Celebrating survival and a furbaby’s birthday! :)

by becky on September 2, 2011

Hello Friends! I don’t know about all of you, but it always amazes me how CRAZY the first few weeks of school are. This week was especially insane because my team had our curriculum night last night. It was overall a good night but had its moments of tears, yelling, and downright frustration. But, it’s OVER and I feel like I can stop “primping” my classroom and just get into our everyday normal routines.

I’m definitely looking forward to a weekend full of family, friends, sleep, and celebrating my girl’s 6th birthday. And by girl, yes, I mean that spotted princess on my blog banner. It seems like just yesterday I was picking her up from the breeder. **Side Note** she’s kinda famous (lol). If you are a Chicagoan (sp?) then you know that the “Chicago Fire” is our city’s Major League Soccer team. Well, since they are the “Fire”, they have a Dalmatian as their mascot. Not only do they have a poor soul who wears a dalmatian costume, they also have a real dalmatian (Humo) come to their games as a mascot. He’s honestly a cool dog. How do I know? Well, he’s Lillie’s Dad. So, I pretend she’s famous because he’s famous. LOL, I know, ridiculous. But, it’s a cute story to tell. Since I feel like remembering the days when I could hold her like a baby… here we are when she was only 8 weeks old. Ignore me in the pic…this was 6 years ago and after a LONG day of work (LOL) If only she could have stayed that small.

And here she is a few years ago when I tortured dressed her up to celebrate (yes, I’m “that” girl)

She’s a good sport and I feel lucky to have had 6 great years with her! Here’s to 50 more! 🙂 🙂 🙂

In other non”fur”-related news… I have had lots of positive questions/comments about a few of the things in my class pictures.

Here is a copy of my Classroom Signals poster. I got this idea from my fabulous next door teacher who sadly left me for the library this year. She explained to me how she taught her students to use signals during class instead of just raising their hands with random questions. I have to say, this is one of the BEST teaching tips I have ever gotten. It just makes it so there are less distractions while I’m teaching because the students just give me their signal, I nod “yes” or “no”, and I never miss a beat while I’m teaching. So “Thanks” former teammate! You rock! Click on the picture to snag your own copy!

And finally, in response to this post, I’ve had a few requests for my “Think About It” form. It’s nothing special, but I think it will serve the purpose of have the students reflect on their behavior. Again, click on the picture and it’s all yours!

That’s all for me tonight! I hope everyone has a great three day weekend wherever you should be!

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

melissa September 2, 2011 at 2:39 am

It is Lillie’s b’day????? And how did I not know that she is famous???
See you tomorrow! 🙂


Kristy September 2, 2011 at 9:24 pm

Thank you for the posters!


Abby September 5, 2011 at 4:38 pm

I love this!

BTW – You made my Top Ten!

<3 Third Grade Bookworm


becky September 5, 2011 at 5:43 pm

No way! THANKS Abby! You rock! 🙂


Christina September 5, 2011 at 6:32 pm

As the mother of two furbabies… I *SO* get it! Happy Birthday to your beautiful little girl!



Becky September 5, 2011 at 10:18 pm

Thanks Christina! She’s definitely one spoiled princess! 🙂


Liz September 6, 2011 at 1:23 am

I nominated you as my Top Ten Blogs!!

The post will go live tomorrow morning! You can check it out here:


Thank you for being so inspiring!



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