I know it’s been awhile since I have blogged and I promise I’ve some great
excuses reasons. Just a little catch up as the crazy busy week continues.
Meet Buddy the newest member of our family. He is 3 months old today and so much fun. We rescued him from a local rescue organization where he was with his 4 litter mates. Buddy is a Basset/Beagle mix otherwise known as a Bagle. The last 10 days have been full of crate training, puppy pads, chewing on things appropriate (and inappropriate), daily nap time and so much more.
The girls are getting used to him and they see him as their brother. They are at the tolerating point right now and still jealous over affection.
So the same day that we adopted Buddy we also bought new mountain bikes to start getting some exercise. Well of course you get to test your bike before you buy it. I didn’t know the bike store was in the plans or I would have planned a better outfit for sure. Needless to say when I was taking my test ride I was trying to turn at the end of the driveway and my sandal slipped a bit so while trying to get it back on I ran into a concrete ramp, the bike fell over and of course I tried to catch myself. All I thought was that it was some scrapes on my arm and leg but the next day we decided that a splint was in order because of the lack of motion in my wrist.
Now that it has been 10 days I’m trying to have more time without the splint but I still have to take it easy. Hubby keeps teasing me that my middle name should have been Grace.
I’ve been also doing a lot of work to get ready for Arkansas Association of Middle Level Educators (#AAMLE14) where I will not only be presenting next week but ALSO exhibiting! I am so excited and can’t wait to present this new session.
Lots of work has been happening to get my booth stuff ready and one of those things is the banner above. I cut out the burlap using a stencil I created with KG Flavor and Frames Four. Someone should have told me the tricks of burlap before cutting because I had to go back and spray starch and iron every piece before painting the letters on. Hot Glue was my friend to get the pennants on the jute rope before I tied on the fabric in between each letter. I’m so happy with how it turned out.
Yep, more conference prep. The table is where I am working on prepping goody bags before my back gives out for good, boxes of goodies from fellow teachers I am marketing for at #AAMLE. Tubs full of marketing books, task card samples, session supplies and so much more. I tell you it is organized and I understand the chaos that it entails.
So now you can see I’ve been a bit busy and away from the computer. My goals for when I return from Arkansas next week are to get back to finishing the last of the two units (one for 6th grade and one for 8th grade) to complete the Interactive Notebook Bundles. Once those are complete samples will be started and added.
And a TEASE for my Texas Peeps! I just finished getting the alignment done for the Common Core to NEW MATH TEKS for 6th-8th grade and I will be creating a completely TEKS aligned Interactive Notebook just for you! Goal is to have it up and running before CAMT in July so that I can have it there for you to purchase!
Many of you know I have gone to several conferences and presented here and there but I have NEVER had the opportunity to be an exhibitor. When Michele Luck of Michele Luck’s Social Studies asked me to help her in my home state of Texas you better bet I was there!
You may wonder what we are doing as a part of being an exhibitor. Michele goes around and represents Teachers Pay Teachers to let other teachers know about the amazing resources that they can find out there. She opens it up for TpT authors to jump in and be a part of the group by sending in little goodies for teachers to help market their stores.
You can see from our first day of work, we were hard at work preparing goodie bags (you can see some in the background) containing roughly 20 different teachers materials. Talk about assembly line processes at it’s best!
After about 3 hours of work on Tuesday we were able to completely stuff around 200 bags. It then took another 6 hours on Wednesday (I slept in a bit so I didn’t help the entire time) to complete the stuffing of 500 total bags, use a sticker to tape them down and then pack them up in the boxes. And VOILA we are done and ready to take them to the exhibit table for Thursday-Saturday!
Make sure you are following me on Instagram (@4mulaFun) so that you get regular updates from the Texas Middle School Association Conference as well as Facebook for some more short updates over the next few days.