First Five for Friday

The mysteries of the Linky Party rituals are starting to become a little clearer to me, and I am excited to finally participate in Five for Friday with Doddle Bugs Teaching!
1.  On Monday, I got a little carried away in my classroom and lost track of time.  I looked up and it was almost 3:00 p.m.  Which normally isn't that big of a thing, but my brother's dog is staying with me for the summer:)  My Lab is very well behaved, a house princess, and going on 13 yrs old.  My little rescue mutt is about 3 and was (until she met the bad boy) timid.    My brother's dog is a Catahoula (and I adore him) and he is not used to staying in the house.  My Lab is happily sleeping away the summer, and my little one and Tex have bonded.  This is what I came home to on Monday.
He and Lucy got bored.  He opened the door to my office, pulled away a bag of knitting looms and took out NINE skeins of yarn for them to play with!  I was greeted at the back door by a ball of yarn rolling down the hallway.  The Boyds Teddy Bear carcasses were removed before the crime scene picture was taken - let's just say they are not so collectible anymore.
Lucy and Tex, aka Bonnie and Clyde, aka the Tart and the Tramp
This is a mug shot of the perpetrators: the clueless fluffy one is Lucy, the guilty tall Texan is Tex.  How can I be upset when confronted with this cuteness?  Even if it took me two nights to untangle the yarn?

2.  Tuesday was one of my friend's birthday.  So Lauren @ Life in Middle School and I met her for breakfast at...

 I had french toast and bacon, and ate all of it:)
3.  On Wednesday, I finally finished up in my classroom.  This is what I brought home to work on over the break.
Okay, there also might a rolling bag in the trunk of my car, and a huge bin of metal paper dividers to spray paint...

4.  On Thursday, Prince Charming the Gardener came with his army and worked miracles in my back and front yard!  Trees and bushes trimmed, bushes torn out, weeds gone, and everything swept up nicely.
This is just 1/3 of the bank in the back yard.  I feel so much better!  And less guilty, it took 5 guys all day to do it.  I was fooling myself, and beating myself up about it at the same time.  Now I can manage it from here.  It is nice to know that I can have him come a couple times a year and do the big stuff.  So happy!

5.  So happy that after feeding the pack at 5:00a.m. this morning, I actually managed to turn my brain off and go back to sleep - until 10:30!  I can't remember the last time that happened!

Don't forget to go over and link up!

Happy Summer!


  1. oh my, I am not sure I could have been as calm walking into that mess.

    Your weeks sounds great though!

    Hodges Herald

    1. They had a serious timeout in the backyard while I ate my lunch. I did not trust myself to deal with it when I was starving. By the the time I was ready to deal with it- too late in the dog world:)

  2. Oh goodness! I love the mug shot! :) I am so glad that I found your blog, and I look forward to reading more of your posts!


  3. You are a blogging fiend! :) I was proud that I put something up yesterday... I think I'll start working on my Language Arts book next week.

    Life in Middle School

  4. Ahahaha I love that photo- they do look completely clueless and guilty! What a hilarious photo! I've just found your blog through this linky and started following along- I'm glad you linked up! I read your comment about wanting to start a blog before becoming one of those teachers you swore you'd never become... I can honestly say blogging will keep you sooooo passionate and excited about everything! It's so crazily addictive too! So many great ideas and people out in the blogging world!

    x Serena x
    Magic Mistakes & Mayhem

    1. Best thing I've done in a long time:). Thank you for following!

  5. Hi, so glad I found you through doodle bugs...I love what you wrote in your profile about never becoming that teacher you swore you would never be...I love to switch things up and keep things fresh. Great blog!
    PS I just looked up and saw what Serena wrote...that is classic. I guess your profile info hits our heartstrings. :o)
    Traditions, Laughter and Happily Ever After

    1. I sent you an email reply, but I just realized that I found your site earlier today through the linky too! I am your newest follower:)

  6. Yikes! What a mess! Where did you start the clean up proces? I want to be your newest follower, but the "followers" sectin doesn't have a join this site sign. Is it my computer?

  7. Picked up the bears - they were a little nibbled on, but really okay since I got them at a yard sale and I don't collect them:). Put the guilty dogs outside, fed the innocent senior citizen dog, and ate my lunch. Then I thought I could wind up the more intact ones, but I was wrong. I put them all in the same plastic Joann's shopping tote, fed the guilty, and spent the next two nights untangling and rewinding.

    And I want you to join too:). My iPad is showing the " join this site" button...will you please try again? Thank you so much for stopping by, let me know if it doesn't work!

  8. Despite the mess, the doggies are cuties.

    Have a great summer, and I will be following you.