Thursday, May 13, 2010

next class

I've been working all week on my next class. In honor of the time of year: Mother's Day and Father's Day, 2 albums to record your memories of your parents from when you were young. I'm really excited about these!

Monday, May 10, 2010

weekend round up

For the final day of Teacher Appreciation Week, the boys took their teachers framed chalkboards. We added a personalized message to each one.

Saturday was filled with soccer games, then we had my mom over for a Mother's Day celebration. I made her one of her favorite dinners, we played Yahtzee, her favorite game, then we all watched a movie. It was a really nice night.
For Mother's Day, I told Phil and the boys that all I wanted was for them to make me lunch, then do the dishes. I got just what I wanted- and I loved it! It was delightful watching the boys help their daddy. They made Beef Strogonoff, corn, and buttered bread. When they served it to me, they had it in the shape of a tulip (thanks to a cookie cutter). Then they made a cheesecake for dessert. Yummy food and even yummier company!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Thank goodness it's almost Friday!

Today the teachers got flower pens in pots. I helped Sam and Ethan carry them to their classrooms because, honestly, I couldn't trust them to get the gifts there in one piece.
We spent most the night at the soccer field, so I didn't get to do anything creative tonight. Plus I worked today and every other day this week, so tomorrow I'll be playing catch up here at home.
I saw a sign on the way home that said, "We need to slow down and appreciate what we do have." What a nice thought. I'm going to go appreciate the episode of "The Office" I recorded earlier tonight!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Today the boys took their teachers a decorated notebook- such an easy and quick project to make! Unfortunately, when I picked the boys up from school, Ethan informed me that he'd had a sub, so his teacher's present was in his backpack- crammed in between his binder and his lunchkit. Needless to say, it needs to be rewrapped before he takes it to her tomorrow.
I've been keeping up with this creative project a day challenge that I've issued myself. (It's actually quite fun and stress relieving.) The gift I had planned for the boys to give their teachers on Friday is going to be saved for an end of the year gift. To replace it, I quickly made up a bunch of flower pens, put them in a pot filled with dried beans, and tied a ribbon around it. Another quick and easy project, but very cute. Will post a picture tomorrow.
Thought for the day: If your house is really a mess and a stranger comes to the door, greet her with, "Who could have done this? We have no enemies."
-Phyllis Diller

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

still feeling creative

Day 2 of Teacher Appreciation Week: the boys took each of their teachers a school themed bangle bracelet. I've made several for myself (not school themed) and love to wear them. Hopefully their teachers are jewelry wearers. . .
I also sat down after putting the boys to bed and made my mom and mother-in-law bracelets for Mother's Day. This went amazingly quickly as I had a picture in my mind of what I wanted them to look like.
Recently on the way to school, I was giving the boys a pep talk. I told them that they could do anything they set their minds to. Sam immediately responded, "Nuh-huh. We can't fly or shoot lava out of our hands!"
I guess I should have specified that they could be anything but cartoon characters!

Monday, May 3, 2010

feeling creative

Today marks the first day of Teacher Appreciation Week. The boys took their teachers a decorated clipboard.

Last week, I prepared enough gifts for the teachers to get one a day this week. It was so nice to be crafty again! I've challenged myself to try to do one creative thing a day. I worked today, so I guess my creative thing for today will be this blog post:)

I signed up to take a class from Elizabeth Kartchner today! It's not til August. The projects are sooo cute! I'm anxious to learn from this amazing lady.

The boys and I stopped at Walmart today and as we were checking out, I told the boys they could get a soda to share. I stressed that if they fought over it, it would be my soda. On the way to the car, Ethan told me that he needed a Sharpie marker to mark it half way, so he would know when Sam was done. I explained to him that since they were both drinking out of it , that wasn't very fair. . . somehow his idea of sharing is not the same as mine.