Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Materials: White cardstock - unknown, Black cardstock - unknown, Patterned Paper - DCWV all occasion ultimate stack, Flowers & Brad - Best Occasion, Offray Black nice & narrow ribbon, Colorbox Frost White ink, Studio G alphabet stamp set ($1 from Michaels)
Friday, December 26, 2008
Materials used: cardstock, stickers & paper: DCWV All Occasion paper pack, Offray white ribbon, ThermOWeb foam squares
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Materials used: brown, blue, green cardstock - unknown, Basic Grey patterned paper, Jo Ann craft essentials adhesive tags, Color box chestnut roan chalk ink, journaling - brown Sharpie
*Journaling on the first page above the picture says: They play pranks with me & they smirk & wait like nothing happened.
*Journaling on the first page on the green paper says: Funny Story - Wesley & I thought it would be funny to switch the family flags when they were all gone from their campsites. I don't think they thought it was as funny but we laughed. Thanks for being crazy with me Wes!*Journaling on the second page says: Suh-Weet! That's what brotherly love is to me. Although my brothers were somewhat of a pain growing up, I enjoy hanging out with them on vacations. Who knew they would be so great?
*Second page next to the picture says: They take my kids on adventures to see the dirt bike track.
*Next to the picture of Andrew (who has a great look on his face, by the way! It totally says "Do I have to sit in this purple elephant with my nephew?): They take my kids on rides - even if they are less than enthusiastic!
Monday, October 27, 2008
What's in it: Colorbok Earthtones scrap pack (paper, letters, words, extras), Memories in the Making sticky squares, Zots glue dots, Fiskars glue dots
Friday, October 3, 2008
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
This is my layout for another Pagemaps Challenge. This time the sketch was for a 6x12 page. Since I don't scrapbook 6x12 sizes, I started it on one half of my page and used the rest of my pictures on the other half of the page. I have been wanting to use chipboard brackets so I tried something new and I made my own. It was challenging and fun. The journaling says "Mommy was out of school and you hadn't started break yet so, I came and helped make gingerbread houses. Fun!" I used my early birthday present which was the new Quickutz font - Empire. I know my birthday isn't until October but I guess I wanted to get started early. Hope you like it.
What I used: Green paper - DCWV, Maroon paper - unknown, Bright Scratch Dots - Carolees Creations, Journal stamp & border stamp - $1 Michaels stamp, Recollections Dimensional Gingerbread stickers, Font - Quickutz Empire
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Josh is "saluting" us.
Do you see him? He's in front of the lady with the red shirt.
Snacks after school at Sonic
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
Thursday, July 31, 2008
My kids start school on the 11th and I am excited for them as well. Hannah's in 1st grade and Josh will start kindergarten (sniffle, sniffle). Josh is so excited to start school. He just wants to read like his big sister! I hope I don't cry too badly on the first day because I tear up every time I think about it. I will be sure to take pictures and post them later.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Today is also International Panic Day. I found that out on a Strange Holidays Blog. So, if you were to panic about anything what would it be?
Monday, June 9, 2008
Another song I heard today was “Indescribable” by Chris Tomlin. The one line in that song that always gets me is the first line of the chorus that says “Indescribable, Uncontainable, You placed the stars in the sky and You know them by name.” How amazing is God? He knows every star by name! If God takes the time to know each and every star then how much more do we matter to him? Have you taken a look at the sky lately? There’s a lot of stars up there! Don’t ever think you don’t matter to anyone. Your boss, co-workers, friends etc. may not realize your worth or your greatness, but God does. If God knows how far the East is from the West for us and he knows each star by name, then he also knows your worth and your greatness. You are important!
Sunday, May 25, 2008
- Andrew used to call chap stick "lip chap."
- Once Lindsay ate a tube of chap stick because she thought it was candy. My mom found her sitting on the dryer with a tube about as wide as a quarter and completely rolled up. Hmm....where do your kids get it?
- When Lindsay and I used to share a room and we would get mad at each other, we would tie up the other's bed with yarn.
- Andrew had a red power ranger uniform that he would wear to church every Sunday night for about 2 months when he was 4 or 5. (I won't say any more about that uniform - may it rest in peace!)
- One time Lindsay and I were the last ones out of the house on a very cold winter day. When we shut the door, one of our cats got stuck in between the doors. When we came home, the cat had done it's duty all over the door. My dad made us clean it up. I laughed and poured hot water while Lindsay chipped it away.
- Andrew used to dance with his chin stuck out and his eyes closed.
- Lindsay and I used to roll off my top bunk onto pillows and blankets below.
- I fell down the back steps once while I was carrying Andrew on our way to Easter service at church.
- Lindsay and I used to play Boxcar Children in the pasture. "Let's pretend our parents are dead...."
- Lindsay and I got stuck in the mud once right by the fence and we peed our pants because we were laughing so hard about it. Then my dad got mad at us because he had to pull us out.
- Andrew and Lindsay used to sing these songs: "I feel like chicken tonight" and the song about the basketball player wearing her pants low.
Happy Birthday guys! We really did have a fun childhood beyond all the fighting we did! I am so blessed to have my 3 brothers and my sister!
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
2. Getting letters from the assistant principal saying that Hannah had been referred to her for showing positive character traits.
3. Watching Hannah start school not being able to read and having her finish it knowing how to read.
4. Having her nominated as a KinderColt of the Month 2 times. These were students who exhibited the 6 character traits of her school (trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship)
5. Going to eat lunch with her on my days off.
6. Helping make gingerbread houses with her and her class during my Christmas break.
7. Watching her first Christmas program.
8. Taking her to many school friends birthday parties.
9. Doing Kindergarten homework the night before it's due (do you expect anything different from me?)
10. Watching her get off the bus and having her ask me if she can ride it again because it was fun.
11. Having her teacher write "practically perfect in every way" on her 4th qtr. midterm report.
12. Watching her walk across the stage at her kindergarten graduation and crying when the teachers read a nice poem. She's all grown up!
1. Being worried about not having a preschool set up for him and checking around at all the different options.
2. Finding a public preschool and finding out that my son qualifies as a "Model" student. (this is the only way he could go because preschool is reserved for special needs students)
3. Hearing him talk about his friends and his teachers.
4. Doing family homework (the night before it's due of course)
5. Having him get his immunizations and going into anaphylactic shock. That was the scariest call I have ever gotten!
6. Getting a call from Andrew before I left for school that Josh had broken his arm. Another scary phone call!
7. Having Andrew go in to talk to the director of Josh's school about having his classroom teacher changed.
8. Moving Josh to a new classroom and having him get along great with a new teacher and new friends.
9. Watching Josh be sad because he can't play soccer or go to karate birthday parties. Next year bud!
10. Taking pictures of the bracelet Josh made for his first “girlfriend” Madison.
11. Having Josh start the year not being able to recognize letters or being able to write his name and having him finish the year accomplishing those things.
12. Hearing his teacher say he is ready for Kindergarten.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
1. Starting the year with 15 students and ending with 8.
2. Taking 4 months to read Frankenstein. That was a 12th grade, unabridged, book I read with my awesome 7th & 8th graders!!!
3. Watching Seussical Jr. Musical and having to yell at the annoying 7th & 8th graders (not from my school - thank God!) behind me. Grrr! Don't get me angry during a play!!!
4. Having a student leave, then come back, then leave again, then come back.
5. Nominating one of my students for National Jr. Leadership Conference and sending her on an excellent trip to Washington D.C.
6. Crying when one of my favorite students left a month before school was out with only 2 days notice.
7. Finding out that 6 out of 8 of my students scored at or above grade level on district-wide tests.
8. Beating the students for the 2nd time in a staff vs. student volleyball match. Go old people!
9. Beating the students in the 1st annual staff vs. student kickball game. Old people rock - again!
10. Watching my first class of 7th graders mature into smart, capable 8th graders, and finally letting them go into the hands of the high school world. I will not cry! I will not cry!
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
Write about a time you cheated and got away with it. How did you feel?
I cheated in 10th grade in Chemistry class. I was terrible in Chemistry. I remember Mr. Luidahl giving us these chemical equation worksheets and we had to balance the equation. You know, there is just some point where you quit after you have 36 hydrogens on one side and 24 on the other and you have been balancing the equation for 1 hour. So the morning after these worksheets were handed out, I would gather with my friends in the library and copy their answers. After all, I was just trying to keep my sanity right? I actually don't feel bad about this because Chemistry was a really hard class and Mr. Luidahl was a really hard teacher. I tried to understand but for the life of me, I was not cut out for Chemistry. To this day I still don't like that subject! At the time that I was cheating, I knew it was wrong and that I should really try to understand it for myself but I was so desperate to save my grade (and my toush) that I really didn't give it much thought.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Monday, April 7, 2008
Josh swimming with his floaty Hannah being the "lifeguard"
Andrew jumping in the pool. I caught him at the perfect midair moment!
All the kids hanging out
Monday, March 31, 2008
Last year I was so glad that April Fool's fell on a weekend. That way I didn't have to worry about teenagers getting the best of me while I was standing up in front of the class. This year however, it's not. Tomorrow, as I wake up, my stomach will be tied in knots. I don't know what my students have up their sleeves, but I know I'm not ready for it. This year I have the upper hand because I already played an early joke on them. They heard this morning that we were going on a field trip tomorrow. Little did they know that it was a fake field trip to the moon (how many times I've wanted to send them for real!!). They were worked up about it all day. I even had one student worry he wouldn't get to go because he didn't have his work done and he got a detention slip. I sent the permission slip home amongst a bunch of other papers. It will be funny to see how many actually come back. Maybe I started early trouble for myself and tomorrow will be a day of revenge.
We shall see, I will keep you updated!
Monday, March 24, 2008
This goes out to my sister because:
1. She hasn't posted on her blog in a long time and I check it every day to see if there's something, and..
2. They love the Grinch so I know she will appreciate it.
"Where Are You Lindsay"
Where are you Lindsay
Why can't I find you
Why have you gone away
Where is the laughter
You used to bring me
Why can't I hear music play
My world is gone now
I only yawn now
Does that mean you’ve gone too
Where are you Lindsay
Do you remember
The blog you used to know
I'm still the same one
Our time is not done
Why you have let me go
Friday, March 21, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
And what's with making people wait? When the ladies are done with a customer at the hair place, they highlight the ticket, they saunter back to their station and clean their clippers (yes, I know that's important but does it have to take 15 minutes?), they lazily sweep the floor, they walk to the back room and have a piece of cake (one they didn't need in the first place), then they finally saunter back to the front and call the next person's name. All of that took 20 minutes when I've already been waiting 20! It's like they do it on purpose to see if another stylist finishes before them. It's almost like they are picking and choosing who they want. If you don't want to serve people, why do you have a job that requires customer service?
How about restaurant service? Can you go anywhere that really serves you and takes care of you as a customer? And what's the business about being afraid to say something? I'm scared to complain about my food anymore. Why? You know when they take your food back someone's doing something disgusting to it or you are scared they will. Why should I have to feel bad about ordering water too? I don't want all the sugar that pop has and pop is stinking expensive! Why can't I order water? Yes, I know it lowers my bill and therefore you are getting less of a tip, but deal with it!
I guess I miss the days of true customer service when someone really earns their tip or their pay. I guess this also shows how my parents brought me up to not be lazy. I think too many people are spoiled today and they get what they want anyway so they don't have to work for it. So in the end, thanks Mom and Dad for not spoiling me!
P.S. I think this deserves the title of a rant! Don't worry, I'm off my soapbox - sorry.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
This year we tried a new game: kickball. Now, we were even more worried. I mean, old people rounding bases? Do you know the last time I played kickball? I was in grade school (more than a decade ago!). Do you remember "requesting" your pitch? You know: smooth, bumpy, or extra bumpy. So yesterday we played the students in a 6 inning, no strikes, kickball game and we won!! The staff won 25 to 13. See, old people still rock!!
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Now, almost 45 minutes and he just came in and apologized to me for throwing books at me, "dicking" (he can't say his "s's") his tongue out at me, shutting the door and being mean to me. At the beginning of this post I was crying because I felt like my son didn't love me, and I wasn't doing anything right. Now, I am crying because he knows he did something wrong, and he knows he should apologize for it. When it comes down to it, maybe I am doing something right.
Friday, March 7, 2008
Thursday, March 6, 2008
I gave this challenge to my middle schoolers earlier this year and they had fun with it. Some of their stories included:
I'm blessed. Blessings gave me friends.
Serving in the gym, playing volleyball.
Shoes, very comfy, fun to wear.
Cute shoes in the store. Now pinching.
Cow born, makes milk, fresh beef (I think this one is my favorite!)
Volleyball, smooth going, Friday. Going down.
Good luck coming up with one of your own!
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
- Blink by Tim Deeker
- The Choice by Nicholas Sparks
- The Gift by Richard Paul Evans
- The Witness by Dee Henderson (I actually have this book from the library, it's just a matter of opening it and starting it.)
- House of Dies Drear by Virginia Hamilton (this one should be first on my list because my 7th graders are reading it right now. They're on chapter 7 and I have to get ahead of them!!!)
- Any new books from Terri Blackstock's Night Light series. If you have not read these, you should. It is a great series!
That's my list for now. We'll see how I do!
Monday, March 3, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
- Earlier this year during volleyball practice, while grabbing his thigh, he told the coach he pulled his "thyroid." To which she responded "Wow that's really serious. I've never heard of anyone pulling their thyroid.
- During another volleyball practice the coach was explaining to a player that she really needed him to be more consistent with his serves. The boy asked what she meant and this particular student said "Duh, it means when you can't go to the bathroom."
- After our geography bee (which he won, amazingly) he asked me where "Hamsterdam" was. I told him it was next to "Gerbilville."
- Today he told the class that he had so much calcium in his hair they wouldn't believe it.
- He was talking about how he likes British accents and he when he imitated it, it made him sound erotic. I think he meant exotic.
So, yes, I have frustrating days, and yes, they don't always get their homework done, but when stuff like this happens, I just have to stop and laugh.
2/27/08 I had to add two more things today that were said:
- A student in my class had his desk cleared by the janitor because he keeps it so messy. He found it funny that his book was taken but not his bookmark. He says to me "Mrs. Puccini, the fiends stole my bookmark!"
- The student from the previous posts was irritated with another student and he said "Man, she is really pushing my ticket."
Monday, February 25, 2008
- I don't call and order pizza on my own.
- My closet isn't organized.
- I press sleep on my alarm for 30 min. before I get up.
- I used to work in the Ag. dept. when I was in college.
- I haven't had a haircut since Oct.
- I let my husband color my hair and it cost me $200 to get it fixed (in Oct.)
- I have 2 pairs of the same shoes in different colors (brown and black).
- I love the show King of Queens.
- I want to go on vacation in Austrailia.
- I think I could eat pizza every day if I had to.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
You've just been marooned on a desert island and you have 3 useful things and one completely useless thing with you. What are the items and how would you use them for survival?
Here's my list:
1. Pan - used to boil water and cook my food.
2. Flint - not sure if I know how to use it but it will last longer than matches.
3. My cell phone - I can call for help until my battery dies out, then I will throw it in the fire to make an explosion so someone will see me. I wouldn't worry about having service because I have Verizon. You've seen the commercials right?
4. Battery - completely useless right? Until I hear someone or something coming and then I will throw it in the fire and explode it.
What do you think? What would you do?