Saturday, October 31, 2015

Five from Halloween Week

Happy Halloween, Friends! It has been quite the week around here--needless to say, I am so glad to see the weekend!

To say it has be a crazy week would be an understatement. First of all, we all know that a full moon and kids never mix. There was one of those on Tuesday. Then, our AC decided it needed a vacation on Tuesday. Thank goodness for our admin--they saw that it was getting pretty uncomfortable in our rooms (mine was 86 degrees--yikes!) and brought in portable AC units. The thing was a monster, but it at least cooled us off a bit. The AC guys brought and plugged it in and when it started roaring, one of my sweating nuggets looked up in awe and said, "I always wondered what God looked like..." I had to laugh out loud at that one! I think we were all just glad to feel some cool air! Luckily we only had to listen to that thing for 2 days before the central AC was fixed.

It was Bat Week in our room! The kids had a great time learning about the parts of a bat, life cycle of a bat, and all other things bat related! They were even drawing and labeling bats in their free centers. That is when I know they are loving what they are learning. The art teacher even told me they were telling her all about echolocation in her class--she was very impressed!

On Monday, I channeled my inner Ms. Frizzle and wore these cute bat leggings I found a few weeks back. One nugget popped up Monday afternoon and said, "Mrs. Allison! We are learning about bats today, AND you have bats on your legs!" Yes, friend, that was my intention. ;)

We are lucky to live and go to school near a bridge that houses a large bat colony. They come out every night by the thousands for their nightly feeding and it is so neat to watch. I invited my class families to come watch one night and you would have thought I'd taken my kids to Disney World! The bats flew right over us and they kids were amazed! (The parents were too!) It was a fun mini field trip after school hours. 

Waiting for the bats!

We celebrated Halloween at my school by dressing as book characters! My sweet team looked so cute yesterday! We were Max, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Pete, Viola Swamp, Splat, and Thing 2. I am so glad I get to work with these girls everyday! 

Sadly, to top off the week, my room flooded yesterday thanks to a monsoon rain storm we had. Thankfully, it is not my entire room, just about a third of it. I was frantically moving furniture to the middle of the room yesterday, and my kiddos and I had to relocate to a vacant room for the rest of the day. Luckily, I had some room moms coming to volunteer anyway, and they happen to show up at just the right time. They jumped in and started moving things with me and helped keep the day as normal as possible. I am SO lucky they showed up, I don't know that we would have made it without them! Maintenance is sanitizing and drying the carpet today so that I can spend tomorrow putting my room back together. I am happily spending today with the dog and the hubs and not worrying about anything school related. We are headed off to the Farmer's Market for brunch!

Have a great weekend, y'all!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Five for a Friday (Soggy Edition)

Happy Friday, Y'all!

So sorry to have been blog absent for a few weeks. I finally feel like we are getting really good and settled into the school year and I have been busy and exhausted!

Here's what's been going on in my neck of the woods.

Here in Austin, we are prepping for a big storm that is supposed to come tomorrow. They are predicting 8-10 inches of rain. We are in desperate need of rain, but Austin tends to flood easily. People are still recovering from the Memorial Day floods so I know we are all hoping that this weekend won't be a repeat. 

Of course the rain started today right during dismissal. My sweet teamie/bestie captured this ever so flattering picture of me while I was directing traffic. My face says it all--exactly how I feel about downpours during dismissal. 

October has been a busy month in our classroom. Pumpkins, spiders, and bats have all been such fun units to study! We've been doing a lot of life cycles and practicing our labeling skills!

Last week, a local book store was hosting James and Kim Dean for author visit and book signing. If you don't know them, they are the authors and illustrators for the Pete the Cat books. My nuggets and I are OBSESSED with Pete so of course I had to go. They were such nice people! Mr. Dean talked about how he started drawing Pete, read us the new Bedtime Blues story, and then signed books and took pictures. He taught the audience how to draw Pete and even let me bring his drawing home! I was over the moon and am working on getting it framed for my classroom. It was definitely a highlight of my year!

Can I just brag on my hubs for a minute? I drag him around to every teaching store in a 50 mile radius and he never complains. The other night I need to run to Teacher Heaven because I was looking for table caddies in certain colors. I caught this cute picture of him not only carrying my said caddies around while I shopped, but he is just looking around--not ever telling me to hurry or that he wants to leave. Seriously, he is the best hubs eva. 

Honestly, I don't have a number 5. I am spending the weekend cleaning house and getting ready for Bat week! And then of course, next Friday is costume day! Woo! I can't wait to see of all my cuties dressed up!

Have great weekend!