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Thanksgiving Feast 2017

Hello there!

What a joy it is to be on my Thanksgiving Break! I hope you are getting to rest this week as well!

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it is time for me to reveal my table decorations for this year.

We had our annual feast last Wednesday and it was quite successful! I can’t ever let this day go by without putting some cute decorations on our table.

For the past 2 years, I have made sure that my table decorations have items on them that the families can take home. I knew that I wanted to make turkey handprint paintings but I wanted to do them a little differently this year.

So off I went to my favorite craft resource site…..Pinterest!

I found instructions to make these….

The entire project was a little more time consuming than making the handprints on potholders. However, the results were well worth it!

Click HERE to find the instructions on this cute turkey display. The instructions came from Stacy at “Things to Share and Remember”. Two things I did differently: 1. I didn’t make a name card to glue on the front. (I just ran out of time!) 2. I used a rectangle cut from a brown paper lunch bag for the back piece instead of cardboard.

Do you notice the pumpkins in the picture?!? They were my favorite!!! I. LOVED. Them!! These decorations were very easy! However, they can be costly. They were well worth it for me, though. Can you guess what it is giving the pumpkin effect? It is a roll of toilet paper. The single roll of paper that you buy.

Of course…..

that makes me wonder who buys single rolls of toilet paper?!?!


The picture above shows the one I made at home. Click HERE to get the instructions for these. I found them from Montserrat. Her blog is called Cranial Hiccups. My pumpkins look a little rounder, because I wrapped some tissue paper around the toilet roll before I covered it with the fabric.

Here are 2 of my little kinder turkeys enjoying themselves on our feast day!!

You may have noticed the little cards on the table. What I do there, is this:

I find out what every kinder is thankful for and why. Then, I type that on a template. Next, I take pictures of each child using some really cute photo props I found for free!! Then, I put the pics on the template as well. Next, I print them in color, and laminate them. They fold easily. One of my teacher friends mounted hers on colored cardstock and that element added some depth as well.

These photo props are so cute! There are several to choose from. Click HERE to get your own Thanksgiving photo props.

Click HERE to download my template for the cards.

One last thing before I leave today…..

I have a thankful turkey that the Kinder Cubs do as a home project. It is so sweet! I cut out turkey feathers using black poster board. Then the students take them home and decorate them to show what they are thankful for.

Here are a couple of pictures:

What thrilled me this year was that each kindergarten class had their own Thankful Turkey. They looked awesome displayed in our hall!

Well Thanksgiving is almost upon us……

I have so much to be thankful for and  I hope that you will find much to be thankful for as well!!

God bless you REAL good!!

Five For Friday: July 17, 2015

fiveforfriday2_thumb3_thumb2_thumb2I’m linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for 5 for Friday…..uhh……. even though it is Sunday.

But I really wanted to share about our wonderful trip to the beach. And this link up is my favorite!!

Divider-1_thumb3_thumb2_thumb2_thumb[2]IMG_1422[1]This has been my view this past week.

Panama City Beach, Florida

Being a Georgia girl, it is my favorite beach. It brings back wonderful childhood memories of times here with my family and church friends.

Now, Dan and I like to take our family here every summer to help them make wonderful memories as well.

We love it!

My feet have gotten a real nice tan.

It was heavenly just sitting in my chair with an umbrella over me while I read Debbie Miller’s Teaching with Intention.

I’ve read where other people read 3-4 books while sitting at the beach, but I just can’t do that.

One book is about my limit……HOWEVER……..

As soon as it hit the market on Tuesday, my son bought Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee and read it all in one  day.


Divider-2_thumb3_thumb2_thumb2_thumb[2]IMG_1325Here we are so happy!

The weather was awesome all week and the water was really clear.

We saw dolphins a few times and being a teacher that was just awesome for me!!


Family Pic PCB 2015Here is my family!

Aren’t they precious?!?

This pic was taken right outside of a restaurant called The Sandbar.

The seafood was so good!!

We try to only eat dinner out 1 time during the week while we are there.

Call me crazy, but I LOVE to cook for my kids when we are on vacation!

I promise…..

It’s fun…..

I promise…..

and they love my food….

I promise……

However, Daniel and my son in law Matthew wanted to do the cooking on Friday evening.

They went to a FOR REAL seafood market that was nearby and bought some great shrimp, mahi, and crab cakes

and cooked us all a fabulous meal!!


Here they are doing their cooking magic!!

Divider-4_thumb3_thumb2_thumb2_thumb[1]While my sweet guys were cooking, I was able to finish up a resource for my TpT store. I’ve been thinking about a 5 senses unit for awhile now and FINALLY!! I got it done!!


Click the pic to check out this product!

I’m excited to get to use these activities with my own kinder cubs this coming school year!

Divider-5_thumb3_thumb2_thumb7_thumbThere are 2 places we absolutely have to visit when we go to Panama City Beach.

We have to visit Alvin’s Island Souvenir shop and we have to go to a HUGE outdoor mall called

Pier Park.

IMG_1456Alvin’s Island has been around since I was a young girl!! You can find all kinds of cheap stuff in there.

My kids always find something to buy. I have to buy it for them…..I want to keep this store in business for nostalgia’s sake!!

IMG_1462Here they are loving the tank tops they found!!

My poor 18month old granddaughter Virginia had a difficult time.

I should have thought about it before we went.

Bless her heart!! Alvin’s Island is such a haven for Virginia! It rouses her little senses……especially her sense of touch!!

IMG_1460Here’s Dan trying to keep her entertained while holding her, but there was no way he could keep her in his arms!

There were just too many things to keep her entertained on the floor!!

Now…on to Pier Park…..


We love to shop around all of the little stores in and around Pier Park, but most of all, we love to eat the shaved ice at the little kiosk they have there. This one is kind of like a self serve kiosk. The girl puts the shaved ice in the cup and you pick what you want and pour it on your ice.

We even went back the next night and got a refill.

So cool and refreshing!!

Here are a few more pics of our wonderful week!


As you can see, it’s not too late to link with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday. Go ahead and try it….you’ll like it!

Have a great week!

Making New Christmas Memories

IMG_5397Today, being Christmas Eve Eve :), I just have to share my heart. It’s a bittersweet day for me, because my precious granddaughter of 10 years has arrived in Virginia with her mom and stepdad and sister for a visit with his family. They left last night around midnight from a rainy night in Georgia to travel to a cold morning in Virginia. They will be gone only for a week, but it is one of the most important weeks in history!! Christmas!! Hello!? Don’t you know that I want my granddaughter with me during this important and eventful week!?!

Jaden has lived with us ever since she was born. Even though her mom married 2 years ago, she continues to live with us because well, she just wants to, and we don’t mind it. Her mom lives only a couple of miles away, so the living situation is all good. You see, for the past 10 years we have been blessed with a granddaughter who has spent every Christmas with us and now we are left alone with no presents  left under the tree, no toys hidden away upstairs ready for Santa Claus to put under the tree, and no little girl asking me, “Grandma,  when are we going to bake Christmas cookies?”

What I’m left with today are two little sheets of paper with artwork that she did for us before she left last night. By the way, when her mom came to get her last night, we all cried and cried. It was pretty heart wrenching and a time I’ll probably never forget. But Jaden did go willingly, and as long as she did that, we knew it was the right thing for her to do.

Ok….I know this sounds really sad and it is, but what I have to remember is now that my children are all grown up and they have new families that we have to share time with, it is time for me and Dan to make some new memories that may not be as traditional as what we are used to but are still sweet memories nevertheless. I guess you would call it a new season in our lives. Is it easy? Absolutely not!! Not for a person like me who loves to keep with traditions when it comes to Christmas. But in order for us to continue living the wonderful life God gave us, we need to do that….(by the way, my dear friend Donna had to help me realize this). 

So, here is what we did this year. It may not become a new tradition for us but we definitely had fun.

IMG_5358This is Dan and me at my stepmom’s house on Sunday afternoon. My half brother and his wife were in town and so we all got together with my brothers, half sister and and their families at my step mom’s house. We had a great time, eating wonderful food, watching football, and we all brought gifts to play “Dirty Santa”. I love the fact that even though my dad is deceased, my step mom and half sister try their best to keep us connected. This event definitely did that and it was a lot of fun!

Since my son is only a few miles away from my stepmom’s house, he invited us to come to his house to go ahead and exchange gifts with each other. So, my daughter and her family came too. We had crockpot vegetable soup which was made by my son and cornbread (made by Publix 🙂 ). It was yummy. Then we gathered around their living room and exchanged gifts. We like to go around and unwrap 1 gift at a time. Jaden had so many gifts, that we got her to unwrap 2-3 gifts at a time. She needed to unwrap her Santa gifts too! That’s why she had so many!!

I sat there the whole time just letting this memory soak into my heart so I could remember it forever. I knew that even though it wasn’t the “REAL” Christmas day, it was OUR Christmas day!

Now of course being me, there was definitely some mishaps. I left out a giftcard  from my son in law’s stocking (which by the way was a Publix Christmas reusable bag….I loved using these instead of bringing the stocking from my fireplace…that way, it was easier for my kids to just take the stocking goodies with them) and I shorted my son a giftcard….I’m all about keeping the gifts as even as possible. But, all in all it was a fun time and everyone was happy.

IMG_5360Here is a pic of my son and daughter in law’s Christmas tree. They pin their Christmas cards on it with clothespins. I love it!!


Do you ever find a gift that you buy more than 1 of because you think other people would like it? Well I do. This year it was this adapter that you plug into any outlet and it has 6 multiple outlets with two USB outlets on the top. My son (on the right) and son in law (on the left) . They were really excited to get this little contraption!

IMG_5363Here is a pic of me with my two granddaughters and my sweet daughter, Whitney! By the way, the baby’s name is Virginia. They are precious ones in my life. I am also blessed with 1 terrific daughter in law!

Ok so that is how we made a new Christmas memory this year.

Yes, since we’ve already celebrated Christmas, it is very quiet in our house….Dan is actually working (he works from home by the way) on his computer and I have the TV turned off while I’m typing.

I’m missing Jaden terribly….

but she did call us this morning and she was fine and excited to be in Virginia and the family there had breakfast waiting for them…..

and I may bake cookies or not…..can’t decide yet……

….I still need to go and get my son a giftcard….by the way he and his wife are spending the night with us Christmas Eve before they see her family on Christmas morning….we have Christmas Eve dinner at my mom’s house.

….and now I’m looking at a Christmas tree that is sparkling and dripping with ornaments that have been bought throughout the years, and I’m reminiscing over all of the past Christmas memories and pondering these treasures in my heart. However, I’m also excited thinking about the new memories that are yet to come and all of this is making me feel


God bless you and I hope you create some great Christmas memories, too!