FIve For Friday

Hey y'all!  I'm linking up with Kacey at Doodle Bugs today for Five for Friday.  A WHOLE lot of randomness which is pretty fitting for the current theme of my life :)

Moving right along...

I'm spending the day today cleaning baking, and crafting.  Our oldest is turning 8 on the 29th and he insisted on having his party on the 20th.  No idea, but it works for me.  He decided to tell me this last Wednesday.  I don't let my kids make all the decisions, but when it comes to birthdays I'm all for it.  This is the first friend birthday party we've thrown for him in 3 years.  Summers are so hard for birthdays!!!  We have two family parties every in Indiana and one here in town...and we're usually out of town on his actual birthday. He's requested all things Super Mario and I'm having so much fun scouring Pinterest to see what I can recreate.  There are the CUTEST ideas out there for a Mario themed party!!!  It's just unfortunate my budget won't let me do all of it ;)

This is life lately.  My youngest has been running a fever since Sunday night.  We finally took him to the doctor yesterday when he started complaining about a sore throat.  He's been symptomless...other than a we haven't worried too much.  The culprit?!?!  STREP.  Now he's on the mend and fever free!  Praise Jesus!  
We've gotten lots of rain this week thanks to Tropical Storm Bill.  It really wasn't much of a tropical storm for us though...just spurts of rain here and there.  However, the rainfall was pretty significant at times.  My boys decided to turn their lemons into lemonade.  Ditchboarding in between the rainfall.  

And we're still bathroomless after a month of remodeling.  But I can **almost** see the light at the end of the tunnel!

Is anyone here coming to Vegas for the SDE or TpT Conferences this year?!  I am and I can't wait!  I'll be presenting at the I Teach 1st Conference on the 6th and then I'll be on a panel at the TpT Conference on the 9th.  But you know what I'm really looking forward to?!?!  The big blogger/teacher meet-up on the 8th!  I loved getting to meet and chat with so many sweet people last year!  If you'll be there this year, don't miss out!  Here's all the info...

I hosted a little coffee talk on Facebook this past Tuesday and it was so much fun!!  I'll be hosting another one this coming Tuesday at the same time (10-11 am CST).  We talked about a lot of great things and I promised I'd take some of those topics and questions and expand on them in future blog posts this summer.  Here are some things I'll be posting about in the weeks to come...

One of the questions I got was all about how I make my word wall interactive.  I wrote a post all about my interactive word wall last year, so head on over to read that if you're interested.  There are some great tips and a few freebies in it, too!  And since we're on the topic, I thought it would be a perfect time for another Deal of the Day.  Today's deal is for my Interactive Word Wall packet...full of posters, word wall games and activities, printables, and more!  And TODAY ONLY it's half off...$3!!!  



  1. I will be at one of your sessions on the 6th! I'm a kindergarten teacher who has been blessed to have the opportunity to have a "performance-based higher ability cluster" in my room. I'm looking for ways to challenge them but make it fun and age-appropriate at the same time. I'm excited to join everyone at I Teach 1st this year!

    A Very Curious Class

  2. I am going to be going to the TpT Conference for the first time. I am very excited about the blogger meetup for sure. Ditchboarding, by the way, looks really fun. ;-)

  3. Looks like a ton of fun in the rain! Believe it or not, I am jealous of the summer rain over here in California! See you at the blogger meet-up and your TPT session! Can't wait!!
    Very Perry Classroom

  4. We have had a ton of rain too. I LOVE the Mario themed party decor you have going on there. It will be so much fun for him. I am not going to the party in Vegas but I look forward to reading and hearing about everyone's fun!

    Get Your Science on in Room 701

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  6. Love the coffee talk idea! I'll have to join in on this one! And those boys, too sweet!

    Across the Hall in 2nd Grade

  7. The crafts for the Mario party are ADORABLE!! Wish I was going to the Vegas Blogger MeetUp!!!! I will have to check out the interactive word wall!! Have a great weekend :)

  8. I am doing a Mario party for my daughter in September! I have went crazy on Pinterest, too! ;) I think the cutest ideas were the Yoshi egg hunt and the fire and ice power ball toss. Oh and the chocolate covered toad stools (marshmallows) hehehe Have a great bday!

  9. Can't wait to see all those party details! :)
    A Cupcake for the Teacher