Greetings Friends!
It's back to reality (and the bitter cold) for me after
ten lovely days in Florida with my family!
What better way to jump back into blogging than linking
up with 
for her monthly CURRENTLY party, right?!?!
Here is my fun, festive, and reflective list that is full of pictures
and favorite quotes......

As always, thanks so much for sharing my story! Continue to keep calm and carry on,  teach your children well, dream a little dream, make your own kind of music, and find 
magic inside of yourself....
Peace out,
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  1. I love your post! I could relate to everything in it! I, too, have an addiction to books...I especially love picture books...a friend of mine and I seem to have a competition to see who can gather the most books before we die! We tease each other that the saddest part will be that another package will arrive from Amazon, even after we're gone...

    Good luck with the winter mapping!

    Happy New Year!

    1. My second graders' first question on Monday morning is "Did you get a box from Amazon on Saturday?"

      My own children know that I am more rich in books than money!

      Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! Happy New Year!


  2. So jealous of your trip to FL. I always feel like I want the change in seasons and the it comes and I freeze to death! Also, I am so interested in starting a collaborative blog but not sure where to start.. I guess I should just email some of the ppl I've been thinking about and see what happens! Good luck with everything!

    1. Thanks for your well wishes, Becky! Each of the three collaboratives I belong to has two "lead bloggers" that keep us organized! We try to do one monthly "linky" or thematic event, and have assigned days of the months on which we post. The network of ideas and support that it provides has been SO worth the time invested!

  3. It sounds like you had a great winter break. I am so needing to get things planned out for school, my blog, and my TPT store. I don't know about you but I've had a hard time getting motivated. I just love this blog post. Now I am curious and will have to go snoop around on here!
    Fourth and Goal in Fourth Grade

    1. I actually find that my TpT store and blog(s) are a "happy refuge" after stressful school weeks this year. I do struggle to find "balance" though--and my house is usually beyond messy. But it is just me and my dog now, so no one else is bothered by the piles that accumulate!

      So glad you enjoyed the post and found my "corner of the blogosphere!"