Friday, December 14, 2018

Random Tid Bits

  1. Work has been slamming me hard!

    We're wrapping up the fall semester, which is enough really with tests, grading, photographing artwork and so on.

    They decided they need me to teach different days next semester. A schedule that will be harder on me. Since all the days changed, so did my classes...deadlines, dates, breaks and so on. Something did go my way. I get an assistant to help out in one of my classes because they stuck me in a crazy schedule. The Education Director needs the syllabi soon to proof. That's a lot of work!

    They also want me to have a professional development something-er-rather. Back in May I did a facebook blueprint class to get facebook blueprint certified. It was a lot of work. Get this...it won't count because they consider that to be for 2017-2018 school year, instead of 2018-2019 school year. I did it all at the end of May, after spring classes were over. I opened up all the certifications I got, Photoshopped July dates on them, and hope they'll take them. They'll never know the difference. But they may not take them because it was shady I sent them the first time with May dates. I'm not usually shady, but damn it it's one month off. I did a ton of work for those things!

    Then I got an email that they want me to talk about Squarespace and Wordpress for our Inservice, while the students are on break. I want to yell loudly.

  2.  This is Thursday morning that I'm writing this. Last night Travis decided to email the Principal at the elementary school to have a sit down meeting with Isaak's teacher. We've both just had it! It went from Isaak being one of the only boys she could trust to Isaak being one of the problem children. Is it because he's a talker, or is it because we've gotten involved over her head? He's never been seen as a problem child ever! I've never had so many issues with a teacher before. We have a meeting Friday late in the day.

    Isaak cries because he doesn't understand his homework content wise. When he tells her he doesn't understand she explains it exactly how she explained it before. She talks down to him. He didn't get it the first time, so he needs it explained in a different way. Then she tells the class to have one group read a chapter, another group read a different chapter to help with the chapter questions. Well they ran out of time to answer the questions. Then Isaak didn't know which chapter questions he had to answer. I helped him do both, and taught him how to scan or skim read. Then it was less daunting to him.

    She gives a lot of busy work. Example: They got a packet of crossword puzzles, word puzzles, math puzzles and so on. Before next week he has to get 14 pages done all the way. If they don't they have to sit to do homework instead of watch movies with their peers during the holiday performance. One word puzzle I couldn't figure out: hijklmno, I looked it up to find the answer was H2O. There was another odd one on that page. Then on the crossword puzzle there was, Another name for winter, after trying many things that wouldn't fit I looked it up and found it was Solstice. A 5th grader wouldn't know that! Those are just 2 examples. There were more! Isaak sees it as I have 14 pages of homework! It's not due until next week. When we broke it down it was 2 pages a day. That's not that bad, but that's also not how he absorbs the assignment.

    If you are familiar with Jane Elliot's Blue Eye and Brown Eye Experiment that's what this teacher does. Only Jane Elliot put one group of kids against another to show how unfair it is. This teacher does it because she has favorites. Isaak now labels himself as not one of the good kids when he's never been labeled this way. He's a boy full of empathy, and she's crushing him. I was holding it together, but finally broke down crying.


    My concerns about the lack of recess they are having is still there, but now it's bigger than that. Our whole family is feeling it. We all pitch in to help Isaak with his homework. Yes Mica and I helped assist him with some of that busy work like word finds, while he cried over math homework he had.

    One of Isaak's good friend had a birthday party last week. Get this Isaak wasn't invited. Hummm I wonder why? We've had their whole family over different times. They have a son in Mica's grade. Her Dad said, "So you coming to the party this weekend Isaak?" Isaak said, "I wasn't invited." It was like putting salt in the wound. I can't help, but to think, is it this teacher that put her against him? At first I thought it was just that she only invited girls, but that's not the case. I told Travis to feed them with kindness, and invite them to our Dance Party for New Years Eve. So...he did.
     
  3. Isaak's basketball team was going to break up. They stuck with it. I do wish the coach would put more emphasis on layups, and making simple shots. Instead he's all about scrimmage. The boys are just all over the place.

  4. I saw this meme about adding random strangers to your holiday card to get relatives talking. I really want to do this! I especially want to add an Asian kid, a Mexican kid, and an African American kid. Diversity in my card. It sure would get people talking!

    What's a crazy idea that you've had lately?
     
  5. Mica was top notch last year for his Science Fair Project. I think he thinks he is again. Travis started looking at all he's done, and was annoyed big time. All week along with Isaak's homework we've been working with Mica on his Science Fair Project that's due next week.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

WW: Holiday Card #homealone {Linky}

This year I sat on doing our holiday postcard a little too long. So much of me wanted to say bah humbug to the card. It could be that the boys are growing up, and are harder to make cute, maybe it's the fact that I just feel overwhelmed with things, or possibly it's that Isaak's having a crappy school year. He does so good in school, but has a difficult teacher, his basketball team fell apart, and one of his best friends didn't invite him to her birthday party. I just want something to go in his favor! I just wasn't feeling it this year.

Instead of a postcard (due to time) we did a holiday doctored photo. Our theme was Home Alone. Once I started working on it, I got into it. Isaak was so excited that he was the star of the card! Isaak played Macaulay Culkin. He loved being the star of the photo. That made me smile. He didn't get left at home, while we were on vacation. He did however get left at school when Mica was supposed to pick him up. Thankfully they do have a place called Kids Club he could go. He does cook us breakfast by himself on some Saturdays, and in my mind he kicks some butt!

The rest of us were robbers. While I realize there are only two robbers in the real movie, our photo has three. It was so easy to have Mica make that face. He does it in many photos when I ask him to smile. This time I wanted the crazy face. Travis was happy to wear his stocking cap that he has on most of the time. I did get the, "Mom why are you wearing jewelry? A robber wouldn't look nice!" Maybe I stole the jewelry.

I tweaked the Home Alone Logo, so the photo place wouldn't give me grief about printing it. The original has a line under it, a line breaking up the roof on the house, is never a cream color, and has a different font.


I added a infogrphic style letter. Basically it includes things we've done, or like. It was nice to not be confined to a tiny postcard space. While it doesn't go to a song, or rhyme it's still fun.

Do you make a holiday card? Are there times where you just don't feel like doing everything you usually do?

Sunday, December 9, 2018

#Hapree 48 Mechanical Pencil Set Review

This time of year I'm always on the look out for little gifts.

Mica came up to me today to say, "Mom I need to go shopping today to get a gift for a classmate. We're doing Secret Santa gifts."

Then there's the gifts for teachers, stocking stuffers, Elf of the Shelf brings little things, and gifts for coworkers.

Mica's secret friend had on her list of wants: School Supplies.

We're getting Isaak's teacher school supplies as well.

It's great that #Hapree has a 48 Mechanical Pencil Set. I can give one set to Mica's secret friend, and the other set to Isaak's teacher. Both gifts will be paired up with other things.

We got Mica's secret friend some chapstick, hand sanitizer, gum, a box of little colored pencils, pens, and a bag that had a {K} on it - for her name to put it all in. Everything was fairly inexpensive. It will be great to add some pencils in there as well.


About Hapree Mechanical Pencils:

The pencils have a fun ruler down the side. Each pencil lead is 0.7 mm medium point, has an eraser with a clip if you are a person that clips them to a font pocket. I'm more of a stick the pencil in my ear, and forget about it kind of person.


The colors:

  • Blue
  • Pink
  • Yellow 
  • Teal 


Extra:

Both sets came with extra leads.


Where to Get Hapree Pencils:

You can get them on Amazon for $14.99. Pick them up here: https://www.amazon.com/Hapree-Pieces-Mechanical-Pencils-Refills/dp/B07CQ1QWBW.


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What's a little gift have you gotten this year?

Disclaimer: I got this product for free, or a discounted price in order to help with this review. I'm  only review things I think my friends, family or readers will find helpful. All opinions are my own.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Random Tid Bits


  1. I've been kind of away from blogging more so this week. It's the week before finals. This week is just as busy as finals week because many things are due.
  2. Mica's been struggling with his honors Algebra. Travis asked his teacher if she thinks he should go back to the regular math class. Nope! He just needs to practice more. If we could get him past thinking he knows it all. Typical teenage attitude.

    Travis is brighter in math than I am, so he's been a very patient tutor. He's had to relearn things.
  3. Isaak has had about 2 hours or more of homework each night. I'm just not happy with his last year of elementary school. Every week I shake my head about something he says, brings home, and so on. The latest is that his teacher gave him a word to look up, find synonyms of, and use it in a sentence. He couldn't find the word in his not organized notebook. We snapped at him for not being organized. Then we learned that she gave him his word to write down, while he was in the middle of a test. Say what?! I've been helping Isaak with his homework.

    On the side meal prepping, snow shoveling, and basketball practice.
  4. All weekend last weekend and the weekend before I baked, and decorated. We have one less holiday function, so I made less sugar cookies. I broke about 7 of them that the boys ate. I also made Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies - that taste a bit like the Girl Scout ones, Chocolate Malt Cookies, and Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies. Lots of work, but 1 plate goes to Travis' work, 1 plate goes to my work, another batch goes to sell at the elementary school, another plate for Christmas Eve, and we typically have a New Years Dance Party for kids.
  5. I've also been working on my Christmas card, which will be a Christmas photo this year. I didn't get my rear end in gear to get postcards made. They are still cute. I'll share the flop, and will share the real one next Tuesday on here.

    I wanted to do a Parody on The Scream By Edvard Munch. It wasn't turning out as I envisioned. I played and played with it, then I played with something different that I liked better. So...I went with that.

    Here's my flop that never got finished:


Friday, November 30, 2018

Elf: The Musical @RoseTheaterCo #review #omaha

Last night we had a super fun time. We got to go see Elf: The Musical at The Rose Theater


The set design was really cool! Everything was coated in glitter and the images changed throughout the show. Note how the kids didn't sit with us. They just wanted to be close to the stage.



About Elf: The Musical:

If you're familiar to the movie, the musical has the same flavor. Different things happen, which made it more fun to watch. We didn't feel like we were watching something we already have watched. It was great because it had some adult and child humor. Isaak leaned into me at the 1/2 way point and said, "What's PETA?" They made a joke about Santa not having reindeer because of PETA making a big deal about them. Most of the jokes were at his level though.  


Buddy the Elf has always been a little different. Even among his professionally festive Christmas coworkers Buddy really stands...TALL! But when Buddy learns from Santa that he’s a human, the enormous former elf embarks on a quest to the sparkling city of New York during the holidays to find his father. His unusually upbeat, childlike cheer has a powerful effect on everyone he encounters—with sometimes disastrous results! But will Buddy be able to charm his stressed-out dad who long ago lost his seasonal spirit and wants nothing to do with a son he didn’t know he had? This fun-filled musical adaptation of the favorite holiday film that became an instant classic is a stuffed stocking full of song and dance that your family will most definitely want on your Christmas Wish List!

Dates:

It runs from November 40 to December 23. Check Rose Theater's website because some shows are already sold out. This is a popular one!

Ages:

It's for all ages, but if kids get restless there is a wiggle room that parents can take them.

Time:

It's 2 hours long. They do have an intermission. During the intermission they sell cookies and drinks.

Cost:

Members are $20 main seating and $15 for balcony.

Non Members are $27 main seating and $22 for balcony.

Purchase tickets on their website or by calling 402.345.4849.


The Characters:

They were fun! There wasn't an actor that did a bad job.

Buddy – Dan Chevalier
Jovie – Regina Palmer
Walter Hobbs – Anthony Clark-Kaczmarek
Emily Hobbs – Melissa King
Michael Hobbs – Josiah Hydeen
Santa Claus – Zach Kloppenborg
Greenway/Store Elf – Sarah Gibson**
Deb – Mary Carrick
Manager – Shannon Duke
Sam/Mrs. Claus – Sue Gillespie Booton**
Sara/Store Elf/Waitress – Kendra Ball
Chadwick/Store Elf – Lauren Krupski
Matthews/Store Elf/Fake Santa – Christopher Violett
Jim/Store Elf/Fake Santa – Fran X. Adrianto**
Businessman/Ensemble/Store Elf/Fake Santa – Garrett Griffin**
Charlotte/Elf/Intern/Store Elf – Francesca Kerkhofs*
Office Intern/Elf/Store Elf – Audrey Persaud*
Office Intern/Elf/Store Elf/Fake Santa – Raymond Butler
Police/Fake Santa – Noah Fowler
Elf/Police/Fake Santa – Matt Kielian
Store Elf/Fake Santa – Nate Kielian
Elf 1/NY Sports Fan Kid/Christmas Kid – Colin McMahon*
Charlie/Christmas Kid – Carson Bishop*
Shawanda/Elf/Christmas Kid – Martina Perversi*
Elf 2/Store Elf – Camryn Jordan*
Elf 3/Store Elf – Emma Wambsgans*
Featured Rockefeller Ice Skater/Customer – Rachel M. Radloff*
Featured Rockefeller Ice Skater/Elf/Christmas Kid – Sky Radloff*


Artistic and Production Credits:


Director – Matt Gutschick
Assistant Director/Ed. Rep – Dana Pittman
Music Director – Jerry Brabec
Choreographer – Sue Gillespie Booton
Scenic Designer – Adam Rowe
Lighting & Sound Designer – Craig S. Moxon
Projection Designer – Brittany Merenda
Costume Designer – Sherri Geerdes
Hair & Makeup Designer – Erin Bragg
Production Stage Manager – Lisa Krabbenhoft
Director of Production – Erin M. Solemsaas
Technical Director – Greg Rishoi
Props Mistress – Devon Denn-Young
Scenic Charge Artist – Savannah Savick
Master Carpenter – Jackson Curtright
Assistant Stage Manager/Apprentice – Kali Coates
Followspot Operator/Apprentice – Elton Wayne Bradley
Scenic Apprentice – Austin Watson
Sound Engineer/Apprentice – Christy Hernandez
Assistant Stage Manager – Dacota Schwarte
Followspot Operator –
Fly Rail Operator – Zach Ackerman
Run Crew – Jesse Groff
Qlab Operator – John Horton
Stitchers – Sherri Geerdes, Erin Bragg, Audio Helkiuk, Jill Maenner

Live Orchestra:

My kids and I love to check out the live Orchestra display before the show begins. It's so cool!


Jerry Brabec – Conductor
Curtis Pelster – Trumpet I
Marcus Nunez – Trumpet II
Paul Niebalski – Trombone I
Noel Johnson – Trombone II
Chris Acker – Trombone Swing
Scott Vicroy – Reed I
Andrea Smith – Reed II
Stanton Harper – Reed III
Samantha Perkins – Violin I
Heidi Copeland – Violin II
Christina Allred – Cello
Jennifer Novak Haar – Keyboard I
Amy Nunamaker – Keyboard II
Jerry Brabec – Keyboard III
Tom Miller – Bass
Jeff Kolega – Drums
Michael Pollock – Percussion


Go See it:

It really got us in the holiday spirit. I'm sure it will you too!


Sponsors: 

Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, Nebraska Furniture Mart, Kid Cuisine, Hy-Vee, Omaha Steaks, World Port Seafood, Nebraska Arts Council, and Nebraska Cultural Endowment.

Disclaimer: I'm writing this in connection to The Rose Theater. I was given tickets from The Rose Theater. I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Random Tid bits

  1. Travis and I haven't fought in a very long time. It's good, but I think it's healthy to fight every once in awhile. Last weekend was that time. No worries...we made up. It actually was in regards to Mica. If you have kids, have you ever fought about them with your spouse, ex, boyfriend or girlfriend?
    One morning Mica was typing a one page paper, for a homework assignment on my work laptop. Good thing: He can log on to Office365 anywhere with his school account. I was making breakfast.

    Mica said, "Mom I think I know a way to make this paper longer faster. I'll just bump up the font size 2 more points."

    I said, "No! I don't want you doing that. Just take your time to do a good job. That seems like something one of my students would do; just to get the paper to go from one page to two."

    Mica said, "Mom it's fine."

    I said, "Honey please don't do that. If anything...don't do that for me. What's the standard size?"

    Mica said, "She didn't specify."

    I said, "What size are you taught is the standard?"

    Mica said, "11 pt."

    I said, "Use that then. It used to be 12 pt when I was a kid. I teach my design students that body copy in a magazine is 9 or 10 points. If 11 pt size is what you're taught, she didn't say otherwise, you should use that size. You can always email her to ask her as well."

    Mica said, "Mom I'd be doing her a favor. She is older, has glasses, and can't read all these paper well."

    I said, "It sounds to me like you're old people shaming. Move the font size back!"

    Later that day:

    Mica said, "I'm done."

    I said, "Did you move the font size back to 11 pt like I said?"

    Mica said, "Oh I forgot. Now I can't because I sent it already."

    I lost it! I don't feel like I yell that much, but I was full on yelling at that point! Then Travis came in, and started yelling too.

    Travis said, "I think you need to stop, cool down, and Mica will learn from his mistakes. Think about how you're handling this!"

    I did handle it good in the morning. When he didn't listen, is when I lost it. It's like all respect went out the window for me and Mica's teacher. It seems like I don't get backed up all the time, so I was upset the rest of the day. What a way to spend a day off! The whole day Mica didn't see what the big deal was. The next day we talked it out. It's all ok now. I do think fighting has to happen in any relationship at times. Although I think Mica is still in the clouds about the whole incident.
  2. Travis texted to me that the leaf Isaak and I crafted for his work won a $20 GC to Red Lobster.


    He texted, "Date night!"

    I texted back, "I don't know Isaak helped me create it. Maybe it should be a Mother Son night."

    He texted a grumpy emoji face back.

    Should Isaak and I use the gift card, should Travis and I go out on a date with it, should Isaak, Travis and I go out, or should we just use it for our whole family? Part of me was messing with him, but another part of me was thinking, Isaak deserves some of that.
  3. Travis and I have been battling out what I should or shouldn't give Isaak's teacher for the holidays. I always give something! But it's hard because she's not our fav not a good teacher. I said, "What if we gave her something impersonal like school supplies? She could still use them. It's for the kids too." He was ok with that. Then my mom said, "Alissa you have to give her something fun!" I can't win!
  4. I have a student that cracks me up almost every day I have him.

    He asked me why he doesn't have a girlfriend, and said he understands girls so well because he has 4 sisters. All while he was talking to me he was adjusting his man parts. Certainly not anything, any girl want to see!

    He told me he was going far for Thanksgiving to see his sister's new kid. I said, "Oh what's his name?" He said, "I don't know." I said, "You better find out!" When he got back he still didn't remember his nephew's name. He had to call his mom to ask. When he found out it was Rowen he was like, "What kind of name is that?" I said, "Someone could say the same of your name. Don't judge. Just love him, and remember his name."
  5. Isaak has kind of hit a downward spiral with basketball. He gets anxious ever since his team switched from the Y to a bigger better league. I was beginning to think he was alone in feeling this, but as it turns out he's not. You can read about sports anxiety here. Now we just need to try and learn how to combat it. He was a great basketball player before!

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

WW: Bohemian Rhapsody {Linky}

Mica was really obsessed with Queen last year. He couldn't take a shower without blaring their songs loud in the bathroom. Thankfully he has waterproof speakers.

When I saw the trailer of Bohemian Rhapsody, I knew we had to take the boys. Thankfully it wasn't rated R.


Have you seen Bohemian Rhapsody yet?

Saturday, November 24, 2018

PackageFromSanta #review #christmas #holidays

Isaak is on the fence when it comes to Santa. It's no surprise - Mica stopped believing when he was in 4th grade, as did I. Isaak's in 5th grade. He's told me that many of his friends don't believe. I just tell him, "That's too bad!" Then he says, "I know."

I had the chance to review a Package From Santa. You can get your own package at: PackageFromSanta.com. I picked one that's for kids that are doubting Santa's existence. Start a Magical Christmas Family Tradition That Your Child Will Cherish Forever!


Give the one-of-a-kind memorable EXPERIENCE of receiving a Package From Santa! When you order your package, you can reword prewritten letters. 


Isaak's package came in the mail today. He was so excited to get mail!
  • a personalized Santa Letter that arrives in the mail
  • a personalized VIDEO starring your child via email
  • a personalized PHONE CALL
  • a personalized printable NICE LIST GUIDE
  • and the option to upgrade with MORE goodies!
He didn't want me to see any of his package. He said it's between he and Santa. I had to sneak photos of it, while he was in the shower.

A fun photo of Santa:


The letter for the 1/2 believer:


I loved the seal:


A Nice List Certificate, which overall he is nice:


Santa's Flight Plan:

Isaak did ask how Santa got his photo? I said I blog, and am on FB all the time. Santa must have gotten his photo from online. ;)


I think it's a fun package! They were really fast with the order. I had no problems ordering it! Lately with reviews it's like this code doesn't work... Not this company! 


Get 25% off every package you order using code FAM2060

This uniquely personalized gift experience creates Christmas wonder and excitement that your child will never forget!

Have your camera ready to video every step of this special Santa experience! It all starts at the mail box when the Package From Santa arrives from the North Pole! Delight in the process of making Christmas magic come alive in a very personal way for your child, grandchild, niece, nephew, or any little one you know!

This esteem-building personalized gift is an amazing experience of joy, memories, wonder and happiness!

PackageFromSanta.com has options for EVERY BUDGET starting at $14.95 with an array of add-on goodies to choose from. Create a custom package for each child!

How did you find out that Santa didn't exist? Possibly you still believe.

Disclaimer I got this package from PackageFromSanta.com in order to help with this review. All opinions are my own. This is a sponsored post.

I Hope You Had a Great Thanksgiving!

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! 

We celebrated with my sisters, their kids and my parents. We had snack type foods, and played games all Thanksgiving day.

Today (Saturday) we went over to my aunt's house to have a big meal. Everyone brings something. There we played Rummikub. I'm glad I brought my game, and my aunt had a set. We had 2 games going.

Thankfully both days were good days, for playing outside. The kids were free to run around. Now (Saturday night) we're in a snow storm watch. That's the crazy thing about Nebraska - it's jacket weather one day and freezing cold the next.

Food:

I've had a mini pie maker for a few years, but this is the first year I used it. Have you ever had something you bought or acquired, but hardly used it? I acquired the mini pie maker from my Mom's Cousin. This year I put it to use! I made 13 mini pumpkin pies for one event, and eight or nine pies for the other get together. No left overs.



Isaak and Travis helped me make a turkey veggie tray. They helped a lot because I had to quickly go to the store to get dip. We hardly have dip at home, so I forget that some people only have veggies with dip. The dip was barely touched. Ha!


How was your Thanksgiving? What food did you make?

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

WW: Hello! Is it Me You're Looking For? {Linky}

When I saw this image of Lionel Richie and said, "Travis you HAVE to take my photo with him!"


While he was shooting the photo a store person came up and said, "Sorry you can't be on that." I thought he was talking to me. Nope! He was talking to Mica that was resting on a display bed.

I said, "Travis hurry up and take one more just in case we get snapped at next."

Monday, November 19, 2018

@Ripleys Believe It or Not! 100 Years #book #giveaway #christmas #holidays #gift

Mica loves history. Right now he says he wants to be a Historian, but last year he wanted to be a Pediatrician. Kids do change their minds often. 

I know he'll love a book he's getting for Christmas: Ripley's Believe It or Not! 100 Years. The book showcases their last 100 years, and it is packed full!


About the book:
  • It's Hard Bound 
  • Book Size: 12 1/4 x 10 1/4 
  • 256 Pages 
  • Recommend reading age is 10+

    My boys started enjoying Ripley's Believe It or Not! books, since they were 7 or 8.
     
  • Cost: Varies From Site to Site $31 to $33
  • ISBN:1609912403 
Who Was Mr. Robert Ripley?






The Ripley brand is known around the world as a trend-setting source of family-friendly fun and excitement!

Introduction By Jim Davis

If you are a fan of Garfield, than you'll enjoy reading about Jim Davis!


What They Collect:





Do you see the shark on the bottom? Travis and I went to school with that artist. He was in my foundation class. His name is Nemo Gould.


Ripley's Believe It or Not! is globally renowned as the authority on the weird, the eccentric, and the amazing. Ripley's Believe It or Not! provides entertaining books for children of all ages which educates and informs them in a humorous style.  Every day the researchers at Ripley's are busy digging up the craziest true stories and the most unbelievable facts.

I love the added pullouts, attached envelopes and tickets:



Do you want to win a copy of Ripley's Believe It or Not! 100 Years?

This giveaway is for someone within the US. No PO boxes please. You need to be over the age of 18 to enter. Ends December 3. Winner will have 48 hours to respond.




Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free in exchange for a review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Random Tid Bits

  1. It must be moody we for my whole family this week. Mica typically goes to bed at 9. One night I had enough of his moody sassiness, so I told him to go to bed at 7:30. He did, and was out by 8. Usually sleep, or food is what we need when we get grumpy. He refused to tell me if something was wrong, so to bed he went. 

  2. I did find something that was bothering Mica. He loves Quiz Bowl! A few students were talking when they weren't supposed to, so his teacher said, "There would be no practice for a few weeks." Mica said, "It just upsets me. It's the one time I can get together with my friends to nerd out. The worst part is, I really like who was talking. It made me so upset that they wouldn't just shut up." Usually Mica rolls with the flow. It's Isaak that gets annoyed with friends for not doing the right thing, naughty or talkative kids in the classroom.

    Mica's Quiz Bowl teacher could have kicked out the few kids out of practices that couldn't keep quiet. Instead they all got kicked out. I wasn't there, so possibly more were talking than I know.

    With that teacher I really respect her. She spends much of her own time on Quiz Bowl. I found out from Mica that his teacher's brother committed suicide at the beginning of the school year. She gets a extreme pass from anything we don't agree with. In fact she's even going to get a holiday gift from us. I appreciate her!

  3. It's starting to become a trend that teachers discipline the whole group, when just a few are talking. I'm not trying to put my boys on a pedestal, but they typically are well mannered in school especially.

    Isaak continues to miss out on recess in his classroom because of kids that can't stop talking. It's pisses me off. My kid needs a break. Kids that can't focus overall need a break, a release of some kind: Recess, Meditation, A Few Laps Around the Track, Redirection, a Snack, Art, Music, and/or Sleep. If they had a release than possibly they wouldn't be as chatty. 


  4. This is what the sink looked like after Mica brushed his teeth. I didn't know weather I should scold him, or laugh. We took a picture, and texted it to him. One thing is for sure...he needs to brush his teeth better!



  5. I really love this next meme. Do you agree with it?


Thursday, November 15, 2018

Wooden Leaf #craft #stringart


Travis' boss gives him odd things: Like a foam pumpkin in the fall, and stockings at Christmas time for the employees to decorate.

He asked, "Do you really think I have time to do these extra projects?"

She said, "You like art. I'd think you'd enjoy them."

He said, "You must not get that I don't get into crafty things."

I said, "I'll decorate them, while you help the boys with homework or work on house hold fix up things."

Here's a Wooden November Leaf:



Materials:

  • A Wooden or Styrofoam Form
  • Elmer's Glue 
  • Water
  • A Paint Brush
  • Leaves From Outside
  • Any Kind of Paint or Fingernail Polish
  • Nails or Stick Pins
  • Different Colors of Embroidery Floss 
  • Scissors or X-acto Knife
You can do this craft with any wooden form, but we have a leaf!

There's a ton of ways to decorate it! I wanted something that Isaak would get into. I sent him outside to gather 5 leaves.

I painted it with Elmer's Glue. It works best if you add a little water to the paint.


If the leaves aren't flat, it's best to iron them. Put the leaves in between sheets of white paper, and iron them with an iron or hair straightener.

Set them in the glue. Use an X-acto Knife or small scissors to cut the leaves.

Isaak painted the tops with glitter glue.


If you are using foam push stick pins in the form on the edges. We had a wooden leaf, so Isaak hammered nails in the edges of the leaf. Lowe's Clinic came in handy with hammering!


He put a nail on every outside section of the leaf.



Get the different colors of Embroidery Floss out. Thankfully we already had some laying around. We picked fall colors.

Tie a small knot on one end, and go to town with where you want them to go. Keep doing this with different colors.


Because it's not stick pins I thought the nail heads could use some color. Travis said, "What about little gems." I went as far as gluing them on with a hot glue gun. I hated them, and ripped them off.



I just felt like the gems were too flashy for this natural looking leaf. I painted the nail heads with acrylic. I used teal because blue-green is the opposite of red-orange. You can use fingernail polish. That may stay longer over time. Finger nail polish is the same thing as enamel paint, which is used for model cars and more. I snuck some teal inside bits of the leaf too.



I think it turned out pretty good. Isaak likes it too!

Side Note: I love how his shirt looks like it has strings on it too.


What I Loved About This Craft:
  • It's good for boys or girls
  • It can be used for decor in your house
  • It can be transformed: If you didn't want to do leaves, you could use flattened flowers and spring like colors
  • It's for many ages: Stick pins and foam board bases for younger kids, and nails and wood bases for older kids
  • We had everything, nothing was purchased for this craft
Have you ever created string art?

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