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Friday, June 28, 2013

Five for Friday (A lot of GOOD news!)

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It’s Five for Friday and I am on time to the party this week!! It is amazing how much more time I can devote to my blog when I am not...working full-time! Haha!!

I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching to share lots of exciting news!
First, if you are looking for something a little more "educational" to read, hop on over to Tina's blog at Crofts' Classroom!  I guest blogged there today about Chapter One of Guided Math: A Framework for Mathematics Instruction.  There will be a chapter reviewed each Friday this summer.  I am so excited about reading this book and how it will transform my math instruction!
STOP THE PRESSES!!!  My wonderful friend and colleague started her own blog yesterday!!  I can hardly believe that I will have a "real life" friend who also has a teaching blog!  She just finished her first year of teaching special education in our district and she is simply FABULOUS!!  I have learned so much from her and she has a wealth of knowledge from her prior teaching job.  I hope to someday work very closely with her (hint, hint, Emily;).
Her blog, Style Closet to Classroom was designed by Christi Fultz and is so cute, right?!?
I told Emily that I have "met" the best blogging buddies and I know that you will welcome her and give her lots of love!!  Head on over to Emily's blog and check it out:)
I am super excited because tomorrow we are going to MEET the newest addition to our family!!
He can't come home with us yet (that will be July14th) but at least we finally get to snuggle with him.  His name is Porter:
We talked about names for a LONG time...my husband was a Debbie Downer for just about every name I suggested.  We like to have pet names as names of "places" and I thought of Cascade and Porter because they were the first high peaks we hiked in the Adirondacks.  I loved the sound of Porter and the breeder said he is the chunkiest of the bunch (Porter sounds like "Porker!").  When I mentioned the name Porter to my husband, this was his reaction:

Husband: "Porter?  Yeah!  Like a good Porter beer!"
Me:  I forgot that there is a beer called Porter.
Husband (even more enthusiastically): "Oh, and he is tan colored like a BLACK AND TAN PORTER!  Porter it is!"

So, the name stuck but I think it is cute:)  Can't wait to meet him and our other Shih Tzu has been so lonely since her long time companion of 9 years passed.  This will be a welcome addition to our family!

A HUGE change in my life this week has been the addition of this birthday gift to me!!
Well, my birthday is actually July 2nd but that is pretty close, right?

I FINALLY GOT A SMART PHONE (iPhone 4...didn't want to splurge too much for the 5).
I can barely believe that I lived without a Smart Phone for this long.  I am a little resistant to change though so that explains a lot:)  I also ordered this otter box coveroo:)  It hasn't arrived yet but should be here sometime today!

There has been so much activity this week among bloggers with the Google Reader changing on July 1st.

Don't forget to check out this awesome giveaway linky for changing over to Bloglovin' followers!  I am giving away items from my TPT store to 3 Winners and ONE winner will win a BIG BOX of my favorite things delivered to their doorstep!!
Thank you to Collaboration Cuties for organizing the linky and making the cute button!!
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Hit the button for Bloglovin' on the top of the right sidebar right under the social media buttons to double check if you follow.  Thank you fabulous followers!!!


  1. wow, that is a cute dog!
    congrats on all the good news!
    happy early birthday as well!

    Hodges Herald

  2. Porter is such a cutie! I love the name. Although, I thought of the beer first too, LOL. :) Enjoy your new phone. You will never want to go back.


  3. Such a cute puppy! My husband and I both want one, but we can't have one where we live now.
    Enjoy your phone. I have an iphone4 and don't miss any of the new "features" people talk about. You will love it!

    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

  4. I'm definitely following via Bloglovin because I am reading your post from there right now! I'll hop over and introduce myself to your friend Emily. I can't wait to meet her. :)
    Creating Lifelong Learners

  5. I just ordered Guided Math yesterday. I am looking forward to reading it.

    Porter is an A.DOR.ABLE. puppy! I've always wanted a Shih tzu. I have to settle for loving on my grandpuppy, Sweet Pea, who is a Shih tzu rescue with one blue eye and one brown.