Monday, January 26, 2015

We're going to London!!!

Andrew and I have been dreaming of a big vacation for a year or two now.  We were so lucky to be able to go to Hawaii on our honeymoon, and then travel to Kenya for a mission trip in 2013.  But, since then, we really haven't been on any small vacations...and I am DYING to go somewhere.  But... where could we go? Can we really afford it?  When would we go?

Well, we were looking at going somewhere over the summer, but then realized with Andrew hopefully getting an internship, that probably wouldn't be an option.  So....Andrew did some research, and we're going to London over Spring Break!

I'm SOO EXCITED, and am already counting down the months until April!  We will try and pack as much as we possibly can in to a week of travel!  Here's what we're HOPING to do while we'll be in London:

Take the touristy bus ride around London
Visit the queen (duh)
Ride on the London Eye
Go to museums
Visit a cathedral
Visit The Globe Theater

Day trip to Stonehenge
Day trip to Paris (so Andrew can ride a train in the channel and we can see the Eiffle Tower and museums,etc.)

Have you been to London? What am I missing from my to-do list?  Where should we eat? Shop?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

100th Day of School Fun!

Thursday, January 15th, was the 100th day of school for us.  It was SO MUCH FUN! 

I had some parents help me make this banner...the kiddos LOVED it!  

We also had a 100 banner at the end of the kindergarten hallway for the kids to walk through...and dressed up like 100 year olds.  I'm on the left, rocking a denim teacher jumper and an old lady sweater.  We all rocked baby powder in our hair, and wrinkles on our faces!  I love our team! 

Maybe next year we'll make shirts with 100 things on them? I had one student show up with 100 monster eye balls on his shirt-so cute!

The kids wrote about what they would do if they were 100, we made bookmarks, and did a fun craft where we turned ourselves in to old people.  I also gave them the challenge of writing 100 words throughout the day, and reading 100 books.  We didn't finish either goal, but they were SO EXCITED to read and write all day long.

{Idea from First Grade Parade}

Math Centers consisted of graphing 100 objects....

using 100 cups to build structures...

and painting 100 gumballs on their gumball machines...

I found a great experiment where the kids predicted how full 100 drops of water would be.  They LOVED it...everyone thought 100 drops of water would fill the jar and were surprised that it was in fact, not very much water at all!

We ended the day with a special snack...10 pieces of 10 different items. The kiddos had to sort them out, count them, and THEN they could mix them up and eat!

Overall, we had a great day.  I was exhausted, and the kiddos left tired.  Do you remember your 100th Day? If you're a teacher, how do you celebrate?

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Ringing in the New Year!

Andrew and I had a great New Year's Eve!  I somehow convinced him that we NEEDED to go out for a fancy date night, and just spend time together just us.  It was lovely!

We got all dressed up (way more than necessary, but so much fun) and headed to Atlanta!

We had dinner at The Melting Pot.  It was SO GOOD!

After dinner, we headed over to Sky View Atlanta.  I've been trying to get Andrew to take me, and we thought that NYE was the perfect time to try it out.  It was pretty cool...but a littler more nerve wracking than I thought it was going to be!

We headed home around 10:30pm to change back in our PJ's, play with some sparklers, and ring in the new year at home.  How wonderful it was to be warm and cozy at home at midnight. :)

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Winter Wonderland (made of lights)

Callaway Gardens has always been one of my favorite places to go during Christmastime.  Some people ride the trolly through the lights, but my family has always opted to drive in our own car.  (When we were little, I'd get to sit on Dad's lap and "drive" us!)

Andrew and I went and drove through the lights lights night.  I attempted to take pictures of some of my favorite stops.  OF course, the pictures don't do it justice!

We had a great time!! That big tent behind us houses a handful of cute like Christmas vendors.  We got an elf nutcracker. :)

Have you been to Callaway Gardens??  What traditions do you have when it comes to lights??

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Christmas in the Classroom

Christmas is always a special time for me, but Christmas-time in Kindergarten is one of my favorites.  Everything we're crafting is fantastic, and I just love seeing Christmas through my students eyes!  

Take a peek at our classroom Christmas decorations!

And, because you need to see what Twinkle is up to every once in a while...

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