My student, Blessings, drew this picture of me, and the resemblance is pretty close. Of course, I do appreciate the long, thick eyelashes Blessings gave me!
Yesterday I was browsing around in T.J. Maxx when a pink box caught my eye. I pulled it out from underneath a display, and it turned out to be a Corn Hole game with a donut theme!
For $40, I got a one of a kind game! If you go online at T.J. Maxx, you can get a similar version with an American flag theme right here! We were outside in the cool, damp weather playing
I LOVE borrowing books from my local library which just had a masquerade-themed fundraiser. The library is open at night, and they have raffles and silent auctions. Here's my friend, Paula, during the event talking to a magician:
Of course, I forgot to prepare and didn't have a mask, but most people came dressed to the nines and wore very fancy masks.
I remember to check the weather every day lately ~ just in the event that the sun might peek out. Here in Massachusetts, it's been a very cold and rainy spring with very little sun. This past April broke a record for having the most rainy days since 1872!
Plus, I'm trying to not wear tights which is challenging due to the low temperatures as well as my white legs which don't stand a chance to get a tan with so little sun!
Eleanor is completely honest and sees everything in black and white terms until circumstances, beyond her control, force her out of her comfort zone. She is forced to assimilate into "normal" society and experience "normal" social situations which cause her to blurt out her own viewpoints ~ which are so true and funny! If you're looking for a great book, check out this one!
Well, thank you so much for checking in today! Please let me know what another good book would be! Happy Spring ~ hopefully where you live!
Hello there! I love learning something new every day. Last week was National Crayola Day, and I learned the newest Crayola color is bluetiful! Who knew? Today I'm linking up with Anna Nuttall's New Bloggers Link-Upfor:
National Crayola Day ~ Morning Message
Every morning I head to Checkiday to find out "what unknown to me" holiday is happening that day. I was so excited to learn about National Crayola Day because I've always loved the smell and feel of new crayons. After I discover the holiday of the day, I do a little research to learn more information to include in my Morning Message:
Adapting to an Ever Changing World
My students are writing plays about animal adaptations. If you are studying this topic or animals in general, the book, Sea Bear, will break your heart as well as teach you how animals make due with diminishing resources:
Click here or on the book cover to read more at Amazon.
My First ~ and hopefully not last ~ Chick-Fil-A Sandwich
Chick-Fil-A just opened a new restaurant in Woburn where I teach. Last week they sent along chicken sandwiches for everyone at my school. The chicken sandwich was delicious and warm! It was such a treat to have a "real" lunch vs. my hummus on naan bread. Here's Mrs. Borselli enjoying her sandwich:
Where has Chick-Fil-A been all my life? I thought these places were mainly in the southern U.S., but there are in mall food courts, and now down the street from my school. TJMaxx.com I've been looking for a mother of the groom dress for my younger son's wedding in September. If you love TJ Maxx and Marshalls, you'll love their web site. There are many more options ~ even petites and plus sizes. I've ordered four dresses to try on. Here's one of my favorites:
The dress looks much better on the site! Well, I've procrastinated enough! I need to write progress reports! Thank you for visiting the blog today. I hope there will be some sunshine in your life next week!
Hello there! I'm delighted to share some highlights from my vacation in the sunshine state of Florida! My preference is to stay in beautiful Delray Beach, however my husband wanted to stay in a new and exciting place so we chose Lauderdale by the Sea after I read an article extolling its virtues in the Boston Globe!
Sunrises are beautiful!
Our hotel was right across from the beach where I headed every morning with the hopes of catching the sunrise. One morning I saw a real stunning one:
The Hotel ~ Blue Seas Courtyard
We found this most charming and colorful hotel that was perfectly located. In addition to having the beach right across the street, we could walk to the small downtown area for meals and people watching!
The Blue Seas Courtyard has 12 unique rooms that are decorated in true Mexican style. In addition, they're a pool that we enjoyed swimming in every day:
Head here or on the pictures to read more about this cozy and colorful hotel! The Water Taxi in Ft. Lauderdale One day we went on the water taxi which has 10 stops as well as a connecting stop to Hollywood Beach. You can spend the entire day getting on and off the water taxi, and Ft. Lauderdale has so much to offer from a beautiful beach to shopping to restaurants. In addition, the water taxi driver and a tour guide offer amusing anecdotes as you cruise around the Intercoastal:
Get ready for Cinco de Mayo!
Also, check out my new blog post about books that tell about Mexico and Cinco de mayo:
Today is O.K. Day! (March 23rd) I do love the Checkiday site as a way to discover little known holidays ~ like O.K. Day! According to Allan Metcalf, the author who started this celebration, O.K. is such an important word in the American language that he's written an entire book about it.
Click on cover to discover more at Amazon.
Change Is Simple Visits ~ What are gyres? Change Is Simple is a non-profit group that visits our school four times a year to teach us about keeping our world cleaner and healthier. During the last visit, we learned about the ocean and its different layers:
In our oceans, there are areas of large whirlpools called gyres. Some of these areas become filled with trash and debris. The biggest one is in the Pacific Ocean. I never knew any of this was happening. In addition, a lot of the debris includes plastic by-products, and that's why it's so important to use reusable bags and as little plastic as possible.
Yesterday report cards went home. Preparing report cards ~ even though it's all computerized ~ is still quite time-consuming. I spend a large amount of time making sure that I give each student the grades they have earned. Plus, we need to write comments which is probably the most important part!
Thank you so much for visiting today! I hope it's really spring wherever you live!
Making is not my strong point ~ unless it's dinner, and it's easy! This is one of my favorite Hello Fresh recipes that I've been able to make on my own. It's delicious and makes plenty for leftover which means less cooking for me!
It's the every day, small accomplishments that get me through the day. I wake up every day before 4:30 a.m. (today is was 4:20, but tomorrow is daylight saving time so I'll be waking up later!) due to my 11+ year old dog. She doesn't need to go outside, she just needs comfort and companionship until it's time to go for our morning walk at 5:30. This week the temperatures have been in the low teens with wind, but I make sure we walk to get our exercise.
Hope your March is off to a great start! Thanks for visiting the blog today!
Snow days are an excellent opportunity to catch up on blogging! I'm so happy to have this ~ hopefully once in the wintertime ~ snow day! After all, I do enjoy linking up with The Blended Blog for:
1. My favorite places to shop include: *T.J. Maxx *Marshall's *Nordstrom: specifically for special occasions, i.e. a mother of the groom dress! 2. On Saturdays, my friend and I enjoy browsing in a local T.J. Maxx or Marshall's. I do enjoy finding something serendipitously!
The "Endless Summer" pillow is from T.J. Maxx while the Baker Boy cap and scarf are from Norstrom!
3. I do LOVE shopping for soap. Having scented soap is such a luxury for me. I often buy soap and a hand towel for a hostess gift.
4. I don't enjoy shopping for bathing suits. That's why I've been ordering mine from Beall's, Florida's Department Store. After all, it's summer all year in Florida so they have an amazing selection of bathing suits that I can try on at home!
I found that hat in Marshall's.
5. My favorite recently purchased item has to be my new sweater from Boden.
When I saw this sweater, it was love at first sight. I just had to wait until it was on sale, and for President's Day, there was an additional discount so I bought my longed-for sweater!
6. Although my friend and I arrive at a store together, we do prefer to browse alone. Plus, I have a routine. I always start with the sales racks and finish in the shoe department.
7. One of my best bargains was this skirt that I purchased in Savers.
8. I don't mind consignment stores for high-end items such as Lily Pulitzer.
Chaus skirt on left and Lily on right!
9. The best city for shopping has to be Boston, of course! It was home to the original Filene's Basement = BEST store ever!
10. I just love the way Reese Witherspoon dresses. Her clothes are colorful and fun, and of course, she always looks perfect!
The best part of snow in March is that it melts quickly, and the roads get down to the pavement right away! It's back to work tomorrow so I'm so happy that I got to blog two days in a row!
Who's your style icon? My maiden name was "Reese" so that makes me like Reese Witherspoon even more!
Celebrating Chinese New Year With Boston Mayor Marty Walsh!
My niece, Lauren (right behind me in the light blue coat and right next to the Mayor), wants to major in Chinese next year in college. When learning the weather on the day of the Chinese New Year parade would be in the thirty-degree range, I invited everyone who might want to come. (In past years, the weather has been frigid or snowy). While we were walking along, we saw Mayor Marty Walsh. His aide noticed our excitement and asked if we'd like a picture. Voila!
From back left: my sister, Nancy; son Andrew; my husband, Matt; Lauren, the Mayor ; In front: me and my daughter, Bethany
In addition, to this photo opportunity, we saw many dragons and followed them from restaurant to restaurant. They are all so colorful and festive. Boston Chinatown is the third largest Chinatown in the U.S.A. and definitely worth checking out if you're ever in the area!
We are studying animal adaptations as well as informational writing. What better way to combine the two by drawing owls and writing about them! Click here to check out this free activity on TPT!
Celebrating Read Across America!
The third graders were so lucky to have Assistant Superintendent Wendy Sprague read an Alaskan version of Cinderella: The Salmon Princess. Even better, Ms. Sprague shared several pictures of her Alaskan trip after reading:
Need Hiking Boots? Check out this pair!
Back in the 1970's, I had a most favorite pair of navy blue suede hiking boots with red laces. Now that hiking boots are on trend, I set out to find myself a similar pair. I found a perfect pair on Amazon!
Tomorrow's weather looks like a snowstorm so it could be the first snow day of the season ~ not bad considering it's March! Have a wonderful week, and thank you for visiting the blog today!
The best part of the show was when the dragon walked around the gym and squirted water on all the kids ~ they were totally enthralled!
Click here or on the above picture to read more about these talented puppeteers and check out where they're performing!
National Hippo Day & An Amazing Perfect Poem!
Before writing my Morning Message, I always check in with Checkiday to see what exciting holiday is taking place. Last Friday, luckily, it was National Hippo Day, and I found the most perfect poem to accompany this special day:
A Beautiful Winter Sweater ~ On Sale!
I've been in love with this Boden sweater from the moment I saw it! Of course, it was way over my comfort zone at $130. Luckily for me, the sweater finally went on sale for President's Day. It was still over my price point, but I decided that it "sparked joy," and I bought it!
I've saved the best news for last!
I'm on February vacation! Tomorrow I'm going to Chinatown in Boston for Chinese New Year and the dragon parade.
I'm looking forward to all the fun holidays this month! We have already celebrated Groundhog Day and are now learning about Chinese New Year. My students are excited to exchange Valentines, and I just love emphasizing kindness and empathy.
In April, my husband and I are planning a trip to Florida. I LOVE seeing my aunt (my mother's sister) who has Alzheimer's. I believe that the soul has a memory, and I know that she'll remember that I care so much about her.
I recently read an article about Lauderdale by the Sea in the Boston Globe. Since my husband insists on staying somewhere different than Delray Beach, I'm looking into this new place. Plus, it's only a thirty minute drive to the facility where my aunt is in Delray.
Here's a picture of sunrise from our trip last year:
Tonight I made Cajun Chicken Pasta using jarred Alfredo sauce. This recipe is pretty spot on to the one that I make. I always use Purdue thin sliced chicken breasts ~ they really make a difference!
My 11 year old dog insists on waking me up at 4:40 a.m. Consequently, I've been watching Tidying Up with Marie Kondo on Netflix. It has subtitles so I have to focus and pay attention ~ which means that I can't watch this show while I'm correcting! The first step of the process involves placing all of your clothes in one big pile. UGH! That seems so overwhelming! It's much more relaxing to watch other people tidying up!
Once a year, I reorganize and tidy up all my teacher "stuff." It takes forever!
Happy February! I'm sure Miss G. ~ the Massachusetts State Groundhog ~ saw her shadow yesterday which means 6 more weeks of winter. Of course, spring doesn't really arrive here until the end of May ~ if we're lucky!
Last week we watched a video about how elephants use their ears to cool their bodies. After that, the kids were divided into groups of two. One student received a "sticky note" elephant ear while the other received an "index card" elephant ear. I placed a drop of water on one student's hand while the other acted as the flapping elephant ear:
After much flapping and fun, the students determined that the index card elephant ear was more effective because it is stiffer and thicker.
Civil Rights = All People Are Equal!
We've been looking up a lot of words in the dictionary. We made a glossary for a non-fiction book about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (we probably will only get to the glossary of this non-fiction book). One of the words was civil rights, and I love how each student's glossary reflected their understanding:
The Loft Has Some Super Sweaters!
I've been looking for a polar bear sweater but couldn't find one. Luckily, I found this sweater online from The Loft:
Click here or on the picture to check out this adorable polar bear sweater!
In addition, I've been looking for a plaid sweater so I ordered this pretty pink one as well. Click here or on the picture to read more!
Thanks for checking in today! Please let me know your thoughts in the comments. Have a wonderful week!