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Monday, June 24, 2013

Disney Made-Its!

I'm back for another week of Monday Made-it!  Yippee!!
So again I've just been in the Disney prep theme and we continued on with our movie countdown.  Tuesday it was Beauty and the Beast.  
Jodie, Brynn, and Jaslene came over to my house for lunch this time.  We are planning on trying the new Be Our Guest restaurant when we're at Disney for lunch so we took some menu items from there.  I made croque monsieurs for lunch, which are just grilled ham and cheese sandwiches with a b├ęchamel sauce.  I also found a recipe for "The Grey Stuff."  You know, "try the grey stuff it's delicious, don't believe me ask the dishes..."  It's basically just vanilla pudding, oreos, cool whip, and a little chocolate pudding, but you pipe it fancy onto a plate and add edible pearls to make it look fancy.  
That's not my pic as you can tell, but mine DID look exactly like that!
We watched the movie, did a coloring sheet, and the girls and Jodie made a Lumiere craft.  Jodie took the pictures with her camera so I don't have any of them from the meals this week.  But you can check out the craft and directions, here.  It was just made using toilet paper tubes, an egg carton, paint, pipe cleaners, and hot glue.  Then we made tissue paper red roses as well.  So that was a fun afternoon.  
Then Thursday it was time for dinner at Jodie's house again with Brynn and Josie.  This time it was Lady and the Tramp night.  
Jodie made the meal and I made cannolis for dessert.  I got the recipe from allears.net where they have menus and recipes for a lot of Disney recipes. This one was from Tony's Town Square Restaurant, where we have reservations when we go.  It's themed for this movie.  Before dinner I took the girls outside while my sister hid these paw prints I made around the house.  
There were 12 that they had to find.  Brynn was better at this than Josie and found 9 of the 12.  We ate dinner, colored the coloring sheet, and made a spaghetti and meatballs craft.  
Again, not my pic, but this was the gist.  
Josie had gone home by then so it was just Brynn who made it.  I had beige yarn, brown pom poms, and red paint to be tomato sauce.  Again the real pictures are on Jodie's camera.  
This week we will be doing Sleeping Beauty and Little Mermaid.  
My final Made-It for the week is a purse/bag that I did for myself for Disney.  I had asked my mom to make one for me that I had seen on Pinterest, but she isn't going to have time so I decided to look for one and got inspired by one I saw on e-bay.  So I went out to Hobby Lobby and bought a red canvas bag (13.5 by 13.5), yellow buttons, some ribbon and trim, and sparkly fabric.  Here is my finished product.  
I'm super happy with it!  I cut the Mickey head using my Silhouette Cameo and I hand stitched it around the bottom and sides to make it a pocket.  I also used the leftover red fabric from the wreath I made my mom to make a pocket that I hand stitched inside.  I also hand sewed in ribbons to close the bag with.  My mom taught me to cross-stitch when I was little so I can do basic sewing, but I never learned how to use a sewing machine.  I did the inside pocket first, then the Mickey head, and inside ribbons.  After that I added the yellow buttons, and the black ruffly trim.  The last part was the yellow bow.  So I have a cute bag to carry around when I go.   I had bought an organizer for like $2 to go inside the bag my mom was going to make and it works perfectly in this bag too so it's not just a bottomless pit!  
I still have not been motivated to work on school stuff yet this summer so although I have ideas of things I want to do, I haven't started yet.  I'm meeting a friend of mine on Wednesday who is going back to teaching 2nd grade after a few years in 3rd so we can share files, and hopefully I'll be motivated after that.  Can't wait to see what everyone has this week!  :)  

Monday, June 17, 2013

Week 2 :)

So here it is the start of my 2nd week of summer vacation.  Woohoo!  It is also my 2nd link up with Monday Made-It! for the summer (even though I'm later with posting this week).

So last week was busy for me.  Tuesday I baby-sat my niece Josie who is here all summer from Texas. My brother has shared custody of her so before it was 6 weeks here, 6 weeks in TX.  Now that she will be starting kindergarten, she will be in Texas during the school year and here during all of her breaks.  2 of my sisters and I take turns watching her while my brother is at work.  My other 2 sisters do most of the watching as usually I'm teaching, but with summer I'm able to help out more.  So Josie came over and we went Father's Day shopping and we made a present for her to make for her Dad for Father's Day.  
Just a simple large popsicle stick frame that she decorated.  
She picked out the color of the sticks and then I helped her glue it together.  Then I helped her spell out Daddy's Girl and she put all of the stickers on herself.  Then I took a picture, printed it out, glued it to the back, and added some leftover baseball ribbon I had.  She was very excited about it, but did manage to wait until Sunday to give it to him.  
Also, as I have mentioned (and you can see on the blog), I'm going to Disney before school starts again in August (48 Days!).  I'm super excited about this as I have done 2 different day trips to Disney, but I have never done a whole week long vacation there!  I'm going with my younger sister's family (her daughter, husband, and father-in-law).  I've been the planner for the whole trip and have booked things.  So I found online to do a movie and meal countdown before going.  My sister and I made a list of the movies we thought Brynn should see or watch again before our trip and planned meals and activities to go with each one.  So our first one was Cinderella.  My sister had already planned her menu for the week before we decided to do this.  She was having chicken kievs and rice so we figured Cinderella was a fancy movie for a fancy meal.  
The little menu I created.
We then took the suggestion and borrowed some of my parents' china to serve the dinner on and we dressed up.  I also made the Strawberry Soup from the Cinderella dinner at 1900 Park Fare and pumpkin cream cheese truffles for dessert (I dyed the almond bark orange to really go for the little pumpkin look too).  While my sister was finishing the meal, the girls and I (my nieces Brynn and Josie, as my sister was watching her that day) made magic wands using wooden skewers, fun foam stars I had gotten from Michaels and different ribbon that I had.  I thought the stars were stickers, but they weren't so I used tacky glue to glue them together.  Here's mine:
We waved them around during Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo.  Before dessert we each colored a coloring page too.  The girls had a lot of fun.  :)  
Friday my sister, Jodie, and Brynn came over to my house for a sleepover.  My brother-in-law has been out of town so we thought it would be fun to do while he's gone and to see how Brynn does not sleeping at home (to prepare for our trip).  We went to Panera for dinner and then came back to my house and I made mickey mouse ice creams to eat for dessert.  
It's just cookies and cream frozen yogurt, oreos for the ears and chocolate chips for the eyes and nose. 
We wore our Minnie ears that I bought from ebay and watched some Mickey Mouse movies on Netflix while we ate our ice cream.  
Then Saturday while Jodie and Brynn were still at my house, I watched Josie again and we bought the fabric we need to make our Disney shirts we'll be making.  Then Sunday we went to my parents to celebrate Father's Day (I made a cake for my dad for Father's Day too of course).  So it has been busy!  
Tomorrow Jodie, Brynn, and Jaslene (a cousin Brynn's age that Jodie watches) will be coming to my house for a Beauty and the Beast lunch.  I'll talk about everything we're doing for that, next week!  
I also made this wreath for my Mom.  It's just 2 in. strips of different fabric that I pinned to the back of a wreath.  Then I made those little stars by accordion folding some of the extra white fabric and running a needle and thread through it to close it together (I am NOT a sewer).  Then I glued the button into the middle of each and pinned them in place and added the ribbon to hang it with.  She has it hanging on their front door.  
So those are my made-its for this week!  :)  

Monday, June 10, 2013

Yay for Summer Vacation!

I'm officially on summer vacation!!!  My last day with kids was Thursday and although Friday was my official day, I was busy doing stuff so it didn't really feel like summer vacation.  That also probably had to do with the fact that we are not having very summer like weather.  It was a busy hectic last week and I'm glad that I can finally catch my breath and do things at my own pace.
Last week I made an iMovie for my kids of our year together, their little goodie bags with card below, and an owl cake for my niece's 1st birthday.
I found this a long time ago on the web (Thanks to whomever originated it!) and made this card with old DJ Inkers graphics.  If you would like a copy, I turned it into a pdf and you can grab it by clicking on the picture above.  I get most of the stuff that's on the list at the Dollar Store.  The only thing I couldn't get there were the Hugs & Kisses candy.  So all of the above goes in the bag with this note and the iMovie for their end of the year gift.  I think it's a cute little end of year present and it only costs a little over a dollar a kid (I spent $17 at the Dollar Store and then $7 at Jewel).  I already had colored paper lunch bags to put it in.  

 Here is my niece Mandy's owl cake I made for her.  I got inspired by a design on pinterest (of course) since her birthday theme was owls.  I like to make cakes so I thought, no problem, I'll use my Pampered Chef batter bowl twice to make the body and my sphere baking pan for the head to stack it to make the owl.  Then I found a marshmallow fondant recipe (recipe can be found here) that I had also found on pinterest.  I had never made, nor worked, with fondant before so that was something new for me.  The fondant was fine, but the cake was a disaster!  My bottom layer completely broke and the head cracked.  So I was freaking out that I wasn't going to have a cake for my niece, but then my sister helped me "bandage" the head and I used the middle piece, which was still whole, to make the owl body instead. I cut hearts out of the fondant and made the above.  Even the ears and beak are hearts I just rolled and stuck on.  I am very proud of how it came out!  Even with all of the drama!
So those are my Monday Made-Its for this week and for my first link up this summer!!  Now I'll be better motivated to blog and get things done since this is back to a weekly thing and I have time to do stuff (instead of being tired and laying on my couch after school, lol).  
My To-Do List for this summer:
*Figure out how to do a Daily 5 Math/guided math groups for my class next school year.
*Learn more about Common Core and get it organized into binders for next school year.  
*Work on Disney shirts and other Disney things for our Disney trip in August.  
*Make Family Birthday Board for parents anniversary.  
*Work on new items for tpt/tn stores. 
I'm happy that I have the time now to actually be able to work on things!  I also can't wait to get inspired by what everyone else is doing!  :)



Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Last Day!!!

So as per usual, haven't been on.  No surprise there.  lol  Today was the last full day of school and tomorrow is the last day with having the kids 1hr. 15 min.  Here's the crazy thing, and maybe some of you feel this way too, when I'm at school and it's a whirlwind with trying to get everything cleaned up and put away and ready for the end of the year and the kids are crazy because they need summer break NOW, I can't wait for the year to be over and summer to start.  I just want to say good-bye to everyone and everything.  Then I get home and I'm settled and doing other things and I start to think about my kiddos and I think, awww I can't believe it's the end of the year and they won't be in my room anymore, how sad!  So I was feeling that way and then I started talking to my sister about my day and I got all riled up again.  lol  Oh well.  It is what it is.  They will be gone tomorrow and I'm sure tomorrow will be a good day with them.  I'm never one of those teachers that gets teary-eyed on the last day though because I know I'll see the kids again, I'm just ready to say good-bye.  lol  Then I can relax and enjoy my laziness.  I made an iMovie for my kiddos about our year together with pictures from the whole year and put it to great music and watching that at home had me teary-eyed!  It should be a nice end of the year gift for them to remember the year by, along with the other small goodies I gave them.  Well I'm going to leave this as a short post.  I just wanted to come on here and ask if anyone else was as crazy as I am!  lol  :)