Our BIG move and the winner of the Giveaway - Queen of the First Grade Jungle

Our BIG move and the winner of the Giveaway

I just wanted to take a minute and THANK you all for all the sweet comments about the blog makeover.  I hope that some of you will be contacting Parker for a blog update/start up soon! 


***Just because he is SO nice, he sent me a Discount Code for you all!!! It is LAUNCH2013 and it is for 15% off the regular price of a blog design!!!! Click on the picture above to see his site***


The last 72 hours have been a whirlwind.  We got to Kentucky (our former home) Thursday at 3:30 am.  Our purpose in the trip was to get anything we needed from the house (clothes, computer files, documents, etc) for life in Charleston.  We are leaving our furniture in the house for now as our house has not sold. Major Sad Face.

But do not fret! We buried our St. Joseph statue on Thursday, and everyone swears to us that this will definitely help us in getting rid, moving out of my parents’ home selling our beautiful home!

st joseph

Then today we loaded up my SUV with our things (let’s be honest 80 % of that car was full of teaching stuff) and headed to Charleston. 

first official day in charleston

We are currently staying with my parents.  I joke that they have lovingly agreed to accept two adults, one little boy, and a WILD tornado named Emmie.  Prayers that we make it through the next couple of months!

Now--- I know many of you came just to see who won ALL eleven of my Busy Teacher’s Best Friends.

The lucky winner is Allison Taylor!  Allison, I will be emailing you shortly friend!

winner of bt set

Along with unpacking all of our junk tomorrow and making a quick trip to the beach, I PLAN on finishing up my Second Grade Edition.  Plan being the key word ladies and gents.

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  1. I love your new blog and I hope you sell your house quickly!!!!

    Literacy Without Worksheets

  2. praying for a speedy sale of the home and an adventurous year with your new class when school starts. <3 your family is looking blessed!! :)

  3. Congrats, Allison, you lucky girl!! Love that family pic with that full car, Katie! Good luck with everything concerning your home and move, as well as the new school year;)

  4. I can feel it in my bones - you'll be selling that gorgeous house of yours before you know it!

    Your blog design is to die for...and could your family BE any cuter {said like Chandler!}...

    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

  5. Hope your house sells quickly! Your family looks so happy!

    Pencils, Books, and Dirty Looks

  6. Hi Katie,
    I hope your house sells soon & that living with your folks goes smoothly. I was curious if you had any tips for a newbie-wannabe-blogger? I'm a first grade teacher (2nd year in 1st, spent 5 years in K). I am definitely interested in having Parker design a blog for me, but I don't even know where to start! I think I'd really like it.... should I start with just a classroom blog basically for parents? I don't have any products to sell... I know you are CRAZY busy with everything, but if you're ever wondering what you could blog about or if you wanna just shoot me an email, I'd be delighted to know some basic tips for starting a teacher blog (like yours- with a little bit of family stuff too).

    1. Katie,
      I was also going to ask you the same thing as Katie...you took the words right out of my mouth :) If you do have time to e-mail this information, would you mind including me in the e-mail as well. I have also been toying around with the idea of starting a classroom/family blog but wasn't sure how to go about trying to design it. I am so thankful that you included Parker's information and will definitely check out his services!



  7. I'm glad you guys made it home safely. I hope you sell your Kentucky home soon so you can get your furniture back and move in to a new home!

    Blooming In First

  8. My sister in law also buried a St.Joseph statue, and it worked!! Good luck to you and your family.

  9. My sister and my mom both buried the St. Joseph statue and it worked! Although my sister forgot to unbury it after she moved! It sold quickly after they buried it. Good luck and have fun in South Carolina. Safe travels back to SC! Looking forward to the new pack of the busy teacher for second grade!


  10. Fingers crossed that St. Joseph works his magic! He did for us last year. :)
    Funky First Grade Fun

  11. GIRL, we so hurried St. Joseph when our house would not sell......and I promise about 8 days later....SOLD! So good luck! We didn't go get ours back either.....oops!
    And I LOVE the simple and classy and EASY TO READ blog design!
    :). Jana

  12. I'm guessing your Wild Tornado named Emmie would get along really well with my Wild Tornado named Emily! Hehehehe!

    And...could ya be any cuter??

    Hugs - Lisa
    Growing Firsties

  13. I love your cute design. I love how you have pictures on it too. I hope you have fun teaching 2nd grade.:)
    Kinders on the Block


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