Wednesday, March 30, 2011

You Know You're A Teacher When...

You Know You're a FIFTH grade Teacher When...
1.  In your mind April and Stress are considered synonyms {Thanks Texas!}
2.  You have to do the deodorant and body wash song & dance just to drop hints
3.  You LOVE Sharpies & Post Its!
4.  You have the urge to get on to kids misbehaving in public
5.  WAFO is your favorite word {wait and find out}
6.  Your kids have secret signals that they THINK we don't know the meanings
7.  Your kids can have a good laugh with you and "get" your humor {and sarcasm}
8.  Spring rolls around, you suddenly become shorter than your kids
9.  You get sooo excited when the lightbulb finally goes off
10. Your day is ruined when you get the news the copier is broken

Just a reminder that MY FIRST GIVEAWAY is in full effect!

Calling all teachers: If you teach grades 3-6 OR know someone who does...ENTER!

You can find the details HERE

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Sideways Arithmetic Unit

I've been working hard on something to do after our dreaded state tests are over with....something I think my 5th graders will LOVE. Last year, I ordered a class set of Louis Sachar's novel Sideways Arithmetic From Wayside School. At first I thought it would be too babyish for my kids, but after I read it and tried to solve the math puzzles, I decided it would be perfect. It really could be used in 4th or 5th {high 3rd graders} I've searched the Internet high and low for some kind of activities to go along with this book. Nothing. So, what do I do...I write my own. I call this a unit, but really its just a guide that goes hand in hand with the story. I re-wrote all the problems so that all the kids have to do is work the puzzles and place their answers down on paper. If you haven't read this book, there are 50 something math puzzles throughout the story that the reader is to solve...

I am envisioning this happening with cooperative learning groups, whole group read alouds, some independent work...the whole 9 yards. I'm excited. 

Following in the footsteps of the great Babbling Abby, I too have a store at TpT. {Teachers Pay Teachers} If you are interested in buying this unit, feel free to check out my store by clicking below:

Drum Roll Please...

The full, 13 page, PDF digital unit of Sideways Arithmetic From Wayside School!

The giveaway will start TODAY and run until April 5th

How to Enter:
1.  Follow Me :)
2. Leave a comment letting me know if you would use this in your classroom or share it with another teacher friend {who maybe teaches an older grade}

I will pick 3 LUCKY winners on Tuesday, April 5th.

If you click on my store, you will get to see a preview of the unit. :)

Good luck my friends...

Monday, March 28, 2011


I know this is going to sound very Peyton Sawyer of me, (shout out to all you OTH fans) but have you ever noticed the power of music?

"People say music doesn't change lives, whatever...have you ever heard a song and it takes you back to a certain moment in your life? Like you can pinpoint exactly where you were and the exact time..."
-Peyton Sawyer

Peyton was one of my favorite characters on One Tree Hill and I'm very disappointed they took her off (VERY!) but I think she was totally on to something when she talked about music...
{hear me out}

Today as I drove myself to work, sunroof open seat warmers on, I played {ok, blared} "Single" by NKOTB. I know, I know...but this song gives me a feeling I can't easily explain every time I hear it. I takes me back to October 2008 to American Airlines Center where I got to see my favorite childhood group preform 20 years later. It was the opening song as they flashed all the old pictures on the screen, exactly how I remembered them. Maybe this makes me weird, I don't know...and quite frankly...I really don't care because it means something to me.

I have a lot of special songs that the second I hear them takes me to a happy place.

My Girl instantly makes me want to call my dad and sing in his ear...
Somewhere Out There makes me want to call my sister Natalie and sing together looking up at the sky...
Seasons of Love make me want to call and sing to Lindsey... {mainly to hear her hit that super high note}
The second I hear I Call It Love I think of Love Bug and I on the Riverwalk in Shreveport...singing together. <---ha!

Music is a great thing. I admit I may not always know the lyrics, to be honest, you'll probably find me making up my own most of the time, but I love it. The beat, the way it allows you to remember your exact existence in time, the way it can capture your thoughts and feelings...and make sense of your world.

Am I crazy...or are there others that share this same feeling?

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Sons & Daughters

As I've shared before, my brother in law David is apart of a group called Sons & Daughters. You may remember the article from this post. He is one talented boy, that's for sure. 

He has already done tons of great things in his little life. Including starting the group Jackson Waters. Hello. Awesomeness. You may have loved their music featured on One Tree Hill. I know I did. (This is also the reason I started watching OTH, and I'm still currently obsessed!) The group is no longer together, obviously, but you can listen to their music here. {I'm waiting on the reunion tour!} From Jackson Waters he went to traveling with Needtobreathe for 2 years...which brings us to now. He is following his heart, writing worship music and signing with Leslie Jordan. I am one proud sister in law. He is so inspiring to us all...

His first single comes out on iTunes on April 5th. I LOVE this song and I think you will too. 
The EP (6 songs) comes out on May 10th and the full length album on October 11th. 

If you "like" their Facebook page you can sample the music and it will also give you information on how to download free music on their website. {}

The more people who know about them the better. I hope you will enjoy their music as much as I do. 

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Bowl For Kids Sake

About 3 years ago, my school started participating in Bowl For Kids Sake. Y'all...It is SO MUCH fun! We have 4 teams, all with different names and shirts. It is just the neatest thing to get such a diverse group of people together and all have fun. Hands down, we are definitely the funnest people far. {Even the DJ thinks so!} 

This picture was taken last year, because I don't have this years picture yet...but at least you can get the idea of how we roll.

My game face...headed to the bowling alley. lol
I have the pleasure of being the Team Captain for our team..the Wild Turkeys! Today we raised $750 for our team to bowl. 
A big shout out to all the people who sponsored me today. We helped such a great cause. THANK YOU!

Oh yes...and we even started our dance from last nights Talent Show on the lanes. WINNING!


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

I'll Take That...

With this beautiful 80 degree weather we are having, I've found myself ready for the new spring/ summer wardrobe. Tonight I spent a good amount of time on one of my favorite store's website...Forever 21.

Just a little background knowledge...
I tend to find a look I like {stripes, polka dots, certain colors, etc} and that's all I buy! For example...this fall I looked back at the things I'd bought and almost all of it was STRIPED! I seriously got home at least 3 times to find a shirt that was VERY similar to something I already had. It's like I find one cute thing and I can't stop. It's annoying.

So tonight, I wanted to do a little experiment. I thought I'd go through the Forever 21 website and pick out the things I like. I just want to see if in the seasons past this has just been a coincidence or in fact, this is just me.

Here are some of my favorite things from F21 for spring and summer.

Are you laughing yet?!?  I did...when I looked at the pictures I had chosen. I picked out all these cream and nude colors like I'm tan or something. Cute looks and if I was brave enough to order online from F21, I probably would've picked up a few...BUT at this store, I HAVE to try it on. <---Please tell me I'm not the only one!!!

Verdict...IT'S ME!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

My Bucket List

I've always wanted to make a Bucket List so I think this will be fun. I know the more I think about it, the more things will come to mind. Needless to say this list is a work in progress and will be growing as I remember things I want to accomplish. I'd love to read your "Bucket List"...what do you want to do in life?

                                    My Bucket List
                                   1. Be debt FREE
                                   2. Go on a Mission Trip {as an adult}
                                   3. Submit a story to a Publishing Company
                                   4. Meet Kelly from Kelly's Korner
                                   5. Be a Mom
                                   6. Go to New York
                                   7. Go on a Cruise
                                   8. Take a Photography Class
                                   9. Become a Mrs.
                                 10. Go Camping
                                 11. Watch a game in Heinz Field
                                 12. Get someone famous to follow me on Twitter
                                 13. Get a passport
                                 14. Leave "The Mainland" and go on a REAL trip

   ...To Be Continued

Friday, March 18, 2011

100% for JAPAN

Looks like Mr Chang is going to take a big loss today in his personal checkbook so that we can help our friends in Japan. Thank you Mr C for finding it in your heart that its better to GIVE than RECEIVE!  {even if it's just for today} Y'all...Forever 21 is donating 100% of every penny spent online today to Japan! That is amazing! It's not a percentage, it's the whole darn thing. WOW! I think I might just click on over to 
and start shopping. You should too.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

What I'm Loving Wednesday

I'm joining up with Jamie on this beautiful evening for
What I'm Loving Wednesday!
I am Loving...that I got to spend the day with the most adorable {almost} one year old ever! My mom and I got up at 5:30am and drove over to Arkansas to hang out with Harper all day while her parents were hard at work. :) 

We took her to get her 1 year old pictures today and they we SO cute! Since the pictures were part of my present to her, I feel like I have the right to display her pictures before her mother. :) 

Here is our BIG girl!

Tulsa Treasures

Every time I come to Tulsa there are a handful of places we MUST visit while I'm here. I wish sooo bad that DFW would buy a franchise, but so far, no luck. If ever in Tulsa, these are my favorite places. :)

All Time Family Favorite...
I'm fairly certain that if anyone was asked what my 
families favorite restaurant is their answer would
 be Chimi's. We only eat here for every occasion. 

There will never be a time that I come to Tulsa without eating at these 3 places. Fact.

Ron's Hamburgers
Only the best, greasiest hamburgers EVER. 
Their Chili is also pretty amazing as well.
Rib Crib
Love this place. Especially their Chicken Quesadillas. 
Surely you've heard of this place...No? Oh my mouth is watering as I am typing this. They have THE BEST salad bar you have ever had. This {again} is a fact. 
For the record, this does it no justice, please trust me though--->THE BEST!

Old School Bagels
Whoevers idea it was to get rid of EVERY SINGLE bagel shop in Tulsa was crazy. This was the best start to my day back in high school {yes, we ate their every day...before and after school}

Moving right along...these are also my favorites that I try to go everytime because I LOVE them too! 

Ted's Cafe Escondido
Favorite part about this restaurant is the complimentary queso with your chips and salsa AND sopapillas at the end

Daylight Donuts
Historical Tulsa Landmark. lol
Just so that you know, Daylight Donuts are better than Shipley's, Dunkin, DEFINITELY Krispy Kremes or any other donut shop out there. 

Most of these restaurants can also be found in the Oklahoma City area as well :)
I thought I should note that when I was thinking this post up, I had every intention for it to have all kinds of favorite places...but I am hungry as I'm writing this and all I can think about is {clearly} food. :)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Diaries of Aunt Katie

Where has the last year gone? It seems like just yesterday that I was sitting here at my mom and dad's house {about to bust from the seems} just waiting on the arrival of Miss Harper Elizabeth!

Here I am, one year later, excited again to celebrate her 1st birthday! Being an aunt has GOT to be one of the best things on earth! I'm loving every minute of it...

Here is my year in review of my baby girl...
Aunt Katie loves you!!!
1 Month Old
2 Months Old
3 Months Old
4 Months Old
5 Months Old
6 Months Old
7 Months Old
8 Months Old
9 Months Old
10 Months Old
11 Months Old
12 Months Old