Well, hello there!!
So . . . I didn’t blog last weekend.
Some of you may have noticed (some of you emailed me to check on me which I think is the sweetest thing ever in all the land) and some others of you may have not noticed at all, in which case, I do not blame you one iota).
But I skipped a post last week because I just didn’t want to write. And people, that’s saying something because I really do enjoy hopping on to my little online diary and writing down whatever suits my fancy whether anyone reads it or not.
Instead of blogging, I went to Texas.
I took off!
I got on a plane and I went to see Kerry and the kids, and her husband, and her dog, too. And, on top of that, my mom came, too!
During Christmas break, while Kerry was here visiting, I booked my trip. This way, we would have a half way point between then and summer, but then all this other stuff in my life came up, and BAM. God is so good and knew exactly what I needed RIGHT NOW, and what I needed was my family.
We had movie nights, we walked Baxter (the dog), we ate yummy food (Braums, Taco Bueno, Cotton Patch, Chuys, etc), we went to McKinney and Waco, we talked, and we laughed and laughed and laughed. AND LAUGHED.
I’m telling you, there is just something about my mom and my sisters! I don’t care if it’s something as simple and ordinary as getting on the on-ramp to the highway, we will laugh until we are crying and gasping for breath. And yes, that little highway scenario actually happened. Kerry started her car, backed it out of the parking space, and HOLY HOLD ONTO YOUR HATS because, the next thing we knew, she was zooming out of the parking lot of Chuys, careening onto the on-ramp of the freeway which just happened to be right there, and merging with traffic all quite nonchalantly, and all the while, my mom’s head was sort of flinging all willy-nilly-like as she tried to adjust her seat or her seatbelt or something, and the whole thing just cracked us right up.
I’m laughing as I type this but I know it’s probably not funny to anyone else. I get that. If Steve had been in the car, he would have looked at us like we were absolutley ridiculous. Shoulder shrug. He doesn’t know what he’s missing most of the time. 😉
I gave myself a break and it was exactly what I needed!
I feel like I’ve been really really really healthy when it comes to my coffee habit lately because ever since January, I’ve stopped drinking my International Delight Cinnabon creamer which I was basically in love with and would have married if I could have. I’m sure I could have done so in a cartoon, but seeing as how this is real life, I’m married to Steve and not Cinnabon Coffee Creamer.
So anyways, in January, I switched to the Coffee Mate ALL NATURAL Salted Caramel Creamer and it only has four ingredients. And don’t get mad about the sugar ingredient, or we seriously cannot be friends anymore. Because I went from 423 ingredients (ballpark figure) in the Cinnabon creamer to only FOUR in the ALL NATURAL creamer so BACK OFF ALREADY. If the four ingredients were SUGAR, CARAMEL, CHOCOLATE, AND NOUGAT, I would say but look! It only has four ingredients! It’s healthy! So let’s leave it at that, shall we?
I’ve seen advertising for the Coffee Mate ALMOND MILK creamers, but my local store wasn’t carrying them. Until this week.
GO GET YOURSELF SOME.
I am not a milk drinker. Nope. NO. Bleck. But I DO like Almond Milk on my cereal and, if you twist my arm, I’ll drink a super cold glass of CHOCOLATE Almond Milk.
In other words, this Almond Milk creamer is DIVINE. I feel like I am salivating right now.
By the way, it was really 5:15pm because I haven’t changed all the clocks yet. I like to live on the wild side. I can drink coffee or caffeine at virtually any time of the day or night and still sleep like a baby. It doesn’t affect me at all. I love sleep.
Maybe I would marry sleep in a cartoon . . .
HOW FUNNY IS THIS GIRL?!
I cracked up when I was grading this at home the other night. Stay – the song! HA!
I put this on my Instagram and no one really wanted to talk about how funny and cute that was. Nope. They wanted to talk about whether or not I created this Spelling Test. And I did NOT.
My talented and brilliant friend, Christina at Mrs. Winter’s Bliss did! Isn’t it a great test?? You test the students on the words (in our case, the phonics pattern(s) of the week, you make sure they can find and correct errors in a sentence, AND, you make sure that they can READ their spelling words in context! We’ve been using these tests for YEARS AND YEARS AND YEARS. Seriously. Like at least 15 years!
Christina has several grade levels available, so if you’re looking for a COMPLETE spelling program, this is it! But she also just sells the template, too! 🙂
I love Guided Reading.
It’s my favorite!
This week, one of my groups was reading a version of the The Three Little Pigs.
When one of my little guys turned the page and saw the picture of the wolf, he shouted out Look! The wolf is wearing skinny jeans!
I have probably read this with at least one group every year for the past however many years and this was a first for me.
But once I started looking closely, well . . . those are some pretty tight jeans.
Either that or the Wolf has some junk in the trunk.
Just saying! 😉
Well, it’s here!! Steve will be racing in his first Olympic triathlon TOMORROW!! He has been working SO HARD and now he just can’t wait to get it over with! Ha! We are heading down to Coronado today and will spend the weekend there with his work buddies and their families. It should be fun and exciting! 🙂
I can’t wait to see how he does! 🙂 And what I mean by that is that when he gets up at the crack of dawn, I’ll keep sleeping, and then a couple of hours later, I’ll go wait at the finish line for him. 😉
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!