Saturday, February 8, 2014

Five for Friday and Slim Down Saturday

Yes, apparently I am still capable of working an entire week! After all of the snow we were getting, I was beginning to doubt it. Of course, now they are talking about more snow next week. We still haven't gotten back into the routine, so I kind of hope it isn't enough to really affect us...

Even though it was a full week at school, it was an off week because we HAD to do benchmark tests for Reading and Math. I spent my week at school doing small group tests. I was excited to see that it helped to have less distractions for some of my kids, and I hope that it will also pay off when SOL time comes around. Still, I'm looking forward to actually teaching next week!

What did I personally do during testing? Read! I finally finished The Forgotten Garden yesterday, and I really liked it! Oh, I have to share a cute comment from one of my 3rd graders when she saw the book (it's about 600 pages and very thick). "Don't tell me you actually read all of that! When did you start?" She felt a little better when I said I had been reading it since Christmas. Haha! She couldn't imagine someone reading a book that big, though!

On Thursday, I had a Scholastic order come in, and it felt like Christmas! I didn't think to take a picture, but I ordered some small group sets of picture books I love to teach with. I figured they would come in handy since I only have students for a short time. I got A Bad Case of Stripes, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, Owen and Mzee, Abe Lincoln's Dream, Scaredy Squirrel, and John, Paul, George, and Ben. I also tried to get Interrupting Chicken, but they were sold out.

In home news, Keagan is now officially sleeping in a big boy bed! I was a little surprised at how easily he transitioned to it, but he's always been easy to put to sleep. One night, he actually walked  himself upstairs and crawled in bed!

Oh, and I love that he sleeps with his Pound Puppy. Does anyone else remember those from growing up?

Finally, I'm linking up with Gina for Slim Down Saturday. I skipped last week and almost didn't join in this week because there has been no progress. But then I realized I needed to stick with it for some accountability. Maybe pushing myself to share each week will help motivate me to get off my lazy butt and do something. Especially since warmer weather is somewhere around the corner, and I'll want to look good in a swimsuit!

I'm thinking since I haven't been able to get up and do my morning workout, I will set my goal a little lower and just plan to log some kind of active time for the week. I would love to make it to 2 hours, but one sounded like a better plan to shoot for. Achievable goals...


  1. We finally got back to school for a whole week too!! I think testing makes for some long days! Hope you enjoy your weekend!

  2. The snow days are definitely making plans crazy. We are expected to get some of this northeastern storm too. Excellent choices with the Scholastic books. I especially love Owen and Mzee!

    Eclectic Educating

  3. I need to get my butt up and moving too and I host the darn link up haha. Just keep going with it. You will see results!
    Third Grade Tidbits

  4. Oh my goodness.... I LOVED pound puppies!! I totally had forgotten about them until I read this post......ohhhh the childhood memories :) I wish I still had mine......

    Mind Sparks

  5. Getting started and staying with it is the most difficult part, but once you get going, it will become easier. I know how frustrating it is with little progress. My weight loss have been very slow, but I am still trying. I have lost more in inches due to workout, water, and body wraps. You will get there! Keep it up.

  6. I love Kate Morton's books! The Forgotten Garden is great! I loved House at Riverton and Distant Hours is currently sitting on my bookshelf patiently waiting to be read... and there is a sense of accomplishment when you finish a 600 page book... :-)

    Real Teachers Learn

  7. Ugh...I'm totally with you and need to get moving! I've had a rough couple of weeks too! Good for you for linking up because I think it keeps me moving along the right path too.
    A Tall Drink of Water