Friday, February 20, 2015

"The Flash" girls costume

So my daughter comes home on Wednesday telling me that she met her AR goal at school so she gets to dress up as a superhero Friday at school. Um... we are youth pastors and so Wednesday is youth night and I kindly respond "awesome sweetie, but I'll have to help you figure out a costume tomorrow night." Then tomorrow came and my husband had worship practice which means I am without a vehicle and I'm thinking "oh boy what are we going to do for a costume???!!" 

Naturally I get on Pinterest and start scanning for ideas. Simple ideas. My daughter looking over my shoulder spots a Flash costume and gets ecstatic! They've been watching the Flash on TV and so she was sold. So with gathering things already around my house I threw together a costume that looked like I spent all week working on! Don't you love those kind of projects?!

Here is what I gathered:
1. Red teenage mutant ninja turtle mask from older brother.
2. The Flash headband that was a McDonald toy in a happy meal awhile back.
3. Printable Iron on transfer sheets 
4. Yellow duck tape
5. Red ribbon and what little red tulle I had
6. White and gold sparkled tulle
7. Scissors

I printed the Flash logo on the transfer paper and simply ironed it on a red shirt she had (that we actually turned inside out because the front had writing on it). Next I took yellow duck tape and just cut the ends at angles to make the belt look right. And finally I cut and cut and cut and cut and cut.... And CUT strips of tulle. Simply double knotted them on a ribbon and voila instant skirt to glam it up a bit!

This all came together in a couple hours and cost me nothing!! Sigh. Reveling in the mommy goodness of the sound of that!

And you know I have to show you how cute she looked right?! 

Cutest Flash I know!!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Valentine Morning

Happy Day of Love!! This time of year is bittersweet for me. Simply because our youth group puts on a Valentine's Banquet and so I end up with legs that won't work because I've been on them all week and tension headaches from the stress of things going wrong or not working and just plain tiredness people!! What? Did you think I was going to tell some sad sappy story??

However then the actual event comes and things work out and people have a blast & I'm surrounded by amazing church family helping us clean up and my heart is warmed and it makes all the aforementioned pains worth it. 

So now knowing the week I have I'm proud of myself for still pulling off a sweet morning for my kiddos! And you can now fully appreciate how easy and simple it is if my sleep-deprived, leg-aching self could do it!

Step 1. Cut canned cinnamon rolls into spirals (because no they don't come like that! How rude huh?!) 

Step 2. Fold the ends together into a heart shape. Then bake as normal.

Step 3. Ice them and toss on some pretty pink and red sprinkles!

Step 4. Pair these with some strawberry milk (cute swirl straws are optional)!

My kids loved it! Inside their boxes were some chocolates, sweethearts and nail polish for my girly girl and baseball cards for my boy! So simple and I picked all of it up at Walgreens actually. 

Enjoy your family & friends surrounding you today! 

"We love because He first loved us." 1 John 4:19

Friday, February 6, 2015

Geometry Anchor Charts & Center Activity

It's been awhile since I've posted some new anchor charts! Mainly because this years schedule doesn't allow as much creative time!! However our Math Special Education Teacher asked me to make these geometry anchor charts as a center for the students to do to help them learn all those shapes and angles! 

I drew almost all of these by hand but a few harder ones I simply grabbed offline and printed. I wrote the names on each card, and a letter of the alphabet on the back (so I have an answer key) before laminating. Then I lined up all the definitions on the chart and wrote a corresponding number to match up with the letters on the back of the cards (again for answer key sake). 

Laminate the charts and then simply add Velcro dots to the chart and back of cards.

The voila! An anchor chart and center activity all in one!

"It's Time to Shape Up"

"What's Your Angle?"

Friday, November 14, 2014

For Love of Country

The weekend before Veterans Day my friend and I headed off for a carefree day of adventures exploring the city of Houston. Starting off early so as to jam pack as much fun as possible into one Saturday we made a quick pit stop at Starbucks for a caffeine wake up call. There was a display by the counter as there often is with upcoming Veterans Day paraphernalia. My brother serving this great country for a good many years makes me look at this display intently instead of half-hazardly as is the common  protocol. 

I see "For Love of Country" a novel by the CEO of Starbucks and a writer of the Washington Post. This book delves into a problem that the majority of veterans in our generation face: a disconnect between them and society. They're embarking on a mission to help bridge that gap and help veterans return to the daily grind apart from their uniform. 

I say all that to say it makes me think of my own brother. Of course it does, because if you have family in the military you can't help it no matter how little lingo you know. While visiting him and his family this summer at their latest assignment in Baumholder Germany I remember going on a double date and at one point sitting across the table from him and thinking, WOW, he is so grown up and sophisticated! Now I know that sounds silly since he is 30 years old and an incredible husband and even father of 5, yes 5, kids but it still is striking to me. It's similar to parents when looking at their children not being able to help but see glimpses of their childhood baby looking back at them. So it is with siblings. No matter how hard we try we occasionally still grin and mutter under our breath, yep that's the Zeb I know! 

With statistics being common among soldiers and veterans I try not to bother myself with them however I know deep down my brother is blessed and protected by Almighty God. Serving since 2003 and multiple deployments I watched from a distance the Army shape my brother into an altered version of himself. Not in a weird, sci-fi kind of way but a maturing kind of way. He saw things I pray to never see. He experienced things I wish no one had to and he became a strong, wise, disciplined, honorable man one could only HOPE to aspire to be.

There really are pieces of him I'll never understand or be able to grasp and perhaps that's why the gap between veterans and normal citizens exist. We shouldn't want it any other way. They protect us by giving their lives so we don't have to.

It's the experiences and mysteries of the veteran that make them unique and to be respected. That should never be traded but as non-army peeps we do need to open our eyes and appreciate the beauty of a veteran. Their wisdom. Their capability. Their resilience. Their sacrifice. Their value. 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Gift in a Jar

Here is a cute and inexpensive gift idea:

1. Round up a large and a small mason jar (if you're like me they're in abundance around my house)

2. Buy inexpensive but cute little gifts you know your recipient will love and enjoy! Ideas include jewelry from Forever 21, tea bags, individual drink mixes, bookmarks, magnets, nail polish... Anything that will for through the top! (I used the wide lid for this reason)

3. Buy either a scarf or handkerchief to stuff halfway down and let the rest drape out the back of the jar. Fill it up with your goodies! 

4. Fill the small jar with a food item they love, be it healthy granola or M&M's or gum just something cheap but yummy!! 

5. All that's left is placing a sweet card in front of it and leaving for them to find!! (And yes flowers are optional but a nice touch don't you think?!)

Monday, August 4, 2014

Folder Magic!

Have you ever wished there was a better way to take last years names off of plastic folders so you can be resourceful and recycle but not have yucky looking tags over them or marker smudges all over?! Now you can!! And it's SO easy!

I started with a clean folder and wrote my name on it with sharpie marker to use as an example.

Step 1. Take an Expo Dry Erase marker (something every teacher has) and cover the name in its entirety.

Step 2. Next take a baby wipe...

And simply wipe the permanent marker name right off!! 

You seriously must try this - you feel like you just saw magic before your eyes!! It's looks completely new when you are done with no marker residue!! Now you can get many more years of use out of your folders, well until Johnny gets it and rips it in half. Enjoy!

Thought I should mention this only works on plastic folders. The glossy paper ones it will ony partially work but not as well.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Looking for color in a shade of grey...

I grew up as a very black and white person and I still have much of it in me. I don't like complicating things. I want to see them simple and I may even break them down until they are simple and concrete. It could have something to do with the fact that my brother is an amazing debater so we got into some debates growing up and breaking things down to simple arguments really helps when you want to prove a point! (sly grin)

However, when you grow up and live through things, or witness things that you just can't easily place into a category or easily argue for or against it but rather both you are left to face your black and white mentality. After leaving a hard counseling session a song came on the radio that the words FINALLY made sense to me. It was Shawn McDonalds' song, Closer, and the lyrics I am referring to are:

"Looking for color in a shade of grey"

I was like that's what I'm doing! I am looking how to easily define this or compartmentalize it. However I have to admit there are some things that can't fit easily into one category or another. We are complex human beings and are capable of both sides of the spectrum of things at times. My personality makes me want one color to define something however it's not so easily done. And in case you are lost and haven't followed my thoughts I'll give one vague example to make sure you're on the same page: A person who grew up rebellious and has done many horrible and wicked things in their life yet still shows signs of a good kind soul at times. And say maybe he/she has a life altering thing happen in their life and they leave behind the rebellious person. Can you define them as bad or good? Not really. Both coexist within him/her yet it's up to the individual of which comes out. 

Like I said a VAGUE example but I know you can plug in your own stories rich with detail and drama. Humans are never scarce of some drama no matter how bad we try to flee from it. I say all that to simply say it sure got me lost in thought and at the end I decided there really are some grey areas. We are too complex to understand in simple black and white and boxes. We don't all fit neatly and we are not supposed to. God designed us so uniquely and so diverse and that's what makes humans so incredible! We have anomalies and it makes us wonderful for them! Beauty isn't defined in black and white - it's a colorful array that includes colors we haven't seen or named before! God is an amazing Creator and I love being a student of His in this great life!