Thursday, January 29, 2015

Snow Snow No Snow

I am originally from Maine, an original "Mainah".  As much as I love my home state, and miss many parts of it, I am much happier weather wise here in North Carolina, especially now.. they were just hit with a massive storm and my parents have 2.5 FEET of snow in their yard and are set for more snow this weekend.  My kiddos here at school are wanting just a few inches of the white stuff, and I would love to go out and play in the yard with my daughter and enjoy some snowy moments!  Not to mention having a Snow Day. 
Here is a song for younger grades, Snowflakes Falling Down.  We used it as a B section to the Snowflakes song from Gameplan, Grade K.  After playing a few times, we let our mallets "dance" (alternate hands quickly) to play high sounds after "dancing high" and low sounds after "dancing low".  Great fun..  Add some finger cymbals, whirling tubes (wind sounds) and chimes and you'll have a blustery blizzard of musical fun.  Oh, and white feathers.. got to have them to blow around, too.. Cheers!!

Friday, January 9, 2015

New Year.. New _____

New Year.  Every 365, sometimes 366, it rolls around like a mirrored ball on speed and suddenly, whamo, it's here! 
Mine are short and simple:
I began a Whole 30 Jan. 1 (very stict whole, clean eating plan) and am so very thankful for the Facebook group of First Timers who have been so helpful with recipes, support, and encouragement!  I am trying to lose the 20 pounds that crept back on while I was in the middle of moving, Thanksgiving, and Christmas!  Yikes!!!  Need to stick to Paleo- it has worked for me but the minute I go off I gain!!  I have also gone back to working out 4-5 days per week. Amazing how much better I feel when I do.

This has been an awesome school year!! The last two school years were not so hot as I had 4 surgeries during those two and was out a total of almost 6 months of school!!!  So glad to be healthy again.
Edit, edit, edit!  I am in the midst of a book and my publisher and I will begin edits soon- I've already started editing and I am so excited about the book.. and leery of all the work during editing!  The book has clapping songs and games from around the world!  It's been so fun chatting with people in Johannesburg, South Africa, Indonesia, Scotland, and all around the globe.  So thankful for email; this project would have taken years otherwise.

Now to the goody, well, I hope it's a goody: 
Happy 2015!