Currently April

I was going to link up last night...but I got sidetracked...and now I'm #bajillion. Not really, but it feels like it! Hard to believe it's April! Seriously...where has the year gone?!

Listening: This show is hilarious, but I only watch it when it's on ABC Family. I should tune in on ABC for it's regular airings.
Loving: I'm on Spring Break! Hello productivity...and some relaxation, too! Here are some designs I've done this week!

I also created some digital papers that I just loooooooove. 

All 3 are just $1 through tomorrow for my Spring Cleaning Sale! {all digital graphics are $1} You check out the papers here...feel free to look around ;)

Thinking: Wedding programs are on my to-do list still for the week. I want to create something like this...
diy Wedding Ideas: Silhouette Wedding Program
Yep, I'm going to {try} to create those silhouettes...

Wanting: Can you guess where we're going?! I've never been to WDW, but Jason has gone twice. We have our flight already. We thought we had our hotel picked out, but caught a snag, and now we're trying to figure that out. We keep going back and forth between staying on resort and not. We really need to figure it out. I secretly want to stay on resort and customize magic bands! :) If we don't stay on resort...I'm still getting those bands! Haha! I'd love any tips you have for Disney!

Needing: I plan on going to school Saturday and plan. I really want to get all of my printing for math done for the rest of the year... That's doable, right? I think so! I'm at a lost though for science and social studies. Our science curriculum is literally as old as I am, so I don't really use it. Iowa is finally getting Science standards, and I'm the pilot for writing units...but that's a ways away.
For social studies, I have one student text, and one teacher manual. It is the most boring text ever. So I don't use it. I use Scholastic News a lot, but would love some standards. Last year I used the leveled readers that I do have from our text, and that worked great for my kiddos. They were in small groups and they basically researched and presented to the class on their topics. I tried it at the beginning of the year, but I had way too many behavior issues and it didn't work out. Since then, all of my challenging students have moved schools {I've had 10 changes to my roster this year}. So, it may be able to work for the rest of the year!

When I started my blogging journey in July 2013, I was entering my 2nd year of teaching and 1st year of 3rd grade. So, journey of a beginning teacher fit. Last summer, I knew I should probably change my name and start my branding. So after a lot of thought and research...I decided on Thriving in 3rd.
Then about a month later...I found a teacher on Instagram using that name. Oh fiddlesticks! So then, I needed to start thinking again. My name will be changing in June, but I will forever answer to Miss Johnston. My students are really concerned about this name change, people! "Can we still call you Miss J?" "What if I forget your new name?!" It's a crisis people! HAHA! So I took my original, and tweaked a I give you...

Well go link up for what you're currently up to, and I hope you all have a fantastic Easter! 


  1. Your papers are super cute! I might have to stop by your store. LOL! I've never been to Disney either. So jealous! Have a great time!

  2. I can't wait to hear about your WDW trip... I've seen those magic bands!! I would totally stay at the resort just to get them. :) I also have a problem with a lack of science/social studies curriculum at my school. Everything that I teach for those subjects is from TPT because I don't have anything at school that helps me. I feel your pain!!!

  3. Your blog designs get better and better! I highly recommend staying at a resort! It just adds to the magical experience!

    A Tall Drink of Water

  4. I am loving all your new blog designs from this week. The digital papers are also great! The white and gold chevron stripes are my personal favorite! Good luck with your wedding program. :)

  5. Honeymoon plans sounds great! I vote for staying at a resort :)
    I love the idea for your wedding programs. I am sure you will come up with something very creative.
    My Second Sense

  6. Beautiful designs! You are so talented! Congrats on your upcoming wedding & honeymoon. If it is an option I would definitely choose one of the on-site hotels - so worth it! Don't forget to mention your celebration as they will make it extra special!

  7. Love the digital papers! The are so cheerful!


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