the secret!! He took the morning off from work to be there for the presentation. I was SO MAD when I found out that he was in on it. He let me go to school looking like THAT! 

Me and Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction, John Huppenthal

My poor kids had to sit on the stage the whole time and just listen! They were so patient as everyone spoke. But they don't look very happy here!

They are thinking "MORE PICTURES??! Is this over yet?"

In December, at the Arizona State OELAS (Office of English Language Acquisition) Conference in Tucson, I got to attend the ELL Teacher of the Year Banquet. It was at such a beautiful resort. It was so nice to be there representing my district, and have so many supportive people attend with me. My kids were really bummed to find out I would be gone for two days without them. They thought this award was for them, and that they were famous! I had to give a speech in front the entire conference. I was SO nervous! I was sure I was going to go into labor right there on stage. Of course, I was teary through the entire thing. I had so many special people to thank. The award had my name on it, but it was really such a collaborative effort of my district administrators, school admin, my colleagues, my students, and my community.

My district put together this video to show at the banquet. Thankfully, this time I knew about it, and I actually got ready that morning! :-)

I had even more exciting news in January. On January 10th, my husband and I welcomed our first child, a boy, into our world. His name is Paxton, and right now he is my whole life. I've been on maternity leave since our winter break in December. I have about 3 weeks left until it's time to head back into my classroom. I have enjoyed every single minute being home with Paxton, and am so lucky I could take the time for such a nice long maternity leave. Being pregnant, and being on maternity leave didn't leave me with much time or energy for blogging. But now that I'm thinking ahead and getting excited to go back to my kiddos, my blogging and TPT excitement is coming back.

Going back to work will be quite the adjustment, but I'm excited to get back to my students. I can't wait to show Paxton how much his mommy loves teaching!