Five for Friday: #2

This is my second time linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday!  It is very exciting, indeed!

I have had a busy and fun last few weeks.  Here are five of my recent events...

This is a picture of our family recently going to a small local zoo and amusement park.  This kids had fun seeing the animals, riding the train, and playing in a water park.  It was nice family day!

I did something completely unexpected the following Friday after school, and surprised the kids with a short getaway to Santa Cruz!  I have never surprised the kids like this before, so it was fun to do.  If you haven't been to Santa Cruz, there is a boardwalk, ocean, and amusement ride park.  These pictures were taken on the boardwalk and playing on the beach.

A few days later, I submitted a page for The New Faces of TpT, and I was selected!  I am in the Specialists version, since I my materials focus on Character Education, and my background is in Psychology and Education.  I'm learning so much and loving being a TpT newbie!  You can download the free e-book Sampler here.

A few days ago, my extraordinarily talented and adorable teenage niece played with her high school marching band.  Our family went to the homecoming game and got to see her play.  The kids LOVED seeing their niece play and hanging out when it was dark outside!

  This event is super exciting and currently taking place.  My Teachers Pay Teachers Story Video was chosen as one of the top 15 videos and is featured on TpT's Facebook video page tab!   Now, I am in need of daily votes, (since this is a competition), until September 20, 2015.  There are only a few days left, and I am behind in votes, so I could really use your help!  Thank you!

Please go to my Facebook page, to see the pinned post, and vote!

Thanks for reading my Five for Friday!



  1. What a beautiful family! I'm sure they will remember their surprise trip for years to come!

    1. Thank you! My sister often surprises her kids with small trips, but I have never done one with my kids. Unfortunately, due to circumstances this summer, we were unable to take a family vacation, and the kids were asking to go somewhere often. I was also getting the itch to get away myself. So, I figured it was time for a weekend getaway. When I picked the kids up from school, I had a suitcase already packed in the back of the car, so that we could hit the road. It was fun to see their surprised faces!

  2. What a touching TPT story. Glad you are able to help support your family while staying home with the kiddos!

    My Bright Blue House

    1. Thank you! It has really been a blessing. My kids are my world...I'm sure every parent can relate to that statement. Honestly, it feels great to do something that I really love doing. That makes all the difference in the world. I LOVE your business name...Who doesn't love bright blue? And to have a bright blue house, what fun!

  3. Love your blog! The design is fab! Days out with the family are so much fun - and yours definitely look like they're having an amazing time in the first photo! We have fancied Santa Cruz before- the adverts for it always make it look amazing - it's definitely on our to-visit place! You've been super busy - have a great weekend!

    Teaching Autism

    1. Thanks Nikki! I love anything to do with design which is partly why making teaching materials speaks so much to me...I get to design covers, graphic design, etc. I taught myself to make basic clip art using PPT, and learned how to make/design this blog in blogger. I read tutorials and watched youtube, and did it all myself. It was a lot of fun for me to do!

      Santa Cruz is fun! It can get pricey in the summer, but it's a fun getaway. Not as overwhelming and big as some other theme parks, which is kind of nice too.

      Congrats on your success story with TpT. I recently ran into you in an online group, and we had a brief conversation about products. I'm so happy you for your accomplishments!

  4. Your daughter looks like she's having so much fun on the carousel. My daughter always clings to the pole for dear life and looks terrified! We haven't been a on a zoo trip this year. It's usually a summer thing, but perhaps a fall outing could work! Have a great weekend.
    Laughter and Consistency