January Currently

It is the beginning of  a new year and my little blogs 1 year anniversary. I am linking up with Meghan Farley at Oh' Boy 4th Grade for her monthly Currently Linky party.

Listening: My youngest is 9 and L-O-V-E American Girl EVERYTHING. She inherited my oldest's, who is 15, dolls and plays nonstop with them. My husband built her dollhouse last year for Christmas and she is constantly creating and designing for it. Just last week she asked me to save the cereal box so she could use it to create something fabulous for her dolls. Needless to say, Hobby Lobby is one of her favorite stores. The new girl of the year is coming out January 1 and we expect the catalog in the mail Friday. She has been playing some games on the AG website this evening. 

My oldest is 15 and headed out to a New Year's Eve party/sleepover. The hair drier was drying and the curling iron curling. 

Loving: I love this time of year. This, in addition to a new school year, is my favorite. I always feel like anything is possible. A year ago today, my oldest was in bed recovering from a fractured vertebra. Now she is out and about. It is amazing what can happen in a year. Thanks be to God for everything!

Thinking: We don't go back to work until Monday and then kiddos come on Tuesday. I'm going in on Friday to clean, and organize, copy, and prepare for the next semester. This is always a time I like to give my room a little refresher. The butterfly feeling comes from being excited to get back to work and see my kiddos! Two weeks is a long time in a first graders life!

Wanting: I'm headed in to make a cup of joe and finish the season of The Missing. I'm at a really good spot and can't wait to see the next episode.

Needing: As much as I love putting up the Christmas decorations (and I do!), I love taking them down. The stark cleanliness of the house makes my heart sing! I always do this the Sunday before heading back to work. At the end, it feels like the house has taken a deep breath. 

Yes: To taking more risks professionally. My goal is to blog 2 times a week to share what happens in my room. Not to share the perfection (which rarely exists, but don't you think other teachers have it? I know I do) but to share the reality. 

Maybe: The Parent's Association at my school awards a Teacher Fellowship grant to one teacher each year. You decided what you want to apply for, write up a grant, and present to a board. We don't have a Leveled Bookroom at my school and I'm thinking about writing a grant for this. I'm trying to get a couple other teachers to go in with me. Maybe.

I wish: For honesty and truthfulness always.....Sounds funny, but when you meet me, you get me scars and all. I just wish people would just be themselves and not try to be someone else in order to fit in in the world. 

Well, that's me currently. 
One year later and getting hang of this blog thang. 
One year later and trying to get the hang of the TPT thang. (good gravy, I've feel like I've been working on the same product for EVER!!! How do others crank out the products? Honestly...I'm on a learning curve!!)

Oh my stars....if you made it this far you are a Saint and thank you for reading. 

Love ya!


  1. Stephanie, I could not believe it when I read your "Yes!" My blog is also 1 year old, and as I consider my blogging goals, I was thinking twice a week blogging seemed like a reasonable goal. Part of what stops me is how amazing everyone else's pictures look. I think we ought to be alright showing the reality.I will if you will!
    Not very fancy

    1. Hi Deb, Woo Hoo! I posted classroom photos after a little classroom cleaning day. Take a look. My photos are a bit fuzzy -- taken with my phone. Maybe I need to upgrade my camera too. http://lunchsnackrecess.blogspot.com/2015/01/classroom-photos-in-january-yes.html

  2. I love that you have a professional day on Monday! What a great way to ease back in after vacation. Totally great. We are just right back to business on Monday- and actually, this is the longest winter vacation we have ever had. I'm loving it- though I'm sure next year will be back to the standard week and a half. :(

    I'm a new follower, I found you through Farley's link up. Happy Blog-iversary, and Happy New Year! :)

    Caffeine and Lesson Plans

    1. Thanks Mandy for following me! (insert smiley face). I went in today (Friday) and organized/cleaned. Besides administration, I think I was the only one there. Felt good. I'm planning to post some classroom photos this weekend.

  3. Here's to a happy new year and "new adventures!"
    -Lovely Nina

    1. Hi Lovely Nina,
      Thanks so much for visiting my blog.
      Happy New Year!


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