Currently + Thankful

Two awesome linkies going on: Farley's Currently and Stories by Storie's Thankful. I love these linky parties because I always find new blogs to follow! Don't mind if I join in the fun! :)

I'm so happy my son gets to go to Grandma and Grandpa's house today/tonight! Some of my best memories growing up staying at my grandparents' house. My parents always do fun stuff with him (like taking him to Monkey Joe's today). I'm also looking forward to some alone time with my baby girl, especially since she's under the weather. 

I am obsessed with my Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe! It is so, so, SO tasty! And I want some. NOW! But we are going out to dinner tonight with my sister-in-law who is in town, so it will have to wait. 

About 3 weeks ago I dropped my iPhone 4 while out for a run and the whole thing is cracked. I'm sure you're thinking, "Don't you have a case?" Why yes, yes I do. Except I took it off because it was starting to break. And now the phone is shot :(

If you don't have a FREE Pandora account, you should. You can pay extra to have it play without ads, but my students have just learned to ignore them. And just think, when this election is over next week, we won't have to hear election ads anymore! Solo Piano Music ROCKS! I love the variety. The other day they were playing Dynamite, and the bunnies were be-bopping to the music AND they were still working. It was awesome! It also plays classical songs, which is so calming and relaxing.

Next up... THANKFUL!

1. My husband is so awesome! He lost a ton of weight by running, and since I still have 7 baby pounds, plus an extra 10-15 I'd like to lose, I decided to start running. Did I mention I'm not a runner? One time I ran through the halls of school to get a kid off the bus. But that's the extent of my running. He has been so encouraging and supportive! We decided to run a 4 mile race on Thanksgiving about 2 weeks ago. I'm up to 2.25 miles, and I'm a little nervous I won't make it to 4. We'll see...
2. I seriously love my kiddos. Here they were on Halloween:
3. I love working with children everyday! The hubs gets to too: he's an associate principal at a high school. Problem is that his school is 1+hours from our house. It's starting to take a toll on us that he spends 10 hours a week driving to and from work. We tried to sell our house, but it didn't happen. I don't know what the next step is, but I'm thankful we are both doing what we love: working with kids!
4. We live in a 100+ year old Victorian house. We love it! Just wish that it was closer to the hubs' work. Oh, and that it was insulated better :)
5. My friends are AMAZING. I have been crocheting hats for my kiddos, and my friends have been so encouraging and supportive, that I decided to start selling them. Check out Baby Ella Millinery on Facebook!
6. I just LOVE the two other second grade teachers I work with! They are both so creative and I love how we share our lessons and ideas all the time. Great teamwork!
7. I play on a women's hockey team, and my teammates are so positive and encouraging... even when we lose. Hockey is the best stress reliever EVER!
8. I LOVE my car. I've always gotten hand-me-down cars, and this one is too, but this time I have a remote starter AND heated seats! It is GLORIOUS!! Especially during Wisconsin winters!
9. Ahhhh memory foam bed. You are so comfy. I don't ever want to get out. Ever.
10. I mentioned above how I destroyed my current phone. The hubs ordered me an iPhone 5 to replace it! I'll have to put up with the broken one for another 6 weeks until the new one comes, but I'm excited nonetheless.

Alright, off to do the Rule of 3. Don't forget to check out everyone else's Currentlys and Thankfuls!


  1. Found you over at Stories linky. Both of us were listening to our daughter's cry. Sad.

    1. I saw that too :( Hope your lil lady recovered from her bump quickly!

  2. Hello, I am coming over from Farley's Currently series! Hope your baby girl is feeling better soon. Teething is so hard! I have a 2 1/2 year old little boy.

    Chicken tortilla soup sounds delicious right now in this fall weather! We finally have cooler weather here in SC!

  3. I just linked up with Oh Boy 4th grade so I am stopping by! I am your newest follower! I just giggled a little when I read about the ads from pandora...we LOVE pandora in my room also! We usually listen to Kidz Bop or Disney radio though. When those ads come on my kids always have something to say about them. We kept hearing the "Miss Mary Mack her lungs all black" one and my kids needed an explanation of that one! Anyway, Hope you little ones gets to feeling better and you get a new phone soon!


    1. The ads have been better lately... knock on wood! Heading over to your blog now :)

  4. I have a big pot of chicken tortilla soup going in my crock pot right now! Waiting for my parents to get here so we can eat and watch the LSU game. Congrats on your running!!! Maybe I'll start one day . . . . ; )

    I Teach. What's Your Super Power?

    1. I am so NOT a runner, so if I can do it, you can too! Jealous of your soup too!

  5. Thanks for linking up! Your little ones are adorable. I hope your daughter's tooth pops through soon so you can find some relief. Call me crazy, but I don't think I've ever had Tortilla Soup. I'll have to search for the recipe! I'm your newest follower :)
    Stories by Storie

  6. Hmmm. Maybe I shall accidentally drop my phone, too. That would be a good excuse for ordering an iPhone5. :] Running is ... hard. You feel so much better AFTER it's done but boy howdy is it hard to get out the door (or onto the treadmill). I'm working on getting my running mojo back (was never fast but used to do 5 miles without too much of a problem ... lately I'm lucky to get 2 in and I walk most of that). Good luck to you!

  7. Hi Angela!! Thanks for stopping by my blog.. I agree that it's not so easy finding second grade blogs, I'm following you now!

    P.s. I totally understand the being thankful for your bed thing! I just got a nice new bed and I don't know how I ever slept before it!

    Also, I dream of the day my car has heated seats! I L-O-V-E my car.. but those seat heaters are on my "someday" list! :)

  8. Just added the piano station! Love it! Your blog is glad you linked up and I found it:-)

    Chickadee Jubilee


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