Words cannot express how exciting it is when the time comes to welcome a new baby into this world. Family is the most amazing gift we have in life and I am so blessed to have such amazing people in mine! My cousin Melanie has been busy getting ready for her little boy’s debut.
Melanie has the sweetest baby room ready to bring that baby home to! She decided on a “Dr. Seuss” theme nursery, which I LOVE! What is not to love about Dr. Seuss?? His numerous stories, cartoons, and riddles are so stimulating and magical! (In fact, we watched a Dr. Seuss movie in school the other day and it was so fun to watch the kids expressions while they were watching it in amazement!)
It was only fitting that I came up with a project for my newest family member! I was excited when Melanie told me she was doing Dr. Seuss because last school year I taught my second graders to draw Dr. Seuss by following a link on Pinterest. Turns out, it really was not that hard and mine turned out pretty good! I was even inspired to try to start drawing some in my free time.
And guess who decided to make an appearance yesterday!…
I am not sure words can describe how much I am enjoying working part time this summer! Eventually when I have little ones, I will probably stay home for the summer. For now…I am working on paying off a credit card, so it is very necessary to work over the summer to bring in some extra funds to get that bad boy knocked out! Anyways, I am off by 12:30ish Monday through Thursday and have 3 day weekends and have had so much more time to get things done. I have been impressed with my ability to keep the housework going and having time to do all the things that I love!
Tonight I made stuffed peppers for dinner. When I went to the store, I had planned on making quinoa to mix in and managed to grab some couscous instead. I have always wanted to try cooking couscous and tonight I did, even if it was by accident! They turned out so good and were really easy! I am glad I made enough for left-overs and they were very filling!
This year for summer school, we are traveling to a different place in the world. This week we went to Japan! We have been planning a fun art project each week. I decided what better chance to teach the kiddos a little origami! I did do this with small groups. I would recommend this because Ms. Nuckles ended up doing a lot of helping! My advice would be to pull small groups to a table or have a helper (or 2) help out if doing this in whole group. Let’s just say if I had a dollar for every time I had a 1st grader say, “Like this? Like this Ms. Nuckles”! It was fun! We talked about what we would name the dogs. They had a lot of fun with it and so did I!
I get more compliments on my crate seating and benches in my classroom. I made these last year and would be lying if I said they were easy! They did take a lot of work but once they were finished, they turned out great! The first problem I came across was finding good sturdy milk crates. The ones from Walmart are not built as sturdy as the ones an actual dairy uses. I ended up calling around to a few places and Anderson Erickson Dairy were kind enough to donate the milk crates for my classroom! It turns out, they are the dairy that my school gets their milk from!
sturdy milk crates
Alex had to help me a lot with the measurements for this. Honestly, it will vary depending on the exact measurements of the milk crates. The guys at home depot cut the squares for the individual seats for me. This helped out a lot! When I got them home, Alex helped me figure out how to attach the cushion to the crate. We sat the crates on top of the wood and penciled dots where I needed to drill. I used these holes to attach the wood to the crates with zip ties. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO PUT THE ZIP TIES IN READY TO GO, BEFORE YOU PUT THE MEMORY FOAM ON TOP. This will allow you to cover it with fabric and then attach the cushion to the crates. (Make sure to staple far enough in that you will not have kiddos cutting their fingers on staples!) Cut the memory foam to an inch longer on each side to give it a little cushion on the side. Spray the adhesive to help the foam stick while you staple the fabric on.AGAIN make sure to pull fabric away from the edge to make sure staples are not sticking out. Safety Safety Safety! After attaching the fabric, line up the zip ties and pull tight to attach the cushion to the crate.