This and That...& Big Changes Comin'

I know, I know...I have most definitely neglected this poor little ol' blog of mine! I am telling you, life has never been so busy. Maybe you will forgive me after you see everything that has been going on! 

First of all, I am quickly trying to get our home "show ready" because we recently found out that we will be moving to Atlanta. My husband will be teaching at the Ron Clark Academy next year, and we couldn't be more thrilled for this opportunity. It has been a whirlwind the past week between letters or resignation {:(}, breaking the news to our kids {:(}, finding a place to live {check}, and figuring out what to do with our home here in South Carolina {??????}. Thank goodness for the long weekend because we were able to do some much needed work in our yard and travel to Atlanta to check out several places that we may be calling home very soon. 

I am going to miss my little backyard!

 So...does anyone want to rent a townhouse in SC? ;) 

Even through all of the excitement last week, my classroom life had to continue. I have had several people ask about the different rewards that I used in my Ballon or Bust classroom management system. 

I made a list of several activities that we have been doing. Mainly I tried to center each balloon around the activities that I already had planned for the kids! :) They don't have to know they?!? This way, they think they are working towards these amazing incentives, but it isn't anything that I hadn't planned on doing anyways. ;) 

And here is some balloon fun in action! 

Simply and easy! We worked outside on our memory books while eating PB&J.

Ice Cream Fun!  

We used my Living the Ice Cream Dream unit for some Ice Cream Day fun! 

We traveled to China...

Complete with low tables, music, and the Great Wall of China in our classroom window {Smart Board}.

And then on Friday after MAP testing was complete, we celebrated by watching Mr. Popper's Penguins {a book we read earlier in the year}. 

Movies do not occur very frequently in our room, so this is always a very special surprise.

And this weekend, we even made time for a little color run fun with one of my favorite students.

Now...during the next two weeks, I have to get 60 girls ready for our step show next Tuesday...

 and prepare for field day, awards day, and our annual pancake breakfast. Plus we will be traveling to Atlanta for several RCA events. I think I can...I think I can...

Remembering all of our American Heroes today! So thankful to live in such an amazing place! 

Happy Memorial Day, Y'all! 


  1. Wow! You have been busy. Best of luck with your move. So... what did your kiddos say about Mr. Popper's Penguins? Did they compare the book to the movie? (Even unofficially, how could they not?) I thought the only things that were the same was that a man named Mr. Popper had some penguins! I liked them both - but thought they were very different.

  2. wow! that's an amazing opportunity for your hubby! I know leaving will be hard! A friend of mine just left her job in Atlanta to moe back to NC...{maybe a job!} =)

  3. Holy cuteness that was happening in your room even through everything else going on! I wish you the best of luck with your move to Atlanta. There are several places we like to visit there. :)

    Adventures in First with Mrs. Key

  4. Congratulations on your move!!! I love your townhouse!!!!

    Literacy Without Worksheets

  5. WOW What an amazing opportunity for you and your hubby! I always said I would LOVE to work at the Ron Clark Academy! I love him. He is one of my inspirations for becoming a teacher. Good luck in everything!! :)


  6. Congratulations and good luck with your move! It's always an adventure to start over - have fun! ~ Lisa

  7. Congrats to your hubby! I'm sure it is going to be amazing for both of you! We will miss you in SC :)

  8. Your Ice Cream unit looks great! That astronaut ice cream is such a great space tie-in! Best of luck with your move!!

    Science for Kids Blog

  9. Congrats to your husband! That is so exciting! I love Ron Clark! Good luck to you and your family!
    3 Teacher Chicks

  10. Yay hooray! Another Atlanta blogger (not that I can still call myself that after the neglect of this year)!! My school has a few positions still open for next year if you're interested...

  11. Best to you on everything! I can't believe you could get any better, but I can't wait to see what you'll think of next! New chapter... You are an inspiration to so many of us teachers. XO

  12. Loved reading about your busy life and classroom events!

    :) Shelley

    The Perks of Teaching Primary

  13. I live about 20 minutes South of Atlanta so welcome to GA! I love your blog and all the amazing things you do. I can't wait to see what you will be doing!

  14. LOVE the black and bright colored classroom decor! That is how my room is... I am going to need to get some of your stuff! :) Those name tags are too cute!

    The Price of Teaching

  15. Ha! I just found your blog since I was searching - I currently live in NW Georgia and will be moving to SC at the end of July to teach 2nd grade! That's awesome news about your Hubby - I LOVE Ron Clark! Good luck with your move!

  16. I have just started reading your blog, and I LOVE it! You are such a creative teacher, and congratulations to your husband on being hired on as a teacher at Ron Clark Academy. He is one of my role models, and I keep saying that one of these days I'm going to save up enough money to attend one of his conferences at RCA. Good luck with everything!