Friday, January 1, 2016

Currently January 2016!!

2016?! How can it be 2016 already? Linking up with Farley over at Oh' Boy Fourth Grade Currently!

Listening to & watching the Rose Parade. It's always especially fun to watch here in Southern California because my Girl Scout troop works on Fiesta Floats each year. This year we cleaned hundreds of floral vials (yep, one by one with a pipe cleaner wrapped around a skewer) and shredded boxes and boxes of coconut by hand. The coconut was used for the beautiful swans on the Northwestern Mutual float.

Loving downtime. Now that the holidays are over,  I love having the time to read: I just finished The Scavenger's Daughters, Book 1 for my book club (highly recommend!) & I started reading Crazy Love by Francis Chan (inspirational and motivating!). Although not quite the same as "real" scrapbooking", I feel quite accomplished with finishing 3 digital scrapbooks! Eventually I'll get back to my "real" scrapbooking, but I do love how I can create one scrapbook then all my friends and family can order copies!
Thinking I need to write my thank-you notes and get my daughters to finish their thank you's before Winter Break is over!

Wanting my daughter to be home longer!! We're loving having my oldest home from college, but she leaves soon for an exciting semester abroad in Vienna, Austria.  I've loved seeing her friends stop by and catching up with everyone.
Needing to start thinking about school!! I had big plans for going into my classroom during break. . . hmmm. . . that hasn't happened yet. But I did start reading  Reading Nonfiction: Notice & Note Stances, Signposts, and Strategies by Kylene Beers and Robert E. Probst. Just like their first book, Notice and Note: Strategies for Close Reading, it's fantastic!! I'm definitely getting excited about using it with my students.
One little word: Joy! I can't wait to see what 2016 holds! Happy New Year, everyone! 
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10 comments:

  1. The Reading Nonfiction book looks great! I am just getting ready to start nonfiction with my kiddos, I need to see if I can get my hands on it! :) I am impressed at all the work you all did for those floats! WOW! Have a great rest of the year!
    Katie
    Inquiring Our Way Through Third Grade

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    1. You definitely should read this book; it's really practical and useful! Thanks for stopping by, Katie!

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  2. That sounds like a neat project to work on the floats. It looks like you snuck in reading time. I agree that sometimes real scrapbooking bets the digital kind.
    Jenn

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    1. I do carry my Kindle around with me wherever I go, just in case I can sneak in a few minutes! :)

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  3. I love to see what other's are reading! Thanks for the book recommendations! I also shared a couple of inspirational books in a recent post and I joined Mrs. Darcy's reading challenge - check it out: http://modernmrsdarcy.com/2016-reading-challenge/

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    1. Yay I love finding fellow readers!! I'll definitely check out the reading challenge!! Thanks!

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  4. I'm loving your book suggestions, They sound pretty interesting and helpful for school.

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    1. I don't recommend books unless they're worth reading :) Remember to take time for pleasure reading, too! (I tend to get caught up in school-related books. . .)

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  5. That is so fantastic that your troupe gets to contribute to the Rose Parade! something they will definitely remember for all of their lives!


    Shyra
    Junior High Core Values

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    1. Well, they grumble about the hard work now, but I'm sure when they're older they'll appreciate their efforts :) Thanks for stopping by, Shyra!

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