Pheww What a week! Five for Friday and New Blog Design!!

Soooo excited! I just got a new blog design! It's by A Bird in Hand Design! I am so in love with it. I literally emailed her yesterday afternoon, she got back to me right away.  I emailed her my thoughts about how I would like it to look and filled out her super easy design form and by this morning she had it all installed and looking exactly how I imagined...actually even better because I was unsure of how certain patterns would go together but it turned out fabulously! What do you think?

Linking up with Doodle Bugs! Five for Friday Time!

This was one exciting week! We had our school wide "Amazing Race" style play day (A.K.A Field Day) and it went pretty smoothly (the planning/coordinating was a whole other story, but you know how that goes!).

I really wanted to incorporate our new ipads into the day so that it would get all the teachers and students using them (especially teachers who hadn't touched an ipad before).  I also wanted to incorporate QR Codes in somehow. So, we came up with an Amazing Race style play day where the kids had to scan the QR codes to get their clue that would tell them where to go next.  We modified some Dr.Seuss quotes to fit our needs. Scan the code below for a sample!

FYI You need a QR Scanner app on your mobile device in order to scan the code.
We had beautiful weather for the day and the kids had a blast solving the clues and getting their "passports" stamped.  At the end of it all our custodian came out with the giant hose and sprayed  the kids down.  This is a tradition at our school's play day and the kids are always so excited for it.  I of course always pretend like it's not going to happen each year...I know, I'm mean.

I was also lucky enough to be able to go on my daughter's field trip to a local farm! My daughter is in Kindergarten. Those kids are just adorable. This is my little munchkin on her very first field trip....she was very concerned that on the wagon ride and the bus ride there were no seat belts.  She said her teacher, "really should have thought about that before taking them there" 
That's Charlotte The Pig behind her (A.K.A. Bacon...yes I  said that.  We have a very strong love for bacon in our house).

The rest of the week was kind of a winding down time at school.  We wrapped up a couple units and started working on our end of year memory books.  I love doing a memory book for them to take home as a keepsake on the last day.

If you're still in school like I am and you're looking for something to do, you can click on the image and check out my end of year memory book for grades 1-3!

And Last but not least, today is our movie day reward from our end of year balloon pop countdown! I strategically placed the movie day reward to be on a friday!  I randomly selected a balloon to pop and movie day was their reward that was inside of the balloon! We'll be watching Despicable Me. Our school talent show is today but sadly I don't have any pics from that!  BUT! I do have this (a must watch video):

That makes my day every.single.time! Enjoy!


  1. Your blog design looks great!
    I really like that QR code idea for Field Day. I'll have to let our PE teacher know how you did it. That is pretty cool. (I also like that it kind of forces non-techy teacher's hands to perform.

    Digital: Divide & Conquer

    1. Thanks! I love QR codes, they're easy to make too!

  2. You must be really excited! I changed up my blog design recently and I am so pleased with it. Your field day looked awesome. Unfortunately I am missing my school playday because I am taking care of my ill mother. Yours looked really fun. We sometimes get the handsome firemen to show up with their truck and the kids LOVE that. We are also lucky in that our school is beside a park with a splash pad and they turn it on for us for the day. Enjoy your last few days!

    1. I'm sorry to hear about your mom! That must be hard.

  3. So glad you love it! It was fun to design.

    I Teach. What's Your Super Power?

  4. Your blog design is super cute:) Megan just finished mine today, too, and I love it! She works so quickly and I swear she reads minds:)

    Teaching in Progress

  5. I love the polka-dots, super cute! That video cracks me up. I need some minions of my own.

    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

  6. Wow! Gorgeous colors, bright and fun! Great choice!
    Whimsy Workshop 

  7. We also get the kids sprayed with water - only the firefighters come with their truck. :)

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    I Love My Classroom

  8. Sounds like your year is winding down well! Love your new blog design! Thanks for sharing your week...

    Sarah @ Hoots N' Hollers

  9. Your blog design turned out wonderful! It looks great! Using the QR codes for your Amazing race is a fun idea- I like that!
    Conversations in Literacy

    1. Thanks for stopping day! Glad you like the new design!

  10. I am your newest follower. My 3 year old and I watched the minion video about 500 times. She laughed so hard! Thanks for sharing!
    Cute blog design!
    Diving Into 2nd Grade

    1. HAHA So glad you and your daughter loved the video as much as I did!

  11. :-) Thanks for sharing the video clip, I got a good laugh out of it. I also love how cute and pink your blog is!

  12. I'm loving your blog, the new design is super cute. I'm so glad I found you through the Five for Friday linky. I love your field day idea with the Q.R codes, getting passports stamped, & Amazing Race style to it. Such a great idea thanks for sharing. Happy to be a new Bloglovin follower.


    1. Thanks for stopping by! I just checked out your blog as well and I am your newest follower. Love the polka dots!

  13. Love your new blog design! Megan did mine too. She was super speedy and is amazingly talented!

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  14. I love your new blog design! I'm looking to get a customized design for my blog and will definitely be looking into A Bird in Hand blog design. Thanks for the recommendation!

    P.S. I'm glad I stumbled onto your blog through the Five for Friday linky. I'm moving up to second grade from first next year so need to start following some second grade blogs. Which means I am now your newest follower! :D

    Diary of a First Grade Teacher

    1. Thanks for stopping by! It's great to connect with other 2nd grade teachers! I actually teach a mixed grade 1/2 split this year and I'm doing the same next year.

  15. I loooove your new blog design! I never saw the old one because I just found you, but this one is too cute. And, I love your blog name.

  16. I LOVE your new blog. It is so stinkin' cute! I love your idea for using QR codes for an amazing race! I will have to try that next year. This year my class is just a little too "busy" to cope with that. Looking forward to R & R.


    :) Shelley


    Second grade rocks!

    The Perks of Teaching Primary