Sunday Stuff

Happy Sunday!  Seven and a half more days of school.  I'm not counting or anything.  Just informing those of you who may be interested.

The wedding we went to yesterday was really cool.  Different.  It was at this crazy house in the hills of Laguna Beach.  The shuttle that picked us up would not drive up the driveway because it was so steep.  So we had to hoof it.  Basically, my hubby had to get behind me and push me up the steep incline.  Once we got to the top, we had to go upstairs.  

It was worth it in the end.  AMAZING view.

Although the house was so strange.  Really.  None of us knew how to turn on the water in the bathrooms or turn on the lights.  Seriously.  So it didn't matter that my hair had fallen or that I had sweated off all my makeup from the Mount Everest climb.

The bride is a DIY-er.  And she did it.  The little details were perfect.  It was very non-traditional.  My favorite part was her dress.  Loved her dress!!!  And the fact that the original officiant cancelled on them a few days before the wedding so one of our good friends got licensed over the internet and stepped in.  He is Scottish.  As in, really Scottish.  Not the way I say I'm Scottish.  Which I am, but not enough to really say that.  Although I am enough Scottish that my dad says I'm not allowed to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.  Our friend is truly Scottish.  His parents still live there and he moved to the states to go to college.  

He was perfect.  His accent added to the whole affair.  So did the kilt. 


For real.

I loved his dress, too.

Speaking of dresses . . .  I don't have a great pic of me in my dress.    I looked up the dress online and couldn't find it anymore.  So I present you the dress hanging in my closet.

And here I am in it.

Does it look like we are at the beach?  Because we are.  I think it looks more like we're in the desert.  And that we're stranded in the desert.  Which we kind of were stranded.   We were supposed to park at an elementary school to catch the shuttle.  But the elementary school parking lot was blocked off with a bunch of signs talking about being towed away.  One sign said, "Towed Away?  Call the Sheriff."  Can you imagine what the sheriff would say?  "So you got towed away, did ya?  Why did you park there?  It said Tow Away Zone.  Say goodbye to your car."

Luckily, we met up with another friend who was in the same boat we were and we finally figured out that there had been a change in plans and we had to park at a grocery store.

I guess if you really want to stalk me, you can figure out what the rest of my license plate says.

It has come to my attention that I haven't offered any freebies lately.

I don't know how to remedy that.  I don't have anything.  I already gave away my sanity.

I am going to offer the third product for the Learning Resources giveaway later this week, though.  That's something.

And I want to tell you about my park and props.  I got a lot of questions.  And inquiries.  And stuff.

These are called Desktop Prop and Parks from Really Good Stuff.  I love these.  I got them about two years ago.  They cost a pretty penny.  Or a dirty penny.  Either way, you need a lot of pennies.  I used some tax return pennies.  

I think they've gone up in price, too.  But if you want to check them out, click {HERE}.  I can't say enough about them.  They are REALLY convenient.  I use velcro to stick them to the desks.  We only took them off twice (for parties).  

I am a little anal about them . . . my kids know they can only have one pencil in the tray and that's all.  No crayons.  No whiteboard markers.  No erasers.  No junk.  One pencil and that's all!  I've been known to take away things that don't belong.  They learn quick that way.  And tears do nothing to me.  Not when it comes to a neat and organized classroom.
I wish I was doing a Giveaway for Really Good Stuff, but they don't know me from Adam.  Or Eve.  Or from a tree in the forest.

I also have their magnetic pocket chart.

The magnetic strip on the back of this chart is no joke.  It holds like no other.  I have it on my big whiteboard and I can slide the whiteboard over to get to the storage behind it.  This pocket chart has NEVER EVER fallen off.  EVER.  And I'm going on . . . oh, about eight years now.  LOVE IT.  You can check it out {HERE}.

Well, that's my sales pitch for the day. 

Hope you enjoyed it. 

I must go work on report cards now.  UGH.  

On the bright side, it will be the LAST time until next year!!!! :)


  1. Your dress is BEAUTIFUL! Sounds like quite an adventurous wedding trip (and wedding!).

    The Desktop Prop and Park looks awesome. I am going to go check them out. If I end up buying anything from them, I'll tell them you sent me. Then, maybe they will know you from Adam or Eve.

    Enjoy your last few days!

    A Year of Many Firsts

  2. FIRST TO COMMENT!!! (Unless a quicker typist beats me to it.) I have nothing to say except: I AM THE FIRST TO COMMENT! (... and I will be super duper embarrassed if someone beats me and I am not the first.)
    An Open Door
    P.S. I LOVE reading your blog. NO freebies are needed.

  3. I can't even imagine my officiant cancelling a few days before the wedding!!

    I read some of your post to my hubby and his first comment was he wants a Scottish accent! :)


  4. Oh man ... I am truly super duper embarrassed! That Lyndsey is one quick typist!
    An Open Door

  5. They say to walk in a zig-zag up a hill... I don't know who they are, or if it helps any! :) And I just might need to check out those prop thingies!
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  6. Kristin:
    You look FABULOUS in that dress!
    And, for the record, your hair looks great--especially since you were at the beach... or was it the desert?

    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

  7. Love it and love my picture on the bottom ;) We need to have another so cal blogger meet up or I'm never going to talk to you again after you go to Texas. :`(

  8. If I was attending a wedding that was an uphill steep climb, it would have been promptly followed by a funeral- I would have sent a text....with a picture of me at the bottom of the hill, mind you, that said- "Happy Wedding Day! I wore the wrong shoes. Good Luck."
    I would be an awful friend of a friend on a steep hill! (You look totally fabulous btw)

    Going Nutty!


  9. I'm all for another meet up!!! :D

    I like that magnetic pocket chart. I put magnets on mine ... it doesn't hold all that well. Who knew they made some that actually come that way!

    Freebies? No need. Your good vibes and humor are the BEST freebies. :D

  10. I love reading about your adventures! Just got back from my own adventure to watch the eclipse. My husband wanted to get good pictures and see the whole thing so we drove to the middle of the desert....highway 50 Nevada desert. We did get some good pictures and it was a fun Sunday afternoon/evening. It is however midnight and I have school in the morning. Butterflies are waiting.

    I don't use pocket charts in my classroom, but I am beginning to wonder how I lasted a whole year without one. (well actually I have one or two, but nowhere to put them). I may have to invest in the magnetic one. I have a good magnetic white board.

    I am getting windy, or wordy, but I couldn't stop with out saying your dress looked great. And if you have a blog meet up, I truly might have to trek all the way there. I would love to meet everyone I stalk.


  11. I love Really Good Stuff! I have their number sense pocket chart and it's magnetic....it sticks very well! Love your stories. Caught this one during my Monday morning coffee and it started my day with a chuckle. Thanks for sharing.

  12. I love Really Good Stuff! I have their number sense pocket chart and it's magnetic....it sticks very well! Love your stories. Caught this one during my Monday morning coffee and it started my day with a chuckle. Thanks for sharing.

  13. I have that pocket chart! That magnet is no joke! It could hold 500 lbs! Looks like you had a great time at the wedding! Cute dress!


  14. that sounded like quite the adventure! and that dress is so pretty and classy :)

    Miss Elementary

  15. I'm so glad you posted about the prop and parks! I was checking them out this weekend, and now that I've actually heard from someone that they're worth it, I may just have to pony up and buy some! I have tables in my classroom instead of desks, so any saved space on the table top is a must.
    Hangin' with Mrs. Cooper