I feel like I have been so MIA lately.  I know you know how it is getting the school year up and running.  But, thanks to my sweet friend Mel From the Pond, I am reminded to step back and take a look and be thankful for everything great and good.  

Today is World Gratitude Day.

World Gratitude Day is a day to share your thankfulness with and for others.

Recently, I shared this amazing video.  If you've seen it, it's definitely worth another look.  If you haven't...well, get the tissues.

So thankfulness and gratitude are the theme of the day...or maybe they should be the theme of every day.

So, I would LOVE to hear what is on your list of thankful thoughts.  Please leave me a comment below so that the rest of us may know what gives you and attitude of gratitude.

As for me, mine are simple, but precious.

So thankful for this sweet boy.  Oh, but my life would be dull and boring without him.  
Cayden, I love you to the moon and back!

 This is my truly amazing dad.  They really don't come any better than him.  Support and generosity are two of his strongest traits.  Dad, you know you are my hero.

This fabulous lady is my mom.  She is my biggest cheerleader and she is creative beyond belief!  I love you, Mom.

If you've read my previous posts, you know that even though sometimes I forget to be, I am thankful for every day.  Thankful for doctors and their knowledge that have allowed me to be here today.

See all this amazing-ness in one picture?  These are my girls.  They put up with me, keep me grounded and love me unconditionally.  Ladies, right back at ya!  So thankful to have you in my life!!

I am also thankful for my friends who "live" in my computer.  They keep me on a steady path, have taught me so much and are always there when I need an ear to listen or to give me a good laugh.  You know who you are Samantha, Cynthia, Laureen, Merinda, Christi, Karla, Wendy, Lesley, Martha, Mel, Teresa, Jennifer, Lacey, Michelle, Randi, Diane, Christina, Susan, Kathy, Patti, and Terry.  
Your probably know them better as the staff of 

Of course, I have to add in my job, my kiddos:  past, present and future.  Where would I be without this amazing job called teaching?  It truly is not what I do, but who I am.

Of course I am thankful for so many other things:  this great country where we live, the freedoms that we are provided, a home and all the materials possessions, and the beauty that surrounds us every day.

I am also thankful for YOU!
I'm not sure I know where I'd be without all of you.  Wherever you live, whatever you do, THANK YOU to each of you!

And while I am not one to usually share my religious views on here, I am so thankful for God who watches over all of us, never fails me and gets me out of more tight spots than I can count.  He has provided this beautiful life that I am so thankful to be living.

Since we are all thankful for our students having fabulous behavior, I have added a Clip Chart Freebie for you.  You can find it by clicking the picture below.

I'd love it if you could take a few minutes and list below some of your thankful thoughts.

After you do that, hop on over to my friend, Patti at a

for more gratitude.  AND be sure to continue hopping along, because
there are many more freebies to be had.

And, our sweet friend Mel from
Frog Spot Blog From the Pond

has a VERY WONDERFUL prize for you to enter to win.

Wooohooo!!!  It's time for CURRENTLY!  I've linked up with Farley from

First of all, I have to tell you that I had a GREAT week with my kiddos!  They are a chatty bunch, but I can deal with that (I hope!)  I have 6 of my kiddos from last year, 5 that I had for math last year, and 1 that came to me for reading enrichment when she was in kindergarten.  So that makes 12 out of the 18 that I already knew.  Toss in a couple of other sweeties and that comprises our class.

I also made the jump to second grade and am working with a new team and a new program.  We happen to have 5 of the 6 of us who are new to second grade at our school.  What a sweet group of ladies!  I am also teaching the new accelerated learning model (ALM) for our grade level.  Now, I am not going to lie, it has been great getting these kids all revved up and expanding and challenging their thinking!

HOWEVER, I could definitely live without a week of SEVEN, yes SEVEN meeting this past week.  YIKES!  But I survived...just not caring for a repeat of that.  ;-)  Do you blame me?

So now on to Currently.

Laundry, laundry, laundry!  I don't know what I would do if there were more than 2 of us in a family.  I swear my friend, Jen, who has a family of 5, does laundry ALL weekend.  Shame on me for leaving it until the last day of the weekend.

THREE DAY WEEKEND!  (Need I say more?)
Also, love that I had THREE naps on Saturday...the were only little power naps though.  

They are calling this the most humid weekend in Las Vegas, EVER.
I do not like when the temp and the humidity are equal.  95 degrees and 95% humidity is not fun.  I seriously feel like I could cut the air.  Apparently, this is going to hang around for a couple of weeks.  Through all of it we've only seen about a 5 minute downpour.  Our mountain has a lot of lost vegetation from the horrible fire, so we don't want too much rain, because that will cause horrible flooding (which,we have already seen).
Click on the picture to read more about our lovely weather.
Please, oh, please will someone finish my LRP for me?????  It's hard aligning my plans to the rest of the grade level (HUGE thank yous to Kerri and Christie for creating the grade level ones!) when I'm amping up my instruction, plus trying to fit my travel around the world theme.  It will be so nice when they are done.  Does anyone else do LRPing?

OK, how did this sweet boy who could lay across the step when we moved into our home

Plus, also under needing, I NEED to find some marshmallow ice cream topping to make this delicious looking/sounding cake for my s'mores-crazy kiddo!

Happy Birthday, my sweet boy!

Click on the link to take you to the recipe. 

OK...I'm laughing.  I'm typing this and a WW commercial just started playing on TV.  I'm also laughing that I'm telling you that I'm starting WW again after posting that picture of this not-so-WW-friendly cake above.  YEP!  Gained weight this summer and it's time to dump it and more!
If you have a favorite WW recipe, I'd LOVE for you to share it with me!

One more note before I go, I have a new product out.  If you are responsible for teaching punctuation, you may want to pop on over and check it out.  ;-)

Click on either picture to take you to the product.
So...that's it.  What's "currently" going on with you?

Have a SUPER week!

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