Peaks and Valleys {Five for Friday}

It's certainly been a week of peaks and valleys over here for Miss Eager. No better way to describe what I've been reminded of recently, other than with this quote that my dad shared with me on the phone a few nights ago. He always has the magic of saying the right thing at the right time. Even when I don't want to hear it. I couldn't have asked for a better mantra than this one! Thanks, Daddy. 

“If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans.” -Woody Allen

Isn't that the truth!?

So, anyway. Here's my Five for Friday!

This week was my first full week with my new kiddos. It’s so much different than my previous job, but it’s a great position. I thought that traveling between two schools would stress me out, but it actually makes the day go by very fast. It’s nice to step outside and drive for a few minutes in the middle of the day. My students are great! I am so happy to be back in a routine. Although I loved staying home for a month and being a full-time blogger, I missed the school routine because, well, I am a routine kinda-girl. One thing I’m trying to enforce with going back to work is making a schedule for exercise classes. Amazing how if I write it in my calendar for the week, I am so much more inclined to go. This week was a success in that department. High five.

On Tuesday I made up an impromptu card game for my second grade math group when I had 15 extra minutes (when does that ever happen!?). A few months ago I got 4 mini-decks of cards at Michael’s for $1.00. We are working on triple digit addition. This is how it went:
I took out all of the royalty cards, but left the jokers in. I combined two of the decks. Each player picks three cards and has to add the three numbers together. They can try to add them mentally, or they can use the suit pictures on the card to help them count. If they get the question right, they keep their cards. If they get the question wrong, they have to put the cards in a discard pile. If they draw a joker, they only have to add the two numbers together. After all of the cards are gone, the winner is the player who has the most cards. So simple, but so effective and fun. It could also be modified for subtraction or double digit addition and subtraction. Now they've been asking to play it at the end of each day! Funny how we discover those games when we are on our feet.

I was also up late one night putting together this cute game with some new clipart I purchased. I made this for one of the little girls I tutor who loves everything fashion and girly. How adorable is this clipart?! I'm adding it to a unit I'll be working on for my TPT store soon.

It took me a week to decide how I wanted to organize myself for this new job. I’ve been holding on to this cute accordion file from Target, and I am excited to finally have a use for it. I bought it just because it was chevron, are you surprised? My old plan book system is too heavy to lug between schools, and I have planning time in both buildings, so I like to have my papers for both schools with me at all times. I made a file for each group, a file for each school, a file for originals and a file for each of the students that I tutor after school. In the back I have a few extra copies of to-do lists, thank you notes and other miscellaneous papers that I may need throughout my day. Now this accordion file and my clipboard with my plans are the only things I need to keep with me. On Fridays I empty the papers into my filing cabinet and reload for next week. Mission accomplished.

Remember last weekend I was apartment searching?! Well, that apartment I fell in love with WAS negotiable, so I’ll be moving April 1! I am so thrilled. I’ll have to give you a tour when I am all moved in. I’ve been staying up a little bit past my bedtime every night this week because I am revisiting all of my home d├ęcor Pinterest boards and starting a list of projects and ideas. Here is a sneak peek!

I’m really looking forward to this weekend. It’s a busy one- but good busy. Lots of fun stuff going on. 

Tonight I’m having my dear friend Whitney and her family over for dinner. She has two precious little girls (2 ½ and 7 months). I made cheese lasagna last night so it’s all ready to pop in the oven. 

This weekend it will be 50 degrees and sunny in Buffalo- woohoo! Days like that practically feel like summer when you’ve been through our winter. 

Tomorrow my little sister Julia turns 18. She is 8 years younger than me and I remember the day she was born like it was yesterday. I cannot believe she’s already 18. That must mean I’m turning 26 in a few weeks!?! She has grown up into such a beautiful young woman- inside and out. We are celebrating her birthday at my parents’ tomorrow night. I’m excited to give her her present (but she reads the blog so I have to hold off on telling you what it is). 

I might be the only one excited to lose an hour of sleep this weekend, but I look forward to this daylight savings change. I will gladly lose the hour of sleep if it means longer days and more daylight after work! 

Have a great weekend!

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  1. Wow! How exciting. Congrats on the apartment. And I also am currently in love with chevron! Nice work exercising and, wow, going in between two schools, that must be hard but sounds like you're off to a great start!

    Brie - Breezy Special Ed

  2. Congrats on your new apartment! Can't wait to see how you decorate it! I'm also glad you like your new job!! :)

  3. Hi Sarah,

    I found you though the Five for Friday linky party and am your newest follower. :)

    Love, Laughter and Learning in Prep

  4. Congratulations on your new apartment, it will be so much fun decorating. I am your newest follower.

    The First Grade Princess

  5. Wow! What an exciting time :) I love the look of your new apartment, and I'm happy you have a new job, too!

    Luckeyfrog's Lilypad

  6. Hi there! I found you through the Five for Friday Linky-
    Now a follower:) love that activity for the student you tutor!!
    Going Nutty!