Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Change...Good or Bad?

Life is forever changing.
Sometimes for the good and sometimes for bad.
The one thing that is certain about life, it doesn't stand still.
As we begin 2013 we will all be facing changes. 
At this time last year, I had just started blogging and beginning my TPT store.  
WOW!!!  I was so dumb, ignorant, dense  naive'!  Yes, THAT'S the word I'm looking for!
I had NO idea how much was actually involved and the amount of TIME I would be spending doing both...but I love EVERY minute of it!!
I made SO many "newbie" mistakes!!!  (CRINGE!)
If you have just started blogging and/or TPT or just thinking about it, you should read what Erica Bohrer has to say on the subject.  I sooooo needed this about this time LAST year!  hahaha
And Christina over at
Bunting Books and Bainbridge
has some blogging and TPT etiquette.  Just click on the above pics to read both of them.
I assure you, you will NOT be sorry... doing so can make your change a GOOD one and not a bad one!
Speaking of change, my very good friend Teresa Williams (whom you've read so much about on my blog) is doing SO MUCH BETTER!!!  She is finally feeling well enough to blog and create again.
In fact, it's her blogiversary and she's having a HUGE celebration...
Now that's a GREAT change....
 Stop by to enter and share some loving comments to welcome her back.
Personally, 2013 is bringing LOTS of change in my life...
My youngest daughter, Camille, is getting married in just 2 1/2 weeks!!!  We had her wedding shower Sunday.
 Here's a picture as it was being set up.  Can you believe this was a race track pinata one of the little boys in my classroom brought for a birthday party several years ago?  My crafty sister-in-law changed it up into a wedding cake decoration!

And a picture of what will be a centerpiece as well as a wedding gift...sterling silver serving utensils!

And here's a picture of my beautiful daughters.  Megan (the NATURAL blonde), is a 4th grade teacher and expecting her first baby...MY  GRANDSON!!!  (yep, it's a BOY!).
Camille, is my NATURAL brunette...yes, they are night and day!  This was taken in our family room on the day of her wedding shower.  
Now, you know I can't just leave you without showing what's been going on in my room and leave you a little freebie!
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We started learning about penguins this week.  We started off with a special delivery from our new friend Tacky who sent us a letter and this book to begin our New Year!

I had the letter written on large chart paper.  It was so funny listening to my homeroom this morning trying to figure out who Tacky was.  One student was trying to figure out what kind of animal he is, and another girl was trying to convince her that tacky means "like tacky clothes and I don't know any animals that wear clothes!"  hahaha

After reading, we filled out this graphic organizer.  You can actually use this with any penguin book or even just a book that involves cold weather.  Just click on it to get your own!

Whatever changes are headed your way, I hope they all turn out to be GOOD changes!

What changes are you thinking about making?



  1. Thanks for the shout out!! Love the shower pictures! Your girls are so beautiful! I loved the serving pieces in the flower arrangement. That is an awesome idea!

    1. Thanks for stopping by Teresa! SOOOOOOO glad you are doing better and finally back up to blogging! Good luck on your AWESOME giveaway!

  2. Thank you for the shout out Cynthia! Congratulations on your daughter's wedding and your soon to be grandson. Very exciting.

    1. Thanks Erica. LOTS of exciting changes going on in our life this year!!!

  3. You have a special place in the heart of the Teaching Blog Circle! I invite you to stop by and learn more... Your blog has inspired and helped me :)
    The Teacher's Chair

    1. Thanks for stopping by Tracey. Hope the words of wisdom from Erica and Christina helped you out! :-)

  4. Thanks for the photos Cynthia, I smiled because my sister and I are night/day sisters - I was the pale, blonde one and she got the olive complexion, brown hair (lucky thing!).

    1. Isn't that amazing how that can happen? People find it hard to believe they are sisters! hahaha

  5. Wow- you have so many wonderful things happening in 2013. Congrats on your daughter getting married and a grand baby on the way. I have six sisters and we are pretty much cookie cutters of each other. lol We look so similar that a few of my sisters were out together and some of my co-workers (whom had never met them) saw them and asked if they were related to me.
    As far as change for this year, I have many lol. This year I want to expand my normal lose weight, get healthy resolutions. I want to do more to help other people. One way I want to do this is by donating to two charities which I feel strongly about. I haven't started yet, because I have to wait until my January paycheck comes lol.
    Your Tacky idea was cute. What a great way to get them interested with a mysterious letter from the character. Love it! :)
    Happy New Year!

  6. Wow! Thank so much for the links to Erica and Christina's blogs. They had fabulous tips! And by the way I love the sterling silver centerpieces! I would have loved a gift like that! Congrats to your daughter!
    :0) Cara

    Kindergarten Boom Boom

  7. Great post and precious pictures. :) You have some exciting and wonderful things happening this year! Enjoy every minute of them. :)

    Sugar and Spice