Monday, July 1, 2013

Lots 'O Linkies!!!

It has been a few days since my last post...I have been sick since Saturday, not fun, and I finally got Photoshop...YIPPEE!!! The only problem, is that it is for my PC laptop...which I haven't used in 2 years because I have a Mac....that means that ALL of my fonts were on my Mac and I had to get them moved. Not only was I doing that, but I have been playing with everything Photoshop and going to bed REALLY REALLY late....could be why I am sick (oops!) 

Anyway, today I am linking up for the first time with Collaboration Cuties for their Must Read Mentor Texts Linky. 

I only have one today because I found that most of the others I read have already been posted. There are a lot, but the one I chose is so GREAT!!! I am sure most of you have heard about Pete the Cat, but if you haven't, your students will love it!! 

From Amazon:
Pete the Cat is back—and this time he’s rocking in his school shoes. Pete discovers the library, the lunchroom, the playground, and lots of other cool places at school. And no matter where he goes, Pete never stops moving and grooving and singing his song . . . because it’s all good.

This is such a great book to get the kids up, moving, and by the end, they will be singing along. Check out the MP3 version of the book by clicking play below. If it doesn't work, you can visit The Pete the Cat Website.

I think it would be fun to read the book or let the kids listen to it, but I warn you, they will want to listen to it over and over and over again. After you are finished, you can either take a picture of all of their first day shoes and let them write about what they like to do in their shoes at school on their first day, or you can let them draw a picture of their shoes. You can use the freebies below to make a class book if you would like!

I hope these work for all of you. I was trying to figure out how to attach them through Google Docs, but it wouldn't work, so I just had to save them as a JPEG. If you know how to do it and can share with me, I would greatly appreciate it!!! I think I have done it before, but now I can't remember or Google Docs has updated since then...not sure which one. It is probably me and I'm going to blame it on being sick...:)

I am also linking up with Tara at 4th Grade Frolics for Monday Made it!!!

I am using my Pete the Cat  FREEBIES above, since it has ended up taking me forever to figure out the switching of the computers!!!! I was going to upload my first ever digital scrapbook paper, but maybe I will wait until next week for that and hopefully by then I will have several other papers to add to it!! 

Finally, I am also linking up with Flying into First Grade for her Let's Get Acquainted Linky Party!!!

This time around it is Tic-Tac-Toe and I have decided to do the diagonal....

I went to _____________________ college and a favorite memory

I went to Texas A&M University....can I get a WHOOP!!!!, and I would have to say one of the most fondest memories I have are all of the times I spent with my besties. I loved going out dancing and just having a good time. We always had something to eat and there was always a band that we needed to see. I also met my husband at A&M. It was my last year and we met in Horticulture times. I don't really remember any bad times in college, compared to "real" life problems, college problems have long been forgotten:) 


My Favorite School Memory as a Kid

That is tough...I feel like I was a kid sooooo long ago, but I would have to say being with my best friend, Jocelyn, who lived up the street from me. Funny thing, we didn't both have skates, so we shared a pair. No, we did not take turns, we each got one....hahahahaha. We were the BEST one skate skaters around, not to mention the only ones. We also used to have recorder concerts for our parents. We were learning the how to play the recorder in our schools and we would get our parents together and set chairs up outside and play our recorders for them...they were so kind. That must have been torture:/


I love doing EVERYTHING....I'm not kidding. I love crafting, sewing, baking,  blogging, selling Scentsy (the new scent Watermelon Mint is to die for), Selling Jamberry Nails (which are amazing!!!), playing with my sweet Ava, watching movies at home with my hubby, reading, practicing writing, learning to draw, learning to work on Photoshop, and sooooo much more. I really don't know how I find time to do it all. I just can't imagine which one I would get rid of if I had to.

As I mentioned earlier, I have started my first ever digital kit. It is going to be an ocean theme, not sure why I chose that, but it just happened. So far, I have made 1 paper...hahhahaha. It is time consuming, especially since I have never worked with Photoshop before. If anybody know how to do clipart in Illustrator or Photoshop, I would love a mini tutorial or some tips. I am also looking for people that would be interested in previewing my work for me or trying it out before I post it to TPT. If you are interested just leave me a comment below. 

I also mentioned a while back that I would be changing this blog up a bit, since I am now going to be a librarian. I am looking for things I could do weekly that people would be interested in reading about every week. I was thinking an author of the month, Fiction Friday...etc,. What are your thoughts? 

One more thing, I was wanting to start a linky for the school year that would have something to do with lovely moments at school...I know, from my previous job that it was very hard to always find the joy, but by blogging and thinking about it, I was able to find joy in things that normally I would not have. So, I thought it would be nice to recap the week and blog about something lovely that happened in the week. What do you think about that? 

I would love any input or suggestions from all of my readers....I appreciate each and every one of you!!!

That's it for me today. As always, until we chat again, make every moment lovely!!!



  1. I love the Pete the Cat class book! I can't wait to make one with my class next year!

    Wild & Fun in Pre-K

  2. WHOOP!!!!

    Class of '94 and in two years I will be an Aggie mom (fingers crossed)

    Hodges Herald

  3. Hi Abby!
    I was thinking about using Pete on the first day next year. Thanks for sharing your ideas. I'm also your newest bloglovin follower.
    First Grade Hugs and High Fives

  4. Hi!
    Thanks for visiting my blog :) I love your linky ideas- especially an author focused one! That would be really helpful. I also think it's important to focus on the positives of teaching like you said. I think both would work :)
    Creating a Thoughtful Classroom

  5. Wow there is a lot in this post! :O)

    I'm sorry to hear you have been sick but if I'd just gotten Photoshop, I'd be doing the same exact thing! You'll have to let me know how you like it! :O)

    I haven't used Pete the Cat but it looks really cute and I love that there is a website we can go to!

    Thanks so much for linking up!
    Collaboration Cuties

  6. Hi Abby! I nominated your blog for an award! Check out my blog for more info.

    The Teacher and the Frog

  7. Hey Abby! Pete the Cat is so awesome :)
    I found you on Fifth in the Middle's Blogs by State page!
    I see that you are in Texas, and I'm not sure what part, but you should go and check out my latest blog post! Mrs. Patton and I are hosting a meet up for Texas teachers! We'd love to see you there. :) E-mail me if you have any questions!

    Mrs. Thompson
    Adventures in Teaching (A First Grade Blog)
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