Monday, March 28, 2011

Revamping the Order

I have been in a rut the past few weeks. I think it is because I am SO READY for spring.

So when I saw this the other day {at},
I just had to copy it.

She did such a great job! So colorful. I could FEEL spring with all the colors.
But I don't have that kind of money to spend at the moment.
I know mine don't look quite as good as her's, but it will do for now.

Now I hope this will help me get off my duff and get moving!!
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Friday, March 11, 2011

Plug for Magic Eraser

Tuesday afternoon, I came into the front room to find this:

Yes, the girls colored on a story book!!
After freaking out a bit, I thought,
"I wonder if the Magic Eraser will take the crayon off."

And, yes, it did!!!
Luckily it was a hard cover book.
I'm hoping it will work on soft back books.
Actually I hope it won't be needed.
But with our track record lately, who knows.
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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Science Fair 2011

Master J entered the science fair again this year.
The kids love it, and have been quite sad to not have them in the older grades.
(What's up with that?!?)

This year he did his project was on pandas.
He is so fascinated with them.
Remember the panda cupcakes.
And he is always bringing home a book on pandas from school.

So it was so easy for him to do.
We just asked him a few questions.
Asked him what he wanted to focus on.
Then, after writing it down, we let him type it up.

After we did some additions.
He chose some pictures and maps.

Then glue, glue, glue.
It turned out great!

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

What Made These Tracks in the Snow?

Oh, these are the creatures!

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Keeping Dad in the Know

I like making sure that Sir Spoil-Her-Highness knows what the kids are doing/learning in school. One way I do this, is I put their papers from school on his pillow.

I also make parent-teacher conferences for a time when he can be there.
(Today at 5pm)

He has a pretty open schedule, (last time they were at 3:30)
but sometimes there are meetings that he must attended.
Then I will let him know if there is an
activity the kids want him to be involved in.
(Helping paint scenery for a play or eating lunch on school lunch week.)
This helps the kids know how important education is to us.
And this is also a great way to let them know how proud we are of their successes.
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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Happy Birthday Dr. Suess

March 2nd. Dr. Suess' birthday. I love this day.
It is all about reading, and fun stories that you are asked to read over and over and over.
Until you have them memorized.
"Big A. Little a. What begins with A? Aunt Annie's alligator. A...A...A."

Since Little Miss E is sick,
and Little Miss D is starting to come down with the same thing,
I decided that we should just take it easy.
(I know, it shouldn't be tiring holding a sick 2 year-old, but it is.)
So I found a few things to keep the Misses busy.

The first place that I went was to:
What the Teacher Wants

I printed out a few of the activities I thought preschoolers could do and would enjoy.
The fish graph.
Big, bigger, biggest and small, smaller, smallest.

Then I found some coloring pages at:
Lucy Learns
The Cat's hat
A dot-to-dot
and just what the girls thought looked fun.

Then I went to:
Barnes & Noble
They have online story time each month.
I was very glad that Green Eggs and Ham was on the menu.

This was Cheerful Cheerleader's favorite book growing up
and has become Little Miss E's favorite.

Then I googled (yes, it's a verb) "Green Eggs and Ham"
and came across this site:
This site has fun games.
(I've been playing for a few minutes.)
Hopefully the kids will like it, too.
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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Pantry Organized (sorta)

We have a tiny pantry. Especially for the size of our family. But we have done a few things over the years to help fit the things we use every day.

One is to add shelves to hold everything.
We (by we I mean Sir Spoil-Her-Highness) added shelves for the bread, canned goods, and boxes of mixes.
Then we used the big boxes of oatmeal and bars to keep the oatmeal and snack items together and easily accessible. I empty the boxes of crackers, fruit snacks, and bars into that one box. This helps to save space. But that was getting kinda boring after a while.

After I checked out some of these AMAZING pantries,

Tatertots and Jello
The Letter Cafe
a little of this
House of Smith's
Decor Chick
Brown Paper Packages

I decided I could make it look awesome, even though ours is so small. So I started on it. I found some plastic containers at Shopko (less than half off) and some glass containers from Wal-Mart (about $5). Then I got to work on the Silhouette to make fun labels.
I used the border shape that came with the Silhouette and then used the Christie font.
Then I just changed the size to fit each container.

Then I found some baskets at Hobby Lobby to put the bags of cereal, baking chips, and chips in. As well as metal boxes for cocoa, popcorn, and season packets.

Now to get rid of all the evil contact paper and paint the inside. Then I think I will be happy with it.
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