Winners all around

I can't believe how many people entered the giveaway for the Classroom Friendly Supplies pencil sharpener!  There were about 3,000 entries. Totally nuts! So, without further ado, the winner is....

Lisa L. 

Congrats, Lisa! You will be getting an email from me asking for your address shortly.

What a crazy couple of weeks it's been! I have been working hard at reorganizing my classroom. I had to move down the hall at the end of last year, so I asked my kiddos to help a bit. I gave (what I thought were) pretty good directions about where to put things... but everything still ended up all mixed up. We're talking trade books in no particular order, pencils in the bookcase, and math manipulatives under the sink. OMG! I'm not there yet, but I am doing my best. Hopefully, I'll get it done by next week so I can relax and enjoy the last couple weeks of summer. We go back August 26, and students report the 27th. Eek!
The trash pile... 

To the untrained eye, this is just a mess. To the eye of a trained education professional, this is part of the bulletin board making process... also, still just a mess. :)

Hubby and I also just returned from vacationing in Bar Harbor, ME. We hiked, mountain biked, and mountain climbed in Acadia National Park. We love it there! This is the fifth year we've gone. It's a cute little coastal town which just so happens to have a giant national park attached. You can get a beautiful hotel room with room service for breakfast, and then climb a mountain later that day. What more is there to love? The climbs were awesome. We did the Precipice climb,  which is non-technical climbing (no equipment). You use the boulders, stone stairs, rungs, and ladders to up this mountain. It was seriously scary, but a lot of fun.

 Coming up over a big edge

 Hubby and I going around a cliff corner (note how tightly I am holding onto that rail!)

No joke, we had to climb up these. Seriously. No joke. It's a long way down!

Afterward, we found this video of a couple climbing it online. It's seriously cool- check it out!

Last week, I got a package of goodies from Lana over at 4 the Love of Teaching! We participated in the Back to School Blogger Exchange hosted by Covered in Glitter and Glue and Adventures of Ms. Smith. Check out all these goodies!

I got some really awesome erasable highlights, my first felt tip pens (LOVE), binder dividers, paper & binder clips, an awesome owl notebook, and a collection of goodies from Myrtle Beach.

Beach sand!

Shark teeth (my kiddos will LOVE these. I know they've been watching Shark Week!)

Sea Shells

I totally love everything Lana sent, but I especially love all the Myrtle Beach goodies. How cool are they?! I am going to set up a little museum in my classroom and put them in there. I have always had my students bring in pictures from their vacations, but I am thinking I am going to ask them to bring in more things like this to add to the museum. How cool is that?? Thanks again, Lana!

Now, I've just got to finish my classroom and plan for the first week before my darling hubby and I head off for our second summer vacation in Miami, the Keys, and the Everglades. Woo!

I saw this on MTV and just had to take a picture... all this to get done by 8/25, the last day of summer vacation, which is also my birthday. They were playing No Sleep til Brooklyn during the commercial (I think it's for the music video awards). We've been singing "No sleep till Mandy's Birthday!" since then. Ha!

Now, a fairy tale for teachers everywhere... 



  1. Yay! I am so glad that you liked it all! I was hoping you wouldn't think the beach goodies were weird...haha! :)

    And THANK YOU for my goodies! I just love them all, especially all of the post-it's! I always seem to need post-it's! Thank you again! I will be blogging about mine soon...I was thinking they were doing a linky to show all the goodies, but I'm not sure.

  2. Looks like you got some fun goodies! I love the Myrtle Beach goodies too! So unique!

    Thanks for participating! =)
    Ms. Smith
    Adventures of Ms. Smith


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