Sunday, May 24, 2015

How did this Teacher Spend the Start to Summer Vacation ~And then...a Package to Lift my Spirits ~~Thank you, Pam

It was last last contract day of the school year.
Hubby thought we should celebrate at our favorite neighborhood restaurant.

We often share a Burger and each get our own side.
This one is topped with cheese, bacon, and a fried egg.

Hubby orders the Hash Browns,
and I love the Steamed Broccoli.

Sadly, there was more work to do in my classroom...
textbook inventories,
fine lists,
packing,
grades,
and the budget.

So my first day of vacation was spent working at school.
And I wasn't the only one...
Full office staff and plenty of teachers.


I am happy to announce that I turned out the lights 
and closed the door on this classroom.

Perhaps just one more morning and I can finish what I need to do
 in the Foods Classroom and in the Teacher Planning Center.

So, I did not end the school year with that 
giddy excited feeling that I have so many years before.

When I pulled into our driveway, this was the pick me up that I needed.

A few days ago, I learned I was the winner of
a GoPro Camera, and coupons for Purina ProPlan
Cat Food for Callie and Lucy.

Thank you so much, dear blog friend, Pam.
Visit her blog Sidewalk Shoes here.

As soon as I get an SDcard and chance to experiment,
I'll be back to show you photos and videos.

Happy Summer!

Take care,
~Natalie

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

End of a School Year ~~Saying Goodbye to this Classroom ~~~Saying Goodbye for the Summer

It is our last full day of school...
Therefore, the last for our Advocate group to gather.
We have become quite comfortable with each other and in this classroom.

In fact, there are so many things I love about my classroom.
The large cabinet in the back, to the right provides storage for textbooks,
curriculum materials and project supplies.

The large cabinet in the back, to the left has tote trays for student use.
Yes, much like the cubbies that you use in kindergarten.
These are perfect for students to keep their book and projects that are works in progress.

The front of the room has a teacher desk and a large table
where one can organize lessons and activities.
Notice there are two large white boards.

And my one-piece desks are so convenient,
neat and tidy, easy to rearrange...

Always room to squeeze in a couple more...
Well, there is a limit!
Maximum capacity = 35

Now, I am packing to move again...
It will be interesting to see what my next assignment brings.

Take care,
~Natalie

Sunday, May 17, 2015

End of a School Year...Where Does the Time Go?

Friday night found us back down at the Ward Hotel.
It has such a charming atmosphere...

And, it never fails...
we always run into good friends.

Plus, the band sounded awesome.

The school week?

One of my co-teachers was celebrating 
the graduation of her Advocate Group.

She wrote a poem and created these cute, cute gifts for her seniors.
And, I just had to show you!

So there is this sport amongst young men called mudding.
Right, they do this on purpose...for fun.

When it is unintentional, it is not so fun.
This was hubby's pickup on Thursday.
He is still cleaning mud out from the underside.

So, I mentioned that I have been assigned to a new building 
for the next school year.
My classroom is lined with boxes that I have packed.

Last, but not least...
I want to show you that the flowers hubby brought to me
on Mother's Day last Sunday...
still look good today!

Take care,
~Natalie

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

What'cha Workin' on Wednesday ~The Countdown to Senior Year ~~My Advocate Group

 
It was our last full Wednesday this school year...
Just 4.5 days until they are officially Seniors.

Do you remember what they looked like as incoming Freshmen?

We celebrated today with Banana Splits.


It takes big muscles to scoop the ice cream, 
and these two guys are the best scoopers!

Sliced Bananas, Ice Cream, Chocolate and Caramel, 
Whipped Topping, and Sprinkles.

And then, there's always someone!


I scream...You scream...
We all scream for Ice Cream!

We all hope you had a wonderful Wednesday!

Take care,
~Natalie

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day to all Women who Nurture and Care for Children


Best wishes today to all mothers and to all women who nurture and care for others.
Some women do not have babies of their own, but still play such an important role in raising our children.
Some are teachers, nurses, and day care providers.
Others are aunts, Godmothers, and special family friends.

Women are born with a "mothering gene" and they naturally provide love and support to those that they care about.

For those of us whose mothers have gone to their heavenly home,
I am posting this reminder again this year.

(So many times I catch myself 
saying something my mother would have said.)

Of course, I have to post this photo again.
It is a favorite of mine. I think it is because there is just so much going on!

The 90's hair and glasses.
Our homemade dresses.
This was the era that Amy refused to wear a dress, so the girls are in shorts and tops.
Grammy and Mom always got a corsage to wear to church.
We always posed for our Mother's Day photo under the pink tree in our backyard.
Notice, Emily is holding Grammy's hand.
And, I think my face says, "hurry up and take the picture, we are going to be late for church!"

Precious memories!!
Enjoy your day with your family.

Take care,
~Natalie

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Where the Week Went ~Mother's Day Dessert Plans ~~and Special Mother's Day Memories

Another full week at school...so much curriculum, so little time.
This term I have three different preps,
which is probably the main reason I earned a new badge on my Fitbit walking program!

In Celebration of Mother's Day,
I taught my Intro to Foods students to make Chocolate Lava Cakes.

While the cakes were in the oven,
students exercised their creativity to garnish their plates.

The cakes came out beautifully.
If my freshman boys can make these...pretty sure you can too!

And here's the deal...
I promised the students some extra credit if they make Lava Cakes for their mom.
On Monday, they should show me a "selfie" of themself, the lava cake..and their mom. 
I can't wait to see if anyone does this!

Speaking of Mother's Day...
I cherish the memories of Mother's Day Weekend 2012.
Amy and I met at Emily's apartment in Fargo.
Together, we went to Devils Lake to spend the weekend with my mom.
It was the last time we were all together.

For all of you that still have have your mothers,
and for those of you that have your children close by,
cherish your time together.
Someday, it will be just a memory.

Take care,
~Natalie

Thursday, April 30, 2015

This is a "What'cha Workin' On Wednesday" and a "Things in My House Thursday" Combined Post...Our Raised Garden Bed

In our backyard, the area behind our garage has always been a challenge.
Nothing grows there...not even grass.
Hubby has been talking about building a raised garden bed.

We had pinned several ideas on my 
Hubby went right to work... planning, measuring, cutting.
It was first all laid out on the driveway before the final construction.

Next day...got a text from hubby.
"Don't be alarmed when you get home from work."
He had ordered some black dirt and they dumped it in the middle of our driveway...
covering the sidewalk? Really??

And now, two days later, 
after much back-breaking labor,
the dirt pile is reduced.

And we have a raised garden bed in our back yard!

You will have to stop back to see if we plant 
vegetables or flowers!

Take care,
~Natalie