Monday, March 28, 2011

Kids say the funniest things

I got my hair cut and highlighted this past weekend. I got about 3 inches cut off and went from my normal mousy brown (with sparkly silver highlights) to BLONDE! When the kids got into the classroom this morning, most noticed (they notice EVERYTHING!) but not many said much. One of my little friends came up and said

"Oh good. Your hair is yellow now. That will be easier when I draw you."

Hooray! Pack away those brown crayons kids!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Sew Something Sunday#7

This SSS almost did not happen being as though I BROKE my new sewing machine! While I am waiting for a solution to this latest dilemma, Mom let me borrow her machine so that I could finish up a project that I started for her high school girlfriends reunion next weekend. She wanted a little purse pouch that the girls could keep little things in such as lipsticks, store courtesy cards, gum.....whatever. I decided to make the outside of the pouches the same black-on-black design and the insides are all a different print. Each one has a coordinating button and a snap closure. I think that I will call them "Peekaboo Purse Pouches". What do you think? Here is the finished product!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011


I really like these gals. I think that the powers that be brought us together at this time when we all needed each other. Lots of laughs, a few tears and building a base of great memories.

Thank you to the powers that be!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

St. Pat's Day "Little Things" and my First Grade post is the same. It was a fun day! Enjoy.

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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Sew Something Sunday #6

Due to the birthday party (see previous post), SSS is going to be a "cut out the pattern pieces" Sunday instead. My newest project is one of the most involved that I have ever tackled so I do not think that it will be a one day thing. Here is a picture of the fabric that will be involved though! I have also been asked by Mom to do a little project for her too, so I will keep you all posted!

Birthday Party!

Today was a fun gathering with my family. We got together to celebrate my Mom's birthday. I hosted and as usual, everyone helped by bringing delicious dishes to share. Here are the highlights.
Here is the sunflower birthday cake that I made for my Mom. OK.....the yellow frosting in the spray can was not that easy to use but gave me the results that I was hoping for. Mini chocolate chip in the middle to look like the seeds......go ahead...say I am smart... :) I told my sister-in-law Jen that when she opens her bakery after retirement, I will apply to work for her. The other cake did not get the fancy treatment but instead was covered in red, white and pinks heart shaped sprinkles. Both were yummy!

Singing Happy Birthday is always the highlight and Elizabeth helped Mimi blow out the candles!
Here is the craft logging portion of this post. When I had the opportunity to babysit Jenny's cricut machine a few weeks go, I cut out these little beauties. I was unsure of what to do with them. Turns out that they were perfect for Mom. 3 went in the spring picture below and one went on the card. Got to use the glue gun to put the buttons on the frame and was able to use cute little yellow brads on the card.
The best part of today was being all together. Here is the latest picture of the Big 6! they are growing up way too fast.Take some time soon to enjoy your loved ones!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

I Love My Mac!

Thank goodness for my Mac laptop. I had to do report cards today and enjoyed sitting in my library room, in the sun with my work buddy, drinking tea, eating snacks and chewing gum. I could not have done this tethered to a desktop computer. Thanks Mac!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011


I am a terrible teacher. There. I said it. I have a confession to make. I do not love Dr. Seuss. Try not to judge me. I can remember when Nate was little, he wanted to hear "Hop on Pop". Every night. Multiple times. I could "read" it in my sleep. I thought that I would jump out the window if I had to read it one more time. I would read it again and I didn't jump.

I don't remember hearing Dr. Seuss being read over and over when I was a child and I think that maybe my Mom felt the same way that I do?

There is just one thing. I love that children love Dr. Seuss. I had a student a bunch of years ago that really struggled with reading. Her parents, me, tutors, AIS providers all struggled with getting her to read. I remember the day that she came up to me, her first grader eyes smiling and said "Mrs. Faas! Mrs. Faas! I CAN READ THIS WHOLE BOOK ALL BY MYSELF!" She was SO proud! And so was I.

I am sure that you know where I am going with this. That is the day that "Ten Apples Up on Top" by Theodor Seuss Geisel became my favorite Seuss book, as well as becoming Patricia's favorite.

As a primary teacher, I do read Dr. Seuss books to my class. I only read them a couple of times and I seem to enjoy them a little more than I did. Mostly because the children think that the books are hysterical. They are easy to read and kids feel proud when they can independently read them cover to cover. For that, I am grateful.

Thanks, Dr., to you
for all that you do
giving kids what they need
while they're learning to read!

Thanks Dr. Seuss!