Saturday, January 7, 2017


Two snow days this week!
Means Children's Delight is coming along...
Oh, so slowly but surely.
On the bright side?
I'm using LOTS of tiny scraps.
My scrap box is very neat and organized.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017


     How can a little boy that needed my constant (and I mean EVERY other minute) attention earlier this Fall, turn into one of my favorite little people? Not quite sure...

     At Open House, his mother carried him into the room. A first-grader. 
     Three weeks into school, I found out he hadn't even turned six yet. A first-grader.

     I could go on and on and on about the numerous ways he misbehaves every day, every few minutes, but I soon realized he just didn't know. Seriously, hadn't been taught simple little things.
     He would enter the room in the morning and throw his backpack on the carpet. I told him not to- he doesn't anymore. He told me during playtime he had peed in the bushes. I told him we can't do that and he hasn't again (that I know of)
     He is super curious and interested in everything. He comments on everything. He smiles at me (sincerely) even though two minutes before I've raised my voice to him. I have raised my voice at him A LOT.

     Today, he saved his straw from lunch and played with it most of the afternoon. When did I turn into a teacher that allows that?? I even thought to myself, "He's not hurting anything." He made it into a snorkel and plans to take it to the pool this summer. He also stuck it in his ear. 
     At some point (maybe during October?) I totally started understanding that he's not doing stuff on purpose to annoy me but he's just a little guy doing little guy things. And he cracks me up. 
     Never thought it would happen and tomorrow may be completely frustrating, but today he told me I was his best teacher he ever had. Since he's only been in Kindergarten, best out of two isn't so bad.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016


Took a break from October/November's project
 Children's Delight
(It is soooo picky picky)
to work on a Christmas-ish Simple Strips
for my boyfriend's cute little mom.
Colton and I took a whirlwind trip to Chicago
for his 17th birthday.
We saw the Blue Man Group
with an added surprise: my cousin!

I made my first Christmas dinner on Sunday
and these cute initial pillows on Monday.
Fun, relaxing break.
And it's not over yet...

Tuesday, November 8, 2016


Day 7: I'm thankful for a school "workday" during which we caught up with friends and laughed a lot. We live in a small town with much silliness going on. Best quote of the day? "You can't make this stuff up."

Day 8: I'm super thankful for a day off! Made breakfast and lunch, voted, shopped/ packed shoeboxes for OCC and sewed. Relaxing, selfish and fun.

Sunday, November 6, 2016


Day 6: I'm thankful for my church, an extra hour to fix lunch before we left, a beautiful day and a cozy evening by the fire.

Saturday, November 5, 2016


November Gratitude

Day 5: I took a wrong turn on the way home from Colton's bowling tournament and found a discount bakery! Bought a few yummy things, then did a little Christmas shopping with my parents. and had lunch.
Happy Saturday!

Friday, November 4, 2016


Day 4: I'm thankful for surprise dates. My boyfriend :) stopped by this evening for what I thought was a quick visit, but we ended up going out to dinner. I'm also thankful for Friday evening before a four-day weekend. The possibilities for fun seem endless!

Thursday, November 3, 2016


Day 3: I'm thankful for Special Olympics and other parents of special needs children that get it. It's nice having a place to go where we're all in the same boat and nobody stands out as being different.

2014 Gratitude (includes 2013, too)

Wednesday, November 2, 2016


Day 2: I'm thankful for late Fall warm weather when you can still wear shorts and sandals. I took a personal day with my best buddy. Made baked apple pancake, took a drive and snuggled.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016


November Gratitude

Day 1: I'm thankful for my job. Most days it's routine, happy and peaceful, some days it's totally not. My kiddos make me smile.

2014 Gratitude (includes 2013 Gratitude)