Sunday, July 21, 2013

Crayons, Chocolate, Cake and Monday Made-It!

Wow...July is flying by way too quickly!  I have been super busy with my own Little Loves at home enjoying some much needed summer vacation. I managed to squeeze in about 5 days of curriculum work at our district office as well. I use those extra paychecks to pay for our much needed vacations...LOL!

Last week, Mr. First Love and I took our Little Loves to Pennsylvania for a few days. We went to the Crayola Experience. It was A.W.E.S.O.M.E. The girls got to do so many hands-on activities. They even made their own crayons and markers. Very cool.

After Crayola, we went to Hershey. Everyone loved Chocolate World. The girls got to practice packaging Hershey Kisses. Here's a quick pic of my Littlest Love shaking her container up before loading it up onto the conveyor belt.

The day we went to Hershey Park was Hot with a capital H. We managed surprisingly well and made sure to drink a LOT of cold water. My Little Loves are total thrill seekers and wanted to go on every ride they could. We had a great time.

As soon as we came home from our little getaway, it was time to start prepping for their BIRTHDAY PARTY!!!  I love holding our annual birthday celebrations for the girls. It is my chance to put as much effort into something special for THEM as I do for classroom on a daily basis. When my first daughter was born, I was a little sad she was a "summer birthday".  I know all you teachers out there can totally understand. But I quickly realized that having a summer birthday baby meant that I could go ALL OUT for her party because I had so much extra time. Three years later we were blessed with another summer baby. My girls' birthdays are one month apart, so this year we had a combined party for the two of them. They wanted a Mickey Mouse / Minnie Mouse party. I had so much fun with the party prep. It could be my favorite theme so far. And that is where my Monday Made-It comes in!  I spent all week MAKING lots of things for the party. Here are some highlights:

I also have a Monday Made-It for school. I give my students Retelling Rings to use during Read to Self and Read to Someone time. After reading a book, they flip through their ring and answer the questions. Sometimes they answer in their own heads or into a Whisper Phone, sometimes they write the answers in their journals, and sometimes they share their answers with a partner. I decided my rings needed a little makeover. Check out the link below to take a closer look.
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Would you like to use my Retelling Rings in your classroom!  Well, you are in luck!  I will choose TWO winners to receive my Retelling Rings file for FREE!  Good luck!

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10 comments:

  1. Both of my children were summer babies! The cake looked adorable.

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  2. The cake look awesome. We're headed to Disney in a couple of days and my kids couldn't be more excited!
    The crayola experience sounds pretty great. A perfect place for kids to be kids!

    thanks
    matt
    Digital: Divide & Conquer
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    1. I'm so jealous! Hopefully we will get to Disney next year. Have a great time!

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  3. Loved reading your latest post - your blog is so cute and full of ideas! I am your newest follower via Bloglovin'! Come stop by if you get a chance :)
    Lauren
    The Sweetest Thing
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    1. You and your blog really are the sweetest things! Thanks for the great giveaway - I am going to include it in the blog post I am working on right now!

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  4. It looks like you put a lot of work on your theme party. Everything looks GREAT!! I'm your newest follower.
    Yashika
    http://somewherebetweenfirstandthird.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks, Yashika! Your blog is great and I am now YOUR newest follower:)

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  5. Loved this post! I also wanted to let you know that I have nominated your blog for the Liebster Award. Check out my blog for more information :)
    ~Christy
    Mrs. Holder’s First Grade

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    1. Thank you! I am so excited to participate in the Liebster Award! I am going to go work on my blog post right now!

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