Announcements, Plans, and Assignments {Week of 9/15}


  • Thank you to all who supported DPES by eating at McCallister’s Deli last Tuesday night. Our next Spirit night is next Monday, September 22nd at Mexico Tipico!
  • Effective Monday, Spetember 15th new snack prices in the snack shack. See the DPES website for exact prices.
  • Wednesday, September 17th: Constitution Day Assembly, 3rd grade – 8:30 am
  • Wednesday, September 17th: Progress Reports Issued
  • Box Tops: Please continue to save, cut, and send in Box Tops!!! Thank you so much for all that have already been sent in.
  • Scholastic Book Orders: It’s not too late! Follow the directions and order online! The deadline to order from this current form is Sept. 30th. But don’t worry, I will send a new order brochure home each month. Our Class Code: L7VRY
  • Wednesday, Sept. 17th – Constitution Day
  • Lunch/Snack $$: Please continue to make sure all $$ is sent in a clearly labeled envelope with your child’s name and the purpose of the $$.



  • Reading (Comprehension Skill): Compare and Contrast
  • Comprehension Strategy: Prior Knowledge
  • In Class Reading: Lemonade War chapters 6-7
  • Vocabulary Skill: Context Clues for multiple meaning words
  • Vocabulary Wordslaundry, section, shelves, spoiled, store, thousands, traded, variety


  • Skill: Types of Sentences: Exclamatory and Imperative


  • Skill: vowel digraphs ee, ea, ay, ai, oa, ow
  • Wordsclean, agree, teeth, dream, grain, coach, display, window, shadow, cheese, peach, braid, Sudnay, float, thrown, entertain, complain, bleachers, willow, wheat


  • CCRS N.O.A. #11 – Addition: break apart method, number line method, estimation method, addition with regrouping, addition of 3+ numbers, addition word problems

Social Studies

  • Map Skills – Test


  • Begin Plant Unit


  • Monday: Spelling Homework, Math Facts Log, Reading Log assigned, Study for Map Skills Test
  • Tuesday: Grammar pg. 9
    • tests today: Map Skills Test
  • Wednesday:  Grammar page 10, study vocabulary words for test
  • Thursday: Study Spelling Words, subtraction facts, Study for DLR and DMR Quizzes
    • tests today – Compare/Contrast and Vocab test, Exclamatory and Imperative Sentences Test
  • Friday:
    • Tests todayDMR and DLR Quizzes, Practice Subtraction Timed Test, Spelling Test

A Friday Brain Dump

Y’all, this week… oh my!

Hence the reason for my lack of posting since Tuesday. Anywho, the good news is I took the day off. I have a dermatologist appointment across town at 9:30 this morning, and I’ve never been to this office before, and I wasn’t sure I could make it back to school by 11:30 (to count as half a day), so I took the WHOLE day off! Woo Hoo!

I have lots of thoughts bouncing around all over the place and until I can organize them to share with you, I thought I’d do a little brain dump.

#1 There are 2 weeks of school left!! 😱 This year has flown by, which is definitely a blessing, because it has been the hardest year I’ve had yet. But, I still can’t help but love those little stinkers!

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#2 My sister stayed with us last night because she had an interview this morning. As you may remember, she recently graduated with a degree in elementary education. Her interview was with my school system. I’d be over the moon if she could teach with me.

#3 I’ve come to realize lately how much I appreciate my “me” time. Being that we’ve been out of town for the last 4 weekends in a row (!!), I’m SO looking forward to being home this weekend, enjoying doing whatever it is I want to do, without any obligations!

#4 I need to clean my house. For real.

#5 I’m pretty sure I have an unhealthy relationship with sweet potatoes. Roasted, to be exact. I can’t seem to get enough! And ketchup. They must be dipped in ketchup. YUM!

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#6 Did you know that the term “introvert” does not mean that a person doesn’t like to be around people? Rather, it refers to the way that a person “recharges.” An introvert recharges through alone time and solitary activities – sometimes even 20-30 minutes is all it takes. And for an extrovert, the opposite is true. An extrovert is recharged through social activities and being around others (which can be draining for an introvert).

I am most definitely an introvert. Refer to #3.

#7 Yesterday, Mm husband bought tickets to a Florida Georgia Line and Nelly concert. It’s going to be at the local minor league baseball stadium in June. Should be interesting!

#8 Lately, I feel like I cannot get into a “groove” with my workouts. I can’t ever decide what I want to do and then I end up doing a workout that leaves me feeling sub-par. Any suggestions??

#9 I want a dog. But the husband says no. 😥 His reasoning? He would feel guilty having the dog in the backyard where it isn’t able to run free when it wants to. (I don’t want an inside dog- no thank you!). I’ll let you look at our backyard and see what you think. I think it’s plenty big enough!

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#10 Has anyone seen the movie “The Other Woman?” I think I want to see it, but I don’t want to waste my time and money. So…any review or suggestions?

Have a fabulous Friday, friends! (how’s that for some alliteration 😉)

Linking up with Clare, Heather, and Katie today. 

Let’s’ Chat…

1. What are you looking forward to this weekend?

2. What foods are you loving? ALL the fruits and veggies, in addition to my sweet potatoes

3. Are you an introvert or extrovert?

When is Enough, Enough?

How much is too much? When is enough, enough?

This is a question with which I often find myself struggling.

Is my house clean enough, or could I do more? I mean, I haven’t scrubbed the baseboards in enough. Is my lesson on quotations good enough? Engaging enough? Will it really relay, in the best way, what I’m trying to teach? If I looked long enough, I could probably find a video, powerpoint, online game, etc. that would really be good for my students. What about being a good wife…have I taken care of all of my husbands needs in the best way possible? Have I been a good helpmate, listener, encourager? I’m sure I could do better.

And then there’s the health and fitness realm. Was my workout good enough? I could have done 1 more round of that circuit, run faster, jumped harder, lifted heavier. There’s also the question of food. Did I make the healthiest meal I could? Did I make sure there was a protein, carb, and veggie?

It’s very easy to get carried away. And, I often do, in one aspect or another – especially if I’m tired. Like, whoa, you’d better steer clear of an emotional, hormonal, tired version of me! Winking smile

I recently came across this quote (via one of my favorite ladies):Potential by Holley Gerth

It’s not necessarily talking about the question “when is enough, enough?”, but it really resonated with me. We are not called to do all, be all, go over and above in every. single. area. of our lives. Nope. We are merely called to follow Christ. All we have to do is say yes. I know at times it’s much easier said than done, but, it really can be that simple. Saying “yes” may not be the trendiest, easiest, or most popular thing to do, but, it really can be simple.

I hope this encourages you today, because it certainly provided me with some encouragement in this busy time of the year, as school comes to a close and my to-do list is a mile long!


Treat Yourself Tuesday

This is one of my favorite weekly link-ups. Knowing that I want to share a way I’ve treated myself really encourages me to actually treat myself!

This week I treated myself to one of my favorite places to eat– TWICE!

Pita Pit!!! John and I loved it in college, and there isn’t one near us now. However, there are three locations in Pensacola, where we visited John’s sister and her husband this weekend. It was SO GOOD, I had it for dinner when we arrived in town and Friday night, and then again on Saturday night. Plans to go out to eat fell through since Kennedy, my 5 month old niece, decided not to cooperate very nicely. Winking smile I must say, I wasn’t complaining!

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Let’s Chat…

1. Do you struggle with knowing when enough is enough?

2. If not, what’s something you’ve been struggling with recently? We call all use some encouragement!

3. How’ve you treated yourself this week?

Mother’s Day Weekend in Photos

Good Monday morning! How’s it going today?

I hope all you mothers out there had a very Happy Mother’s Day! I owe you a recap of this weekend, but since we got home later yesterday evening, I don’t have time to properly recap the weekend, so I’m just going to throw some photos at you. I actually didn’t take that many pictures, but…whatevs!

We spent Mother’s Day in Pensacola, Fl, where John’s sister and her husband live. His parents are spending the week there, so we joined them to celebrate!



Got these sweet gifts from a student on Friday for Teacher Appreciation week. We had a field trip Friday, and field trips definitely require a lot of chocolate because they can be a bit of a headache! 😉



Unfortunately, there had to be quite a bit of grading and lesson planning going on. Good thing  I was trapped in the car for a few hours!


I was beyond excited about some quality beach time!









I cannot believe John got in the water. It was FREEZING! But, he was determined.


I absolutely hate this picture, as we are both looking extremely rough. BUT, I’m so in love with my cute little niece! I hated saying goodbye.

It was a fabulous weekend! I only wish real life didn’t exist and we could just stay forever! Ah…well, only 3 weeks left until summer!

Have a Marvelous Monday friends!

Let’s Chat…

1. What did you do for Mother’s Day?

2. What else did you do this weekend?

3. When’s the last time you went to the beach?



Thinking Out Loud {5/8/14}


I’m pretty sure my brain is seriously fried, and I can’t even think of anything to small talk about, sooooo instead of dragging you through some light hearted banter thrilling you with my wit and humor (sarcasm much??), we’re just gonna jump right in….

Into some Thinking Out Loud, that is. A big shout out to Amanda for throwing this little shin dig each Thursday.


1. Being at work at 7am is for the birds. This is one of my weeks for supervising the kids who arrive early, before school. This duty makes me thankful for 2 things: every minute of sleep that I normally get PAST my wake up time this week of 5:15 am AND the fact that I only have this duty 5 times a year!

2. I’ve been loving these Popsugar body weight workouts. Trust me, they look easier than they are! I woke up nice and surprisingly sore after completing these!


3. Happy early Mother’s Day to my mama! John and I will be celebrating the holiday with his family this year, so unfortunately I won’t get to see my mom on Mother’s Day.


4. Speaking of this weekend, we are headed to Pensacola, Florida, where John’s sister, her husband, and my niece live. His parents will be joining us there too. I’m excited to spend time with them. But, let’s be honest, I’m really, REALLY excited to get my hands on this little nugget!


5. Something else I’m excited about? The fact that their house is 15 minutes from the beach. This girl is in desperate need of some sun! I’m pretty sure I glow when I wear dresses and sleeveless tops.

6. Summer countdown: 15.5 days until summer…and counting… 🙂

7. A friend sent me this the other day, and I literally laughed out loud. So of course, I had to share.


8. You guys, look what I discovered at TJ Maxx recently! Essie polish for $4.99! I just never can quite convince myself to pay the almost $8 it costs everywhere else. Although, this discovery may not be a good thing. I suppose it cancels out the price if you buy multiple bottles. Oops.


On that note, I gotta jet. Thanks for letting me spill my brains, however random it may be!

Let’s Chat…

1. What are your plans for Mother’s Day? Do you get gifts? Cards? We got cards for both of our mothers and a little something extra. Nothing too big, though. 

2. What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen recently?

3. Share a random thought with me! 

Warm Weather Eats & A Summertime Recipe

Happy Hump Day!

Whereas last week seemed to drag by, this week seems to be flying by. No complaints here! I know as the school year draws to a close, I’ll be begging for things to slow down so I’ll have time to get all my loose ends tied up, but for now, I’m happy for things to keep on speeding by!

Speaking of the school year ending and summer approaching, do y’all have those certain foods that just scream warm weather to you?

For me it’s always fresh fruits and veggies. But, there are also a few other foods and drinks that just radiate summertime to me.

1. Watermelon

2. Corn on the Cob – mmm!

3. anything on the grill

4. Strawberry Shortcake

5. Peaches

6. Popsicles – yep, I’m still a kid

There’s actually a place in my hometown called Steel City Pops that sells all kinds of unique popsicle flavors. It reminds me of the cupcake or froyo craze, only in popsicle form. You should definitely check them out if you’re every in the Birmingham, Alabama area. They have a few locations throughout town.

7. Lemonade

8. Cold pasta salad

Speaking of pasta salad, I recently shared a picture with you of a new recipe I tried. I know, I know… it wasn’t very nice of me to tease you like that. Today is your lucky day though, a new summertime recipe is commin’ atcha!

Balsamic Chicken, Tomato, Basil, and Pasta Salad

How’s that for a long name?! Don’t be alarmed though, the name may be complicated, but I assure you, the recipe is simple and delicious!

Serves 6-8


– 1 bag Refrigerated Tyson Grilled and Ready Chicken Breast Strips

*** OR, if you’re not lazy like I am, 12 oz. boneless, skinless chicken breast – cooked***

– 1 1/2 C. cherry tomatoes, diced

– 2 C. baby spinach, chopped

– 4 tbsp. basil, finely chopped

– 1/2 C. red bell pepper, diced

– 1 Tbsp. olive oil

– 1/2 C. balsamic vinaigrette

– 1-2 Tbsp. dijon mustard

– salt and pepper to taste

– 8 oz. dried pasta (I recommend rotini or farfalle)


1. Cook the pasta according to the directions on the box, and drain.

2. While pasta cooks, chop tomatoes, spinach, and basil.

3. Dice bell pepper and sauté in the olive oil for 2-4 minutes, or until tender

4. Dice chicken breasts into strips.

5. Stir together pasta, prepared vegetables, and chicken.

6. Combine balsamic vinaigrette, dijon mustard, salt, and pepper to make a sauce/dressing to pour over pasta.

7. Stir dressing into pasta mix until dressing coats all pasta, vegetables, and chicken and all ingredients are well combined. Serve immediately, or chill an hour+  for flavors to really set in.






This was absolutely delicious and is most definitely one of my new “go-to” summertime recipes! I served mine alongside a pretty awesome salad topped with feta and crushed almonds.


Doesn’t get much more “summery” than a meal full of fresh fruits and veggies, served chilled on a warm Alabama night.

Let me know if you give the recipe a try. You’re gonna want to, I promise!

Linking up with Jenn at Peas and Crayons today for WIAW. Go check out all the goodness!

Let’s Chat…

1. What foods scream summer or warm weather to you?

2. What’s a new recipe you’ve tried recently?

3. Best thing you ate last week? For me…DEFINITELY that pasta!