Friday, January 1, 2016

Currently - January 2016- and a Give Away

Happy New Year!
Y'all I promise you this is a profound date.
When I was a little girl whenever we mentioned a year like 20-anything it was a wonder.
An unimaginable year in the future, yet here we are.

It's Currently January 2016.
I could stop right there with this post, but I want to join Farley's monthly linky!
(AND, if you are looking for the Give Away- keep reading or click right {HERE})

So, what am I currently up to????

to Good Morning America in the background!
I LOVE all the people on this show. I think they do a great job with the news, but also just being human. I was once a fan of The Today Show, but then that awful thing happened with Ann Curry and I have not watched it since then. Anyway, I recently read this:
Fantastic book! It's a gripping story of Amy having a mammogram on air to promote breast cancer awareness- only to discover she had breast cancer. It's the story of her diagnosis, treatment, and beginning of her recovery. Worth your time!

My Cleaner House!
Long story, but here's the main part.
A closet in my extra bedroom exploded one day right before Christmas. I mean exploded. I have no clue what set it off, but I noticed the door was ajar... and made the mistake of opening it to see what could be going on.
The contents of the closet rained down on me like confetti. Only I didn't win anything....jeez.
It seems that one of the supporting braces of the largest hanging section bent in half and that part collapsed. All the clothes and boxes on the shelves fell over and BAM! So, I spent a half day pulling everything out, vacuuming up old dusty stuff, and repairing the brace. In this process I bagged up three sacks of junk to throw away and two sacks of clothes to give away.
Now, that room is neat and tidy and
I decided to do one room each day during winter break.
My garbage man hates me.....

About Engineering.
It never ceases to amaze me just how much we engineer things. If you have ever repaired anything in your home that is engineering. If you have ever rigged up a device to make something work, that is engineering. Look at this:
You will never guess in a million years what that is......
It's the attaching device for the gondola at Heavenly ski resort. We were standing in line and I happened to glance up and see this and it is just a marvel! Who thought of all that? Just look at how all those little wheels and criss-crossed wires work together.
Just think, today's kids, the ones in your classroom right now, will be the engineers that create devices even more amazing than this.

To Share Good News!
You may have seen this picture on my Instagram or FB page:
That little photo is my way of letting you know that I received a fabulous little Christmas gift a few days after Christmas. My sweet little Teachers Pay Teachers store reached a milestone in sales! OMG! Y'all what an amazing adventure TpT has been. I am going to devote a blog post to it one of these days. In the meantime you can be part of celebrating with me by taking part in a little raffle. Click right {HERE} or click on the photo above to go to my post about the raffle! It's a great give-away- if you like TpT or Stitch Fix!

To finish some school work!
I had a major Brain Pop one day this week and made a list of possible STEM challenges for the next three months! I am so excited about the topics and what we are going to build.Here's why:

How could you ever get tired of seeing kids work together? Just look at their little hands holding and shaping the models they are building!
Also, take note of the leopard jacket in the top photo!
That little girls is serious about her clothes!

It is just so fun to look forward to many more months in my STEM Lab and look forward to more of this adventure with my blogging friends!
Have a fabulous 2016!


  1. Congrats on your milestone!!! That is awesome and very encouraging!!!!

  2. Congrats on the milestone!! I just started doing STEM projects a few months ago and LOVE the way students work together.

    Happy New Year!

    1. Thanks for visiting Carrie! STEM is the ultimate in getting kids to work together! I love to watch them and listen to them! Have a great January!

  3. I bet you feel so good to have your closet and bedroom all cleaned out! And congrats on that milestone! :-)
    Happy New Year!

    1. Actually that poor closet is now so empty! I guess it was really a good thing the silly thing collapsed so I could get rid of some things! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Carol, You just crack me up with your excitement and manner of speaking. I just love your blog. Congratulations on your milestone, that is so totally awesome!!! And I know all the kids will enjoy your STEM ideas.

    1. Awww thanks Brittany! I usually just type whatever is poring out my head at the time! I should write books- yeah in between all the other stuff I am juggling! Thanks for visiting!

  5. Congratulations on your milestone! We have a fairly new house that is under warranty and so we keep having things that need to be fixed. When I read that your closet exploded, I was like what?!...why?!...that's probably going to happen here. Thankfully our closets are pretty empty still.

    Literacy Spark

  6. I am going to have to send you a picture of my clean closet. Very funny we have been in our house over 16 years and have just kept shoving things in a closet of ours. My husband had enough...this last week we spent over 4 hours purging and emptying out the closet. I now have empty shelves. The poor garbage man got a bottle of wine and a sorry from us...we had 11 garbage bags. We didn't take them all out due to guilt! It feels good though. Congrats on your milestone! It has been a great year due to TPT. I am so appreciative! Happy New Year!

    Renee from Science School Yard

  7. I love seeing my kids work together on a project too! They absolutely love it. I also love to purge and clean out all the clutter in my house. It makes me feel in control and what a great year to start off the new year.

  8. Oh Carol, I am SO EXCITED for you to have reached a milestone! That is HUGE! Congratulations!
    And I love the pictures of your kids working together - that really is what it's all about! - and love that little girl's leopard printed jacket - too cute!

    1. You just have to love a stylish little kid, right? Thanks for your kind words and encouragement! Have a great January!

  9. Congrats on your milestone! I wish we had more time built in the schedule for these great activities!

  10. Happy New Year Carol. Really looking forward to reading about and getting lots of great ideas from more of your amazing STEM projects this year!
    Growing Little Learners


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