Monday, July 18, 2011

How I'm Spending My Summer Vacation

Clutter-Free Classroom is one of my favorite blogs--she posts tons of resources for classroom purposes and lots of tips that are way useful for the classroom teacher. Just last night--thanks to a post that she did--I robbed ordered from Vista Print and got a TON of stuff for next-to-nothing. If you're not following this blog--you should be!

This week she's hosting a linky party where you can respond to different writing prompts each day. Today's topic is "How I Spent My Summer Vacation." Here's her definition of the "assignment."
{Write a paragraph titled, “How I Spent My Summer Vacation.” I will also accept the alternative title, “How I’m Spending my Summer Vacation.” Feel free to include photographs, but they are not required.}

So. Without further ado.

How I'm Spending My Summer Vacation

I love summer because it allows me to enjoy so many of my favorite things in abundance. Here's a monthly breakdown of what I've been up to:

*I've been spending lots of time with my sweetie! Dinners, vacations, movies on {gasp!} weeknights! We've been having a lot of fun!
*Hair maintenance--I took my looooooooooooonnnnnnnnnnggggggggg, blonde hair and turned it into this!
I think of it as my summer disguise since I got it done after school let out!

*I attended a retirement party for two sweet teachers that I worked with last year. Since my previous school will not re-open this fall, it was nice to gather with my co-workers one last time. 
*I've been spending some time with some cute kiddos--visiting with my friend Marci and her baby boy...
...and helping out with my friend Darla's cutie-pie!
*I've been working in my yard--watering, weeding, and such, as well as trying to stay out of the way of this little guy and his friends!
*I always use my summers to tackle some projects around the house. I took about two days to clean out and re-organize my home office. It was a big job, but it looks SO much better now!
*I've been doing some baking. My grandmother got me a new mixer for Christmas, but I'm just now getting around to breaking it in!
The first thing I made were these cookies--delish!
*I've made a few visits to what will be my classroom this fall. No big changes yet, but I'm already planning ahead!
*I'm also spending copious amounts of time playing around with Vista Print--so pleased with my new creations...I'll be doing a post on those sometime soon!
*I entertained some old friends from Arkansas over the weekend. They'd never been to NOLA, so we went to lots of fun places and ate some really great food.
*I worked on a lot of blogging stuff...both on my personal blog and my teaching blog. I'm really pleased with the new look/layout of my personal blog!
*Best of all, Rhyne and I got to take a much-needed vacation. We spent some QT in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. A few of our destinations included:
}The Great Smoky Mountain National Park
}Downtown Gatlinburg
}The Titanic Museum
We also discovered an amazing used book store on our way home...we stopped at two locations: Knoxville and Chattanooga!
*I stocked up on books...both for personal and professional use!
I have about two-and-a-half weeks left of my summer vacation. I plan on reading and working on some additional school stuff as well as making sure that my house stays pretty clean and organized. It seems like summer just started! It's so hard to believe that it's drawing to a close so quickly!
How are you spending your vacation. Tell us and link up with Clutter-Free Classroom!


  1. What a great post...I can't believe that summer is almost over...we start on Aug. 17 with that doesn't leave much 'self' time.


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  2. Thanks for sharing your marvelous summer! Mine has been fabulous as well. I return to school two weeks from today. (sigh)

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