Monday, January 14, 2013

Hospital...Syllable Pack Giveaway...Common Core Crunch

You never, ever know what a day will bring.

My 4.5 year old daughter woke up last Monday perky as usual and went to school like normal.

She had to get picked up by my husband mid-day because she threw up.

I scrambled to write sub plans for the next day and rush home. What sick kiddo doesn't want their mama?

Had to stay home the next day, too. Let's just say that I was bowl holding and back rubbing every 15-20 mn for a day and a half solid.

Even through the night.

My second day home with her wasn't so tough. She seemed on the upswing.

So I went back to work on Thursday. Got a text from my husband that I didn't see until my after school meeting was over. She was sick again and that I should be planning to be out the next day, too.

Before I got sub plans ready I called her pediatrician, who encouraged me to bring her to the E.R.

While I finished getting my sub stuff ready to go, my husband and eight year old son drove her to my school and I took her to the E.R. at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin...about a 15 mn drive.

She was totally silent. Which is incredibly unlike her. So so soooo unlike her.

I was so worried I could barely drive.

Emily got seen right away.

And she got admitted. While waiting I could hear Code Blue announcements, followed the sign inside the room that suggested remaining in the room with the door closed due to infectious diseases, screaming kids, beeping equipment...


We finally got to Em's room in the hospital and were there for two nights.

She may have a condition called cyclic vomiting, which is also known as abdominal migraines. She's had multiple vomiting illnesses over the last few years...

We have an appt with a specialist (apparently he's the leading expert on vomiting in the country and he practices at Children's Hospital of WI...lucky break) in a few weeks and will know more at that time.

Getting to go home to our own beds was amazing!!!

You just never know what a day will bring.

If you know anything about cyclic vomiting/abdominal migraines I'd love to hear from

In a more positive light...
I have a new syllable pack that I'd love to give away. I haven't decided how many to give away yet...but I'm feeling generous (actually giddy with relief that my daughter's okay!) . :)

You might remember the freebie part from a few posts back...go ahead and grab that here. If you could leave me some TpT feedback after you download I would really appreciate it!

Here's the newest pack with five themes...available on TpT.

If you'd like to win the pack, go ahead and do these three things in a comment below:
1. Tell me what name you follow me under.
2. Leave me your email address.
3. Tell me what ELA skills you'd like to see me include in my "Common Core Crunch - February" pack.

Common Core Crunch??? That's my newest creation that I'm hoping to have posted by the weekend. And yes, I'll give some of those away, too.

Here's a Sneak Peak of Common Core Crunch..."A tasty mix of CCSS ELA & Writing Fun!" 

This will end up being a monthly series of printables that can be used as supplemental practice, Daily Warm Up or homework...

Here is a tiny sneak peak...there will be big variety of ELA practice opportunities using the February themes of Valentine's Day, President's Day, Dental Health Month and Groundhogs Day. Generally first grade focussed...

And, Elizabeth at Kickin It in Kindergarten is having a giveaway for her darling MLK pack that includes the reader below as well as some other cute stuff. Head over and give her some love. Tell her I sent ya.

Lastly - if you'd like to link up to or check out the Shout Out Linky...there's still time...just click the pic below and check out the great blogs who have linked up so far...

Smiles - 


  1. Oh's heart breaking when your littles are sick..I hope she recovers and will be back to normal soon. {{Hugs}} and prayers for you and your little. :)

  2. So glad to hear that your daughter is feeling better and out of the hospital!

    I would love to see something matching the correct singular or plural noun with verbs in sentences. That is still an area of struggle for some. Thanks!

    Your new syllable pack definitely is stupendous! I just love it!

    I follow under ThePolishedTeacher and my e-mail is


  3. awe! I hope you get the answers soon. What a precious little girl! Hope she is feeling better.

  4. Glad your little one is feeling better!
    I follow you under Elizabeth Hall
    My e-mail is
    I need more visualization ideas :)
    Thank you!
    Kickin’ it in Kindergarten

  5. Glad o hear your little girl is doing better. I follow you under rmariemuniz. I would like to see a short informational story with questions to answer.


  6. Glad to hear that she is ok. :)
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  7. Can you imagine..."What do you do for a living?" "Oh, I'm a vomit specialist."

    So thankful for your little one there is such!

    Hope she has healthy weeks ahead!


  8. Yikes! It's always so scary when you end up in the hospital with a little one. Hope all is better now and you are on your way to getting some answers with the specialist.:)

    Granny Goes to School

  9. I am so sorry your daughter has been so sick. I hope she makes a full recovery soon.

    I follow as Becky Hoffman. My e-mail is

    I agree with Elizabeth (above) that more visualization ideas would be great.

    Compassionate Teacher

  10. :( hospital stays are no fun!

    I follow as "Diving Into Learning" and my email is

  11. Lisa, how scary! We are going through so many illnesses in our house with our 3 kiddos these past few weeks...not fun at all!!! The latest was croup that turned into a nasty, nasty cold. Thanks goodness your daughter is doing better and is home from the hospital. I do not know anything about her condition, but I hope you get some information about it soon.
    On a side note, I JUST opened up my TPT store with a nonfiction features notebook and a free writing prompt menu. I'm just wondering where do you FIND time to make all of your great products?
    Take care!

  12. I'm so glad your little one is home and feeling better! It's every mother's worst fear when you don't know what is happening with your child. So glad you're through the worst and wish I knew something that could help you.

    Your packet looks fabulous, as always!
    Hang in there and I hope you get some answers soon!

  13. Bless her heart!! She looks so little in that big chair.. I'm glad she's better! Hope y'all get answers soon!!
    Mrs. Christy’s Leaping Loopers

  14. I am glad your baby is better! It looks like something I could really use!

    Angelene Malek

  15. Glad that your little one is home.
    I follow as MikesMom

  16. I follow as Amber Ottman, email:
    We are actually going to start working on syllables in the upcoming weeks, but have been looking for vowel digraphs.


  17. I hope you get a diagnosis soon. It's so heart-wrenching when your babies are feeling really sick! I would like to see more descriptive writing about a character. I follow as Angie Henry.

  18. I hope you hear some good news about your daughter scary for all of you! I would like to see some subject/verb agreement or past tense verbs. Follow as Suzy Q and my email is tokyoshoes (at) hotmail (dot) com.

  19. I'm glad you are home and hope you get some answers soon!
    PS - I LOVE your new syllable pack!
    Teach With Laughter

  20. Oh my goodness, that has to be so scary for you! I'm glad she's feeling better and has a potential diagnosis and an appointment with a specialist that can help. Poor little thing!

    butler . erica @ gmail . com

    Blooming in First

  21. Hope your wee one is better soon! We too have spent our fair share of time at UW Children's Hospital. My one year old has a bleeding disorder.

    Your syllable packet is adorable! I follow you under Amber Laue. I would like to see more with vocabulary.

  22. Glad you're home! I follow under Ashley Clark. I would love to see some extra practice with punctuation at the end of the sentence.... my kiddos still forget that quite frequently.


  23. Hey friend! I fixed the e-mail situation :)
    Thanks again for the shout-out!
    Kickin’ it in Kindergarten

  24. Glad that everyone is home now and hoping you find some answers!

    I follow under Ali.
    I would like something with synonyms/antonyms.


  25. Lisa I am so glad you sweet Emily is okay! Wow! That must have been scary for you all. Poor sweetie! I'm happy that you have some answers and hopefully she is on to much improved health!

    I follow under Karyn. I'd love to see some work on nouns and verbs. Thanks! :o)

    A is for Apple B is for Blog

  26. WOW! You read my mind! Would LOVE to see fluency practice & assessment in Feb. unit. Thanks! I follow under wendy mccarty and/or

  27. Wow! What a week. I so hope your sweet girl is feeling better. My friend's little one has a fever disorder that took them a couple years to figure out. I'm so sorry this is so frustrating!

    What a great pack. We are working on syllables next week & this is great. For February, I would love some inferencing, comprehension and pronoun practice :)

    I follow under Kelly Witt @ :)

    First Grade Fairytales

  28. Oh, Lisa! Poor baby and poor Mommy too! That is stressful and traumatic! I prayed you guys will get good news about all of this very soon!
    Justin- Writing Pad Dad
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  29. I follow under Sarah McReynolds I am so sorry to hear about your daughter. I hope she feels better soon and they find out what is wrong with her. For February, I would love some nouns, verbs, inferencing and comprehension work. I am super excited to use this syllable packet. My kids need it!

  30. Hi, Yeah! I'm so glad your little girl is home with her family!! It's so scary and hard when your children are sick. I would love some comprehension strategy skills, more syllable work and also some writing ideas.
    Kyp (

  31. What a scary week!! Glad you are all home now. Hope you get some answers and solutions soon. Thinking of you!
    Colleen :-)
    Fun and Fearless in First

  32. I'm so sorry for the scary sickness! Praying for quick healing and solid answers!

    I follow as Lori
    I would love any ELA firsties can always use extra practice in every area! :)

  33. I hope you find answers soon and I am glad your lil one is back home! Bless her heart

    I am loving your feb crunch pack!!! Can't wait for that one!
    We are always needing extra help with plurals and possessives....
    I follow under jana Prowell or jay pea
    Thank you!

  34. I hope your sweetie is feeling much better! I'm sure any ELA skill pack you come up with will be great so I'm easy with anything! :)

  35. I follow you as Teacher Kirra. I'd love to see some Valentines Science!

  36. Oh... Poor baby (and Mama because we take it harder). I feel so bad for you and her. Wish I was closer... I'd help clean up her "cookies".

    1. I follow you under Curious Firsties.
    3. I'd LOVE to see either an Informational Writing added to your Pack and/or an Opinion/Persuasiveish Writing for Why our firsties would make a better president than B.O.

    How do you do it all Sweet Friend?????

  37. Karen Rowland

    I would love to see more vowel digraphs as well.
    Adventures With Firsties

  38. Let's try this again.

    Karen Rowland
    Adventures With Firsties

  39. Lisa! I am thinking about you and your daughter! I hope she is feeling better and things are getting back to normal :(



  40. 1. Follow by email (I'm new!)
    3. chunking

  41. That is so scary! I'm glad she's feeling better, and I hope the specialist will help find some answers! Hang in there.

    Teach On.

  42. My 9 year old daughter has abdominal migraines as well as "regular" migraines. It's frustrating and terrifying. I hope and pray your sweet daughter finds some relief and answers soon! ~Sarah