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IIIIIII'm Baaaaack!!! AND A New Item on TPT!!!!!

Ok, I'm back! I took an unintentional break these past few weeks. My life has literally been on hold since I was trying to finish up my latest TPT unit. More on that in a bit.

A quick overview of what I have been up to in the past few weeks.

1. We went on a 10 day road trip driving up the CA coast, camping at different spots. It was FUN but exhausting!! We had LONG drives and my kids did awesome. Karis, my littlest little decided to potty train herself the week before we left. I tried to get her to pee in her pull up on our long drives, but she refused. So our 8 hour drives turned into 10 hours for fear of her exploding or getting a UTI.

2. This week we were suppose to go away and celebrate our 12 yr wedding anniversary.... BUT our house was literally a DISASTER after our road trip.... not to mention that our garage makeover still needed to be...well, made over. So we decided to have a staycation instead. Our families took our kids and we worked on the house in the daytime and went out at night. For the last 2 days, we actually went beach camping with our best friends...KIDLESS!!! I love my kids, but come on???  IT.WAS. AWESOME!  We did whatever we wanted... which meant we played games in the RV, watched funny You Tube videos,  and stayed up until 1am. Crazy, I know. We are totally party animals. It actually was SO fun being a bit irresponsible.

3. I already had my first school meeting earlier this week. BOOOO!!! It was with just a couple of teachers as we prepared to train our staff on Thinking Maps. Although it was at one of my favorite places, Panera... I couldn't help but die a bit inside knowing that school begins in 2 weeks!!! I'm wearing black everyday as a sign of mourning.

4. My husband is AMAZING!! If you think that you've got the best guy...I'm really sorry to break it to you. You don't. I have him. :)  Seriously, he has been working in the garage nonstop to put on the finishing touches to our garage makeover without any help from me. I, on the other hand, have had my face in the computer screen for hours just plugging away at my new TPT unit... which brings me to my next thing.... (drum roll pleeeeeease.....)

TADAAAA!!!! My latest TPT unit!!!

Since our district is adopting the common core standards this year, I've been searching around for quality resources that align our ELA Houghton Mifflin curriculum with the new standards. When I did not find anything that fit my needs, I decided to create my own. Well, about 251 slides later, not only am I crossed eyed and cannot see straight, but I am FINALLY finished with this unit! I'd be lying to you if I told you that I didn't tear up a bit after uploading it onto TPT. It seriously was a labor of love. I neglected all my household duties (and maybe a little of my mommy/wifey duties, too) to complete this unit. If you know of any 2nd grade teachers who use Houghton Mifflin, I'd appreciate it if you send them my way. They can check out my previews below. Trust me, they won't be sorry. :)

So, I may now join the real world again. I plan on creating the rest of the themes for our curriculum...sometime in the near future. Just not right now. I need to sleep, eat, and talk to live people. I'm serious, I was a freak trying to get this done. LOL.

Anyways, that is what I've been up to these past few weeks. You?



  1. I am so excited about this unit Angela! I just put it on my wish list for some back to school TPT shopping! :) Thank you for all of your hard work on it! I will definitely pass your link along to other teachers in my district! :)

    Soaring Through Second

    1. Thank you so much Sandy! I hope you will enjoy it!


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