Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Favorite Christmas Books

One of my favorite parts about getting our our Christmas boxes out ever year is putting out our collection of Christmas books.  When Luke was first born I started picking up Christmas books and now we have quite the stack.  What makes them special is that they're only out for a month or so and we read several every night.

What I'm sharing today are some of our very favorites - some are new this year and some are actually mine when I was little.

First up is  "Walk This World at Christmastime" and this book is SO beautiful!!!  Every page is a new country and there are flaps you can lift with little tidbits of information about other cultures as Christmastime.


Monday, November 20, 2017

Weekend Recap - TGIB Edition

Thank Goodness it's BREAK, friends!!!  We needed a little reprieve and are so excited for a week of sleeping in (fingers crossed!) and family time.

Friday was Grandparent's Day at school and the kids were so excited to show their grandparent's around their classrooms, let us see their art and perform their choir songs.

Luke's class sang the theme song from The Muppets (and he had to dress as a muppet so he was Beaker), Mason's class sang Rubber Ducky and so he had to wear a robe and slippers and Griffin's grade sang the Sesame Street theme song.


Friday, November 17, 2017

Friday Favorites - We're (almost) on Break!

Today is an EXTRA Happy Friday y'all because I'm officially on BREAK!  I'm running by my classroom this morning to drop off a few things for my classes and then I'll be watching the kids choir performance before heading home to start decorating the rest of the house for Christmas! WOO to the HOO!

Erika, Narci and I are all sharing our FAVORITES from the week and we'd love for you to join in!

I've never been a "cat person" but this kitten is my FAVORITE! :) We're all pretty smitten with Jelly Bean and it doesn't hurt that as soon as we get home she pretty much demands that I hold her like a baby. 


Thursday, November 16, 2017

Christmas Wishlist - Mason Edition

Two weeks ago I shared  Luke's Christmas Wishlist, last week I shared  Griffin's and today I'm going to be sharing Mason's!  These lists aren't their ACTUAL Christmas lists, but are combinations of things that he has and loves as well as things that we have our eye on for him for Christmas.  



1 - I do not understand the appeal of remote control cars AT ALL but Mason is crazy about them and so  this is the one we have our eye on for him.  I'm hoping it can go "off-road" as well so the boys can take it out at the lake house as well.

2 - I've talked about ZOOB a few times and if you have a little builder on your hand you MUST check them out.  This 500-piece starter set is wonderful (we have it!) because there are SO MANY cool things you can build (I also love that it comes in the plastic bin).  Zoob is perfect for Mason because it's easy to build with and super sturdy once it's put together.

3 -  Sorry is at the top of Mason's favorite game list right now.  Nothing makes him happier than pulling that SORRY card and sending one of us back to our home :)  All three of our kids "get" the game and can play with each other!

4 - Mason still loves him some  Beanie Boos.  He makes them homes, carries a couple to school in his backpack every day.  I kind of love his beanie boo obsession because it reminds me of my elementary school love of beanie babies :) 

5 - We have a couple different GEARS sets and they are one of the coolest toys we have.  They promote abstract and logical reasoning, critical thinking, and problem solving and when he puts something together and sees it all move as one unit it's the coolest thing.  This set is motorized and I think he'll get a big kick out of the chomping teeth :)  (we also have  this basic set and Griffin has  this set which she loves)

6 - Mason loves imaginative play and anytime we get a large box he's immediately turning it into a rocket or space ship.  I love that  this little dress-up set is well made and detailed without being overwhelming. 

7 - Rummikub is another of Mason's current favorites and is one of Dave and my favorites as well.  You use your tiles to make sets and runs and throughout the game it reinforces patterns, counting, addition, etc.  It says it's for ages 8 and up, but I think if you're playing with your child 6-year olds could definitely handle it.

8 - Mason got  this widescreen light designer last year and has played with it often all year long.  The whole board lights up and illuminates his drawings and the screen is large enough for him to draw pretty detailed pictures.   Also, Dave and I got Mason  this light board for his birthday this year as well and he LOVES it!  He uses it to trace and practice drawing - if you have a little artist on your hand I highly recommend it!

9 - I mentioned the OSMO Geunis Kit in Luke's list, but Mason is getting the  creative set for Christmas and I am SO EXCITED to give it to him!  We've been using paper and pencil and kind of making the app work, but he's going to flip out when he has the actual kit to use!  Their pictures actually come to life and it's incredible!

10 - If you remember back a few months ago, Mason asked if he could PLEASE have slippers to be next to his bed like a "real person" and when he picked some our OF COURSE they had to be  dinosaur feet :)  These are plush and warm and so much fun and if you have a dinosaur-lover (or someone who wants to be a "real person") ;) I highly recommend them.

11 - Mason has been working HARD on reading and he loves Pete the Cat.   These readers would be perfect for him and give him something fun to read on his own at night when he goes to bed (just like his big brother).

12 -  This book is full of jokes and unfinished cartoon drawings and I can't wait to give this to him!  This would be perfect to keep in the car for those days where you get stuck at an appointment longer than you think and would be a great stocking stuffer as well.

13 - Mason loves to draw and he has several drawing books that he uses for techniques and ideas.  I love the style of  this book and think he'll have fun with it.

14 - Mason loves to play with "army men"  but I feel like an entire army can disappear over the course of a week.  This set of LARGE army men will be perfect because (hopefully!) they won't disappear quite so easily. 

15 - Both Mason and Luke started doing  rainbow loom at ESS after school and Mason is CRAZY about it!  I don't know a ton about rainbow loom so I can't really speak to the age-appropriateness of it but what I do know is that Mason comes home from school with bracelets that he's made on his own - win!

16 - I'm always on the hunt for good outdoor toys and this collapsible cornhole set is on my short list.  I love that it goes in the bag for easy storage and that the kids could play together.  I also love that we could play it out back by the pool or they could move it to the driveway when we're out there riding bikes and doing chalk.

I hope that Mason's list gave you some inspiration and ideas if you're shopping for a six-year-old!  If you have a great gift recommendation for a First-grader I'd love to hear it!

Happy Thursday, friends!!!

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Three Things - School Photos Edition

It's been a while since I did a three things post so I thought I'd share three things about each of my favorite people and take the opportunity to share their school pictures as well.  You've gotta love a school photo, right?!?! :) 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Show and Tell Tuesday - Serving Others

I've started and deleted and then started and deleted this post about 4 times in the last few days.  It's hard to find the balance between sharing things you do with your family to give back and not coming across as self-important or braggy.  My hope is that today we can all share a few ways in which we give back to hopefully inspire each other, give each other a few ideas and challenge ourselves to be more generous with our time and money. 

Monday, November 13, 2017

Weekend Recap - MandaStrong 5K Edition

 Saturday morning we woke up bright and early to head to the first MandaStrong Foundation 5k and Fun Run.  


Friday, November 10, 2017

Friday Favorites - I accidentally deleted my post edition :)

Yep - you read that title right.... I believe I deleted my Friday Favorites post by accident.  #awesome

I think I accidentally used a draft post of it to write Monday's post and when I hit publish it replaced Friday's post with Monday's (which would explain why Friday's comments are on Monday's post). 

I may try to throw some things from Friday's post up here at some point - if you're looking for something from Friday's post feel free to shoot me an email and I'll get back to you :)

Thursday, November 9, 2017

On The Mend

Well... we had a good run.  Everyone has been happy and healthy for the first 12 weeks of school, but last Friday Luke ran a fever and so I stayed home with him and it pretty much went downhill from there.  I started not feeling great on Sunday afternoon and by 7 pm on Sunday night I was running a fever close to 103 and it didn't let up until Tuesday morning.  It's been rough.  All that to say, the only thing worse than having to get a sub for a planned absence is coming back after having an emergency sub.  My plans were scattered and haphazard (and non-existent on Monday thanks to a raging fever) and the sub was fabulous - but now I'm having to pick up the pieces, grade a TON and rework my lesson plans for the next few days before Thanksgiving break after being out for three days.


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Thanksgiving Touches

I have no clue what is happening with my comment section today - ugh!!! Hoping I can get it working later tonight.  SO SORRY!!!

As anxious as I am to bring down the trees and stockings I'm not quite ready to say goodbye to the pumpkins yet so I packed up the jack-o-lanterns and freshened things up with a few Thanksgiving touches.


Monday, November 6, 2017

Christmas Wishlist - Griffin Edition

Last week I shared Luke's Christmas Wishlist and today I'm going to be sharing Griffin's!  This list is going to be a combination of things that she has and loves as well as things that we have our eye on for her for Christmas.  

Friday, November 3, 2017

Friday Favorites - Pumpkin Carving Edition


Happy Friday, friends!  Erika, Narci and I are sharing our FAVORITES from the week and we'd love for you to join us!  You can link up your blog at the very bottom of this post ;)

Monday afternoon was one of our FAVORITE afternoon/evenings of the year.... pumpkin carving!


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