Friday, December 27, 2013

13 In '13 Linky

I'm jumping in for the 13 In '13 Linky Party. Thank you Miss Kindergarten, Teeny Tiny Teacher and Dragon Flies for hosting. What fun!

Oh dear. I'm so not a fashionista. My sons would tell you my favorite article of clothing would be anything that is baggy and belongs to my husband. They're probably afraid to get married because their beautiful bride might eventually wear pjs like mine. Truly, they have been scarred for life.

Hmmmmm. Delivery Man.

Modern Family

Any restaurant. Really. We don't go out often but if someone else is cooking, I'm happy. So is my husband! :)
I am the WORST with technology. So learning about the computer was big for me. The fact that I have a blog is beyond amazing. When people ask me if I have a FB, I laugh. First of all, I had to find out what FB stood for. HA! I must be the last person to NOT have a facebook. I just learned how to text and I had to call my son to find out how to answer my smart phone. 'nuff said.
This makes me laugh. So, my husband and I promised not to give each other an anniversary present, we'd just go out for a lovely dinner. I kept that promise, he didn't.

He promised not to give me a b-day present (we decided dinner out was perfect. Have you picked up that I'm not a great cook?). He didn't keep this promise either.

When Christmas was rolling around, we promised to get each other a new printer. I knew he wouldn't keep this promise either so I got him presents. Of course I got him presents! Well, guess what. He kept his promise! Ha!

We laugh a lot.

I sit and look at Pinterest in the morning before I go to work. I love the art ideas that pop up and pin lots of those. I also love the quotes and some of them resonate so much with me. I can't pick, so I'm cheating and putting up a few of my favorites. Forgive me.
work hard + be kind.

Your favorite was the art portfolio post. The post I had fun with was 10 Things I've Learned From
I mentioned it above. Learning how to use the computer.

I'm laughing because there are so many mistakes in this post and I don't know how to fix them. So sorry!

My family's Christmas card from a while back is my all time favorite picture!

As you open the card, it's us, all grown up!

I'm old. I don't have much of a memory anymore... Actually, so many wonderful things happened. For Christmas, my mother in law asked us to write down kind things that had happened to us this year. My list was very long.

To worry less. It's such a waste of time. I'm considered gifted in this area.


Happy New Year everyone!
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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Late Five Words for Friday

Five words for Friday! My five words are: I thought Friday'd never come!!! Thanks as always to Doodle Bugs for hosting.

Happy holidays to all of you who don't have to clean and cook for a grown up party on Saturday (my husband's idea). Huh? What was he thinking?

Crested Auklet

 I'm beat. Really. Couldn't be more tired. Can you tell I'm a little concerned?  I love our friends, but a week of magical Christmas fun with five year olds is exhausting and I'm not sure how much magic I have left. Sandy Claus wants to put on her jammies and watch old movies. But no, I don't have a tree or presents for one person in my family. I'll be one of those last minute shoppers fighting for a parking place. After I clean my house. And do some baking. And buy a tree. Set the table...Oh my!

I'm sticking to my 5 words (or so) for Friday challenge. I don't have time for my usual wordy post...

Homemade cards for my buddies!

Parent present bags and gift.
How did this happen? Huh?
Same way this happened!! I love their artwork.
Table full of present bags.
Parent presents ready to go!

Prep for the busy week!
Tutus ironed for program. Check.

Rudolph hair accessories ready. Check.
Reindeer noses for party. Check.
Vests glued (I don't sew) and ironed. Check
Polar Express bell under tree. Check.
Gift exchange-pull a string!

Here's our magnificent tree topper! Hahahaha!   :)
Every year it makes our tree droop to one side. Don't you think it looks like a Dr. Seuss tree? It gives it lots of personality but it might hurt someone! I know we should trim the top and adjust it correctly. No way!
(More than 5 words! Whoops!)
Hoppy halidays everyone! Whoops. Happy holidays. I need to get some sleep. Enjoy your families.

Inspired By: Snow
Inspired By: Snow

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Apron Delay

Well, folks I am not going to be able to put my aprons up on TPT until after Christmas. I want to have everything done well and this is NOT the weekend to do it.

 I have an obligation to my little ones to make sure this upcoming week is super magical and that involves a ridiculous amount of prep. And the following week is all about my own little family. They are neglected until kindergarten is packed up and sent home for Christmas. We have no tree and I haven't finished shopping and we're having a Christmas party for my husband's company on Saturday. Oh my. My priority needs to be with them.

So, as much I've wanted to get these silly aprons up (6 months), it will have to wait a little longer. I hope I haven't let anyone down. Its important for them to be perfect!

I hope you have a wonderful holiday!
love this.

So Sad Sandy

Saturday, December 14, 2013

We Remember

Saturday, December 14th
"As educators, we remember and honor our fallen colleagues and their students from Sandy Hook School.  We honor them each day in our classrooms in which we continue their dream of teaching our children.  We honor their memory with our service.  Join with teachers everywhere in committing random acts of kindness to show our love for Sandy Hook."
Take a moment to watch this.
Sandy Hook: "Evil did not win."

Friday, December 13, 2013

Five for Friday


Happy Five for Friday. Thank you sweet Doodle Bugs for hosting!
This week is a little of this, a little of that.

1. What a really ridiculous week. I had so many silly things happen that I pretty much spent my week in hysterics. Here's one of the reasons why:

My husband was gone this week on a business trip (he runs a rafting company so I'd have to say his "business trips" are pretty fun). We had record low temperatures in California and I was freezing all week. One night I left art materials out in the car and at about 8:30 I decided to go out to get them.

As I was slip sliding my way to the car, I heard major waterfall sounds coming from the "north 40." I knew what that meant and headed out in the pitch back night to investigate. Not before I pulled on my husband's gigantic rubber mud boots, though. This wasn't my first rodeo, and I've been up to my knees in mud in that back yard before.  I should also mention that I was wearing possibly the most unattractive pair of flannel capri jammies and my husband's hoody sweatshirt. It doesn't really matter if you know that, it just sort of paints a picture.

Sure enough, there was an antique spigot (our home is over 100 years old) sputtering violently next to the garage and shooting water onto the wall of our cottage.  Dang!! I ran into the house and called our next door neighbor.

"Hey, Scott!!! Help! The hubby is on a trip and you're the on-call neighbor when he's gone. I'm really sorry to bother you but we have a big problem over here. Hurry! I need your help!" I tried to explain in detail what was going on. There was definite panic in my voice.

The voice on the other end of the phone calmly said, "Are you safe?"

"Yes," I said.

"Are you in any danger?"

Now I'm beginning to think this is a little strange...


Good, because I'm not Scott."  Whoops. Wrong number.
Silly Bills
Reason number 2 for laughter:

Every year I'm pretty sure that the first grade teacher has to correct some kinderisms that I encouraged. I love how 5 year olds mispronounce everything. As a young child I said my prayers wrong all the time... Hail Mary, full of grapes... So, you see, I come by it quite naturally.

Last year it was blends. Here's the story from an earlier post:

This week I wanted to teach my kinders about blends so I thought it might be fun to bring my blender and make smoothies with them. What a great way to reinforce the idea of  "blending" the sounds together, right? They absolutely LOVED the berry smoothies and got the concept of blends, no problem. I was thrilled. The next day I pointed to the chart where all the blend cards were placed, and asked them what they were called. With great enthusiasm they yelled, "Smoothies!" Well, I guess I laughed a little too much because now I can't get them to call them blends. I'll have to give next year's teacher a heads up! I sort of like "smoothies" better.

It happened again. This week we learned about syllables and they kept referring to them as "silly Bills." Again, I must have laughed a little too hard because now they think it's sooo funny to say it their way. Sorry, first grade teacher!

We spent the week doing all sorts of gingerbread activites from Deanna Jump's Gingerbread Unit. It's adorable. The kids were engaged and loved every second.

We also did a measurement activity with a kindergarten sized paper gingerbread man named Ginger Fred. They used their unifix cubes to compare heights with Fred and their classmates.  Then we lined our class up in order based on our results. They found out that you need to be very careful when you measure! Our line was not correct and we had to rearrange people. We even figured out where Ginger Fred would fit in. Such fun!

Here's the little ginger people that we made. It's moments like this that I am amazed at the amount of  kindergarten students in my class. Look at all those gingerbread people. I'm not whining, just sayin"...
Ever since we made Rudolph's Crazy Cousins art project, I can't get them to take their art seriously.
They put goofy eyes on everything. I think this little gingergirl resembles me at the end of the day!
 Here's the road I drive every day to school. It's called the Old Grade and I'm taking a picture from the New, Not So Scary Grade that you have to take when they close the Old Grade. Last year, as we were driving to work, we watched a young man snowboard down it. It was something, I'll tell you. If he was one of my ex-kinders, I must have forgotten to teach common sense that year! Every time I look at it from this side, I can't believe I drive up that thing every day!

As you can see, we got some snow. Here's our pitiful attempt at a California snowman!
Finally, we made Christmas tree cones instead of gingerbread houses. If I had known how much easier these were, I would have made them YEARS ago!
Tree is up . I let the kids redecorate any time they want. I think lots of moms may not allow this at home because they can't get enough of it!
Love letters. So sweet but I can't help but ask, where's spaceman????

Have a great weekend. I'll be getting parent presents and class Christmas cards ready to go home, just like many of you. And ironing tutus and vests. And prepping art projects. Oh my!

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