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FIVE, Fiesta, and Fredericksburg

It is that tie again... 

I always like this link up because it gives me a chance to reflect on my week's blessings
in and out of the classroom.
This week was a STATE TESTING week... BLEH
excuse me I think I just threw up in my mouth!!!

OK back to blessings
since the last week was that...
we didn't do too much in the classroom
BUT what we did do I took pics of it 
so join me now for my FIVE 
but there are more than five pics *wink*

I realized you might need a better up close and personal pic of...
no NOT our new custodian
but of our fab nest building supply holder....

I have to say our new custodian is
his first day was the day I discovered the
so he was initiated into our school family on a very sour slimy note!!!
and now my room has flies...
lots and lots of FLIES
and let's just say they were actively monitoring during the test too...
I know I have personally swatted over 30 of them into little fly heaven...
and let me tell you they are HUGE.
I think they are full on opossum guts
but hey what do I know...
I wrote cocoon
anyways our new guy...
I'll call him Mr. D
is our official FLY WRANGLER
yee haw
welcome to Texas Mr. D

and that my friends is that...
next week we have some fun things in store in my classroom
I mean I am now able to spread my wings and fly...
state testing traps me like a CHRYSALIS and now that it is over
I can spread my wings and SOAR...
hopefully our little injured butterfly is NOT a metaphor for my future week...
but hey having sugar water and fresh flowers delivered daily isn't too bad... right?


please head on over to my buddy Reagan's blog and support a wonderful cause
PURTY PLEASE go check out her fund raiser...
link above the pic
thanks so much!!!

FIVE, moose, and butterflies


I love joining this party and I am pretty sure I say this every weekend :)

but I am going to say it again... 

alrighty number one
got my new computer...
I decided on a MAC and I am so excited I did!!!
this is a pic of all the "geeks" getting my mac just the way I like it
they were super sweet and set it up 
just for me...
they bookmarked stuff and set up my numerous email accounts and all kinds of stuff...
great experience
how cute are they???


my mama and I LOVE going to auctions
and the big red barn auction in San Marcos, Texas is one of our FAVES
so we had a girls day

I wanted this big bad boy 
but I ended up at my top price and it still went for couple hundred above that
still wish I would have gone for it
oh well 
guess I will have to go to another auction
another thing I spotted at the auction 
right from the beginning was this GIANT MOOSE
OH I wanted this moose so BAD
we waited and WAITED for the moose to come up...
and waited some more
the more I waited the more I thought of all the fun things I could do with this in my
yeppers in my CLASS
I had thoughts of bunny ears for Easter, a red nose and Santa hat for Christmas, giant sunglasses and a beach towel for summer vaycay, 
I mean these thoughts just kept popping up and every time I thought of a new costume I got more excited
I finally went up to one of the auction assistants and asked when he would be coming up
with tears in my eyes I am going to tell you this....
he said it was already auctioned off a few weeks ago 
BUT the owner hasn't picked him up yet
the new owner obviously does NOT appreciate McConaughey the Moose the way I would
he would have a HAPPY 4ever home with me!!!
 so if you have a giant moose head you are looking to get rid of or know someone that does
and you want to help me in my moosey dreams
please let me know
needless to say my little fam is going to a market days tomorrow and first on my list is

ok school related
 we have been doing quick reviews on poetry and reading and dramas
 and everything else I can
squeeze into their little 4th grade brains
to do a final last minute prep for
yes we have another TEST
2 to be exact...
we took the writing test a few weeks ago and next week we have
reading and math
I constantly get asked about
point of view soooooo
this anchor chart is my solution
and YES it has helped
and WHOOOO doesn't think it is cute
your Starbucks equals my Panera
Wild Black Cherry Smoothie

Drew collected caterpillars a few weeks ago on our walk 
and we had about 10 in a little critter cage
yesterday we had  butterflies
it was really fun to watch him let them go
we still have about 4 more that need to come out of their cocoons
so there you have it...


and I do have some news to tell you about...
I was going to be moving grade levels BUT I am not
I am staying in 4th
YAY me!!!
even though my room is the opossum graveyard 
I was getting a little sad with the thought of me leaving my room...
I love my room 
I have been in it for like 12 years...
it is MINE!!! 

okie dokie I'm outta here
go check out everyone else's links... 
it is super fun to see what everyone is up to!!!


Looky Lou with Teaching Maths With Meaning

Alison Hislop is a 3/4 grade teacher in
How awesome is that?
and her blog....


ONE I can't get over the fact that Alison is in Australia 
I am super excited to be able to feature a  teacher in AUSTRALIA!!!!

she has some really great ideas!!!

I mean check this out!!!

 on Mondays Alison posts math games...
this is so cool and they are fantastic!!!
click on the pic to head to her latest game
which is...

FLIP 3 and ADD...all of the directions are included in the free download...

not only does she have cool math game freebies BUT 
she also has some really fun paid items too...

seriously look at all of that stuff...
that is a bunch of resources and activities piled into one nice big unit
click on the pic to head to this item....
it is over 70 pages of decimal and fraction yumminess!!!

and then while I was stalking her blog...
I saw this...

I am always looking for great activities that reinforce number sense
and this my friends is a perfect activity for that...
it is under $2
YEPPERS under $2

this is just a sample of Alison's creativeness... 
her blog is full of ideas and strategies...
and not to mention it cures my nosiness
 about how things are done in AUSTRALIA!!!

so if you haven't guessed it... 
I HIGHLY recommend you head on over and check all of her posts and products 
you won't be disappointed

and if you do happen to stroll on over..
tell her Farley sent ya :)


1970's car smell, Farley and the DELL, and FIVE for FRIDAY

Well ladies and gents...
the opossum situation is somewhat resolved!!!
We are back in our room BUT
it still has a lingering odor of this crazy smelling deodorizer thingy ma bob that they placed in my ceiling.
SERIOUSLY I kinda would prefer the slime smell...
OK not really but this deodorizer was OBViously picked out by a MAN...
I can only think that it is probably named
1970's mirror hanging car deodorizer
good news is I got a completely new ceiling, my room has never been cleaner (it was sanitized and disinfected more than once), and I get to teach with my windows open to help get the 1970s smell out... not so bad...
and side note the deodorizer thingy is suppose to be dissolved within 2 weeks...
one down one to go :)

and I know it is Saturday BUT I love linking up with Doodle Bugs
for her FIVE for Friday...

so here we go
and it is not going to be soooo cute because my BRAND NEW DELL laptop
has the blue screen of death and
after some awesome customer service said the Farleys NEVER
they said there is nothing they can do for me except for me to send it into them and they will replace it...
WHY WOULD I want a NEW one...this one IS NEW and it already DIED...
HELLO people...
and they said that they couldn't save my files
all of my stuff ( I know I should have backed it up)
all of my stuff would be lost forever in cyber space...
hopefully it is swirling on a glitter galaxy or greatness


but I could have someone else save them for me
like the GEEKS and I would pay for the expense...
seriously my laptop is less than 3 months old...
I am a little mad
OK I am way TICKED off
hubby told them they were lucky he was talking to them because it would not be good if they were talking to me
so long story short...
ONE a good friend of hub's saved all of my files and it cost me a fresh batch of homemade cookies
and TWO I bought it at Costco and they have a great return policy and
put a fork in it DELL that situation is DONE!!!
and I am DONE with DELL
the END
and now I am on my Hub's puter trying to do my blog...
and now I am on the look out for a NEW computer AGAIN!!!

now for something I LOVE...the

my kids love me...
they might be my toughest and roughest group yet...
BUT they love me and I LOVE THEM..
they have decided 
on their own I might add...
that every Monday is now
and everyone should wear something mustache...
I didn't know this until this Monday 
and look at all this cuteness!!!
I found these BIC Poster sized markers at
TARGET and I am in LOVE
they are great for making Anchor Charts and 
they are BRIGHT!!!
I am not being asked to review these and if I was my opinion would be the same...
they would get 3 out of 3 {puffy} hearts
 on the
 Farley Grading Scale of Love
 We have more wonderful STATE tests coming up... 
so excited about that (sarcasm)
and we needed some quick and fun review of poetry...
so where else does a teacher go to look for fun activities...
and I found a fab item by...

it is in her store...

it is Shel Silverstein Poetry Task Cards and let me tell you
I love them
my kids LOVE them
they are fun
and quizative
and well just a really nice activity!!!
I encourage you to check them out :)
I hang mine around the room to get my kiddos moving around and searching.
see it on the giant orange in the tree???
there is another on the zebra's nose
Keeps them busy and it is a great way to see if they are on task because they shouldn't be in one spot of the room for very long... see sneaky sneaky

take NOTE...this is the corner where the Opossum died... look up and see the far corner tile and the one right in front of it against the white wall... that is where the slime was... on the tile and ooozing down this wall... NOTICE the fan... it has dryer sheets attached to it to get my room smelling fresh laundry like and not...  dead critter like...

here are some of my anchor charts I made for our poetry review and 

on the above I am off center... oh well didn't realize it was such a LOOOOOOONG word 
and then
I think my mom asked me what it was (below)... it is a tree a SWIRLY tree!!! 
it is suppose to be artsy because poetry (IMO) is artsy

I got to take this sweet girl to a birthday GIRLIE DAY
I wasn't able to make it to her party soooooo
I treated her to a spa day...
we had cupcakes and manis
I love this girl
her mama is one of my besties and is our school secretary
I taught this one's older brother too
and I had her for 3rd and she looped with me to 4th
now she is in 5th
well we had too much fun getting our nails done...
it was her first time :)

Melissa from Covington's Corner Blog went with us 
and here is what we all got...
I got mint tips with a pink on pink bow on my favorite nail
Melissa got purple with polkadots and teal nails
and B got red with a ladybug on her fave nail :)

Well that about does it...
I love looking at all of the recaps from the week
you should go join too
it is not too late!!!

and stay tuned
because I might have some exciting, thrilling, maybe news 
next Friday 


ooze, active monitoring, and good luck

So I posted this yesterday
on my facebook page...

So came to school today... Needing to prep my room for THE STATE test tomorrow and a opossum decided to die in my ceiling over the 3 day weekend!!! I have a ceiling tile oozing red and yellow dead critter slime, my room smells like dead opossum nastiness, and apparently GIANT flies are having a complete life cycle party within the deceased animal because they are buzzing all around too. So what did I do??? I turned on my scentsy and high tailed it out of there!!! How was your day?

Yep that happened to me yesterday...
can you believe people actually questioned if it was an April Fools Joke...
PEOPLE I cannot make this possum slime up!!!  
I was told today that we will not be back into our class until Monday...
MAJOR cleaning and disinfecting will be going on!!! 

well today was the test and
after I promised my first born if I make a mistake while administering the test...
which is funny if you REALLY KNOW ME...
well after that and while I was on my 10th mile of active monitoring... 
I started thinking about that rotten opossum and  how the stinky slime that oozed down our wall and through the tiles was kinda like a metaphor to State Testing... 

It stinks....

good luck to all of you guys who are testing.. 
it stinks fo sho 
but hey it could be worse...
we could be the opossum that was in my ceiling