Five for Friday

It's been a while since my last post.  I just realized I can't do everything.  Actually, I came to that realization a long, long, LONG time ago, but it slapped me in the face yet again this past month.  Between getting 8 presentations ready for the TN 1st grade conference, being the grade level chair for our community Fall Fest, and *trying* to take care of my little family, everything else in my little world just got pushed to the side.  And I'm okay with that.

If you purchased my growing Work on Writing Year Long Bundle and are wondering why I didn't meet my October 15 deadline for adding the November edition, I promise it's coming this weekend.  I'm hunkering down these next two days to finish it all up.  I apologize for the delay.  I didn't take my conference schedule into account when I set those deadlines a few months ago.  Scatterbrained and behind pretty much sums up my life right now.  Thank you for your patience and understanding!!!

Since so much has been going on this last month, I thought it would be fun to recap it all and link up with Kacey for Five for Friday.

Our community Fall Fest was a week ago.  I spent every Friday up at school helping the committee prep for the big event.  It's actually a pretty impressive ordeal.  It's completely free for the community and the area businesses come out the night before and cook for the crowd.  Did I mention it's free?!  Tacos, gumbo, corn dogs, hot dogs, brisket...SO.MUCH.FOOD!!!  There are lots of games for the kids to play and I was in charge of coordinating the Kindergarten booths.  SO fun!!!  I didn't take any pics of the set up, but here are my boys enjoying Fall Fest.  They had the BEST time!!!!

The boys had the BEST time at Fall Fest, but as soon as I got home that afternoon, my sweet little Grant fell off the neighbor's monkey bars and hurt is arm something awful.  Praise the Lord it wasn't broken, but it was swollen pretty badly.  The x-rays didn't show a fracture, but they treated it like it was broken.  Sweet boy asked for dinner at Texas Roadhouse because "thothe rollth and thinnamon butter are the betht!!!!", so we took him out for being so brave and as soon as he got home he asked us to take off the splint.  He's doing 100x better now and has full range of motion in his arm!  Halleluia!

The boys were SO excited to take us up to school last week for Open House.  They couldn't wait to show us everything they've been working so hard on in their classrooms.  I love that they love school as much as they do and I owe it all to their amazing teachers.  We love them and the love and dedication they show our boys every single day.  We feel so blessed!  I mean, c'mon...are they not the cutest, proudest things you've ever seen!? {I'm totally biased, of course ;)}


They got to meet Clifford at the Book Fair that night, too!  SCORE!

It took many, many weeks and countless hours to prep and plan my presentations for the TN 1st grade conference.  Here's a little peek at what I shared when I was there.  I haven't shared it on the blog and it's not available on TpT because I got a little feedback from Vegas where some of the conference attendees said they would rather see more brand new ideas than many ideas from my I wanted to make sure this time around I had plenty of new things to share with the girls in TN!  Well shoo!!!  I love sharing on this little blog...this is hard!!!   The struggle is real!!!  ;)        


Speaking of TN, I had the BEST time.  The ladies who attended were some of the sweetest, most gracious people I've ever met.  I got to spend some time meeting and having dinner with one of the sweetest girls, my dear friend Elisabeth from The Adventures of Miss Elisabeth.  I adore her.  And her ideas.  We had dinner at J. Alexander and it was the perfect start to my two-day stay in Tennessee!

And I met these adorable ladies, too!!!  They were just as sweet as could be!

I got to see one of my favorite friends, Elizabeth from Kickin' it in Kindergarten, and she took me to one of her favorite downtown Franklin boutiques for a little retail therapy.  She's not good for my check card....dangit!  But boy that sure was a precious boutique!!!

We walked around downtown Franklin for a little bit...the most CHARMING city in the world {I swear we're moving there one day!!!!}...and then headed out to dinner at Gray's with the ladies from GoNoodle.  I LOVE them!!!!

If you don't know about GoNoodle, you need to.  And not just because it's FREE, but because it's awesome.  And the people behind the scenes are even more amazing.  Truly.  And if you didn't already know, Koo Koo Kangaroo has added 6 more videos to their channel on GoNoodle and my boys and I have already watched and danced along to all of them!!!!! that was more like 5 for Friday and then some :)  Whoops!  I guess that's what happens when you're gone for a bit!

Hope y'all have had a great week and hope you have an even better weekend!!!


  1. You lead such an exciting life, and your boys are so adorable. Meeting the GoNoodle team sounds like such a great time!


  2. I had such a great time at the conference and learned so much!!! You are so sweet and fun to listen to. That's all I talked about at school today and my colleagues are so excited to hear about everything! Thank you thank you!

  3. Im coming, along with my team, to see you in San Marcos! Eeeeeeeek!!!! Cant wait to hug your sweet neck for the flowers you sent Piercen!
    Michelle Hudgeons :)

  4. Wow! You lead such an exciting and busy life! Your family is precious...Thanks for having such a wonderful, generous spirit! :)

  5. I did miss your posts, Cara! Welcome back, and congratulations on your successful TN presentation :)

    Ventaneando: A Window Into First Grade Bilingüe

  6. Aww, I love this and I love you!!! I had SO much fun at our little dinner date!! We will totally have to have a repeat date soon!!! XOXO

  7. Thank goodness your little one's arm is okay! Both boys look so old in the Open house pictures. I think you should share whatever you want, especially for those of us who can't attend all the conferences ;) Jen

  8. Your sons are adorable! I know you are so proud of them! Silly question...but do you by chance know where his teacher found that cute little scarecrow pattern???? LOVE IT!