I am slightly tardy to the TPTSellerChallenge Week 2: Dare to Dream

My nightly dreams had been about my dog...

Last week was a rough week in the Helm house. Our 13 year old Great Dane, Malone, went to Heaven to be with my Dad. This was such a hard decision for my husband and I to make, but we know it was the right decision for Maloney. 

His big-dog hips just weren't the same anymore, and sadly, his falls were becoming more frequent and scary. Tuesday night he couldn't walk at all when we took him outside to go potty. Wednesday seemed better, but then out of no where he fell hard on his chest and hit his chin... then nearly fell backwards when trying to go up the front steps. Thankfully my husband and I were right behind him and caught him. 

Malone is a big, looks-deep-in-your-eyes, old man. We couldn't stand the thought of him falling when we weren't there to rescue him, help him up, and comfort him. We couldn't stand the thought of him being in pain from breaking something during a fall and needing emergency care. 

Our amazing vet who comes out to our house agreed (after months of trying back-end strengthening meds... acupuncture...rest) that it was probably time. 

I miss my buddy, my shadow, my sweet companion. Selfishly I had hoped Malone would make it one more summer...I know he is in Heaven with my dad, loving every minute!

Photo Credit: Caveness Photography, WA

My TPT dreams...


#tptsellerchallenge Week One

...Make Over Madness!

This school year was busy... I know, yours was, too!

But I am so very excited for this TPT Seller Challenge to jump start my blog again. I miss connecting with passionate teachers like yourself... I miss learning from you... I miss being inspired by you!

So here I am, barely making it with the Week One Challenge... but I have only been on Summer vaca since Thursday, friends!

Here, we go! I chose one of my favorite items--my classroom management system. I love finding ways to promote positive relationships with my students, while teaching them the appropriate ways to behave in the classroom and in our learning environment. By the end of the year, I have 26 littles saying things like "you're interfering with my learning... please STOP... I asked you to stop..." instead of tattling and running to me. They are problem solving! They are gaining confidence! They are becoming independent! 

I just love how this turned out! Way more fun to look at!

And here are my stats... pretty sad... but that just means I have a lot of room for growth, right?!

I am really trying to up my instagram number! 

That is my mini-goal right now :) 

To get to 50 followers in these 4 weeks!

I don't even know how to tell you how to find me on instagram?! HELP, pretty please!