Archive for March, 2010

giada love

March 31, 2010

Tonight for dinner I made Giada’s Chicken Parmesan. I’ve made this dish before and it is super easy.  When I first read the recipe I thought it would be too much work. To my surprise, I found a link with the recipe to watch a video of Giada making it. Okay, let me see Giada do it.  Once I saw her actually make it, and tell me I “could use my favorite jarred marinara sauce,” I knew I could do it too. So if you need a new recipe, give this one a go. Tell me how you like it.

Bon Appetit!


open house 2010

March 19, 2010

So after missy girl got her swing on, Jay’s school’s open house officially began. Now back in the day when I was teaching, I LOVED Open House. It was rewarding for me as a teacher to have my students share with their parents the projects we’d worked on and get to chat with my families.

Now that I’m on the otherside, I LOVE going to Jay’s open house.

I volunteered to teach one of my all time favorite art lessons to Jay’s class. And here they are, Modigliani inspired self-portraits! (All my teacher friends know that this is a lesson I’ve done forever with my 5th graders and kinders! I was glad  to share it with Jay’s class.) Don’t they look cool?

Here’s my goofy kid posing next to his self-portriat.

And what kid doesn’t love sitting in the teacher’s chair?

(Another thing I love about Jay’s teacher this year is that he actually plays his guitar and sings with the kids.)

Jay and his teacher, Mr. Hanna. We are so pleased with Jay’s progress this year. I truly believe that in every school there are great teachers and not-so-great teachers. Jay has been blessed with a great one. We are so thankful for such an awesome teacher for our boy.

Oh and by the way, the shirt Jay is wearing is my old t-shirt from when I was in elementary school. Go Landell!

swing higher

March 19, 2010

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This was Kellen’s favorite thing about attending Open House at Jay’s school last night. Notice she keeps requesting “higher” and she is in a regular kid seat, not a “baby” seat. Mercy.

diaper dance

March 18, 2010

I’ll keep it short and sweet. Little Miss K has had a diaper rash for a few weeks now. Yes, I said weeks. I’ve tried all sorts things to get rid of it. I’ve used my trusty arsenal of powder and organic expensive diaper creams. I even use chlorine free diapers, yet this pesty break out would not go away.  Thanks to my dear friend, Kate, what has helped turn the tide is good ole A+D ointment mixed with Lotrimin. Go figure!

a young reader

March 14, 2010

Yep, we start them young over here. As you can see, Kellen held story time in her rocking chair with all her “babies” today. A little Good Night Gorilla was enjoyed by all..

CUE 2010

March 7, 2010

We just got back from the CUE conference in Palm Springs. This is the conference that CUE puts on once a year. It is a huge endeavor. Mike and the CUE staff did a great job and from my persepective, did a fabulous job. The kids and I drove out on Thursday and stayed until Saturday night, when we all came home. Thursday night was the “CUE ball” and the Mike’s band, Red Pen played. As you can see from the picture, Jay danced the night away.

Because Mike was working so hard, I had planned to take the kids to do something on Friday. We visited the Living Desert which is basically a zoo. It was really enjoyable and we all especially enjoyed the miniture train set they have. It is a huge outdoor set up with lots of details.

The exhibit hall looked great, and my favorite part of the conference was meeting Peter Reynolds and Rachel Coleman. Peter is a wonderful author and illustrator. He has done the conference art for many years. Rachel is from Signing Time and Jay and Kellen love her, so do I.

A highlight for Mike was being surprised by winning a Gold Disk award.  The Gold Disk is CUE’s oldest recognition program. The first Gold Disk was awarded in 1983 and since that time many members of the organization have received this honor. A Gold Disk is recognition of the recipient’s contributions to CUE and to technology in learning. Mike was totally surprised by this and deeply touched. I’m so glad we were there to witness this, because they did not tell even me that he was getting this award! It wasn’t until the night before Marisol mentioned it would be nice if I could make it to the general session. When I found out it was at 8am, and told her,”we’d try, but might not make it.” Then she really encouraged me to make it and I got the heads-up. I’m so glad we made the effort to be there for Mike. We are so proud of him.

It was a great time in Palm Springs, but it is good to be home. Mike did a great job, and it is fun to go be a part of CUE during the conference.

pillow talk

March 1, 2010

My Bible study group had a service day last week where we made pillowcases for children’s homes. It was so fun to be a part of a sewing project. We had a group of women matching fabrics, a group cutting (that’s what I did), a pinning station, sewers, and a group ironing. There were a few women who “delivered” items to each station. It started out a bit chaotic, but we found our rhythm and with about 20 women we got a lot done in 2 hours.

This inspired me to try my hand at making my own pillowcases. It seemed easy enough. So off I went to the fabric store and came home with this for Kellen.

After reading the instructions over and over, I finally figured out how to pin the fabric together. Today I went over to my mom’s house to use her sewing machine. She helped me understand a few last instructions, and waa laa, two cute pillowcases!!