July 12, 2015

Vacation Wrap Up and a GIVEAWAY!

Well, we're back from visiting KShaf's family in Pennsylvania, and as always, we had a fantastic time! We did plenty of four-wheeling, berry picking, salamander hunting, and (my favorite!) napping. We even managed to squeeze in a visit to Niagara Falls! More on that later, but first, here are a few of my favorite memories from our visit with family.

We had been in Pennsylvania less than a day, and Deedle was already down in the "crick," looking for crayfish.

Princess A discovered that she loved four-wheeling! With the exception of one small bump in the road (read: minor crash), she did a great job, and it kept her occupied and away from her brother!

Not to be outdone by his sister, Deedle insisted on learning how to drive the four-wheeler, too. He didn't get to drive by himself, though (sorry, I'm just not that brave!). Check out all the mosquito bites on his forehead!

KShaf, however, was clearly feeling braver than I was. He helped Deedle light off bottle rockets on the Fourth of July.

After spending a week in Pennsylvania, we decided that, since we were already so close, we would take a day trip to Niagara Falls. KShaf's family only lives about two hours from the New York side of the Falls, and I've always wanted to see them. I was not disappointed!

This was the view from the State Park side of the Falls. 

Have you ever?? This was the view from the Maid of the Mist (it was worth the money, believe me!).

We got SOAKED! The kids loved it! (OK, fine. I did, too.)

The kids, taking one last look at the Falls before we started the long drive from New York back to Maryland. Nine hours later (and more bathroom and food breaks than I can count), we were back home on the Shore. 

And what did Deedle find as soon as we got home?

This little guy, stuck in our window well! We did our research, and it looks like she's an Eastern Mud Turtle. We decided to keep her, and thanks to KShaf, she is living in the Taj Mahal of turtle tanks. Deedle decided to name her Torcle (don't ask), and we're all enjoying watching her explore her new home.

Now, on to the GIVEAWAY! I'm taking a chance here, friends, and I'm a little nervous. I know my little blog doesn't have a huge following, but I'd really like to change that! So, I'd like to give away my Pink and Black Chevron Teacher Binder. As any of my students can tell you, I'm obsessed with both black and white chevron and hot pink, so creating this Teacher Binder was a no-brainer! All files are totally editable, too!


Binder Insert

Tab Dividers

Binder Spines

Planning Templates

Calendar Template

Entering the giveaway is simple:
  • Head on over to my Facebook page and LIKE it!
  • Leave a comment below, and let me know how you're spending your summer vacation.
  • Follow me on Bloglovin'!


  1. Torcle is cute!!!!! Your trip looks like so much fun!!! I really, really want to make it to Niagra Falls at some point. I think I need to make a list of what to do before I turn 65. That gives me 25 years to get some things accomplished!!!!! I'll start.........maybe tomorrow. lol
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

    1. Ooooh, Alison! That would make a fun linky: "Ten Things to Do in the Next Ten Years."

  2. I got the chance to travel across the country from WV to visit my daughter and grandchildren in Oregon for 3 1/2 weeks.

    1. Wow, Sara! That sounds amazing! I've always wanted to visit the Pacific Northwest. Thanks for stopping by my little blog!

  3. What a great vacation! I bet Niagara Falls was just amazing! Your children will have such wonderful memories of their summers.

    An Apple a Day in First Grade