Wrapping Up Week One: Susannah Did It First!

Well, week ONE is done!  I am so glad!  Am I the only one who craves the routine of normal school days?  Here's hoping that next week gives us just that!

This week began with Meet the Teacher on Monday.  My awesome friend and co-teacher, Susannah, said she was going to give her kiddos doughnut holes with the saying, "I can't wait to spend the "HOLE" year with you in 2nd grade!"  Seriously?  How cute is that? 

I had to steal it, but just know that Susannah did it first! :)  She also made the cute tags that we attached to them (and EVEN picked up the doughnuts for me) - I LOVE working with awesome friends! 

Of course, I put mine in the cute little monster baggies I found in the Target dollar bins!  It was the perfect welcome gift alongside the water bottles I also picked up from there (and then used my cameo to add their names in vinyl).

Tuesday was a teacher workday and I enjoyed one last "real lunch" at my favorite Mexican restaurant with some of the fab girls on my team.  I always like to give them a little something to begin the year, but was stumped this year.  We have 8 teachers on my team, so it's never much....this year I decided on this {corny} little gift...
Bracelets and a stylus pen (since we all got iPads last year) with a little note about being excited about working with such a "stylus" (stylish) group of girls.

When I got home on Tuesday, I had this box waiting for me....
My SLANT box arrived!!!!!  If you have not heard of this new project, visit Lessons with Coffee and click on the SLANT tab at the top of her blog. 

My partner to receive a box from this month was Diane over at Fifth in the Middle.  I already LOVED (and followed) Diane so I was super excited from the beginning.  You may know her as the blogger who started the "Blogs by State" linkup!

I never knew just HOW creative she was...take a look at the goodies in my box!
I was impressed by how much THOUGHT was put into each and every item!!  I mean, obviously, she knows how OBSESSED I am with my mini-me's! :)  But, a Boxer post-it pad, a Gamecock necklace (that she made!!!), black crackle nail polish (to go over garnet polish for game days), bunting, and monster clips!!  YES, please!  It's obvious that she knows me pretty well!

This little package just MADE my day!!

Wednesday was the first day of school, which just so happened to be my birthday!  The birthday treats I made {along with the cookie cake I took} were a HUGE hit!
However, the best part of the day was, of course, being spoiled by my husband.  You may recall that he is known as the "birthday santa" - he's the crazy one who gets me the same number of gifts as my age (and unfortunately, that's quite a lot of gifts!)  He also always coordinates them all in matching wrapping paper (this year in my "signature" colors of red and turquoise).  Here's a little peek at my goodies...
Luckily, he loves to shop and always does a great job! :)  The craziest thing he did this year though was to drive EIGHT HOURS round-trip to The Chocolate Tree in Beaufort to get some of my favorite chocolates.  WHO DOES THAT????  He's crazy, I tell ya!  But, I do love him (and that dark chocolate toffee bark!) hehe

On Thursday, yes, the second day of school, we left immediately after school and drove a couple of hours to Atlanta for the Bruno Mars concert.  AH-MAY-ZING!!

Y'all know I love a good concert!  Bruno is the total package!  It's like someone wrapped Michael Jackson and Elvis together - and his band, The Hooligans, are insane!  It was like watching the Jackson 5 or the Four Tops!  Unfortunately, cameras weren't allowed into this show, so I only had my phone....and iPhones stink at distant pics!
So, you can see, after such an exciting week I barely made it through Friday and slept a little late today. :)  Here's hoping that next week is a little LESS exciting and more into a routine.  Well, except for Thursday when I'll be heading to Cola to watch my Gamecocks kick-off the College Football Season!!!!  Ah, this is my fay-vor-ite time of year!
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  1. Love your SlANT BOX. What fun things you had in there.

  2. Love this! I just went and signed up for next month. Thanks for posting!

  3. Wow! I'm impressed with your hubby. Your little birthday cups are so cute! I hope you have a good second week!

    Swimming into Second

  4. I may have to sign up to do the SLANT box! You got awesome goodies!

  5. This post is full of all kinds of fun and goodies! Lucky you and lucky people that get to work with you! Your hubs sounds like a keeper!!! Wowza!

    4th Grade Frolics

  6. Looks like you had a busy week. I would love to see Bruno Mars in concert. My girls and I love jamming' out to his music. Oh, and Happy Birthday.


  7. "Birthday Santa" you say? Hmmm I might just need to share this post with my own husband before my birthday roll around!! haha

    Happy Belated Birthday!

    Rooting for Third Grade

  8. WOW! You had quite a week girl. I must show my hubby what yours does. Maybe he'll get the hint.
    Hope you have a terrific second week of school :)
    My Second Sense

  9. Darn! You were supposed to get it on your birthday. Oh well :) I'm glad that you like everything. I was a little nervous that I did too much homemade, but things just kept popping into my head! :) I'm so glad that I was paired up with you!

    Fifth in the Middle

  10. Love your water bottles, and the doughnut idea is so cute! I saw those cute bags at Target this summer--great idea. Bet the kids were just tickled!!

    Sarah @ Hoots N Hollers

  11. Love all of your ideas! How did you print your student names on the water bottles?
    Second Grade Land

    1. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut vinyl letters to stick on to the water bottles. :)

  12. Okay silly question totally unrelated to school! :) How do you get great seats to all these concerts? We just saw Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson and had a blast!! I wish we could see them though:( Just thought you might have a secret to getting seats instead of nosebleed sections:) Thanks!

    1. AHHH!! I'm going to see Maroon 5 and Kelly on September 11....can.not.wait!!! I'm officially a Maroon 5 groupie. :) We have club seats at the arena in our city, so we have first dibs on those seats to any concerts here. Unfortunately, we have to go to Atlanta or Charlotte for the bigger shows. I usually get tickets through ticketmaster and click on "premium seating" - I think it's people who hold club seats at those arenas, but aren't using them. They can pretty much sell them for what they want, I think...some are ridiculous, but some aren't pretty reasonable. :)

  13. Love your ideas!


    Down The Learning Road


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