I am happy to be back writing on the blog today! I enjoyed a nice break, but I missed it & you!
Today I am reflecting on our final summer vacation by looking at pictures and reliving some of the highlights. I absolutely love to travel and spending time with my husband and son away from real life is just awesome! We have been blessed to do an unusual amount of traveling this summer and I am so thankful for that!
In June we headed west and spent some time in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia. I’m already hoping we get to go back some day, so much more to explore! If you missed it check my travel page here.
Our last adventure took us to Florida and Illinois. Our youngest son (15) started playing soccer a few years ago, and we have fallin’ in love with the sport. This is crazy, since when he first played I had absolutely NO idea what was going on, and now I know the basics and find it so fun to watch!
One of my favorites on our trip was the excitement written all over Ethan’s face at El Clasico and the MLS All Star game. Priceless!
BUT…do you think he’d smile for the 1000s of pics I snapped, NO … he’s too cool for that!
Here we are at the pregame festivities for El Clasico. Such a fun atmosphere!
Watching Real Madrid and Barcelona was simply amazing! Such talented athletes! I will be recapping our trip including this soccer experience next week.
I hope you will stop by and check it out!
We were luck enough to stay at Margaritaville Beach Resort in Hollywood, FL. This was the perfect spot because the humidity for this Montana girl was miserable! Our favorite thing to do each day was get up, head to the beach, jump in the ocean, and enjoy. Spending time on the beach was just what the doctor ordered!
The sunrise…need I say more?
We swam, we napped, we read, we.loved.every.minute!
I spent time relaxing and reading Fish in a Tree by Lynda Myllaly Hunt. This novel was recommended by one of you as a great fifth grade read aloud book. It certainly is! I loved the message of this uplifting novel and think it would be great for my students! Thanks for the recommendation! Keep them coming! If you have a novel you love sharing with your class please leave your suggestion in the comments!
Cubs Win! Cubs Win! In Chicago I was able to check off a bucket list item! I have been a Cub fan since I was a little girl. In the small Montana town I grew up in we would get WGN on TV and they broadcast the Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs games. My dad, brother and I spent countless evenings watching games and I fell in love with the Cubs.
We were able to see two games! Cubs vs. Nationals and it was so, so cool.
Pinch me! I’m at Wrigley!
Ryne Sandberg is, hands down, my favorite Cub. He was a nine time Gold Glove Award winner and to let’s be honest super cute in the late 80s, early 90s! I played second base most of my softball career due to his inspiration! It was really cool to see some of his awards in the team shop.
Go Cubs Go!
Farewell Chicago…we are off to Big Sky Country and can’t wait to be home!
It’s good to be home. One of my favorite things about traveling is that day you are longing to be home. We are blessed to have a comfy home and we were all ready to be back in it!
If you missed my Show & Tell Tuesday Home Tour you can check it out here.
I am doing a little each day to prep for the upcoming school year. Our new school year gets underway in about a week, so it’s time to get serious about planning!
Since moving to 5th grade I have made some sort of welcome treat for my homeroom students. I love making the first day special, but the first two years I went overboard. One year I made some really cool survival kits that cost me a small fortune, and didn’t have the, “ohhhh…awwww” response I was hoping for. 🙂
I am a thrifty gal, so the last two years I changed things up. The kids love a little treat, and I love an economical way to give something to all of them.
I found this quote on Pinterest, “I’m BURSTING with excitement because you’re in my class!” that many teachers were using with Starburst candy.
To make them easy to assemble I print the message on mailing labels, purchase snack size baggies and a large bag of Starburst.
I made 29 bags with eight candies in each bag for less than $10. And the bonus is… I get the same reaction from my students as I did with the time consuming, expensive survival kits!
These are so fast and simple to make! Saving time and money while making my students’ day a little extra special is definitely a favorite!
Have a great weekend everyone! I know summer is winding down, so get out there and enjoy!