Well, I recovered from my Sunday night blues.  It was a little iffy there this morning (like when the alarm went off and I actually had to GET OUT OF BED) but they went away when I saw my kids on the playground.  Apparently, they missed me.  At least I think so.  I'm taking the dog pile on top of me as an indication.

Our Family Tree Projects started arriving today.  We could call these Christmas trees but we won't.  We will call them Terrific Trees and Winter Trees and Family Tree Projects.  Just to be safe and so no one gets offended.  So far, it has worked.  The majority of the trees come back green and red, BUT I absolutely love the purple and pink ones and/or the Superhero ones.  For real.  My partner just got a THOR tree today.  We weren't sure when we were first deciphering contemplating admiring it because we thought maybe it was a Native American tree . . . really, we thought we saw a warrior . . . but then we found the title (written lightly in pencil so you could see our problem) and it was "THE GREAT THOR TREE".  Of course.   

I just got a tree today covered in coconut.  I do NOT like coconut.  The smell is killing me.  I may just have to disguise it with some febreeze.  I don't know.  Right now, the coconut is winning.

Here's the tree we send home (we enlarge it on the copier):
I also give the kids an award (as in, I staple it right up next to the tree.  We don't have a ceremony or anything because I have to be honest and true and married to my core curriculum).

Here is a partial pic of the Family Trees from last year.  The trees are on "snow" because you never know.  It could snow here.  I haven't finished this year's board because I haven't taken down Harvest Hank the trees are still trickling in.  They are due by Friday.

I have a letter that I send home explaining the project and I'm including it HERE.  It's editable so you can change the date or whatever you might want to. Remember, it's editable.  My fonts won't show up.  And I did not use whatever font shows up (unless it's cute and then I did).  Click any of the pics to grab whatever you might like.

Well, I am off to stalk a little and then catch up on the Housewives.  I caught a little bit of the end of Atlanta and I believe I am traumatized from Kandi's 35th birthday party.  Much like her mom.  Anyone else?  I am thinking of Phoebe from Friends.  "My eyes!  My eyes!"  


  1. LOVE the Friemds reference and LOVE your blog! I also love the outfit you have on in your Family Tree picture!!! Where did you get that!?! :)

  2. Hi Kristen:

    "My eyes! My eyes!" I loved that one! I've heard that you can relate anything in your life to some part of some episode of Friends!

    I sent you a hug on my blog today...


    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

  3. Thanks for the ugly fonts!! ;) I need to do some downloading!

  4. This looks like a great project. We do the same thing with turkeys and I love seeing the variety and creativity when they are turned in. Thanks for sharing!

  5. I couldn't edit if for some reason... but I just copied your words and moved some stuff around...

    Thanks so much!



  6. CUTE! We are not allowed to do ANYTHING holiday related at my school :( I really envy all of you who are during the holidays. I'm missing out on all the fun!

    I still hate to hear the alarm go off at 6 this morning. Not sure I'll get over it by tomorrow either ;)

    ❤ Mor Zrihen ❤
    A Teacher's Treasure

  7. Add me to the envious list - we are "highly encouraged" to not touch the holidays. Although...I'm at a new school {my second year} and apparently our principal {who was at my old school and is now at my new school} didn't send the "new" staff {it was their school before it was mine - 1/2 are transplants...1/2 have been there for years} the memo telling them this because my pal across the hall just put a wreath up on her door, put up Christmas trees, and stockings....hmmmm...I don't know what to do.


    Long story short - love your trees, wish I could do 'em....or can I?!?!?!?

    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

  8. Thanks for the sweet comment on my blog! And I just finished watching the Real Housewives and it was very traumatizing! I am super excited for the return of Tori and Dean tonight!!

  9. Oh, I haven't seen that Housewives yet. I'll wear sunglasses. Thanks for the heads up! Cute trees too.
    <>< Crystal

  10. Thank you so much for sharing your Family Tree Project! I sent it home on Tuesday and got three back yesterday and they were all super cute!

    Thank you, thank you!!

    P.S. I am so glad that there are people who are as addicted to the Real Housewives as I am!


  11. Did the tree bulletin board- one little boy had to mount his on plywood because of all the real pine twigs and cones he had hot glued all over it. Also lots of candy was involved with many of them. Thanks for the great project!