Tuesday, November 26, 2013


I made place cards for Thanksgiving!

Snow Fun!

Some fun in the snow!


Christmas Cards

Some of my Christmas cards for this year!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Student Teachers

First, I really LIKE and RESPECT Adam's kindergarten teacher and his student teacher. I think his kindergarten teacher is fabulous (and I totally believe all elementary school teachers would be paid like NFL stars and NFL stars like elementary school teachers....MY priorities are straight....).  She's also a great supervising teacher (as someone who has been through an education degree, I know) and I think his student teacher will one day be a great teacher, both because of herself and the great mentoring she's getting.

That said.....student teachers.....

So last night we had this "family fun singing" night thingie that our student teacher plus two more in the building cooked up (I'm sure it was part of some assignment as they are all Kent State students and you all know my opinion of Kent State....I'll get to more of that in a few).  Okay, we aren't having a Christmas concert because the principal doesn't want to (long story, it is a matter of space, security, etc....all good reasons and I think he almost went into coronary arrest over last year's...so this year it is a craft day instead), so this sounds fun because we all like to see our kids sing and dance.  First, it doesn't start until 5:30 (okay, again you want turn out, this is after work...) and they are feeding us pizza (again, a smart move...you want people to show up, promise them free food).  So we there, you get food and you have time to eat...so nothing really starts until 6 (which I would have liked to know because my children really weren't interested in eating....I could have skipped the free food and just came at 6!).    Honestly, I think they should have done the songs THEN fed us so you can leave as you finish.  There are a few things out to see (not much though) of our children's' and some coloring pages.  Okay, not horrible.  Although every time we got up because the kids wanted something, we lost our seats because they didn't have enough tables down.

So at 6....the student teachers all have a little speech....not all that enlightening and then they want us ALL to come sing WITH the kids.  First, we don't know the songs (they did hand out words, I give them that) or the dances (they are doing them, but it is hard to follow that).  Second, we aren't really interested, let's be honest.  Third, we came to watch our kids and if we are up there with them we can't do that.  Last, because you don't have them in a group, all we can see is their backs....learn from music teachers...put them in a group FACING us and you put your back to us so you can encourage them along.  Also, there are obviously a lot of cameras, etc., out...you have just created chaos....it would have been better to ORGANIZE us, then we all know the rules and it is easier on all of us. 

Ray had to work, so I had to go alone with both boys (who were tired by this point....Adam has been sick this week).  It was not all that fun, although once Adam got going, he did a good job of singing the songs and doing the motions. I was proud of him. But it would have been a lot more fun if I could have sat in a regular chair.....would have also been easier to control Andrew.....

My other beef is that elementary school teachers all are creative....I am NOT.  Please don't expect me to be....student teachers are the worst because they haven't learned that we are all incompetent on this front yet....

Oh, my other point...so when I student taught, you did it FULL TIME.  Meaning you went all week, all day.  You were TEACHING.  These girls come TWICE a week.  Really?  This is NOT student teaching that's field experience (which I was required to do every year before my final year when I student taught).  Kent State needs to FIX that.  That is RIDICULOUS and takes away the entire point, in my opinion! 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013


Adam working on his letters and numbers! Numbers are easy for him...letters are more of a challenge!

Gaming with Dad!

Bird Feeder

Andrew made this bird feeder in class. I got to help as this was the project on my helping day.  This is a TP role with PB and birdseed. 

WHS Pillow

I have a bunch of old HS t-shirts. This was my solution for them!

Kid Crafts

Adam has been in the craft mood. 

This is my favorite of these little coloring sets I get from Jo-Ann's by him so far.  He needs to work on control in coloring anyway, so they are a great project for him.

Andrew insisted on doing some as well.

Adam wanted to make cards...what he really wanted to do was play with Mommy's Cricut!

Christmas Knitting

I'm doing "slipper socks" for Christmas.  These are my first two finished pairs (I'd have one more except those were the ones that Andrew was wearing....centimeters vs. inches does matter....).


I just love my Cricut!
I did a few pages in Andrew's scrapbook.


We did get a little snow last week, although it is all gone now.  It took me forever to find Andrew new boots and now I don't need them.  Grr....

Tuesday, November 19, 2013


Oh, it turned out Andrew had an upper respiratory track infection....grrr....first, that I was in last week and they said there was nothing and second, that I missed it on Thursday....but we got him in on Friday (no thanks to the pediatrician's office who, of course, couldn't see him) and he's doing much better.  Now hopefully we can all get some sleep....

Friday, November 15, 2013

Kids' Work

If you want to check out the boys' schoolwork, I am putting some it of it on my Google site. Enjoy!  Adam is making some good strides!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

My little sickie....

I got called to pick up Andrew from school today.  He was coughing...honestly, he really isn't sick.  It is all drainage and he is coughing a lot.  Not my definition of sick....but oh, well, I picked the kid up.  He's had a few coughing fits and  they must have taken pity on him. I really wish this cough would go away!  He's fine 95% of the time, but that 5% he does sound pretty miserable.  I wish I could help him.... 

Deep Dish Pizza

We made these today.  Ray just loved them!  I'm going to try making my own pizza dough next time!  These are very versatile - you can really put anything in them! I just put what I did this time, but it is just like pizza - you do whatever you'd like in pizza!

Deep Dish Pizza
Modified from Pampered Chef
1 pkg refrigerated pizza crust
1/4 lb Italian sausage, browned and drained
1/4 lb pepperoni, chunked
1/4 cup onion, diced
1/4 cup red pepper, diced
1/2 jar pizza sauce
12 oz Italian shredded cheese
Roll out pizza dough and cut into 12 pieces.  Place each into brownie pan well.  Fill with toppings (sausage, pepperoni, onion and red pepper).  Put on a scoop of pizza sauce.  Top with cheese.
Bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes or until center is done.
Makes 12 squares.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Am I caught up?

So we got back from CO, then Adam got sick...then Andrew....so we are finally all healthy (may we stay this way!) now and hopefully can really seem to get with it.  Andrew is our little "sickie" and gets everything SO MUCH harder than Adam, so its been a long week with him. 

I spent today catching up and hopefully will continue tomorrow. Wish me luck!


School pictures

Working at home!
Adam's conference was yesterday - he's doing really well.  His strength is definitely math (he can already add and subtract), and not reading...and of course all the standardized testing the state does - reading only!  UGH!!  He'll get there.  His behavior has really improved and that makes it possible for him to really start learning.  He's working on sight reading now
His teacher did tell me that she had the class all write out their numbers, to see who could do it and Adam was the one of the few who could!  Now start on letters and he's hopeless....oh, well, he is learning them, just much more slowly.  He likes numbers a lot more!


Being a puppy dog for me
I had Andrew's conference last week - he's doing okay, but definitely to the "I don't want to do this" stage of preschool....I was in there on Tuesday and got to see first hand. He actually sits okay and does fine most of the time...until he decides he doesn't want to do something and then he just won't do it (example: trace your name).  He'll get the message....


The boys helping with raking this year


A few last pictures from Halloween
Andrew as a chicken at his preschool

Common Sense is his superpower - Ray wore this to work this year!

 I found this recently - the one and only time I got Ray to do matching costumes!

Adam's Halloween parade at school

Friday, November 01, 2013

Disrupted Day....

So this week has been unproductive and I knew yesterday was going to be a mess and it was.  I mean I got to do cool things with the boys (which I don't begrudge them), but I didn't get anything accomplished....

Andrew's school had a Harvest Fest, which I helped with. Then I had like an hour before I had to be back to pick him up (he was pretty upset that I was there, but he wasn't going home....).  Then we had lunch with Daddy as a treat.  We then had to be at Adam's school at 1:30 for his Halloween parade, which made Adam very happy, but meant a grumpy Andrew (who should have been napping already).  Go home, get Andrew down, then get him back up like 40 minutes later to go get Adam from the bus.....

Dinner and whatnot, then Ray gets home from Tai Chi and then I'm off to knitting.  Then I had orientation at 9....what a day....it wouldn't have seemed so annoying if the rest of the week hadn't been so unproductive....

Andrew also seems to be developing a cough....ugh.....he's home today (he doesn't have school on Fridays) and is already being a pest....