Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Spring Has Sprung

Happy First Day of Spring Everyone!

The temps are rising, the flowers are budding, the days are getting longer.....and I'm loving every bit of it. 

So, in honor of this lovely season, it's time for another addition of Things I'm Loving Right Now.

1. Arnold Palmer (the drink, not the golfer)
For those that don't know, Arnold Palmer=1/2 lemonade, 1/2 iced tea. I've been drinking these everyday. 
Y'all know how much I love iced tea anyway, but add a little lemonade to the mix, and nothing is more refreshing on a warm day. I really like the Gold Peak tea and the Newman's Own lemonade, but nothing beats the homemade Arnold Palmers that my dad makes :)

2. Reading on my back porch after school
Last week the temps were in the high 70s/low 80s. It was so gorgeous! Combine that with an extra hour of sunlight (thanks daylight savings!) and a good book, and that's what I call a great afternoon. I just finished The Kite Runner and now I've moved on to this one. It's pretty good so far-a nice, light read.

And speaking of books, that brings me to number 3.

3. The Hunger Games-the movie
I seriously can't wait for this movie to come out. I've been counting down the days (3 more left!) I loved reading these books, and the best part is, so did Paul. He's looking forward to the movie just as much as I am. I think I see a date night in our near future!

4. Pretzel M&Ms
I have nothing else to say.

5. Essie nail polish in lilacism
I am just loving this color for Spring. It's the perfect shade of pastel purple and I think it's so cheerful.

6. L'OREAL tan towels
I'm not usually a big "self-tanner," but on a whim, I decided to try these, and I was pleasantly surprised. They're pretty much fool proof-no weird orange streaks for me!-and they leave you with a subtle glow. Just enough to make a few of my co-workers ask if I had gotten some sun.

7. Spring Break
Next week is my Spring Break and I can. not. wait. I'm going to Oak Island, North Carolina with my parents to check out the house they're building on the beach. I've never been to that part of NC, so I'm anxious to see it, and the progress on the house. I also get to see my sister!!! I haven't seen her since her wedding in November, which is way too long. I miss her. I'm so looking forward to a relaxing week with family!

What are y'all lovin this Spring???

Friday, March 2, 2012

Dr. Seuss Day

Today is Dr. Seuss's birthday!

We had fun celebrating in my class all week long.

We read a different Dr. Seuss book each day and then did an activity to go along with it. 

Some of the things we did were so cute that I just had to share.

On Monday we read The Cat in the Hat and then the kids made their very own hats. They even cut them out all by themselves  :)  Once they were finished, we did a little parade around the school so the "big" kids could see. 

I wish I could show you these little darlings' faces. They are so sweet!

We made these Thing 1 & Thing 2 characters (also from The Cat in the Hat) out of the kids' hand prints.
I found this idea on Pinterest via this website. So stinkin cute!

On Tuesday we read One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. 
I found these printables on this website and had the kids practice their counting with colored goldfish crackers. Then they got to eat them, yum!

Wednesday was Bartholomew and the Oobleck. That book is a long one. A little too long for my kiddos, so we kinda had to paraphrase. They loved it anyway and LOVED getting their hands dirty in the Oobleck.

This stuff is so cool; it acts like a liquid when it's being poured, but it feels solid when you touch it.
Here's the recipe: add 1 cup water to 1.5-2 cups corn starch and stir until smooth. You can also add a few drops of food coloring, but we opted not to. 

And of course, Green Eggs and Ham on Thursday. 
We decided to do deviled, green eggs. It was fun for the kids because they got to make their own. They each got two halves of an egg and then they mixed up the yolks with some mustard, mayo, and food coloring. For the ham, we put a few drops of green food coloring in a ziplock bag, added deli ham, and shook it up.

Not gonna lie, it looked so disgusting.

But I was so proud of my kids because they ALL tried it. And guess what?  They loved it!!! They seriously scarfed it down haha.

Such a fun week!

"Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You."
-Dr. Seuss