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Fun In Preschool with Rainbows-Skittle Count (count & taste the rainbow)

March is all about rainbows, the beginning of spring and leprechauns. Here’s a fun way to review the #’s you’ve already learned. Give each child a 1/2 Dixie sized cup of Skittles and a paper plate Have them gently pour the cup out, onto the plate Have the kids separate the Skittles into piles of [...]

Holy Mackerel M.O.M! Write Something Already!

I can’t! I’m too tired! I’m not acclimated to the schedule yet and it’s completely draining me. Overview- 4:15am-wake up, check email, FB, my website and twitter 4:45am-make coffee, switch laundry, think about packing lunches or finishing packing lunches from whatever I laid out last night 5:00am-wake the 3 high schoolers 5:01am-RUN FOR THE SHOWER [...]

It’s the Last Few Days of School/Work & Here’s What’s Happening-

Only 2 more 1/2 days at school and then we’re callin’ it summer! I can’t wait! I love summer and being able to be on my own schedule (ok, in reality I only FEEL like I’m on my own schedule. The kids really rule the hours. But I LIKE feeling like I’m in charge). In [...]

Graduation-Done!

What a great weekend! All the prep work, stress and busyness of the last week paid off. The girls memory boards were done for Memory Lane, they attended their luncheon, last dance of the year and 2 of the 3 graduation parties that are scheduled. The last party is later this week. Family and friends [...]

Still Workin

The last couple of days have been consumed with all things, 8th grade graduation. I’m still working on the girls’ memory boards and have until this afternoon to be finished. Then they go onto Memory Lane, where each of the graduates has all their special items set up for all to see. This week is [...]

And So it Begins…Finally!

For the last 3 days I’ve been browsing craft stores and sitting, for hours, at my computer, pouring over pictures of Arianna and Maddi. All of this in the effort to get started on their 8th grade, graduation, memory boards. Did I wait until days before they were due because I didn’t know what to [...]

Happy Cinco De Mayo

Cinco De Mayo… Today we helped the kiddos in preschool learn about Cinco De Mayo and shared a snack of taquitos, salsa and chips with them. As the teacher read a story about why we celebrate this day all I could think was that I never really knew the significance behind today. I knew there [...]

Happy Earth Day

We’ve been getting the kids in the classroom ready to celebrate Earth Day. They’ve been learning about bugs and we have caterpillars in a netted home where the kids can watch them go through all their phases of metamorphosis. I put together a playlist of songs about the earth’s changes from season to season, recycling [...]

Response and Continuing Update

I wanted to take a minute to address some of the comments I’ve received about the on-going issue of undone school work and my kiddo who isn’t happy with school. I’ve had several thought-provoking responses and I think they deserve to be responded to. In my 21 years of parenting I have approached schooling in [...]

The Continuing Saga of Undone School Work

A while back I talked about finding many, MANY pages of undone or partially done school work under one of my children’s beds. This happens to be the same child who is hating school. After making the kiddo climb under the bed and pull out all the papers and letting them know that they would [...]

When a Kiddo Hates School…

~Sigh~ One of my kiddos truly hates school. Every Sunday they look at me and say,”I know what tomorrow is…the worst day of the week.” The work curriculum isn’t a problem. Friends aren’t a challenge. They just, truly hate having to go and sit in a structured environment and complete work in a given time-frame. [...]

I’d Sure Love to be Able to Blog

There are several topics I want to write on but I will be sitting with my first grader, overseeing the many, many, many pages of work that were hidden from not only me (under the bed), but from the teacher (crumpled in the desk) over the last few weeks. So…off to the dining table I [...]

Christmas “Break”

School is out, which means I’m off work. JJ got in from school on Friday and Clay arrived yesterday. Kateri spent 4 days going back and forth to the base in Ramstein, trying to get a mac flight home. After 4 days of being bumped because of her low priority, she’s given up on using [...]

Mommy of Many Meltdown…Seriously!

School, work, lunches, homework, cub scouts, laundry, broken items in the bathroom, Christmas cards, school pictures to send out, Kateri coming home, JJ coming home, Clay coming home, Christmas dinner, Christmas shopping, Christmas wrapping, phone calls, bills, folding socks, looking for the missing box of Christmas decorations, clean the yard, clean the garage, make sure [...]

The Dance of the Pants

The Story of Tristan’s School Pants When Tristan and Max were getting ready to go back to the Catholic school, I took out all the uniform pieces that I had kept and determined what we could use for this year and what needed to be bought.  All of Tristan’s pants from last year fit Max [...]