Sunday, July 28, 2013

Sunday Smorgasbord

The sound of rain falling from the sky is so peaceful. I love sitting out on my front porch listening to the music of the rain.
Don't you love this picture? Too Cute! I had to add it.
Today I am linking up for the first time with Fabulous in First for her Sunday Smorgasbord. (All things random)

Yesterday I gave myself a treat and I went and had my nails done. I got overlays on my fingernails and I had a pedicure on my toes. It felt fantastic. I had Hana use one of the colors of my classroom and put chevron stripes on them. I think they turned out very cute.
I just hope it last until the first day of school which is in 9 days.
I finally finished my dining room chairs. It feels so good to have these redone.

This is my old dining room chair seats.  Very UGLY!! 

 Here are my new and improved dining room chair seats. Love how they turned out.
I was inspired by a Pinterest post about making a READ sign. Here is how mine turned out. It really fits my decor in my classroom. If you would like to see how I did this. Click on the picture and it will take you to that post.
Didn't it turn out cute? I really like the colors. This is how it looks in my classroom library.
I am trying to decide if I want to start a TpT store for myself. Here is one item that I remade from a friends idea. We each had student teachers and we were gradually taking our classrooms back and having a hard time remember what needed to be done each morning. This was a great reminder that I had on my board to make sure that everything was ready for the day.

I am trying to figure out how to do Google Doc or another Google site that Ladybug Teacher Files had a tutorial on and I am having NO LUCK getting it attached. Any help would be appreciated.  Thanks

well, I am off to get ready for Vacation Bible School this week. Very exciting time to see children singing and learning about God.
Until Next Time,
       Happy Blogging

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Hurricane Kansas

This is going to be a quick post because I am very tired from today's activities.  We had the biggest storm that I have seen while living here in Pretty Prairie.  Rain, Hail and 100 mph winds. I felt like I was watching one of my videos for my weather unit in school about Hurricanes.  Here are a few pictures of what we had to clean up today. (Tree limbs, branches and leaves, leaves, leaves.)

This is our porch when the storm was halfway through.

During the storm, the tree across the street was uprooted.

Part of our tree in the front yard was on the sidewalk. Our pool was still standing though. :)

This was our neighbors trampoline and it was a block away from its house.

Our neighbors huge tree was uprooted.

This car was actually on the other side of Main Street and the wind blew it across the street and the steakhouses roof came off and crashed into the building and car.

Another neighbors tree.

Roof metal hanging from the powerlines.

It was a crazy day of clean up around my town. It was like being in a tornado but no houses were torn down.  Anyway, I am off to get some sleep because my body is extremely tired.

Until Next Time,
         Happy Blogging

Monday, July 22, 2013

R . . . E . . . A . . . D

I am nearing the end of my summer break. I have two and a half weeks left so I am working hard on finishing up my projects that I wanted to do this summer but didn't do or complete yet because of other things that popped up.
 I am linking up with 4th Grade Frolics for this Mondays post.  My Monday Made It was an inspiration that I found on Pinterest from The First Grade Parade.
 I had the letters READ up last year over my tree but I just put the letters on the wall.
. . . BORING . . .
so when I saw this picture, I thought, "I can do that". So here is what I did.
I went to Hobbly Lobby and bought the wooden shapes and the ribbon. I had the paint from painting my bulletin boards and I had the letters from last year.
I painted each of the wooden shapes.
Tacked on the ribbon using small tacks.
This is what it looked like with ribbon on.
I placed the letters on using glue dots. I don't like my letters always being straight so I made each letter a little crooked.
I made the bows using a tutorial off of Pinterest also. It took me awhile with the bows. Never made bows before. I think they turned out pretty good if I do say so myself. (FYI ~ the bows are not glued to the ribbon yet)
Final piece was to put it up in my Classroom Library. I really love how it turned out and my tree is still there. It is right beside it on the left.  I stapled the ribbon to the wall and then I hot glued the bows on.  Put a few butterflies and bird's around the read sign and it will be finished.
I also remade my "sharp pencils" and "need sharpened" cans using my rooms colors. Here is a before and after pic.

 I really like how these turned out too.
I hope you enjoyed reading my post today.  Hop over to Monday Made It and see what other people are creating and maybe you will get inspired to make something.
Until Next Time,
         Happy Blogging,

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Harvest is OVER!

Well, it has been a long three weeks and I wish I could say that some of it was vacation time but it was not.  Harvest went very well here in the "fly over state" of Kansas. I am very glad that it is over. It was very longggg hourrrrssss with very little sleep. I've said this before and I will say it again,
I don't know how they do it every single day going up and down those fields. Three weeks was good enough for me.

Some of you were interested about what we do during harvest so I took my camera and clicked some pictures as we worked. Here we go . . .

This is where it all begins in the morning around 8:00 am. We get the Semi's on the road
with the wheat and we head out to the fields to service the combines and trackers.

We made it to the first wheat field.

My daughter works for the same farmer also. She and Cody are fueling up the
combines and trackers and checking the oil levels.
This is me and my job is cleaning the windows of the combines and trackers.
Fun!! Fun!!
This is my view from the cab of the combine.
Here is another view from the combine. This is called the header and it
brings the wheat into the cutters and then it goes into the combine.
Once the combine is full of wheat, the trackers come by while we continue
cutting wheat and we empty our wheat into their carts.  Then the carts go
to the semi's to fill them.
This is what it looks like far away.
Here's a night view for you. We would work until around 10:30 and leave for
home around 11:00 pm.

There it is . . . This was my life for the last three weeks.  So glad it is over and I can go back to thinking about school since there is only three weeks before we start here in Kansas. Time is going very fast.
Until Next Time,
         Happy Blogging