Friday, July 10, 2015

Five For Friday {July 10th}


This has been such a strange week, with some of my bloggy friends in Vegas for the TpT conference I’ve had to live vicariously through them and their Insta/Periscope posts!  But, some great things have been going on here at home!

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We got to spend some time in the cool mountains of Flagstaff for our annual trip to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ Camp.  We have been going every year since the girls were bitty and it is such a great family experience.  My husband runs the basketball part of the camp, I have the opportunity to fellowship and connect with other coaches’ wives, my children get to experience dorm life, and we worship together every night as a family.


This year, my husband had not only many of his current players at camp, but 3 of his former players were there as huddle leaders!

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We came back down the mountain, I unpacked and then packed again for a “retreat” that I had planned with my teammates from school!


I absolutely LOVE working with these two and we thought it would be fun to get together over summer and do a little planning and a lot of hanging out and having some fun!  we stayed at a local resort and shopped, hung out on the lazy river and ate LOTS of yummy food!  We did get a little bit of planning done, but it was so nice to hang out together outside of school!

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I am having some serious FOMO issues this week looking through all of the Insta posts from Vegas.  I am loving all of the broadcasts from teachers on Periscope!  I have had the Periscope for a few months now because my all time favorite boy band, NKOTB, would jump on and broadcast live from their tour (no judging me!).  So, I was super excited to see that Angie and Ashley were going to be using it in Vegas.  Well, teachers seem to have taken over on Periscope and suddenly tons of people have found and followed me.  So, I feel like I should DO something with it!  My friend Cassandra a.k.a Mrs. 3rd Grade and I have been tossing around some ideas for Periscope but I would love to know what you would like to see.  Comment below and let us know if there are things in our classroom you would love to see, products you would like to see in action or  would you just like to have an opportunity to ask us questions?  Let us know, we are getting together next week to chat and Periscope is on our list!  Make sure you find and follow us on Periscope so that you will get the alert when we broadcast!  Mrs. 3rd Grade is also broadcasting from Vegas!


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We did get some real work done on our retreat.  We used the year long planner from Dragonflies in First to start mapping out our year.  My #1 goal this year is organization!  My teenage daughters are going to be crazy busy this year and I don’t want to miss a second of it, after all I only have a few years left with them at home. (sad face)


We got our school year calendar plugged in, all of our assessments (there are soooo many in 3rd…boo), and our curriculum frameworks all plugged in.  Next time we meet we will break down the frameworks and list the standards we will cover each week.  I am so excited to have this finished and then printed, laminated and hanging behind my desk this year!

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Last night, my husband took me out to dinner and to the Rob Thomas concert! It was such a great concert, he is amazing live!  While we were there, my husband posted a pic on Insta and a former student of his commented and asked where we were sitting.  She works for the venue and came down and gave us passes for the VIP lounge.  It was such a fun night!


I’m anxious for my bloggy friends to get back from Vegas so I can hear all about it!  I hope all of you that are there are having a great time!  See you there in 2016!


  1. I'm so jealous that you did some year long planning. I really need to do that because you are absolutely correct there is so much testing in 3rd grade. I think I'm going to have to check out this Periscope, I just saw it last night on Instagram. Your teacher retreat sounded fabulous, maybe I'll have to consider putting something like that together for next year. Thanks for sharing.
    Polka Dot Palace

  2. Hi Jennifer!
    I am totally with you in wishing I had the opportunity to go to Vegas this year, but I too hope to go next year! It is so cool that you got to go to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Camp! What an awesome experience! I am sure your kids LOVE it! And what a testimony to your husband to have former players come back! Awesome! Hope you have a lovely weekend!

  3. Wow, you got a lot done this week Jennifer! You know summer is almost over when everyone has a post about planning or classroom makeovers! haha! Thanks for sharing, I enjoyed reading! :)
    Moore to Learn

  4. Looks like you had a lot of fun even though you were not in Vegas! Hopefully we can both go to the conference some time in the near future! :) I enjoyed reading your post! I really need to get in planning mode! I've been creating a lot of random products, but not planning sequentially or anything! HA! FCA camp looks awesome! :) How wonderful to get to worship with your family every night!!

    Fervent First Grade Frenzy

  5. What a great #notinVegas week you had! I know it was a blessing to you as well as to others. I FINALLY found the world of Periscope and my kids tell me I am addicted! It has been so much fun to connect with other teachers all over the world! Because I am so new to all of this, I am up for ANYTHING you put on there!!! My friend, Belinda, and I, along with Ruling the Roost, started the persiscope teacher challenge. It has been a lot of fun to meet different people that way. We are hoping to do a classroom reveal soon - school starts August 3. Enjoy the rest of your summer!


  6. So fun friend! Thank you for the sweet shout out too! You are AMAZING!! So glad we were able to meet for lunch today! Can't wait to share the Vegas experience with you next year!! #tptvegas16

    Mrs. 3rd Grade