Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas

I wish you all a wonderful, magical and safe Christmas.


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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Five for Friday

I am linking up with Kacey for Five for Friday.  I am on vacation, woo hoo.  Two weeks for Winter Break, one week of furlough meetings, then three weeks off - so excited.  I am a little bummed that my Disney passes are blocked until January 5, sigh.

Here are my five for this week.

Hubby and I spent two days at Disneyland - celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary.  We had soooo much fun.  This is the second marriage for both of us, so it is pretty impressive that we made it to this special year.  Or at least the wedding stats for second marriages say.

I asked my sons to meet us at Disneyland on Sunday.  I, really, wanted a family picture in front of the Disney tree and pictures of the grandbabes with Santa.  My boys made it happen, for me.  I was missing one son because he lives in Washington State and one grandchild.  It took a lot of work trying to coordinate everyone, but I was super happy that we pulled it off.

My anniversary present from hubby was a "Walk in Walt Disney's Footsteps" tour.  Oh my gosh, it was wonderful.  We got to go inside the lobby of Club 33.  The history that our guide shared with us was amazing.  We, also, got to go inside his apartment.  It was the perfect present for me. 

At school, was gingerbread week.  My little guys made the cutest gingerbread houses.  I have been doing this every Christmas and it is my favorite thing to make at school.

I made scarves for the secretaries at school - it has been so cold in California, then hot, then cold...

I gave the scarves names like Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, Figgy Pudding, The Grinch and Winter Wonderland.  I love giving homemade gifts to people.  I wish I had more time to make them.

We, also, at our Staff Party on campus this week - soup and salad.  I am on the left and my Kinder partner is on the right.  I love, love my new partner.  We are both, huge, Disney fans and get along great.

I hope everyone has a safe, relaxing 

Merry Christmas

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Monday, December 9, 2013

Monday Make It

I am linking up with Tara for Monday Make-It.  Christmas is my favorite time of year, so I have been busy since Thanksgiving - creating.  It makes me happy.


I dyed pasta and rice for my TK kiddos.  I might have used too much peppermint extract on the rice because my whole house smells like peppermint, lol.  

I made some peppermint playdough for them to play with during Center time.  My kids love playdough, it is one of their favorite centers.


I made myself a scarf because morning duty has been freezing.  I am a California girl, so if it gets below 50 - I am not happy, unless I can stay inside.

I made some sea glass ornaments from all the wonderful pieces that I found in Hawaii.  This one is a wire star with a big piece in the middle.

I made a few sand dollar ornaments.

I made a few Santa hats for my granddaughter's "Nightmare Before Christmas" tree.  I bought the pumpkins after Halloween for 20 cents a piece, then knitted a few hats.  She loves her tree.

I have lots of projects to get finished before Christmas.  My brain is constantly spinning with new ideas, plus Pinterest doesn't help.  I can't wait to see what everyone has been making this month.

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Miss Lily

She is here - grandchild #8.  Miss Lily.  She is a good mix of mommy and daddy with a little pouty mouth like her big sister.  I am so in love with her.


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Friday, November 15, 2013

Five for Friday

I am linking up with Doodle Bugs - finally. It seems like my Fridays come and go way tooooo fast.


Red cups, love them.  I believe that I did a little squeal when I saw them at Starbucks.  It is my favorite time of the year.  I was lucky enough that a parent brought me an extra one that day.

Last week, I started my long weekend with a buy back furlough day - common core training at our school site.  I love spending time with my team.  We might have had a few snacks and red cups on the table.

I have been working on some little Santa hats for one of my Christmas trees.  It just makes me happy.  I bought some really cute fuzzy pom poms for the top of the hats, but I can't find any of my glue guns - I have 4 of them.  I need to check school.

 I took my granddaughter to Disneyland and we had this photo taken.  It is called a Magic Shot.  She was so willing to pose for the picture, then the photographer added the balloons.  We, also, had one taken where Tinker Bell sits in your hand.  You can read more about it here on my Disney blog.

The twins were dedicated at church on Sunday.  For some reason, I couldn't pull it together.  I was very emotional and couldn't stop crying.  I am so blessed to have such beautiful grandkids - inside and out.  I am so lucky to have a set of twin granddaughters.

Yesterday, my #8 grandchild was due - but Miss Lily isn't ready to come out yet.  I can't wait to meet her.  Her mom is so ready for her to be born.

I hope you have a wonderful, relaxed weekend.  I have started decorating the house for Christmas - I love Christmas.  I am not a huge fan of Thanksgiving, so I kinda of skip decorating for that holiday.  But, I do love being around my family.  I am planning on getting some crafting done and maybe a trip to Disneyland. 
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Tuesday, November 12, 2013


One of my students' dad is a fireman, so I asked him to come to school to talk to the kids last month.  He did a great job.  He was there for over an hour.  He talked to them about fire safety, emergencies, when to call 911 and when not to call 911.

He put on all his gear, explaining to the kids - what each piece of equipment was for.  The kids were totally engaged in his speaking.

He showed them the air tank and explained how it works.  Every single valve.

He showed them how to get out of the building if there was a fire - explaining to them why they do it this way.  He even pretend rescued a child.

Then, we played dress up with a few of the kids.  They loved this part.


He told the kids that they needed to have good grades, to learn their sight words, learn to read to so they could grow up to be whatever they wanted to be in life.  He was amazing.

Remember the part where I told you that he talked about the reasons to call 911.  He talked about all the reasons to call 911 and it was for serious reasons.  He told them exactly what the operator would say.  Well, one of my partner's students decided to call and she dropped the phone when she heard the operator.  The mom had no idea that she had called - except when the policeman started walking around her house trying to get in.  The parents came to school and my partner told them exactly what was said - they laughed.  The best part was the fire fighter walked with us on the field trip and had a little talk with the girl.  Priceless.

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Bad Blogger

I have been such a bad blogger - but I have an excuse.  Life has been crazy at school and at home.  Here is a little recap.


Setting up a new classroom (after changing to a new classroom, after break), assessments, report cards, parent/teacher conferences, a firefighter visit

A fall party with 6 different rotation stations.

A field trip to the pumpkin patch


A deep cleaning of my house to find certain rooms because my Mother in Law was coming to visit, baby shower for my Daughter in Law, a wedding for my son, Halloween

A birthday slumber party at my house for my oldest granddaughter.

A first birthday party for my grandson that I cooked all the food.

Lots of visits from these two adorable girls.

Eight trips to Disneyland to hang out with my kids and grandkids.  Most of the trips were just for a couple of hours.  It was a wonderful break.

But, the best thing about October - my hubby is now home permanently - I am a happy girl.

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Monday, September 30, 2013

Saturday snapshots

I am linking up with Michelle for Saturday Snapshots on Monday.  I was really sad to leave hubby and Hawaii. It is hard leaving someone that you love so much. But, I feel the same way when I leave the grand babies when I go to Hawaii - so it is hard.

This trip was amazing, I was able to do so many different things.  I saw the most amazing double rainbow before I left. I was able to see the whole arch. It was so big and very bright, that I wasn't able to photograph the whole thing.

This is my favorite quilting spot, right on the beach.  I am working on one of the grandbabes' Christmas stockings.

I saw a lot of turtles this trip.  One day I saw 9 of them sun bathing on the lava rocks.  This guy was just coming out of the water.  So exciting.

On Saturday, I went to school and got my room ready .  Then in the afternoon, I took the youngest babes (along with their parents) to Disneyland.  Oh my gosh, it was so much fun - but I was so tired.  The kids were looking at everything.

This little guy is so glad that I am back.  He had to be in my arms all the time.  He would give me a hug, then grab my face and give me a smooch.  Love it.  He was a little jealous when I would hold one of the girls.

I got these onesies at Target, they are adorable.  The girls are getting so big.  Today, was a good - first day back.  But, this girl is tired.  Have a great week.
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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Saturday snapshots

WI am still visiting hubby in Hawaii, so I have nothing work related. Trying to link up with Michelle but not sure I can do it through my iPad.  Here is what my week looked like

More rainbows

Black sand beach filled with sea glass

My sea glass collection

Some shave ice

It is going to be hard leaving here next week. Enjoy way our week
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Wednesday, September 11, 2013


I have been busy.

...... watching the waves

....... eating lots of papaya

..... sewing

....... taking pictures

And chasing rainbows.
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