Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tax Break Tuesday!

It's Tax Day.   Grumpy Cat and I share the same sentiment about this Tuesday in April.  

So, let's turn that frown upside down with a SALE!  
Happy Tax Break Tuesday to you!  Snatch yourself some end-of-the-year goodies :)

My TpT Store found HERE.

End-of-the-Year stuffs:


And, lastly, despite what my post yesterday said, Monday turned out to be completely manic.  Here's the follow-up post on my family blog Babbling Abby: The Manic-est Monday

Monday, April 14, 2014

Manic Monday.

Okay, so it's not really manic at all.  There is nothing crazy happenin' up in here. 

It's raining, Becks is at school, I'm drinking coffee, and Faith is sleeping on the couch. 

Because, let me tell you, this girl can snooze.  She does all the snoozing all the time.  A+ in snoozing.  And being cute.  She's nailed that, too.  

So, Spring Break 2014 is over.  There are six weeks of school left.  

Oh. My. Word.  

Easter is upon us and there are eggs to be dyed and baskets to fill full of that annoying grass that gets everywhere.  

Looking for a fun pre-Easter read?

Becks and I are obsessed with The Easter Bunny's Assistant by Jan Thomas.  Hilarious. 

If you haven't discovered this book yet, it's a hilarious read about The Easter Bunny and his assistant, Skunk, who gets really excited about dying eggs and then...well...does what skunks apparently do when they get excited.  A skart, maybe?  With a little boy (and a classroom full of kiddos), who are completely intrigued by bodily functions, this book is guaranteed to get the giggles going!  

Back when I was still in the classroom, I made this little mini-unit to go along with it.   What is crazy to me now, is that my very own kiddo can read it to me!  Love!

Aw, look how little he was back in 2012!

Anyway, enjoy your Monday - manic or not!


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

What up, what up?!


Life is crazy good.  Blogging a bit over at Babbling Abby.  

Hope all is well in your world :)

Friday, February 28, 2014

Just enough.


 Months ago, I said a prayer where I asked my Heavenly Father for enough.  Not an overabundance of any one thing, but just enough.  Enough happiness, enough joy, enough love, enough money, enough time, enough patience, enough endurance.  Just enough.  It is so easy for me to seek more, to get nice and cozy and comfortable with more, when all I really need is enough.  

And He has provided enough.  When my patience wears thin, when I don't know if I can endure one more day in the hospital, when I question if I should be working, when I'm not sure if I can carve out an hour in the day to just be present with my family - He gives me enough.  

More importantly, I want to be satisfied with his provisions.  To give Him glory for giving me my daily bread - whether it's a kind word from a friend, a consoling hug from my husband, a meal delivered to my front door, or the kindness of friends and strangers letting me know that they prayed for my family - these are small things, yet important God-given things, that I shouldn't let go unnoticed.  

In the chaos of life for the past almost-four months, I've really had to rely on Him for enough.  Each day presents a new challenge, whether it's figuring out who's picking up Beckham from school, a change in Faith's care protocol, or if I actually have a spare ten minutes in my day to swing by the grocery store for some staples.  We're more than surviving, and I really can't ask for more.  

Faith continues to be hospitalized, though we've "graduated" from the NICU to another floor in the hospital that is more suited for her long-term care.  We expect to be discharge within the next week - a major praise!  Faith needs to be home.  Becks needs us to be home.  We ALL need to be home. 

I thank you for your continued readership, prayers, and encouragement!  I am really grateful!

I post pictures on Instagram pretty regularly (@babblingabby), but in case you don't follow me there, here's some recent photo ops...

Becks flying a cardboard box around the backyard...

Some days require late-night trips to DQ for a blizzard in your jammies...

 A VERY brief visit home (18 hours), where Big Brother and Little Sister were reunited...

 A little early morning physical therapy...

 Just busy being pretty...

Hope all is well in your world!  Love from KY!

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PS.  There is a sale going on on TpT today.  I haven't added anything new in ages, but it's a good time to stock up end-of-the-year activities!


Use the code TPT3 for an additional 10% off!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Snow Day Special!

Well, here we are plowing through Snow Day #10 in my county.  I mean, seriously.  Old Man Winter, I am done with you.  The snow has long lost its novelty, and no one wants to sled ride, let alone shovel the driveway.  Again.

If there's anything to celebrate about another snow day, it is always nice to sleep in and enjoy my morning coffee without doing my other morning responsibilities.  Namely, remembering to pack Becks' lunch 30 seconds before I leave, and then forgetting it on the counter and having to turn back around to get it.  Not that that's ever happened to me. 

Valentine's Day is getting close and that is a day I like to celebrate.  But with chocolate and a hot date, as opposed to snow.   Maybe we'll even celebrate by bringing a sweet little girl home <3 <3 <3  The verdict is still out. 

PS. Thanks for respecting our privacy during this time.  I promise to share better pictures and more updates soon, but until I'm able to, you'll just have to take my word for it that she's really, really, REALLY ridiculously cute, and I'm having way too much fun dressing her!  She's reached full term, is almost 7lbs, and is bottle feeding like a champ.  #proudmommy

{This is how I look when B takes 400 pics of me in a row.}

Also, my long-awaited maternity leave starts MONDAY.  Praise Jesus.  I can't believe it's been three months since that life-changing day, but I waited it out as long as I possibly could, and the time has come.  B and I have some "education courses" to complete in order to bring Faith home, which we'll hopefully finish by next Friday.  FYI: putting on sterile gloves and filling syringes isn't my strong suit.  I went to school to be a teacher for a reason ;)

Anyway, here's to Old Man Winter and Valentine's Day and My Maternity Leave and Sterile Glove Protocol:

If you want something fun to do with your kids next Friday, The Sweetheart Snatcher will add a little mystery, fun, and content to an otherwise sugary sweet day. 

We Love Math! Centers are firstie-oriented and Common Core-aligned.  

Valentine's Day Literacy Mini-Unit is perfect for using as you read along with The Day it Rained Hearts - one of the sweetest little reads for this time of year.  

Hope y'all are warm and snuggly!  Have a great day!