Hello! Happy Saturday!
I did a little work this week for school! I know, I know. I’m sorry to all of the teachers who turn their brains off for summer. I can’t help it. My brain never turns off. I’m pretty sure I still think about school, and ideas, and activities when I am sleeping, although I haven’t yet had the scary back to school nightmares this summer, thank goodness.
Anywho, my teammate, Laurie, came over and we made some letters using my Silhouette Cameo. I am getting pretty darn proficient at making letters on that machine, but that is all. And I mean THAT IS ALL. I have also only used card stock. I bought vinyl, but I’m sure it will be another couple of years before I try making anything with vinyl because that’s just how I do things.
She made some phrases such as “DREAM BIG” and “BE KIND” and then I finally finally finally re-did “YOU ARE LOVED” for my classroom. I already had it, but when I went to hang it up in my classroom, the letters were too big for the space and it wouldn’t fit. Don’t you just hate that? It would have fit, but the darn EYESORE in my classroom got in the way. If you don’t remember my EYESORE, please read THIS BLOG POST. You will feel better about yourself because I literally LOST MY MIND over an EYESORE and I still feel a bit traumatized from the entire thing.
Back in April, when I tried to hang up “YOU ARE LOVED” and it didn’t fit, I measured the space so I would know how much smaller to make the letters. And I had every intention of re-doing it right away and getting it hung up before the year ended so I wouldn’t have to do it over the summer, and then the end of year craziness began and never stopped until the last day of school, so here I am. Believe me, I also know how fortunate I am to be able to leave up all of my bulletin boards over the summer. I really don’t understand why people have to take everything off the walls for summer. A wall that is staple-able just doesn’t seem like a wall you could actually clean with cleaners. I’m just saying. Maybe I shouldn’t be saying it. Maybe you want to come in and inspect my walls for germs. Er.
Here are my other phrases if you need a reminder! 🙂 These all fit PERFECTLY. Except I still need to lower an R and maybe a T, but that’s just me.
I started working on Listen and Learn Activities for 3D Shapes this week! I finished up 2D Shapes before I went to Florida, and had all these grand plans of working on the printables for 3D shapes whilst in Florida, but then hello? I was in Florida. I was way too busy sleeping, eating, beaching, walking, exploring, eating, floating, and vacationing to do that. I don’t know what I was thinking. I brought my laptop and only opened it twice. Once, I opened it to blog, but the Wi/Fi was slow and I gave up. The other time I opened up my laptop, it was to prove to my mother-in-law that she is, in fact, on my Christmas list, and I don’t know why she isn’t getting my Christmas cards, only to discover that she is NOT, in fact, on my Christmas list at all. To my utter horror and embarrassment. Don’t even ask me. I don’t even know. I DO NOT KNOW, I said. Stop looking at me like that.
So with all of that said, here I am, ready to work on a couple of more 3D printables today. On a Saturday. Because I already have the picture idea in my head for cubes and rectangular prisms so I feel compelled to make them. It’s a thing.
I am SUPER excited to be working on more Math Listen and Learn resources because they are going to come in so handy this school year!! Plus, my kids absolutely LOVE math every single year so I know these will be a hit during centers, whole group, small groups, etc. I will post the link when these are ready. 🙂
Julie, Christina, me
Christina, of Mrs. Winter’s Bliss, was in town this week so we had our annual Glen Ivy Spa Day! We have kept up this tradition for at least ten years now and it is always one of the highlights of my summer. Christina and I have been friends for 17 years, long before TpT was even a thing. Christina and Julie have been friends for even longer than that, Julie lives down the road from me, and now she even works in my district. These girls are awesome friends!
We always start out by eating breakfast at Panera. And by breakfast, I mean a Cinnamon Crunch bagel with Honey Walnut cream cheese, of course. Then we head to Glen Ivy where we float in the shallow pool. It’s only a foot and a half deep, and when I told Steve this, it led him to make a joke about how I can stand up in it and have my head above water for once. Oh ha ha ha, I’m laughing so hard.
We then order a peach Bellini. It’s what’s for brunch, people.
After talking and talking and talking, we take a break for lunch. The food tends to be a bit healthy (it’s a spa, I guess) so we always share a cookie and some sort of candy that they have available at the check out for some sort of expensive price because they are not stupid, and they know we need something sweet after a healthy lunch of kale, and that we will pay an exorbitant price for that something sweet.
Then we get back in the shallow pool and continue on with the business of talking.
Afterwards, Christina and I usually grab dinner or hang out at my house so she can avoid traffic. This week, we hung out at my house and I got provisions for some cheese and meat and stuff. When we went upstairs to shower and rinse off all the sunblock and chlorine, Steve got down to business and prepared . . .
THIS!!! I KNOW!!! Not pictured was a super delicious honey that a student gave me (his uncle owns a bee farm!!) and some stone ground mustard. Steve encouraged us to slather a cracker with mustard, honey, a slice of cheese, and a meat . . . and I am here to tell you that it was HEAVEN! I ordinarily don’t even like mustard, but the combination of the honey and the cheese – I think I need to eat some for breakfast today!!
Cheese, meat, crackers, wine – it’s pretty much one of my favorite dinners. I love it on Friday nights.
And how great is my husband?! I am so thankful for that guy! I have no idea how my cheese platter would have looked, but I’m pretty sure I would have put the blocks of cheese out with a knife and left it at that. I am not domestic. Nope.
So, I’ve been thinking.
I know, watch out!
And I’m really trying to figure out a way to blog more often. Or about just one thing.
For example, if I took each of these five things from this post, and blogged about each one separately, I’d have five posts for that week.
Sometimes, one of my five become super long. And I feel like it needs to be its own post.
And other times, I don’t even have five things to talk about for the week. I might just have three.
I don’t know.
I’m just thinking.
If I changed things up, would you still come and read my posts if you knew that it’s still just me sitting here typing out a bunch of words? Would it bother you if it was a shorter post? Or a longer post about just one thing?
I have been doing Five for Fraturdays for so long that I feel nervous about changing it up, but in all actuality, it used to be a link up with Doodlebugs Teaching, and she doesn’t even do the link up thing anymore.
I really don’t know. It’s just sometimes, I want to blog and tell you something on a Tuesday, let’s say, but I make myself wait until Saturday. Which seems dumb when I think about it.
Thoughts? AND BE HONEST.
Hey Kristen! I would definitely read longer/shorter/any day of the week that you post! Blogging should be as much for you as it is for your readers- for when you have something on your mind, are trying to work through something, or have one of your hilarious stories to share! Thank you for sharing your gift with us!
Thank you, Felicia!! 🙂 I truly appreciate it.
Oh Kristen! My Saturdays are so hollow when I don’t hear from you. I go from annoyed (like what’s she doing that is so much more important than taking to me.), to worried (I hope her teeth are ok. Her big ole heart better be going strong. Oh my gosh somethings going on with her parents. Or I’ll pray extra hard for her nephew). See we’ve never met but I’m pretty sure we’d be bffs. (Sorry Karen if you’re reading this). It may feel old and tired to you but it sure is something I look forward to every Saturday. But hey if you feel the need to bug Long and hard on Tuesday – go for it girl. So Saturday only has four things. Somehow I think you’d find something to talk about. 😉. Have a great week and I’LL SEE YOU NEXT SATURDAY?!
Becky! You are too sweet! I love this comment!! THANK YOU!!! See you next Saturday!
Becky that is exactly how I feel. I was really concerned this spring when there was no Saturday blog! My Saturday routine consists of sleeping in, getting up for coffee and local news , washing my hair and then checking for FIVE FOR FRATURDAY. I absolutely love it and really look forward to reading it on Saturday.
They said, I would read it any day of the week😍
That would be blog not bug. Stupid auto correct!
Robin Barrett says
I love reading everything you write, no matter what day!!! Keep it up, add more days!
Thank you so much, Robin! 🙂
My vote is for blog when you want to blog! 😀
If someone only wants to read your postings as ONE long post (why I’m not really sure???) then they can save them all up and read them on Saturday!
Ha! Thank you, Brenda! I appreciate it!
Blog when you feel like it is what I say. I get your posts delivered to my email so I don’t miss them and can read your words at my leisure. 😉
Lorena, you’re the best! Thank you!
Other people blog everyday and we love what they share. You can blog whenever you want and we will read it! Please include pictures too!
Oh, thanks for the tip! 🙂 THANK YOU, Laura!
Blog whenever you feel like it! Long or short… they’re all great!
Thank you, Jules! I appreciate your comment!
Jenni Taylor says
If you write it, I’ll read it … any day of the week. I always get “something” from your posts! Thanks!
That is so sweet!! Thank you, Jenni! I appreciate it!
I love to read your blogs no matter what day! But I would enjoy being able to read and giggle more often. 😁
Thank you, Carla!! 🙂
I would read your post everyday! I think you are hilarious.
Awww! Thanks so much, Julie! 🙂
Jenny kinser says
Keep blogging any time. I always “save” your posts for last to make me happy at the end of my emails!
I think it’s fine to mix it up. Finding a blog mid-week would be a bright spot. Do what you feel inspired to do, I say. We will still be there!
Kristin, You should blog whenever you feel inspired or a deep need to share a thought or feeling or just want to share something down right hilarious (which you always seem to have those moments..i.e. the case of the missing finger =o)…… I get your e-mails, so no matter when you blog, I will see it, (YEA!!). Follow your heart !! Thank you for sharing your talents and stories with everyone. Blessings to you, Steve and Murphy….
Debbie Prellwitz says
Kristin, You are hands down my favorite blogger! You make me laugh, you make me cry, I just love reading your posts!! It would truly be a gift to read your posts more than once a week. I cannot ever turn off my teacher brain either, so keep it comin! I do miss your bachelor updates though! Every week when I watch I wonder what Kristin would say about the drama! Thanks for being my teacher friend, even though we have never met!
I love your blog, I look forward to reading your posts on a Sun (here in New Zealand) I would so enjoy an extra read during the week it would be a bonus. You always make me smile and who doesn’t need more smiles. And by the by I have a big tin too, it has been sitting under my kitchen sink for probably a year now as I just can’t bear to throw it out and I just know it has a perfect purpose so am following your IG post so I can clear up some space under my kitchen sink 🙂 Annie
I love love love your blog! So much! So please keep blogging as much (or as little) as you want! You’re on my feedly so I get updates when you post! 🙂
Write when you want to and feel inspired to. Don’t feel you have to schedule them out. I’ve been reading your blog since before you even had your store on TPT. Your Halloween story is what got me and your writing since then has kept me here. That being said, I love your writing and will keep checking back to see any posts you’ve done. Out of all the teacher bloggers circa 2010-2011 yours is the one I still come to!
Tanya Madden says
Blog more….Blog more…..Blog more ……Can you hear the chant? Can you hear the crowd getting louder??????????????