I'M BACK! Flashbacks, Fotos, and Freebies - Day 1

HELLO SWEET FRIENDS!!! It's me! It's really ME!! It has been 6 looooong months since my last post and it is about time that I creep my way back into the blogging world. I have to start by saying HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all of my lovely friends! I hope you are spending time with loved ones today and eating lots of goodies. I am with my amazing family, curled up in my favorite chair, watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. It is so nice to have some time to chill out! And I am seriously chilling out. It is a frosty 50 degrees here in Tampa! My dogs are shakin' in their little puppy boots.We went to get our Christmas tree last night and put it up. It's not decorated yet, but it still makes the house feel so cozy! I am so excited that the holidays are here!!

So I'm not going to give a string of excuses for my absence, however, this has been the craziest year in my teaching career. We have a new reading and math series this year and sh** has been hitting the fan everywhere! HA! It has taken every ounce of me to just keep it together. The district has been making changes non-stop and I am also the team leader this year, so it has been difficult keeping up with everything. I am also developing trainings for our district which has been time consuming. So now I'm done with the excuses, but I had to share with you why I have been away and I just feel terrible about it! I've missed you all!

So now for the fun news! To make up for my lack of posting, all this week I will be doing

Every day I will be recapping the events of the past 6 months, showing tons of pictures, and (best of all) each day I will have a new FABULOUS freebie to share with you! So let's get rolling!

Today is

I'll start with the flashbacks and fotos first! I'll start by recapping the end of LAST year, since my last post was just before the end of the year.

At the end of the year, I always have a promotion ceremony for the little ones to celebrate their successes and their journey with me :) I do a travel theme, because we always say that the littles are packing their bags and moving on! Here's how the room looked: 

Each of the chairs had their name on a plane! The "Baggage Claim" was where they picked up their awards - including the always popular candy awards :)


{Here's the little runway that they 'fly' down}

On each of their desks, I put their special gifts. Here is what I include:

{A graduation photo to keep}

{A framed graduation photo with the "Great Expectations" poem}

{A gift for the daddies! To make the footprints, the kids press their foot into wet sand to make an imprint. I then fill the footprint with Plaster of Paris and once it hardens, the sand sticks to it making it look like a sandy footprint. My amazing teacher friend next door, Elaine, taught me this awesome trick! The poem is called "Walk a Little Slower Daddy". It's a super sweet poem!}

{The tables all set up}

 {The hanging clouds were made from Poly-fill and hung with fishing line}

{My little friends sang "First Grade, First Grade" for their families! It was a huge hit!}

{The yummy snack table and cake!}


On the last day of school, we all wore our shirts that we made! Each child's handprint and name (plus mine!) is on the shirt and the front says "I made it through Kindergarten 2012-2013".

{These are unique wordles that I made for each of them. It includes words that describe them}

{The class video filled with photos from our year together}

{Our FINAL photos together!!!}

And there's my first flashback full of fotos!! I love making their final days with me special :)

So now for the SUPER fun part - the FREEBIE! This freebie is actually a giveaway!
I will be giving away my Complete Set of 111 KB Fonts to two lucky followers who will be chosen by random!

All you have to do to win is:
*Follow my blog by clicking the button on the side
*Follow my TPT store HERE
*Leave a comment sharing something special you are doing for Thanksgiving

Please be sure to do the things above by this Saturday, November 30th at noon to have a chance to win!

YAY! I am so excited to have a post to share with you :) Be sure to check back every day this week for more flashbacks, giveaways, and freebies!

Thank you so much to all of my followers who stuck with me while I was away. I am so happy to be back with you! Have a fabby fab Turkey Day - gobble gobble!

And don't forget...


  1. Welcome back Khrys! :) It's so good to hear from you again, I was wondering where you went! (Not like I can talk... I just started blogging again a few weeks ago... changing grades/schools is so hard!!!) Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving today!

    Fun in PreK-1 & Kinder

    1. Thanks so much girly :) It's so nice to be back! Are things going well for you now? I hope you had a relaxing Thanksgiving!!

  2. Welcome back Khrys! We've missed you! Sounds like you've been uber busy which sounds totally normal to me! This year seems to be a crazy one for a lot of us! This Thanksgiving I had my whole family over for dinner and it was wonderful! I even did some quick late night shopping! Hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful!


    1. Thank you so much Karyn!! I've missed it like crazy :) I know, being busy is pretty much the norm these days! Your Thanksgiving sounds fabulous! Did you get any good deals?! Thanks again girl!

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    1. Thanks so much Terri :) I'm happy to be back!!

  4. Welcome back!! I am so excited to be meeting up with old friends who are in town for Thanksgiving. And maybe getting a little shopping done! :)


    1. Thanks Breanne :) That sounds so wonderful! I hope you find some fabulous deals!!

  5. Welcome back into the bloggy world. Looks like you have been to amazing things in your classroom. Lucky kiddos!
    We did not do much for Thanksgiving as the Mr. was working. We are celebrating this Sunday with te family.
    I follow your blog and TPT store. Who couldn't use more fonts?! fingers crossed.
    Hope the rest of the school year gets a bit easier for you.
    My Second Sense

    1. Thanks so much Tania!! I appreciate your sweet words :)
      Sometimes those days are the best though, aren't they? Sorry to hear that the Mr. was working though, at least you will still celebrate together!
      Good luck!!! Thanks again!


  6. I follow all! We don't do anything special - it's a time spent in the company of our family and good friends. :)


  7. Yay for being back! At my house we always make sure to have Thanksgiving dinner together and then head out in pairs/groups to do some late night shopping before coming back and having desert together. :)

  8. For Thanksgiving we went to my parents first for dinner, then we went to my in-laws for more dinner, after that we went home and watched movies and played games with our three boys. So glad you are back!

  9. AHH!! Finally! You are back! I've been missing you!! :) I kept wondering and was like I'm emailing her..but then nah....she's busy! LOL :)

    Great to "see" you back!

    Mrs. Thigpen's Kindergarten

  10. I'm your newest follower! Welcome back to blogging! I am still in my first year of this adventure. I follow your blog and store and would love to win your font pack!!! For Thanksgiving, my husband and I just spend time with our daughter and enjoy things we are thankful for! I hope I win those fonts!!

    Christin shiftingteacherk2@gmail.com
    Shifting Teacher K-2

  11. Welcome back! I follow you on Bloglovin' and I follow your TPT store. For Thanksgiving we went to my son's house for an amazing dinner cooked by his girlfriend and him. dbednarsk@yahoo.com

  12. My immediate family cooked the bulk of the meal and drove an hour to spend Thanksgiving at my uncle's house. The food was still steaming hot when we got there!


  13. It was great day at my sisters. Great to see little great nephew,just 2 months old! Tynetots2000@yahoo.com

  14. Oh my gosh! I loved your post. Very inspiring. I might have to think of doing something similar. I had a great time for Thanksgiving with my husband and 4 children. kindercards@gmail.com

  15. We've missed you! I follow both and I spent Thanksgiving with my family eating more than my share!

  16. Welcome back and thanks for the opportunity. I had a great Thanksgiving.

  17. Welcome back! I am spending the weekend with family and getting some shopping in.