Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Summer Bucket List Linky Party!

SCHOOL'S OUT FOR SUMMER!!!!  Woohoo!  We had our last full day with the kids on Thursday and then an hour with them on Friday.  On Friday, I brought my kids donuts and juice and we had a big last day breakfast!  We also watched the iMovie I made for them with pictures from our year together.  The end of the year is always a bit emotional and saying goodbye to the the little ones that you spent an entire year with can be really hard.  Luckily, I was able to recover somewhat easily from those emotions when I realized I get the whole summer to rest, catch up on projects I've wanted to work on, be productive, and hopefully get a little tan along the way!  

On the last day of school, I sent home this letter with all my firsties (soon to be second graders!) to thank all of their parents for being supportive of their child's education.  It truly means so much to any teacher to have parents that are supportive and involved in their child's education and I was blessed this year to have parents who actively played a role in their first grader's academic life!

Now that the school year is over, I am excited to participate in my first ever linky party!  Miss Kindergarten is hosting a summer bucket list linky party, which is just perfect!

Let's get started!!  I've got a ridiculously busy summer ahead of me so first on the list is...

1.  Go to lots and lots of weddings!  I have a grand total of...wait for it...wait for it....TEN weddings to attend this summer!  What can I say?  I guess I'm at the age where people start tying the knot.  I'm super excited to celebrate and to see friends I don't get to see all the time but, needless to say, my bank account isn't quite as excited!

2.  I hope to work a lot more on my blog and TpT store!  I started my store before I started my blog and never had tons of time to really add more products and build up my store during the busy school year.  Hopefully I can use some time this summer to work more on my blog and on adding projects for the upcoming school year into my TpT store!

3.  Organize, Organize Organize!

I'm a pretty organized person and I like for everything to have a place.  Last year, I spent tons of time and money to make my classroom just how I wanted it color-wise (pictures to be posted at a later date). That being said, I still have little things I really want to re-vamp and I, of course, have found countless ideas on pinterest to help feed my obsessive organization problem!  Some of my many, many inspirations are pictured below!  The pictures link back to the original source for you to check out some amazing peeps' blogs!

 I'd like to put some pocket-type things on the back of a cabinet for my kids to grab graphic organizers from for "Read to Self" time.

My library bins and labels already match perfectly my blue, green, and pink classroom colors.  However, I'd love to organize my library so that each book is labeled with the levels and kids can easily find the book's home.  This way our classroom library won't look like it got hit by a tornado and then run over by a truck at the end of each week!  Wouldn't that be a beautiful thing!

How about these perfect storage bins for extra supplies?  I currently keep extra supplies in cabinets, but after lots of expectation setting I'm sure it would save a lot of time letting kids get their own glue sticks and erasers when they are all out!

Love these drawers with labels and most definitely will be doing something similar on my own desk!

4.  Am I the only person out there that becomes obsessed with looking up fitness-y things and healthy recipes only to not follow through even remotely with my "getting fit" expectations?!  This IS the summer!  I'm hoping to actually get motivated and STAY motivated to work out and eat healthy.  Well...at least on weekdays!

I found this awesome fitness website that I have been trying to follow lately.  She has amazing calendars for you to follow...even if you're like me and can't quite make it entirely through one of the days!

I'm sure I could think of only about a million other things I'd like to accomplish this summer but let's just stick to these four!  I'll blog again soon!  For all those fellow teachers who are out on summer break...enjoy!  And for all those who still have a little of time, HANG IN THERE!!!  Will blog again soon!


  1. Good luck with making more products. The summer is a great way to take advantage and create!

    I'm your newest follower, drop by.

    Just Wild About Teaching

  2. Sounds like you'll have a busy summer, Elyse. Be sure to squeeze in plenty of R & R too. :-)


  3. 10 weddings?? Holy cow!!! This is the first summer in a long time we don't have any weddings! Have a great summer!

    Katie :)
    Smiles from 2nd Grade

    1. I know!! Don't worry, I've got 2 down so we only have 8 more to go!

  4. Wow..10 weddings??! I've already been to 3 and I'm done for the summer ( I hope). I hope you find some time to relax in all that craziness. Organization is at the top of my list, too... and I think it tops the list every year! :)

    Excited to be your newest follower :)
    First Grade Fairytales

  5. Okay so I'm not gonna lie, I was surfing through the linky and your cute little blog button caught my eye -- because we have the same blog design! Hehe!

    On another note, I can't believe you are attending 10 weddings this summer.. you sure are going to be busy! Enjoy :)

    That's So Second Grade