Baby Update: 20 weeks, half way there!

How far along:  20 weeks

Baby’s size:  Banana – though I think he’s more like a large mango size.
 
Maternity Clothes:  I just started wearing some comfy maternity shorts this week.   Though they are a little big, they feel great around my growing little belly!

Sleep:  Great sleep!   Nothing to complain about.

Best moment of this week:   Watching baby on the monitor at the doctor’s office this week.   He would push back when the nurse was doing the ultrasound.  

Miss anything:   HOT DOGS!   I really want a good hot dog…..

Movement:   He is constantly wiggling and kicking after meals and while I’m walking the dog.

Food cravings:   Nothing yet.  I’m back to eating all my favorite foods, though!  I’m happy to like salads and veggies again.

How I’m feeling:   Wonderful! I feel fantastic these days.

Gender:   It’s a BOY!  A wiggly, active little boy who LOVES ice cream.

Belly button in or out:   Still in

Wedding rings on or off:  On, but I take them off to work out now.

Happy or moody most of the time:   Happy and easy going.

Looking forward to:  Painting the nursery this week!

Week 15 Update

How far along:  15 weeks 5 days
Baby’s size:  Apple
**No belly picture to post, there’s really not much popping out yet.   Maybe by the next update I will have a little baby bump.
 
Maternity Clothes:  Not yet, though my jeans are getting snug.  I’m able to just wear flowing tops and dresses at this moment.
Sleep:  Great sleep!   Well…..there’s that once a night trip to the bathroom, but besides that I am doing great.
Best moment of this week:   Getting to announce our pregnancy to everyone! 
Miss anything:   A glass of wine.
Movement:   Nothing yet….

Food cravings:   No cravings, really.   Food aversions – YES!   It was really bad during the fist trimester, but it’s getting better each day of the 2nd.
How I’m feeling:   Great at the moment.  Energy levels are up, my brain has been able to focus, and I feel like I’m not pregnant most of the time.
Gender:   It’s a BOY!
Belly button in or out:   In.   I’m not looking forward to that time when it pops out.  It sort of grosses me out.

Wedding rings on or off:  On, though I don’t like to sleep with them on right now.
Happy or moody most of the time:   Happy, but I’ve noticed I get frustrated very easily.
Looking forward to:  We have an ultrasound this week and see baby boy.  Can’t wait!

AdvoCare Recipes, Shopping Guide, and more!

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I was so excited when I got my hands on the 24 Day Challenge Recipes. (updated!)   Always looking for something new, the recipes in the 24 Day Challenge meals are fantastic!   I’m really enjoying testing them out for our family.

And who doesn’t love a grocery shopping guide to help you navigate the crazy grocery store?!

A few people have asked me to assist with their meal planning during the cleanse phase and max phase.  Please comment below or contact me and I will gladly help out!

OH!   Have you downloaded the AdvoCare app?   Check it out!

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Aggie Life

   

Ranger is ready for some Fighting Texas Aggie Football!

  
We found Blue Bell!!  

And…..I feel in love with Buc-ee’s.  (It’s a Texas thing)


  The new stadium!!  
How cute are these girls?!


Yay for other ladies to watch the game with!       

And the guys.   

 
It’s going to be a great year!

Augmented Reality

  
Augmented Reality definition: A view of what is real, that has been augmented by computer generated input, like images, video, websites, audio, etc.

Y’all.   This will blow your students’ minds.    It’s addicting! 

 Aurasma is an amazing app that is changing not only education, but marketing/advertising.  (SXSW utilized this during the 2015 season very well. )

**Downfall for classrooms, this works on iPads.     If you don’t have iPads on campus, then you’re at a loss.    If you are anBYOD campus (bring your own device), this works pretty well.   It does work from a laptop or desk top, but takes some work.   Best for iPads

Video tutorial This video does a great job stepping you through how to set up and get started.  

Ideas for use:

  • Meet the Teacher Night-  put rules, class information, schedules, etc…napping your classroom and encourage students and parents to walk around the room to get to know you.   This will build excitement for the school year like you’ve never seen before!
  • Fine Arts- display your work or a picture in the hallway and have your video telling the biography, your own performance, etc…   EX:  a picture of Mozart hangs in the piano classroom.  When students use the Aurasma app to hover over it, a video of a peer playing a piece by Mozart streams.   
  • Research Projects-  Students can video their presentation of the project!
  • Science Fair-  Science boards go from boring to INTERACTIVE!   Students can film themselves while conducting the experiments and then have each part linked to the scientific method displayed on their board.  Judges, parents, staff, and peers can watch exactly what each scientist did step by step.    
  • Class instructions-  engagement is key here!    Have students do a “gallery walk” around your classroom to explore and investigate more about a topic.  

Web Tools 2.0

ToonDoo

Students can create their own comic strips that can bring their writing to life!    Think about using this with new vocabulary, teaching processes, and bringing ideas to life.    

 

AwwApp

This is a great (free) white board that students can do scratch work on.   

  

Weebly

Easy way to create a clean, professional looking website.   This is very simple (I would trust 3rd graders with making one of these!) and provides help to start your own site.    What a great way to have students demonstrate their learning!

  

Nearpod

This free website is terrific for classrooms with iPads.    When students join your class/lesson online, they follow your presentation.  It keeps everyone on the same page and solves the issue of not having a smart board or projector.   No need!    You can take your classroom anywhere for a lesson and have them on the same presentation page with you!

  

Wordle

One way to use this is to brainstorm about a topic.    This tool helps students analyze the text/topic given.   Think about using this at the end of a novel study, unit taught, or project.   Great for K-12. 

**NOTE!!! This doesn’t work on Chromebooks!!   eLearningindustry has a great blog post on 5 word cloud generators to try out.  

  
Animoto

This is basically anREALLY cool slide show.    Best use is for vocabulary.     

Go to animoto.com/education and signup for a teacher account.    This will give you free student accounts!