Thanksgiving Paper Chain Craft

Here's a fun and easy craft you can do with your kids or students to help them focus on the reason for the season!  Cupcakes, Hobbs, and I took turns coming up with things we're thankful for, things we want to thank God for.  It was a great teaching tool for Cupcakes! It was also a great craft for practicing use of scissors and glue.  I cut some strips and then I let Cupcakes cut some "strips":     Cupcakes' "quasadilla" Then, as a family, we all talked about … [Read more...]

7QT: Weddings, Tulips, #SOTG…

- 1 - Friday Maternity Leave means I barely know what day of the week it is.  FAVORITE!  :-D - 2 - Grandma & Auntie Week They took off work to help me and just kind of be there with me while I'm recovering.  It's been so great.  :)  They let me shower, gave Cupcakes lots of attention, kept me company, helped me get out 'n about a little bit, helped me with new baby, etc.  I've really enjoyed having them around, and I really like them playing with my kids.  :)  (It's still so crazy … [Read more...]

We Had Such a Fun St Patrick’s Day!

I LOVE this picture of us!! I like how my shirt turned out; wearing it was a lot of fun.  :) A Leprechaun came to my classroom and messed it all up, but to make up for it, he left a gold coin in each of my kids' crayon bins. Almost all of my kids put their magnets on Green.  :)  They get to choose one of the colors their wearing for The Color Song [for example:] Cupcakes is wearing Green today Green today, Green today! Cupcakes is wearing Green today YAY YAY YAY! … [Read more...]

Puddles, Birthdays, Listening & other Saturday Laughs

5. Cupcakes has combined my "how dare you" jests towards Hobbs and Anna's (from Frozen) "Don't you dare!" towards Kristoff to come up with her own phrase: "How don't dare you!" 4. Sometimes, in the movie theater, I am the only one who laughs at a hilarious one-liner.  Apparently in RoboCop, I was the only one who thought "Why is America so robo-phobic?!" was laugh-out-loud-worthy.  Eep! 3. Cupcakes gets so shy about people singing Happy Birthday.  I used to be the same way as a kid (and … [Read more...]

7QT: Happy Birthday, Hobbs!, Education & More

- 1 - Happy Friday! It's been kind of a long week, but it's Friday and I made it through pretty well if I do say so myself!  :)  The Thursday rain storm was VERY happy for me!  My favorite part was hearing rain and thunder while I was sleeping; it was sublime.  I CAN'T WAIT UNTIL SPRING!!! Another great thing about today: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY WONDERFULLY AMAZING HUSBAND, HOBBS!  I LOVE YOU!! - 2 - Dessert of the Week OhMyGosh Favorite!! "How would we know Saint Patrick's Day … [Read more...]

You Rock, Valentine! Easy & Cute Gift Idea

iPod Valentines: You Rock! My amazing teaching assistant, Barbie went searching for an awesome Valentine's gift for our students and found the iPod pictured above.  She found a ton of iPod Valentine's Ideas for inspiration on Pinterest. Here's how *we* did it. Materials: Mini Conversation Hearts Boxes Hershey's Kisses Pink & White Construction Paper Black Marker Red Curling Ribbon Scissors Glue Stick Method: Wrap Conversation Hearts Box with a strip of pink construction … [Read more...]

EmbarK¹² to Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of K12, the leader in online education for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. Here's a Social Spark post that I really wanted to write for you because I *am* a Kindergarten / Pre-K teacher and all about the education of 4-5 year olds!  So if you have a child around these ages, read on!! Have you heard of EmbarK¹²?  These programs include EmbarK¹² Comprehensive and EmbarK¹² Online that offer a fun, innovative approach to early learning. … [Read more...]

7QT: Pie, Nana, Grandpa, Organization & More

- 1 - Happy Friday! Is there anything that feels greater than knowing it's Friday??  I think not.  The prospect of sleeping in, no alarms, leisurely breakfast, sitting down in the morning.  Ahhhhhh - 2 - Dessert of the Week Since I had it at Hobbs' family Thanksgiving, I've been craving French Silk pie again.  Well I *finally* had some from Baker's Square.  YUM! [Picture Source: Creative Commons] - 3 - Nana and Grandpa are in Town! Cupcakes has been having a blast with her … [Read more...]

Hiding from Guys and other Saturday Laughs

5. I love seeing Cupcakes when at work now that she doesn't cry when she sees me.  She gives me a huge smile and a big wave.  Then as I'm leaving, I see her telling her teacher that she waved to me.  So cute! 4. This is how I feel at work often: 3. One of my coworkers gave Cupcakes a little charm bracelet she found.  Cupcakes loves the little clock as well as the other charms.  It's too big for her wrist, but she recently discovered that she can turn it into a necklace for Bunny.  She's … [Read more...]

7QT: I Know I Know It’s Not Even Thanksgiving Yet…

- 1 - Happy Friday! This week was pretty hectic and so I'm happy for the weekend. - 2 - Dessert of the Week BROWNIES!  Just from a box but still delicious!  :) - 3 - Secret Santas were Pulled Do you do Secret Santas at your place of employment?  We just picked ours this week and I'm SO excited about it!  I LOVE Secret Santas and this year we're adding two new elements: a white elephant gift and an ugly Christmas sweater day.  Ahh so much fun!  :-D Don't ask me who I got because … [Read more...]