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Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year, What's ahead, & Currently

I wish you all a super prosperous and happy new year!  It's New Years Eve  around 8:15 and I decided to write this one last post of 2012 (yup, I'm a party animal...don't hold that against me).

I've joined Michelle's "What's ahead 2013. Visit Making It As A Middle School Teacher to join the fun! Here is what's ahead for me in 2013!  

Oh and then there's Farley's Currently..... apparently she has a life because she posted the January Currently early.  Well I refuse to be number 7, 568 so I needed to get to it right away.  Make sure you go to Oh Boy 4th Grade and link up now!
I'm embarrassed to say I finished a whole big bag of peanut butter m&ms!  Which is why I will be joining Weight Watcher (AGAIN!!!!) this week.  

For my OLW (one little word) I chose Encouragement.  I am very discouraged with our world today.  It makes me sad that there are so many people who feel unloved, unproductive, and useless.  I am making it my goal to encourage others.... from my own family to strangers and everyone in between including myself.  I have a habit of taking care of everyone but myself but as my mom (and my doctor after a recent health scare) said to me, "If you don't take care of yourself you will not be around to take care of your family".  So I will start with encouraging myself to "stick to it" and take care of me! I will find a way to encourage someone, anyone at least once per day.

Love you all!


  1. LOVE YOUR OWL... LOVE IT!!! and you can do it you can do it... love ya froggylicious!!! thanks for joining!!!

  2. Mmm, peanut butter m&m's sound good right now!! I learned the hard way what happens if you don't take care of yourself first!! I am glad you are putting that on the top of your list! Hoope this year is a fabulous one!!

    Hau'oli Makahiki Hou,
    Surfin' Through Second

  3. Love your OLW!! And I can totally relate on needing to manage time better :)

    Cheers to 2013!

  4. Yum...peanut butter M&M's. I haven't had them in forever. My mouth is watering just thinking about them!

    Have a Happy New Year!

    Elementary School Garden

  5. I had to pop back in one more time. I saw your comment on Color Me Kinder's blog about your husband being a Sheriff's Deputy! My husband is one too and works in the jail. I am by myself for New Year's Eve while he works the night shift. It is definitaly quiet around here! Enjoy the peace and quiet!

    Elementary School Garden

  6. Super cute, Lorraine! I always enjoy the currently posts and I'm loving this 2013 of Michelle's! Oh, I bet I could eat 2 bags of M&Ms to your one!!!! ;) Just sayin...
    Be well and Happy New Year! I've been out watching big fireworks from backyard (show at a park near neighborhood)while hubs is already sawing logs! Wow, wonder what new year's eve will be like in 10 years????? Ewww... lol. HAPPY HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  7. Love peanut butter M&Ms, love you. But love YOU more. Thanks for making my first year in fourth so much easier by sharing your classroom happenings with us. :) Happy New Year!
    Fourth and Ten
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  8. I wish I were crunching on PB M&Ms :) Like you, I was fortunate to spend a lot of time with family this past week and I wish it could have been more. I hope 2013 is good to you!
    Stories by Storie

  9. Love your owl, Lorraine!! And I'm with you on the party animal thing! Relaxing at home tonight! Happy New Year!!

    Lessons with Laughter

  10. Hi Lorraine! Thanks for stopping by to visit....and for the follow! I have been following you for a while...:) I love your OLW....encouragement! What a powerful word...have a blessed and happy 2013!

    Keep Calm & Imagine

  11. Oh, goodness. If we're talking the little bags of m&ms finishing one is NOTHING. And the bigger bags, well ... been there, done that, too.

    What kind of tech projects are you thinking of doing? As a teacher librarian I totally <3 anything research/tech related. I hope you have one on your campus that can help you! If not ... find me at my blog.

    Also the Book Whisperer is pretty awesome. Even if she doesn't mention a school library she has some GREAT ideas on encouraging kids to read. Do you follow her on Twitter?

  12. I LOVE peanut M&M's. That's one of my favorite comfort foods when I get stressed. I love the word you chose " encouragement". What a great resolution for 2013! Happy New Year!


  13. Hey Lorraine!

    Thank you so much for linking up with me!

    My youngest graduates from high school this year. Sigh...they grow up so fast!

    Vermont sounds like a wonderful vacation! Best of luck with all your goals for 2013. :)

    Making It As A Middle School Teacher

  14. I am now your newest follower!! I just love your froggies, they are so tremendously cute. I created a math workshop rotation board and I just had to use frogs for my theme.

    I was a party animal like you last night, too. I watched a movie and blogged most of the night. I didn't even make it past 10:30.

    I love your personal goal of getting healthy-ish.... I think we all want to strive for that one!

    Happy New Year to you,

    My Journey to 5th Grade


  15. Hello there! Checking you out now too:) Thanks for the comment. I need all that I can get. You threw a little ENCOURAGEMENT my way by stopping by. Now to the real issue...now I want peanut M&M's. Geesh! I love the 2013 linky you just did. I noticed PLCs bubble. We are doing PLCs for the first time this year at my elementary school. I am interested in how yours work. Following you now!

    My Teacher Friend

  16. I am so with you on being able to eat a whole bag of M&M's (the big bag). There is a bag of peanut ones calling my name but the stomach bug that hit is good for something:) I love reading your blog!! Happy New Year!
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  17. I almost wanted to wait for you to get one more follower so that I could be #1000 but I didn't want to miss out on updates! I love your blog! I'm your newest follower from Currently. Please stop by if you are able to.

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