Friday, October 10, 2014

Student Teacher Gift Idea

My student teacher finished up her placement with us today.  Here's part of her gift from myself and the students.  I bought her a personalized bucket and filled it with Dove candy bars (her fave), a small wooden sign, a teacher Hallmark ornament, and a gift card for Amazon to pick a book for her classroom.  The students made her the fingerprint tree shown below.
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~peace and blessings~

Homecoming Dance

Where does time go?  The last I remember, H was going to elementary school with me every morning!  Now he is a high school sophomore, soon to be 16 and driving a vehicle.  Words cannot express how proud of him I am, or how much I love this son of ours.  I am blessed to be his mom.  This is him, with his braces free smile, on the night of his first formal dance with a date! 

Here's a pic with us and H's date, Sarah Beth.  I couldn't find a picture where J's eyes weren't closed. 
We have known Sarah's family for over 30 years, so it was nice to catch up with them too. 
~peace and blessings~

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Applesauce Cinnamon Oat Muffins

I have been making muffins each weekend for the family to take in lunches or to grab as a morning treat on their way to work or school.  I have made Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins and today, the Oatmeal Cinnamon Applesauce Muffins pictured above.  They are moist and tender on the inside, with a nice crunchy topping on the outside. 
Here's the recipe:
1 1/2 cup quick-oats
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup  applesauce
1/2 cup reduced fat milk
3 tbsp canola oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg white
1 tbs butter, melted
1/4 cup quick oats
1 tbs brown sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 400. Grease a muffin tin or line with liners and set aside. (
In a large bowl combine the first seven ingredients (dry ingredients).
In another bowl combine the wet ingredients together. Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix slowly until just combined.
Fill muffins tins or liners 3/4 full with batter.
Combine the topping ingredients and sprinkle evenly over batter.
Bake for 15-18 minutes (or until toothpick comes out clean).slightly adapted from Taste of Home and Sweet Treats and More
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~peace and blessings~

Monday, June 2, 2014

Dance Recital 2014

The annual picture of H and M before we leave for the recital.  I posted other pics of M on Facebook.  It was a beautiful program.  She had 3 dances tonight, one each for tap, ballet and jazz.  She and her classmates did a beautiful job. 
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~-peace and blessings~

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Happy Birthday Miss M!

Miss M celebrated her 9th birthday at school with her friends. Then had a party with her grandparents, godparents, uncles and friends.  Madison is a talkative, smart, talented, outgoing, God loving girl.  We are so blessed to be her parents! 

Miss M is a reader and is always happy to receive books for her birthday!

We had a mime, aka Cody, at our Paris party! 
My brother, Kim and the mime pose for a photo in their costumes.
 Just blew out the candles!
All dressed up! 

Her gift from H.

Her new comforter...

...and froggy!

A jewelry box from her grandparents, plus many more gifts.  M was very blessed! 

All M wanted for her 9th birthday, besides books and a new comforter, was to have her ears pierced.  We visited Piercing Pagoda today, and had them done!

She did very well and is in love with her new star earrings!
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~peace and blessings~

M's 9th Birthday--Paris Theme

Welcome to M's 9th Birthday Party!
Our foyer table decorated in honor of the birthday girl!

Centerpiece on the island....small treat buckets with pom-pom flowers on dowel rods.  The runner is wrapping paper from Dollar Tree.

Milk Chocolate Cupcakes topped with pink frosting, pink sugar and chocolate Eiffel Towers.

Vanilla Cake and yummy!

The island

The Snack M called it!  ;0)

The Banner I made for her using the Cricut. 

Table Centerpiece

Birthday Girl cupcake stand
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~peace and blessings~

Friday, May 9, 2014

Violin Recital

Miss M had her first violin recital yesterday.  She was so excited, but nervous too!

Love this smile!

The  whole class after the recital posed for photos.
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~peace and blessings~

Monday, April 21, 2014

My Tree Cutter

This splintered tree has been the view outside my kitchen window since last fall.  This is after the bent part has been cut off the stump that remains.  Below are some action shots of John taking the tree down.  It kept getting hung up in the surrounding trees, so he eventually had to pull it down with the truck and a strap. 

One down...10 to go.  lol
~peace and blessings~

Easter 2014

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Here are some photos from our Easter weekend.  I am not feeling comfortable having my pictures
out there....just being honest...but trying to not be the mom that is never in the pictures either.  So here they are....thanks for stopping by!
~peace and blessings~

Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

I made the treats above for the teachers on our team.  Trying to spread some cheer and teach my students to be encouragers.  The printable is available here.
I made the above treats for our kids and my DH....just a little rainbow on a dreary St. Patrick's Day! That printable is available here.  You can check out my other St. Patrick's Day pins at or visit my classroom blog at to see what's happening in our classroom!
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~peace and blessings~

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Snow Day...AGAIN!

These are some photos from when I woke up around 7 am this morning.  We had gotten a lot of snow overnight, at least 4-6 inches. 

The pictures below were taken during the "thunder snow" event.

Thankful that we did not have to venture into this storm to get to school today!
Of course, hockey is still on for tonight!  Go Red Devils!
~peace and blessings~