I’m Still Here

Hi sweet friends!  If you’re still reading this little ol’ blog, I’m still here…just enjoying EVERY.SINGLE.SECOND of this beautiful summer!  Is it possible to be busier during the summer than the school year because I’m DEFINITELY thinking it is!   I miss my sweet kiddos so much {as crazy as that might sound ;)}  We had a fun little ice cream party for our end-of-year festivities and my class gifted me with this darling director’s chair!  LOVE IT!

{Please excuse the terrible quality of these pictures…they’re all from the phone!}


I even had a sweet mom put together the dang cutest dvd full of pictures from the year all coordinated to music.  We watched it during our party and I definitely teared up :)  Love the way the cd matches my wall of fame!!!


I had a few emails from some of y’all asking what I give to my room moms at the end of the year.  Well…I do something different every year.  This year I had 9 moms that were in my room on a weekly basis…helping with publishing, poetry, stations, guided reading, and a slew of other things.  I was very blessed!  I had to do something for each of them because I wanted to let them know how much I appreciated what they did for me & my kids.  I wanted it to be personal and also cost effective.  SO, I painted these pots, filled with with cute tissue paper, then I baked some monster cookies and wrapped them up in fabric, and put them inside the pot along with a recipe card for the cookies :)  They were a hit!


The week after school let out, I spent a few hours cleaning my classroom…attended an awesome Ruby Payne poverty simulation…and had the most fun at our staff retreat!  I absolutely LOVE our staff retreat!  I’m such a big nerd!!  Those things are always so much fun to me!  We did lots of team planning and we already have our grade level theme planned out for the next school year :)  Can’t wait to share it with you!

I went to my first ever NBA finals game…Mavs vs. Heat…and had the most fun being rowdy, proud, and LOUD! 


Then we celebrated a MAVS CHAMPIONSHIP downtown with some of our closest friends and it was INSANE!!!!!  SO much fun!!!  GO MAVS!!!!!


My biggest little man started VBS this week and I got to spend lots of QT with my itty bitty.  We’ve been getting things ready for my almost 4-year-old’s pirate party coming up next week and I’m dying that I almost have a 4-year-old.  Really?!  My brother-in-law & sister-in-law & their kids are flying in this weekend to stay through the week and I’m leaving on my own little girls trip Wednesday to get away with some of my close friends for a few kid-free days!  Mr. Spouse & I will be celebrating our 7 year anniversary next weekend and then we’re heading out for our annual 18-hour road trip up north to visit his family for a couple of weeks.  MY LAWD!!!!  No rest for the weary!

I’ve also been OBSESSED with Pinterest and spending all my time falling in love with everything there.  You can find me…and all my boards…HERE!  Email me if you need an invite.  You’re missing out if you’re not on it already!!!!!!

In the meantime, I’m working on lots of fun things for my classroom and to share with you guys, too!!  I’ve had lots of emails asking if I take requests for unit ideas & such…I’d be happy to if you’re interested, so let me know what think you need!  I have a Back to School unit in the works filled with lots of fun ideas and printables, so be on the lookout for that next month. 

I’ll be back soon with a few end-of-the-year memories and ideas for next year!  Does anyone else feel like summer is almost already over?!  HA!


  1. You are too flippin' cute! We have been super busy too. I want to know how you are so tiny when I see all of the yummy stuff you are making and pinning? :) Let us know when you get up north and have some free time. Can't wait to see your back to school stuff. I'm in such a summer mode right now, my brain isn't working.

  2. I love pinterest too! I just followed a couple of your boards (mine aren't as organized LOL) I agree I think I am busier in the summer trying to catch up on all the stuff I didn't get done during school....

  3. Those flower pots you made are so cute! How do you paint your font to make it look so perfect? I thought about making a stencil with vinyl from my Cricut, but maybe there's an easier way?? Can't wait to see your back to school unit. You always have amazing ideas :)
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  4. Cara I have tried emailing you and no response. Can you please send that box you were talking about. Please contact me.
    Tammy Daniels

  5. LOVE the chair and pots...too cute!

  6. Love the pots! What a great idea! I think you should post your monster cookie recipe! :)

  7. I definitely think I have been even busier since Summer Break has started as well! But, I'm loving every minute of it.
    Happy Anniversary! My husband and I are also celebrating our 7th this coming weekend. (June 26th)


  8. What adorable end of the year goodies! Glad you are enjoying your summer! :)

  9. That chair is too cute! What a great gift. And I love your cookies and flower pots!

    Magnificent Multiagers!

  10. Summer doesn't even start for us until Tuesday! But yes, I feel like summer is going to be sooo busy this year. I am switching grade levels again and I'm not sure what I'm going to be teaching, so everyone's freebies and great ideas are awesome! Once I know, I'm heading over to TPT to buy it out!

    Miss B, Busy Bee

    P.S. LOOOVE the director's chair!

  11. We are having our first teacher planning retreat at the end of summer. Can you share your agenda?
    My principal has asked me to help plan it and I've never been to one before. What do you do in the evenings? She wants me to come up with some kind of entertainment.


  12. I love Pinterest too! It's a great way to waste time. Good thing I found it in the summer and not during the school year!

  13. nice pics


    A couple of lovers sailing around the world.

  14. Just to let you know, I am now obsessed with pinterest now. The good news is that you have provided me with something to do this summer because unlike you, I am already bored and my summer vacay started today. Haha..

  15. Those flower pots for your room moms were just too, too cute! I'm going to "borrow" that idea next year!

  16. The pots are adorable!! What a great idea. What a special gift the DVD is! A lot of time and thought must have went into that. I would have been crying like a baby if a parent made one for me! :)

    WILD About First Grade!

  17. hi there! i stumbled upon your blog through pinterest and i am hooked! :) ive bookmarked your blogs and am so excited to keep updated with them! i, too, am a teacher and a mother of two boys! you're an inspiration! have a lovely summer! jennifer from arizona

  18. I would love to get on pinterest and need an invite. I would appreciate the help! :)


  19. I am a Carroll junkie! Love everything you post. Am I lucky enough to be one of three for your great calendar packs? :) pleazzzz