Friday, July 24, 2015

Five for Friday Beach Style

I have mixed emotions when it comes to this week's Five for Friday.  I was so excited to dedicate this post to the beach.  I love the beach. I love going to the beach and talking about the beach....did I mention I love the beach?  Anyway, as excited as I am to tell you a little bit about my beach week but I'm also aware that it's Friday...which means I have to go home tomorrow and start getting serious about the start of school.  That thought takes the wind out of my sails just a tad.  The good news is...I'm not going home today! So I'm going to share a few my favs from this week with you and then I'm heading out to soak up my last beach day!
Remember this picture?  I haven't finished either book yet.  I'm inching ever so close to the end of Gone Girl.  I told you before I've been dodging all of the attempts to have the ending ruined, during the last SEVEN months, and I thought a couple of times that I might have accidentally found out how it ends but honestly I have about 100 pages left and I have no clue where the story is going.  I think if I was watching the movie I would be totally freaked out by everything that's been happening but I'm not getting that feeling just from reading.  I think I'm just too confused right now.  

We've had "a chance" of rain every day this week.  This happens every summer.  We start checking the weather for our week as soon as it's available and without fail we have "a chance" of rain every day.  Luckily the rain has held off and we've had nice sunny days...and by nice sunny days I mean hot...really hot days...93 degrees but it feels like 108 hot days.  I don't think asking for 7 days of sun, a little breeze, and no humidity is a lot to ask for.  Is it?  Maybe I'm just a beach snob.  I don't know.  It was pretty cloudy this morning but the sun is making its way out from behind the clouds so I'm hopeful for today.

Every year I go in search of two very important beach items.  One of these is the best key lime pie in the area.  It's a tough job I know.  If you've never tried  key lime pie I suggest you try it on your next beach trip.  You could try it somewhere else but it's my theory that everything is better at the beach so if your looking for authentic key lime pie...try it at the beach.
  The second item on my top beach finds list...oysters on the half shell.  Some of you may be really grossed out by that.  If you're picky about textures and things like that when it comes to food you probably won't like them.  If you love all things seafood you'll love oysters too.  I love them. I love them raw, I love them fried.  I would eat them in a box I would eat them with a get it.  I've been told all oysters are the same and I'm here to tell you...they are not.  Once you have really good oysters you'll know the difference too.

I started another book.  Probably not a good idea considering I still have two other unfinished books but I've really been wanting to read this for a long time...and it's still summer time so I can get away with reading three books at once.  I just started reading a couple nights ago and I can already tell I'm going to like it.  There's something about a book written by another teacher that makes me want to read it.  I'll let you know..about all three of my reading endeavors...when I finish them.

So there you have it.  Five for Friday beach style.  How did you spend your week?

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Butterfly Throwback

It's Throwback Thursday with the girls of  Freebelicious so I'm throwing it back to my first attempt at raising butterflies with my class this past spring.  Enjoy!

In my Five for Friday post I briefly talked about releasing the butterflies we've been housing for a few weeks now.  I was so excited to have caterpillars this year and learn the life cycle of a butterfly.  I really wanted to do it last year but it was my first year of teaching and I had no clue what I was doing and before I realized that you have to actually order the caterpillars separately...when you're ready for them...the year was over and my hopes and dreams of teaching life cycles when out the window.  Luckily! I save my caterpillar coupon from last year AND order ANOTHER coupon this year so our class was graced with TEN caterpillars!!

Each set of caterpillars comes in a jar with their own food.  I was so excited when they dropped the package off in my room that I tore it open only to find these teeny tiny little black spots.  Literally..they looked like spots.  Like I do everyday, I ran frantically next door to the teacher across the hall and in my not so dramatic voice..and by not so dramatic I mean over dramatic and I said "ARE THEY ALL DEAD?!?!" Fortunately they were not.  They were just VERY tiny caterpillars.  They started moving and eating and breathed a sigh of relief that my students would not be traumatized by a jar full of dead caterpillars.

So we left them in their jar and watched them grow.  It's so easy.  You simply leave the caterpillars in the container with their food.  They crawl and eat and crawl and eat for a week or so then they slowly make their way to the top of the jar.  Once they've made it to the top they start to make a chrysalis.  After they make a chrysalis, leave them alone for a few days just to make sure the chrysalis has time to harden.  They look something like this..
Next is the first stage of grossness in this life cycle process.  You have to take the paper with the attached butterflies out of the container and pin it to the top of the butterfly net.  Yea..gross.  You might touch their food, or get caught in their spiderweb like webs.  It's a little gross but it's not that bad and trust me if I can do it YOU can do it.  So now the butterflies are in the net!

I asked a lot of questions before I actually ordered the caterpillars.  What do you put in the net?  Will they need more food? How will I know if they haven't died?  Another teacher told me to put some paper towels in the bottom of the net because there will be a little blood and guts that come out when the butterfly opens the chrysalis.  Now I'm going to be very honest with you.  I'm not a nurse for a reason.  Blood and guts are not my forte.  So I prepared myself for a little blood.  Well, a little bit of blood turned into a-lot-a-bit of blood and the next thing I new it looked like the St. Valentine's Day massacre was reenacted in our butterfly garden.  Seriously, I had teachers down the hall coming in to check on the butterflies progress and they were all shocked!
"Is that blood?"
"Are you're butterflies dead?"
"Did you know there would be THAT much blood?"
"Oh wow I didn't know there would be so much blood!"
These were some of the questions and comments I received daily.

I kept my fingers crossed that the butterflies would open.  I'm always terrified that my projects will be to only ones that don't work because somewhere I missed a critical direction and everyone will be left sad and disappointed.  I suffer from perfectionism people I don't know what else to tell you! I was a nervous wreck but THEY DID OPEN..all except one. I was a little sad but I did not tell the kids how many caterpillars there were to begin with so they were not sad or disappointed.  Brilliant plan!  We watched together after snack time one day as our first butterfly emerged from it's cocoon. 

My class was so excited.  Immediately they wanted to name the butterfly.  The next day two more butterflies opened up and by the end of the week all NINE butterflies were fluttering in our butterfly garden.  I decided to try to let them name the butterflies...bad idea.  No one could agree on a name.  They wanted to name them after themselves or their mom or their cousin.  They wanted names like snowflake and Santa.  I kept trying to give them examples and help guide them in the right direction..they voted all of my names down instantly.  It was madness.  I eventually let it go and let them call the butterflies whatever they wanted.

We released our butterflies on Friday.  They were excited and ran around the basketball court as each butterfly flew from the net.  They cheered and yelled goodbye to Butterball, James, Emily, Hotdog, Juliet, Sparkle, Flutter, Christoff, Flutter Shy 1, Flutter Shy 2, Flutter Shy 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 and many other names that I can't remember now.  Then they looked at me and asked.."are they coming back?" They were a little disappointed when I told them no.  Their sadness was short lived and they proceeded to ask the usual questions "is it time for lunch?" "is it almost time to go home?" and I new we were back to normal.  So if you see a painted lady butterfly flying around town in the next few weeks chances are you're seeing Butterball, or James or Emily or Flutter Shy 1-9.


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Tell us about you Tuesday

If you read my Five for Friday post, which I'm sure most of you didn't because I didn't post in time to link up, you know that I'm at the beach.  I have a very rigid daily schedule that consists of lay on the beach and read...lay on the beach and read...and lay on the beach and read.  Normally, I wouldn't break away from such a strict schedule but I wanted to participate in Tell us about you Tuesday, hosted by the awesome Freebielicious girls because I want all of you to get to know me and I want to know all of you also.  So here goes...

First of all I'm a Kindergarten teacher.  I never thought I would be saying those words because truthfully, I never wanted to be a teacher.  My parents are both in education, my mom is high school math teacher and my dad is a former teacher and principal and now works in our central office.  I spent a lot of time with my mom when I was much younger and I was always tagging along to her after school events and tutoring sessions.  I watched her lay out piles of homework, quizes, and tests to grade on the weekends.  Many people think that this is what inspired me to be a teacher.  For me, it was the opposite,  I knew from the beginning that my mom would never be appreciated or paid for what she is worth and I knew then that life was not for me.  

Needless to say...that life was for me. 

I have an undergraduate degree in public relations and communications.  I love writing, reading, and talking to people.  

When I was in high school I went to New York City on a school trip and toured NBC studios.  I was instantly smitten by the world of television and news and to this day that is still what I really LOVE.

This year I will be starting my third year of teaching.  I can't believe how quickly the last two years have gone by.  

I complain about teaching...a lot...I complain about the crazy number of hours I work..the lack of appreciation I feel sometimes..and of course how I am not paid nearly enough for all of my efforts. I also know that I get to experience the world through the eyes of 5 year olds everyday and that is something I could never put a price on.

I absolutely LOVE summer and the chance to visit my friends and do all of the fun things I don't have time to do when I'm in school.

I'm sure there are many other interesting facts I'm leaving out of this post but I can't think of any of them..the sun and sand have drained my memory.  So for now this is all I have to share about me.  Stop by my blog sometime for more fun facts and stories.  Happy Tuesday!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Five for Friday..or Saturday..or Sunday

So I had big plans for summer blogging and sadly I am failing miserably. It's not on's not that I don't have anything to talk. I'm rarely at a loss for words but it does happen from time to time. However that's not the case this time. I've been to very cool places and done some very cool things I just haven't been writing about them because all my summer events have literally back to back to back. So here's a little Five for Friday catch up style.
This is what I've been living out of for a few weeks now.  My life routine has consisted of pack, leave, return, unpack, repack, and repeat.  My number one goal this summer was to do all of things I don't get the chance to do when school is in session. I love to go places and visit my friends and basically pretend like I'm a professional traveler in the summer. I've definitely been doing that but it's also been a lot of work and very tiring some days. 
It's amazing how fast the scenery changes when you're on the move. Just a few short days ago I was looking at these mountains. 

This will my new view for the next week. I must say...this will be the roughest part of my summer ;)

I'm a little ashamed to admit this but while the rest of you have moved on to Girl on the Train and girl on the bus or girl on the plane or whatever the names are of all of the spin off books I'm still reading Gone Girl. I know! Everyone else I know has either read the book or seen the movie or both already and I've been slowly making my way through the book since November. Sad, I know. I've just gotten to the first major twist which I hear is one of many so if you know the ending or any of the big game changing parts please for the love of Pete don't tell me!! I've narrowly escaped having the ending ruined several times already and I really want to make it through on my own.

In my last picture was my novel that I'm slowly but surely making my way through and also Worksheets Don't Grow Dendrites by Marcia Tate. I have a list of teacher books that I want to read and they just seem to keep piling up. This is the first book that I have started and almost finished.  I wish I could say I've read more.  There are so many good resources out there and I want to read ALL of them. While we were camping last week, I almost finished WDGD with the intentions of finishing it this week.  I loved this book because I'm really fascinated by the brain and how it works. I also loved all of the ideas of activities to make my classroom more active and fun. I found that even if there was an activity suggestion that might not work for my classroom it gave me an idea of how to create a similar activity that would work for my students and I really liked that. It's a very easy read so if you haven't read it I recommend it. 

So there's a short recap of what's been going on lately.  Just to give you a little week's Five for Friday will be a beach edition.  Try to control your excitement. =)  What are you doing this week?