Happy 100th Day of School

I’m having a little bit of trouble believing that the 100th day of school is here already!  Before you know it, I’ll be writing about the last day…

Wildman’s homework for this special day was to place 100 edible things into a bag for snack or “brain break” as his teacher calls it.  He chose Froot Loops.  I poured him a big bowl and asked him to count out 100 before eating the rest for snack.  He quickly made two piles of fifty and scooped them into the bag to take into school.  He was quite eager to down the rest with a little milk as his afternoon snack yesterday 🙂

His second homework task involved cutting out a large number “100” (not forgetting the middle of the zeros) and gluing 100 things to it.  After brainstorming several options, Wildman finally settled on beads for his 100 things.  He also insisted that I fire up the hot glue gun while he counted out 10 piles of 10 beads to glue on his number.  So, that’s what we did.  Even though there are hot glue strings all over the place, I’m happy he chose that adhesive.  It dried super quick and it holds the beads firmly on the cardstock.

Happy 100th Day from our neck of the woods!

Advent Calendar Activities

This is the first year that I’ve put together a list of advent activities to help the kids count down to Christmas.  We’re about halfway in and I’m loving how this list has helped us slow down to truly enjoy this magical season.

So, here’s my list.  I left the numbers jumbled up so the kids can make a game of finding our next activity.  I had grand plans of placing the activities into some kind of advent calendar but I simply ran out of time.  Maybe next year I’ll make something like this.  Until then, a plain printed list will have to do.

13- Watch a Christmas movie as a family

22- Drive around to look at lights

5- Make hot chocolate

25- Light a fire in the firepit

4- Listen to Christmas music during dinner

9- Make our own ornaments

6- Wildman’s School Program!

8- Christmas paint by number kit

22- Have Christmas dinner party with friends

1- Put Christmas Lego set together

21- Decorate cookies

19- Take treats to neighbors

23-Walk Verbenia Ct.

16- Cutie Pie’s School Program!

7- Write a letter to Santa

15- Watch Santa come by on fire truck!

24- Have Yaya, Nana, Papa and Uncle Chris over, sprinkle Reindeer food on lawn

18- Make fudge with mom

11- Family game night

17-Participate in the holiday boat parade

10- Buy a gift for someone in need

20- Read a Christmas book

2- Go in the hot tub

3- Plant Poinsettas in front flower bed

12- Make candy cane reindeer

I snapped a few photos of the boys (and J) working on their Christmas paint-by-numbers:

Christmas Goody Bags for Preschool

I put together these Rudolph-themed goody bags for Cutie Pie’s class.  The antler headbands are from the $1 bin at JoAnn Fabrics.  B and I whipped up the reindeer treats in the test tubes for our craft fair in November.  We had a few left over so they were added to the goody bag as well.  The bag toppers were from Hobby Lobby and are leftovers from last year’s projects.  I found the big jingle bells to tie on the top at the dollar store.  Not too shabby for a relatively inexpensive gift for preschoolers.

Here is the poem that I printed to go with the Magic Reindeer Food:

Homemade Vanilla

Because I loved and completely used up the homemade vanilla from Bethany, I decided to follow her instructions for how to make my own.  What an awesome little gift for people!

I ordered 25 Tahitian vanilla beans from a supplier on ebay.  The 4 oz. bottles came from here.  The vodka was a 1.75L bottle from ABC.  I’m pretty sure the brand doesn’t make much of a difference.  In fact, you can make vanilla extract with other liquors like rum but vodka is the preferred alcohol because of its neutral flavor.

I used two beans per jar.  I cut them lengthwise then crosswise and stuffed the eight pieces into the Boston round bottles.

Cutie Pie lent a hand pouring 1/2 cup of vodka into each bottle.

We capped the bottles right away and put them in a dark place to steep.  Ideally, they should steep for at least 2 months so I put that on the labels that I placed on the jars- “Best when used after 2/3/2012”.

You can use amber bottles to protect your vanilla extract from degradation from UV light.  I figured this stuff is going to be stored in a cabinet so UV exposure is not really a big deal.

Busy, Crazy Friday…

Today B and I are setting up for our city’s Founder’s Day craft fair.  The event is tomorrow but we’re able to set up our tables and display our goodies this afternoon.  A lot of our craft ideas have come from Pinterest which is the perfect website for people like me.  I am inspired by so many wonderful things on that site!  I found the cute little snowman wrapper here.

This craft fair could not be happening at a worse time though.  Cutie Pie is sick.  He threw up twice yesterday.  So all of the last minute errands that I needed to do for the craft fair have been kind of pushed aside to care for my baby.  Also, B’s mother-in-law is in the hospital with pneumonia and three cancerous masses at various spots throughout her body.  I received a phone call from Flash (B’s husband) last night at 10:30 saying that his mom had taken a turn for the worse and he needed me to be with his kids while he ran to the hospital.  B was already at the hospital since she was planning to work a night shift as an RN.

Flash’s mom stabilized during the night but she’s still on life support and no one really knows what’s going to happen from  here.  Flash woke me up at 6:45 am this morning so that I could go home to be with my family.  I’ve been in a fog ever since.  J let me sleep for a little while longer and took Wildman to school.  Cutie Pie is still home sick and is napping.  I’m so worried about Flash’s mom.

The kicker is that today is B’s 40th birthday.  What a way to celebrate this milestone.  Flash had a surprise party all set up for tomorrow afternoon after the craft fair.  But now those plans have been scrapped.  I’m hoping to still do something special for B even if it’s just taking her out to lunch today.

Gumball machine idea came from here.

Bake Sale Contribution

We’re getting ready to run out the door to Wildman’s Mad Science Night.  Thought I’d share my bake sale contribution- Purple People Eaters!  Hope the kids like these cute Halloween treats 🙂

Monster Bookmarks for the Star Student

Wildman was star student in his class last week.  The honor meant that he was line leader all week, got to read in the classroom tent with his choice of friends, got to determine which three days the students would eat lunch in their classroom and got to bring in special treats all week for his classmates.  It was a pretty big deal, as you can imagine.

I took Wildman to Target last weekend to pick out healthy snacks to bring in.  He chose hummus with carrots and wheat sticks, apple sauce, string cheese, whole apples, grapes, dried fruit trail mix and granola bars.  I whipped up a batch of yellow cake balls as the one unhealthy but yummy treat of the week 🙂

Wildman’s teacher is a reading fanatic.  She loves to read and is extremely determined to make her students proficient readers as well as lovers of books.  So, I knew that I wanted to make bookmarks for the kids last week as well.  I found directions for how to make cute monster page corner bookmarks here via Pinterest.  The kids loved them!

I’m a total Pinterest junkie nowadays…  I find that I can squander massive amounts of time looking at all the inspiring eye candy!  It’s an addiction.  Help!

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