Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Camp Fundraiser

Friday, March 10, 2017

We wanted to try a new fundraiser for camp.  The pizzas make a lot of money, but are not well liked. We decided to host a dinner.  We had some of the husbands smoke pork and we made pork sandwiches, with coleslaw, potatoes, and baked beans. I had my procedure done a few days before so I did all the pre-dinner work and just came to the event for a short time.


We had a few of the girls perform as dinner entertainment. Cam played and sang "The Rainbow Connection".


We ended the night with Cynjyn being the Auctioneer of a dessert auction. We made a good amount of money and enjoyed it so much more than making pizzas.


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

I had gone to a new doctor in December and he had some high hopes about being able to fix me. We did a test procedure to temporarily simulate what a surgery would do. It sadly, did not work, but has caused me considerable pain. I have sweet friends who did me kindnesses - Kim taught Cam piano lessons at our house so I didn't have to go out and she brought us a yummy dinner. Another anonymous friend left me a basket of "sunshine" to cheer me up.  It has been a hard month, being in pain and letting go of the hope to be healed. I am grateful to those who have helped.


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Camryn's choir went to Festival and scored a 1, which is the best score.  

Friday, March 17, 2017

I wasn't up to doing anything fun for St. Patty's Day - no green oatmeal or corn beef and cabbage. I did manage to go through the drive through at McDonald's and get us Shamrock Shakes.

Saturday, March, 18, 2017

Seth and I went to the Galaxy theater to watch Beauty and the Beast. I was pretty grateful for a theater with seats that reclined. We like the movie despite creepy CGI and auto tuned voices.

USUE Spring Break

Monday, March 6, 2017

Lex came down earlier, but a housefull of boys (Tristen, Fabio, Travis, Jae, and Matt) followed on Sunday. They ate a lot, but were super polite and grateful. They spent Monday cliff jumping - the water was too cold for Lex but she supervised the boys' fun.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Tuesday morning, they all got up and headed off to California. Tristen drove the boys and Lex drove the girls and Fabio.

They checked out the stars on the Hollywood Walk for Fame.


They also hiked up near the Hollywood sign.


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Lex, Tristen, Matt, Rachel and Kenadie spent Wednesday at Disneyland.




Thursday, March 9, 2017

Thursday was a beach day at Huntington Beach.


On Friday, they all headed back home. The rest of the group went back to school and Lex and Tristen stayed in Vegas a few more days.

Ethnicity Reveal

Sunday, March 5, 2017

We have always wondered about Alexis' ethnicity. We knew her mom was Basque (basically gypsy), but did not have any information about her biological father. She stopped by my parent's house on the way back to school after Thanksgiving and they talked her into getting a DNA test. My mom had recently done it and they were so curious, they offered to pay for it. Lex had to fill up a little vial with spit and send it into the lab. The results came back a few months later, but only Dave and I saw them and we kept it a secret. When Lex came for Spring Break we had a little Ethnicity Reveal Party. When people arrived, they wrote their guesses on this poster (some people texted their guesses in). Bo guessed she was Mexican and they dressed the part.


We had bought a few items that represented, Lex's newly found heritage, and wrapped them up with the DNA results.


We had her open the package and she found out that she is 27% Native American, 24% British, and 16% Iberian Peninsula (gypsy). 

We had gotten her a dream catcher tshirt, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, and turquoise jewelry.


She took lots of pictures and had Indian Fry Bread with lots of toppings - butter, honey, jams. Dave had also stopped at the Reservation on the way home from the Man Trip and had gotten fireworks, which we set off when the wind died down. It was our big finale on a fun night.


Sunday, April 9, 2017

Nevada Reading Week 2017

Nevada Reading Week is always one of the busiest of my year. We decided to stick with our school theme - Hooked on Books, instead the the District-wide Reading Week theme. It was a fun, exhausting week.

Monday, February 27, 2017

MisMatched Monday - The kids wore unmatching clothes and played a game where they had to guess what books were the teacher's favorites.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

On Top-it Tuesday, we wore hats and played Book Bingo.


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Wednesday was Wordy Shirt Wednesday. Seth wrote the beginning of a Harry Potter Book on his shirt and I put on words from the book Exclamation Mark. This was a 1st grader's shirt that was posted by her teacher online. It was my favorite.


Our school won an author assembly with the author of the Exclamation Mark book  - Tim Lictenheld. He has co-authored many books and was a lot of fun. He had the kids sing along to one of his books, he read several others, and he created a cool illustration based on a story that the students made up as we went along. 


It was also Librarian's Day. I got sweet cards and gifts from the Kindergarten and 3rd grade teachers. It was great to be thought of.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Thursday was Character Day - I was Hermione from Harry Potter and Seth was Mike from Echo (a Battle of the Books book). These are a few cute 1st graders. We had a Poem in my Pocket activity, where students went to the courtyard to read poems to each other.


Friday, March 3, 2017

Friday was Relax and Read Facts Day - PJs and NonFiction books. 


We had other rewards for students - if they read and participated in the activities they filled out a chart to win a little prize and a book.

I was able to track how many words kids read, through AR. I sent a goal to have the students read 3,00,000 words. If they made their goal, they would be able to pie two teacher's faces. They read close to 5,000,000 words. The kids choose Ms. McLeod (4th Grade) and Ms. Sanchez (GATE). They were good sports.