Monday, April 21, 2014

Project Life 2014 - Weeks 10 and 11

Week 10:
This week started with a very busy Monday.  We spent it preparing for the school fundraising banquet that night.  The school does one big fundraising event (a banquet) each year, and in the past, they always held the event off-site.  Jim and I had often thought that the banquet should be held at the school - so people could see what they were investing in and get excited about the school.  Jim decided to do the banquet in the school gym this year.  It was more work for us because the whole school had to be cleaned, the gym had to be set up and decorated, but we were excited to do something new and different.
I was in charge of beverages for the banquet.  We served punch, water, and coffee.  Maddie and I went and bought the punch ingredients that morning.  We had a whole cart full of lemonade, orange juice, and 7-Up.  
Here is the recipe we used.  It was very good and easy!

Sally's Punch
1 can frozen lemonade, thawed
1 can frozen orange juice without pulp, thawed
3 liters 7-Up
Mix ingredients together, and serve with ice.

 We also picked up a big cake from Sam's.
 The banquet went very well.  It was such a nice night!  Everyone seemed to like having it at the school, and it was nice to have people there who had never been out to see the school before.  The goal of the evening was to raise money to upgrade the technology at the school, specifically by getting Promethean boards (interactive white boards) for the classrooms.  They raised enough money to buy four boards, a document camera, and a couple of projectors.  They also raised enough money to pay the mortgage on the gym for the coming year.
 A couple of the teachers were in charge of decorating the tables.  They went with a school/storybook theme.  I took pictures of a few of the centerpieces.

March was Dr. Seuss month in first grade.  Each night, Drew brought home a Dr. Seuss book to read and a worksheet that went along with it.  Maddie enjoyed having Drew read his books to her every evening.
I got to read a Dr. Seuss book to Drew's class on Friday afternoon.  I brought Drew's birthday treat with me.  The class sang to Drew, and he was so excited!
He wanted me to make Oreo Cupcakes with little Lego guys again this year.

 Some of the books from the banquet centerpieces were still in the gym when we went for Late Stay on Wednesday.  Maddie sat and read them for quite a while.
I like to make iced coffee.  I usually brew it on the counter overnight, but I did it during the day one day this week.  I heard a crash and crying, and I ran into the kitchen to find this lovely scene.
 Maddie had dumped the whole thing all over the floor and herself!  What a mess!
 Drew's birthday gift from us and Jim's mom was a basketball hoop.  He has been playing basketball in the gym at school quite a bit this year, and he had asked for a hoop of his own.  He was quite excited to get one!
Here's what I did for Project Life this week.
Week 11:
Sunday was Drew's birthday!  I can't believe that he is 7!  We started the day with donuts and presents.
After morning church, we went for lunch at Qdoba.  Drew loved their quesadillas (well, we all do really).
Maddie's friend, Paige, came over for a while on Monday morning.  Her mom had to work, and her normal babysitter couldn't watch her.  The girls had fun playing and watching Sesame Street.
 We had yet another snow day this week.  The kids were cranky, and they fought a lot that day.
 Our kids have spent quite a bit of time in the school gym since Jim has become the principal.  They both enjoy playing there.
 Friday was a half day, and we went out for pizza for lunch with Jim and Drew after school.
Friday was also Storybook Day.  Each elementary child was supposed to dress up as a storybook character, and Drew dressed as Paul Bunyan.  I made his beard and ax from this tutorial.
 Curious George came to school that day too!  He went around and visited all the classes,
and then the Man with the Yellow Hat read a Curious George book to the whole elementary in the gym.
 We are Curious George fans at our house, so we had to get a picture with George!
We had a birthday party for Drew, Maddie, our nephew Brandon, and another family friend on Saturday with Jim's family.
 Drew got lots of Ninja Turtle gifts!
 Maddie got some dolls, dress-up clothes, and some other fun things.
 She was quite interested in her gifts!
 She sat on her Aunt Sharon's lap and ate lots of chocolate ice cream.  It was a fun evening!
 Here's what I did for Week 11.
 Here are Weeks 10 and 11 together.
 I did a birthday party insert too.  I put Drew's pictures and info on the front
 and Maddie's pictures and journaling on the back.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Quick Easter Gift

When I was a teacher, it always meant so much to me when the families of my students would do something special for me on a holiday (or any time, just because).  It didn't have to be something big or expensive, but a little token of love and appreciation went a long way in showing me that they appreciated me and what I was doing for their child.  I determined that once our children were in school, we would be one of those families that were thoughtful and showed our gratitude to our children's teachers, and we have tried to do that since Drew started school.
I wanted to do something for Drew's teacher for Easter, and I saw on Facebook earlier this week that she loves Reese's peanut butter eggs (who doesn't?!), so I decided to get some for her.  I wanted to package them up in a cute way, and my original thought was to do something like these jars that I found on Pinterest.
I found some little plastic ducks in Drew's room, hot glued them onto a jar lid, and began spray painting them.  I think that I am probably the world's worst spray painter.  My spray paint projects rarely turn out well, and this project was no exception.  The paint just wouldn't stick well, and after several coats, I gave up and moved on.
I ended up cutting out a circle of patterned paper and sticking that on the top of the jar lid with Mod Podge.  I made a coordinating tag and had Drew write his teacher a little note on the back of it.  I tied the tag on with baker's twine.  I put some paper Easter grass in the bottom of the jar, and then I filled the rest of the jar to the top with Reese's eggs.
Drew's teacher loved it and said that it made her day!  I believe that small acts of kindness can really make a difference, and I hope that this idea might encourage you to do something for someone else to make that person's day a little better!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Project Life 2014 - Weeks 8 and 9

This post has been a long time coming.  Between getting a new computer and a new phone in the past month, I've had trouble finding some of my photos.  I have found most of them for these two weeks of Project Life, so I am going to go with what I have.  
Week 8:
We spent the first half of this week in South Carolina.  We went to my favorite Mexican restaurant for lunch on Sunday.  Maddie loved the salsa, and she ate a ton of it.  Her dress and tights were covered with it!
 The whole family came over Sunday evening to celebrate Maddie's birthday.  We set the timer on my camera and got a family picture.
We had a red and white polka dot party for Maddie's birthday.  We got the decorations at the dollar store (before the big snow earlier that week).  My mom made the cupcakes, and my sister made some fun cookies.

When Maddie saw her cupcake, she said, "Tada!  Whoo hoo!"
My nephew, Ryan, ate his frosting with his straw.

Maddie got lots of fun, girly gifts
and had a great time at her party!
The main reason for our visit was Jim's teacher recruitment conference.  He and I worked at our school's display Monday and Tuesday evenings, and he was there all day on Tuesday.  He learned quite a bit about teacher recruitment, and we met some potential teachers for the future.
On Tuesday, the kids and I spent the day with my mom, sister, and niece at the Children's Museum.  My parents wanted to do something special as part of Maddie and Drew's birthday gifts this year, so they planned this fun day.  We started with lunch at McDonalds.

We had so much fun at the museum!  Maddie went grocery shopping with a little cart.

We played with a giant Light Bright.

We went into a wind tunnel.

We played in the water.  Maddie tried to climb in!

We did construction.

We watched balls shoot through tubes.

Drew and Maddie went down this slide about 50 times.

Drew pulled himself up with a rope.

 Maddie got a new doll stroller (actually two of them!) for her birthday, and my sister let Maddie push her new little cousin around in the stroller (under close supervision).
 My dad knit matching hats for the three girl cousins, and we got a picture of them all wearing the hats.
 My brother read to Ryan and Maddie.
 We left for home on Wednesday morning, and the boys went back to school on Thursday, which was Cowboy Day for Drew.  Thankfully, we had some cowboy stuff at home!
 Maddie got into the Desitin twice this week!

Here's what I did for Project Life this week.
 I made a birthday party insert.  This is the front,
 and this is the back.
 I also made a Children's Museum insert.  Here's the front
 and the back.
Week 9:
Maddie had her 2 year well-visit on Monday, and it was her first visit to our new family doctor.  With Jim's new job, we got new health insurance.  The coverage and co-pays are good, but our doctor, the kids' pediatrician, and my endocrinologist don't take our new insurance.  I was quite concerned about having to find new doctors, but I decided to try a doctor that one of the teachers at our school recommended.  We love this new doctor!  Since she is a family doctor, we can all see her, she has taken over my thyroid stuff, which eliminates my need for an endocrinologist, and her office is less than a mile from our house!  I am so thankful that God has provided for us in this way.
Maddie rearranged the magazines in the waiting room.
 She had a great check-up!
 Maddie is my sneaky child.  I am constantly finding her with things she shouldn't have.  Here she is hiding under a table with the Pringles!
 Drew had Doctor Seuss Day on Friday.  He wore his Grinch shirt and made a Cat in the Hat mask.
 Maddie stole my Sonic drink at Late Stay!
 I subbed in second grade on Friday morning.  It was a half day, and Drew and I stopped at Sonic for lunch on our way over to get Maddie and drop Drew off for a sleep over at Jim's mom's house.
 Jim, Maddie, and I spent most of the day Saturday at the school, working to get things ready for the fundraising banquet the following Monday.  Maddie had a great time crawling around under the tables in the gym.
 Her buddy, James, joined her!
Here's what I did for Project Life this week.  Right beside my title, I added a business card from our new doctor's office.  (I blurred out the information for privacy.)  I used a craft knife to cut along the bottom of the masking-tape that was printed on the journaling card, and I tucked the top of the business card into the slit so it looks like I stuck the business card on with tape.
Here are Weeks 8 and 9 together.
 I am finally pretty well up to date on compiling all my photos onto the new computer, so I should be able to keep up with my Project Life posts on a weekly basis now!