Friday, September 5, 2014


I'm finally finding time to link up with my favorite party of the month, Farley's Currently. I started a blog post on Sunday about my plans for the week but it never got finished. This week was crazy. Short weeks always are. So here's my currently!

Not only did I have the short week most of us did getting Monday off, I took today off too. My hubby had a continuing education conference this weekend so I am tagging along. One of my friends is calling it our Babymoon! The conference is in St. Simon's Island. So I'm planning on hanging out at the pool while he is in class. But the pool wasn't open yet and we couldn't check in so Starbucks it is. I'm pretty nosy and the chatter here is cracking me up. There are these older women who brought their own cake and they have been passing it to other people. 
Our state is mandating a RTI program this year and we are starting Monday. I don't feel like we're ready to start at all. We have done our universal screener but we really haven't been trained to do the scripted program we are required to do or how to analyze the data. I know who my group is and I'll meet with them Tuesday. And it will be ok! I loop with my kids so usually by now I am in a good routine. But this year has been full of changes. I have had 6 new kids added to my class and 3 of those came in one day on the 8th day of school. Then next week we are starting RTI. I've been working on the kids doing centers during this time and we are slowly getting there. It will come with some 5 day weeks.
Chris and I still have a lot of work to do on the nursery. Last weekend we hauled off a bunch of stuff to giveaway and books to sell so we're making small amounts of progress. We registered for stuff over the weekend and picked out our furniture. I am 24 weeks so we still have some time but it's getting closer.  Here's a recent bany bump picture Chris took.

My list of trips I want to go on are pretty self explanatory. I think I've wanted to go to Greece since watching The a sisterhood of the traveling pants. I love Greek food and it looks so beautiful. I want to go to Scotland because of all the books I ve read set there. I'm still working my way through The Outlander Series. Last I want to take a cross country road trip with Chris. About 5 years ago I drove to California with my bestie Katie to help her move. We had a blast and there is so much more I want to see. Plus I just love taking trips with Chris.
So that's my currently. Hopefully I can get into a groove soon and get back to blogging and creating. I  need this outlet. Be sure to head over to Farley's and check out the party.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Meet the Teacher Linky

I am joining the party over at Falling into First for a little Meet the teacher. Today is my last day before school officially starts and I'm waiting on the Air conditioner people to come fix our AC so I thought why not get a few things done on the computer.
I know I shared this picture on Friday, but it's my current favorite picture of me and my hubby.
I'm Kerri and I'm 33. I've been married for 2 years to Chris and we're expecting our first child in December. A little girl. I've entering my 11th year teaching, which I just can't believe. I taught 3 years as a 3rd grade self contained ELL teacher and loved every minute of it. But I missed my family and moved back to the mountains of East Tennessee. I've been at the same school I went to 7th and 8th grade for the past 7 years looping with kindergarten and first. I love my school I teach at. It is unique in so many ways. We're right downtown in a tourist town and we have a wide variety of students. My class the past few years has been over 1/3 ELL students and we have a variety of socioeconomic status. We also have a unique relationship with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and my kids get to go on a park field trip 3 times a year.

A few of my favorite things . . .
God, church, family especially my nieces, friends, reading, books, my local library, coffee, teaching, walking in the woods, the beach

 If you weren't a teacher, what would you be . . .
a librarian (although that might be the same)

3 little words that describe you . . .
driven, loving, loyal

Finish this sentence "_________ said no teacher ever!!"
Sure, I'd love to give a test the first week of school.

It's your birthday and you can invite anyone dead or alive. Who would it be?
Chris's mom. She passed away before his senior year and I never knew her. I wish I did. My famous person I would invite is Agatha Christie. Love her writing!

If someone wrote a book about your live, what would the title be?
Life at Full Circle - I feel like my life has come full circle to some extent. I live in the town I went to high school in and am married to a friend from high school. I teach at the school I went to.

You get to pick a Superpower, what is it?
You think I would have this figured out. My hubby is a Geek and we have lots of superhero discussions. I sometimes feel like Penny, from Big Bang Theory. In fact, I found myself explaining something about Marvel, X-men, and Spiderman and their movies to these college kids in front of us in the movie theater. It was definitely a moment. I think I would like to be able to transport myself other places. I'm kind of borrowing from Harry Potter here. I have always wished I could apparate.

Favorite Quote or Saying:
I used to collect quotes in a journal which I'm sure I have somewhere. But now I collect quotes on Pinterest. So here a few of my faves. 

If you had to sing one song on American Idol, what would it be?
No one would want me to sing on American Idol. I sing terrible. It would probably be something like "The Wheels on the Bus" or something like that. 

Morning Person or Night Owl . . .
Morning person - I get tired in the afternoon and evening. Especially since I've been pregnant. I just can't do much in the evening

Favorite Resource on TPT . . . 
It would have to be my Weekly Fluency Homework. This was a labor of love and I firmly believe in fluency practice for homework.  

Something that you might not know about me . . . 
I have no idea what to share here. I think a lot about starting my own school or mother's day out program. It is a thought I have that I continue to do what I love and have flexibility to be with my kiddo. I love teaching but it isn't something that lends itself that well to part time. 

So that's all about me. Be sure to head over to Falling into First and check the party out.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Five for Friday

I have been meaning to blog all week but it just hasn't happened. It has been a busy busy week. I have some things to share that are school related!

1. I have been back at work this week. Monday was the first day I could work in my room. I'm kind of limited in what I can do. No heavy lifting and no climbing. So I have been doing some decorating. I was finally able to use some of goodies from creative teaching press. The focus wall labels are from my Rainbow Bright Classroom Signs and Labels Pack.

2. Monday was a big day for Chris and I. We had a big doctor's appointment where we got to see all of the baby. We found out we are having a girl! Monday night we had a dinner with our families and revealed it to them. I had crocheted sashes for either boy or girl.

3. My carpet from last year was destroyed by the kids. It was a cheap rug and it unraveled easily. So I was going to piece together some smaller rugs. When I showed Chris the picture, and was looking at buying a smaller rug, he vetoed that idea and just told me to pick out a rug at target. He's a keeper that one! The bottom one looked way better.

4. It is no secret that I love Pete the Cat. I call my kiddos my Cool Cats. So When I saw this poster on Amazon, I had to have it.

5. I saw this pin on Pinterest today. I thought it was the perfect verse for starting the school year. I am officially back to work Wednesday and the kids come Friday. This is how I want to look at my work.

So that is my week. I have a couple more things to share but I'm waiting for Monday Made it. Be sure to head over to Kacey's blog and check out the party. 

Saturday, August 2, 2014


It's my favorite linky party of the month. Farley's currently. I'm currently in Charleston with my family. 
My parents, sister, brother in law and two nieces and Chris and I have been spending the last half of the week and weekend in Isle of a Palms which is near Charleston. This is our second year to take this trip. It is not as much as a beach trip as it is hanging out with family. My brother in law's middle brother and his family live here so we spend time with them and their son too. It has been a great trip and when we take it next year it is going to be even wilder. We'll have added two more kids to the mix. 
For the first time on a long time, I haven't been able to get in my room yet. It is killing me! I need that time to get mentally prepared and excited for school. Monday is the day I can get in and the day we find out what we're having. I'm ready for Monday to get here! Anyway, back to the Incredibles. Be sure to head over to Farley's and check the party out.
Be sure to head over to Farley's and check the party out.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Five For Friday

Well I set a goal for myself to blog three times a week and this week I just haven't done well with that goal. I'm not even sure what I've been doing this week. Oh yeah! Getting ready for VBS.
I can always count on the Five for Friday linky party at Doodle Bugs Teaching to get a blog post in.
So here's what I've been up to this week.

1. My sister has been working part time since she had my youngest niece, so this summer I've been taking advantage of that and spending Tuesday with my sis and my girls. These two are a mess. Soph is pretty interested in my belly and what is growing in it. She is convinced it is a girl and wants to name her Flower or Rose. Ck has been growing so much this summer. She's five months old and is trying so hard to crawl but instead looks like she's swimming.

2. Vacation Bible School starts on Sunday at my church. We don't do things like other churches and buy a kit for VBS. My pastor and hubby work together to come up with a theme and then Chris writes skits for each night. This year it is all about Sci-Fi with a Doctor Who flair. Monday and Tuesday we worked on decorating our Sunday School room to do some taping for the skits. This is my handiwork, covering the robot in aluminum foil. Chris is trying the costume on. VBS should be a lot of fun. I'm working with crafts so I've been busy with the other group members to get all our crafts together. All I can say is thank goodness for Pinterest. 

3. Our reading outreach program with our public library is going really well this summer. We started with 10 kids the first week and this past week which was our fourth week, we had 20 kids. It has been amazing. I'm am so proud that our local library lets us take books out in the community and allows kids to check them out. I'm also so proud of how the teachers I work with are willing to give up time in their summer to read with the kids.  This little girl is 3 or 4 years old and she has been so interesting to watch. 

 4. I finally finished a Teachers Pay Teacher project for the summer.  If you've been following my blog for a while, you know that I loop. Last year I was in kindergarten and we adopted the Journeys reading series. I created materials to use with it for homework and word work. So this summer the plan was to create what I needed for First grade. So far, I've been slow going. But I did get this big project done. It has activities for each lesson and every sight word in the series. You can check it out on TPT here. 

5. I finally finished a project I brought home over Thanksgiving break. Organizing my Kindergarten Journeys materials and my letter work into notebooks. But it didn't happen. I just kept adding to the crate until it was a crazy mess. I finally started the project this past week. I organized all the papers and then this week I put all my Journeys Kindergarten stuff in a notebook. It is organized by lessons with homework and sight word work. I don't have a cute cover for it or anything but I need to!
So that's what I've been up to this week. I've got to get my rear in gear and get some things done today. Like starting on my homework pack for next year and finishing up the bookshelves I was organizing in the soon to be nursery. Be sure to head over to Doodle Bugs Teaching and check out the rest of the party.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

What I've been reading

It has been a couple of weeks since I've shared what I've been reading. Since I've been home from the beach I haven't read quite as much. But I still have a few books to share with you. I'm linking up with Deanna Jump's We love books linky party.

First up is the book The Life List. This book starts with the main character's mother passing away. Brett goes to the reading of her mother's will thinking she's going to be taking over the family business only to find out that she has to complete a life list she created in middle school.  I got it as a deal of the day on one of the kindle emails I get and it sounded a little cheesy but an easy read. But I was surprised to find that it was a heart warming story and I was very invested in the main character, Brett.

Next up is another Agatha Christie. I've talked before about how much I love mysteries. Agatha Christie's are by far the best. No gore but a good puzzle. I am trying to clean my bookshelf off and read books that I have on it. So I picked up the Body in the Library. It is a Miss Marple mystery. Her friend has a body found in the library and they don't know who the pretty girl is. So Miss Marple makes it her mission to solve the mystery. 

In an effort to clean off my shelf, I found the book The Last Original Wife by Dorthea Benton Frank. I love her books. They are all set in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. The main character, Leslie, is the last of her group of friends who is still married to her husband. This is the story of the end of the marriage really. It is told by both her perspective and her husband's perspective. I liked that. It made for a little different story. 

My current read is Voyager by Diana Gabaldon. It is the third book in the Outlander series. It continues the story of Jamie and Claire across different times. Claire and her daughter are trying to find out what happened to Jamie after the bloody battle of the Jacobite uprising. This is another story told by different perspectives. So far, I'm loving it. But I'm hooked on Claire and Jamie's love story.

So that's what I've been reading and am reading. What are you reading right now? I would love to hear about it and get some new books for my ongoing list. Be sure to check out the linky party for some good children's books. 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Monday Made it - Baby Bump Style

I am continuing my summer of not working on much for school. Although I'm not sure I've been working on anything really. So this is another post that has nothing to do with school.
Anyway, I am starting to show and have been since my 12th week. It seemed like once the 12th week got here, my baby bump just popped out. It was the weirdest thing.
So this is me at the end of my 11th week at the beach. My little baby bump.

This is my bump last week. 

I am full on wearing maternity clothes now. I tried the belly band to wear some of my regular clothes and it works ok but it's kind of uncomfortable. It's fine now for me to wear the same two pairs of shorts everyday since I'm not in school. I'm guessing once school starts all I'll be wearing is dresses. I can wear a lot of my non maternity ones still. 
Anyway, I want to document my bump each week. I looked on Etsy at some of the cute week by week stickers but I just didn't want to spend the money on them. So I decided to make some of my own. They aren't stickers but I can print them off and pin them to me.  So I thought I would share them with you for my Monday Made it. 
Here's an example of what they look like. I used aquas, blues, greens, and a little gray thrown in there. We're going to use a beachy, hawaiian, nautical theme for our nursery so I wanted to do the same kinds of colors for these tags. I started with week 12 -40. 

Hopefully someone else can use these. Here's mine for this week all cut out and ready for a picture. It would have looked better if I had used my circle cutter but I was too eager. I plan on having Chris take a picture tonight. I'm currently still in my pjs and I'm not all that good at selfies. 
If you grab this freebie, please leave me a little comment love. Even if you don't, I love to hear from you! Be sure to head over to Tara's blog for the rest of the party. 
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