Currently, 5 For Saturday & Stone Fox Pin to Win!

I just saw Currently posted and I wanted to join in as soon as I could. Read through for a chance to win a new product at the end! 

Listening: The hubs is watching Predator while I'm plunking around on the computer.

Loving: Harvest time! See below!

Thinking: Two different browsers and 2.5 hours later.. my newest product finally uploaded. Scroll to the very bottom to WIN!

Wanting: We've been looking for a home to call ours for about a year now. Ugh. There is a house coming for sale in the beginning of July, but we may be able to get a sneak peak in July after harvest is over. After all the houses we've been to, offers that have fallen through, I'm ready to find "the one". 
Needing: My room is still chaos. I hate that. I start in there then I see a gazillon and one ideas on blogs/Pinterest I want to incorporate. It's crazy. I just need to get in there and get stuff done!

Tip: Don't be a "no-reply" blogger. One of my blogging besties, has a great tutorial on how to fix this. We (and many other bloggers) have become friends through our ability to converse via email on our comments. Besides do you remember all the blogs that you comment on? I know I don't!


Nothing like showing up late the first time to a party... but I'm finally linking up with 5 for Friday!

It's the most wonderful time of the year! I absolutely love wheat harvest. Long hours, heat and all, I love every last bit. Here are a couple of pictures of a field earlier this week before the combines came through.

My husband is an agronomist. Basically, he helps farmers to grow crops to their fullest potential: crop rotations, types of seeds, and treatments needed throughout the growing year. I helped him by baking several dozen cookies to share with farmers/customers of his.

Along with cookies, Tony was able to provide meals to some of the farmers. I was able to come along and snag a slice of pizza one night. So much fun to hang out with this group of farmers.

The lovely cookies above (one from scratch the other "semi-homemade") will be featured on next week's Eating, Drinking, and Linking, Oh My! This week my summer linky has really taken off. Each Monday, I post a recipe or two to share. The linky is left open all week, so join in the fun (and help my recipe rotation!) You can also recommend restaurants too :)

There has been some crazy weather here lately. Tuesday a strong wind came with a thunderstorm. Luckily, the hail stayed away from most of the fields. Unfortunately, the straight winds knocked the roof off of the barn out at Tony's grandmother's home. The barn was built in the 1930's.  I love old barns so I hate to see this one hurt in the storm.

Later in the week, storms to the east made the sky turn into a range of colors from orange to a weird cast yellow. At least it never turned green!

I've finally completed my Stone Fox Unit. (I'm so thankful for my wonderful editors!) 42 pages of resources to implement this book through novel studies or reading instruction. Lots of ideas to enhance your unit plans for grades 3-5.  You can find it in my TPT store or pin to win! Just pin a picture of the unit from here or my store and leave the url of your pin. I'll post a winner tomorrow.


  1. You cookies look amazing! I will have to stop back on Monday to grab some new cookie ideas.

    Your Stone Fox unit looks great!

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  2. I am teaching 4th for the first time next year, so this would be fabulous! I repinned from TPT, so no pic. :(

  3. This is such a great book! I pinned from TPT :)
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  4. Wow! Totally enjoyed your post today. All the farm pictures are great! Thanks for sharing them.
    Curious Firsties

  5. Your wheat pictures are so beautiful! And green skies scare the heck out of me, too! :(

    Fifth in the Middle

  6. This is fantastic!! Thank you!!

  7. I am a "reply blogger!!!" I am happy your blog was right after mine. (:
    This will be my second year teaching first grade. I am happy to hear about your linky party… I may have to consider linking up- however I am NOT the best of cooks. I am totally with you on the TPT product uploads. UGH… sometimes they take forever and don't even successfully go through. BUT I think your beautiful state of Kansas makes up for it! (:

  8. Hi There!
    I have never come close to doing anything like harvesting wheat! Good for you!! I love comments on my blog too!! Loved that tip!
    A Burst of First

  9. Hi There!
    I have never come close to doing anything like harvesting wheat! Good for you!! I love comments on my blog too!! Loved that tip!
    A Burst of First

  10. Your cookies look delicious. I also pinned your unit. Love reading Stone Fox with my kiddos.
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  11. Oh how I wish you lived in New Jersey! Our house is up for sale! lol
    Your cookies look yummy! I love baking as well.
    Good luck with the harvest.


  12. Christy, this will be the week I {actually} cook & share my food! I promise I'm going to link up with a recipe! Your cookies look amazing. Harvest looks so cool! I am with ya on TpT uploads - SO frustrating some times!

    Lucky to Be in First

  13. Stone Fox always brings me to tears! Loved reading about your harvest!


    Here is my pin! Thanks for the chance to win :-)

  15. I would LOVE to win this unit! Fingers crossed :)

    Here is my pinterest link:

    Thanks for the opportunity to win your new unit!

  16. Those cookies look wonderful! Can hardly wait for the recipe:) It is so cool to hear about the "harvest," out here in SoCal, it seems like some mythical event that only happens in movies - beautiful pictures. And, I totally agree with your tip:)

  17. Where was this wonderful looking unit last spring!? My third graders fell in love with that book! I remember showing the movie many, many years ago. I haven't been able to locate it since. As we read the part where Little Willie carries his dog across the line, my kids sat in stunned silence. One boy broke the silence and said " that bok has been like a roller coaster, all exciting at the beginning, but really taking your breath away ay the end." What a perfect summary!

  18. That sky is crazy-looking! We've had tons of rain here, too, but no multicolored skies, as far as I know anyway.

    Third Grade in the First State

  19. Hi there! I found your blog thru the Five For Linky... Glad I did as I am a new follower! Your cookie pic looks yummy and I would love to link up with your "Eating, Drinking, and Linking"! Cooking is one of my favourite things to do and I am always looking for new recipes and pinterest is such a great resource! Looking forward to linking up next week!

    First Grade and Flip Flops

  20. Hi Christy! Those cookies look so delicious!! I definitely need to check out this linky party more now that summer has begun for me:)
    I feel your pain with uploading at TPT. Sometimes it does take hours for some reason. I thought it was only me! Your Stone Fox unit looks amazing!! Crossing my fingers:)
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  21. We do Stone Fox in my fourth grade classroom. I would love to use this.
    Thanks for the opportunity.

  22. Wow! Great unit!

  23. Thanks for the wonderful unit!
    Toni Nicholson

  24. Great looking unit.


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