Monday, August 27, 2012

On a Pontoon......

This Summer my Husband decided he would like to have a Pontoon Boat. We've looked at a couple, but no big purchase was made.  He decided last week that we would go to Canyon Lake and rent one for a few hours to see how we liked it.  I love being on the water but honestly I can't remember the last time I was on a boat in the Lake.  The Kids were SUPER EXCITED and so was Greg for that matter.  We loaded up our Cooler and off we went. 

                    Perfect Day for the Lake. 
Naturally Kinley wanted to drive....

 but she gave it up so she could eat lunch
I was a little nervous when Greg decided to take a seat across from me in the front of the boat and let Colton and Bailey take over the wheel, but I decided not to be my Motherly self and didn't say a word.  They did Great....except for the arguing between the two of them because one thought the other got more driving time. 
It didn't take long for Greg to find a spot and jump in.  I like it when he acts like a Big Kid!
Here we go.....
Everybody had a lot of fun jumping out of the boat over and over and over....
Kinley was sitting in my lap enjoying the scenery and the next thing I know, she was out.  I took this opportunity to jump in myself.   
Coming up on our fourth hour the sky got dark and it started to rain.  We were ready to call it a day anyway so we headed in.  We had a lot of fun and Greg decided we didn't need our own boat.  It's much better to rent one and not have to deal with the maintenance.  That decision was just fine with me!
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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Dad's 2nd Grade Sports themed Classroom

This year My Dad moved into the Second Grade....Teaching the Second grade that is.  He got a new classroom that was now a blank canvas for him to decorate as he pleased.  I decided that this was a project that would be fun to take on.  I didn't realize until I got there that the classroom was so big.  Bailey, Kinley and I drove down to their house on Tuesday to start the planning process.  Wednesday Morning, we headed out to go to his School to start decorating.  Four Dollar Stores later, we finally made it.  The First Day I felt like we were going around in circles.  My Sister and her son came by and she helped me out with some of the decorations and my Dad organized his supply drawers and cabinets.  I got two things up on the wall and then they kicked us out for the Day.  Needless to say the room was left in shambles....

The Next Day we were at it Bright and Early!!!!!  I had to leave to head back home by 1:00pm so the minute we walked into the classroom, the work began in full force.  We had bought a lot of different sports balls from the dollar store so my Dad went to hanging those from the ceiling.  My Mom had the idea of making a family wall so while she was cutting squares and stems and leaves for the family wall,  I was creating it.  Bailey played a game and Kinley played, "let's see how much stuff I can pull out."

This is the Family Wall. My Dad is going to have his students bring in pictures of their Families and glue them to the different squares.  I think this was my favorite project.  Maybe because it was so colorful. 

This was made to go above the reading area in the classroom.  My Sister drew the little girl at the bottom and made the baseball diamond for me.  My Sister in law came by on Thursday Morning and made the clouds.  She was coming by to give Kinley her birthday present but ended up staying and helping out.  (I knew she would :)

I wish I would have had time to put the words on the Word wall, but I didn't.  I thought this was pretty cool because the ball that is in the place of the O in words is actually suspended with fishing line from the net.  From the picture it looks like it is on the board as well, but it's not.

Here's the Shoot for Success Banner, The Rules and the Have a Ball on your Birthday sign. 
All of the balls on the birthday sign are empty right now, but when my Dad finds out who his kids will be, he is going to put their names and birthdays on a ball. 

o.k. so I had to show a close up of the Rules board.  I'm pretty proud of the "Paper Doll" with my Dad's face on it.   I hope it gets a few laughs!!!

This is the Job board.  I had originally made one at home that was a lot smaller, but when I saw my Dad's room, I had to make it about five times bigger.

While we were at one of the Dollar Stores, My Dad saw these Trash cans and had the idea to put them on every group of desks.  I thought it was a Great Idea!!!  The little baskets are for glue, crayons and whatever else he decides to put in them.

This is the reading area.  We bought the little baskets at the dollar store and my Dad separated the Guided reading books by their titles.  I wish I would have noticed that one of the buckets was turned over before I took this picture, but oh well.

    My Favorite ball hanging from the ceiling.
    I wish we could have found more this size.

You probably wouldn't notice this if I didn't point it out, but there are only half of the ABC's displayed above the center board.  While my Dad was putting them up, he had them sitting on the top of the board and half of them fell behind the board.  Needless to say there was no way of getting them so he will be purchasing a new set of ABC's...

 The classroom from another angle.

I think my Dad was pleased with the end result.

I came home and of course that night while I was trying to fall asleep, I thought of all of the things I forgot to do or would have liked to do.  I do not like being on a time crunch, but I usually am........
All in all I think it turned out great! 

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Monday, August 6, 2012

Kinley Turns TWO!

Yesterday was my Baby Girls Second Birthday.  I must admit I felt a little guilty not having a party for her, but it would have had to be an out of town party (considering we don't have a lot of "baby" friends or family here in San Antonio) and I just wasn't up for all of that again this year.  She doesn't know the difference anyway.  To try and make it as special as I could, I waited until after everyone went to bed and decorated the table a little with balloons and presents. 

She was really excited about the balloons when she woke up and walked into the kitchen.
I don't think she even noticed the presents.

 She was also pretty excited that I put her in the middle of the table so she could open her presents.

 Here she is being shy. 

 My Sweet Birthday Girl!

Again with the shyness.

Later we took her to BJ's for Dinner where she had this YUMMY Chocolate Chip Cookie cake and ice cream.  It was sooooo good!!!!!

I can't believe my Baby Girl is Two.  I love you so much Kinley Girl!!!!

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