Wordless Wednesday: First Day of Third Grade

Yesterday was my son’s first day of school. He started third grade. Yes, his school district started really really really late!

First Day of School. FINALLY! Third grade!

Paper sign from Designs By Nicolina.

And my kid, he doesn’t even look like himself in this picture. So odd. Maybe because he is smiling so big!

I even got him to take a photo with me. Let’s see how long that lasts!

First Day of Third Grade for my son.

And to see how much he’s grown. I made a little collage of photographs from the first day of kindergarten through third grade.

First Day of School-Kindergarten Through 3rd Grade

Welcome to “Angry Julie Monday’s Wordless Wednesday Linky”!

 If this your first time here, HELLO! I do a link-up every Wednesday! Post a picture(s) and link back to it here. Wordless Wednesday is a great day to post an awesome picture that “speaks” for itself, no words needed.

  Be sure to check out Wordless Wednesday Link-Ups at these other sites also:

Project AliciaBetter in BulkCrazy About My BaybahDear CrissyFive Minutes For MomLive and Love…Out LoudSarah HalsteadParenting By DummiesSeven Clown CircusThe Divine Miss Mommy

Also, Lindsey from The Pleated Poppy does “What I Wore Wednesday” every week with a great big link-up.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Plus Giveaway

My son is a HUGE fan of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. He was super excited when he heard that Book #7 The Third Wheel was coming out last month. You should have seen his face when he opened the package that contained the book. He was screaming, over a BOOK! I was cracking up at his reaction.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid-The Third Wheel

Diary of a Wimpy Kid was one of the first real chapter books that my son, a second grader got into. He was hooked once he really started reading it. Ever since he read that book, during the summer, he has continued to read other books in the series.

But really, the illustrations in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books are my son’s most favorite part. He is always giggling when reading the books. Author and Illustrator Jeff Kinney does an excellent job!

My son is still reading The Third Wheel but he loves it just as much as the other books. In fact, when he’s done with this book, I think that he is going to re-read all of the books in order, AGAIN!

About The Third Wheel

Love is in the air—but what does that mean for Greg Heffley?

A Valentine’s Day dance at Greg’s middle school has turned his world upside down. As Greg scrambles to find a date, he’s worried he’ll be left out in the cold on the big night. His best friend, Rowley, doesn’t have any prospects either, but that’s a small consolation.

An unexpected twist gives Greg a partner for the dance and leaves Rowley the odd man out. But a lot can happen in one night, and in the end, you never know who’s going to be lucky in love.

About Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Before the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books were published, stories from the first three books appeared digitally for free on the website www.funbrain.com, where they are still available. Books in the core series by Jeff Kinney include Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2007), Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (2008), Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw (2009), Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (2009), Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth (2010), and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever (2011). Jeff Kinney has also written and illustrated The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book and The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary. The series is a fixture on the USA Today bestseller list and the Wall Street Journal and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. It has also remained consistently in the top spots on the New York Times lists since publication of the first book in the series in 2007.


I am giving away ONE (1) Copy of a Wimpy Kid book of your choice from books one through seven! (Diary of a Wimpy KidRodrick RulesThe Last StrawDog DaysThe Ugly Truth,Cabin Fever, and The Third Wheel).

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About the author

Jeff Kinney is an online game developer and designer, and a #1 New York Times bestselling author. Jeff was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. He spent his childhood in the Washington, D.C., area and moved to New England in 1995. Jeff lives in southern Massachusetts with his wife and their two sons.

About Wimp-E-Books

Books 1-7 in the bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series are now available for download as Wimp-E-Books wherever e-Books are sold.  Wimp-E-Books carry their own name and logo.  Author and illustrator Jeff Kinney was involved in all aspects of the transformation of the Wimpy Kid books into e-book form.  Says Kinney, “It was important to me to make sure the books look just as good on the screen as they do on paper. I’m thrilled at the way the books look on e-readers, tablets, and other devices, and I hope fans enjoy having them in digital format as much as they’ve enjoyed them as books.”

Where to Buy

Diary of a Wimpy Kid books are available wherever books and e-books are sold.

MSRP: $13.95

Official Site/Social Channel

Website: www.wimpykid.com

Twitter Handle: @WimpyKid

Hashtag: #WimpyKid

Disclosure: I was provided with a copy of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel for review purposes, and also given the opportunity to give one away. The photo of my son is mine. All other photos were provided for my blog post.

Second Grade

Today was the first day of school for Angry Kid. I was anxious about whom his teacher would be this year, and what kids would be in his class. At the beginning of last year, he was bummed that some of his best friends weren’t in his class. But he got over it real fast and did well. He was super excited to see that one of his best friends was in his class this year and he got the teacher that he wanted. That is all that really matters.


He was nice enough to pose with the usual and obligatory signage that I make him hold every year.  He even gave me a cheesy smile.  But then, after I took my cute and “cheesy” photographs, he broke into his real personality.  You see, I caught him “shuffling”….This kid is OBSESSED with LMFAO and “shuffling”!

First Day of Second Grade

Ahhhh…..isn’t he just precious…mind you the shirt he’s wearing says, “I’m kind of a big deal”! He should be a blogger or something. This kid has quite the ego.  He picked the shirt out last week and my mom bought it for him.  Oh, and those feet, size 3.5, YIKES!

Second grade went well today. He is happy!

And if you want to see how The Angry Kid has evolved…pics from Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second Grade…all together..
Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second Grade. Look at how grown up he is now. #firstdayofschool #backtoschool

Hello Monday, Hello Summer

Hello Monday!

Hello Summer!

Hello to my new running coach!

Isn’t he cute? He’s kinda mean. He yells things at me, like “Mama, you run too slow. You need to catch up! Run Faster!”

My running coach tonight. He might as well had a cattle prod. "Mama, you are not going fast enough. Run faster!" 4.41 done! #40milesinjune
Hello to the end of the school year!

Hello to photos from the first day and last day of school!

First Grade: First and Last Day of School! Hello to the Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano!

Hello to the kick-off celebration for the Chipotle Cultivation Foundation and Billabong “Design for Humanity” Launch Event.

At The Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano for the @ChipotleTweets Chipotle Cultivate Foundation and @BillabongUSA Farm to Table event. So pretty!
The menu for tonight's Farm to Table dinner. Yum!
Hello Camping!

Hello to Angry Husband’s truck packed full!

We had to add some extra things to our load because other people’s cars were full!

Camping.....or some could call it hoarding.
Hello Yosemite!

I’m editing my photos from Yosemite and I should be posting some tomorrow.

I hiked about a mile to the closest wifi. CRAZY!

My husband thinks that I’m practically dying inside without the Internet.  I’m not…really?


Linking up with Lisa Leonard’s Hello Monday Series!


Wordless Wednesday: Star of the Week

Angry Kid is “Star of the Week” at school this week. As usual, the Angry Family likes to wait till last minute to do everything. It is how we roll. I’m sure that you can guess what time I was up until on Sunday night.  Angry Kid knows how Type-A and umm crafty I am somewhat.  I had Angry Husband spray paint his name on the poster with a stencil. I attacked my Flickr account for pictures, added some glue, foam stars from my craft boxes, and Angry Kid had a presentable poster.

Angry Kid is "Star of the Week" this week. It is also his birthday week. Poster done! One thing checked off my massive to-do list.

Welcome to “Angry Julie Monday’s Wordless Wednesday Linky”!

If this your first time here, HELLO! I do a link-up every Wednesday! Post a picture(s) and link back to it here. Wordless Wednesday is a great day to post an awesome picture that “speaks” for itself, no words needed.

Be sure to check out Wordless Wednesday Link-Ups at these other sites also:

Project AliciaBetter in BulkBy Word of Mouth MusingsCrazy About My BaybahDear CrissyFive Minutes For MomLive and Love…Out LoudNaptime MomtogParenting By DummiesSeven Clown CircusThe Divine Miss Mommy

Also, Lindsey from The Pleated Poppy does “What I Wore Wednesday” every week with a great big link-up.

And, I can’t forget Krystina from Lollipops whom does “What I Love Wednesday” every week with a great big link-up.

Project 365: Week 45

I’m trying something a little different with my Project 365 pictures this week. I’m bored, and I thought I would switch it up a little, so I did some collages. My life consists of reading Twilight novels the past week or so, and my son’s homework, as usual. Oh, and of course, I’m starting to panic about the Holidays.

Project 354 Week 45 Part. 1

Day 309. BBQ Chicken salad at Panera with a side of New Moon. Day 310. Angry Kid making marble mazes with a friend on a rainy Sunday. Day 311. Volunteering at the school book fair. I wanted to buy everything. Day 312. A trip to the dentist for Angry Kid. Ironically he picked vampire fangs from the toy chest.

Project 365 Week 45 Part 2.

Day 313. My best friend and I were comparing our kid’s spelling lists for the week. Her daughter is in a Spanish immersion school. Day 314. Reading Breaking Dawn, of course. Almost done with the Twilight Saga. Day 315. Dinner at Wahoo’s Fish Tacos, and I was reading Breaking Dawn still.

How We Survive Homework

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Angry Kid is in first grade. This is not his first year doing homework though. Luckily, we knew what we were in for, so we were not surprised when the homework starting coming home.

At Back-To-School Night, Angry Kid’s teacher explained what their homework would consist of. It was very similar to kindergarten, but with some additional work. His homework has a packet of worksheets; math, etc. plus journal writing.  He has to write three sentences in his journal based on a weekly topic, and draw a picture to go along with the journal. After discussing homework, his teacher made the best announcement ever. She was going to send the homework home on Friday so that we could have more time to work on it.

Although, we are not experts at this, I thought I would share some of our smart thinking tips for homework:

1. Parent Preview

As soon as Angry Kid’s homework comes home, I look through the packet. He gets everything at once.  I look through the worksheets and see what kinds of things that they are doing in the class that week.  I also check out the math. Their style and way of math totally confuses me, but it works.  And really, my most favorite part (Angry Kid’s least favorite) is the journal. Every week, his teacher places a sticker in their journal with a topic for their journal writing.  I’ve even used the journal topics for blog posts.

By reviewing the homework before we start on it, I know what to expect.

2. Set Out The Supplies

My son can easily distracted.  We learned very early to make sure we were prepped to do homework. We make sure that he gets all his supplies ready. He grabs a sharpened pencil, an eraser, and his crayons when it is time to do homework. Before we started doing this, my son would be running back and forth getting things.  It took forever for him to focus.

3. Get Rid of Distractions

Either Angry Husband or myself will help Angry Kid with homework. We’ve tried to do a “team-style” way of helping with homework. Ya, it really doesn’t work in our house. My husband and I have different ways of doing things. Every little noise completely distracts our son, so we have no TV on while homework is being done.  My husband sometimes thinks he is being sly and mutes the TV. Angry Kid still tries to watch the TV. I usually grab a magazine to read when homework is being done.

4. Work On The Easy Stuff First

Some people will tell you to start with the harder parts of the homework first. We prefer to not having the screaming at the beginning. Angry Kid loves math, and completes the math homework in only a few minutes. The journal is his least favorite part of doing homework. The journal is always the last thing that Angry Kid does. We prepare for the kicking, screaming, crossed arms, and tantrums when we begin journal writing. Once he starts writing, he is fine.

5.  Getting It Done At The Beginning Of The Week

As I said previously, Angry Kid usually gets his homework packet on Friday. We usually start working on it Sunday night. We end up having everything completely done by Tuesday night. Angry Kid has soccer practice twice a week, plus daily reading.  We try to not put off regular homework. We are ALL less stressed when homework is done too.  Plus if something comes up last minute, we know that homework is done.

Last year, we were constantly scrambling to get Angry Kid to finish his homework the night before it was due. Talk about stress!! Yes, we were stressed out with kindergarten homework.  Angry Kid was learning so much so he was exhausted. By having a routine to follow this year, we are all a bit more relaxed.

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First Grade Writing Prompts

Every week my son has journal writing as part of his homework.  Last year, Angry Kid had some very simple prompts.  But this year’s first homework prompt actually gave me an idea for blog material.  I figure that I could manipulate it a little to fit my writing. We will see how it goes. I might not doing it all the time, but thought that it would be fun.

“Write 3 things that you like about being in first grade” is this week’s prompt.  I’m going to now write my version.

“Three Things That I Like About First Grade”

First Grade Homework1.  Longer School Days

Angry Kid was an early bird for Kindergarten last year.  He went to school from 8:15am-11:35am.  The mornings would fly by.  You really couldn’t get much done.

Angry Kid goes to school from 8:15am-2:15pm now, and gets an early out every Wednesday.  It is simply amazing.  We did the after-school program last year for childcare three days a week.  My mom is picking up Angry Kid two days a week after school now.  It is all going well.

2.  Not Volunteering Every Monday

I volunteered EVERY Monday in my son’s class last year.  I was there for journal writing, worksheet assistance, and anything else that I was needed for.  I loved being in my son’s class, but it really limited my free time on my days off.  I knew that his teacher counted on the parent volunteers so I never missed a day.  I wanted to sleep in soooo bad, but I never did.

I put my name down to assist with making copies or other simple things this year.  I didn’t commit to a scheduled weekly time each week.  I have a lot more freedom.  Plus, I know more people (parents) now, so I will have an open ear to what is going on in the class, with my son, etc.

3. My Son’s Confidence

Everything was an unknown last year.  Although we had a great deal of structure last year, Angry Kid stumbled through homework and academics.  Angry Kid was learning how to form his letters, write, and to read, all at the same time.  It was a lot of work for a five-year-old.  It seemed like he finally got it all around Spring Break last year.  It finally clicked for him.  During the summer, he was trying REALLY hard with his reading and spelling.  He kept trying to sound out words from signs, and even things on TV.

Angry Kid was noticeably different this year.  He walked to school without complaining. I told him last year that he has to carry his own backpack, to and from school.  He never hesitated and grabs it every morning.  He gives us input for his school lunches.  His choices have included snap peas, sliced oranges, and water.  I’m not quite sure if this kid is mine sometimes.  Although, we are struggling with the journal writing, he flew through the rest of his homework.  He totally gets math, which is good, because it completely confuses me.  He is a great reader, and I can tell that he is really try hard to sound out the words that he doesn’t understand.

I think that the biggest lesson that we learned from Kindergarten is time management.  We learned to break up the homework and not pile it all on at once. Plus, Angry Kid gets super cranky after 6pm or so.  We can’t really accomplish anything after then.  We are going to start doing a reward type of system for reading at home.  Once I figure out exactly what we are doing, I will post about it.

And really, the worst thing about first grade is the exhaustion.  Angry Kid has so much going on and I’m sure that he is soo tired at the end of the day.  I know, I’m tired.  I’m sure it will take a few months to get used to full-day school, and first grade. We had a rough first week.

What are your favorite things about school being back in session? No matter how old your kids are.