Sunday, May 1, 2016

Heart Smiles

Hello friends! Once again, it's been a couple weeks since my last post. I just don't have much going on lately. Well, not really blog worthy happenings I should say. But this blog is about what is currently going on in my life, be it big or small, so I'm sharing. The little things bring so many heart smiles to my days and really are what life is all about anyway. :)

A couple weeks ago, Sadie and Rooster had vet appointments. Sadie for her yearly check-up and Rooster for his first visit. They had a great visit  with their new Dr. (out former vet retired) and they enjoyed their car ride over and back. On the way, the hubby held Rooster so he wouldn't be bouncing all over the car, but on the way home, he let him sit in the back with Sadie and he did great. Here's a picture of them, and yes, Rooster is being a copy cat or should I say dog, again. 


The wildflowers are in full bloom and so beautiful right now. I love these little wild phlox and have since childhood. Some of my sweet students picked these for me last week at PE time. So sweet!


I finished my cookbook project a couple weeks ago and am so happy with my binder. It is packed so I made need to start volume 2.


I designated a few pages to Christmas cookie recipes from my friend, Jeana's annual cookie party she used to host. It was such fun and I always enjoyed trying to come up with something clever and creative. The second from the left, is a recipe card I made into a bookmark. The cookies were displayed in a book shaped tin. The one with Santa on it was called Santa's buttons and the cookies looked like buttons and were displayed in my sewing basket. The snowball cookie recipe card was glittered white and made to look like a snowball. The orange one was made to look like a creamsicle because that was the name of the cookies. Such fun! I won one of the prizes many years.


When she was old enough, Miranda was able to attend the party. Her recipe "card" for one of the years is below...be sure to read it. Coffee stained and written on crumpled notebook paper...too funny! We had to make enough cards for every lady, so she hand wrote around 20 of these. Good memories!


This was such a fun project to put together!



We studied butterflies in kindergarten...well, life cycles. We had two painted lady chrysalises but one did not make it. This little beauty did though and the kids were so excited to release it.


One of my students whom I love dearly, left this on my desk after work one day. His mom works in pre-k so he was able to slip in while I was waiting for my other students to get picked up. I had done something special for him (he was recently hospitalized with his asthma) so he told his mom he wanted to give me the turtle he made in her classroom. She told him he could make me another one but he told her he wanted to give me that one because I do so much for him and the other students, so he wanted to do something nice for me. It brought tears to my eyes and made my heart smile. This kid is precious and I pray if I am ever blessed with grandchildren, they are as sweet as him.


We celebrated Earth Day in kinder. We painted and wrote our promises to help take care of the Earth. This student did a great job on her painting and writing. If you aren't able to read invented spelling, it says.....
I promise to recycle every day and leave the water off when I brush my teeth. So cute!


We made an anchor chart of ways to love the Earth.


My higher level students practiced alphabetical order and did an amazing job!


They make me sweet pictures all the time and I bring the really special ones home to hang on my fridge for a few days.


They made monsters in art class! So fun!


And, speaking of art, I hit Tuesday Morning, Target, and Hobby Lobby last weekend and bought some fun stuff! This stack makes me happy!


I went shopping and out to lunch with my sister, Nancy and our friend, Jeana to celebrate Jeana's birthday. We had yummy burgers at Square 1. I had sweet potato fries with cinnamon sugar on them with my burger. So yummy! 


We shopped a while and went for dessert before heading home. We had yummy pizookies at BJ's. Mine was lemon blueberry...wish I had another one now. Jeana had the monkey bread and Nancy has salted caramel. Theirs were good too but I liked mine the best.


Yesterday, the hubby and I went grocery shopping and out to lunch. Nothing too exciting, but I did pick up the supplies to start my new teacher planner I am creating for next year. I will share details soon. I have had such fun creating the pages for it. It is going to be a disc bound system. I can't wait to get it finished and put together. I found a few fun things at Dollar Tree, including these adorable washi tapes.


After we got home and I put things away, I tackled my bedroom closet. Oh my...what a job! It had not had a good clean out in quite some time. I was exhausted when I finished, but I am happy to say I got rid of more stuff than I kept. Clothes, shoes, purses, jewelry, scarves, and more! It felt so good to purge so much stuff. I also cleared out our winter clothes until we need them again. I am excited to remodel the closet when we start on out room in June. It will be much easier now that I have cleaned it out. 

And, that brings me to now. I have just been piddling today and taking it easy. This week will be a busy one. My kinders will be taking the Stanford 10 test which will tell if they are ready to move on to first grade in the fall. I pray my kiddos do as well as I think they will. I have such a great group this year and will be so sad to see them leave me. I will enjoy the time I have left with them though and am so proud of the growth I have seen in them over the course of the year. Hope you have enjoyed a wonderful weekend. Prayers for a beautiful week.

Until next time.....

22 comments:

  1. When my classroom burned to nothing, the thing I missed most was decades of student books, posters, and art work that decorated my room. Those things were irreplaceable. Your kinders did a great job on the Earth Day activities. The cookbook is something to treasure - I can't imagine how much work it took. Treats and hugs to Sadie and Rooster.

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  2. Love your cookbook. I still need to decorate mine so you've inspired me! You kinders seem so adorable, love their monsters. I love to have a day to just "piddle around", especially on a Sunday. Cute doggies behaving in the car. :)

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  3. Oh Vicky,I love coming to visit you here, just hearing of your days brings jot to my heart.
    Those smiles are darling!
    You never cease to amaze me with your talent and creativity. :-)
    I put a cookbook together some time ago with all my favorite and family recipes, but it looks nothing like your beautiful book. I believe I need to add some creativity to mine, you have inspired me.

    May your week ahead be filled with God's glory.

    Blessings~~
    Debbie

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  4. Oh Vicky,I love coming to visit you here, just hearing of your days brings jot to my heart.
    Those smiles are darling!
    You never cease to amaze me with your talent and creativity. :-)
    I put a cookbook together some time ago with all my favorite and family recipes, but it looks nothing like your beautiful book. I believe I need to add some creativity to mine, you have inspired me.

    May your week ahead be filled with God's glory.

    Blessings~~
    Debbie

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  5. I love reading about your daily life. It shows you are living in the moment and enjoying life each day. Too many people are waiting "for when" something or other will make them happy. Lots of fun stuff going on for you!

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  6. Ahh...this post is just full of sweet little things. Have a blessed week!

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  7. Ahh...this post is just full of sweet little things. Have a blessed week!

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  8. Vicky, your work with the little one's is always sweet to read about. Tiger will start public kindergarten next Fall and I hope he is blessed with a wonderful teacher like you!
    hugs,
    Linda

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  9. That is just so dear to hear of your relationship with your kiddos! As I read your post, all I could think of was the sweet potato fries with cinnamon and sugar....yummmmmmm!!

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  10. I love how you appreciate each moment, and take nothing for granted in your daily life, which, btw, is filled with many blessings.

    xxx

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  11. Sadie & Rooster are being so good riding in the car....just adorable! Enjoy the remaining time with you kinder kids, summer vacation is just around the corner :)

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  12. I love the picture of Rooster and Sadie riding together. So cute! You've been busy my friend. Too much to even try to comment individually on but your kinders pictures made me smile. And I love how your cookies matched their names...Miranda's was hilarious. Hope the rest of the school year goes smoothly. Congrats on a clean closet...that's a biggie! :o)
    hugs,
    Cecilia

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  13. Many wonderful happy things and times that are most definitely blog worthy and certainly memory worthy!

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  14. I think you've had a week of blessings to share. I believe your kinders just adore you. :)
    Love the cook book. And those pups are just so cute! Rooster's getting big already!
    Thinking of you,Amy

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  15. Sadie is such a great role model for Rooster and Rooster is so sweet to follow her lead.

    Your kiddos are doing a great job this year. I'll say a prayer for them. I imagine testing can be a bit stressful even for the youngest ones.

    Sounds like a good time with Jeana and your sister. Your desserts looked wonderful.

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  16. Love all the Earth Day art that your students made Vicky. So fun, and important too. The recipe cookbook is such a great idea!

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  17. Such cute things from your students. I remember when I taught, receiving those special treasures. Can't wait to see your closet redo. Happy Mother's Day, Vicky!

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  18. Good evening, sweet Vicky! I hope you had a delightful Mother's Day :)

    As always, your post was a joy to read. I just love all of your charming goodies! And the Washi tape that you find is always fabulous.

    Have a wonderful week! Hugs!

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  19. What an interesting post . . . it is all the little things that make up our lives and hold fond memories. Your classroom looks like so much fun. I taught preschool for 10 years and it is some of my best memories. Children are so much fun and so inquisitive . . . they add sunshine to a cloudy day. Here's wishing you the best of everything, my friend. Enjoy the small everyday moments in time, they are priceless :)

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  20. It's always so nice when our pupils thank us for what we do for them!

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  21. I enjoyed visiting and reading what has been going on with you. You must be so busy with end of the year stuff with school. I love that burger and they are my favorites at bbq's. Sorry it's been a while since I last visited you but I too have been super busy. I hope you have a wonderful week.
    Julie xo

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  22. Those two look like some happy dogs. I agree, it is the small stuff that really is our lives. I enjoyed everything in your post. Your cookbook makes me feel guilty for the one I'm suppose to be doing and was a big reason I thought to do the blogging thing at all. You've given me some inspiration to try and get back on that. Thanks so much for sharing your heart smiles. Have a Blessed Week!

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