Unofficial Beginning of Summer News!

Happy Memorial Day ~ if you live in the USA ~ and Happy Monday if you live elsewhere!  Today I'm linking up with  Anna Nuttall for:

Upcoming Wedding Next Saturday!

Next Saturday my older son, Derek, is marrying his beautiful fiancee, Kaylee, in scenic Burlington, Vermont.  The rehearsal dinner is at Sweetwaters American Bistro on Friday night, and the wedding takes place the next day at Champlain College.  

Check out the happy couple!

Bathroom Baskets ~ Assembled and Ready!

My neighbor's daughter got married last fall, and they made bathroom baskets for her wedding.  It was such a great idea that I borrowed it myself!

Luckily for me, my friend, Paula, enjoys arranging flowers and other items so she put the baskets together for me! 

Our plants are growing like weeds ~ luckily, they're sunflowers!

Thanks to Massachusetts Agriculture in the Classroom,  the students are eager to check out their plants every day to see how they're growing:

In addition, we dissected lima beans last week, and that activity was a HUGE success!

Zoo New England Visit

Zoo New England visited us last week.  They brought along an assortment of animals including this hissing cockroach from Africa.  This was the only animal the kids could touch.

Would you want to pet this insect?

Just Grace Books 

I recently started reading Just Grace Walks the Dog to my students during snack.  These are such fun books.  If you haven't checked out these books, they're definitely fun and funny!,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch
 On the cover, you see Grace and her cardboard dog, Chip Up!

As always, thank you for visiting today!  Please let me know if you made a connection with anything!  Have a wonderful week!


Fabulous Five For Friday ~Growing Plants & More!

Hello there!  We've been quite busy preparing, taking and finishing our Math MCAS test!  The kids prepared and worked so hard!  In addition, we're still finding time to stay busy in other ways!

Check out your state's Department of Agriculture

Every state has its own Department of Agriculture ~ even Massachusetts!  All you have to do is a Google search and check out your state's Department of Agriculture site which contains free information and resources.  I'm on the mailing list so I signed up to receive free materials to plant pollinating flowers.  In our kit, we received germination pellets (which expand when wet), pots and seeds.  This is how it looked when we first planted the seeds:


Advice From A Tree

I used this amazing poem by storyteller Ilan Shamir:

If you love this poem as much as I did, there's even a book:,204,203,200_QL70_&dpSrc=srch
Click on the book to read more at Amazon!

Old Favorites Made New!

My students and I LOVED these delightfully written and illustrated books by author Bethan Woolvin:

Click here to read more about Little Red and here to read more about Rapunzel!

Beall's ~ A Florida Department Store

When my husband and I were recently in Delray Beach, Florida, we went to Beall's (in Florida, they call it Bell's whereas we were pronouncing it with a long e).  We purchased some really well-priced and summer-themed items like this:
Click on the pic. to read more!

If you're in the market for some fun-in-the-sun as well as unique items, check out Beall's!

Need a New Book to Read...

If you're in the market for a new book, you need to check out this new book:

I've just begun reading the book ~ it's about a woman who spies on her NYC neighbors with her camera.  I'm already hooked!  You can click on the book cover to read more details!

Thank you for visiting the blog today!  I hope you'll have a wonderful week ahead!


Happy Mother's Day and Have a Wonderful Week!

Hello there!
As the weekend winds down, I just wanted to tell you about a few new things!

New Blog Post!
Check out my new blog post on Conversations from the Classroom ~ this is the collaborative blog in which I post, too!  You can learn about Canva ~ a great place to make graphics like this one below:

The Capital Grille ~ Fine Dining For A Special Occasion

I've always wanted to go to The Capital Grille!  My husband's 60th birthday was on Saturday, and we dined at this fine dining restaurant.  Like I tell my children, "it's a once in a lifetime opportunity!"  Check out this beautiful birthday dessert!

My New Car ~ A Honda CRV!

My younger son's Andrew had a 2005 Camry while I had a 2005 Honda Pilot (which I loved and took care of meticulously!).  Anyway, two weeks ago, Andrew called to tell me that his car was unsafe ~ I've been expecting this call for some time.  Andrew lives in Allston (which is part of Boston), and he was thinking of buying a new car.  I suggested he take my beloved Honda Pilot, and I would get the new car which would be parked in a suburban driveway.  Check out my new obsidian blue car:

 I just love that new car smell and the low mileage...I'm still figuring out all the new options, and I'm adjusting ~ it's definitely a learning curve!

That's my quick check-in for now.  Thank you for visiting!  I'd love to hear what you've been up to!

Have a wonderful week!

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