Wednesday, July 23, 2014

::taps mic:: Is this thing on?

If you still have me in your feeds, HI!

I'm not even going to explain why I haven't been blogging. Life and all.

Anyway, I wanted to share our activity from this morning - chalkboard painting! I was going through Pinterest and looking at what kid-friendly crafty-things I had pinned and I came across that one. I am NOT good at coming up with lots of activities for us to do, so the simpler, the better.

I got out my supplies, which consisted of water, cornstarch, a bowl, food coloring, and a muffin tin.

Mix one part water with one part cornstarch in a bowl (I used 1 1/2 cups of each)
Pour into a muffin tin (I filled 8 cups in my tin)
Put food coloring in each cup (I used about 2-3 drops in each cup)

Here is what mine looked like:
I used Market Pantry (Target) food coloring and followed the directions on the box for the non-primary colors
Once everything was mixed, I filled a plastic bowl up with water, grabbed some sponge brushes, collected my children, and we went to the driveway. 

I'll admit, when we started, I was like, "What's the point in this? It just looks like water." However, once our creations started drying, I changed my tune. 

Lydia trying it out. William promptly spilled and sat in one of the colors.
You can see what it looks like once it's dry. Also, my kids are messy.
Things QUICKLY got messy, but I just let them have at it. They were laughing and the fighting was kept to a minimum. Once they decided they were finished, we hauled everything back inside to clean. Clean up was A BREEZE, people. A BREEZE. I wiped the kids down with a baby wipe and was able to easily wash the muffin tin and brushes with water. 

All in all, this was a great activity for us! I definitely plan to do it again.
The aftermath.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday...

Okay, people. My apologies for disappearing. 

I ended up with another day off of school on Thursday, but daycare was open. Lydia had awful cabin fever by this point, so I took her and William to school. I have no shame in admitting I returned home and did some cleaning and had some lazy time on the couch with Molly, who wanted to sleep in between my legs.

My lunch group does a potluck meal every once in awhile and we did one on Friday. We had planned to do it Wednesday, but due to the school closings, we moved it. I made one of my favorite dishes, grape salad. Don't be fooled by the "salad" part, because it is anything but healthy. It is a mixture of grapes, sugar, cream cheese, sour cream, and brown sugar.

My parents came to visit for the weekend and we had also invited my sister and brother-in-law to join us for dinner on Saturday night. I was getting impatient because my sister was running late, so I sent her a random assortment of pictures. This one of Lydia and me is probably the least ridiculous.

It was beautiful outside today, so we spent some time playing in the driveway. I had been commenting all weekend that we hadn't seen Oliver in awhile. Oliver, as a reminder, is our neighbor's cat who often ends up on our front porch, especially when we have visitors. Lo and behold, I looked up at one point and saw him running across his yard to us. Even though his expression in the picture may say otherwise, I think he was happy to see me.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Snow Day...or Whatever...

We are home today due to the snow/ice storm that came through yesterday. We didn't up with much of anything at our house, but areas around us got hit pretty badly with ice. Even so, these two have been glued to this window, giving me updates about the weather.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Well then.

Nice little surprise today! 

Monday, January 27, 2014


It was 60 degrees today and apparently it is going to snow tomorrow. Okay.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Weekend Pictures

On Friday morning, I sat at my desk for a rare moment and noticed some Post-It notes attached to my file box. A couple girls who are student assistants for me had written some sweet notes. One of the girls comes in during a particular rowdy, large class (30 9th graders at the end of the day--enough said) and her note of encouragement was well-timed. The other student had mentioned how much she loved getting to see me each day. Things like this remind me that teaching is what I was meant to do.

A little Saturday group selfie.

And finally, we got new bedding! It makes our room so much cozier. There are actually a couple of pillows missing. The set came with two Euro shams, and since we don't own any of those pillows, I ordered them when we got home, so I am excited to see it all complete.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Work, Work, Work

Papers to grade, emails to read and write, lesson plans to make...

A day in my professional life.