Teacher Gift Idea

School is almost out for the summer here in GA.

With each end of the school year, we have Teacher Appreciation Week.

Each day of the week, the students (or parents rather) are supposed to do something for the teacher.

You know, to show their appreciation for all the time they have devoted to the classroom all year.

The week ends with a classroom gift for the teacher.

At the beginning of the year, the teachers are given a survey to fill out so the room moms can know a little more about them.  Some of the things they are asked are favorite places to eat, colors in their home, favorite books, favorite candy etc.  This helps greatly at the end of the year when you are trying to get a gift.

The parents are able to make a monetary donation towards this gift and the room moms go out and get the gift.  I was one of the room moms for my son’s 5th grade class this year and this is what we came up with.

It was pretty easy to put together and we used a lot of the things she said she liked from her survey.

I started with all her favorite things.  The vases and straws were donated from the other room mom but we used money we received to purchase the rest.

I started by taping the straws to the back of the Twix.

I then dropped some Starburst into the bottom of the vase and arranged the sharpies around the edges.

After that I put all the Twix on straws into the container and arranged them so they looked good.  I continued to drop the Starburst into the base as fillers until they were all used.  The straws were bendy straws so I was able to bend some of them and hang them over the side of the vase.

Once I was done with all the Twix, I taped the gift cards to straws and put them in the top.

I love the way it turned out.  I hope our teacher will like it too.


I’m linking up to these parties……


Baseball is serious business – Part 1

I have always said that my youngest was born with a baseball bat in his hand.

It all started when he was 3 years old and was on his first baseball team.

He may not have been big in size but he was big in his love of the game.

We started him out in our church league but when it became apparent that he needed something more, we moved to the rec league at our local park.

The first team he was on was the Cardinals.

He was very proud of his first uniform.

Check out those practice swings.

When he first started out he was number 10 like his favorite player, Chipper Jones, from the Atlanta Braves.  I don’t remember even knowing the names of professional baseball players when I was 4 years old.

In the Spring season of the same year, his team was the Atlanta Braves.  Go figure.

His daddy was the coach and they came in first place in the season that year.

The trophy is almost as big as he is.

After the Spring season, some of the players are asked to play on All Stars.

Zachary was asked and was very excited.

They even got to play some games at a local park that had astro turf on their field.

That was really cool to all these boys.

I think this is the smallest catcher ever!!

The next fall we were back at it.  This would be his last year in T-ball and they were the Cubs.

He hadn’t grown very much since last season but look at the determination on his face.

In the Spring they were the Giants.

He rightfully earned the position of “circle” or pitcher as it is called when you get older.

Love the form.  See what I mean by being a natural.

End of year party with a very happy and proud daddy.  Who was, as you may guess, the coach again.

This concludes our T-Ball career.  Stay tuned for PeeWee, Minor and some of Majors, which is the level Zachary is playing now.

Spring is in the Air

It is not unusual to have an early Spring in Atlanta.

This year our spring has seemed to arrive earlier than ever.

It’s as if we went right from fall to spring without a winter in between.

That’s fine with me, we moved south from Ohio for a reason.

One sure sign around here that it’s Spring is the blooming of our Cherry Blossom tree.

Hubby and I love this tree.

It blooms such beautiful delicate flowers.

If the wind blows too hard, these delicate flowers will fall from the tree like it’s snowing.

My son thinks it’s funny to kick the soccer ball into them and purposely knock them off.

After the first rain, they will mostly fall anyway and will leave behind a bunch of green leaves.

The leaves aren’t near as pretty.

I love the view it provides from the window in the 2 story foyer.

I’m always so sad when the white petals fall off but we certainly do enjoy it while it’s here.

Travel Softball

For anyone ever wondering what a softball field looks like at midnight, this post is for you.

I have mentioned that my daughter plays travel softball.

This is her 3rd year.

They don’t play a “regular” season, they just play tournaments.

The tournaments can be anywhere.

Most of ours are about an hour away from home.

We had a tournament this past weekend that was in Watkinsville, GA.

It was about an hour drive from where we live.

Hubby and my daughter were up at 6:30 to get ready to leave.

They had to be at the field by 8 for the first game at 9.

I had other things to do, so I stayed back and then went to our sons baseball game.

My daughter’s team made it to the championship game that was suppose to start at 9:30 PM.

In the meantime, there was a gap of about 3 hours so hubby came home and got me and we all went back to the championship game together.

When we got there, they were finishing up another game, then they had another game that needed to be played before the championship game started.  So now we were almost 2 hours behind.

I think the championship game finally started at 11:30ish.

I tried to take some pictures.

They are all dark,

it’s midnight!!








Second place, again!


Another trophy.  How many does that make us now? 50 million.

Not sure what we are going to do with them all.






How about next tournament, the trophies are a little bigger?

How about maybe 1st place?

Oh the life of the parents of travel ball players!




Posted in Fun

A fun day…

Leap Day 2012

An extra 24 hours in this year.

I had a pretty good day and a little luck.

Early in February, I went to my favorite quilt shop to get zippers.

I go to this quilt shop specifically for their zippers.

They carry tons, in lots of fun colors and they are only a little over a dollar each.

Zippers, Uploaded with Snapbucket

My daughter’s birthday was that coming weekend and we were having a surprise birthday party for her.

I invited 7 of her friends and decided to make each of the girls a goodie bag.

A goodie bag that looked like this.

Wheres my mother to help me sew all these bags when i need her?, Uploaded with Snapbucket

I made 8 of them in all different colors.

I also got the pattern from the quilt shop.

Well, when I was checking out; they gave me a red envelope as part of their Red Envelope Extravaganza.

The deal was I had to bring the red envelope back on February 29, Leap Day, unopened and inside could be a prize or a discount coupon.

I put it on my calendar and decided that I would go back to see what was in my red envelope.

You just never know.

I also knew I would be needing some more zippers.

When I got there, the first thing I did was have the lady check my red envelope.

Low and behold, I was a winner.

I was so excited, I never win anything.

I figured I would just get a percentage off my purchase, which would have been plenty for me.

Not this time, it was my lucky day.

I won this:

I won this iron today!!!, Uploaded with Snapbucket

My mom has one of these and they are so handy to keep in the craft room.

I had been wanting one since I saw hers.

I also got to do a little shopping.

I found another pattern.

I love this one and can’t wait to get started on it.

Pattern, Uploaded with Snapbucket

I got enough material to make 2 of the long ones.

Fabric, Uploaded with Snapbucket

The pattern seems a little more complicated than the bags I made for my daughter and her friends but I’ll just have to take my time.

I can’t wait to see how they turn out.

So, I had a great Leap Day 2012.

How did you spend your day?