Friday, December 24, 2010

merry christmas

Monday, December 20, 2010

lessons two and three

School is in session! I am currently hosting a series on Grammar 101 - a refresher course! You are sure to learn something...I did!

GRAMMER 101: Lesson 2 - Copy Cat "G"

"G" usually copies "j" when it is followed by "e", "i", or "y".

gem      gentle      ginger

gym      page       edge

GRAMMER 101: Lesson 3 - Copy Cat "S"

"S" copies "z" when it is surrounded by vowels or at the end of a word, except after "f", "k", "o", or "t".

nose      rise      caves

sags      cabs      rose

fuse      use       hose

plays    pledges

Next Lesson: The Untouchables

Thursday, December 16, 2010

the first lesson.

School is in session!  I am currently hosting a series on Grammar 101 - a refresher course!  You are sure to learn something...I did! 

Every grammar lesson has a basic foundation.  I think it's safe to say that if you are reading this, you have a pretty solid foundation :) but here is a little refresher:

Sixteen letters make only ONE sound.
  • b, d, f, h, j, k, l, m, n, p, q, r, t, v, x, z. 
Ten letters make more than one sounds.
  • Five vowels - a, e, i, o, u
  • Three copy cats - c, g, s
  • Two sometimes vowels - y, w

GRAMMAR 101: Lesson 1 - Copy Cat "c"

The sound of the letter "c" copies "k" or "s".  It copies "s" when the letter after it is "e", "i", or "y".

Here are a few examples:

cent          city          cycle

faces        dance       glance

ice           chance      lace

race         cell          cinder

Next Lesson: Copy Cat "G"

Did you learn something in today's lesson?  Buzz with your partner and share what you learned :) 

Monday, December 13, 2010

class has been postponed.

Grammar 101 can not begin until I start remembering to bring my "cheat folder" home.  So, class is postponed until tomorrow.  Aren't I the best teacher?


Monday, December 6, 2010

Grammar 101

How smart are you when it comes to grammar rules?  Do you remember all those little grammer clutches you learned in elementary school like:

"i before e except after c"

That's pretty much the only one that ever stuck with me.  Until now. 

Teaching Kindergarten doesn't require you to know and teach a lot of grammar rules...or so I thought.  Kindergarten is the new first grade.  Lucky for me I teach with Mrs. Lisko, a teacher who has taught for umpteen hundred years.  She's such a gem and knows grammar like the back of her hand!  I was given her grammar rule book and I have been so impressed that I feel like I have no choice, but to share with you. 

"GRAMMAR 101" is coming to a blog near you. 

Stay tuned for Lesson #1. 

Sit back, relax, and better your education without moving off your couch!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

count your blessings

Count your blessings instead of your crosses.
Count your gains instead of your losses.
Count your joys instead of your woes.
Count your friends instead of your foes.
Count your smiles instead of your tears.
Count your courage instead of your fears.
Count your full years instead of your lean.
Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.
Count your health instead of your wealth.
Count on God instead of yourself.

- Author Unknown -

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

happy turkey day

I'm a little behind on blogging.  Imagine that. 

I've had several things to blog about since my last post like girls weekend, my birthday, opening weekend of deer hunting (don't worry, no hunting for me!), gender reveals for all my prego friends, and now Thanksgiving so it looks like I better get busy! 

During my last post I was getting ready to head to Tulsa for girls weekend, which also happened to be my birthday!  I took a "mental health" day on Friday and spent the day shopping with my mom and mother-in-law and then I headed to Fayetteville to meet up with Allison and then we made the last leg to Tulsa together.  The weekend was spent doing lots of catching up, late night talking, laughing, picture taking, pedicures, and of course eating.  We were five best friends just happy to be together :)

On Saturday night after dinner the girls had a little birthday party for was so sweet!

Don't look at my socks.  I'm so embarrased.  Not at the socks...they are super cute and Megan gave them to me, but how I have them rolled down.  Oh geesh.  Allison had the perfect idea for one of my gifts.  My pedicure girl was Awful with a capital A.  She didn't even use the little nippers!  Come on, when you get a pedicure they have to do some clean up with the little nippers...I was so, I got nippers!  I use them alllll the time :)

I spent the majority of my birthday driving back home, but the weekend was totally worth it.  When I got home I had several gifts and cake waiting on me.  It was sweet :) 

In case you are wondering, my house is completely ready for the holidays!  Finished decorating for Christmas today and will be up early in the morning cooking for Thanksgiving.  Love the holidays!  We will be spending Thanksgiving day with Matt's family and will head to Texas on Friday for Thanksgiving with my family....and Christmas card can probably guess how thrilled the farmer is about that! 

I am so thankful for so much this year - life with the farmer, a great family, the best friends a girl could ask for - old friends and new friends, a wonderful home, a great job, and much more.  I am truly blessed. 

Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving - be sure to send a little word up to God on how thankful you are!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

fab five. three more days.

I predict that this weekend is going to be a FAB weekend.  Not only is it my birthday on Sunday (Happy Birthday to me!), but it's another girls weekend with the fab five.  The last time we were all together was in June when we gathered in Dallas to meet precious Cohen

We were all itching for another girls weekend.  We start to have withdrawals.  Between the five of us we live in three states so all five of us being together has to be a planned event.  So, I'm pretty excited that we are getting together. 

 I remind myself dailly how blessed I am that we are all still so close.  I am an only child so these girls are the closest thing I ever had to a sister.  When a major event or a not so major event happens in our lives the fab five are the first to know - well, along with our family.  The Lord knew what he was doing when he put us all together. 

It boils down to that we pretty much can't live without each other.

Can't wait to see you girls! 

And maybe a FAB five birthday cake???? 

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

double delicious

So I was glued to the TV when I watched my DVR recording of Oprah today - "America's Worst Cooks Get Rescued by Jessica Seinfield".  What really hooked me was the lasagna that she made in the crock pot.  Maybe because last night for dinner the farmer and I had a frozen lasagna...the Stouffer's kind that you just put in the oven and cook, pull the plastic cover off, and serve.  Easy peasy.  The farmer made the comment afterwards, "nothing like a good ol' frozen lasagna" to which I replied "next time I'll make it homemade" and then he ever so kindly reminded me that the last time I made homemade lasagna it was pretty much a disaster with a capital D. 

I was back and forth doing laundry and watching so I didn't pay as close of attention to the rest of the show, but I have it saved on DVR to get some more cooking tips.  I saw her first episode on Oprah, but wasn't too interested in her cookbook because it was more focused on children and pureeing food and as it is that I do not have children I didn't think I'd really benefit, but I think I'll try this one.  I may ask for it for my birthday - surely I can wait twelve days.  Don't think I will be making a trip to a bookstore between now and then. 

A funny about the show - Oprah had viewers send in videos convincing Oprah's staff that they were the worst cooks in America.  I was relating to several of them and then one was just a little much.  The woman uses her oven for storage!  She had all kinds of crap stuffed in her oven.  And even better?  Her crock pot lived on top of her refrigerator and in her crock pot?  Hair products!  Poor woman.

Speaking of cooking, Pioneer Woman had a recipe for scalloped sweet potatoes on the Tasty Kitchen blog. I'm not a big sweet potato eater, well, unless they have lots of butter and cinnamon on them, but these seem pretty tasty. 

I also have a few dip recipes I'm going to share soon.  They are YUM-O.

Doesn't all this food just make you want to eat?  Too bad it's going to make me gain a few pounds. Good thing I walked/ran 2 miles tonight. 

Now if I can just stay motivated.  You can eat all that crap if you exercise right???? :)

Saturday, October 16, 2010

family wedding

Two weekends ago, on October 2, we had the last Kelly cousin wedding.  The farmer's cousin got married and all the farmer could think about was how he had to give a best man speech - one of his fears - at the top of a 30 story building standing against huge windows - another fear.  Fortunately, he survived. 

In case you haven't realized yet - maybe you are new to my blog - I am a farm widow, which basically means the majority of my year I lose my husband to the farm.  Well, so does this lovely lady and thank goodness her and Chad moved back to he could farm's made my life a little easier.  She has officially become part of the "talk on the phone daily" list.

The farmer and I.
Sidenote: How can you look totally different in two pictures taken within 10 minutes of each other.  Beyond me.  I prefer the Whitney above.

This precious little thing has made the farmer and I an aunt and uncle.  We love him.  He has been here for two weeks since the wedding and we miss him since he left this week.

The little man's grandpa, aka, my father-in-law. Doesn't he look like a little man?? Michael, not grandpa.

My sister-in-law and her cute family.

Our other half.  Chad and Brea. 
We found our last night they are expecting baby number two!  
(See sidenote about pregnant friends at end of post)

It's a rare occurence to see a picture of the farmer and I on the blog this time of year because well, it's farming season and there are no outings for us two normally that is picture worthy.  Two pictures in one post in October.  This must be a record! Definitely hating the stray hair. 

Love her.  Brea and I at the wedding.  There is that stray hair again.

Ash and me. 

The in-laws.  Such a cute family.
You can spot mom behind Jerry's head.  That's the closest thing to a picture of her I could get.  She stays away from the camera.  Dad on the other hand...well, he loves you taking pictures of him.

My second in-laws.  The Bennetts.
Kellys+Bennetts = Griswalds.
Jerry & Janet are best friends with Billy & LaQuita.
Matt & Whitney are best friends with Chad & Brea.
Will our kids continue the tradition???? 

And, oh my.  Is he just not the most precious blonde you've ever seen? 
The farmer's cousin makes beautiful children.

I'm not sure I've ever typed captions for every single picture.  Makes me sound so chatty.

And the sidenote I mentioned above:
I felt like you should be aware of my pregnancy calendar I have started.  I will be in full baby mode from March 4 - May 10.

March 4 - Amy
Another fab five babe! 

March 27 - Jill
  Classroom next door neighbor is having her second.

April 20 - Kristin
Kristin and Steven are responsible for the farmer and I. 
We met at their wedding.

April 26 - Katie
Another fab five babe! 

May 10 - Brea
Last, but not least! 

I'm just tired thinking about it.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

fall happiness

Like I said in my last post, I loooove fall!  Here's a sneak peek into the fall happiness at the Kellys house :)

I went to a pumpkin patch yesterday morning and got a few pumpkins because the outside of my house just wasn't looking fallish yet.  I got them all loaded in the car and one of my friends working the patch convinced me to get a hay bale and I'm sooo happy!  I love the hay bale on the front porch. 

It's hard to believe that fall is here and Halloween and Thanksgiving are right around the corner. 

Oh, and my birthday!  But that's not important is it?  :) 

Sunday, September 26, 2010

mmmmm fall!

Fall is my favorite time of year!  This weekend the weather has been so cool and it just makes me so happy thinking about the fall season approaching.  Last weekend I pulled out the fall decorations, bought mums for my front porch, been spending my weekends watching college football, fall shows are back, and even today I put on a sweatshirt.  Ok, I know it's not THAT cold, but my house is always freezing so I have kept myself warm with a sweatshirt on and maybe I'm just getting myself ready to wear warm clothes.

Speaking of warm clothes I got a super cute jacket, two sweater dresses, and a sweater at LOFT yesterday.  I tried to share all my fabulous items with you, but the website wouldn't let me save pictures....stooopid.  Seems like all of my clothes these days come from LOFT, Gap, or Target...I'm really thinking outside of the box, but come on, I looooooove LOFT! 

Last week was my mother-in-law's birthday.  I worked on a little project for her for her birthday.

Since my mother-in-law is a somewhat newish grandmother, she's all about showing off her grandbaby.  Grizz and Granna are what my mother and father-in-law call themselves so I made them a personalized magnetic board for their laundry room to give them another opportunity to show off their grandchildren to people when they walk in the back door. 

Another great part of fall is that it's a wonderful season for photography!  My session from last weekend was so precious!  You can see the pictures here.  I'll be gearing up for Christams cards soon and a new photography blog is in the works!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

college football!

I aboslutely LOVE this time of the year.  There is just nothing like cooler weather and COLLEGE FOOTBALL! 

I'll be the first to admit that my team is not one in the run for the national championship....yet at least....but I am a loyal fan and love the Aggies even when they let me down.  Something about being an Aggie.  I'm hoping and praying for the best for this season :)  They play Stephen F. Austin tonight and I'm pulling for a win!

As much as I hate to admit it, I will also be following this team.

It doesn't really help that I live in the dead center of Razorback land or that I married into a Razorback obsessed family or that I am surrounded by friends that breathe Razorback football.  So, I'm pretty much forced to watch them, but do not get me wrong, I am an AGGIE!  I try to like the Razorbacks so I keep an open mind. 

Now, come October 9 when these two teams play each other, it's a no brainer who I'll cheer for even though they got demolished last year.  When you are an Aggie you don't give up on your team and I certainly will not this year.  I'll just be praying for a better outcome!

Wish I could stick around to watch some college football today - ESPN College Gameday is getting me pretty excited!  But, I'm off to the zoo with Brea and Brooke and their little munchkins.  The weather outside is soooo nice.  It should be a fun afternoon.

Wait, today is really not much different than any other day of my life. 

I work in a zoo everyday! 

Monday, August 30, 2010

butt kicking

Kindergarten has kicked my butt. 

You would think that I could handle fifteen five year olds.  I mean, I'm 26 years old, I taught a wild insane class last year, and come on...they are FIVE. 

Puuuuuhhhlease.  Exactly...THEY ARE FIVE. And there are fifteen of them.

The Thursday that we started I came home, plopped on the couch, and didn't rise until 9 PM and that was to go to bed.  Friday I was a little better.  Saturday morning comes and you would have thought I had gotten run over by ten trains.  HOLY MOLY. I'm not sure I've ever been so tired in my life.

Don't get me wrong, they are all sweet, but they keep me on my toes.  One student had to go to the bathroom.  I walk in the bathroom and he is standing at the light switch flipping it on and off with his shorts around his ankles.  He was having the time of his life.  Another decided it would be cool to stand on top of the lunch table Friday. 

I wish I had a story for today, but unfortunately I missed today due to illness...believe me, I'd rather have been at school.  I spent most of my afternoon yesterday in the ER because I had severe severe severe ear pain.  Couldn't handle it.  Come to find out I have an external canal infection in both ears, closed ear holes, and scarring on my ear drum.  I was feeling GREAT.  Got some drops, but it didn't seem to do the trick.  I took Motrin PM last night and went to bed with heating pads on both ears.  Woke up this morning in extreme way I could go to work.  I went back to the doctor today and got some steroid pills to ease the pain.  Thank you Lord.  The last time I had an ear infection was when I was 4 and honestly I really just don't remember, but I will now sympathize with all those little children with ear infections.  I FEEL YOUR PAIN!  The farmer has been good in taking care of me...and my dear friend Liz who drove me to the hospital.  Much love. 

Since it's been so long since I've blogged, a few things.

#1 Mom called one day.  She had been to buy her some TOMS.  Guess she took advice from her lady.  She bought red, burlap, and black.  I need black, but she said they didn't have them in my size...always thinking of thoughtful :)  Since there were no black she bought me plum.  Can't wait for my plum shoes!

#2 I bought myself a "starting back to school, you are now teaching Kindergarten" gift. 

Loved the bracelet when I spotted it at The Full Moon, the cutest little shop in LR.  And yes, I did buy the W instead of the M, but no pictures have a W...never...W is odd.

#3 I loooved Megan's new iphone cover that she bought.  I bought a new one too, but it's not as cute.  I find myself always dropping my phone...bad Whitney...and I always thought I needed an Otter Box, but always hated how they were so bulky.  Well, they have a slim one now!  It should arrive tomorrow :)

Just got a text that my kids were angels for the sub today....ahh, that makes my day!  Love my little owls :) 

Ear is starting to hurt...think it's time for more meds and a little bonding with the heating pad. 

Hopefully I won't stay gone too long this time...gotta suck it up...those kiddos aren't going to kick my butt!

Friday, August 13, 2010

dear toms shoes, i love you.

My first encounter with TOMS shoes was when the farmer's best friend, Steven, came to hunt one weekend and walked in with TOMS on.  I had heard of them, but hadn't ever considered getting any.  I'll let you imagine what the farmer thought of them, not a big fan.

Fast forward ohhh let's say about two years.  I saw a girl wearing the burlap ones and thought to myself, "wow, those are really cute".  I then spotted them again in Warren's shoe store and decided then and there they were a must have.  Of course, then they didn't have my size.  Fortunately for me I know the owner of Warren's from when I lived in Texarkana and sent him a facebook message to let me know when they got my about great customer service...I got a message a few days later and the next day they were mine!  LOVE.THEM.

And then I spotted these when a few teachers and I were shopping after a workshop one day.  RED!  My love of red comes honestly from my mother because I do believe she would have dressed me in red everyday of my childhood if she could.  I remember all kinds of clothes in red and big red bows that used to sit on top of my head. 

And I suppose this for sure is a sign I'm a teacher.  Don't you think of red when you think Kindergarten teacher? I do, but I don't know why?  Apples maybe. 

I wore them for the first time two days ago to a workshop at school with some cute black shorts and white top.  Like any new pair of shoes they started to rub the back of my ankle, hate that, but UNLIKE any other pair of new shoes I've ever owned after wearing them the first day they quit rubbing by the afternoon and became so comfortable!  I now love these just as much as my burlap ones...and I just looove the pop of color (sound like HGTV) they give an outfit. 

I have a feeling both pair will be worth the $40 I spent because when you teach Kindergarten you need high heels or stiletto's on these feet.  And they keep my little toesies warm in our super freezing school. 

Oh, and for the two pair I bought two pairs were donated to a child in need.  Can't beat that. 

On a side note, just posted an engagement session over at Whitney Kelly Photography!  Cute photo session at the farm that ended with a tick takeover. 

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

don't you want to?

A new little blog called Park Street Market has launched.

Don't you want to become a follower? 

Thursday, July 29, 2010

and the winner is...

I am soooo excited to be announcing the winner to my first giveaway!  But, it will not be my last :)  I have a few super cute items that will be up for a giveaway soon...doesn't that make you excited??? 

So, without prolonging the wait...

The winner of the $40 CSN gift card is Maria at Starr Stationery!

Congratulations Maria!  I will be emailing you with the information. 

Thank you to all the wonderful people who entered for the giveaway, I was so giddy every time I'd see your comment pop up in my email!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

still time!

It's Wednesday which means at midnight tonight my first giveaway ends! You still have 2 1/2 hours to sign up so if you haven't you need to!

I'll announce the winner tomorrow so stay tuned :)

Pioneer Woman gets two thumbs up tonight for sharing a yummy chicken recipe that the farmer and I had tonight. You will have to let your mouth water a bit and then come back to find out.

I'd share tonight, but I'm posting from my phone while laying in bed watching Law and Order Special Victims Unit (loving this show lately!) and have been here since 9. Old woman didn't set her alarm last night so she woke up at 7:25 this morning and had to leave at 7:50 for a workshop!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

bulletin board frenzy

Doing bulletin boards in a classroom is a creative soul's dream!  But they take lots of time.  Well, if you are me at least.  Thanks to Jill for the wonderful tissue paper's a HUGE hit with the teachers.  I already have two wondering when I'm coming to do their boards!

My "themed" board for my camping/outdoorsy themed room.  The blue bookshelf desperately needs to be re-painted, but the farmer is a little sentimental about the was in his bedroom when he was a tot and didn't want it re-painted.  Navy doesn't really fit my color scheme, but it'll do.

In our Kindergarten classroom we live by Dr. Seuss's rules!

My mom bought me these magnetic passes without knowing that pretty much nothing in our old building is a magnetic surface.  So, my good dad drilled some holes for me, which turned into a blistered foot disaster for my mom when buying the ribbon.  But, they are done and hanging and cute!

My board in the hallway that welcomes everyone to my outdoorsy owly paradise!

I'm taking the weekend off from working at the school.  I needed a little break and shall return Monday and then workshopping it for three days. 

Don't forget to sign up for my giveaway.  You have until Wednesday.  See the details HERE

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

first giveaway!

I was contacted a couple of months ago about doing a giveaway with CSN Stores.  I am pretty excited because this kicks off the wonderful thing called giveaways on my blog!  I searched and searched for hours trying to find the perfect item, but with over 200 stores that's pretty much impossible.

So, since I couldn't narrow it down I decided to give away a $40 gift card! Just think of all the possibilities!  The giveaway will close next Wednesday, July 28.

To enter the giveaway, become a follower to my blog and leave a comment.  Just say hello! 

If you would like extra entries:

*Become a follower of Whitney Kelly Photography on Facebook 
*Become a follower of Park Street Market on Facebook
*Mention my giveaway on your blog and leave me a comment telling me

Danielle at The Design Girl has a giveaway going for a gift card as well so hop on over and try for another could win $80 credit...even better!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

school, mosquitos, and gus.

I lay on the couch every night and read all these fabulous blogs and love what they have to say...and then I open mine to write a post and I'm absolutely brain dead.  I have no philosophical words of wisdom to leave with my readers.  I apologize for that.  Maybe one day my journalistic ability will return. 

My only words of wisdom tonight are: "STAY AWAY FROM MOSQUITOS."  I killed two at school today, one while cooking dinner, and I have another swarming me as I type.  I swear they follow me.  Why can't they hang out in the guest bedroom?  Why the living room at the couch where I am laying?  These aren't little baby  mosquitos, these are huge killer mosquitos and they pretty much have no purpose to be on Earth.  I do question God daily on why he created them...they piss me off daily.  Living in Central Arkansas surrounded by rice fields is torturous during mosquito season.  I have become a pro skin slapping mosquito killer.

Speaking of my classroom, please don't fret over how horrific this sight is.  It looks a little better by now.  This was taken a week ago when I first got moved in to my classroom...I've made a little progress.  Would it bother anyone else that I start workshops on August 9 which means no classroom work and school starts on August 19 and I didn't get moved into my classroom until July 13? 

This year I'm doing an outdoorsy/camping theme.  Thank you to my wonderful mother who bought me this super cute tent.  Wouldn't you love reading in this when you were in Kindergarten?

You  may have noticed the cute animal chair in the tent.  Here are his two friends.  I'll go ahead and tell you now that these chairs were such a deal!  $6!  Oh wait, not really if you count the gas money my mother spent driving 45 miles away to get them because the local store was out of them.  That's love.

I should have invented wall decals.  The green frog on the bookshelf has been named Augustus McRae (the farmer's favorite character from Lonesome Dove...Mom named it) and will be called Auggie the Froggie.  The kids will feed him everyday.  My mother is so creative.

On a sidenote:  So, the farmer is OBSESSED with Lonesome Dove...he got my dad hooked on it.  If you've never watched it, be prepared because it's a six hour long movie.  Anyways, one of my college friends got a new dog and named him Augustus McRae to pay homage to Gus from LD.  The conversation with the farmer went a little like this:

Me: "A friend of mine from college got a new labrodoodle and she named him Augustus McRae."
Farmer: Completely fascianted with a huge smile, "Are you serious?  That is awesome!"
Me: "Guess it's time for you to get a new dog so you can name him Gus."

a few minutes pass.

Farmer: "When we have a child we are going to name him Jace Augustus McRae Kelly."
Me: "Ha, ummm Jace? Where did that come from?"
Farmer: "Jace is the Duck Commander! Duck Commander and Gus!"

We are going to have problems when it comes to naming our children one day. I've watched Duck Commander once and I was not impressed with Jace.  At all.

(mosquito is back.  if it wasn't dark he'd be toast.)

Obviously this classroom is pretty much consuming my life at the moment.  I can't believe I'm saying it, but I think I am ready for school to start just so I can be done setting up the new room.  It's driving me crazy and makes me tiiiiiired. 

Of course when school starts I will no longer be able to sleep until 8:00, mosey to the couch and watch the Today Show until 10:00 while having a bowl of cereal and Diet Dr. Pepper. 

Boy, don't I sound lazy! Oh well.  That's the real reason I became a teacher anyways.  The summers.  Wait!  Did I say that?  It's really about being a positive influence to the new generation and doing my part to change the world. 

Ahh, who am I kidding!


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