I am always excited when I get to join my favorite group of ladies for our monthly give away.  You seriously have no idea how  special and important these women are to me.   There really are no words.  That’s why they’re all coming to Nashville this summer to see me.  RIGHT?!?!?

Birds.  I don’t really have a bird issue.  Now squirrels are my phobia.  Those things will eat your face off.  They’re conspiring against us.  Trust me.  It’s happening.   But we’re here to share about BIRDS!  

When I lived in my house out in the burbs of Nashville I lived with 3 large dogs.  A St. Bernard (my baby!), a bull mastiff (220 pounds) and a mutt!  One nice spring morning, I left the sliding glass door open so the giant dogs could be free to come and go into the yard and I wouldn’t have to leave the bed.  Hello…teacher…spring break…sleeping in…not getting up…I heard a ruckus in the living room and stumbled (in my delicates might I add…) to see what was interuppting my spring break siesta.  Well, there it was.  Flying all over the living room.  With the St. Bernard giving chase.  Yes people, a bird had flown in the open door and had no clue how to get out!  I grabbed the Saint and locked him in the bedroom in an attempt to avoid a bird massacre in my house.  Feathers on the micro fiber couch?!  No thanks.  I came back to the living room…no bird.  Where was he?!  Did he fly out?  Zoom.  Bird flies by.  Gone.  Bird disappears.  Zoom bird flaps by.  Gone again.  Bird flies by.  And then it happened.  A SECOND BIRD flies by.  People, there two bird flying around my house.  And a giant Saint Bernard barking because he wants the birds.  Alas, the birds vanish.  I (still in my delicates) am wandering around the house with a towel thinking they birds will land and I will cover them with the towel and carry them back to their natural habitat.    It’s the perfect plan.  But the birds are gone.  No more.  Vanished.  I search and search.  Nothing.  Not even a feather.  But I can hear them making their evil bird noises.  

I give up.  I decide to the only thing I know how.  I will turn the Saint Bernard loose and he will sniff out the birds.  Yeah, he might eat them, but at leas they’re out of my house.  Plan B sounds like a go.

Door opens.  St. Bernard darts out.  He runs, sniffs and heads to the stove.  

Zoom!  Flap!  Flutter!  BARK!  Two birds fly out from under the stove and out the door to freedom.

People, the birds were under the stove.  And the dog set them free!  And me and my delicates were free to return to my bed as all good teachers do on spring break!

See, birds=funny.  Squirrels=flesh eating monsters.

Now go check out this awesome giveaway!  To enter, simply comment and tell me whether you are good with birds or fearful of the birds!  Or share a bird story!  I will pick a random winner who will win all of these great resources!

Life is so so so much better with friends! These friends to be exact! We are up too late (for our own goods) chatting and creating classroom materials to make your life easier.  This month’s giveaway is fabulous! 

Click each pic, follow, and comment for a chance to win. Oh and did you see those cute birds in the graphic?  Let me tell you each of us has a “bird” story to share. Oh yes, that’s right a bird story…. don’t we all have a bird story? This group of friends either loves them, are freaked by them, or have had an encounter worth reading about! Click a pick to head on over. 

Growing Firsties

Fluttering Through First Grade



And of course, I have to link up with my mustache loving friend Farley!  Anyone who loves the mustache as much as I do is golden!
Seriuosly, this balcony is the best thing ever.  It has french doors that open to our master bedroom.  It’s so peaceful and quiet.  And I can lay out and soak up the sun!
This summer I plan to launch a KickStarter campaign to raise the money necessary to fund the self publishing of my children’s book.  It’s based on a true story from my classroom and addresses an issue we all deal with.  And there aren’t any decent books about the issue.  I think it’s a super book and people who have read it say it’s great!  I am very excited about this giant leap! 

Go visit Farley and tel her how must-ache we all love her!

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  • Reply Eclectic Educating May 2, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    Just found you through Farley's Currently. I am laughing hysterically about the birds in your house. I think you handled it way better than I would have. I am sure I would have been screaming. That is really exciting about your book! I hope you get the funds!

    Eclectic Educating

  • Reply Ms. Cranfill May 2, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    I'm needing sleep too! It has been a constant need this year!

    Ms. Cranfill's Class

  • Reply oh' boy May 2, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    so excited to see your book… thanks for linking up… and FO REALS super uber duper excited about your book!!! where do I sign up to get an autographed copy… <3

  • Reply Rebecca Thompson May 3, 2013 at 1:44 am

    Wow- what a great pack to have a chance to win! I must tell you- you're ideas, freebies, etc… are amazing! Being a first year teacher it's so awesome to find such a strong, helpful teaching community on blogs. Thank you!

    Rebecca Thompson

  • Reply Lisa Mattes May 3, 2013 at 2:13 am

    Hi, love! I'm so with you on the laser printer. Dying about the birds (in your delicates). And…would LOVE to get to Nashville this summer! Must. Meet. Greg.
    Hugs – Lisa
    Growing Firsties

  • Reply Chrissy May 3, 2013 at 2:37 am

    Good w/ birds as long as they remain outdoors.

  • Reply Chrissy May 3, 2013 at 2:37 am

    Good w/ birds as long as they remain outdoors.

  • Reply ronnie May 3, 2013 at 3:13 am

    Bad with birds, ever since i knew they could poop in your hair. If there are birds outside, I am inside. vhair61215@gmail.com

  • Reply MrsS May 3, 2013 at 4:55 am

    Not such a fan of birds…when in a group outdoors, never fails, I'm the one who gets bird bombed! Can't wait to hear more about your book! How awesome!

  • Reply Amy Howbert May 3, 2013 at 4:58 am

    You are hilarious, made me LOL! Loved the entire story! 3 weeks of school left? Lucky you! So happy to link up with you!

    Amy Howbert
    Little Miss Organized

  • Reply Sarah Paul May 3, 2013 at 5:47 am

    Hilarious! When I was younger we were CONSTANTLY getting birds down our chimney. All. the. time. I'm not sure how it happened. Our chimney was a magnet for birds. I wonder what's down that creepy skinny chimney. Oh wait, nothing but a fire place! We would have to open the front door and hope they flew out. Usually they'd fly to the light. But not always. YIKES! Birds in a house are actually quite scary to me. Outside, they are beautiful lovely creatures. INside, they panic and just want out. Your story brought back some good memories. Ha, ha! 🙂 YOu are beyond entertaining. Love reading your blog!
    Sarah's First Grade Snippets

  • Reply Cherie May 3, 2013 at 6:14 am

    Funny bird story! Hope your kids rocked the SAT10 test!


  • Reply T Bell May 3, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Loved your bird story. You MUST blog about your book Kickstarter; we will all contribute! My adult children call me the “crazy bird lady” coz I feed and talk to all the wild birds that visit our back yard. We live in Brisbane, Australia, so we get kookaburras, magpies, white galahs, grey and pink galahs, rainbow lorikeets (small parrots), cockatoos, butcher birds (like small magpies), bush turkeys (not the kind you Americans eat! lol), ibis and king parrots. I spend too much money on wild bird seed and raw minced meat! Keep up the good work! thursdaytook@hotmail.com

  • Reply Katie Knight May 3, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Oh Greg, I do agree that squirrels are frightening!!!!!!!!! See in your bird story, with my phobia of them, I would have a broom and a crazed look in my eye. The broom is not to get the birds out rather the smack the heck out of one if it got close to me!!!!!!!

  • Reply Ofelia Muniz May 3, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    That is too funny! Just wondering how they both fit under the stove?


  • Reply Rachel May 3, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    That would freak me out! I will be screaming!


  • Reply Michelle Jaquillard May 3, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    Funny story! I cannot wait to see and read your book when you get it published. Super giveaway!

  • Reply Melinda Chase May 3, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    I don't have any bird issues (my sister sure does though!), although I do kinda agree with you on squirrels though! What a great giveaway!


  • Reply Debbie May 3, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    Too funny! No personal issues with birds, but they are currently driving me crazy! A bird family has taken up residency in my classroom air conditioner. The louder the children get, the louder their chirping gets. Which makes the kids get even louder. The constant noise for the last 3 weeks has been a form of “bird chirping torture” summer can't come soon enough!

  • Reply Andrea May 3, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    I can't believe you hate squirrels! Now I have a funny story from college involving those. I, sort of, secretly wish they could be domesticated too. Except it'd survive about two seconds in my house with my squirrel-obsessed dog. Haha. Hoping for nothing but success in writing your children's book! such an exciting venture!


  • Reply hcarp May 3, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    Hate squirrels! Me to. They have eaten house to pieces. We can not get rid of them they have caused 1000's of damadge. hcarpenter@ebrschools.org

  • Reply Lori May 3, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Birds don't bother me, although I would not want them in my house!

  • Reply Courtney May 3, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    Your balcony sounds so nice! I'm also wanting a color laser printer….there are too many wonderful things out there to print and so little color ink! haha

  • Reply Michelle Stiger May 3, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    I have these crazy birds that always nest on my front porch that are notorious for dive bombing anyone that comes by! Better security than a guard dog! LOL! I thought you were moving to my neck of the woods (or at least closer)–i.e. Chicago area? Obviously, I must have missed something! Our loss is Nashville's gain (or retention I guess, not that I like to use that word around teachers this time of year!)

  • Reply Molly Wiard May 4, 2013 at 1:15 am

    One of my teacher friends is also freaked by squirrels! Makes me laugh! wiardmolly@yahoo.com

  • Reply Jennifer Judy May 4, 2013 at 1:37 am

    When I worked as a vet tech I bottle fed baby squirrels!

  • Reply melanie322 May 4, 2013 at 1:53 am

    The birds remind me of my mom and dad. They have a wreath on front door. A bird has built a nest in the wreath. That bird is crazy when we open the door.


  • Reply Christina Marie May 4, 2013 at 1:54 am

    We had a rat hiding in our stove once. I think I would have preferred a bird!

    Christina 🙂
    Apples, Books, and Crayons

  • Reply Colleen May 4, 2013 at 2:35 am

    NOT a fan of birds OR squirrels. Gross!
    Colleen 🙂
    Fun and Fearless in First

  • Reply Stefanie Galvin May 4, 2013 at 3:42 am

    Yeah… so not a fan of birds. We had one fly into our building last week and we could not get it out for a whole day.

    Miss Galvin Learns

  • Reply Fluttering Through First Grade May 4, 2013 at 4:55 am

    We have a perfect visual of your itty bitty dog just prancing around your house calmly taking care of the birds-it's straight out of a movie!
    Think we might be able to do squirrels more than the birds.

    So glad you are loving your house and we are both green with envy as we'd like to be relaxing on our new balconies. Instead, Tammy got a car. Christy is still dreaming…

    ~Christy & Tammy
    Fluttering Through First Grade

  • Reply Jen May 4, 2013 at 11:50 am

    I hate when the sea gulls try to steal your food at the beach!


  • Reply charleen May 4, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Birds can be quite scary.

  • Reply 1stgradefireworks May 4, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    The Birds…great movie! wendy 1stgradefireworks@gmail.com

  • Reply Katie and Michele May 4, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    I HATE birds…i grew up on a farm and they would come through the vents on our wood buring stove all the time! YIKES!!!!


  • Reply Erica May 5, 2013 at 1:27 am

    How exciting about publishing your book! I definitely hope you get the funds you need to get it published!

    Blooming In First

  • Reply Leslie Hamlin May 5, 2013 at 2:07 am

    That story was so funny! I do not like birds either. As for squirrels, I really don't mind them. We actually have a squirrel feeder in our backyard so that our boys can enjoy seeing them.

    Love your mustache activities– so cute!!

    First Grade and Flip Flops

  • Reply Suzy Q May 5, 2013 at 3:48 am

    Birds in the house? Major freak out time, even fully dressed! Birds outside? Only if they are cute and little. Sparrows=yes; crows=no.

    tokyoshoes at hotmail dot com

  • Reply zputty May 5, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Love your Cinco de Mayo fun!

    Good luck publishing your book – I think that teachers make some great stories to teach from, having been with kids and understanding their language.


  • Reply Lindsay Oles May 5, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Not a big fan of birds! That would have completely freaked me out.

    Found your blog through Currently and I am your newest follower. Would love for you to head over and check out my blog!

    If You Give a Teacher a Treat

  • Reply Karyn May 5, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    I LOVE these bird stories! So, so, so funny! I'm sure you are grateful that you dog got rid of those birds! Love that you were in you “delicates.” That sounds like something I'd be caught in!

    A is for Apple B is for Blog

  • Reply Angie Henry May 5, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    Birds + squirrels = okay from my window. Birds + squirrels +
    Mr. Greg = HILARIOUS!!! Thanks for the laugh!

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