Thursday, September 2, 2010

Back to School Day

Well, the much awaited day has FINALLY arrived. Its Back to School Day and I just left my little 1st Grader in school. It was actually ALOT harder than I thought. I did shed a few tears and he held back a ton. I can't believe how BIG he has gotten. It seems like it was just yesterday that I left him in Pre-School and today he is a growing 6 year old.

Everyone is nervous and anixous the First Day of School and teachers are no expection. Just imagine what awaits for them with a classroom full of little boys and girls. With that in mind I made a Teacher's Survival Kit for DS#1's teacher.
I filled it with LOTS of through-out the year essentials for a teacher who might need a little help.
Scenic Route Appleton Collection, Bazzill 'Berrylicious' Cardstcok, DCWV Cardstock, Cricut Expression, Cricut Accent Essentials Cartridge, Cricut Doodlecharms Cartridge, Cricut Mini Monograms Cartridge, EK Success Binding Edge Punch, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, Make 'n Mold Clear Bags, American Craft Thickers, Quikutz Frankie Alpha Die, ABC Digital Kit by Crisdam Designs, Fonts: SchoolScriptDash, Kristen ITC, Murray Hill BD, Offray Ribbon, DMC Floss

Teacher Survival Kit Contents:
Animal Cookies for when your classroom seems like a zoo.
Band-Aids for when things get a little rough.
Crayons to colour your day bright and cheerful.
Candle for when you are up late marking or planning
Cotton Ball To cushion the rough roads ahead
Eraser to remind you everyone makes mistakes.
Lifesavers for when you've had one of those days.
Smiley Face Sticker To remind you to wear a happy face
Snowflake When all else fails, pray for a snow day!
Starburst to give you a "burst" of energy when you need it.
Tea Bag To remind you to take time to relax daily and go over that list of blessings
Tissues to wipe away the tears...yours and theirs.

and a prayer for the start of the day:
Please help me,
to strengthen their voices,
bodies and minds,
to express their feelings and
control them sometimes,
to explore what's near
and venture afar,
but most important to love
who they are.

These are only a part of all the 'survival items' that are avaliable to use. For more, please visit Kim's Korner for Teacher Talk.
I packaged all the goodies using various sizes of the Make 'n Mold Clear Bags. The Toppers were made using Cricut's Accent Essential's , a 'Back to School' Sentiment Button I created (available upon request), and a Doodlecharms' Apple in the center. The .cut File is available upon request.

All the 'Survival Items' were then placed inside a Lunchbox Tin I found at AC Moore. The front and back of the Lunchbox was altered using Scenic Route's Appleton Collection, a Plantin Schoolbook Star embossed with the Swiss Dots Folder, a Doodlecharm Apple, EK Success Binding Edge Border Strip and American Craft Thickers/QK Frankie Alphas.

If you're interested in the Back To School Toppers .cut File or the Back To School Sentiment Button, please leave me comment here with a way to reach you.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Hello September!

I'm Back! Well, its not like I actually left, but I've been away from blogging/scrapping for a bit. And I'm soo glad to be getting back to it. Hello September! I've never been happier - yet sad - that Summer is over! I'll sure miss the nice warm activity-filled sunny days, but with the end of Summer means I will be getting more time to scrap and complete projects. DS#1 goes back to school tomorrow and I will only have one cute little 3 year old boy with me at home until 3pm every weekday. I do plan to use my time wisely to fit in some 'me' time, DS#2 time - this will be his last 'school year' at home; next year he will be going to Pre-School -, and scrapping time. And I do have soo many plans for my scrapping.

Anyways, back to my Staycation, we had a really good time. We didn't get to do everything we had hoped, but we still had soo much fun. We did have a few rainy days, in which we just stayed home watching movies and playing games. One the more sunny and bright days we went to the Land of Make Believe and the Bergen County Zoo, as well as make a few family barbeques - YUM! And I did get to sneak in two and half 'scrappy' projects. {insert winking smiley face} Which I'll be sharing with tomorrow and early next week. For now, I'll leave you with a few pictures from our Staycation.

Hope, NJ

Samba Balloon Ride

The SideWinder - DH and my 5 year old son went on this ride - CRAZY! One screamed while the other was speechless - I won't say who did what.

Blackbeard's Pirate FortA ? gallon that tips over everytime it gets full. Stand under it and you will get wet.

Buccaneer Pirate ShipEquipped with nets, slides and water cannons.

Paramus, NJ
The zoo only has animals found in North and South American.

A smiling Donkey

A sleepy Mountain Lion


An American Elk

Budgies - The kids had soo much fun feeding these hungry parakeets.

And the American Bold Eagle

I hope you enjoyed these pictures as much as we did seeing them. So, what did YOU do this summer? Go anywhere? Did you also have a Staycation? I'd love to hear how everyone enjoyed their summer, so leave me a comment. And I might just pick a random winner for a little something.