I am so glad that I didn't open my Valentine's Exchange present yesterday - I had received it several days earlier, but valiantly held off on opening it until the actual day. Fortunately, time got away from me yesterday and I didn't have time to open it after all!
You see, I went to work today to find there was no coffee because somehow the coffee grinds basket was left on the burner so it melted. Caffeine Plan B was also foiled because the soda machine was out of diet soda! So, there's me, going through caffeine withdrawal, trying to teach 19 sugar-crazed firsties who could not be quiet or stay in their seats. I think the fact that I realized that we have less than 80 days left of the school year and we are soooo not ready for 2nd grade yet compounded the problem!
Luckily, when I got home, I had a package to open from Monica of Treasures for Teaching. She's a newbie and could use some follower love, so make sure you go check out her cute blog!
Here's what she made for me, isn't it cute?!
And, to help me destress from today, some sugar-free luciousness!
My exchange partner was Michelle from Apples and ABCs. I forgot to take a picture of her gift before I sent it, so here's the one she took when she received it:
A big thank-you to Caitlin and Sarah for coordinating the Valentine Exchange, I can't wait to do it again!
The night just keeps getting better though, because I just got to preorder books from two of my favorite authors! Look what is coming out on April 3rd from Mo Willems:
And, because we just can't get enough of Pete, on May 1st we'll get a brand-new story and song!
And, while I was browsing, I found a new Elephant and Piggie book too! I'm not sure how I managed to miss this one, but it just came out on Feb 7th!
Oh, and finally, a hot tip from our Reading Coach, who recommended this book to help out some of my kiddos who are having trouble with -er and -est!!
I am feeling much more cheerful now - new books, chocolate, a new blog to follow and a cute new crayon-art to hang in my classroom! Life as a teacher doesn't get much better, does it?