Friday, April 18, 2014

Five For Friday! "Because I'm Happy!"

Five For Friday!  "Because I'm Happy!"

I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs for:

I'm happy because...Today is the unveiling of my new Blog Design!  What do you think????  I love it!  Megan over at A Bird In Hand Designs has done it again!  She is wonderful!!  Check her out if you are looking for a change.  I feel like a real blogger!  Next on my list is to increase my followers.  Any suggestions?  I am open to all suggestions and tips.  I can take constructive criticism as well.  


I'm happy because...My students finished our State Testing this week!   We were all exhausted by the end of the day on Thursday.  This year seemed more stressful than past years.  Maybe because I had to deliver two entirely separate curriculum simultaneously!   My poor little 3rd graders were very nervous since 3rd grade is a mandatory retention year here in Florida.  I have to send Nick over at Sweet Rhyme & Pure Reason a huge THANK YOU for his Champion Test Taker Brag Tags and Test Treat Notes!  They were just what my students needed to put a smile on their little sweet faces.  Even my 4th graders, who are pros at taking high stakes tests, enjoyed them!  

I'm happy because...I also used GoNoodle for the first time this week!!  What is it?  Well, it is a website that provides teachers/students with free Brain Breaks!   I have to thank both, Nick @ Sweet Rhyme-Pure Reason and Diane @ Fifth in the Middle for blogging about GoNoodle! 
My students begged for it each and every morning this week!  So far our favorites are "I'm Happy" and "Let it Go".  It is a must for every classroom!!!  

I'm happy because...well, I received my first "NORMAL" Mammography Report in 6 years!!  Just in time to celebrate my 44th birthday on Wednesday!  I am thankful for each and every day that the Lord has given me!  

My family spoiled me this year!  My daughter Elizabeth bought me a Keurig Coffee Maker!!  WOW!!

My husband Al, and son Erik both bought me more charms for my Pandora Bracelet. 

Last, but not least!  I wanted to post pictures of my family.  They are my world!  

My husband, best friend, sole mate, and the love of my life...Al

My daughter and first born...Elizabeth

My son and baby boy all grown up...Erik


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    1. Thanks Kathi! I'm very Happy with the way it turned out.

  2. I think your new blog design is super cute :-) Oh, and my firsties are obessed with GoNoodle and "I'm Happy" too.

    1. Thank you KaSandra! I am very excited about my new blog design. I'm so glad you stopped by! I look forward to blogging with you.

  3. I LOVE your new blog look, the colors just pop. I have never tried GoNoodle, I need to check it out - I'm sure that my little ones would love it. Congratulations, on your mammo news and Happy Birthday. I am your newest follower.

    Kinder Princess

    1. Thanks Terri! I agree that the colors POP! Let me know how your little ones like GoNoodle. I'm following you as well and I look forward to blogging with you! :)

  4. Your new blog design looks great! I need to get on board and get mine redesigned soon too. Congrats on getting your state testing out of the way - we have ours this coming week. I feel so bad for your poor little 3rd graders having the stress of 3rd grade being a mandatory retention year. Our kids don't have to worry about that until they get to 5th grade. Good luck! Glad I found your blog on the Five for Friday linky. I teach 4th grade, so am definitely following you now.

    Ladybugs Lounge

  5. Thanks Rebecca! I highly recommend Megan for your blog face-lift! Your ladybugs are so cute, so maybe dress them up a bit, but don't loose them. I'm so glad you are following me! I am bran new to all of this and I love it!! I'm following you too, and look forward to blogging and sharing ideas. Hit me up with your email and I'll send you a treat. Do you have iPads in your classroom?

  6. What a beautiful family you have! I love your blog design. Megan did mine too! Welcome to the blogging world. You are going to love it here! :) If you are interested, I host a Sunday linky party called "A Peek at My Week" and would love it if you would link up sometime. (By the way, you may want to check you settings -- when you left a comment on my blog, you came up as a "no reply blogger." Let me know if you need help fixing that. :)

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

    1. Hi Jennifer! Thanks for stopping by my blog with such a warm welcome! I really need a "Blogging for Dummies" Handbook. I'm not very good at it, and I really don't know what I am doing. I have linked up with you before, but must not have done so correctly...I'm getting better with the linky parties and I will try again! Please share any advice that you might have and yes, please help me adjust my settings so that I am no longer a "no reply blogger." I'm looking forward to blogging with you and sharing ideas!


  7. This whole post makes ME happy! Congrats on your mammography report and your 44th birthday and treats from your family! I had just posted about "no-reply" on another one of your posts. Jivey has some awesome Techy Tips on her blog. I'm adding a link for you here:
    That way you can reply to people through email instead of having to leave comments on your blog. It's just an added personal way to connect with others and then they can reply to you through email. :) XO
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'