Today is the end of March, which means it is also the end of the SOL challenge.  It is also the end of Lent as Easter is tomorrow.  I am hoping that it is the end of me fighting illness also since I am finally starting to feel better.

Today, with Kristen’s help, I was able to do all of the prep for Easter dinner.  Now all I have to do is come home from church and throw everything into the oven.  Should be a delicious meal, party potatoes, ham, freshly baked rolls, a small relish tray, and sweet and sour green beans with bacon.  Finally, strawberry shortcake for dessert.  Easter baskets are packed and ready to be placed on the table tomorrow before lunch.

I even managed to salvage a little crafting time for the month.  Almost finished with Kristen’s drama album  Hopefully, I will be able to get that finished tomorrow except for the last page.  Waiting for the picture of the Final Bow as I want that to be her last page.

Now time to get supper so that we can eat, clean up, and get to bed early.




So many topics

There are so many topics that I really want to write about, maybe even topics that I need to write about to get them off of my chest.  Sadly, however, I always have to think about what I am writing about and who may be reading this blog.  Seems like you always have to worry about not hurting someone’s feelings, or making someone mad with what you say. We encourage our students to write about whatever is on their mind, assuring them that unless what they are talking about is harmful to them or others, what they write about is just between them and us, their teacher.  Maybe everyone should keep a private journal or diary where they can these thoughts without having to worry about who sees what you write and how that will affect them.


Made it

At 3:00 today, Spring break finally began.  This has been the longest school year.  Something about getting sick and struggling to even care this month.  Hopefully, by the time we go back in 10 days, I will be back to 100% and have the energy and desire to finish the school year.

A little cleaning

For some reason, our refrigerator is always packed full, to the point where it is difficult to find a place to put new items.  Know that I would need refrigerator space on Saturday as I prepped for Easter dinner, I asked my oldest to clean out the refrigerator today when she came home from work.  Thankfully she was more than willing to do this.  I came home to find a counter full of plastic food containers covered with bits of different colored green stuff along with other foodstuff stuck to the sides.  The kitchen garbage was also cleaned out (a bag full of science experiments that needed to be taken to the garbage in the garage in anticipation of a trip to the street next week.  Even with all of the old green former foodstuff cleaned out the refrigerator is still quite full.  Might be time to look into a second refrigerator for the basement.  Then I will have space for even more science experiments.

400 +

During the day, Kristen mixed up the cream cheese mints, so that all we had to do tonight was shape the mints in their molds.  We made two batches, one we left white and the other we wanted red, but after using about 1/3 of a bottle of food coloring, Kristen gave up and made it pink.  It took Sarah, Kristen, and I about two hours to mold up the mints.  We now have over 400 mints.  My only question is, will that be enough?  I know we had leftovers from Sarah’s party 6 years ago, but I don’t remember how many we made.  Wish I would have written it down.


Lessons Learned

This year I decided to have my senior class participate in the student blogging challenge.  This was a new class that has never been taught before.  It isn’t dual credit, so the majority of the students are not college bound.  I really had no idea what I was doing with the classroom blogging challenge.  All I knew for sure was that I wanted them to blog daily even though we only meet every other day.  I also knew that I needed to develop some sort of blog so that the students could somehow connect their blog. Needless to say, since I didn’t know what I was doing this project was a major flop. I do want to do it again next year, but at least next time I will have a better idea of what I am doing.

Lessons Learned

  1. Start the unit about 1 1/2-2 weeks before the challenge starts
  2. Have students set up their blogs, create a theme and pick their avatar before the unit starts.
  3. Give students topics for the first several blog posts
  4. Spend some time discussing what makes a good comment verse just commenting on the blog
  5. Have students comment on each other’s blogs
  6. Have students find other blogs that they comment on
  7. Don’t get sick at the beginning of the month
  8. Have students find other student blogs that they then follow.

Those of you that have done the classroom challenge, what else should I add or do during this unit to make it more successful?


It’s coming

Basically, we are two months away from my youngest daughter’s high school graduation.  This means that it is time to kick things into gear and get going on planning her party and getting everything ready to go.  There are some things that in my mind need to be done before her party and then there are some things that I would love to do for her party but they will only happen if I have the time.  I am going to share my list and see if that doesn’t help to keep me motivated

  1. Guest sign in book
  2. Card box
  3. Drama album
  4. Volleyball album
  5. Basketball album
  6. Freshman album
  7. Sophomore album
  8. Junior album
  9. Senior album
  10. Baby album
  11. Preschool album
  12. grade school albums
  13. Middle school albums
  14. Baby album
  15. Preschool album
  16. 300 mints made (Kristen can do this while on break)
  17. Congrats banner
  18. Cards for her and all of the other friends graduating
  19. Early years display board (Kristen can work on)
  20. Kindergarten-8th-grade display board (Kristen can work on)
  21. High school display board (Kristen can work on)
  22. 4-H display board (Kristen can work on)
  23. Brownie Mortar board cakes
  24. Open house invitation designed (will order mid-April)
  25. Guest List created (Kristen can do this while on break this week.)
  26. Senior Picture book made and ordered
  27. I’m done and I’m starting posters made for the photo shoot.

Hopefully, that is all, but I am sure that I will think of more things to get done yet.  Thankfully Kristen can help with some of the items.  Plenty to keep me busy for the next couple of months.  Planning on getting quite a bit crossed off my list this week and next thanks to Spring Breaks for my daughter and then for me.

What season is it?


I took this picture this morning from my craft room.  We ended up getting 10+ inches of snow.  This would have been a perfect snow day if it would have happened in December, January, or February, but no it waits until almost the end of March to give us the biggest snowfall of the season.  Thankful that I was able to stay inside and play in my craft room.  Of course, now I have a mess to clean up.


It’s Friday

Totally looking forward to the weekend.  I am hoping that I can actually sleep in tomorrow morning.  Since it looks like we are going to get hit with the biggest snowstorm of the season (after the season is sort of over with), I plan on staying home and not doing much except for resting, crafting, and hopefully finally getting over this crud that I have been fighting.  All 4 of us had plans for tomorrow, 1 to work, 1 to church to set up for Palm Sunday Breakfast, 1 to help an older couple move and 1 to a funeral.  1 of these events has already been canceled, 2 of the events are not life-threatening and if the snow storm hits we can stay home, but sadly my oldest still has to get up and be at work by 6:00 tomorrow morning.  While I want to go to my great uncle’s funeral, if the roads are bad, the family will understand (it is an hour drive) if I don’t make it down.

Sometimes the weather tells us it is time to take a break. So instead of running around tomorrow, we will take a break and stay home tomorrow.  We will bake, we will craft, we will rest, we will re-energize and be ready to go for another week.

Looking forward to the next two days.

Places that make me Happy


  1. Scrapbook Room
  2. Walt Disney World
  3. Standing by waterfalls
  4. Rocky Mountain National Park
  5. Visiting different Zoo’s


I wanted to see if I could come up with at least 10, I will have to think about this some more.  Fairly sure that I am missing some things, but so tired and the brain is not functioning as well.