{Five on Friday}

11 10 2013

5 on Friday – here we go! Once again linking up with Darci and friends for one of my favorite days of the week!


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{one} 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

This summer, I enrolled E in our library’s “1,000 books before Kindergarten” program, and we’ve been logging most of the books we read together, even repeats. My mom gave him “Ollie’s Halloween,” a board book by my absolute favorite kids’ book author, Olivier Dunrea! The pictures are cute, clear, and simple, and so is his text, and there is a similar rhythm to the way all of his books read. This book made me want to get out all of E’s fall-and Halloween-themed books! Sorting these made me want to change his books out seasonally. But he also has his favorites, so who am I to hide “Merry Christmas, Ollie!” in October??


Crawling Crab 1

{two} Crawlin’ Crab Half Marathon

I ran my 4th (official) half marathon this week in Hampton, Virginia. (read my recap here!) It was a fun race, but it was incredibly HOT and I’m so excited that real fall race weather is finally kicking in! A group of friends from work and I are running the Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon in one week!


Pork chops

{prepped to bake!}

{three} Apple picking and a recipe!

After our trip to the local apple orchard, I was able to make baked pork chops with apples, a recipe I found from The Clever Housewife. And while I didn’t arrange the pork chops in a heart shape, it was really neat to be able to use fresh apples that we had picked together as a family! And it was such an easy recipe!



{four} Soaps!

Fall always puts me in the mood to use yummy-smelling bar soaps! There used to be an old hole-in-the-wall bookstore in Harper’s Ferry where you could slice your own soap from large blocks. I also like visiting craft fairs in the fall and finding locally-made soaps. I usually prefer the fruity scents and the seasonal spices – not the floral ones. About 4 years ago, I delved a bit into making soap for party favors, but haven’t really tried it since!


Duck Dynasty Day

{five} Professionally-speaking

This week has been quite out-of-the-norm at my workplace, where I am a School Counselor. For starters, we had a teacher workday on Monday. Beginning on Tuesday, it was SCA Spirit Week, so each day came with a different theme: Tuesday was “Hippie Day,” Wednesday was “Duck Dynasty Day,” Thursday was “Twin Day,” and today is “Red Pride [school color] Day.” Yes, our school had a Duck Dynasty Day. And most kids did not have to buy costumes; camo is the unofficial uniform at our rural school, along with cowboy boots and Under Armour hoodies. On Thursday, I attended a professional development conference from 9-4 with one of my favorite speakers, who is an expert in the field of brain research in education and in creating engaging classroom environments. This is the 3rd time I’ve attended a workshop of his, and I always leave energized with lots of strategies to implement immediately in my classroom. Anyone who can hold my complete attention for 7 straight hours (by “pressing” info into 7-minute chunks and interactive “releasing” breaks for processing and memory) is a stand-out teacher, and he modeled lots of strategies for us to use.


And that’s all from me ’til next time… happy Friday!



7 responses

11 10 2013
Rebecca Jo (@RebeccaJoKnits)

Yipee for good race pictures!!! 🙂

11 10 2013


11 10 2013

love you commitment to reading 1k books before kinder! as a former kindergarten teachers…it’s absolutely the BEST academic foundation you can give to your child!!! props, mama!


11 10 2013

Aww thanks! We’ve been reading to him since he was born (well, and even before!). I’m hoping he will hold on to his love for reading. Thanks for stopping by!

13 10 2013

Our neighbor had spirit week last week too — they also had a Duck Dynasty day. Their mascot is the ducks.I’m so excited that the Duck Commander guys are getting the press they get. I’d pick that over some of the other options!

15 10 2013

That’s awesome! And perfect for their school mascot! Thanks for stopping by!

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