Week 35 Bump Update-1 MONTH away!!

How far along: 35 weeks 6 days
Maternity clothes: The dress I'm wearing in the chalkboard picture is not maternity, just a maxi from Target that I love! Still loving all of the Purebody tees (especially the long sleeve ones) from Gap as this fall weather comes along!
Stretch Marks: Not yet (And hopefully not ever!) I am lathering on the Burts Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter
Sleep: Well, today's not a good day to answer this question! I was up from about 3-5am last night due to cramping and just being uncomfortable. I hope it doesn't become a regular thing!
Best Moment This week: Seeing that beautiful carseat in my backseat! Mr. Wild Things has been SO on top of things and helping us be prepared, and he installed the carseat this weak. I love driving around and seeing it in my mirror :)
Worst Moment this Week: The fact that it's a 5 day week-not a specific moment, but I am just exhausted!
Miss anything? Wearing cute shoes :/ I am pretty bound to flip flops, but I'm hoping as it gets colder I'll be able to wear my favorite fall boots!
Movement: All of the time! Baby is getting big so this can be a tad uncomfy at times :)
Food Cravings: Dunkin Donuts decaf Caramel Iced Coffee... my new favorite!
Pregnancy Symptoms: Same as last week---EXTREMELY swollen ankles and feet.. yikes!
Looking forward to: Just like the chalkboard says--fall weather and cuddles when baby comes! I get teary eyed just thinking about the amazing months ahead. :)


Story Elements with Pixar Shorts!

Teaching story elements can get old after a while, and can be hard to find creative ways to do it. I shared a little video on my Instagram yesterday of one of my favorite ways to do this--through Disney Pixar Shorts! :) 

We have been talking about story elements for the first few weeks of school, and I wanted to give my students a summative assessment on this. Before doing this, I wanted a quick and fun review.

I showed my students this Pixar short!
The first time through I pause the video every so often and we discuss the elements of a story we are seeing. The second time through we just watch it. After watching it a second time, the students complete the graphic organizer. I have students pair-share their answers or share out to the class.

They absolutely loved it and have literally begged me to do it again all day today! I will be throwing another one in for quick review in a few weeks and throughout the year. :)

I made this into a quick freebie you can pick up in my TPT store by clicking here or on the picture below. Let me know how it works for you! :)


Weeks 31-34 Pregnancy Updates!

Hi everyone! I am so sorry I have neglected all of you lately. Being 8 months pregnant, teaching 4th grade full time, taking a grad school class, and coaching varsity volleyball has made me one exhausted woman! I am finally getting into a routine for this school year, the nursery is ALMOST done, and I am packed and ready for the hospital! (Insert HUGE sigh of relief here.)

I know I can never be fully prepared for the life of parenthood and what's to come in the next month, but I love being organized and as ready as I can be! Mr. Wild Things has been amazing with all of my crazy requests for preparation.. Love him to pieces!

Here are some chalkboard updates from the last few weeks! :)

How far along: 34 weeks 5 days in the most recent picture
Maternity clothes: I am OBSESSED with Gap and Old Navy's maternity clothes! I am wearing a few of my MUST HAVES for pregnancy in these photos. 31 week photo I am wearing a Gap Purebody vneck (I have this in 5 colors, and the long sleeve in 3 colors).. they are SO comfy and soft! I am also wearing these Old Navy workout maternity capris in the 31 week and 33 week photo! I have them in the black and gray and LOVE them. They are only $14 which is a STEAL!
Old Navy's Maxi dresses are also a MUST! I have this one that I am wearing in the 32 week photo in 3 colors, and I love this striped one in the 34 week photo. So comfy, and cute!
Stretch Marks: Not yet (And hopefully not ever!) I am lathering on the Burts Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter
Sleep: I am so exhausted by the end of the day I fall asleep very easily. However, I am dying of thirst all night and drink about 5 glasses of water, which means I pee about 5 times!
Best Moment This week: Having a week day date night with the hubs! We had a doctors appointment so we both went and then went to the mall to get a cute hospital bag and cute pjs for me for after baby, and out to dinner together. It was so nice to take some time to enjoy each other during the week with our busy schedules!
Worst Moment this Week: I had a student in my class diagnosed with Hand, Foot and Mouth disease and it's going through our school so I had to go in for another appointment and have blood tests and things. No fun!
Miss anything? Those "soft" baby kicks and rolls… now baby is a large ninja in there!
Movement: See above comment :)
Food Cravings: ICEES! My classroom does not have AC, and even though we are starting to get somewhat fall weather, with no air circulation my classroom has been around 84 degrees. After a long day in this an freezing blue raspberry icee is just the cure!
Pregnancy Symptoms: EXTREMELY swollen ankles and feet. That 34 week chalkboard ain't lying… this momma has HUGE kankles. It is so incredibly frustrating because there is nothing I can do. I drink a TON of water, eliminate salt, wear comfy shoes, and by the end of the day my feet and ankles are ballooned. I am having a hard time putting tennis shoes on for volleyball… YIKES!
Looking forward to: Sharing pictures with everyone of the beautiful nursery! Every time I walk by it I stop in and just sit and enjoy it for a little bit. I LOVE it :)

I am working on getting better about this whole blogging thing and balancing life, I promise! Enjoy your weekend, everyone! I am under strict instructions from hubs to lie with my feet propped up and relax with a book. I am off to follow orders. :)