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Monday, December 1, 2014

*Currently* December with a Cyber Monday (& Tuesday) TPT Sale!

Hello December and Cyber Monday sales!  Welcome.  Time to link up with Farley over at Oh' Boy Fourth Grade for another Currently! 
Listening: My little ones (3 years old) just saw The Polar Express movie for the first time.  It was #priceless #familyfun!  We popped some popcorn and turned out all of the lights to get the full *movie effect*! :)
Loving: I love this time of year.  Reflecting on the reason for the season is always a good thing.   
Thinking: I'm thinking how wonderful the idea is of giving the "Gift of Reading" as a way for my kiddos to countdown the days until Christmas.  I can't wait to watch them each unwrap a new book for us to read before bedtime...starting tonight! :)
50 books wrapped and ready to go!   
Wanting: I want so badly to check out the Cyber Sale over at TPT for some great RtI and literacy activities for my students, but haven't had time...just yet.  By tonight, my online cart will be filled!  Don't forget, my TPT store is also participating in the Cyber Sale and is up to 28% off today and tomorrow. 
Needing: After unpacking all of the Christmas boxes and decorating the house yesterday, we have a slight mess in the kitchen.  All of the empty boxes are now waiting to be placed back down on the shelves in the storage room.  My husband is having a little holiday party at our home on Tuesday night to celebrate his last class before he receives his Master's Degree next week (YAY!).  Needless to say, we need to get the house visitor ready!  
The garland looks like it needs a little adjustment. Lol 
Giving: Many times throughout the year, my husband and I assess what we own and what we truly need.  Once we had twins, our house began to burst at the seams with "stuff".  Boy, loads of things come with having twins! However, we are so very fortunate to be given hand-me-down clothing, toys and books from friends and family.  We are so grateful to them for giving, giving, giving.  So, in return, we give back and pay it forward to those who need it most.  We are starting a tradition with our little ones to donate our lightly used toys to those kids less fortunate.  Right now they are still in the stage of "I need that!".  My husband and I know it's going to be a process throughout the years.  Our greatest hope is to raise grateful and giving children, so they may pay it forward one day, not just during the holiday season.  

Our favorite donation store.

Head on over to Oh' Boy Fourth Grade to link up with Farley for your December Currently! 


Happy December!


10 comments:

  1. I love the idea of unwrapping a gift each day! I love the watching the Polar Express. We do a unit on it the week before Christmas break and I love showing the movie and giving the kids bell necklaces from Santa ;) Happy Holidays!
    Brittany
    Tickled Pink in Primary

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    1. Thanks, Brittany! I love this time of year. Giving necklaces is such a cute idea, too! Thanks for sharing and stopping by LLG. Happy Holidays!

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  2. I found you through the linky. I love the idea of counting down to Christmas with a book every day. My daughter would LOVE that! I hear you on being blessed to receive hand-me-down clothes and toys for the kids. We try to pass things on when we are finished, or donate to those in need, too. Happy Holidays!!
    Storie

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    1. Thanks, Storie! Paying it forward is always the kindest act of all. Thanks for stopping by LLG to comment. Happy Holidays! :)

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  3. My kindergarten kiddos are doing a toy drive this year of gently used toys to donate to local shelters (homeless & domestic violence). We started collecting today and 3 of my kiddos brought something. They are going to share what we are doing with other classes in hopes of getting them involved too. Looking forward to seeing how it all pans out!

    Amanda
    A Very Curious Class

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    1. Hi Amanda! That's such a great idea. I hope it all pans out for you, too! Thanks for commenting. Happy Holidays! :)

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  4. Colleen, the book countdown is such a great idea! I saw your post about it awhile back and meant to do it myself (but forgot). Maybe I will do a modified, 12 days of Christmas version? Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Thanks, Anne! We had our first book unwrapping last night. It was priceless watching them open the first "Gift of Reading"! :)

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  5. I am in love with your book countdown! Now, if I can just have a kid, I'll be in business! :-)

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    1. Ha, well, thanks! I learned of the new tradition from blogging and IG friends. Your future children will love the tradition when it's time. ;)

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