Wednesday, December 31, 2014

January Currently

OH it's my favorite Linky Party EVER!



I was feeling crafty so I decorated my Currently a bit!

Listening to ... Does anyone else love Nora Roberts?  I love Nora Roberts!  This book is certainly not my favorite, but it is enjoyable enough!  I am also listening to my dog snore at this time!

Loving ...  I spent Friday - Tuesday on incapacitated on the couch with a stomach bug followed directly by a cold - and NO MEDS FOR ME! (Generally I'm taking NyQuil at the first sniffle - I hate the way it tastes, but love how much better I feel the next morning!) But even though I am still a little stuffed up I feel sooooo much better!

Thinking ... I was off the couch most of today, but still moving pretty slowly and mostly putzing about on the computer, I really didn't get anything done.

Wanting ... I had great crafting intentions for this break.  I've got to get started on my pregnancy and baby scrapbook!  So I want those 5 days I spent sick back!

Needing ... my house...its a mess, my kitchen, my bedroom, my living room, my dining room, the office, my craftroom.  I just don't want to clean.
You know what would make house cleaning way more fun? A maid.

Yes ... I will be ready for this baby!  I'm 22 weeks now and the nursery is literally empty.  So I feel like I won't be ready - but I just need to reassure myself that there is plenty of time and I will be ready.

Maybe ... I will be more organized! This is no guarantee - I always wish I were so super organized (like picture perfect organized) but I don't think I could ever be that way.  But my goal this year is to be just a bit more organized than last year.  My strategy - I am going to use my Erin Condren Life Planner to plan my week.  I'll be posting photos to my instagram!

I Wish ... I love to scrapbook and craft and I wish I could make my living doing this.  I love teaching, don't get me wrong, but if I could I would scrapbook full-time! 

Ok, it's your turn - go to Farley's page, complete your own, link up and comment on as many as you can!


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Monday, December 29, 2014

Top 10 Insta Pics of 2014!

Natalie from Teachery Tidbits has a super cute linky going on! She wants to know all about our top 10 instagram pics from 2014.


Instagram has become my favorite social media site!  I had great intentions this year of posting many school things, and while I did manage to post teacher outfits regularly, most of my pictures are of my dogs, with some other stuff thrown in.

I used Iconosquare to try to find my most like and commented posts, but they weren't my favorite so I just picked on my own!

1/30/2014
How many pictures of this scenario have I posted at this point?
This is such a common occurance in my house!  Willow loves to just snuggle up while Salvatore is always begging to play! I also hadn't learned hashtags yet!

11/9/2014
spending some hours with baby Ava #practicingmommy
I went to spend some time with this adorable sweetheart and I can't wait for Baby Ava and Baby Hykin to be the very best of friends!  I went back to visit last week and got lots and lots of practice! (diapers, baths, swaddling, snuggling)


12/25/2014
in my #xmasjammies #penguins #merrychristmas
I did lots of outfit posts this year but this one is by far my favorite as I got to post a picture of myself in PAJAMAS! I love pajamas.


4/6/2014
Hykin family nap on the couch (yes that is my leg clad in penguin pajamas)
I actually managed to catch all of us sleeping on the couch - those penguin pajamas were my Christmas jammies 2 years ago!  

6/12/2014
Theater tickets from Sam's and my first date
My in-laws were moving and bringing over things from my hubs' bedroom, so I decided to clean out those boxes and bags one day and found these!  Yes, that's right our first date was September 9, 2014 - over 10 years ago!

8/27/2014
7pm? try 4pm...#sorrynotsorry #teacherproblems #comfy #teachersfollowteachers
This was after my first professional development day this August, and is so true of what happens in my house everyday!  Pajamas! (I feel like there is a theme here!)

9/12/2014
My birthday (tomorrow) was announced on the loudspeaker this morning.  My fifth grader whipped this up.  #makesitallworthit #lovemykiddos #iteachtoo #teachersfollowteachers #mademesmile
I love this student - she is an absolute darling.


4/25/2014
bare feet in the sand
This is my favorite picture from hubs' and my April vacation we spent some time in LA and then Catalina Island.  I would love to go back soon!

12/10/2014
#babyhykin got @samhykin a birthday present.  Not even born yet and already a dodgers fan!
For hubs' birthday Baby Hykin pledged his allegiance to the dodgers with this adorable teddy bear blanket!


10/31/2014
guess what!
This is by far my favorite post of the year - when we finally got to tell the world about upcoming Baby Hykin - we are all super excited (the dogs maybe not as much) I thought this was the absolute best way to make the announcement - I wore this shirt to school for halloween, and just let people figure it out!  I wish I'd had a video camera to record reactions because they were great!

And that's it - my favorite instagram pics from 2014!  What were yours?


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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Teacher goals!

Ok so this cute graphic is all over instagram! And I think I was supposed to wait for someone to tag me, but I couldn't resist any longer... And now I want to talk more about it!




1 - sleep!  Y'all I'm tired, like really tired. So once hubby goes to work each day it's back to bed for the dogs and I!
2 - clean! My house is a mess, a complete disaster area, a my-husband-had-the-week-off-and-we-spent-all-of-it-being-lazy, followed by week-from-hell, and yesterday i-just-wanna-craft pit of doom and despair. So my goal for today (after finishing this blog post, eating with my husband then taking a nap) is to get my house cleaned up. FOCUS MICHELLE!
3 - SCRAPBOOK - I have scrapbooks that I have been neglecting. I am determined to send more time scrapbooking than doing anything else this week! I'm going to work on the pregnancy and baby scrapbook. I've got one for a friend and I've got some scrapbook-type gifts to finish. My craftroom will need to be cleaned when I'm done!


Monday, December 15, 2014

Meet the Teacher Monday - Holiday Edition

Trina at The Ordinary to Extraordinary Class has a cute link-up going, and I'm going to join.
BTW my hubs is in Atlanta for a robotics surgery training ... that is why I have time for this!

1.) Favorite Christmas Movie

Hmmmmm... this is a tough one.  Christmas hasn't really been big deal for me for the past few years.  Hopefully that will change for next year when I will have a kid of my own.  But I suppose as I think about it my favorite Christmas movie as a kid was The Santa Clause (the one with Tim Allen) and I suppose I enjoyed the sequels despite their terrible corniness.

2.) Favorite Christmas Song

Again a tough question... I am a firm believer in no Christmas music until Christmas Eve.  (Goodness I feel like the Grinch!) I like Christmas music, there just isn't enough of it to listen to for a month!  But I love the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.  I've been to their concert a few times - EXCELLENT! I highly recommend if you get the chance.

3.) Real or Fake Tree

REAL! this is the one Christmas Spirit item upon which I am firm.  The tree must be real.  It just smells so good!

4.) White or Colored Lights

We use both outside and inside

5.) What did I ask Santa for this Christmas?

I was going to ask for the new Cricut Explore, but it is already here, so I was stumped.  But then my family said they had it already figured out so my gifts will be a true surprise.  I think I like it that way!

6.) Favorite Holiday Drink and Food

Chocolate Chip Cookies and Milk
Peanut Butter Blossoms
Peanut Butter Pie
Hot Chocolate
(Goodness Gracious - Can you tell I'm preggers or what?!?!)

7.) Favorite Holiday Tradition

Cinnamon Buns for Christmas Breakfast

8.) My Holiday Celebrations

Hubs and I will travel to my parent's house for Christmas.  Other than that I will spend my x-mas break scrapbooking, and I suppose doing some school work... but mostly scrapbooking!

Ok, go link up!



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Monday, December 1, 2014

December Currently

Oh My Goodness!

I have been a terrible blogger this month! (And every month since September to be truthful!)
I'm not sure how it is already December 1st - but since it is I must link-up for Farley's December Currently

So here it is...


listening - usually I can hear the clock ticking - but since I am in the living room, sitting on the couch with the laptop all I can hear is the squeak of my dog chewing on his tennis ball.

loving - ok - typed words can not portray my excitement for this, but yesterday when I was sitting on the couch in the morning I think I felt the baby move!  It was like little bumps in the same spot! I teared up! It happened a few times today but not as obvious.

thinking - I have really been a terrible blogger.  I need to get back on that train - so let me ask you - what would you be interested in reading about from an ESL (English as a Second Language) blog?

wanting - I went a bit crazy with the black Friday shopping (online - I worked retail - I will not shop on Black Friday - this is not a statement on whether or not I believe in being open on Thanksgiving but rather an Been There, Done That, don't ever want to do it again) So anyway I want my packages!

needing - laundry - grrrrr I hate laundry - I wish it would get itself done!
Yup. My clean laundry has been folded and sitting in the laundry basket for over a week now.10 Laundry Tips that help you save time and money!
the first is my general feelings on laundry and I failed at the second this weekend... grrr

giving - I'm giving some shout-outs!

First to my friend Krystina whose classroom is way to far away from mine this year!  Her blog is brand-spanking new! Go check it out!
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and a shout out to Laura who nominated me for a Liebster Award at the beginning of the month! I truly appreciate it and I promise I will do some nominations in turn! In the meantime go check out her blog!

And last but not least go check out Farley's blog to see what everyone is currently up to in December!

Thanks!
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