The Science School Yard: Currently January...Happy New Year!

Friday, January 1, 2016

Currently January...Happy New Year!

It has been a wonderful vacation. Full of cooking, cleaning, and family!!! I might not love the cooking and cleaning up that goes with it...I might not even love cleaning out closets and torturing our garbage man with over 11 bags of garbage, but it feels good! No more papers shoved in empty spots or gift bags in 5 different spots...anyone relate? Most importantly...our time with family has been priceless. Currently...I am sitting here feeling very thankful that we survived another year and that we have so much to happy about from the year well as amazing events to look forward to in 2016!

I love connecting with Farley Over at Oh' Boy 4th Grade. I love seeing how everyone else is doing, too!

Listening: more football since I the Twilight Zone! Much more fun! Love the twists and turns of the plots!

Loving: the time off! We have stayed up late and woke up late! I got a new mattress and let's just say...I sleep so much better! Loved the card games...Wii competitions, shopping expeditions, movie watching, cleaning and purging our bedrooms and closets of years of memories... Loving my hubby and I going out to eat on New Year's...loving that all my kids were home for a week together...loving that we spent some great family time with my sister and her these pics of today's water park fun...(forgive the hair...)
My sister and the time together and the talks we have had! I am so grateful!

My niece...we went down the slide and were experts at the lazy river! 

My nephew is a cutie, petutie! He only wanted me to go down the slide with him! My heart is so full!

Here are 3 out of my 4 kiddos with their cousin! What a great day filled with fun and family!

Wanting: More special moments with family! I really loved the time our family spent together. Planning and following through on those moments are a new year's resolution.

Needing: To finish some holiday STEM packs, but I am waiting for some fun new clip art that might be showing up from Graphics From the Pond! I love Mel's work! I have almost everything done...maybe I need to get back to work...been playing too much! It has been a fun and eventful break! It is almost over...

My word is appreciation. I have to remember to be appreciative of people and events around me! Appreciative of the learning that takes place in my classroom. Appreciative when I have a special moment with my family...I have to see the little things around me and be thankful for them...appreciative!

I am so appreciative of TPT this year! My product sales have been pretty good...steadily climbing...finding more ways to add great science activities into my classroom and into my store. TPT has helped me provide some help to my two daughters in college and even helped me not put our Christmas presents on the credit card! I don't feel so scared about not having enough money to pay all of the bills. I also am appreciative of TPT getting my creativity going! I love finding great ways to integrate STEM and stations into my FOSS lessons and TPT keeps me thinking. I love being able to do that when so many teachers are having to present their lessons out of a scripted book! Appreciative! That is what I feel!

Happy New year blogger friends and thanks for stopping by! I am almost done with a freebie...stop on back!


  1. I feel the same way!! I loved having my family home! It is special now when they come home. I did a lot of cleaning out too! We still have my mom's house, so we took some of our trash to her house! LOL You do what you have to do! I'm off to check out your TPT store! How awesome! Enjoy 2016!

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by! I have my extra bags ready in the garage for next week. We already filled up our container. Yikes. It feels good to get something done this break.

  2. I have been cleaning too! Isn't it a great feeling to organize and purge?! Where does all that stuff come from?!
    Happy vacation!

    1. Hahahaha...I am not sure where all of it came from...I think it was from years of not wanting to throw things out. My oldest two came back and cleaned out their rooms. It was fun going through their elementary school boxes. The rule was will you use it or need it...Thanks so much for stopping by!

  3. We have a few things in common. I love to use STEM in my classroom and currently and friend and I (Mrs. Avery's Island) have started working on science sets that have STEM in them. The second thing is Clipart from the Pond. I love her stick characters. They are so cute! I enjoyed reading your currently. Thanks for sharing.

    Teaching Tidbits and More with Jamie

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by! I love Mel's clip art and scrappy anything! I also love how STEM is changing how my students think! I can't wait to watch what you post!


  4. Wow you sound like you had a very productive break. What a great way to start the new year. I love the memories that we make during Christmas break too. It just goes by so fast. Happy New year.

  5. Please share some of your cleaning energy with me! I think you have a wonderful resolution to follow through with your planning of special moments. I need to do more of that too. Have a blessed 2016!

  6. I totally agree with you about TpT helping me manage finances better! About two months ago we discovered one of our cats is now diabetic and his medicine and treatment is fairly outrageous. So, I am very appreciative of TpT! Have a great January (by the way- I loaded a lot of boxes and garbage sacks from my closet clean out and took them to the dumpster at my school today!)
    Teachers Are Terrific!

  7. That is awesome that TpT is helping you manage your finances. It has helped me a bit and I'm very thankful!
    Take care and Happy New Year!

  8. Love your word, and your nephew is precious! Looks like you had an awesome break!

    Don't Let the Teacher Stay Up Late

  9. Love that Currently led me to you blog. Lots of great ideas.

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