Saturday, February 28, 2009

Happy Birthday to my grandson Jack!!

Today is Jack's birthday (sort of!) He was born on February 29th last year and is celebrating his first birthday today. The picture above was taken the day that he was born. The picture below I took from Brittainy's facebook page. It was taken recently. He is so CUTE!!! I just love that little boy.


He is a true LEAP DAY baby. Lots of people get confused and say Leap year baby, but don't realize that every baby born in a leap year is a leap year baby. Only those born on the 29th of February are a leap day baby! Because he was born on Leap Day I have decided to get him something frog related for his birthday every year. This year I bought him a stuffed frog.

I also made this little hedgehog for him. I knitted and felted it last week and stuffed it on Thursday. Isn't he the cutest little thing!


Thanks for stopping by today.

take care,
Dawn

Friday, February 27, 2009

Friday's Favorite Family Fotos

Deborah of Pictures Pots and Pens is hosting Friday's Favorite Family Fotos. Please stop by her blog to see who else is posting and be sure to visit them as well.



It's the end of a long week for me and I just didn't have the time I thought I would to search for a perfect photo so I am sharing this picture of Tim from five years ago. I think I am feeling nostalgic missing my little boy! He's growing up so fast. He's such a ham in this picture. He certainly gets his outgoing personality from his mother!!!

For more posts, please be sure to visit Deborah's blog.

take care,
Dawn

Thursday, February 26, 2009

The reigning QUEEN!

I play a game called pathwords on facebook. You need to spell words with connecting tiles. I am addicted to playing this game. The longest word I have found is sugarcoat. A couple of my friends at school play this game and some of my blogging friends have played as well. This is what the board look like. After you spell a word the tiles disappear and new tiles are added to the top.

My friend Ingrid has the most points of the friends I play with. She's at 1300. Just recently I scored enough points (1200) to surpass a friend at work. She sent this crown to me via a couple of students to crown me the queen! LOL! I wear my crown proudly.

The only place I have found this game is on Facebook. If you belong, give it a try. :)

EDITED to add: In the day and a half since I wrote this I am now in FOURTH place and had to pass the crown on LOL!

I'm sorry I didn't get to visit any of you yesterday. I was gone from 6:15 in the morning until 9:15 last night and I was too tired when I got home. :(

take care,
Dawn

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

More Neck Warmers

Well with winter coming to an end (I hope!) I finally got around to adding the buttons to the neck warmer that I made for myself. I love this color...(though the picture doesn't do it justice). I made it to match the mittens I made for myself. Just a few days ago I reached into my coat pocket and took out my mitten to find that a pen had leaked in my pocket and the thumb has ink on it. I know, it's my own fault for leaving the pen in my pocket. Luckily, I have some yarn left over and I'll just rip the thumb out and knit it over again.


At Christmas time I made a blue neck warmer for my friend Ingrid. She liked it so much that she said she wished she had a black one too. Well flattery will get you everywhere so I made a black neck warmer for her.

OK, I love flattery, so when my friend Wendy said how much she would like one I made one for her as well. Wendy still needs to pick the buttons she wants and hers will be done.


take care,
Dawn

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

2nd Time Around Tuesday...Nana's Necklace



My friend Diane at A Picture is Worth A 1,000 Words is hosting a 2nd Time Around Tuesday.
Today I am sharing a necklace that my grandmother gave me before she died. It is a heart shaped locket and when I was photographing it I noticed how very dirty it is. I need to go out and get some jewelry cleaner.
She told me who gave this to her, but for the life of me I can't remember. Old age is setting in I guess.


When you open it up there are two pictures inside. The one of the left is a picture of my father as a boy. The picture on the right is my grandfather (my father's step father). I've always thought it was kind of neat that my grandfather's name was Samuel Donald (he went by Don) and my name is Dawn and I have a younger sister named Sam!

I love this necklace because it was given to me by my grandmother and the two pictures inside were the most important people in her life!
Please be sure to visit Diane and see more 2nd Time Around Treasures.
take care,
Dawn

Monday, February 23, 2009

Blue Monday ~ Mr. Bear

Sally at Smiling Sally hosts a Blue Monday event. I'm feeling a bit BLUE today since my vacation week is over and I am heading back to school.

Speaking of school, my blue today is Mr. Bear. I have been sharing Mr. Bear with my kindergarten classes for about 18 years now. Every year I buy a new bear and in the last several years I have also bought Mr. Spare Bear. Without fail someone forgets to bring him back to school, so we now have a spare!


Mr. Bear is a very special member of our class! Every night Mr. Bear goes home with a different child. During our morning meeting we have a chance to read Mr. Bear's journal. We learn a lot about each child and his/her family from reading the journal. Mr. Bear is always on an adventure. He travels all around the Cape, goes to many after school activities and meets lots of other stuffed animals at the homes he visits. Mr. Bear also has many opportunities to come home with me for a bath!!!

take care,
Dawn

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Some may think he is sucking up for that dog!

Thursday night Tim was in our room watching TV. I was working at the computer. He came to ask me to take a look at our room. He decided that he would organize shelves and closets for us.

Later that night he wrote this note to Rich and I and shared it with tears in his eyes. He is my very sensitive child!




In case you can't read it, here's what it says:

Dear,

Mother (mom) and father (Dad)

Thank you for bringing me into this world. I will return the favor by cleaning, making beds, setting the table, organizing and loving you. My ten years of life have been lovely.

Thank you so much.

Your son,

Timothy Allen

Rich read the note and said it must be true what they say about married people. After a while they start to look alike

How can I turn that boy down!!! He's melting my heart!

take care,
Dawn

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Pink Saturday....Baby Love

It is PINK SATURDAY. My friend Beverly of How Sweet The Sound is hosting a PINK SATURDAY . She is probably falling over in her chair because it's been about six months since I've done a pink Saturday. Check out her blog and visit all the PINK posts today.


In just about two weeks my daughter's friend Helen is having a baby. This is Helen's second child. She has an 8½ year old son. Brittainy and Helen have been friends since kindergarten when we lived across the street from them. Helen has hosted both of Britt's baby showers and two weeks ago Britt had a shower for Helen. I made this little sweater and hat for the baby. It is a soft pink with speckles of color. The picture is a bit washed out...sorry about that. There are lots of pregnant teachers at my school. One of the teacher's had her baby a bit early. I bought enough yarn to make the same sweater and hat for her baby.

For more pink posts be sure to visit Beverly.

take care,
Dawn

Friday, February 20, 2009

Friday's Favorite Family Foto-Chocolate Heaven

Deborah of Pictures Pots and Pens is hosting Friday's Favorite Family Fotos. Please stop by her blog to see who else is posting and be sure to visit them as well.


This picture was taken about 5 years ago. It was the day before my birthday and Timmy wanted to make a birthday cake for me. I got out all of the ingredients and Tim did the hard work. You can see by this picture that not all of the cake mix made it into the pan to cook. I have to say it was a very good cake. One of my favorites as well, chocolate cake with vanilla frosting! He was so proud of himself and I was tickled that he wanted to make me a cake.

For more favorite photos please visit Deborah's blog.

take care,
Dawn

Thursday, February 19, 2009

What did you say Lassie....Timmy's where?


Actually Timmy is dreaming, wishing and hoping for a dog. I haven't had a dog in over thirty years since I was younger. The only pet he's ever had are beta fish. He's 10 ½ now and can't stop thinking about it. He's been watching the shows on Animal planet researching the kind of dog we should get (IF WE GET ONE!). He's been on line looking for the best dog for us.


He's even started a journal writing about his wishes. Two days ago he wrote on his on blog about wanting a dog. He's considering a beagle. I told him IF we were to get one we would have to wait until the summer because we will be home then and it wouldn't be fair to bring a puppy into the house when we would both be at school all day.
Do any of you dog lovers have any pointers for this poor conflicted mother?
take care,
Dawn

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

OH NO!!!

I accidently posted this last night by mistake. OOOPS!

Do you remember my post in December about this sewing machine dear hubby got me for Christmas?



About a week and a half ago my daughter came over with something she wanted me to sew. While I was sewing the needle broke, the fabric got caught and the bobbin popped out. I couldn't get it to work again. I called JoAnn Fabrics yesterday and they are going to replace it for me today. I have a doctor's appointment in the morning and then I'll bring it in for a trade. I am so excited that they are going to do that!!! Keep your fingers crossed that this one lasts much longer :)

I have some sewing that I would like to do and want a machine that will work.

take care,
Dawn

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

2nd Time Around Tuesday


My friend Diane at A Picture is Worth A 1,000 Words is hosting a 2nd Time Around Tuesday.

For Christmas this year I bought my daughter a Kitchen Aid mixer. Before Christmas night was even over she told me that she had made some bread and cookies. She loves it and can't say enough about it. I thought about getting one for myself but after all the money I spent at Christmas I just couldn't justify buying one for myself. I did have a friend offer me her mixer and I enjoyed using that and was thankful for her kindness.

One day a school a couple of weeks ago Britt called me to tell me that she saw the same mixer I had bought for her on Craig's List for $100. I called and ended up buying it. It was brand new and still in the unopened box. The woman I bought it from lived on a road I pass every day to and from school. She said that she had bought it for $399 and ended up not having a place to put it.



Right now it is sitting on my counter. I have used it to make mashed potatoes, beat some eggs and that's about it. Tomorrow I am hoping to make some peanut butter blossom cookies (or boob cookies as my friend Jeanne likes to call them!) and I hope to use it again then.
Britt and I both have talked about getting the ice cream maker attachment for it. I've never bought any thing off of Craig's List before. I am certainly glad I didn't let this offer pass me by.

Please be sure to visit Diane for more 2nd Time Around Tuesday posts.

take care,
Dawn

Monday, February 16, 2009

Blue Monday Bowl

Sally at Smiling Sally hosts a Blue Monday event. It's been a while since I have played but I giving it a try today.


My friend Kathleen, knitted and felted this blue bowl for me for Christmas. I "borrowed" the picture from Kathleen's page on Ravelry. The best part of this bowl was that she filled it with the most DELICIOUS coconut thumbprint cookies. I don't usually crave cookies but hers are so good. I think I ate six of them that night!

Right now the bowl sits in my computer room and has some Hershey Kisses in it.

For more BLUE MONDAY posts be sure to visit Sally.

take care,
Dawn

Sunday, February 15, 2009

My V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N is here!!!


Hi everyone. I am sorry I wasn't around last week. It was one of those very busy weeks. I had a technology committee meeting on Monday. On Tuesday we celebrated the 100th day of school. It was exciting for the children. I left the room for a few minutes (I have an assistant ...who is also one of my good friends...in the room at the time. I didn't just abandon them LOL!) and came back wearing a gray wig and glasses. I told them I was my great grandmother who was 100 years old. They, of course knew right away it was me! It was fun nonetheless. On Wednesday I had my final observation with the principal for the year. Thursday I had math data meetings then had to leave school a bit early to get some bloodwork done. On Friday I had a meeting with the principal to go over my observation and we celebrated Valentine's Day. What a lot of energy they had! I'm beat!


I've been working on the technology course I'm taking and I just didn't seem to have an extra minute! I do have a bit of reading and writing to do this week. I also want to get a jump start on next week's assignments.


Yesterday I went to see my grandchildren to bring them their little Valentine treats and got some hearts that they colored for me. WHAT A TREASURE they will be.



I hope to be able to visit you all this week. It will be nice to have some time off. I don't go back to school until February 23rd.


take care,
Dawn

Friday, February 06, 2009

Friday's Favorite Family Fotos...SNOW!

Deborah of Pictures Pots and Pens is hosting Friday's Favorite Family Fotos. Please stop by her blog to see who else is posting and be sure to visit them as well.

With all the snow we've been getting this year it reminded of a winter four years ago! Our winter this year has given us many snowy days, but nothing like we got from the storm we got back then.

These pictures were taken in 2005. We had a snow storm that dropped about 30 inches of snow. That's not typical of a Cape Cod winter. I remember school was closed for the week! They were afraid that cars and buses wouldn't see children standing at the bus stop with banks of snow so high! This is a picture of Tim standing in our driveway.


Rich worked on getting the snow blower working. He usually doesn't use it, but this was a TON of snow.
take care,
Dawn

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

The Man Song

video

A friend sent this video to my on Monday. I opened it up and starting laughing. My dear husband and son heard it playing and came into my computer room to see what it was all about. They both stood here laughing. (Though I believe Tim was more taken by the puppet than the words!)

Yesterday we got out of school an hour early because of the snowy weather. There was lots of slush from the rain and snow mix.

I am writing this on Tuesday night and crossing my fingers that we will have a snow day tomorrow, though I don't think that is likely. There should be time for the plows and sanders to get out before school starts.

We have a two hour snow delay today so I got to stay home a little longer this morning. Now, I'm off to school.

I also wanted to send a big thank you to those of you who were so understanding of my blogging dilemma Why isn't there more time in a day! Because I got home a bit early yesterday I was able to complete and post one assignment. I don't like putting things off to the last minute.

I hope you all are enjoying this day with something you like to do!

take care,
Dawn

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Have I taken on too much???



I don't know if I have taken on too much, but I am going to give it my all! I signed up to begin a graduate certificate program. Last night was the first class. I spent the weekend reading the text book and doing a very small assignment. The class I am currently taking is Foundations of Instructional Technology. The meeting tonight was the only one that will be face to face. The rest is all online and will require a bit of my time. I have to figure out how to manage my time and still do some of the things I like/need to do. If my time blogging is sporadic I hope you understand why!

Yesterday I had a required observation by the principal at school. (Today is my second and last for the year). I also had to go to a child study meeting regarding a boy in my class I have concerns about. Then, I had to go back for a quick meeting with the principal. After school I had to go to the local community college for my class. I feel like all day yesterday was such a blur!

I am so sorry I haven't been able to get to your blogs. It doesn't mean I don't love you !

take care,
Dawn