Friday, November 28, 2008

Recent Happenings

I am going to have to go with just captions for this post because I am so behind! Luckily, it is because I have been having too much fun. 

Before you get worried, this is a nice police officer that came for our Great American Teach In day mid November. He was telling the students about his career and just to demonstrate he picked me out of the kids and HANDCUFFED ME and put me in the back of the police car. The students' response was cheering and, "Who's gonna teach us now?" We also got to tour a $600,000 RV with heated floors, we had a boom operator from the Air Force, and a lawyer who taught them about the government. 

All of 2nd grade has a Thanksgiving feast together in the cafeteria. Our class's assignment was stuffing. Yes, we made stuffing for 150 2nd graders! It was fun and the students loved helping, especially with my cuisenart chopper! It only made me slightly depressed when during the feast I realized the person I asked to take the stuffing out of the oven forgot, and so the first 4 classes were done eating and didn't get any of it! Bummer.
My mom and dad came to visit for Thanksgiving and decided to join me at school for a day. You better believe I put them to work! They both helped with the Thanksgiving projects we made.
Here I am trying to make sure all my students get to help with the stuffing equally!
The fruits of our labors. We wove placemats, made potato turkeys, and a flower decoration on which they wrote things they were thankful for. 
I put my dad's storytelling skills to use by making him tell my all time favorite story, Rindercella. If you haven't heard have to! My students LOVED it!
Thanksgiving day. Here is my table all set for dinner. My mom made the flower centerpiece which was beautiful! 
Chris and I decided that Thanksgiving is just more fun with a lot of people, so we invited our friends, the Alvarez family and our buddy Craig.
Too busy cooking to do my hair! Oh well. Here we are happy and full.
Believe it or not we ate after dinner! Who can say no to See's chocolates and Craig's homemade salsa and guacamole?
On Saturday we went to Orlando and went to the temple. It was nice to be in the beautiful building and have some quiet time.
After the temple and some shopping we went to Downtown Disney and walked around the fun shops. We had to stop at the most crowded place there too...the Ghirardelli ice cream shop. Mmmm! We should have gotten a picture of that!
On Sunday my mom helped me decorate my Christmas tree. Too bad we had to struggle with the million plugs to get it lit! Oh, it only took 2 hours! You would think the things would be labeled, but no. Before that thing goes down, you better believe I am labeling those suckers! My tree has no star because it snapped! I have to get out the glue gun. Thanks to mom and dad for already bringing presents! It helps my house look so Christmasy. 

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Future Fashionista!

I have this 7 year old girl in my 2nd grade class this year that I am going to be keeping an eye out for in about 20 years. The last time I said this was because I believed I would see this other student's name and mug shot on America's Most Wanted. Luckily, instead I will be looking for this girl's face at New York Fashion Week. After morning work I give students who finish early time to either read or color. This girl picked a notebook out of my prize basket earlier this year and has been filling it with what you will see below. By the way, she comes up with the ideas and the NAMES all on her own! I think it is awesome!

How cute are these straps?!
"Just in case you're mad in the morning" she explains.

There's nothing like a fish bodice to hide the hips

Notice the hanger and the word "life." She told me the dress is in a life bag to keep it safe.

How smart to add a turtle neck so you can wear summer fashions in Fall!
She told me she felt she had to add an outfit for the boys. I hope it's for Halloween!
So culturally minded!
This is one of my favorites. Who can resist a dress called "Summer all the time?"
Don't most of us want to extend our legs?
Shocking! :)

I believe she was inspired by Snow White

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

What Would You Do?

I am the Beehive Counselor at church, and my partner made the girls a little treat last Sunday. She was sweet enough to make one for me too. I happen to be trying to eat better and have been training at the gym for 6 months now trying to get skinny. I would be lying if I said I was just trying to be healthy. Anyway, after seeing what she brought, what would you have done?

This is a huge apple dipped in delicious caramel, then dipped in melted chocolate, then rolled in each girl's particular favorite candy bar. She had slyly asked each person their favorite type as if just having a casual conversation. Mine happened to be rolled in crushed up Snickers Bar.

So... what did I do? I kindly, sweetly said, "No thank you, I am trying to eat healthier." That's what you would have said, right?

Are you kidding me! I came home from church, enjoyed a green salad to limit the guilt, then dug into one of the best treats I have had in awhile! Chris walked by and told me that I can't claim to be on a diet anymore. Oh well. It was so worth it! Thanks Nikki, I won't hold you accountable for the weight I'm sure I gained. :)

Monday, November 3, 2008

Bathroom Floors

After looking at boxes of travertine in our entry way for oh, 3 or 4 months, we finally got around to getting it installed in our bathrooms! Yea! It looks really nice and we are so happy to be rid of the nasty linoleum. 
The only negative is that now we have the itch to do the rest of our floors. I would love to rip out all of the carpet and flooring, except in the bedrooms, and put in a medium colored bamboo. Chris wants travertine everywhere, or a mixture of the two. I think that a mixture (like the entry way and kitchen in travertine and the main room and dining room in bamboo) will make the house look smaller and choppy. 
 After pricing everything we have realized this is going to be a pretty expensive project. This has also led to Chris researching other tiling that may be cheaper. He is now trying to push Saltillo tile. I think the reddish clay tile is really pretty, I just can't decide if it is the look I want.
What is your opinion? Am I being stubborn by holding out for all bamboo or should I compromise?
Here are some pictures of our new flooring in the bathrooms.

Yucky Linoleum

Our bathroom
Guest Bathroom

Saltillo Tile

Bamboo Flooring