Wednesday, November 24, 2010


Will and I have decided to make a NEW BLOG...
Please make sure to BOOKMARK our new blog.  We will not be using this blog anymore.
To find out why make sure you click the link below.

Thank you for all your love and support, and I hope that you continue to follow the LIVES of Tiffany and William.  We love you all.

Sunday, November 21, 2010


I love my class this year so much.
One of my students for his birthday brought in HUGE Brick Oven Cookies as the treat.  They were the size of their heads, so I couldn't resist the picture opportunity.  Plus this shows their personalities so much.  5th graders are awesome.

I promise soon to put a more detailed post about life, happinesss, and blessings...but for now...
my cute 5th graders will have to do.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

G-chat on Gmail

This week one of my students came up to me and said "I have a great idea for Will!" He was so excited and once he told me the idea I had to let Will know. So I had Joe get onto "G-Chat" and talk to Will. The conversation went like this:
Joe is typing as "me" in the conversation.

Joe Paez is going to talk to you
here he is...
Will: Cool
Hi Joe.
me: you shoud do a monster bande
Will: Playing guitar and drums and stuff?
me: yes
Will: Ha, cool.
me: and a singer
Will: Yeah.
For sure.
me: ok
Will: Is that what you want to spend your tickets on?
me: yes!!!!!!!!
Will: hahahahahahahaha
How about I start drawing it this weekend?
me: I have 42 tickets
Will: Wow!
Joe, that's fantastic.
Mrs. Strong has been telling me how well you are doing in class.
but I didn't know it was that good.
Way to go.
me: I know
Will: Cool.
I'll start doing some sketches this weekend.
I'll post them on my blog so you can see.
me: and can you do a monster scatbouding
Will: What's a scatbouding?
me: scateboarding
Will: Oh, skateboarding.
Got it.
I can do that one after the band.
Sent at 12:03 PM on Thursday
me: will I got to go to lunch and after lunch I will be mite be back ok
Will: Okay.
Have a good lunch.
me: you are awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:]
Will: hahahahaha
I think you're pretty awesome too.
me: see you later bye dude
Will: Bye

This conversation made Joe's day. He was bragging all day about how he got to talk to Will. It was awesome and I am so glad for modern technology to allow this 5 minute conversation to happen and make the day of one of my students.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

September's TOP TEN list

I never thought I would like 5th grade as much as I do. I was so attached to my 6th graders, and yet this year has been the best year of my teaching career.

This is my SEPTEMBER top 10 WONDERFUL things about 5th grade:
1. I have 22 girls and 12 boys. This you would think makes for a lot of drama. But instead my room just smells better, and I get to see a lot of really cute cute outfits everyday.
2. Reading: they love to be read to, and I love reading to them. It is awesome. They love comics, which makes Will super excited.
3. They are still young enough to get excited about earning tickets. They are like gold.
4. I have the BEST mother helpers. They threw me a huge surprise birthday party last week, and help me each day during CENTER time. I couldn't ask for anything more!
5. I don't have to deal with "who likes who"...yet...
6. I work with THE BEST team - BLYTHE BUSH is an intern from UVU and she is awesome. We work so well together, finish each others thoughts, and just have such a great time.
7. KALEI ATAGI is my aid. I get to work with one of my best friends each day. That ROCKS!
8. I have found out why I love teaching again.
9. I can ring a little bell, and instantly they get quiet. Pure joy right there!
10. I don't have to write sub plans once a week because I am NOT the Literacy Coordinator at Canyon Crest this year.

I am sure that October's TOP TEN will be even better!

Here are some pictures from the last month in Mrs. Strong's 5th grade classroom:

My Surprise Birthday Party
Each week Will designs writing prompts and my students love them. These pictures are of them working on their "Treehouse" designs. Check Will's site for more information about these creative writing prompts.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Fall is for Football

This past Friday night was Timpview Highschool's Homecoming game. Will and I went to the game. I saw a lot of past students. My first class of kids are now Juniors in high school. I am feeling older and older.
But the best part of the night was when a group of my cute 5th graders ran up to me and gave me a huge hug! I love my 10 year old students!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Introducing Mrs. Strong's 5th grade class of 2010-2011

Sunday, August 15, 2010

My new 5th grade classroom

After about a month of work in a classroom that was a disaster I have created with LOTS of help the following classroom:

I have a lot of people to thank. But Will is the person who has been the largest supporter of my room. He again created my name tags for my students - MONSTERS of course - and also was there to deal with the heat, no AC, and the smell this whole summer. Thank you William I love you!
Go to Will's blog to see more about his art and the wonderful things that are happening in his life.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Doorstep Surprise

Sometimes you get a surprise on your doorstep - Flowers and Candy. The best kind of surprise. Also the best when you know the person who dropped the surprise off at your door. Thank you Tanei for listening to the spirit and making my day brighter.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Delta, Utah

Can you believe there are places in the United States where people live in a beautiful area with hardly any people, and no Target in site? Believe it. On Monday will and I attended a lovely funeral for Katie Strong's Mother-in-law. It was a great service and I was so glad that I went and felt the spirit. There were moments where I found myself drifting off into a sea of memories from my own Mother's funeral a year ago.

The Funeral was in Delta, Utah. About 90 minutes South West of Provo. On our way to Delta I told Will that I had to take pictures of the cute little towns that you would pass on what is known as "the loneliest highway in America."

Sunday, August 8, 2010

All about Nohea

Cutest girl is the world - no one compares. This picture is dark. She was LOVING the sprinklers. It was adorable, she would run up to them scream and then laugh and run away. The video is kinda showing that, but more just showing how darn cute she is!