Holiday writing

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We drew Rudolph step-by-step and wrote stories about why Rudolph would have a different colored nose. So proud of my K writers. Love how all the Rudolphs are different and love their imaginations! πŸ˜€Even adjectives in the one piece: juicy and orange! This was such a fun activity for the holidays! Wish I could post them all!

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A Nice Quiet Thanksgiving at Home

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Sometimes a break from the regular holiday craziness is just what is needed! My husband, Matt, and I did our own Thanksgiving this year…just the two of us and of course Ginger, our dog. We recently moved into a new home and decided instead of running here and there we just wanted to relax. Did we ever cook a turkey before? NO, OF COURSE NOT!!!

Matt found a recipe for a turkey in the crockpot. Sounded great to me! So we got a little 4.5 lb. turkey (so cute) and we both said to each other to remember to set it out to thaw. The directions said 2 days.

It was Wednesday (the day before Thanksgiving) and I get a text from Matt…”Crap!!!!!” Ugh..turkey still in the freezer. Of course we both forgot. 😞 I set out the turkey when I got home and Matt used cold water to help thaw it (also in directions).

We got up Thanksgiving morning. YAY!! The turkey was thawed and ready to be put in crock pot! We followed the recipe and then hoped for the best!

About 6 hours in, we started everything else…broccoli casserole, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, stuffing, and gravy. All was going well considering our first Thanksgiving meal we were cooking.

The turkey was ready to come out of the crockpot 7 hours later.

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Time to put the turkey in the oven on broil for a few minutes.

Perfection! Was delicious!!! So very juicy and tender!


As for the sides…everything came out beautifully (except for the stuffing). Can’t have it all right the first time, right?

Dinner was amazing! It was peaceful and just us. Matt and I had amazing time together…from preparing the food to sitting down and having a wonderful meal! What a perfect Thanksgiving in our new home!

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Morning walk

Ginger, my dog, and I went for a walk one morning. Love the sights of fall! My walk inspired this poem:

Fresh, crisp air
Acorns being gathered by squirrels
Leaves crunch, crunch, crunching beneath our feet
Leaves turning vibrant colors

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Start of New School Year

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Today was the first day of Kindergarten at my school. Last night was Meet the Teaxher Night, which never gets less nerve wracking! Just some words and phrases to sum up the last 2 days.

Hectic

Excitement

Final classroom touches

Head spinning

Overwhelmed

Preparing for parents

Preparing for students

Nerves kicking in

Deep breaths

Kind words

Smiling faces

Sigh of relief

New kiddos

Putting supplies away

More supplies to put away

Rules

Routines

Review rules

Review routines

Getting to know each other

Great start

Exhaustion

 

 

 

 

 

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Wedding Fun

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The last few days I have been consumed with wedding fun! My little brother got married on Saturday. It was a beautiful day!

I made the favors. It was a process and made for a very long day, but was well worth it!

From getting our nails done to decorating the hall to rehearsal to getting our hair and makeup done. All the fun festivities leading up to the big wedding day.

Here is my summary of the last few days:

Long hours
Candy making
Never Ending favors
Ladies getting pampered
Beautiful nails
Hall decorating
Orange and white all over
Lots of driving
Anxious bride and groom
The big day being practiced
Enjoying friends and family
Hair curling
Faces getting gorgeous
Huge smiles
Saying “I do”
Rice throwing
Lots of pictures
Shared laughter
Bus riding
Fantastic speeches
Sun shining
Great food
People dancing
Amazing day

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A Getaway

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In between the craziness of moving and getting ready for my brother’s wedding, we decided that a getaway for a few days was necessary. No better way than to spend them with our dear friends (family) in Brigantine, NJ.

 

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The waves crashing, kids playing in the sand, laughter, the gentle breeze, the sun shining bright, a crystal clear, blue sky, relaxing in a beach chair with sand between your toes, and seagulls squawking are all my favorite beach sights and sounds!


We went to a spectacular show, Nik Wallenda’s Zirkus, in Atlantic City. From comedy to acts that leave you gasping! Definitely a highlight of our trip!

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Nights on the beach included the beautiful views, kite flying, and throwing football. The colors were exquisite. No worries or stresses of life. Our family cherished being together and having a blast!

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A young writer

Mikayla, a 5th grader, is like a daughter to me and continues to amaze me everyday. Her family just returned from a weekend trip to the Poconos. She wrote daily about her trip! She let me read her writing and I assumed it would be a bed-to-bed story about her trip (We did this and that and after we did this). I couldn’t have been more wrong! I smiled from ear to ear. Reading her writing was so refreshing. The enthusiasm she displayed was great to see! Never assume anything!!! We shared with the kids last night that we would all be going to Atlantic City this weekend. She already started writing about her excitement for going to the beach. I want to share some excerpts from her Poconos trip. Kids wanting to write makes my heart happy!!! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!!!

I, of course, noticed all the great things writers do and I teach my own writers in my classroom. Onomatopoeia to begin, use of adjectives, and parentheses just to name a few! She also wrote in the notes app of her iPod! Thinking like a writer…using whatever is available. πŸ˜€

Splash! Omg I can’t believe that we’re going on a vacation (VC). We’re going on an awesome trip to the Poconos, With my mom, dad, brother, mommom, poppop, aunt, uncle, and cousin. We’re staying in a huge house with four bedrooms/and a total of six beds with a nice living room and a cool kitchen. And we’re all staying for almost 3 full days. There’s so many things we can do there too.

Omg were finally on are way to the Poconos. I’m so excited , our worries are gone, we have nothing left to worry about, we’re going to have so much fun. It takes about 2hours to get there and we’re about a half hour in/an hour and half to go. There’s a lot to look forward to. (Lots of fun!) we’re meeting every one at the house at 4:00, but before that we’re going to Bushkill Falls right when we get there, we’re going to walk/follow one of the trails and see a bunch of different waterfalls.

Yawn, oh good morning I just woke up and now I’m going to get ready for the day. Now that I’m dressed I’m going to eat some breakfast, today I’m having homemade French toast with a plum. Yum that was so good. Now that I’ve finished getting ready I guess I’ll just have to wait for what’s ahead of me today.

Hey guys! It’s sadly the day we leave the house, but… It doesn’t mean we have to leave the Poconos πŸ™‚ So today were going to go shop after we finish packing up.( if you guys know I don’t really like shopping but this time I’m really excited!) I just heard it’s time to go so Ill see you there… Ok now that we’re here Ill tell you what stores were going to – cloths stores, shoes stores, lunch break, and Toys R Us. Well now were gonna start making are way back home, see you later.

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