Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Watson Wedding Sneak Peak

I had the priviledge of taking my sis in laws wedding pics this past weekend. I have SO many pictures to process from this past week but I wanted to give them a little sneak peak. It was so hard to choose just a few to share but here goes. . .

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Abby's sister Betsy did the flowers and they were absolutely gorgeous!

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The proud parents!

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Kameron's brothers were hilarious and obeyed my every command!

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Someone mentioned how Abby's brothers looked like bouncers, so I played it up. Isn't the one on the left super handsome?

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I love the sisters! I especially love Hannah's blue gum in her mouth!

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Kameron's face in this picture says it all!

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Abby was doing a model pose and Kameron always had a smile for me!

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This is only a little of what I have done so far!

SO much more to go. . . WAHOO!

Thank you for letting me capture memories for you!

Please bear with me but. . . Abby and Kameron, feel free to leave me a comment telling me how awesome I am if you think it will help me go faster.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Underoos

Yesterday I took my little man out and bought some new undies. I had no idea what a treat it was for him. I bought them at Kmart, because it was close to home. The problem with Kmart is that they don't have much of a selection. They pretty much only had a couple to choose from. After buying them, I thought, "Hey, why don't try another store?" I told "X" that I was going to take these back but I would be buying him some more. The package I had bought only had 5 pair. I wanted at least 10 and I didn't want to have to buy two packages. Don't they have bigger packages at a reasonable price?

Anyways, telling him I was going to take it back, just about broke his heart.

He cried.

I let him.

Then I gave in and I am so glad I did.

That boy played with his underwear for the rest of the day. He kept them rolled up in the tape and had me tape and roll some of his old undies. He put it in this star basket and carried it around all day.

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He changed several times and each time announcing what pair he had on.

We went to the park and told one of my friends, "Wanna see my new undies? I got Wolverine." and pulled his pants down to show her!

Now that's a man whose proud of his undies!

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Monday, June 14, 2010

Teacher's Gifts

I realize I am posting this too late. Maybe I'll link back to this entry next year?? I was just thinking about gifts for the teachers and since, I just happen to have been one, I thought I could give some ideas that I have liked.

Let's start with the one I made. Very simple. In fact, that is what I wanted. Something simple and sweet and that is just what I have for you!

I bought this giant over one pound candy bar at Trader Joes. This just happens to be one of my favorite chocolate bars.

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I made this wrapper in Photoshop. Of course the 8 1/2 X 11 piece of paper was too small for this giant candy bar, but I wasn't looking for perfection. I also personalized the Nutrition Facts according to the teacher. Of course everything was a 0. This was a guilt free chocolate bar! You can click on it to see it bigger.




Then a wrap a roo!
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I had the kids make a card and I was done!


Okay! On to some ideas that I have loved getting from students. . .

Some of the best gifts I have received as a teacher are ones that don't remind me that I am a teacher and that I have another life!

*Gift cards to restaurants, Barnes and Noble, Target and Walmart, movie rentals etc.- Loved those! Then I could get something that I wanted.

*Flowers-I loved getting flowers! Flowers from the garden, flowers in a pot, just flowers!!!

*Chocolates and Treats-My husband also loved when I would get these. I also love little treats.

*Maybe if you know that your teacher has an interest such as gardening, then something that has to do with gardening would be awesome!

I also loved things that I could USE in my classroom.

I say USE because after years of getting things with apples on them that I would just sit on my desk or hang on the wall, I have to admit, the things I could USE were more exciting.

*Things to use like:
sight word cards, white board markers, chalk, post it notes, rubber bands, paper clips, staplers and staples, tape, highlighting tape, masking tape, really all sorts of tape!, velcro, pens and pencils, crayons, paints, paint brushes, posters, rulers, magnifying glasses, eye droppers, art material, folders, copy paper, pencil grips, dice, gluesticks, clipboards, rainy day games like puzzles. . .

the list could go on. . .

Most of those items you could find at a dollar store!

You could spruce up a gift by making it a "theme" gift. I have many times, bought those popcorn containers and filled them with movie treats and popped in a gift certificate to a movie rental place.

But really. . .

Some of the best and I mean best gifts are a homemade card from a student or a picture that they have drawn.

So here are some ideas for next year! Next time, maybe I'll think ahead!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Down by the Bay book-Kids Project



Today was "Watermelon Day" for preschool. We read the book, "Down by the Bay", sang the song with Raffi, made watermelon art, ate watermelon and made a "Down by the Bay" book.

I created this book for preschool age kids. You can adapt it for older kids by having each line on a page and have the kids illustrate the entire picture. Since I was doing this with preschool kids, I put pictures on each page and they could add onto it. For example, "A fly wearing a tie", there is a picture of a fly and the kids draw a tie.

Here is the book for preschool kids, click on the picture for a bigger image and then download.

Page 1

Page 2

Page 3

Page 4

We also sang some watermelon songs like this one:

The Watermelon Song -sung to "Are you Sleeping?"

Watermelon, (Make a circle with your arms)
Watermelon,
One the vine, (Curve hands and arms beside body)
On the vine,
Sweet and red and juicy, (Rub your tummy)
Sweet and red and juicy,

Please be mine! (Palms together as though pleading)
Please be mine!

Watermelon, (Make a circle with your arms)
Watermelon,
Thump, thump, thump,
I think you are ready- (Point resting finger on your temple)
I think you are ready-
Big and plump! (Make a circle with your arms)
Big and plump!

-Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts Childcare


I love watermelon! Makes it feel like summer!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Framed Art

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Today I hung a giant photograph that I took in my living room. I can't tell you how satisfying it is to look at something that I took and to call it "art".

It doesn't fit perfectly because I got the frame at a yard sale. The frame was a light green and so I painted it the color I wanted. I also painted black over the picture inside because I knew the photograph was going to be a little smaller.

It also looks great in my living room where I have orange accents.

So, do I call myself an artist? Well. . . I don't know about that one but today I feel like one!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Rainbow Fish-Kids Project

RAINBOW FISH



Here's a project that the kids will love.

What you need:

RAINBOW FISH blackline (click for bigger image). I like to print it out on cardstock or heavy construction paper.

Glue
Paintbrushes
Tissue paper (you will need red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple) cut into small squares


First, cut out the fish. You could actually save this until the last step. I tell you how at the end.


Second, get your glue ready. Just dilute it with water. My kids call it glue paint.

Third, take the tissue paper and glue it down with the "glue paint". Don't worry about going over the edges, you can just trim those later. That is why you can save cutting out the fish until the end. You can save yourself one cut.

Lastly, lay your fish out until it has dried and then find a place to hang your RAINBOW FISH where everyone can enjoy it!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Lovin' Life

Have you ever had the urge to freeze time? Freeze the way you are feeling at that particular moment. Freeze the smiles on your kids faces?

I cherish those moments. Those are moments I always want to remember.

Yesterday was one of those moments as I watched my kids get wet and run around. I loved their expressions on their faces, their little squeals when their Dad would get them wet.

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I love their little hands and feet.

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I love their little bums! My little man's shorts kept slipping.

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I love it when they are happy. It makes me happy.

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I'm just lovin' life!