Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Wordful Wednesday - Yesteryear & Silly Faces.

I know several of you have done this already and I have to but I have never posted them.. Until now. Again, I was really excited about my Wordful Wednesday Post but I forgot my camera at school. This time I did actually grab my camera bag. It just didn't have my camera in it.. Great huh? Since I love to take part in these fun little linky things.. I searched and searched for a picture I wanted to use but couldn't find one that just jumped out at me . So I decided to yearbook myself. You guys should try it to. It is such fun and let me tell you .. a lot of laughing is involved. This would be me in 1960. And this is what I would've looked like in 62. These pictures crack me up. I look like my dad in a wig. I have got to post a picture of him back in 62 so you guys can see what I am talking about.. Of course he was sportin' a flat top and not a mop of curly hair.. but still..I just need a 5 o'clock shadow and that would so be him...

Although, looking back on yesteryear was much fun. I think I will head back into the here and now. Where people and technology have come a long way.. and pictures show a truer since of who one really was..

See what I mean..lol. One of my little guys took this of me at work last year. He said, "Teacher make a silly face", so I did. Afterwards when he looked at the picture he said, "I really wish you would've made a silly face, it would have been much funnier". I then asked him, "well what kind of face does this look like to you" he said, "Silly teacher, it looks like your face." Kids, you gotta love em!
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It smells like my teacher

I just love it when my parents say, "Hey, do you have a minute, I want to tell you something". I will admit sometimes I think, Oh, NO! What have I done? What have I said.. but I always listen. I wanna know what my kids say about school at home. So anyway, the mother proceeded to tell me this story.

The other day Mikey (name changed) and I were out shopping. He was begging me to go home so he could play with his new toy that he earned this week from keeping up with his chores and not fighting with his sister. I knew that he was tired but I just needed to go to one more store. I wanted to use my Bath and Body Works coupon that was just about to expire. After a few complaints from Mikey..we were hand in hand headed into the store. It was the first time that he had ever been with me @ bath and body works. I knew that it would be boring for him but I also knew that it wouldn't take me long. As we walked in, I headed straight toward the soaps but Mikey stopped dead in his tracks. I turned back to look at him and he had a big smile on his face. I could see him taking everything in. I asked him, what are you thinking little man? He then said, I love this place. It smells just like my teacher.

I loved that she shared this story with me. It may not seem like a big deal to any of you guys but it warmed my heart. You see, I want everything about their first year of school to be a pleasant experience. I want them to experience everything using every sense. I want them to feel new things, see new things, hear new things, and smell new things. I want them to be so engaged that learning seems fun and exciting. Although, I have no clue what the store smelled like or what triggered him to think that.. I love knowing that his association with me is a pleasant one.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Not Me Monday - Guess What I found?

I had so much fun participating in Not Me! Monday last week I thought that I would join in the fun again.. You guys should really check out some of these post.. Head on over to McMamma's to see all of those who have posted Not Me! Monday entries..I did not skip ahead a day in my lesson plans at work because I forgot my camera at home. Following a plan is far more important then having pictures for my blog right? Yep, it totally is.. that is why I would never do that...

I did not go and see Nights in Rodanthe this weekend and bawl my eyes out. Of course I wouldn't do that because I read the book and already knew exactly what would happen. Who would put themselves through all that crying? Not me, that's for sure.

I did not get really excited when I found out that Washington Redskins beat the Cowboys. It is not true that my favorite team is whomever plays the Cowboys. that would just be silly..

I did not go to my school and work on my room for 3 three hours on Saturday. I have better things to do then work on the weekend. While I was not there, I most certainly did not cover every inch of all my rooms in Halloween decor. On the way home from not being there, I did not fret about the sensory overload my students will face when they see all the decorations that are not there..What teacher in her right mind would get her students all excited on a MONDAY. Ugh. Not me.

I did not borrow a bar of soap and toilet paper from my parents house because I didn't want to go to Wal-Mart on a Sunday afternoon. After not borrowing from my folks, I did not end up at Wal-Mart anyway for one must never borrow deodorant from anyone. Eww.

I did not think that Edie Britt's new husband on Desperate Housewifes looked familar. And when I did not finally realize who I thought he looked like, I did not ask my friend - Hey does he look like Marlboro man Man to you? You know- PW's husband. As if, they were a household name.
I did not secretly wish that Rob Lowe would show up at my door for no reason, while I was watching Brothers and Sisters. I mean come on.. Who visits after 10 on a Sunday night..
(now your not wishing that either are you?)

Okay, I could go on and on. Seriously (can you tell Grey's is back on). But I will stop with the Not Me Post.. Until next week, of course.

Do you remember this post? The one in which I was searching for the 3 opening frames? Well I found them.. Of course not in my town.. ugh. But nonetheless, I found them. I bought 5 of them. I loved the idea found at Joy's of Home so much that I wanted to try and make some for fun little gifts to give.. Here are the first two that I have made.. I plan on making a few more and I am hoping they get better each time.. They are super easy to make..

Okay- So I added bows. To both of mine.. I likes bows. I think everything looks cuter with a bow. Aren't they so fun? On the next one I am going to make sure the letters aren't so big.. but trial and error works for me..

I would have been way more productive this weekend.. but um, I had a little bit of a distraction laying around..

Head on over to Ms. Whitney's to enter for a chance to win all things pink in Honor of her friend Lindsey. Also take the time to read her moving email from this dear friend.

Ready or Not, Monday's here!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

I hope people see that in me...

Earlier today I sent an email to Candid Carrie letting her know that I was going to take part in the Photo Finish Friday. I have really been taking a lot of photos of my class this week and I already knew exactly what I was going to blog about.. It was planned out in my mind.. This afternoon as I started to think about my post.. I thought I should at least upload my pictures... Ugh. This is when I found out that I had left my camera at school... I hate when I leave my camera at work. I hate when I leave my camera at home. I love it to be with me at all times.. I just don't feel right without it.. Okay, not really but it sounded good right?

I searched through my pictures and I thought.. Which one do I want to use.. I kept coming back to this one.. and so folks : ) Here you go:

My Mother and I

I took this picture of my mom and me the other day. We were just goofing around and being silly but I really love it. All my life I have been told that I look exactly like my dad.. but in this picture I see the similarities between my mom and I. The more I thought about it the more I realized. I do hope people think I look like my Mom. But really it's not the outside features that I am talking about.. For you see... My Mom has the sweetest spirit ever. I hope people see that in me. My Mom is scrappy. She fights for what she believes is right. I hope people see that in me. My Mom loves with her whole heart. She will do any and everything she can for those she loves and for even those she barely knows. I hope people see that in me. My Mom is crafty. My Mom has a good eye for decorating. I hope people see that in me. My Mom is tender hearted. My Mom aches for the hurting and prays for their needs. I hope people see that in me. My Mom makes mistakes but learns from them. She doesn't hide them away. I hope people see that in me.


Someone sent this to me the other day in an email. It had a witty little saying that I will not repeat but I do think it's one of the cutest things I have ever seen. It is totally not my picture. I don't know where it came from.. but I thought it was so cute. It definitely brought a smile to my face and I hope it makes you smile too. Don't you think it's just the cutest little donkey you have ever seen?

For more Friday Foto Finish Fiesta Post... Check em' out at Candid Carries.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

I Believe....

Let's see, My new writing assignment from Mama's Losing It.. this week is 10 Things I believe in... 1. I believe in Jesus. I believe he was born of a virgin, lived a godly life, died for my sins, and rose again. I also believe that just believing is not enough. I believe in actively pursuing a daily relationship with him. You see, He and I - We're pretty tight. Along with that, I believe in Faith, the power of prayer, healing, and gathering as a body of Christ.

2. I believe in love. I believe love is a daily choice. I believe it doesn't always happen freely. I believe that people are confused when it comes to love. I believe the world has painted love as sex & getting your own way. My prayer is to love according to 1 Corinthians 13:4-13. I once had a professor in college that said, take out the word love and put your name in place of it. He had us memorize it this way. It really made an impact on me. Because really, in all honesty am I entirely this way? At all times? No. But I strive to be.. and when I fail miserably..I just have to try again.. because like I believe to me it's a daily choice.

Becky is patient, Becky is kind. Becky does not envy, Becky does not boast, Becky is not proud. Becky is not rude, Becky is not self-seeking, Becky is not easily angered, Becky keeps no record of wrongs. Becky does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. She always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.- 1 Corinthians 13:4-13

3. I believe that I have a lot of people in my life that will be there NO MATTER WHAT! I have a wonderful family that is so supportive of everything and anything I want to do. Of course a lot of times they are the voice of reason..but that is good too. I also have a core group of friends that I can always count on. I love each and everyone of them for different reasons. They each bring something different to my life.

4. I believe in being outlandish despite what others think. I have always loved this quote:

"Take Time Everyday To Do Something Silly" - Philppa Walker or this one: "Blessed is he who has learned to laugh at himself, for he shall never cease to be entertained." I have always liked those quotes and I have always tried to follow them. I never take myself to seriously and I always try to put a little silly into each day...
(My friends and I rocking out to "Ain't No Mountain High Enough")

5. I believe in a helping hand, not a hand out. I believe we hinder people by making them to dependent on us. I believe in working hard and earning your own way. I believe in a strong work ethic. I wish more people did...

6. I believe in America. I believe we live in a great country. I believe in the principles we were founded on. I just wish we weren't so far away from them. I know our country is in a mess right now & things are crazy-scary even. But there is something about the Ole' Red, White, and Blue that makes my heart swell with pride and makes my eyes well up with tears. I am proud to be an American. I also believe in the military. I believe they are not honored enough. In my eyes they are all heroes.

7. I believe in the Golden Rule. I believe it is still true. I believe that if people would choose to follow this.. our world would be a much better place. I do not believe it is outdated or old fashion. I think it is good sound advice. I believe in being the best me, I can be. 8. I believe that having a strong faith and morals does not make you close minded.

9. I believe kids today are forced to grow up to fast. I believe they are exposed to way to much way to early. I believe at times, people expect to much out of them. I teach 4 year olds and many times I have to remind myself, Becky - They have only been on this earth 1,460 some odd days. It really puts things in perspective for me..

10. I believe in making the best out of a bad situation. I try to look for the good in all things. Again, at times I fail miserably and I get wrapped up in the why me, or how come phase.. But I have always found in looking for the good, the bad gets easier.

Wow- this post seems kinda serious. Just for the fun of it.. I will add some more without all the wordy explanations. I believe in laughter, dancing in the rain, singing in the shower, trying new things, keeping secrets, being a good friend, helping others, random acts of kindness, learning new things, accepting people for who they are, forgiving but not forgetting, and having the last word : )

What do you believe in?

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Wordful Wednesday & I was tagged..

I decided to take part in wordful Wednesday... Click on the above link to see more wordful Wednesday entries..

In celebration of the letter "M" we had a Manicures and Mustache party in my classroom.

These little guys were so excited. We of course we did things backward...We shaved first and then got mustaches.. But does it really matter? They were so cute sporting their little mustaches all day. Every one ooh and ahhed over them and they were totally eating it up. The girls had fun too.. They thought it was so cool that the high school girls were painting their fingernails...

First a little soaking... then a little painting.. And then the final results.. How cute are these kids?
Have I told any of you lately how much I love love love my job?
I have been tagged by Jaime at Baldwin Bunglow. I'm supposed to state 7 random or weird facts about myself. Oh, Well here goes nothing..

1. I am left handed. I am ambidextrous actually but I do all my writing with my left hand. I do most everything else with my right hand. This is not weird. I know.. but it is random. Right?

2. When I was 9 years old I was almost abducted. My description of the man lead to his arrest. 3 other children were not so lucky.

3. I went to college at Hillsdale FWB College in Moore. A little over 2 hours from my hometown. I loved college life so much. I also loved the freedom of coming and going as I pleased. Don't get me wrong.. I pretty much did this at home to.. but it was different with the parents being that far away..(not really even that far) but in getting to my point.. The second week of November my Mother called me and said, Becky- You have to come home for Thanksgiving!!! Lol- I loved it so much, I hadn't been home since I moved in at the beginning of August.. Now, I see my parents pretty much everyday. I don't even live a mile from them..

4. When I was growing up. I loved to torture my brother who was 5 years older than me. One time just to get out of going to a baseball card show at the mall. I slammed my fingers in the door of the car. Another time, I filled up the bath tub. Took my brothers beloved Mickey Mouse watch, tied a string around it that was connected to a rock and threw it in the tub. I watched it sink to the bottom. That will get him I thought, for not letting me play with him and his friends. Little did I know.. that mom would not believe that our dog did it. Man, my Mom was so smart.

5. I cannot stand seafood! I cannot stand fish. Shrimp. Lobster. Any of it. Eeeww. The very thought of it makes me throw up a little in my mouth. Ugh. My favorite seafood is hush puppies. I do love Red Lobster though...

6. I love getting mail. I love writing letters in return. In this day and time. The written letter is nearly extinct. It is quite sad actually. I also love stationary and different types of note cards. I have a drawer full of stationary and cards..When my mom or friends have forgotten to stop by the store to pick up a card.. they always call me asking for them.. Sure, what kind do you need I ask? Happy Birthday. Get Well Soon. Thinking of You. Happy Bar Mitzvah. lol - Well maybe not the last one..

7. Tom Cruise was my first crush. I loved him. I even wrote him a poem. For real. I need to find that. I loved his dark hair. I thought his crooked nose gave him character. I didn't care that he was short. I was in love for crying out loud. I seen past his faults. Even now, since my feelings run so deep..lol. I still think he is a cutie. I just wish he hadn't fallen off the deep end.... TOM if you are out there. If you are reading this. Contact Me! Maybe my love for you can bring you to your senses..lol.
I tag:
My Home - My Life
Mrs. Buck
Mojito Maven
Sondre Lyn

To the ladies that I have tagged.. Please let me know if you have participated so that I can see your random facts.. If you choose not to participate.. that is fine too.. It is just fun to find out about different bloggers in this way...

Monday, September 22, 2008

Not Me! Monday.

As I read through different blogs I find out more and more interesting stuff. I loved all of these not me, Monday post.. I had to take part.. It was so much fun. You guys should give it a try.. I know I am posting on Monday Night and the day is nearly over.. but it was still fun. You guys should check out the other links to Not Me, Monday. You will get a good laugh. I know I did..

"And now, because being brutally honest about the ways we really live our lives is a really freeing experience--feel free to join in... " To find out all the rules.. visit my charming kids.

Here goes nothing---

I did not finally give into the Twilight Series. For several reasons, I do not read teen fiction. I do not like vampires and I most certainly never follow the crowd.

I did not start the above mentioned book late Saturday evening and finish it late Sunday evening. I have way to much going on to indulge in a book for several hours at one time.

And while we are at it, I did not make a bookmark to use while I was reading the book.

Today while at school, I did not strike up a conversation with my 17 year old highschool aid about the series. I did not ask her to check out the 2nd book for me in her name. I most certainly did not..

I also did not cry within the first 3 chapters of the 2nd book. I did not have to put it down and walk away to get my mind off of it.. because how ridiculous would that be?

I did not take typical myspace pictures this weekend with my friends just to post them on my page.. For crying out loud. We are adults. We do not act childish every chance we get. And I do not have pictures to prove how silly we are when we all get together.

I did not make a Happy Fall Ya'll gift of candycorn and peanuts to give away.. but before the said gift was given away, two handfulls were missing. I did not eat the missing candy. Surely, I did not.

I did not attend a karaoke party this weekend and just dance around like no one was watching.

I also did not make a fool of myself while singing summer nights with a friend. Okay, maybe I did do this.. but it was so much fun.

I did not cut this blog short so that I could read a few more chapters of my book before going to bed. I wouldn't do that to you guys. I just wouldn't...

Sunday, September 21, 2008

My First Award!

I have won my first bloggy award! Jaymee from, Yeah Except For Not nominated me. Thank you so very much! You guys who frequent my page should go on over and check out her blog. She always has fun and interesting stories.

Characteristics for the Smile Award:
1. Must display a cheerful attitude.
2. Must love one another.
3. Must make mistakes.
4. Must learn from others.
5. Must be a positive contributor to blog world.
6. Must love life.
7. Must love kids.

These are the rules for The Smile Award:
1. The recipient must link back the the award’s creator
2. You must post these rules if you receive the award.
3. You must chose 5 people to receive the award after receiving it yourself
4. You must fit the characteristics of the recipient of the award, as posted by Mere
5. You must post the characteristics of a recipient.
6. You must create a post sharing your win with others.
7. You must thank your giver.

Hmm, Let Me See. Who should I choose? I love so many blogs and frequent them often.. but if I must choose five.. I will do so.. I will nominate the following ladies...

Megan, from- The Life and Times of Megan: She is a fellow Oklahoman who is just plain fun. From reading her blog, I see that she tends to be a bit accident prone but she always has the best attitude about it. She has also been posting some beautiful wedding pictures. You guys should check out her blog.

Amy, from- In My Life: She always has something excited going on. She cracks me up with her funny pictures and witty blogs. You should really look into her blog.. You never know what you might find. Everything from Aunt Bee to half clothed cooking husbands..

Faith, from- Walk With Me By Faith: I was drawn to her blog first because of her background. I love all things Paris. But as I began reading her post I found she is such a sweet lady. She has been telling the story of her engagement. Like Megan, she has also been showing her wedding pictures. She is also quite talented in making things. I love all things monogrammed.

Valerie, from- Valerie and Chris: Valerie is such a sweetheart. She always leaves the sweetest comments and she is so sincere. Her post are always uplifting. She is also a fellow Oklahoman. And she also shares my love of The SOONERS!

Insight Insantity Imagination: It is so funny I am nominating someone and I don't even know her name.. but I love her blog. She is a funny girl who blogs about her daily life.. We have both been doing some of the same things lately.. tailgate parties and joining a swap!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Friday Foto Finish

I took a photo this week over at my parents house. I have wanted to blog about it all week. Then I ran onto this site and thought it would be something fun to be a part of.. You can be a part of Foto Finish Friday too.. just click the linky to find out all about it..

You can do so here ---> Carrie's Friday Foto Finish

Please forgive the quality of the picture. It was taken on my cellphone.. Oh, how I wish it would have been on my camera...because I love this picture for many reasons..

First of all, this is Abby. She is my parents fat cat. She is a butter ball. This picture doesn't really show you how big she is..but I am thinking she is a 25lber..

It was Sunday just after church when I walked into my parents house and seen Abby all laid out on top of my Mom's beloved Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls. Seriously folks, my mom loves these things. My aunt made them for her and she changes them out with the seasons. My mom says she has a love hate relationship with Abby. She loves her because she has been around forever but she hates her because of all the shedding..well my mom would have flipped if she seen Abby like this.. So I knew I had to send this picture to her right away. I pulled out my phone, took this picture and quickly sent it in a text message entitled caught! Needless to say, she was not happy. My dad said, "Becky you should be ashamed of yourself, getting poor Abby in trouble".. I wasn't.. I think it was hilarious..

Secondly, I love this picture because she is just so comfortable. Her chubby little legs just sprawled out as if she were sitting in someones lap.. well technically, she is but you guys know what I mean.. and well Raggedy Ann and Andy just looked tickled to death to have some company...

Thirdly, it made me think! Oh, No! Right? It made me think, Why Do We Always Want to go or be where we are not allowed. Or do things we are not supposed to do? Why is this? Even animals. From the beginning of time, with Eve... We always wanna push the envelope.. yep, this picture made me think... of course I don't really have the answers and I pretty much didn't ponder pass the point of all my questioning... but hey, at least it made me think huh?

Happy Friday Friends!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

A Heart That Won't Quit -

I have never been an elegant writer. I use the same words over and over. I am also the Queen of run on sentences- but I felt challenged to take part in Mama's Losin' It little assignment. The topic I chose to write about is a heart that don't stop. I am choosing to write about my friend Betsy and her daughters battle with cancer. All through this Betsy has been so strong. She is the one facing a battle and she is teaching me so much. She has a daily journal giving us all the latest updates on Audra.

Today she wrote this...I sit here tonight watching my daughter rest, and as all mother's i see the most precious beautiful angel in such a peaceful God given rest. She is a Blessing. I can not Praise God enough !! even with only a mustard seed of faith (thank you myree) God can move mountains. It brings me to tears to see the presence God has in Audra's life here. The doc's are amazed, in we really. They were afraid the posterior fossa could continue for months so they were trying to prepare me for that. but i tell you with great confidence, MY GOD IS HERE! and praise His name she is waking up. Watching her today, moving following commands with her hands and feet from her nurse. Its an overwhelming feeling to drop to my knees and Thank you Jesus for every second that tics on the clock and every breath of being. she is a living miracle and proof our God is powerful beyond anything ever imagined. we read of stories in the bible, but im looking at a story in this bed. such a tiny body, carrying such a powerful message of God's mercy and saving grace....Words cant express. like the song "I can only Imagine" those are the emotions i feel right at this time. and that is so true. so true. surrounded by His glory here, what does my heart feel.....i want to dance, im in awe, we live/stand in His presence, and i do want to fall to my knees and sing His praises watching her day to day, from tears of joy or tears that He takes from my eyes, because He takes all pain away, He carries us, loves us, loves you......sometimes, most times i have no words at all to express what is happening here. There is no darkness here, only God's light and love. We will only worship God and continue each day to get better and better. She will dance for Him for she is surrounded by His Ever present Glory.. She has amazing strength. I am learning so much from her.

Here is my story-

I have a friend and her name is Betsy. She is married to a coach and has 3 children. Two boys and a girl. Betsy is a teacher and a lover of sports, especially baseball. The summer league at our school was just getting underway when her daughter was tragically diagnosed with cancer. Her third grade daughter and their family was thrown into a game they weren't prepared for. The opponent was big and scary - a team no one wanted to play. Cancer, a team they never thought they would have to face. The news of the big game spread quickly. People began to rally behind this family as their battle began. People were praying and cheering this dear family toward a victory. Betsy, the heart of the team quickly fell into place. She has been with her daughter every step of the way. Fighting each batter with her daughter. Her heart has ached because of the times she has felt helpless. As she watched her daughter in pain, knowing nothing she could do would make the pain go away. At other times her heart has felt triumphant as she heard the umpires yell SAFE! You have made it through this batter, prepare for the next. Her heart has felt loneliness as she and her daughter traveled to the best field in Memphis. While her boys and husband battled the opponents here at home. Her heart has felt the love from the cheering fans and well wishes from home. Her heart has felt pride as she watches her baby take on this battle head on. Betsy must be tired and weary from all the innings but she doesn't show it. She is the picture of strength. Betsy has not sat on the sidelines the entire game. She has been actively running right along side her and she will be until her daughter rounds the last base and heads straight toward home. We will all be there cheering as they present this family with the trophy. 1st place champions beating cancer. Everyone will be so proud but no one as proud as her mother, Betsy. Her biggest fan will be cheering the loudest. Tears of joy will be streaming down her face and she will take her family in her arms and as they began to quietly huddle all together- they will thank GOD for a successful season.

Betsy's heart won't stop believing that her baby will successfully beat this challenge and neither will we! I have been truly inspired by Betsy through this whole ordeal. She is so strong. I am learning so much from her. Thanks for reading my story about them.. Please keep this family in your prayers!

I am still in search of those silly 3 opening picture frames. This afternoon after work I went to another Dollar General, The Family Dollar, and The Dollar Tree.. and I found several things but not the frame that I was looking for.. Sure I found frames that had 3 openings but they were all bigger than I wanted. I think if it is to big the project will not have the same effect.

However, I did find a few cute things at the Dollar Tree. I bought a few of these:

Cute little plastic containers with adorable scarecrows on them. Hmm, lets see what can I do with these?

Then I headed across town to the Family Dollar and there I bought these..

I would have bought planters peanuts but the only planters peanuts they had were unsalted and that just wouldn't do.. this being my last stop I headed home disappointed. I really wanted to find some of those stinkin' frames.

When I got home I mixed the peanuts and candy corn together.

Then I put the sweet and salty mixture in the plastic jar I bought at the Dollar Tree.. I added a little Happy Fall Ya'll Gift Tag and some curly ribbon! It's a cute little gift costing me a big whopping 3 dollars. I am letting my class give them to the secretaries in the elementary and high school offices.

If you guys haven't had the sweet and salty mixture of candy corn and peanuts you need to try it. It is so yummy. Once you try it let me know what you think...

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Hodge Podge

Today was pretty uneventful for me. It wasn't a bad day just not a very exciting one. It's funny really.. All throughout the day.. usually something will happen and I think.. I could blog about that.. but that didn't happen one time today.

So for my uneventful blog this is what you will get... just a little of this and a little of that.. Virtual Hodge Podge. Fun huh?

First off, the weather here in Oklahoma is fabulous right now. I am loving the chilly mornings and evenings. I wish it would stay like this for a long time.. I am not a big fan of super cold weather. Eh.

This evening, I went to the dollar store in search of a few of these:
Because I wanted to make a couple of these for some friends.. I thought they would be cheap/cute Halloween decorations for some of my teacher friends to put on their desk..
But they didn't have any.. or anything that would even work.. I am going to have to go to another dollar store in search of them.. You can find the instructions on how to make these cute frames here. Her blog is amazing it is called Joys of Home... These pictures are not mine. They are from her site... . I stumbled upon it from here. I so love this site. It has great ideas.

After my uneventful trip to the dollar store.. I came home and watched Big Brother 10 Season Finale. Congrats to Dan! I was rooting for him or Keesha. That show is addictive. Do you guys watch it?
I also watched 90210 tonight. I am not completely sold on it yet. I don't dislike it. It just doesn't have the same appeal it did for me so many years ago..
I think it has something to do with these guys not being on the show anymore.. It is funny how I used to think these guys were so cute.. Looking at this picture.. I am thinking my taste have changed a bit..

Oh, and if you are watching your weight and trying to stay away from high carb foods. Don't buy this..
Buttery Salt and Cracked Pepper Popcorn is so wonderful. I just love it. It's sad really. Because this isn't the only yummy flavor they offer. They have Salt and Lime as well.. Ugh.
This guy is definitely not my friend! If he was he wouldn't have made something so very yummy.. and well if he were my friend he so would have made it carb free.. ugh.
So there you have it. An uneventful post for an uneventful day! Here is hoping everyone has a blog worthy day tomorrow!

Night Lovies!

Monday, September 15, 2008

How To Make A Candy Cake

The other day I posted a picture of a candy cake that I made and several of you guys were asking how to make it. So I have tried to write down some instructions. Please forgive me in advance.. writing instructions is not a strength of mine..

6 styrofoam circles - 2 in each ascending size: 8" 6" and 4"
1 Small styrofoam dome shaped topper
1 Bag Of Blow Pops or suckers
Approx 5 bags of minature candybars.. (depends on size of candy)
Curly Ribbon
Directions: Glue together each set of foam circles to make one thick circle in each size. Glue each circle on top of each other. Make sure you get as close to middle as possible. Use low temp glue gun and start gluing the miniature candy bars all around. I used gum to hide any foam showing between each layer. I topped it with blow pops stuck into the dome shaped styrofoam. I finished with adding curly ribbon around the topper to make sure no foam shows.

Okay- While in the middle of doing this post.. the picture uploader totally did some crazy stuff. The above photo is a bag of candy. But since you can't really tell you are just going to have to take my word for it. It is a mixture of minature size candy bars. It is the left over candy and it has been wrapped up in this wal-mart sack shoved to the very back of the cupboard. Waiting until another cake needs to be made.
There is no Hobby Lobby, Micheals, or any craft store in my town. Yes, it is very sad. The above picture shows pieces of syrofoam that I found at wal-mart. They didn't have the pieces that I mentioned in the directions..so I had to make due. The biggest white part (for the bottom) is actually from the dollar tree. It is a styrofoam tortilla warmer. Hey whatever works, right?
This is my favorite crafting tool. I have an obsession really. I probably have 8 glue guns. These are low temp glue guns. These are the foam pieces stacked upon one another. I lay out my candy and think of a pattern that I would like to use. I also make sure that I will have enough of a certain candy to make it all the way around. I just use a small dab of low temp glue on the back of the candy and stick it to the cake form. The tempature is so low it doesn't melt the candy or tear through the covering. It's really quite simple. I haven't had one turn out the same but all of them have been just as cute. Everyone loves them. It is something fun and different.. and that is why I like them.. If you have any questions feel free to ask. I am sorry if things are not clear.. I haven't ever really explained how to do a craft.. all written out like this.. I am also sorry that the pictures are crazy. I have deleted them and uploaded them several times.. and I keep getting these crazy multiple pictures ugh.

And here is how it turns out.. I added ribbon around the candy and put starburst on it just to add some frill. It's really just up to the individual. So there you go! If any of you decide to make a candy cake please post pictures so that I can see how your cakes turn out...

Sunday, September 14, 2008

May this always be my hearts cry.....

A thousand times I've failed
Still Your mercy remains
And should I stumble again
I'm caught in Your grace
Your light will shine when all else fades
Never ending
Your glory goes beyond all fame
Your will above all else
My purpose remains
The art of losing myself
In bringing You praise

Your light will shine when all else fades
Never ending
Your glory goes beyond all fame
In my heart and my soul
Lord I give you control
Consume me from the inside out
Lord let justice and praise Become my embrace
To love you from the inside out
Your light will shine when all else fades
Never ending
Your glory goes beyond all fame
And the cry of my heart Is to bring You praise
From the inside out
Lord my soul cries out

Thursday, September 11, 2008

We say, "Thank you." We say, "Please." We don't interrupt or tease. We don't argue. We don't fuss. We listen when folks talk to us. We share our toys and take our turn. Good manners aren't too hard to learn. It's really easy, when you find. Good manners means JUST BEING KIND!

We have been in school now for about 6 weeks and my class already has this poem memorized. We say it daily and we talk about it often. We practice using good manners. We role play and applaud good efforts made by our friends. Some days we forget the sharing part but on a whole.. they got it down. It is cute to hear them say, no you go ahead of me or I really like this doll but you can play with it today (actual things I heard today). I have been thinking on this all day since my class said it to me this morning. I wonder why it is so hard for some people to be kind? I wonder why people are so pushy and demand things be done their way. This world would be a much nicer place if people would just consider others feelings. I hope the kids in my class hold on to their sweet spirits. I hope that when they get bigger that this simple poem will enter into their mind and I hope that they choose to act kind to others even if it doesn't benefit them.
Since I am talking about my class,
I will share a little funny with you..

The water to our boys bathroom sink had to be turned off due to a clogged drain. The plumber can't come out to fix it until next week. The clog is to far down for one of our janitors to fix. So anyway.. a little guy comes running into the main room and says, "Ms. Teacher, your sink just ran out of water." How cute is that?

I made this a few months ago for some friends of mine but I am thinking a Halloweeny (is this a word?) Themed one would be really cute... These are so simple to make and everyone loves them. Have any of you ever made a candy cake?


Well like me, this blog is all over this place.. I hope everyone has had a fabulous week. I have had a blast peeking into each of your lives through all your blogs. Happy Friday!

Bring on the weekend!!

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