Deep in the Heart of Texas!

Howdy from Texas! I've joined up with a great group of fellow Texas bloggers to bring you some Texas-style awesomeness and giveaways. So....let's get this party started.

First of all, I have to tell you that I love the great state of Texas. I'm one of those people that think that there is no greater place. I take huge amounts of obnoxious pride that everything is indeed bigger in Texas. Now don't get me wrong, my rational side knows that there are lots of other wonderful places in this great nation to live, but home is where the heart is, and my home is right here.
I wasn't actually born in Texas. I was an army brat and was born on a small island in the Pacific Ocean called Okinawa. I have lived in the following places in this order: Okinawa, El Paso, Texas; Newburgh, New York; Germany; El Paso, Texas; Germany (again); El Paso, Texas; and then different locations in North and Northeast Texas. Since the huge majority of my life has been spent living in Texas, I consider myself a Texan. I made darn sure that my kids were born here so that the could definitely be "native" Texans. 
I went to college at Texas Woman's University in a small"ish" town called Denton in North Texas
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This building is called Old Main. It is actually the orignal college, but when I attended it housed science offices, textile science classrooms and labs, a clothing exhibit featuring gowns belonging to former Texas First Ladies, and the offices of the clothing and textiles department. (My original degree is in Clothing and Costume Design).

I currently live outside of a small town, and I must admit that I don't particularly love the town. (I have realized that I'm just not a small town girl. I'm sort of an either/or girl...either the middle of nowhere or in the middle of the city.) But, I do love our farm, and I love the city I work in: Dallas. I actually commute 85 miles each way, so I feel that I have the best of both worlds. 
my front and back yards!
Our "girls" - beautiful White Dorper sheep.
A couple of silly goats!

Take a look at some other beautiful places my state has to offer.
While Texas has much in the way of cultural offerings such as good food, music, and world class museums, it also has a unique history that truly sets it apart from the other 49. Did you know that Texas is the only state that can fly its flag at the same level as the national flag? That's because Texas was once an independent nation. It didn't last that long, but is still a source of pride here.
I really could go on and on, but there are so many other proud Texas teachers that have something to share with you that I'm going to sign off with one of my favorite activities.

This is a measurement scavenger hunt that I used when I taught second grade. The objective is to help little ones develop and "eye" for measurement through estimating and measuring. It's a perfect activity to incorporate into your spring life-cycle activities as well. Just click on the link above to download the freebie! It's actually part of a larger product that coordinates with the book I'm a Caterpillar by Jean Marzollo.
Want to read about some more awesome Texas teachers? Follow the link up below, and be sure to enter the giveaways for chances to win TpT gift certificates and three prize packages for grades K-1, 2-3, and 4-8!

Click on the buttons below to visit some other awesome Texas bloggers!

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