Five for Friday: Back from Vacation Edition

Happy Friday!

I don't know if it's just me, but I almost need a week to recover from being on vacation. Being off my routine just drains me for some reason...even a trip as low key as visiting St. Augustine. I like going away and seeing new things, but I'm always happiest to come home!

One of my favorite Friday routines is, of course, Five for Friday, hosted at Doodle Bugs Teaching.

I just realized there's a month left of vacation...yikes! Time to get moving on the to do lists.

On our way to St. Augustine, we stopped in Clermont to spend the weekend and 4th of July with his parents. Lake Louisa State Park is right by their house, so we went on a little hike. 

A hike in the middle of Florida in the summer is not going to give you the breathtaking views you may get in other locales, but I thought this spot was pretty neat. It felt like we were in the middle of nowhere, with a canopy of trees overhead and the only sounds coming from our footsteps. For someone like me, whose mind is often like a web browser with 6000 tabs open at once, I love to soak in peaceful moments in places like this.

After the 4th, we headed up to St. Augustine. I've been a few times (most recently on school field trips), but he's never been and he loves history, so this was a good spot for us to spend a few days. Of course, one of out first stops was the Castillo de San Marcos. It is the only military construction from the 17th (yes, 17th) century still standing in the U.S. and is famous for being constructed from a type of limestone called coquina. Cannonballs fired at the fort ended up being absorbed by the coquina due to it's texture, making the fort basically indestructible. Neat, right? You can read about how I plan to "gamify" the fort for my 4th grade group to get them excited about their trip to St. Augustine in this post from earlier in the week.

It was nice to go to the fort and explore the little things, and not be asked, "When do we get to go to the bathroom?" a billion times!

This is a reproduction of the original Spanish Coat of Arms

These cannons have been there since the late 1700s.

We visited all the other major landmarks (the lighthouse, St. George Street, the Fountain of Youth, etc.), but we also ducked into a museum I had never visited before, the Lightner Museum. Now, I know I'm a big nerd, but I love museums. They are (usually) air-conditioned, and you never know what you will find. For example, for a mere $10 admission fee, we saw...

antique typewriters... 

a taxidermied lion that once belonged to Winston Churchill...

...and the "Leonard H. Baer Toaster Collection."

I mean, who ISN'T a fan of toast? #amirite

All kidding aside, it was a fun trip and it got me excited to teach 4th grade Social Studies this year (we spend a lot of time on the history of Florida). My teacher brain was going a million miles a minute!, Amazon Prime Day was this week...

I had to jump on this one, I have a billion ideas for how to use it in class. I can't wait to play around with it! It's super easy to use.

I also snagged a 128 GB flash drive for a great price. I've had that on my shopping list since watching an awesome Periscope by Stephanie from Mrs. D's Corner about how she organizes her TpT files. She has had a great series for TpT sellers going on this summer, I highly suggest checking it out!

...and because my debit card isn't already held together with tape and string, a Five Below opened up right by me. Holy flexible seating options!

Yoga mats, foam squares, woven rugs, camp chairs...oh my! I see many more trips to this dangerous store in my future.

Have you found any great flexible seating deals this summer?

I hope everyone has a great weekend! Don't forget to swing by Doodle Bugs Teaching!


  1. I am exactly the same! Going away is great but I LOVE getting home! Sounds like you had a great trip. Inlogemyour flexible seating finds!❤️

    1. Thanks for your comment! We had a lot of fun. I have a feeling that was the first trip of many to Five Below for flexible seating steals...

  2. The camp chairs from Five Below are great! You've reminded me that I want to get a few more. I love trips to historical locations. I've never made it to St. Augustine from Connecticut though!
    Laughter and Consistency

    1. IF you ever get a chance, check it out! There's lots for kids to explore there, too!


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