Thursday, December 22, 2011

Thankful Thursday - Lobstah Truck Style

Today I am thankful for heading on a little adventure with my friend Leslie! We have been talking about lobster rolls and making a visit to the Lobster Truck all summer. Sadly, we never made UNTIL... today! Yes, we FINALLY made it!  We enjoyed a nice, relaxing hour long lunch in the park. Chatting...breathing in the fresh, winter air...AND enjoying our lostah rolls! Not bad, for a Thursday afternoon in December!

We made it!

LOVE how cute it is!

Waiting in line with everyone else.

Almost there....what to get, what to get!

Went with the original meal.

Can you say DEE-LISH!

Cute little statue in the park.

Loving the down time of winter break...

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Loving Pinterest

I was going through my Google Reader this morning and came across this post by Kristen about a great list of educational apps on Pinterest. Pinterest is all abuzz right now with people sharing and pinning all the things they love. I have seen it all over my rss feeds from DIY blogers, but never thought of it as a way to share apps. Kuddos to Dan Callahan for a great idea!

So...thanks Dan and Kristen for shedding some new light on my Pinterest curiosity! I think I may be sitting here a bit longer as I pin all the apps I have on my iPad and the ones we are using for our 1:1 iPad program at FHS.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Thankful Thursday - Toys for Tots

Can't believe a whole week has flown by and another Thursday is here! Maybe it is harder to believe that I have not blogged in a whole week after blogging every day for a month!

Anyway...this week I am thankful for organizations like Toys for Tots. Last weekend I had the opportunity to participate in a service project helping prepare gift bags for needy children. To be honest, I did not know too much about the organization, but what better way to learn more about it - than spend  a morning doing service for them! I met some really great people, learned more about the organization Volunteer Fairfax, and most importantly learned about Toys for Tots goal (which I love)...
The primary goal of the Foundation is the same as that of the overall Toys for Tots Program: i.e. –  to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them into becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens. 

What's not to love... an organization that helps to make a happy Christmas for those children who may otherwise have not received anything. I know, I know... the holidays are not all about the toys, but for some kids this may be all that they have...

I did learn that there are MANY generous people out there. A lot of the donations that we unpacked and sorted were for children ages 0-11...not too many things for the teenage children. I guess we forget that teenagers appreciate fun things too. So..if you are thinking about making a donation this holiday season, consider donating something for a teen boy or girl and give to Toys for Tots.

Lots of Toys to Choose From

Bike Donations
We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.
- Thornton Wilder

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Thankful Thursday

Photo (cc) C├ęsar Poyatos
Today I am thankful for winter breaks...

Looking forward to some down time with family and friends.

Reading, watching movies, having coffee dates, and just doing nothing...

Don't underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can't hear, and not bothering.  ~Pooh's Little Instruction Book, inspired by A.A. Milne

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Love What You Do, Do What You Love

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” ~Confucius
For those in the field of education, we go to a school every day. For some it may be a job...for others it is work. For me, it is a place that I look forward to after day. The energy, spirit, learning, and sense of community are so inspiring to me...

Here is an example of some of the great teaching and learning at Flint Hill School and why I LOVE what I do...

One of my second grade teachers created this lesson on creating pictographs using the Keynote, PS Express, and camera apps. The best part of the lesson...supporting and watching this teacher shine!  She is a poster child for my support model of -  I teach, you watch...I teach, you support...You teach, I support...You teach, I watch. She did one amazing job, and I was one proud mama bear!

Not too many people can say they love what they do...Fortunately for me, I have found a school that I LOVE going to each and every day!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Thankful Thursday

Today I am thankful for my husband who has a passion for amphibians, specifically toads. He has taught me how to love our 8 little, bumpy friends. Here is a video of "Harriet" looking for some dinner on her way to bed. Hope you enjoy the 48 second clip...