Reflecting - 14 in 14

This year is wrapping up and I have been on major blogging vacay!!  I thought I would try to jump back into the blogging mojo by doing a little reflecting on 2014 and joining these fab ladies, Miss Kindergarten, Teeny, and Dragonflies in First for...
This has been my "go to" recently this school year....due to lots of changes with curriculum, state testing, county changes, state changes....just CHANGES...this school year I have felt a little like this...
So this quote has definitely helped me:)
This has GOT to be my maxi skirts!!
 

and apparently the pink sweater and that necklace...lol!
 
Love the music!
Jazzed about Pitch Perfect 2 but also a little hesitant....usually the second ones are a let down:/  Hope that's not the case:)
 
 
Got a few I love here too.....when I have time to watch TV I lean towards the reality stuff....
I'm rapidly becoming a fan of this series
I know this isn't a TV series....it's a "reading series"...and I have become addicted..
I'm on book 3! 
 
Ummm......we don't go out to eat much...at all....so does this count???
 
 Isn't Starbucks a restaurant?  It's the "go to" for this teacher!!
 

This year I have finally started to get a grip on my health/fitness...notice I said started...lol.  I started lifting weights over the summer and I am hooked!!!!!

 
 
This is hard...I have been so blessed by so many...one of my favorite gifts I just received this Christmas my one of my best friends
Without going into too much detail....I have a precious baby girl in heaven....every year I get, or someone gets me an angel for Christmas...this is the angel I got this year and it means the world to me!
 
EEK!!!  Another really hard one.....I have pinned so much for work and life that I LOVE!  I really can't pick just one:/  You can check out my Pinterest boards and see some of my faves for yourself:)
Some of my all time fave blog posts are my Monday Made It linky posts..
I LOVE seeing all the creativity and ideas out there in the blog world:)
 

Remember that weight lifting thing I've tried...?  Well....old me in the middle....working hard towards new me:) (progress in the outside pics:)
 
One of my faves is this one...
My kiddos are grown...one now lives in Tallahassee and it won't be long before my other one branches out on his own sooooo, when we are all together, under one roof, my heart is full!
Although "letting go" and watching them grown up is so hard, I couldn't be more proud of my kids!  2 graduations this year...one from college and one from high school:)
Oh so many.....too many to name, but if I focus on my OLW, I think the rest will fall into place:)
 
Gratitude. 
 I have let some negative things, things that I have NO control over, mostly in my work life, control me and steal my joy and at times, passion.  My OLW and focus this new year will be gratitude.  If my focus is there, the rest will seem so small or go away:)
 Here's to a wonderful 2015!
Happy New Year!
 

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Last Week - Ornaments, Elves, and Boats!

 
It seems like forever since I've posted (and maybe it has been....can't even begin to tell you how busy/crazy this year/season has been)  So I wanted to give you a little peek into our last week. 
We made 2 different ornaments as gifts for parents


These were super easy and turned out cute! 
I also had them do themselves floating away on snowflakes...
These turned out so funny and the kids loved doing them...again, super simple and easy which was what I needed this year as I have been battling being sick for over a week and haven't had the brain/planning power or energy to do anything else...lol.
 
The kids wrote persuasive letters to Santa applying for an elf position from this packet from
http://www.confessionsofateachingjunkie.com/2014/12/the-sunday-scoop-and-operation-elf.html
SUPER fun freebie!  Of course I forgot to take pics, but trust me, they loved it!  Some of my kids have such a great sense of humor.  They were also VERY convincing in trying to apply to be an elf:)
 
Of course we also HAD to get in a STEM activity:)  They just loved this one!
This is another great activity from Get Caught Engineering.  This is from their Charming Bundle of Enchanted Engineering packet.  Their job was to build a boat to get the Gingerbread man across the stream so he isn't eaten by the fox;)
 
They did this activity in pairs!

I LOVE, LOVE how they work together....I LOVE, LOVE how they have to figure out the problem with their "invention" and go back to the drawing board and try something else!  I LOVE, LOVE how doing these activities teaches them patience and perseverance:)



Here are a few videos of the fun!
 
 
For those of you that have a few days left, maybe this will give you a few ideas to do;)  To the rest of you that are off for break, YAY!
Too all of you....I hope you all have a very blessed and Merry Christmas!  I am happy because my girl is home!  Such a blessing to have the family all together for Christmas!
From my family to yours...Merry Christmas!
 

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