Tuesday, February 28, 2012

DIY thank you jars.

For the past six weeks, Grace's school has been doing what they call Recreational Reading.
It's a six week long extra program that the kids can voluntarily participate in. We make it fun for them with "prize weeks" and an ice cream party at the end. I helped last year and LOVED it. I was amazed at how excited and motivated ALL the kids were about reading. So much so, that this year I volunteered to head this program.

We had a great group of volunteers helping with this.
They've had to give a couple hours of their Friday afternoons every week and brave snow AND ice storms to get to the school!
I love Alaskan women!!

I wanted to give them something,
to say a little thank you for their time
and commitment to this program!!

I made "thank you" jars.
I used jars that I already had,
spray painted the lids, added a chalkboard label
and filled it with Swedish Fish (our theme is PIRATES!; it sort of went together...).
After I had the jars filled and labeled, I felt like they were missing something.
I wanted to ensure everyone knew the label was actual chalkboard
and meant to be reused, so I tied a piece of chalk onto the jars with some jute string.
I love all these colors together!

I am so pleased with how this came out.
The kids loved them too.
They keep asking me where their thank you jar is!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentines.

I grabbed this picture while we were at Kinkaid Beach once.
Seemed to fit good for today.
Frankie and I have a few errands to run today and then we are swinging into Grace's school to crash the first grade party!
I made heart waffles for the kids breakfasts and I mixed up some strawberry syrup to flavor and color their milk at dinner.
New "love" pajamas may also be included...

Spread some love around.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Tic-Tac-Toe Valentines.

We made Tic-Tac-Toe valentines this year.
Grace loved making up new color combos for her "x's and o's".
Get it, x's and o's??? How perfect is that?!

ps. check out Grace's outfit.
all flowers...
flowered dress, flowered shirt, flowered pants.

Sunday, February 12, 2012


Ha ha.
This is an oldie, but goodie.
I was looking through old pictures and found this one.
We were clearing out the side of the shed and Frankie was in scrap heaven.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Kitty Cat.

The last time I posted was December... Crazy.

Frank got this little Kitty Cat snowmachine from a buddy of his.
It wasn't running so we got it for cheap...
By the next afternoon, it was running and working.
Frankie took to it right away. He loves it.

But the more Frank looked at it while it was apart, the more he saw things that needed to be fixed... So after lots of searching, we basically have all new parts for it.
Including an original owners manual.
Frank is SO excited about that part.
1989 Owner's Manual. Wow.

Anyway, after all the new parts were put on, Frankie took it for a spin again.
He looks so cute driving around the driveway.
Grace wants NO part of it.
That girl is no dare devil...

We have gotten so much snow this year, the berms are as high as I've ever seen them.
Shoveling certainly has gotten interesting...
But it's light when I drop the kids at school, so we are at the VERY beginning of the end.


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