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Summer Begins

School ended Friday with an early dismissal.  Tim practically drug his teacher’s end of year gift into the school.  It was a little bit heavy for a first grader but he was insistent in being the one to bring it to her. His class enjoyed a movie and playtime and a breakfast treat of donut holes, fresh fruit, boiled eggs and co-jack cheese squares. Then we washed it all down with juice boxes. Tim’s class enjoyed one last carpet discussion with their teacher, discussing their favorites memories from the year and piping up to list vocabulary words and their meanings, which seemed more difficult than your average first grade.  It was impressive hearing them add words like infer, sincerely, contrast, and compare to their list, and even more impressive when different kids would pipe up with the correct definition.  I thoroughly enjoyed my “fly on the wall” moment, soaking it all in, especially since these Mommy moments are few since I teach at my child’s school.

 

Tim and I chose a bag of sunshine to give his teacher as a departing gift.  It doubled as a teacher 119appreciation gift because I never managed to do anything during that week long celebration.  I really wanted to shower her with our appreciation for a dream experience in the first grade.

I chose a bright green cooler bag to stuff full of bright yellow, summery items for her to enjoy.  A beach towel, candies, seeds, lotion and body wash, gum, candle, chap stick, and other goodies filled the inside. I didn’t take a picture of the tag I attached but it was a bright yellow sunshine saying thank you for helping us to shine this year.

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After school ended, Jeff picked Tim up from school and took him home.  I stayed for the end of the school year teacher’s luncheon and then headed home to begin our summer vacation!

 

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Confessions of a Pinterest addict

I love Pinterest. I spend a lot of my free time pinning, too much time really. I have multiple accounts, secret boards, boards for our home, boards for hosting events and parties, school activities, future plans and dreams, recipes and yes tens of thousands of pins.

I have two favorite boards. One is a new secret board for current projects and the other is open access for completed projects. The pins I’m seriously working on or want to complete I pin here and once completed are moved over with either a success or fail label and why. Probably crazy but so far it’s working. I’m completing a few more ideas, more timely. This month’s pins include treats to make for Tim’s class, holiday decorations, valentine plans and a card for his teacher. I’ll post the completed pins with results on what else, but the completed board! Here’s a few pictures of the end results from yesterday’s treat making. Thanks Pinterest and your many contributors. You help me be creative or at least seem like I am.

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A Homemade Christmas 

Christmas lists were written. Jeff wanted a box drum. Wow, good box drums are expensive, at least for our budget. That’s the reason we decided to turn to DIY tutorials and my husbands woodworking skills!  

Cajon Box Drum in the Making

We had to order the snare online but the wood, we rounded up from the local home center. Mike worked tirelessly each evening after work. His office has a workshop in the basement that housed this surprise until Christmas Eve.

name plate looks great

Honestly, we were a little nervous that he would think this was cheesy but I’ve never seen him any more excited about a gift and he’s been playing it ever since.

For each of the married couples in our family, I followed a pin from Pinterest and made my version of this framed Christmas box.  


I bought the shadow boxes, jingle bells, and vinyl at Hobby Lobby, borrowed my friend’s Cricut machine and solicited Mike’s graphic design abilities to make the background. The snowflakes have all of our names and some scriptures written in them.  Each box had gold jingle bells that correspond to the number of years married,  with red representing each child. My sister’s husband’s children are the green jingle bells. Of course each gift came with extra bells for many happy years of marriage.

Every year I buy each son a Christmas ornament that represents that year. This year the older two got homemade ornaments. Jeffrey received a highschool tassel “Class of 2015” inside a clear ornament. For Christian, I bought a bright yellow glass ball and drew on a smiley face. I added some “braces” to the front using tiny jewel stickers.

Class of 2015  Tassel in an Ornament

Class of 2015
Tassel in an Ornament


Smiley Face with Braces - Christmas Ornament

Smiley Face with Braces – Christmas Ornament

It was a great Christmas with memories of this year and money saved!  This blesses my family and serves well.

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