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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Tried It Tuesday {New Year's Resolutions}

I always love having an extra day off and, after a difficult weekend for our family, the time was much appreciated.  My father-in-law lost his battle to cancer Saturday night.  He was only 59 years young and this has been a trying time for the family.  Thankfully, we only live about 40 miles from the in-laws.  This will be a difficult week but we are blessed to have the love and support of our family and friends.  Moving on to happier topics...
It's time for another Tried It Tuesday! :)
What have you tried recently at school or home?
My Tried It:
Class New Year's Resolutions
Last week I was finally able to try out this Happy New Year Pack by my BBB, Joanne at Head Over Heels for Teaching!  With the three snow days, we had only been "back in school" for six days, so although it is now January 21st, it is not too late to have your class make some New Year's Resolutions too!
Since my schedule is pretty tight with teaching three different classes of ELA each day, I don't get much down time with my homeroom.  I had a chance to spend some extra time with my homeroom when they missed their whole class guidance time due to our guidance counselor being out for the day. This was perfect because Joanne's New Year's Resolution activities incorporated character education in a fun, engaging way!  The students LOVED coming up with their resolutions, talking to me about them, and sharing them with the class!

 "My New Year's Resolution is to start a You-Tube Channel.  I would entertain people with my videos!"
"My New Year's Resolution is to get better at swim and dive. I can help my mom do chores and clean the windows.  I also want to get better at basketball."
"My New Year's Resolution is to not always have fights with my brother."
"I want to do more activities outdoors with my friends, instead of staying inside watching T.V."
 "My New Year's Resolution is to not call my sister names and be nice to her."

 I don't typically make New Year's Resolutions myself, but I am always setting new goals throughout the year.  I did post about some blogging resolutions here.  If you follow my blog, you'll know that I have talked about my kickboxing and karate classes that I LOVE.  It is rough on my body at times and I endured this injury to my pinky toe on Saturday morning. :(  It caught the mat just right when we were working on grappling moves.  I have been following R.I.C.E. as much as possible!
I am not sure if it is broken but I haven't worn "real" shoes yet.  It will be an interesting task figuring our what to wear to work on my feet.  Flip flops would be okay if I didn't have to walk in the snow.  Haha!


  1. Holly, I am so sorry to hear about your father-in-law. You and your family will be in my prayers.
    Polka Dot Lesson Plans

  2. So sorry to hear about your father in law. I will keep you and your family lifted in prayer.


  3. So sorry to hear about the loss of your father-in-law. You and yours will be in my thoughts. Take care.
    On the Trail of Learning

  4. Holly, thinking of you. Also, your toe is totally broken. When I did that, I did wear sandals to school. And I put a bag of frozen peas on it at home. :)
    Grade 4 Buzz

  5. Ouch!!! Sorry to hear about your toe - I broke my toe and my principal let me wear slippers to teach in :)

    So sorry to hear about your father-in-law. I will be praying for you and your family during this difficult time. Sending you virtual hugs, my dear blogging buddy!

    Joy in the Journey

  6. First of all, so sorry for your family's loss.

    And your toe! Yuck. I would say broken for sure. OUCH Unfortunately nothing helps a broken toe except time.

    Love the new year's resolutions though. super cute!

    Hodges Herald

  7. Oh, Holly....I am so very sorry for the loss of your father-in-love. Please know that I am sending prayers up for you and your family right now. I hope your toe getters better. They can be so painful for such a little part of the body. I love you! XOXOXOXOX
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  8. Looks like you've been having a rough time as of late. Prayers for you!
    It looks like your kids came up with some great resolutions, though!! :)

  9. You know that I am keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.
    Sorry about your toe too - that is not going to do well in shoes.
    Thanks for taking the time to run this linky and share your class story with all the craziness in your life right now. Take care of you and your husband and your kids!

  10. I'm so sorry for your loss, Holly- your family is in my thoughts. And, your poor toe! Maybe wear snow boots to school and then switch to flip flops as soon as you get there??
    Learning to the Core

  11. Sending hugs to you and your family!! Thanks for still hosting your awesome linky!! And ooowwwww your toe makes me hurt!

  12. So sorry to hear about your father-in-law. These next few months will be challenging for your family, and I hope you can all willingly come together to create new traditions.

    And ouch! Just looking at your toe makes me wince. Get that thing checked out!

  13. Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time Holly. We love you! Thanks for the shout out, and I'm so glad you and your students enjoyed their resolutions! I love the You Tube one! LOL! Yikes about your toe! Ouch, ouch, ouch-that looks so painful! Good thing you don't wear heels! :) Thanks for hosting!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  14. My thoughts and prayers are with your entire family. That's such a tough situation and at such a young age. Our aunt went through the same thing 2.5 years ago and cancer is just plain mean.

    We also did New year's Resolutions with 2nd graders and it was great to see them stretch out their thinking of what they could be better at or work harder at. Self-assessment can be a great thing. These kids also pointed out that if we don't write it down it is much easier to forget/lose it.

    As for your toe. Monty Python said it best "It's just a flesh wound."

    Digital: Divide & Conquer

  15. Thanks for hosting the fun linky! Still sending you and your family thoughts and prayers! OMG your poor toe! Hope this week is better for you!
    Pinkadots Elementary

  16. So, so sorry to hear about your father-in-law. Prayers for him, you, and all your family!

    OUCH! Double ouch! That toe looks nasty! I did something similar not too long ago on the sweeper! When I saw your photo I remembered all the pain. Sure hope you can get your shoes on!

  17. My thoughts are with you and your family! I'm glad you live close enough to see each other and help each other get through this hard time :)

    As far as the resolutions go, I used Joanne's resolutions in my classroom this year as well! We called them "Reading Resolutions" and they had to be school related. My kids did a fantastic job with them! I loved reading all their goals - it was great! Plus, they all had a great "plan" of attack as well. Mine are currently hanging on our anchor chart line as we transition back into school after all these snow days and winter break!

    Thanks for hosting such a wonderful linky! I always love reading everyone's great ideas!
    My Shoe String Life

  18. So sorry about your father-in-law. Prayers to you and your family!

  19. Ouch! That looks super painful! Make sure you rest it! Thank you for the linky!

  20. I hope this finds you and your family well! I am still praying for y'all!
    The New Years Resolutions turned out really cute!!
    I'm so sorry about your toe! I broke my left pinky toe a couple of years back, but I knew it was broken because it was literally turned at a 90 degree angle to the left. There was no mistaking it. They had to "put it back". Twice. Ick. Yours does look broken though. Did you ever get it checked out? There's not a whole lot they can do, unfortunately, unless it has to be put back in alignment, but yours doesn't look like it needs that? Hang in there!!!
    Love you friend!