13 in 13

Another year is soon to be in the books. I tend to think of the years of my life in terms of school years, rather than calendar years. Am I the only one? But I'm excited for the fresh start that comes after a Christmas break. I have plans to celebrate the New Year at one of my favorite local restaurants, Cafe Del Sol. Great food, family, and friends! It should be interesting with three toddlers!

I am excited to be linking up for the 13 in 13 linky party! So here you have it.
Fail on the first question... I honestly don't have one right now! I haven't purchased anything new in forever. I did get a cute new purse from Target today!

I'm sure the answer would be Hunger Games or The Hobbit had I seen either one. We live away from family so the hubs and I don't get to the movies often! So I will be honest and say:
We recently watched it on DirectTV. Cute! Maybe soon we'll be brave enough to take Jackson to the movies for a matinee.
This summer, at the urging of my sister, my husband and I got into (became obsessed with) Game of Thrones. So. Good. Counting down the days to season 4!

IJ Cans American Grille, here in Winchester, VA. Great food and great atmosphere!

Opening a store on Teachers Pay Teachers, and starting this blog, of course! I am loving all the connections I'm making with excellent teachers all over the world. This journey has renewed my excitement for teaching in a way I never imagined. And the journey is only just beginning!

My bread machine is probably my favorite Christmas gift so far. I try to cut out processed foods as much as possible (I am eating M&M's as I type that statement), but grocery store bread is just so hard to stop buying. I'm hoping this will help us transition to more of the homemade stuff!


I love this blog post I pinned about mother-son dates. I'm vowing right here and now to have mother-son dates regularly with Jackson in the new year!
This blog is so brand-new, I honestly don't have a favorite post yet. I'm still trying to figure this blogging thing out. I think my posts on guided reading are probably the most informative. 

Back to the blog and my store on TpT. The K Teacher Talk Facebook page too! This is not meant as self-promotion at all; I'm just loving this experience and I'm proud of the things I've created!

I took this over Christmas break at my husband's grandma's house. It's a blurry cell phone pic but I love it! My 2 best boys.

Every memory with Jackson and Joe is precious. Jackson is at the age of discovery and watching him learn and grow is such a blessing.
I never make New Year's Resolutions, because I know that I will break them! I like the term goal much better! My goal is to keep on learning and improving my teaching, to enjoy my students and family and to take time to savor them more. Time passes by so quickly and I want to just slow down and count my blessings.
Faith. I'm a huge worry-wort by nature. I need to trust in God's plan for my life more and stop worrying about what the future holds.

So that's my 13 for 13! What are yours?
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A Holiday Recap

Oh my. Blogging is hard.

OK. So I didn't get around to sharing much of our holiday fun during the holiday, but you probably didn't have time to read about it then anyway! So here is a quick look at just a few of the festive things we did.

Elf Shenanigans
I admit it... most days, I just shoved poor Jingles in a different spot 2 seconds before the arrival of the kids. But on the last day, he made magical Elf-sized doughnuts to share with the class! To make the "doughnuts" I just made a quick glaze of powdered sugar and water, poured it into a gallon-sized baggie, dumped in a bunch of Cheerios, and shook. Then I quickly dumped them onto a cookie sheet and dusted with sparkly cookie dust. Apparently, they were delicious.
Hanukkah
We celebrated Hanukkah as well, as you can see by the menorah in the photo above. I thought it would be a GREAT idea to make latkas for the class. As you can see, they aren't the picture of culinary perfection, but they did the trick and were actually quite tasty!

Lazy-Teacher Latka Recipe
Ingredients:
1 package of frozen hashbrowns, defrosted
1/4 onion, grated (I am quite ashamed to admit that I used onion powder...it was 5 am.)
3 tablespoons flour
Salt and Pepper
Oil, for frying

Procedures:
Mix everything together, form into 1/4 inch patties, and fry both sides on the stove over medium-high heat until browned.
Snowman Glyph
I just wanted to share this cute freebie I found here on Teachers Pay Teachers. I think they turned out cute!
Snowman Soup
Ingredients:
Hot Cocoa (buy a big tub)
Snow Balls-Marshmallows (I had jumbo on hand, which I thought looked more like a snowman, but little ones might be better for the hot chocolate)
Walking Stick-Mini candy canes
Coal- Chocolate chips (it usually calls for Hershey Kisses but chocolate chips are more budget-friendly!)

I found this adorable tag here for free on Teachers Pay Teachers! 
The Night Before Christmas-What a great story for making mental images!
Reindeer Food- Did you know that using glitter can kill birds?!?!? This was news to me! I really hope there have been no bird casualties from my reindeer food over the years. This year, we used sugar sprinkles instead! Got the tag here!
That's all I have to share from December. Stay tuned for some fun in the New Year! 







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I need to get this off my chest...

Seriously.

Anyone else?
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