To ring in the new year I thought I would share a couple of freebies.
You can get the Fine Motor Mitten Counting by clicking on one of the links below:

Fine Motor Mitten Counting tpt

Fine Motor Counting tn

Here are a couple of fonts I have been working on as well. You can always check out the font tab for more fonts.

Enjoy and have a safe and fun New Year's Eve!

Before I share a new winter freebie and some new fonts I wanted to share a couple of stocking my husband's grandma sewed for us! They are all hand sewn, enormous, and beautiful! It was a fun Christmas suprise this year as she made one for everyone.

 Now for some freebies...
Winter Count, Match, Record on tpt

on TN

I also received an I-pad stylus pen and have been busy creating some new fonts (much easier with a pen than your finger!). The first two you will have to click on to see a sample of the font. All I ask is that you credit me for the font if you use it. Thanks! :)





Freebie Fridays
Have a great weekend!

After a super busy and fun three days I am just savoring the quiet before Ethan gets up. Today is going to be a chill day for us at home as we have been on the go since Monday.

First, I want to share my resolutions for 2014. I am linking up with A Peach for the Teach. I just discovered this blog and cannot wait to explore it some more!

Personal: I think I may have said this one last year...relax. I am a high energy person and quite impulsive and I need to relax. Especially with a second little one on the way I need to chill out and realize not everything can get done.

Professional and Classroom: With a lot more students with autism coming into the ECSE classroom I need to learn to use the many visuals I have more effectively. One of the biggest problems I have faced with this is organizing the visuals and making sure they are readily accessible at all times.  

Blog/TPT: I must admit there is nothing specific with this other than to link more with people. I have loved being able to link up with teacher in similar positions as sometimes in my building I can feel pretty isolated just beacause of who and what I teach.

Just for Fun: I am hoping to really create more ME time and Hubby and Me time. This was a resolution of mine last year and honestly, I didn't do a good job of it. I feel like I am teacher and come home and am in Mom mode until I go to bed. I need to create a little more balance in my life.

Now for some random...we made these cut stocking with the kiddos at the end of the week. Lacing the stocking and pulling cotton are great fine motor skills, which is something my kiddos can always use extra practice with.

On Monday, we found out...

Also, stay tuned...I am hoping to share a new font or more if I have time and have a new winter freebie I am posting tomorrow.

I am linking up with Kristin at a Teeny Tiny Teacher to share 13 memorables things from this year.

Sadly, this year I got rid of my favorite article of AE dark denim Artist jeans. I wore them until there were holes in the knees and the stretch was outstretched...LOVE them.  After this baby is born I will be buying some new oes that's for sure!


I haven't been to the theater in over a year, but we have been doing some on demand movies and this one I was pleasantly surprised about. I was worried it was going to be a little too depressing, but honestly it is great and there is some comedy in it.
I am Obsessed with The Mindy Project!

And New Girl! Tuesday nights are my favorite!

It is a local soup and sandwich place by work and I am obsessed with the grilled cheese from there! 
I have been doing game Fridays with my kiddos and they love it! I also love how we are using less paper (we keep getting in trouble for using too much in our building) and it is still learning the skills they need!

I would have to say getting pregnant again. After my surgery this past Jan. I was concerned that it would be a lot more challenging to get pregnant and I am fortunate enough that everything has gone smoothly and I have had no further health issues!

Right now I am all about decorating the baby's nursery and this picture has been my inspiration. The room was already painted a similar color and tomorrow I am off to IKEA after we find out what we are having to buy the dresser and chair and I may try to get the comforter set I have picked out too. You can check out the nursery inspiration here.

My Monday Made It Visuals. I use these visuals all the time and the kids have responded so well to them!


Watching my son grow up. He is overall very well behaved and so happy! He is my world and I am so proud of him!

I love this picture of us! I had just found out I was pregnant in it and we were all so excited!


I don't know if I can narrow it down to just one. Probably Ethan first seeing the baby at the initial ultrasound because he was not so sure about that picture on the screen really being a baby. He comes with me to each appt and the idea is growing on him, which is fun to see.
This picture says it all...


To relax. I have been feeling really stressed and I need to just chill out. Everything works itself out.

I want to savor every moment with Ethan and Matt, as well as, with my kiddos at work and the less I stress the more I will enjoy!
And that's my 13 in 13.
Make sure to link up and share your 13 in '13

I am linking up with Kacey for Five for Friday.

Now that I am off for two weeks I have already begun to think about what I want to accomplish over break besides spending LOTS of time with family and friends...
Two of the things I want to get done are getting my fridge and pantry organized...they are a hot mess!

And getting the baby's room started. I think I am nesting mode already. We find out Monday what we are having! Yay! I also have an IKEA trip planned for Monday after the ultrasound so it should be a fun day! I also want to start pulling out Ethan's baby stuff and cleaning it up and going through what can be used again. Unfortunately when I am teaching I am too tired to do these things after work and on the weekends so it is either now or not until April, which just in case something happens I want to be ready. I also just love planning this kind of stuff!

Anyways, here is my five for Friday. This one is a little random, but it here it goes.

1. I saw this on a friend's facebook post and I couldn't agree more! My kids were just off especially as the week progressed and I think it was due to both of these things.

2. We had pajama day, Santa visit, and our holiday party this week. It was loads of fun! Check out my post from a couple of days ago going over in more detail what we did.

3. Here are a copuple of activites our OT did with the kids that they loved. These activities work on crossing the midline, core strength, and mouth strength. Click on the picture for the activities.

4.  When I return to school I have four new kiddos starting. One I had a couple of years ago and has some challenging behaviors so I printed out some social stories that may help. We shall see!

5. I also wanted to share this great website I found for speech and autism resources...check under Materials Exchange for lots of great freebies!

Our speech path shared this with me and I have been exploring and finding some great stuff! I have a list of things to try and to print to use with my kiddos.

Have a great weekend! We have a busy one ahead of us, but I am excited because it includes seeing family we don't see very often. :)
So far this week my kiddos have been doing great! No one cried when Santa came, the parties went much smother (no criers when the parents came in), and pajama day they watched a short movie.

Let's hope the end of the week continues to go just as smoothly.

The pictures are backwards in order so I'll explain from today to earlier in the week.

I always run my centers just like normal for parties to keep some consistency and routine in the day. We made play-doh cookies, reindeer hats, and reindeer mix (cheerios, m&m's, marshmallows, and pretzels).

I only got a pic of the pm class in their pjs. We watched Frosty the Snowman.

Santa visited and read a story about how he found his reindeer. Then, he took pictures with each of the kids, which I sent home with the parent gift.

We finished up our shape reindeer.

Sorry this is blurry...I had the parents decorate a tree with their child at home. These are some of the trees the families made.

This one lights up! Crazy creative! I would never have thought of doing this. It is even has an on/off switch.

We made cinnamon/ applesauce ornaments.

We finished up our shape Santas...

And our length trees.

On Monday, we counted out ten frame cards, found the number, and then wrote the number on dry erase boards. You can get that freebie here

Whew...we have done so much and we still have two days left. The next two days should be a lot calmer. I also am happy to say that I have finished my shopping! Yay! :) Now to get the house ready for visitors...

Have a great rest of the week!
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