Wednesday, November 30, 2011

K-5th Fun Night

Something that has started at our church just recently is K-5th fun night. We do it once a month on a Friday night. It allows the kids in Kindergarten through 5th grade to spend an evening together. The adults take a turn watching the children while the others plan a date night or probably for this month a shopping trip!

We had fun night for the month of November. You can catch a glimpse of what goes on at these shindigs.

Eating pizza

I made 2 desserts. One was regular rice krispies and the other was peanut butter rice krispies.

They could choose to watch  movies. Yes...that is my hubby up in the front watching Tangled!

Many of us played games like of my favorites. We used to play this game at my grandmothers house when I was younger. Now I like to play more mature games like...........

Horton Hears a Who

The kids had a blast! 
I love the fact that they enjoy spending time with friends from church.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Friday, November 25, 2011

This is why women control the camera!

Not a single picture of my kids!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

PreThanskgiving ideas

I know most of you are probably thinking about Thanksgiving dinner right about now. I thought I would share a few of the things we did in my class to help prepare for Thanksgiving.

We discussed Pilgrims, Indians and Thanksgiving. We read several books and talked about how the Indians used the resources around them. 
We used blackberries to paint our headbands.

We made homemade butter for our Thanksgiving Feast.

This is so easy to make. Take a baby food jar, pour in heavy whipping cream and add a pinch of salt. Just shake the jar until it firms up and you have creamy butter.

We played a little game while shaking our jars. The class danced to music but when it stopped they had  to rest.

For the adults, this is a great arm workout!

We made a few Thanksgiving keepsakes.

Turkey place card made with finger prints.

Turkey place mat made with hand prints. The place mat says:

This isn't just a turkey
as anyone can see.
This  a very special turkey
was made by hand by me!

Happy Thanksgiving!

We made a thankful tree.
Each child received a leaf and wrote what he/she was thankful for.

During the 2 week study, we made clothing for a Pilgrim and Indian. Each child chose what he/she wanted to be at the Thanksgiving feast. My child decided on a Pilgrim.

Our feast was wonderful! 

I am so thankful I am able to teach my child this year.

I have so many blessings in my life. I would count them one by one but this would be an extra long post!

I pray that you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving tomorrow!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Calling in for backup

I have been crazy busy here( hence the reason for not posting lately). With work, basketball starting(Did I mention I was coaching middle and high school this year?) and church activities, I have not had  much free time especially since my hubby was gone for 3 weeks. I think he has a radar that goes off letting him know the busiest weeks. Last week I had early duty, nacho duty, kitchen duty, 2 games and 1 practice, Thanksgiving feast, Monday night for the Master at church, taught Wed night and to top it off mother nature visited. 

He was smart this time. He called in for mom. It was so nice coming home and not having to worry about.... "What's for supper?" It was cooked and ready. I wonder if my dad would let me hire her during the week.

Luckily, we were able to find time to take her for a special treat.

Thank you mom for coming to help!  

You want to come next week???? 
 I can think of something to tell dad!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Character Day at school

 This year I  am head of the Theme Days Committee. We plan a dress up day once a month. If you know me at all, then you know I can't just plan something little. For October, the committee and I planned a Character Day. We decided to make it a little more interesting and challenging. The kids and teachers had to dress up as a character from a book. We asked that there be no scary, fighting, comic characters. WOW! The confusion that caused. For some of them it was very difficult just to pick out a book and throw a few articles of clothing together. Where is the creativity or imagination?

We did however have a few that wowed me! Like Moses or the Gingerbread Boy. Here is what we chose.

Laney was the cupcake from the book  If You Give a Cat a Cupcake.

I made her a cupcake headband with sprinkles and a cherry on top.

Ella was a ladybug from the book Ladybug Girl.

I made her a red tutu skirt and an antennae headpiece.

I dressed up as little red riding hood from the book Little Red Riding Hood. This version was a little different than the others. Red Riding Hood rides a bicycle. She is on her way to deliver muffins to her grandmother who lives on a farm and rides a tractor. I will not give you the end of the story but I will tell you the wolf is pleased with the outcome. 

I wore my red jacket, rode my bicycle and carried a basket of grandma's muffins.

Blueberry Wheat Muffins

I rode my bicycle to each classroom, read the book and passed out the muffins for the class to enjoy.

Later that afternoon, we had a character parade. The whole school was invited to show off their book and costume.

We had a fun and exciting day!

Tomorrow, we will dress up in red, white and blue for Veteran's Day. We have army trucks coming to visit.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Trunk or Treat

Our church had its annual trunk or treat last Sat. Since Griffin is too old to dress up, I put him in charge of decorating the trunk this year.

Carmel thought this said stay duty. What do you think it says?

The bigger ghost you see in the picture flies from the front to the back of the car.

I thought he did a great job!

Just a few pictures from our fun night!

Someone had a great time!