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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Winter break is awesome!!!!

We just got back from Florida laaaate last night.  We left crazy early the first day off of school and just got back.  We had the best time.

We went to Disney for 5 days- all 4 parks and Epcot twice.  Epcot was our favorite this go 'round.  This is, of course, Princess Aurora (aka Sleeping Beauty).  My daughters think she is just beautiful!  We found her in France at Epcot with a super short line.  When we went up, the girls before my kids were actually from France and Aurora spoke to them ONLY in flawless sounding French.  My jaw dropped seeing this.  It was amazing.  So I told my girls that they should greet her with hello in French (my girls know a tiny bit of French from last years adventures to Europe).  She was wonderful with them and had them twirl around the gazebo with her.  I almost cried.  It was so sweet.
Below is a picture of us at the Sci-Fi Dine in Theater.  It was so cute.  The tables were in the shape of cars.  It was pretty dark and they made the inside of the building look like you were outside at a drive-in theater from the 50's.  They played a variety of fun 50's era clipettes, such as concession stand reels and commercials for movies like The Blob and other silly stuff.  The girls LOVED it.  It was at Hollywood Studios in Disney.
We stayed at a condo on the beach with my parents for a week.  It was just a few steps from the ocean!  It was really relaxing.  The girls got some good swimming in and didn't argue the entire time they were on the beach.
We visited with my brother and his family several times.  They live near Orlando.  Below is a pic of my nieces and my girls.  They get along so well.  If only we could see them more often.....but that's what happens when you live in different states, I guess.  You miss a lot.  Makes me sad that we don't get to see them more, but I was so glad it worked out for us all this year at Christmas.  We had lunch at their house all together, my sister-in-laws family too.  It was really nice.  Everyone laughed and ate, it was so wonderful being with my family.  I miss them more than I realized.
We didn't want to come back after all the super fun.  Not to mention the weather was so nice and warm in Florida.  It was super cold where I live in NM (lows of single digits) while we were gone.  Although, today is not too shabby- mid 40's or so at my house.

Now that we are home, it's really nice to get to have a moment to sit and do nothing!  Traveling is great but it's always nice to get home.

I have literally nothing done for school- and I know this is a school blog- but sometimes you just have to stop and have fun!!  Next post, I should have a bit to share about January "schtuff" for school.  I always feel like I am on the sprint to summer when January hits.  I really love my class this year, and hope to get them movin' and groovin' the last 1/2 of the year with math, reading and writing.  We have a good start, so I am excited to see where it goes.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Busy time of year

Well, I realized I hadn't posted anything since the 2nd of figured I should hop to it!  We have a little visitor at our house right now...and maybe forever.  We weren't planning on a new pet, but this sweet little one came to us through one of my best friends.  My youngest daughter is holding her in the pic below.  We collectively named her Jingle.  She has 2 different colored eyes, it's pretty cool!

I got my order from Scholastic and did a little dance.  I ordered my reading group and home room kiddos books.  I made fun new flagged pencils with duct tape to add to the gift package.  I used a bunch of my Scholastic points, but both book choices were $1 deals, so I got a nice deal.  I love Scholastic, it rocks.

Have a great weekend!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Decem-burr Currently

I am freezing!  I am thin skinned/have bad circulation/what have you.  I just get cold easily.  This week temps are getting a bit too chilly for me, where I live.  The area I live in is high desert, so we get snow and did recently.

Well, enough complaining...below is the fabulous Farley's currently linky.  Click below to join in.
Oh' boy fourth grade

The only thing I would like to explain from above is the tradition.  The kids get to open 1 present from under the tree on Christmas Eve, right before they go to bed.  Yes, bed.  Do they get to sleep early that night anyway, no.  So, might as well go with it!  They open the present, play a bit, and then pretend to go to sleep.  

Happy Monday!