Sunday, December 1, 2013

Currently December with a Mentor Text

It's December 1, and I'm actually on the ball and one of the first few to share my currently with Farley (we'll see what number I end up with by the time I'm finished though).

Listening: Steven and Keagan both take Sunday naps, so I call it "mommy time". Steven likes to pick on me about it because I get very grumpy when they don't take their naps. I need my peace and quiet once a week to just do what I want (blog usually) without any interruptions!

Loving: We actually started decorating for Christmas about 2 weeks ago (don't judge), and it has been so much fun to watch Keagan interact with everything. Seeing his eyes light up as we turned on the Christmas tree for the first time, watching him rearrange our village people, giving him his first's just so much fun! Tonight he gets to see Santa come through on a fire truck, so I'll be sure to get some pictures. I know this is his third Christmas, but it still feels like the first one. I'm sure I'll say the same thing next year as he is even more aware!

Thinking: With all the excitement of Thanksgiving (and some late night Christmas shopping online), I've been going to bed much later and sleeping in a little late as well. Today the alarm went off at 7:00, and I struggled to pull myself out. Tomorrow's going to be tough...

Wanting: I love chocolate, and Steven has a great, simple recipe for fudge. He doesn't like to make it much, though, because he knows I'll devour the entire thing and then complain when I gain weight. Maybe since I'm at my goal weight, it won't be as big of a deal this year!

Needing: Like I said earlier, my sleep routine is messed up right now. But I was getting bad about not getting up early enough to do my workouts before break. Hopefully I can get back into that routine as well. We'll see if I make it tomorrow at 5 though. Positive thoughts, right? If I do my workout, I can eat more of that yummy fudge!

Favorite Tradition:  I really struggled with this one because I seriously wanted to put everything! I love Christmas - shopping, food, movies, books, time with family, lights...all of it! So I decided to put one that was a little more unique to my family. I grew up in south Mississippi, near New Orleans, and there was a book that the local news would read on Christmas Eve every year called The Cajun Night Before Christmas.

It's so much fun - Santa is pulled on a skiff by a team of alligators with awesome French-inspired names. My dad bought the book and began to read it to the family once we moved to GA. Then I try and share it with my kids for a great comparison lesson now that I'm teaching. I also have The Irish Night Before Christmas, but nothing can quite top the Cajun version in my eyes! Do you have any favorite versions of the Night Before Christmas? There are tons!

***I realized after posting that this book would also be perfect to link up with Collaboration Cuties today also!


  1. I hear ya on the sleep routine! It seems like it's getting later and later for me... Enjoy this Christmas with your little guy!

    Angela :)
    Hippo Hooray for Second Grade!

  2. I love your Christmas Tradition. I'm going to have to look for a few of those books, they sound like a lot of fun!

  3. I'm so glad to have found you through Farley's link! I adore your blog title and the pigeon books! What a fun holiday book find! It's always nice to introduce a new holiday story to students! Happy Holidays!
    Short and Sassy Teacher

  4. I'm going to have trouble getting up tomorrow as well...I'm such a night owl and my sleep always gets screwed up over breaks!

    Smiles and Sunshine

  5. Here's hoping that you get a good night's rest and rise peacefully in the morning! :)

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  6. My daughter has been craving her Nana's fudge as well!!!! I don't know how many times she has asked about since we've been home for Thanksgiving break. My mom has learned to make my girls a tin full and my husband his own tin full! They tend to become quite possessive over it and don't always like to share! Hope you have a great return to school!

    An Apple a Day in First Grade

  7. Fudge sounds really good right about now! It is so hard to get back into a sleep routine once you've broken it. Who can pass up a chance to sleep in though?! Good luck tomorrow morning!

    Eclectic Educating

  8. Loved reading your Currently. Thanks for sharing!!!


  9. Oh my gosh, I love A Cajun Night Before Christmas! We tune in to WLOX's Christmas Eve broadcast every year to watch the reading of the book. ;)

    Just now noticing that you live near Richmond...I've got family up there and we visit every year! Crazy coincidences!

    Sarah Beth
    Miss White's Classroom