My friends at Blog Hoppin' and I want to end the year with a CELEBRATION, so our stores are on SALE today and tomorrow. Click the image below to visit my store and the Blog Hoppin' button to see who else has some New Year's cheer for you!!
I wish you and your family continued blessings in the New Year!
Happy Thanksgiving!! Unfortunately, I have a sore throat... so that meant staying home instead of traveling to PA for our family celebration. (Boo!) But, today I am thankful for New Chances-- and that means new chances to look for good in every situation. So instead of feeling sad about the trip that wasn't, I was glad to celebrate with my new family of 4! We made the traditional turkey, corn, and mashed potatoes. I tried out a new sausage, apple, and cranberry stuffing recipe and helped my 5 year old bake her first pumpkin pie. I surprised her with the pepperoni, cheese, and cracker turkey that's been floating around Pinterestand helped my 6 month old taste his first Thanksgiving dinner (turkey, potatoes, and green beans). I have so much to be thankful for... and this Thanksgiving reminded me that there are also plenty of New Chances to make memories!!!
Be sure to link up on Blog Hoppin' what you're thankful for! And since tomorrow just happens to be Black Friday... I have put my store on sale. Guess that means you have a new chance to save! HA! :)
My husband and I are truly thankful that we have found a perfect church family. It's amazing how truly connected you can feel when you are worshiping in the right place! Not only that, it's a place we go on other days too--not just Sundays!! :o) When you've found the right fit, it's a place you want to volunteer and participate in activities... and people you love to do things with (both in and out of church). A year ago last summer, we were searching for a new church home (but hadn't really mentioned it to our daughter, who was 4 at the time). We attended service one Sunday. Amazingly, later that week when driving by the building... she said, "Look Mommy, there's our new church!" We were sold!!
I consider myself thoroughly thankful that 10 years ago this past summer I married the love of my life! He fills my days with laughter and smiles. During those difficult times, he is my strength. Most of all, I'm glad that he is my partner in parenting--I couldn't do it without him!
This year, the girls and I at Blog Hoppin' are doing A Week of Thanks a little differently than in previous years. Each day is a new letter...like an acrostic! Every day (that you choose to participate) you can share with us what you are thankful for-but here's the catch; it needs to begin with that day's letter! So today is T...tomorrow is H...you get it! Yes, it spells THANKS!
When chatting with friends about jobs... it's always fun to be one of the only ones who TRULY loves their job! I have wanted to be a teacher since I was in kindergarten. My teacher, Mrs. Hengeller, always made learning FUN and I was lucky enough to have her for two different years (K and 2nd). I am truly thankful to be a teacher and enjoy watching my student SOAR!!
Many of you have been back at school for some time now. I'm just starting to get in Back to School mode. In fact, it's going to be A LOT tougher this year since my maternity leave was exactly 6 weeks to the last day of school then we tacked on summer break. So, I've been on break for about 14 and a half weeks so far (yes, it's going to be REALLY tough!).
My long term sub and incredible teacher assistant were AMAZING and packed up my whole room for me. Plus our custodians tried something new this year and drew maps of our rooms before emptying them to do the waxing. Then they re-created our layout!! Talk about incredible! Now, it may not be EXACTLY the way it looked before, but I have never walked back in my room and felt so energized to get started--especially versus coming into a room with a pile of furniture! HA!
SO, as you can see, I still have a lot of work to do... to create a fun, colorful learning environment where we can build our class family. It all begins tomorrow!!
Don't worry, I'll share pictures of the progress... STAY TUNED!
Be sure to link up and share your classroom with us!
It's Teacher Week!! This is always such a fun linky since we get to learn more about each other, see incredible classroom makeovers, learn about classroom routines and organization, and so much more! I know I look forward to it each year. So without further ado.......
I'm Karen Stamp, yes, stamp.... like postage (hence the blog theme). :o) You'd think when I got married and switched from a last name of Miraglia (pronounced Mur-All-Ya) to Stamp, it would be easier. LOL! But I have to laugh, since I usually do need to repeat that phrase for people when telling people our last name!! It's like they don't believe me or something!
This summer, I celebrated 10 fabulous years of marriage with this handsome guy...
We've been laughing every day since--I mean who else would let me choose personalized kazoos for our wedding send-off!? THIS guy, and that's just one of the reasons why I love him!
We welcomed this little guy into our family 3 months ago... and couldn't be happier with our family of 4! It's amazing to think that my "big girl" is going to be a kindergartner in only 15 days!! It's going to be so much fun having her right next door. :o)
Speaking of kindergarten... this year will mark my LUCKY, LUCKY 13th year of teaching, and my 9th in Kindergarten! Seriously, how lucky am I to spend each day doing what I love!?
SO, now it's YOUR turn.....
Don't forget... you can link up with us each day this week! Here's the schedule!!