Monday, December 22, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Some of my favorite memories from school were making a fun craft and bringing it home to "surprise" my parents for the holidays!  

This year my own children came home with that spark in their eyes and they could barely contain their excitement!  It was killing them to wait until Christmas day for John and I to open our homemade gifts from them!  So, on Christmas Eve we gave in and were delighted to find fun new ornaments to hang on the tree!

Similar to that, I wanted my students to have something special they could take home to give their parents!  So, after a bit of searching through Pinterest, I found this fun craft:  


The students each used their own thumbprint to make adorable little reindeer ornaments!  After we let them dry they were packaged up and ready to take home to someone special!


Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Elf on the Shelf Adventures

This year I had an Elf on the Shelf at home and at school!  Boy did I have my hands full!  I had to remember to move these guys ~ ahem - I mean make sure they found new spots when they flew back each morning!

My kids at home and school just loved their elves!  At school, the students named the elf Peppermint.  At home, our elf was named Mack - a few years ago when he made his first appearance!

Check out some of the antics of Mack!!  Maybe it will provide you with some inspiration next year!
{Mack finished up some needed painting on our train tunnels for the track that runs around the Christmas tree!  Why can't he finish laundry while he's here, too?}

{Mack got a bit of a sugar high as he was sipping on some syrup!}

{Mack made a fun swing out of yarn and a toilet paper tube!}

{He decided to have a little fun and toilet paper the tree!}

{This was Mason's favorite - finding Mack in his Lego Chima Castle!}

{Mack must have gone ice skating at the North Pole!}

{Mack decided to start opening some of Mason's birthday presents!!  Luckily he didn't get very far!}

{Mack took a nap in the silverware drawer!}

{Uh Oh!  He got stuck in the blender!!  After a couple of days we had to take the lid off so he could get out!}

{Looks like Mack found a lady friend!}

{Mack was just hanging out in Bandit's stocking!}

Friday, December 5, 2014

Christmas Wishes...

 This Christmas my own kids were totally in love with our Elf on the Shelf!  They truly, honestly believed in him!  To the point that one day, when Mack had not moved in 3 days, Kylie was crying because she was afraid that he hadn't been able to go visit Santa!!

This year the kids each wrote a letter to Mack to take to Santa.  They wanted to be sure that Santa knew exactly what they wanted for Christmas!  They were so adorable!!  (p.s. I saved them!!)


Above:  I want heat wave 
that can trans
form into any 
transformer! 
and a speed boat.  
Love Mason To Santa


Below:  I love you Santa.  love Kylie Mulheran
Please I want a computer.  Please.
And stuffed animals like a fox and 
a dolphin and a 
bear and a 
dog and a 
cat and a 
giant stuffed fox. Please

Along the side ~ Love you Santa!
I love your
elfs and you.
I love 
Mack
he is
nice!