Happy 2014! - Ideas By Jivey: For the Classroom

Happy 2014!

My oh my! Winter break has come and gone, and I'm just sitting down at my computer for the first time all break. I'm not kidding!! I have caught up on a few blogs, and before I continue my reading to try and catch up on a few more, I wanted to link up with one of my faves, Tara at 4th Grade Frolics!
I would have to say my "1 For Me" started over the break... taking a step back from blogging and creating for TPT was good for me. Now don't get me wrong, I love you all, my fellow bloggers and readers, but I think it started becoming a chore for me to blog. Blogging is fun! It's not supposed to be something on a to-do list. So, I took a break (as you noticed) and now, I'm excited to sit here and talk to you again! My "1 For Me" this year will be to blog when I have something exciting to share: whether it be a new lesson I tried, something one of my kids said that made me laugh, maybe a good book that you all need to read... you get the point. But I'm going to blog because I want to, not because I feel like I need to. And I hope that you all will still love reading what I have to say!! :) :)

So I guess many of you probably want to know what the heck I've been up to since December 20, right? If you have been following me on Instagram, you know some things... but here is the story of my last two weeks, told with two-word-pictures! :)
Live Tree
Crackling Fires
Cutest Puppy
Best Mama
Totally Addicted
Disney Rocks!
BBB Time
Whoa, Crowded...
In Love <3
I'm off now to read some more blogs and see what everyone else has been up to! Hope your break was as amazing as mine! :o)


  1. Yay! I'm glad you're back, happy, refreshed, and in love. <3


  2. Perfect New Year's Post! Doesn't it feel good to take a break and just enjoy the moment? Or, in your case...moment(s)!!! Congratulations and I'm sooooooo glad I got to see you while you were here! Definitely a highlight of my break! :)
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  3. Loved your post! Love all the pictures, especially the last one! Congrats again...SUPER excited for you!


  4. CONGRATULATIONS! An engagement at Disney - how romantic and amazing is that! Was this a surprise? If so, your fiance is very romantic.

  5. I love your two word pictures - so fun! And congratulations on getting engaged!!! It's such a special time - enjoy it! :)
    I totally agree with your "One for Me" decision - I am trying to do the same thing moving forward!

    Joy in the Journey

  6. Congratulations! What a great winter break you've had! I haven't checked out Tara's linky yet, but I'm on my way there now.

  7. CONGRATULATIONS!! Best New Year's ever?! Sounds that way! Happy New Year!


  8. I love your Blog posts and your TPT store! I missed you over break, but so glad you enjoyed some time for yourself! What an exciting Christmas you had! Congratulations on your engagement! Happy New Year!

    A huge Jivey Fan!

  9. Congratulations! What a wonderful place to get engaged! Have a wonderful New Year!

    Eclectic Educating

  10. How exciting! Congratulations on your engagement! No wonder you weren't blogging:)

  11. Congrats, lady!! I saw on instagram. What a special Christmas gift! And I understand the need for a little blogging break. If you try to do it too much, it can start feeling like a chore. I look forward to reading your great ideas, even if they don't come as frequently. Maybe I can keep up a little better!

    Don't Let the Teacher Stay Up Late
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  12. So excited for you!! Congrats! It's always good to be able to take a step back and put things back into perspective! I'm glad you're break was everything you needed and more! Best wishes in 2014!
    A Tall Drink of Water

  13. Yay congrats!! I am glad you had such a great break. I have taken many breaks from blogging and haven't even had a chance to READ blogs in months. I am just starting to read them again and trying to get back into things. Sometimes we just need the mental break!
    Third Grade Tidbits

  14. I agree 100% with everything you said and one of my blogging resolutions was to keep enjoying blogging not see it as a chore! Congratulations on your exciting news!! So happy for you!!! :)
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  15. Congrats again! My two words to go with your pictures....J.T. mine. I am still grinnin' about this! I'm goin' to come to your wedding with him as my date. It might be a cardboard cut-out, but you'll still smile! XOXOX
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  16. Congratulations on your engagement! What exciting news! I also agree with you in regards to blogging. Blogging should be fun and not feel like a chore. And, lastly, Breaking Bad rocks!

  17. Congratulations on your engagement!
    This is a great post! Blogging is definitely fun and should not feel like a "must do".
    I love the puppy!

    Fit to be Fourth

  18. I agree that blogging should be fun and sharing the fun in our classrooms is the way to do it. Congratulations on your engagement! We were at Hollywood Studios on New Year's Eve too!

  19. Love your outlook on blogging. I been feeling guilty that I have not blogged more. You helped me realize it is more about quality not quantity. Congrats on your engagement. So exciting!

    Quinnessential Lessons


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