Highs and Lows of January

I have been testing all week, and I have no revolutionary teaching ideas to tell you about.  But, today I ran across an awesome linky that will help highlight the month!  I am linking up with Katie at Teacher to the Core for her High/Low Linky!

I will start off with my
I love winter weather because I did not grow up with it. I always felt like I missed out on the sledding, snow angels, and building snowmen as a kid because Louisiana rarely gets good snow.  So, now I look forward to getting in the snow and playing.  Well, the weather the past few years just has not cooperated!  {One of my friends just said that "Mother Nature must be going through menopause!"}  My high with my family has been playing in the snow with my children!  And today Ginny Beth came over to me, hugged my leg, and said "I love Mommy."  What a great feeling!  Not sure that a two year old knows what it means, but I like to think that she does!
My high in my professional life has been opening up my Teachers Notebook shop.  I was hesitant to do it, but I have really enjoyed using it.  And I have even made more than enough sales to pay to use the site!  Can't beat that!  Plus, they are having a huge sale, like Teachers Pay Teachers (where I will offer 20% off) for Super Bowl Sunday AND Monday!  I am going to offer 25% off of everything I have in there so far!

Oh, and I can't forget about my wonderful new blog design!  Taking the plunge to redesign has been wonderful!  I still love looking at my own blog!  Remember if you are in the market for a new blog design, Design by Christi is the way to go! 

Now for the low!
 The low has been that three BIG things have broken this month, but all have been a learning experience.

First, my van did not pass inspection and had to have a major part replaced.  Luckily, the mechanic down the street could fix it for a tenth of the price of the dealership!  I have learned to go slowly up my babysitter's mountain road and driveway!

Next, our microwave died in the middle of cooking supper!  I cook on Sunday and reheat throughout the week.  In the week and a half that we did not have a microwave, I learned that heating up in the oven or on the stove makes the food taste soooo much better!  And it really doesn't take any longer.

Then, last night I was plugging my laptop in, and the adapter inside the computer broke.  The pin just went kaput!  As I googled how to fix it, I started to get worried that it would cost more than my barely used laptop.  BUT, I remembered that today was the day that our IT guy would be at school.  Yay!  I took the laptop to him, and he dismantled it!  When he did, he found it would be super easy to fix.  He looked on ebay for the part, purchased it for $4 and said he would be able to fix it next Wednesday!!!  Yay!  I am so ecstatic that it would be a fairly easy fix, though I would not even know where to start.

Here he is in his makeshift office in the hallway outside my room.  We hooked him up with some goods!
I could think of so many more highs than lows, which is a good thing I guess!  Head on over to Katie's blog to link up your Highs and Lows for the month!

Until next time!


  1. I found your blog via Katie's linky and am now your newest follower. I also have a 2 year old at home and nothing can compare to the "I love you" that comes from him. Those words make my bad days better and melt my heart every time. So sorry to hear about your 3 breaks. It's said that bad things happen in 3's so hopefully you are now in the clear.


  2. Awww, the snow looks like fun!! But I'm sort of a wimp so one day of play would be enough for me and then I'd be ready for it to move along! :O)

    I laughed out loud at the microwave- sorry- reheated food tastes way better coming from the oven. At least you learned something good from it, right? ;O)

    Collaboration Cuties

  3. Oooh! That same exact thing happened with my laptop! So good to know that it's fixable!! Now I just have to find an IT guy to take care of it for me! Yay!

    Primary Inspired

  4. Wow! I am so jealous that you are having a winter wonderland! Earlier this week it was in the 70s in Texas! My kids came back from PE sweaty!

    I do love the IT guy at work. Don't you? I could never in a million years do what they do, but I am SO glad they do it! Just the other day, mine came to replace the hinge on my old laptop from college that I let my kids use.

    Glad to be your newest follower!
    The Frizz

    The Frizz in First Grade

  5. I am soooooooooo glad that your laptop was easy to fix!

    Thank you for linking up!
    Katie Knight
    Teacher to the Core Blog

  6. Awe, the playing in the snow pictures are adorable! Being an Ohio girl, I don't mind snow. Although, it's about this time of year i start to get sick of it! Lucky you with the IT guy! Makes your low a whole lot better :) OH, and i love the new blog design!


  7. Did I already know you were originally from LA? Yet another thing (almost) in common! I was born and raised a Mississippi girl! That's why I love the snow so much!

    Don't Let the Teacher Stay Up Late


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