Friday, December 16, 2011

Pictures, Pictures and More Pictures

Today was my last day before break - phew, what a sense of relief...what a long week.  I'm so happy -

What -


Wait -

I still have FOUR. MORE. DAYS.

So all the rest of you can just stop your bragging right now, hear me?!?!

Here are a few pictures from today... {I was a picture takin' fool}

We had a reading celebration today  - celebrating all of our hard work retelling stories.  These were their gifts for a job well done {gotta love winning a blog giveaway!}.

The kids brought their stuffed buddies from home to help celebrate!

Got these retelling bookmarks from somewhere in blogland - can't remember where - it's been years.  LOVE using these bookmarks.  I teach one or two important components of a thorough retell each day.  After all of the parts have been taught, I make my "fake phone call" to my teaching buddy, Barb {remember her?} and pretend to retell a REALLY GOOD BOOK that she JUST HAS TO BUY!  Then I send the kids off to practice with a reading partner.  The paperclips are attached for them to slide down as they tell that part of the story.  The ones above {with the stuffed buddies} were made by my parapro.  I'll grab them from school next week and will post them here.

I walked into school today to these little bursts of sunshine. They came from a dear friend for my 40th {yikes!!!!!} birthday.  xoxo

I also walked into this...

Happened upon this little awesomeness today minutes before doing the snow globe craftivity with my kiddos.  Only wish I had brought a snow globe from home  - what was I thinking!?!

Don't you just love 'em?!?! Click {HERE} for more details.

If you haven't tried glitter spray - you might want to.  I'm anti-glitter. Haven't allowed a sprinkle of that evil stuff in my classroom in YEARS.  Love this stuff...xoxo

Came home to this...

And this...

I got a new camera for my birthday. Just trying it out. Here's our Christmas tree.

The reason for the season..

Our village - with a strange black blob on the right. I swear that's not on my wall...hmmmm

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care...

Just my wreath - she hangs all year round, but I like her!

Happy weekend girls - let's enjoy this nice l o n g break -

Shoot - mine hasn't started yet. 

Get some rest for me ya'll {I love saying that - do you think my Michigan friends would get annoyed with me if I started throwing it into everyday conversation?}



  1. Thanks for visiting my blog. :) I read your post about the girl who got sick after she left school...been there! I still have 3 days of school left to go too...have a good weekend.

  2. Four days to go? Hey, I'd take that because I have FIVE days to go! We have to go up to and including Dec. 23!

    But, hey, I love the retelling bookmarks and the snowman globes. I'll have to find that book now. Thanks for the ideas!

    First Impressions

  3. Happy Birthday Birthday Sister!!! Love the snow-globes, and the Christmas decorations! I am sorry you have to go another week I don't know if we could have made it! But I bet you don't go back to school until the 9th - we are back on the third, was going to be the 2nd but they gave us that off and added a day at the end of the year! Anyway I hope you have a great 4 days I will be thinking of you!!

  4. Happy Birthday!! I LOVE how your snow globes turned out...very cute!

  5. Happy 40th, you young thing! It looks like you had a great birthday. Your tree is so pretty and your room looks so cozy. Love all you do with you class. Just the kind of teacher that I would've loved.

    Thanks for coming by and entering my giveaway at Cotton Pickin Cute. And I'm so glad to have you as a follower.

    Best of luck Holly and Merry Christmas....Tracy :)

  6. Happy Birthday!!! I hope your students treated you right! Love your pictures and I hope you keep them coming now that you have a new camera!

  7. Hi Holly,
    Happy Birthday. Love your blog so I'm giving you the Liebster Award. Hope you can come by and check it out.

  8. Well Happy Birthday!!! And I am so sorry you have 4 more days. I hope you can survive. I love the retelling bookmark. Cute idea.

  9. I have four more days too!! At least we have this little weekend thrown in between! Thanks for your blog!!! Happy Birthday!!!

  10. I'm so jealous of your fire place! That's on our to-buy list by next year (now that we have a house that we can fit one in) JUST so we'd have a place to hang stockings! ha! b/c we REALLY don't need one here in, at all!! lol

    ♥ Jen Ross
    The Teachers' Cauldron

  11. seriously!!! Do you live near enough??? Email me! click the contact me button on my blog and let me know if you really can meet up.

  12. I love your blog and I am giving you an award! Check it out here:

  13. HAPPY BIRTHDAY a little late...
    and I love the snowglobes too cute!!! thanks for joining in on the partay!!!


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