I am overwhelmed by all the kind words, emails, and comments on my blog and facebook page about Sydney.  Your thoughts and prayers really helped.  I felt like I was getting a hug each time I read a new comment or email.

It's been a rough weekend.   

And, in the interest of telling you everything about myself as you all know I have the tendency to do, I think it's safe to tell you that I am sad.

But.  Deep breath.  Smell the soup, as I tell my kids.  Watch Ellen and laugh a little.  Take dinner to a good friend who just had a baby and hold that baby and smell that baby and squish that baby and pretend you are kidnapping that baby.

So.  Life goes on, apparently.  That's what the baby said, anyway.

Thank you.  From the bottom of my heart, thank you.  It makes me get emotional just thinking about the outpouring of love I've experienced so I'm going to stop talking about it now.

Two things I want to tell you.

First, I had a watch dog come in on Friday.  This is actually a dad, and not a dog, just to be clear.

He thought the identical-twins-related-to-a-famous-person were hysterical.  He got to watch them perform a choreographed dance during our inside recess.  It wasn't that professional, and there was no music, and they may have fallen down a few times, but we all shouted for an encore anyway.

The watch dog also got to see my kids share (oral language).  They were sharing their collection of one hundred things.  And my new girl (who is actually not that new anymore because I got her before Thanksgiving break, but I still think of her as new girl because she almost never talks and I don't know that much about her) got up to share her pencils, of which there were not one hundred and more like six.  I know this because she could hold three in each hand.  But that's neither here nor there because she HATES sharing in front of the class due to her limited English, so I take what I can get.  Up until this point, she echoed what I whispered for her to say.

But, on Friday, she said she didn't need my help.  

And she spoke all on her own, even with transition words!  We didn't care that she said, "First, Second, First, Seventh".  The whole class erupted into applause -- it was a moment.  

We had a moment.

And one of my twins took that moment to wipe pretend tears from his eyes and shout, "TEARS OF JOY, NEW GIRL!  TEARS OF JOY!"

The watch dog lost it.  LOST IT.

He said he could have stayed all day.

Uh, I think not.  I mean, it was the 100th day of school and no one needed to see us eating fruit loops off the floor during our make a necklace activity.

The second thing I wanted to tell you is that (up until this weekend, at least) I've been working really hard on my Kindergarten Morning Work Pack 2.  It's getting this.close to being finished.  So for those of you who have requested more sight words and some sentences, I've got you covered.

Here are a few samples:

(picking up where we left off in the other pack)

So . . . almost finished.  And then I'll give some away!!  Check back this week.

I'm looking forward to the housewives of Beverly Hills and The Bachelor tonight . . . how about you?


  1. Yes and yes to your last question! As always your story telling makes me laugh!

  2. Still cried... Go new girl :) I got a new little girl last week. Her first day was with a sub and a fire drill and a program - poor thing. She's quiet and sweet - bilingual, but hanging in there. Congratulations on being on best sellers top 10 - proud of you :)

  3. I am not a dog lover, I know, it's a sad thing. . . but I am sympathetic to those who lose the dogs they love. I am sorry for your loss.

    I too am anxious to watch the Bachelor. . but I have quite the dilemma! I like to watch Biggest Loser and it comes on at the same time on Monday nights. . . so I tend to flip during the commercials. I hate that. . . so tonight, I'm dedicating all of my time to Bachelor! I just have to take a stand.
    And sometimes they carry the Biggest Loser on another night during the weekend.

    We had a snow day today, but alas the temps heated up and the snow is all melted now. . . just too weird! I knew you'd appreciate that story, since you don't get to see much snow in Cali!

    Muah to you!

    Second In Line

  4. Please tell us who the famous person is once the year is over and all bets are off!!! If I ever switch to kinder I am ALLOVER your morning work! :)

  5. I echo Reagan, will the mystery of the twins ever be revealed ???? Glad you are feeling better, only you could make us all smile during a sad time !

  6. You made me laugh, you made me cry! I feel like I have insider information and I love it ;) LOVE your new pack and LOVE you!!!

  7. Hey! Reply is FIXED! Yay, you!
    And, I could just picture you with that baby...squishing and sniffing and snuggling.
    Growing Firsties is having a great giveaway - including Erin Condren!!

  8. Oh, I am so excited for new girl, today a few words tomorrow a sentence, the next day the world. Great job, you have given her confidence. I hope you have a fabulous week.


  9. Oh Kristin, I'm so sorry about your sweet pup. I somehow missed that post while I was doing some snuggling with a new baby of my own. Well...not my own, she's my niece. Come to think of it...maybe I was pretending to kidnap her as well. ;) I know how hard it is to lose your baby and I'm praying that you find a little bit of peace.

    PS - What the heck, Tierra??

    What Happens in First Grade

  10. I had a watch dog in my room today too. He got to experience our math review game since we have a test tomorrow. He also got to experience the fun of a lock down drill. With people from the district and police department coming to see that we do it correctly. THAT was fun. It went well though I think he was more stressed by it than the kids.

    I love all of your morning work. If I every go back to the lower grades, I will definitely be investing in it.

  11. I am behind 3 Beverly Hills! 3!!!!!! I dvr them and I CAN'T stay awake! Once my head hits the pillow it's off to Snoresville for me! I tried this weekend to catch up...I really did! I watched for about 11 minutes! I love your Bachelor posts...ever think about Housewives posts?? :)

  12. Sorry to hear about your dog.

    We celebrated our 100th day today. We had K-buddies. My 4th and 5th graders always look foward to it. Where we made a 100 snack, and made a 100 headband. My daughter on the way to school wanted to make a collection of 100 things (I was away this weekend). Needless to say that didn't happen (mother of the year ;)).

    Can't wait for Talk about it Tuesday!

  13. We can just hear your heartbreak in your typing. Big hugs to you friend.
    Sounds like your twinies have a lil actor in 'em! Love how kiddos can support each other. And you go-New Girl!
    ~Christy & Tammy
    Fluttering Through First Grade

  14. Watching house wives right now....love
    I am glad you have experienced the outpouring of love we have for you!

  15. Between this post and the Newbery winner...I've got tears of joy!

    Chickadee Jubilee

  16. Thank you for making me crack up! I've been thinking about you & hoping you're ok. I bet it was a little helpful being at school distracted by your cuties (that always seems to help me).

  17. Kristin, I'm loving the new Part 2 stuff for kinder warm up. Those activities are definitely more geared to where my students are right now. (I work mostly in Asian community and they are so SMART!)