Saturday, March 31, 2012

Spring Break Staycation

It's the end of spring break. The end of a fun filled, but very short week. We thought about going away, but decided to save the money for a longer summer trip. It turned out to be a good decision. Julianna started getting a really bad cold last Thursday that led to a trip to the doctor on Saturday and a round of antibiotics. She wasn't really ready for much fun until Wednesday. With that and a rainy forecast, we made the best of it.

The boys had sleepovers on Sunday night. Adam spent the night with Aidan and Josh had a friend over to our house. Monday afternoon there were naps to recover.

Tuesday was movie day at home, Josh's first spring break request. Always a fun time for us.

Wednesday we all went to see The Lorax which was quite entertaining and reminded me how much I love taking my kids to the movies. Then lunch at Outback and dessert at Jamms. Pretty much a perfect outing if you ask me.

Thursday we headed to Spokane despite another day of rain. We headed way up north to Cat Tales, a cat rescue and training facility. (Adam's first pick.) It was just sprinkling when we got there and wasn't too cold, so we braved the weather to see the cats. The first cat we came to was this amazing white Tiger named Apollo. He is beautiful. But he apparently doesn't like umbrellas because when we got too close to the fence he roared at us to let us know to get back. And we did...quickly.

There were lots of other, less grumpy cats, too. Lions, tigers, leopards, mountain lions, and lynx. There was even a black bear to complete our lions and tigers and bears (Oh, my!) adventure. Since it was raining, there weren't a lot of guests, so we got a lot of attention from the staff. They walked with us and told us the story behind each cat. Some are rescues and some are movie and tv stars. Two of the leopard brothers were the first live leopard birth on tv.

And later, they took the cats out of their enclosures one at a time and went in and hid chunks of meat around for them to find. When they let the cats back in, it was like watching a big, furry egg hunt. It was really fun to watch the cats be so active and playful.

We had a great time despite the rain and were so glad we made the trek.

After Cat Tales we headed to Chuck E. Cheese's, Julianna's one and only spring break request. She loves going there and playing the games and climbing and sliding. She is an expert at the spider stomp game. Probably because it is kind of like dancing...and stomping spiders! She loves the place and the games, but she does not like Chuck E. Whenever he makes his hourly appearance, she dives under the table and hides until he is no longer in her sight. Then she's back on the go. Funny!

Spider stomping...

Spider sitting...

Alien hunting...

And finally, yesterday, we took Josh and Adam to see John Carter of Mars, Josh's second pick. You know I love going to the movies. I love going by myself. I love going with my friends. I love going with Arrty. But I especially love going with my kids. They are terrific movie buddies. All three of them started going to the movies when they were very young since we go to the free movies during the summer. (I think Julianna was about two weeks old when we took her to the movies for the first time.) Josh is great because he gets really into the movies like I do. He laughs and gasps and reacts without worrying about who might hear. I love that. I know that the day will come when he does worry about what the people around him might think. But that day hasn't come yet. And Adam. Oh, Adam. He vibrates with excitement. Literally. I sat next to him yesterday and loved being able to sense what he was thinking just by feeling. During the exciting parts he would just shake. I love that! And besides loving going with the boys, I loved the movie! It was really, really good! I know it hasn't gotten much good PR, but it deserves better. It's a great story and a well made movie. I hope it ends up getting the recognition it deserves.

Today we still have bowling to do. Adam's other pick. Arrty had to teach today so it will have to wait until this afternoon.

It's been a really great week off from school. Some fun. Some rest. I think I may just be able to make it through the last nine weeks of school now. Maybe.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Wednesday WORD

A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

Proverbs 17:22

Saturday, March 10, 2012

History Fair

We had our history fair at school on Thursday. Each class preschool through 2nd grade did a class project with each student helping with the presentation. Julianna's class did their project on George Washington. They colored pictures of our first president and made cherry trees out of toilet paper rolls and construction paper with red fingerprint cherries. The four year olds did a project on the history of macaroni and cheese complete with macaroni sculptures. My kindergarten class's project was based on our social studies unit on children of the world. We learn about how children around the world live and our project shared what we learned. The first and second grade class have been studying several presidents and presented their artwork and writing about them. The third, fourth, and seventh grade students chose historical figures to study and present. And the fifth and sixth graders did a written project about a country of their choice and an oral presentation about a historical figure.

To start the program, the preschoolers led the Pledge of Allegiance and sang and signed "Glory, Glory Hallelujah." Then they and the kindergartners and first and second graders sang "I've Been Working on the Railroad" and "Skip to My Lou." It was so cute. And only one little boy announced that he "had to pee" during the show. Julianna and Abby were, of course, the cutest ones on the stage. Here's some proof.

They worked on the railroad all the livelong day...

They skipped to the Lou my darlin'...

But mostly they giggled...

Then the third, fourth, and seventh graders gave a dramatic reading of Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" speech. It was quite inspirational. And finally, the fifth and sixth graders did their portrayals of historical figures including Mary Queen of Scots, Daniel Boone, Sacajawea, Louisa May Alcott, Thomas Edison, Teddy Roosevelt, and Amelia Earhart. They all did such a good job.

Here are Daniel Boone and Teddy Roosevelt...well, younger, cuter versions of them.

I was very proud of all the kids and what they accomplished. They did a great job.

Thursday, March 08, 2012

10 Things Thursday

10 things representing the countries in the kindergarten "Children of the World" history fair project.

1. Australia--stuffed koala
2. China--paper lantern
3. Japan--origami dragon
4. Japan--bowl of rice with chopsticks
5. Kenya--toy animals (elephant, giraffe, hippo, rhino, zebra, cheetah)
6. Mexico--paper flower decoration
7. The Netherlands--tulips
8. Israel--Adras game
9. Italy--plate of pasta
10. Peru--picture of rainforest plants

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Blessed Sunday

So I turned 40 today. 40 is a lot of years. 40 years worth of love and laughter and memories combined with some trials and mistakes to make me who I am today. 40 years spent loving and being loved by parents who chose to be a family for me. 40 years for my spirit to grow and learn and follow a path that leads upward and homeward. 40 years filled with people who have touched my heart and helped form my character. 40 years spent watching sunsets, chasing butterflies, and marveling at His creation. 40 years in which I have been a daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin, wife, mother, aunt, student, teacher, friend, and Christian. 40 years worth of reading books and watching movies and singing songs. 40 years to dream and write and search. 40 years of life lived full of all kinds of wonderfully good things. Yes, 40 is a lot of years. And I have looked forward to this day for a while. Because somehow, it feels like a new beginning. A good time to start living the life I'm meant to live. A good time to look at where I've been and where I'm going. A good time to start living every day with purpose. A good time to count the blessings I have and embrace the ones that come my way each day. So here's to the wonderful, amazing, crazy 40 years I've lived so far...and to the many still to come. I can only imagine what they have in store for me!

Thursday, March 01, 2012

10 Things Thursday

10 things in our "100th Day Trail Mix." (To celebrate the 100th day of school, each student gets 10 each of 10 things brought in by the students...and me since I only have 7 students.

1. Honey Nut Cheerios
2. chocolate chips
3. vanilla cupcake flavored goldfish crackers
4. Apple Jacks
5. M&M's*
6. mini marshmallows
7. peanut butter pretzels
8. mini pretzel twists
9. valentine heart candies
10. Nerds

*Why is there an apostrophe in M&M's?