#IG2016GOALS - February

Since I blogged about accomplishing each of my January #ig2016goals HERE, I was really hoping to report that I was JUST as successful at reaching my goals in February. Um, not so much. But not a COMPLETE failure!
If you're like me, you struggle to meet your goals. Do you feel like you bite off more than you can chew? I do! Sometimes I succeed and sometimes I fail.
So for February I had big plans.
And then we got hit with extremely cold weather and a lot (for Tennessee) of snow. 
Snow days and the winter blues made my first goal tricky.
If you're like me, you struggle to meet your goals. Do you feel like you bite off more than you can chew? I do! Sometimes I succeed and sometimes I fail.
So my family goal centers around my sweet fur-ball of a puppy, Waldo. He's seriously a doll. BUT, he's ginormous. Well, not crazy huge, but bigger than we were expecting a "mini" goldendoodle to be.

When we first brought him home, it was August. And school had just started. Yeah, WHAT was I thinking?!? Probably drunk on puppy love. I mean, who could possibly resist this adorable face?!? Certainly not me!
If you're like me, you struggle to meet your goals. Do you feel like you bite off more than you can chew? I do! Sometimes I succeed and sometimes I fail.
Anyhow, my amazing husband took on training Waldo to potty outside. YAY! And when I was overtired and stressed and trying to write plans and grade papers, he offered to take Waldo on long walks to tire him out. Double YAY! 

Unfortunately, my hubby is not overlay concerned if Waldo pulls like a crazy, out of control psycho-dog on the end of his leash. My hubby is a big, strong man. He can control Waldo. When he wants to. Me, on the other hand? I'm short and a whole lot weaker. Plus, I simply don't have the patience to be yanked here, there, and everywhere by a puppy that gets excited by kids, other dogs, cars, leaves, bugs, trash - you get the idea.

So I realized that I was going to have to be the one to train Waldo to walk politely and heel. And I really am trying. I've taken him on walks (when the weather would cooperate) and even bought different harnesses and leashes that are supposed to help. But I haven't been able to walk him consistently due to the snow and ice earlier this month. Then even with the weather warming up, it's been raining. Blah.
If you're like me, you struggle to meet your goals. Do you feel like you bite off more than you can chew? I do! Sometimes I succeed and sometimes I fail.
But I love this nutball. So I'm not giving up.
I just didn't get it this month.
I can't even contain my excitement over the fact that I got this event planned and organized this month. I really felt like nothing was ever going to work out. 
But it has. 

I struggled when planning this event because getting everyone to commit to the date and time that had been put on the schedule was like pulling teeth. And (to be fair) I probably over-planned for the night. 
Not a surprise. Isn't that what we all do as teachers?

I finally nailed down all the activities and presentations. I even got the volunteers, supplies, and times planned out. I created some cute signs to hang outside of each participating classroom. I'm feeling pretty good right now. Check back with me on March 7. Hahaha!
If you're like me, you struggle to meet your goals. Do you feel like you bite off more than you can chew? I do! Sometimes I succeed and sometimes I fail.
The plan is to have families visit grade level classrooms where they will complete age-appropriate challenges together. I have also planned to have 5-6 "outside of the box" thinking puzzles in our auxiliary gym (run by my after school STEM Club students). The icing on the cake is the special community involvement that I JUST got arranged. Students from the APSU Physics and Astronomy department are coming to do some super exciting demonstrations in the gym. One of them involves a blow torch - just sayin'.

Honestly, my fifth grade team and my school STEM committee were a great help. I was able to delegate tasks to and solicit ideas from them. Another MUST I found when planning this event was Pinterest. Yeah, I know. I've turned into a Pin-aholic. But with so many amazing ideas out there, I was able to access them and save them all in one place. Interested? Need some inspiration? Take a look at some of the things I pinned to my Family STE{A}M Night board here:



If you didn't already know, along with teaching and creating resources, and raising my own kids, and blogging, I also do a lot of clay work. I actually applied and was accepted to be a vendor at a craft fair in Nashville, Tennessee in May. 
If you're like me, you struggle to meet your goals. Do you feel like you bite off more than you can chew? I do! Sometimes I succeed and sometimes I fail.
I am thrilled to be able to participate, but I now have the challenge of having enough new products to display for sale at the fair. My overall goal is to have 100+ items ready to go by the end of April.

My line of clay products is called "CokerMonsters" because each of the pieces that I make is hand sculpted to look like a monster! It all started over a year ago when I was trying to learn to make mugs on the wheel. My form was pretty awful, so I added monster-like faces to them so no one would notice the lumps and bumps that were my mistakes as I was learning. 
If you're like me, you struggle to meet your goals. Do you feel like you bite off more than you can chew? I do! Sometimes I succeed and sometimes I fail.
That guy up there is my very first attempt at a mug. He's so ugly he's cute! While my throwing ability has definitely improved, I have found that my silly-faced monsters are unique and pretty popular. Thus my line of CokerMonsters was born.
If you're like me, you struggle to meet your goals. Do you feel like you bite off more than you can chew? I do! Sometimes I succeed and sometimes I fail.
This month I had the goal of creating 25+ new monster mugs for the craft fair. I am happy to report that I was successful! Not only did I get 28 new mugs thrown, hand-built and fired, but I also painted and glazed 15 of the ones I already had created. They really are too cute!


  If you live anywhere near Nashville you should really consider coming to the craft fair. Stop by and say hello to me and my monsters. And check out some of the other amazing vendors that will be there.

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