Currently ~ * July *

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
So you like what I did with that title...get it?!?  A little decoration for the 4th of July...Wow, here we are again for another Currently and I am always amazed at how fast each month flies by... link on up with Farley and join in on the fun!

So I'm listening to one of the housewife shows

I'm loving that we had the BEST little storm this afternoon here in So. Cal and let me tell you ~ we really are in a drought and it was much needed.  I loved every minute of it!

It was awesome!!!  

I'm thinking we have a little getaway before Vegas so I'm double packing tomorrow.  Gotta be ready for BOTH!!!

I'm wanting: my girl went to Yosemite which she and her friends have jokingly been calling it { YOSE - mite } long /i/.  She went with her BFF's family and I'm ready for her to be home!

I'm needing : I have 2 gift certificates from 2 different places from students that I will be using for my mani/pedi - gotta love a bargain right?!!?

All ~ Star: I was a competitive swimmer growing up and I like to think I still got's actually a real problem people.  When I swim laps ( which I do daily )  I can't help myself...even if it's a 15 year old kid I get all competitive.  Hello - I'm 44 yeah, it's a bit of a problem.  I have to keep up with the young ones or it bugs me all day.  Don't worry I'm working on that... LOL

Can't wait to see my peeps in Vegas!!!!


Looking for the flags ~ *faith*

Monday, June 29, 2015
This morning when I was swimming I noticed something and it stuck with me.  If you look at any lap pool or competition pool there are usually sets of flag markers at each end of the pool.  They notify the swimmer that the edge is near and if you are swimming backstroke this is crucial to know.  
Most elite swimmers know their stroke count and can easily come into their flip turn at the wall confidently.  Well this morning only one side had the flags so I began to notice a pattern while I was swimming that got me thinking.  I can easily apply this to my faith but I'm thinking I can apply this to my teaching year as well.

What I noticed even though I've been a swimmer for 35 years was that when I swam one way I swam with confidence, no dipping my head back under water to look for the wall ( while swimming backstroke ).  I would count my strokes and flip into my turn effortlessly.  But ~ as I went back the other direction somewhere around 3/4th of the way there I would fidget, look back underwater, lose the rhythm of my stroke a bit to see the wall.  I finally decided that I would only swim backstroke one direction and do freestyle the other way for my long set.  My first thought was this is so much like my walk with the Lord!
When I'm in His word, committed to my daily devotions, praying for situations and others I am confident not looking back, not fidgety - walking close to my Father.  When I'm not doing these things I'm like the backstroker without those flags.  I question myself more often, I am cautious trying to keep myself safe/protected.
If this doesn't apply in your life you can also compare it to your teaching journey I suppose.  
My first year or so I was seeking approval, certainly less confident and maybe at times a bit fidgety or nervous. ( especially when being observed ). 
 Now after 20 years in this profession I feel like I'm swimming down the side with the flags.  I don't need approval, I'm more confident in my abilities - yet still keep myself in check.  
When I swim down the side with the flags I'm not so confident that I swim with my eyes closed.  That wouldn't be smart!  I still look for the flags.  
Well as a veteran teacher I still keep myself in check.  Am I needing to call an SST on this little one?  Have I followed through on that committee I signed up for? Was that lesson rigorous enough for those students that need to be challenged?
 Yes I'm able to do my job more effortlessly but I still look for the flags to be sure I'm on track and giving my students or my Heavenly Father the best of me!  Where do you fall in this scenario?  Are you looking back without flags floundering a little, are you so confident your eyes are closed or...
are you confidently still looking for the flags to guide you as you teach or walk with the Lord?

I know I prefer when the flag markers are on both sides of the pool,  it's a great focal point for me to be successful on my flip turns.  
Just as I need those to accomplish my goals in swimming, I need flag markers in my life to be sure I can have triumphant results with my relationships, job and most importantly my walk with the Lord.


Monday Made It

Monday, June 15, 2015
I'm so excited to be linking up for a Monday Made It ~ it's been a while and I love seeing how creative everyone is...for some inspiration be sure to visit:
Tara at 4th grade Frolics to join in on the fun!

So today I have been stuck at home and made just 1 project but - it will be SO much fun for my kiddos so I'm very excited!

I'm switching from an owl theme to a pirate theme this year and I think it will be perfect for my 3rd graders!  My kids and I love to play a game called Trash Can Spelling. { If you haven't heard of it - I blogged about it here }

Anywho ~ I saw this cute idea on pinterest and knew I could use it along with my Trash Can Spelling game.  

All I needed was a :
* cork board
* black duct tape
* red duct tape
* pirate dress up hooks
* 80's style black rubber bracelets
* glue gun/sticks
* scissors

So I cut small pieces of the black duct tape and made a trail like this:

Then I cut 2 pieces to make the X from red duct tape.  I hot glued the hooks on the trail part and there you go!  Simple, fun easy and a #pinterestwin

How do you like it?!?

I'm sure you can incorporate something like this into almost any theme you have in your room.  It's perfect for those 10 minutes before the bell.  Ask kids how to spell words, answer a math problem etc.  If they get it right they earn the chance to throw a bracelet.  They eat this stuff up!