Thursday, May 29, 2008

Children's Museum and a Countdown to Yellowstone!

Now that Isaac is out of school...I am trying to keep him busy until Yellowstone. Today we went to The Children's Museum with some friends. They have a new dinosaur exhibit. It is the "year of the dinosaur" in Portland. The_Children's_Museum, OMSI, and even the zoo all have dino exhibits right now. Good timing as Isaac LOVES dinosaurs!

Yesterday we (Isaac and I) were very busy! He made a book of holidays! He drew a picture of every holiday (including his b-day! LOL) and then we made a cover and then I bound it with my BIA! He kept saying "Is it a REAL book? " Funny! I will take pictures but this morning he had to show his dad and he laid it on the bathroom floor and it ruined the cover! So we have to redo that!

Then we made a countdown to Yellowstone because 3 weeks to a 4 year-old doesn't mean much! He kept waking up and asking if we were going today! Didn't think I could handle that for 18 more days! =) I used some very old supplies! Don't even know when I got those little paper doll hikers! Pictures aren't great because I hung it in front of a window!

Friday, May 23, 2008

School's Out!

Well, for Isaac's preschool at least! Tadd still has 3 more weeks! I made these cards for the teachers to say thanks and have a happy summer! Isaac will be returning there next year.
And, I am happy to say I just completed my first design team submission! Glad to have it turned in! It was fun to work on though! Now I'll have to find something else to be working on!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Preschool Scrapbooks

This is Isaac's first year of preschool. One of the things I really like is that they are given a scrapbook of their year! We (the parents) had to sign up for a day or two (field trip, party, or dress up day) where we came and took the pictures and then made a page for each kid. They are even made especially for that Isaac's book is mostly pictures of him on those days. I had pajama day and gingerbread house family night. I am also in charge of putting them all together (to give out tomorrow!) so I did the cover too! These are the pictures of the pages I did in Isaac's book.

Gingerbread House Night. Every kid had a picture with their parent, their house, and 2 others.
Pajama Day they made Pancakes. You'd think I could get a better picture of my own kid! This is the cover. The painted person they did on the 1st day. (Black is name blocked out!)

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Been awhile!

This is a super busy time of year for us. Tadd is at the end of track season (tonight is actually the last meet) and so he hasn't been home before the kids are in bed for the last 3 nights. Which makes for a very long day for me! We went to the meet tonight but had to leave early to go to a preschool family picnic. I'm glad it was nice out! Our first nice day in awhile!

Next week Tadd takes his Freshman on a week long field trip to SE Oregon. I am having some friends over on Tuesday night for a crop. Last year I did a "colorful crop" and this year (thanks to Christine for the idea) it is "TIME to crop". I am doing challenges for prizes, we are swapping bags of things that represent our favorite time of year, and I am making them all b-day books with my BIA! Still have to do that! I'll probably be up late Monday doing it! =)

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Mother's Day Tea

Isaac's preschool had a little mother's day tea today. We made flower pencil holders that they had already painted. In class they had made us tiles with their handprints on them. So cute! But the best part was the card. The teacher had interviewed each kid with questions about their mom. Here are Isaac's answers:

What is your mom's name? Lynn
What is you mom's favorite food? Watermelon
What is your mom's job? Laundry
What is your mom's favorite TV show? Rachel Ray
What is your mom's favorite thing to do? Snuggle with me
What is your favorite thing to do with your mom? Paint

The laundry one really got is what I am the worst at! Seems I am never caught up! =) Anyway, it was a fun way to start a mother's day weekend! Tomorrow...scrapbooking with friends from 2-11! WooHoo!

And these are what Isaac made for his teachers. He did all the painting himself. We were going to put dots on both of them but the first 3 dots he did on the pink one must have looked like a face to him because then he put a smile on it! We did the dots with a pencil eraser. He also picked out all the colors and flowers himself!

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

"All the Way from Oregon"

This is the picture of the poster my 6th graders (who are now seniors!) made for the NY firemen in 2001! (See yesterday's post!) After writing about it last night, I got out my NY scrapbook to see this picture! A very neat memory, not only for those 12 year olds who made it, but for me as well.

Don't forget...

This coming from a former teacher! LOL! Teaching 6th grade meant I didn't get anything from my students...guess they didn't appreciate me (until later...more in a minute!). But the PTA always had some goodies as did the principal and vp usually! This is one of 2 gifts we are giving Isaac's preschool teachers! I made this one and he'll make the other! (We haven't quite made it yet!) I got this idea from Noel Joy. The little sayings with the flourishes are her designs. Sorry about the quality of the is midnight so no great light! I am always rushing to get Isaac out the door so I didn't want to wait until morning to take the pictures and of course I just finished making them! =)

So, about my 6th graders not appreciating until later...I just got a letter from an old student who is about to graduate from high school! She just said she was writing to some of her favorite teachers that had made an impact in her life! WOW! I had her in my class in 2001...September 11! That year Tadd and I went to NY in December and I had my kids make a poster for the firemen/policemen. I folded it up in my suitcase. One day in NY we were going to find a firehouse to deliver it to and after eating lunch we saw a firetruck in Times Square just sitting there and people getting their picture taken with the firemen. I delivered the poster right there and took pictures of them holding it up. They had tears and so did we! All the onlookers couldn't believe it had come "all the way" from Oregon! Anyway, the reason I mention this, is the student who wrote me the letter mentioned what a cool thing that was! You always wonder what (if anything) sticks in their 12-year-old head! Glad to know something did!