A Vintage Book Themed Baby Shower

I shared a little sneak peek of my baby shower a few months ago, but I'm here to share lots more photos of the amazing event that my best friends and family put on for me.

My sister in law organized everything, with my sister and closest friends pitching in to help! Everything turned out BEAUTIFUL and I absolutely LOVED the theme. :) We now have SO many books for Dean's library and are loving reading them to him each night (he's 10 days old!)

Without further adieu… a picture walk of the beautiful day!

 {All of the food had a children's book to go with it-- so sweet!}

{Since we didn't know if it was a boy or a girl, guests put their sour patch in front of Joe's or my picture to guess!}

{We truly were showered with SO many gifts!}

{My MIL and mother taking a selfie!}

{My cupcake--had to have this one of course!}

{This was made by one of my great friends, Caity and is now hanging in Dean's room!}

{Each table had a book center piece--this was mine, of course! :)}

{Caity and I!}

{Sister in law Adrienne and I}

{Mr. Wild Things came to help carry stuff at the end! My good friend Sarah is in the middle}

{Kate, my amazing and creative friend who made all of the beautiful and unique stationary!}

{LOVE this adorable blanket made by my brothers fiancé, soon to be SIL!}

{She made this, too!}

{One of Dean's most unique and personal gifts, love it!}

{Tonya and I!{

{From my sister for baby Dean!}

{Part of the awesome favors}

{Guessing belly size}

{Children's book quiz game}


As you can see, it was an amazing day filled with love, laughter, and friendship! Our little family felt so blessed to have all of these amazing people come together to celebrate our new bundle of joy. 


Weeks 37-38--SOO close! :)

It's crunch time people! We are officially on baby watch. :) I am 10 days away from our due date (October 24th) and ready for this little one to make his/her appearance!

Here's a little update on the last two weeks of pregnancy!

How far along: 38 weeks 4 days
Maternity clothes: 37 week picture I am wearing an "Extra Long Layering Cami from Jane.com (they have them on there all of the time.. perfect for pregnancy but also non pregnancy with leggings!), striped sweater also from Jane.com (not maternity) and Gap SuperSoft Maternity Leggings with scarf from Jane.com. 38 week picture I am wearing a tshirt dress from Motherhood Maternity, with a scarf from Jane.com (can you tell I love that site?!)
Stretch Marks: Not yet (And hopefully not ever!) I am lathering on the Burts Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter
Sleep: Well, I woke up 6 times last night to pee… ugh! Back pain and abdominal cramping keep me up a lot of the night, too. I think this is baby's way of transitioning me into those sleepless nights. :)
Best Moment This week: Enjoying a costume party with Mr. Wild Things to celebrate our good friends' little boy! We had so much fun coming up with our costumes (LeBron James and his basketball) and loved every moment of celebrating.
Worst Moment this Week: ^^See sleep section :)
Miss anything? Being able to wear shoes. :( My hands and feet swell so bad that it's oversized flip-flops and moccasins every day for me!
Movement: Baby is moving a ton, still! My stomach usually has quite a bit of "points" sticking out with baby constantly moving arms, legs, elbows, etc.
Food Cravings: Hubs just went out to get a little ice-cream :) That, and pineapple!
Pregnancy Symptoms: Swollen ankles, feet, and hands, back pain, cramping… just plain uncomforted! Trying not to complain too much, but these last few weeks of pregnancy are TOUGH!

Looking forward to: A nice, long, relaxing weekend with the hubs! We have Friday off of school and I plan to do nothing more than relax, have a Harry Potter marathon, and stay OFF my feet :)


Throw Back Thursday- Our Bat Unit!

We have started our bat unit again this week and are having a blast! Here's a little post from last year so you can see what we are up to:


It has been a batty week in room 219! Not just crazy, but we have been learning all about bats!

So far this year I have noticed that many of my fourthies are reluctant to read nonfiction texts. In order to encourage this, I wanted to start with a less intimidating research project, that I could throw a little fun in, too! This was week 1 of 2 on bats.. Here's a sneak peek at our week:

Our objectives this week were:
-Understanding Nonfiction Text Structure: Focusing on Description, Cause and Effect, and Compare and Contrast
-Identifying Main Idea and Supporting Details
-Summarizing Nonfiction Text
-Writing a descriptive research paper on a topic

Here's how we worked it all in!

We started off with a little Writer's Workshop! Students wrote everything they already knew about bats on a graphic organizer I made. We used Writer's Workshop throughout the week to work on our writing! My kiddos LOVE it because I play music as they work. They literally groan when the timer goes off!

Next, I read Stellaluna to the kiddos. It was our Mentor Text this week from the amazing Jivey's Mentor Sentences .

We took notes on descriptive texts, and I used a blank template from Erin Cobb's Reading Informational Text Interactive Notebook! I added a descriptive passage on bats and we took notes of 5 important details.

Each day, we would spend time working on our graphic organizer pre-writing for our descriptive projects. I got this organizer from this freebie on TPT!

During Buddy Reading, I sat with groups and we did this awesome Close Reading Pack from 24/7 Teacher. It is wonderful and really helped my kiddos! I love all of her stuff!

We also did a fun Webquest at Listen to Reading using this website: http://mrsgebauer.com/bats/worksheet.html

I made a worksheet to use for students to record their answers! You can get this and the graphic organizer for bats by clicking here or the picture below!

Throughout the week I also read these awesome books on Bats and students took notes on graphic organizers. We did a Cause and Effect, Compare and Contrast, and Facts organizer all from Nicole Shelby's Reading Response Sheets for Common Core Standards (LOVE this pack and use it ALL the time!)

My favorite fact...
(Haha! Love the things my kiddos write!)

I was SO proud of how hard my kiddos worked all week to find details and facts. Their rough drafts are already AWESOME! I can't wait to see the final products with their craftivity!

Next week to finish up we will:
-Watch Magic School Bus on bats and record facts
-Eat "bat poop" (cocoa puffs) with a cute little poem during the movie!
-Peer Edit and Revise our Rough Drafts
-Write our Final Copies
-Compare and Contrast different kinds of bats
-Write about problems and how bats solve them
-Make a timeline of a year of a bat's life

I can't wait to continue this fun topic, and I know my students feel the same way!!

Thanks for popping in and listening (reading) :)