Friday, March 1, 2013

Five for Friday!

I'm linking up again with Kacey from Doodle Bugs for her awesome Five for Friday linky! I love randomness more than the average person, so I am all in on this linky!

1. We are wrapping up some excitin' experimentin' in science class this week. We started off the week with a BANG! We made Elephant Toothpaste!! Check out the pics and then click here for the recipe and simple directions for this perfect hands-on example of a chemical reaction.

2. I found a new love this week. It's in the form of Pad Thai. If you live in or around the Birmingham area, please take your little fanny to Tin Drum and get you a bowlful of heaven. Tin Drum is located in the Summit Shopping Center right off of good ole' 280. If you don't live in or around the Birmingham area, well, I'm just as sorry as I can be.

Pad Thai!

3. This week was the Writer's Festival at my school, and to celebrate, we had three fantastic authors come in and talk to our kids. They were SO GREAT!! Here are a list of the authors that came to visit and some of their most popular works:

Kimberly Willis Holt, author of My Louisiana Sky and When Zachary Beaver Came to Town.


Eric Berlin, author of The Puzzler's Mansion, The Potato Chip Puzzles, and The Puzzling World of Winston Breen


Nick Bruel, author of the Bad Kitty series.

Each author had their own unique activity for the students to do or participate in. I especially loved hearing how these authors get their ideas. It is so very inspiring to listen to them discuss how their ideas began as something so small and blossomed into something so fantastic. I think it really gives students encouragement and hope to want to pursue their dreams. {CORNY!! But oh-so-true.} I think meeting an author is a truly encouraging experience and I hope all students - or all people for that matter - get a chance to meet and talk to a successful author one day.

4. It's supposed to snow this weekend. I know that isn't a big deal to most folks in the country, but in Alabama, it's mad chaos. EVERYBODY PANIC. And buy out all of the bread and milk. Why do people buy bread and milk if they're going to be cooped up all day?! I don't get it. I'd be buying pizza and steaks. 
Geez, this pregnancy makes me sound {and look and feel} like such a piggie.

5. My unborn daughter FINALLY has a full name: Olivia Reese. I am so excited about it!! I love it. I cannot wait to meet this little creature and snuggle her in my arms and smell her. I love the smell of babies. Especially freshly bathed babies. Olivia will be taking LOTS of baths. 5 weeks and counting!!

Please link up with Doodle Bugs and share your random thoughts for the week!!


  1. Whoaaa - that elephant toothpaste is SO cool!

    I cannot believe you got those great authors to come and talk at your school - what a treat!

    Lastly, I LOVE the name Olivia - excellent choice! 5 weeks and counting...what a special time :)

    Joy in the Journey

  2. Looks like you had an awesome week!
    Congratulations on picking a name! I felt picking a name made me feel closer to them even before they were here.

    Enjoy your weekend!

    Suntans and Lesson Plans

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  4. LOVE LOVE LOVE the elephant toothpaste!! I've gotta try that with my kiddos... thanks for sharing!
    Karen :o)
    Mrs. Stamp's Kindergarten

    1. It was a BLAST! Please do this with your buddies. They will LOVE IT!! :)

  5. First, YAY for finding another Alabama blogger! Where are you from in Alabama? Elephant toothpaste is my favorite science experiment. We did it last year during my Internship on my last day and my kiddos looooved it!! I loved reading When Zachary Beaver Came to Town when I was younger and am really glad that you were able to meet some amazing authors! Also, yay for the baby name :) it's very pretty! Looks like you had a great week - happy to be following along!

    Miss V's Busy Bees

  6. I'm in Birmingham and teach in Mountain Brook!
    Thanks so much for stopping by! I love this idea of having all of the different states link up.

  7. Following you back, Emily! I love Tin Drum!!! My office is very close to The Summit and I eat there often!

  8. So much fun! I found you through the state linkup - I'm a southern blogger too! I'm your newest follower. Follow me too at Mrs. Harris Teaches Science

    Mrs. Harris