March 3, 2014


Apparently, I only get things accomplished on snow days. Oh, well! So, here I am, enjoying my tenth snow day of the year, and I'm loving every second! I figured I would take advantage of the extra time and link up with Farley for her March Currently.

Listening: My husband and I both work for the local public school system, but because he is considered support staff, he doesn't usually get to stay home on snow days. Thankfully, our interim superintendent is awesome, and she values all of her employees equally. So, today, administrative offices were closed, too, and my husband had the day off with the rest of us! While the kids went outside to brave the ridiculously cold temperatures for a little while, KShaf stayed inside and played ping pong on the Wii (and apparently, he takes his ping pong very seriously).

Loving: I adore my job. I am so lucky to love what I do. But, I'll also be the first to admit that I like a snow day (or eleven). I'm greedy. And shameless.

Thinking: There is nothing quite like a roast chicken on a cold, blustery, snowy day. Mine is very simple: I stuff the cavity of the chicken with lemon, onion, and garlic cloves, and then I rub a mixture of melted butter and Herbs de Provence all over the skin. Throw it in the oven at 375 degrees, and roast until the handy dandy popper thingy pops. Simple and delicious!

Wanting: My car is a 2006 Toyota Matrix, and for obvious reasons, it didn't come iPhone ready. I just want to be able to play Spotify; I don't need anything too fancy. I can't justify it right now, though.

Needing: My son is very particular about his clothes. His sleeves need to be a certain length. His shirt always have to be tucked into his pants. He doesn't like his tummy to show when he raises his arms in the air. It's exhausting. Once he finds an article of clothing that he likes, he refuses to wear anything else. I discovered the other day that even though he has a drawer full of perfectly good pants, he has been pulling one particular pair out of the dirty laundry basket and wearing them to school almost every day. Mother of the year, right over here. So I promptly ordered two more pairs from Old Navy, and they were supposed to arrive today. When they didn't, Deedle proceeded to stand on the back porch in all of his snow clothes and scream. And scream. And scream some more. Oy.

???: The Precipiteachers. Look them up on Facebook. That's all I'm going to say.

Just got the call that we're off again tomorrow...I can't wait to make Pillsbury cinnamon rolls for breakfast and lounge around in my pajamas all day!

Head over to Farley's blog and link up, too! Stay warm!

March 2, 2014

Sunday Funday!

I'm excited to link up with Lucky to Be in First's Sunday Funday linky! I adore Molly's blog and products, and she's always very generous with her flash freebies (like her on Facebook, and you'll see what I mean!).
Last week was the first full week that I've taught in a looooooong time, thanks to our recent crazy Maryland weather. While it was nice to have my kiddos for an entire week, I was exhausted by Friday evening! 

We just finished reading Miss Jill's Ice Cream Shop, as part of our Houghton Mifflin reading series. Instead of reading a (totally boring, if you ask me) nonfiction article about how to make ice cream, I thought that it would be more meaningful for my students if we actually made our own ice cream. I used this incredibly simple recipe to make ice cream in my classroom, and it was a huge hit!

They loved shaking the bag!

There was salty water flying everywhere, and everyone had cold hands, but no one complained once the ice cream was served.

Of course, once I came home and told Princess A and Deedle about making ice cream, they insisted on making their own (chocolate, of course!).

Now, I'm sitting here, coming to the realization that the three dozen eggs and containers of deli ham that I have sitting in my fridge probably won't be made into green eggs and ham until later in the week: once again, we're expecting significant snow. I refuse to complain about the winter weather, though...there is nothing that can be done about it, so I intend to enjoy the time that I have home with my kiddos!

This was my terrifying coffee date early this morning (he was being a dinosaur, of course, and trying to scare me). We went to Target to get some snow day "essentials" (read: craft supplies and new shoes) before everyone in the state of Maryland panicked and raced to the grocery store for milk, bread, and toilet paper.

Head on over to Molly's blog and link up! Enjoy what's left of your weekend, and if you're on the East Coast, stay safe and warm!