Introducing Scrabble Pendants

Here are a few I have been working on :)
Scrabble pendents
Scrabble pendents
Scrabble pendents

Fairs :)

I love fairs… Everyone is happy, excited, gets to be a kid again. When I was a kid we went to the Del Mar Fair in San Diego the fifth largest in the nation. We got the opportunity to go this past fourth of July and watch the legendary Smokey Robinson perform. WE did it all. Ate giant turkey legs, crème puffs, kabobs, deep-fried who knows (thank goodness my digestive system was feeling better). We didn’t stop at the food we attended a wine festival at the fair and walked the fair’s harvesting garden were we learned how to grow our own vegetables and fruits. We watched the shows, animals and strolled through the many exhibits. I loved it! Above are pictures from that adventure.

Currently, the fair is in Bakersfield. The Kern County fair is one of my favorites because it was where Ryan and I had our first official date. So, we must attend! It’s tradition:) We are going this Monday and I am getting excited I can’t wait to see Hanson, the animals, and the exhibits. Not to mention the food! My yearly sugary funnel cake…. (note to self don’t wear black.)
Del Mar Fair

Mammoth's Wine Festival

We had the opportunity to take one last vacation with the Newland family before school started. We went the same weekend as the Mammoth Wine Festival and Gavin DeGraw was there. If you ever get the opportunity to go, do it! Especially with a group of great people.
Mammoth Wine Festival

Viva Las Vegas!

I love summer! I think this is the first summer where I have had some sort of vacation with not to many worries. A friend was getting married so Ryan, a few friends and I spent the weekend in Las Vegas! I am happy to say that I won $140 playing the tables. We also go a chance to watch the very good but very naughty show Zumanity (I DO NOT suggest this show to families with children). We had a good time at Margaritaville, Downtown, Fremont, Venetian, and the RIO.
Rio, Las Vegas

I am back from Washington

Wow that was an amazing trip! I have never been anywhere so lush with greenery and incredibly beautiful. I would only hope that I can go back there again and share it’s beauty with everyone I know. I was there for a week… but I can tell you a week was not enough time to embrace the beauty of this state. Here are few pictures out of hundreds captured of my stay in Bellingham/ Seattle/ Lynden/ Fairhaven.

Quotes I love and live by!

From time to time I love looking and reading quotes. Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. ~Attributed to Mark Twain, unconfirmed

Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars. ~Les Brown

Things turn out best for the people who make the best out of the way things turn out. ~Art Linkletter

Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else. ~Judy Garland

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. ~Dr. Seuss

"The knowledge of yourself will preserve you from vanity." ~Miguel De Cervantes

inspirational quotes

20 Things I Learned as a New Teacher

Teaching is something I have always wanted to do. I can’t believe that my first year of teaching is coming to an end. I have about 9 days left and then I will have more time to devote to exercising, my blog, crafts, and organization of my classroom.

This school year has taught me 20 things:

-Be polite, consistent, and respectful to your students and they will behave with the same consideration.

-I learned a lot about patience with students, myself, and with people.

- I learned humility in the fact that things don’t always pan out the way you planned.

- I get mad at myself when I forget things: P

- I enjoy teaching fourth grade I learned the curriculum it’s very engaging to both the students and myself.

- In my first year of teaching I am excited that I surrounded my self with positive energy and people who helped me in any way they could to make sure I was the best I could be.

-I learned to not be afraid of trying something. If it didn’t work, try again later, and reflect on how it can be changed.

- Co-workers are a great resource and so is (internet)

- I learned how to sign up for benefits, and buy a house in my name ( that was a little scary).

- I already knew that I had to stay organized, but knowing and doing for 9 months and with 32 students was something I had to learn for myself.

-I learned how to maintain effective high expectations for my students by clearly stating objectives and why we are doing what we are doing.

-I now know what Taki’s are.

- I learned that you will always have those students that think they are doing their best, but unknowingly are not, and when you think you are finally making a difference in the kids life… their parents break your heart because they move.

-I found out that I can buy 55 books at Goodwill for 15.00$. Goodwill, Dollar Tree, and garage sales are fantastic! I bought so much stuff from them. I bought books, electric pencil sharpeners, organization bin’s, tons of black folders, magazines, pencils, stickers, ABC line, posters etc.

- I learned that the first two weeks of school are the most important for setting the tone for the year.

- If something is not working change it!

- I learned that the first year I was going to stay later then everyone else because I wanted to make sure I was ready for the next day. All the long days spent in the first year are not going to go in vain, because I am now ready to do the same things next year.

- I learned how to be a professional. Sounds cheesy but at the beginning of teaching I still felt like a college kid. I went into teaching thinking that all my co-workers acted very professional, and I kept working at it, I think I am finally at the point where I feel like it.

- I learned that I eat, sleep and breathe my job for the first four months. Student teaching doesn’t prepare you for the whole 9 months of teaching. During student teaching you have your master teacher that you always run ideas and things by. In having your own class you don’t run your lessons with anyone before you do them , and everyday is a different lesson that you have to be 110% confident in.

Boba Tea!

I can't think of a better way to end a weekend then with some delicious boba tea. These little drinks originated in Taiwan in 1983. They come in many different flavors, my favorite flavor is definitely strawberry...mmmm. What makes these drinks different is that they actually contain little sweet brown tapioca balls at the bottom of the drink. In order to drink this delightful drink you need an over sized straw to slurp the tapioca down.

I was first introduced to them in 1995 I took one sip and was hooked. I have now introduced a few friends to the drink. One friend even said,"These little drinks are like a fat kids dream!! a smoothie with gummies inside, who can resist?"
Images taken from Flicker, Bridalinsider


Disneyland 2009

I absolutly love Disneyland in the winter. Everything at Disneyland is lit up, everyone is merry, and at the end of the fireworks display in the evening it snows bubbles. For the first week of the New Year we spent three days at the happiest place on earth :)

Favorite Vacation Destinations

You always have those favorite places that you wish  in the middle of a hectic day you can magically teleport to. Here are a few of mine. Cabo, Powell, San Simeon, Catalina, Mazatlan, Vancouver, and Hawaii

Fourth Grade Mission

It is amazing how much creativity students have when you allow them to express it. One mission was entirely made out of Gingerbread. I assigned the missions a few months back and stumbled across the pictures. These are a few of my favorites. Each one was handmade. None of these students were allowed to use
pre-made mission kits. 

Home sweet Home

I have to say one of my favorite things to look at are pictures of my hometown... someday I'll go back.

Oceanside, California


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