Sunday, December 6, 2009

Festival of Trees

I have always wanted to decorate a tree for the Festival of Trees so this year I finally did it. I just did one of the little trees, but it was a lot of fun. My first graders helped me. They painted the little gold star ornaments and the red star ornaments were painted by my friend Julie's class. We really enjoyed decorating this tree and I plan on doing another tree next year!

My mom even came up to help us decorate!

High five! This is us high fiving because our tree actually sold!


Kory had some friends over before the "biggest" game of the year!

Rise and shout the Cougars are out! This year Kory and I had season tickets to the BYU games. I can honestly say that I am actually starting to understand what the heck is going on down there on the field. I have a feeling like I will have a lot more years to learn.

Spencer and Kory.. just letting the win soak in!

The final score

Poor little Kory in the Emergency Room on Thanksgiving day. Kory and I drove down to Las Vegas to spend time with Kory's two brothers and thier kids for Thanksgiving. ON Thanksgiving morning Kory all of the sudden had sharp pains in his side. He basically thought he was dieing and we were both scared so we took him the the ER. They did all kinds of test and CAT scans and it turned out that he had a kidney stone. We spent six hours in the emergency room. I thought for sure they were never going to let us out. The doc gave Kory some pain medicine and we were on our way to Thanksgiving dinner.

We were all so happy Kory made it out of the ER in time for Thanksgiving dinner!

Ryan and Bethany

Bub and Danielle

Hailey and Alissa

Thursday, October 1, 2009


Well, it's been awhile. Right now Kory is in his glory enjoying college football and attending every BYU game! He has also found a bit of time to go to school in between games :)
This is the end of my 7th week of school and I can't believe it. I am really enjoying myself! Today I had to go to a training and I really just wanted to be with my students instead. It seems like there is always something fun going on at school. We took a field trip up A.F. canyan and met Smokey Bear. You are probably thinking that I left out "the" but the the forest ranger made it very clear that his name is "Smokey Bear" so I thought I would help set things straight:). We've also had grandparents day which was a lot of fun,
and tomorrow is apple day. It's amazing how fast they learn things and how much power I really have as thier teacher.

My parents decided it would be a fun idea to live in thier fifth wheel for a coulpe of weeks in A.F. canyon. Kory and I went up to visit a few times enjoying the leaves along the way. We even stayed over a few nights!Some of my other family members were also able to come up and spend some time. We had a lot of fun playing games and enjoying the campfire!

I love American Fork canyon...especially this time of year when the leaves are changing color.

My Ma and Pa at Cascade Springs.

Just an orange tree I like!

Neat... yellow leaved trees!

I love to see the patches of yellow aspen trees mixed in with the green pine trees.

I spy a little Marianne!

Near Silver Reservoir

View on our drive up to Silver Reservoir

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Back to School !

Well, I have been very busy these past few weeks. First getting my room ready and then teaching for the past week and a half. Teaching is going great! I'm so tired by the end of the day, but it has been a lot of fun. On Thursday I had a back to school night for my parents. I was a bit worried about it since I had to talk to 3 different groups of parents for 20 minutes each, but it actually wasn't bad at all. Lets see...I have 26 students. The school I teach at has an A track and a B track. So I teach half of my students from 8:00 to 9:15 then all of my students are there until 2:15. Then the A track goes home and the B track stays at school until 3:30. It kind of crazy, but it suppose to help give each student more one of one time with me. It's a pretty tricky schedule to get used to for me and my students. It seems strange to have a real job and to have 26 students counting on me to be there. I have to be at Ridgeline at 7:30 which means I have to wake up at 6:30 at the very latest so I can leave by 7:00. I'm so worried that I'm going to accidently sleep in and my student are going to be standing outside waiting for me to pick them up. :) I hope that never happens.

Since the day I found out I would be teaching first grade I just knew I had to use dinosaurs as my class theme. With the last name Longenecker....I couldn't resist. I made this huge dinosaur and told my students that this type of dinosaur was called a "Longenecker." I also told them that this big dinosaur was me and they were my little dinosaurs. Some of them thought it was so funny and others had no clue why I called it a Longenecker!

Meet Mrs. Longenecker! Oh yeah, I decided to go brown, thanks for your votes!

This dinosaur lists our class dino duties!


These are the windows near my door. Each one of these dinosaurs will have a picture of one of my students in it.

This is my back wall where we will have opening.

My new keeva! It's not mine to keep, but a nice teacher let me barrow it for the year. Now my students will have a place to sit!

The front of my rooM. The alphabet down below is used for a word wall.

This is a special little room attached to my room where my students can hang their coats and backpacks.