T-shirts and Talk

Happy Saturday!  Today, the hubs and I are pretending it's Valentine's Day.  He is making me a yummy dinner of vodka pasta and bruschetta later on tonight!  DEE-LISH.  Last night, he took me to see The Vow.  We loved it.  Now we're comparing our love to theirs.  And we've decided that I totally look like Rachel McAdams and he is practically Channing Tatum's twin!  The resemblance is uncanny!  Minus the amnesia, that is totally our story!  And people, if I woke up and didn't know that Channing Tatum was my husband and then he told me that, in fact, he was my husband, I wouldn't argue with him.  Let's go home, honey!

We have been learning about all kinds of bears in Science and we just had Teddy Bear Day to wrap it all up.  I mean, why not?  We had the 100th Day and then Valentine's Day and then nothing.  So let's do SOMETHING.  I can't just have a normal week.  What would I do with myself?

Thanks to my friend, Christina,  for this wonderful idea:  we paint T-shirts for the kids to wear on Teddy Bear day.  

Here's the tricky part.  I need parent volunteers to help me with this and I prefer that they come in during the morning with the hopes of finishing up by lunch time.  My partner and I were in a bit of a disagreement.  I was all for just DOING IT and asking for forgiveness later.  She was of the mind that we should ask permission.

Yes, to paint T-shirts.

What a dilemma.  I'm sure you know what I'm talking about.

What with our HOLIER THAN THOU TWO AND A HALF LANGUAGE ARTS BLOCK THAT SHALT NOT BE INTERRUPTED, we were worried about parent volunteers pulling our little cherubs to paint a gosh darn t-shirt, especially with the threat of the Curriculum Cops on the scene.  Because I don't know about you, but we simply have nothing else to worry about.

So I gave in to my partner and sent a kiss-butt ridiculous nice email, asking if we could do this.

The response?

We're the best first grade teachers ever.  OF COURSE we can do this.  They TRUST us.

I'm shaking my head as I write this.  But anywho -- here's how it went down.

I supply all of the fabric paint and ask the students to bring in their own shirts.  Every year, I have one or two generous families who contribute extras so that I always have t-shirts for those who may forget or don't have the resources.  

I had three volunteers come in on Day 1 to pull my kids and guide them through the first part.

The kiddos get to choose the stencil that they want.  I slide cardboard into the shirt so that the surface is hard and smooth (and the paint won't also stick to the back of the shirt).  They also get to do a little freehand painting as well.  If you think about doing this with your kids, I caution you on painting the sky.  Don't.  It gets really messy and continues on and on and on and on.  There's no way to really stop the sky, and the next thing you know, it's all over the sleeves, the collar, bleeding into the grass, and the sun, etc.  NO SKY.  NO SKY.  NO SKY. 

We only had one mishap.  And it could be because the parent volunteer has four daughters and no experience with boys (so she says).  Or it could be because new boy wanted to introduce himself to you guys.  In an illustration.  Just so you could see.  Because I had 28 T-shirts with bright, yellow, happy suns.  And then new boy painted this:

I rest my case.  THIS is new boy.  In all his glory.   

We let them dry overnight.  Then I bagged up the t-shirts, various colors of paint, and some samples from previous years for my three volunteers.  Each parent took home a bag of about 10 t-shirts and added all of the fun details (years ago, I let the kids do their own details.  Bad idea.  Bad.  BAD.  Use your imagination.)

Take a look:

We had a great day and did lots of different activities with our teddy bears.  I had high hopes of uploading my documents to Scribd but instead, the Lost Footage of the Beverly Hills Housewives kind of got in my way.  Along with Grey's Anatomy.  I'm catching up on my Tivo if you can't tell.  So I'll come back tomorrow with those.

Before I go, is anyone else bothered by the new code you have to put in to leave comments on people's blogs?  It's TWO WORDS.  One of the words is easy to read, and the other is some sort of special Spy protection that apparently requires fancy eyewear that I do not have in my collection of accessories.  I never get it right.  Then I have to try again, and it appears as if they are making it easier for me, but I don't get it that time, either.  I ALWAYS get it on the third try, but I think that's because the protection people have decided I'm just too dumb to do any hacking or hurting of one's blog, and they just let me in (and, in any case, I am too dumb to do any hacking or hurting of one's blog).  I think you should consider getting rid of that.  You just might get more comments that way.  Kristen over at Ladybug's Teacher Files has an easy tutorial to follow.  Check it out {HERE}.  Please think about this.  For my sanity.  I appreciate it.

So I'll be back tomorrow with those fun teddy bear documents, but probably not until after church and a brunch for a friend's birthday.  See you then!


  1. Omg those turned out so cute!!! I want one too!! I hope you are having a great weekend!

    1. Amazing painting on t shirt... you have use awesome colors combination in painting its looks completely fabulous..

  2. Your t-shirts are adorable! I love the extras that your parent volunteers added! How cute! New boy cracks me up - don't we all have one like that?!
    I totally agree on the word verification feature! There are times that I type out a quick comment and then can't get the verification right so I just delete the whole thing! It's even worse if you're trying to enter a giveaway - when you have to enter 5 or 6 comments and do the verification each time...well it better be a darn good prize lol!

    Jennifer @ Herding Kats In Kindergarten

  3. What a cute idea!

    As for the movie, my husband has turned me into quite the "movie snob"... but every so often I just want to go and enjoy a movie like that! Sounds like you had a fun night... and great conversation too! Here's hoping tonight is another great one!

    Mrs. Bainbridge's Blog

  4. very cute!!! and I am impressed.. I would never tackle this project (even with parent volunteers!) I rarely paint.. luckily my little ones go to art 3x a week and our art teacher is an angel with a paintbrush!

  5. oh yeah.. amen about the commenting words!

  6. Looks like a fun day...tell the Curriculum Cops that there was learning going on in case they ask. You were learning that new boy thinks WAY outside the box.

    And the comment code...I blogged awhile back about sounding these crazy words out {cause that's how I roll} and now they are adding more??

    Geesh. I'm tired.

    Fun in Room 4B

  7. Kristin! Cute Shirts! Gotta love an off-schedule theme day! (or 3!)


  8. I thought it was just me struggling with the two word comment code. I thought maybe I was loosing my eyesight. I thought maybe my vocabulary was so small that there were real words that everyone else knew except me. So thank you for making me feel much better. I also realize that I had better check my own blog and try to make it code free!!
    An Open Door
    P.S. I am so glad that you are having extra Valentine celebrations with your husband!!! I think you two should spend at least a week celebrating Valentine's Day ... AT LEAST!!

  9. P.P.S Just in case you are wondering, I did NOT have to type in any special codes to post a comment to your blog. Thanks for trusting me!

  10. Love the shirts!! Too cute! Do not love the verification!! My 40 year old eyes had enough trouble with the old words! I've been turned down by several robot detectors! Thanks for not having one!!!

    Peace, Love, and First Grade

  11. By the way, what is Vodka Pasta???

    Peace, Love, and First Grade

  12. I loved what you wrote about waking up and finding out that Channing Tatum was your husband!! I laughed and laughed.

    Your shirts turned out so cute! I wouldn't even think to add the details but they look great.

    And I agree that the two word typing in thingy is super annoying! I have no idea what is going on, I just type random letters until they let me in. :)

    Marvelous Multiagers!

  13. Love the shirts!

    New boy's shirt is...um...colorful :)

    I agree about the two word commenting. That's why my blog has none because I'll trust that there won't be spam and if there is, it goes in the spam folder first anyway for approval.

    Journey of a Substitute Teacher

  14. My team and I live by the saying, "Its better to beg for forgiveness than ask for permission." This being said, first grade just happens to get away with a LOT more than any other grade :)

    And I HATE the new code, too! I swear, today one of the letters had an accent symbol...really?!?! I agree...take it off people!

    Teachery Tidbits

  15. Ugh!!! I hate that two code thing...I've actually just stopped giving comments to those lately just because it takes so darn long since I have to go about 5 rounds of words before I get them right! I did away with having to do the words completely just because it causes my distress!
    Mrs. Plant's Press

  16. Oh I haven't tried the two word code so I am going to comment just so I can...get it on the third try. You crack me up with your comedy!

  17. aww, those turned out adorable!!! Glad you were "allowed" to do it! That's what your kiddos are going to remember about 1st grade! Sorry again for bailing on you today :( I have a new symptom...dizziness! No fun!

  18. I love those shirts. I totally agree that they'll be like "remember in First Grade when we made those shirts?"

    I, too, was irritated by the two words. I don't have that and I've only had like 3 SPAM emails.

    First in Maine

  19. Kristin, those shirts are too, too cute! I love the little extras the families added on as well--adorable!! Thanks for the link to my blog. :) I've been having a wicked hard time with that code as well--it drives me nuts because I am trying to be good about my commenting and that darn code just makes me crazy! I hope you have a lovely rest of the weekend :)

  20. I also hate the 2 code thing. I can never read them. I did (hopefully) turn off my commenting verification:-)

    Chickadee Jubilee

  21. What adorable t-shirts! I wish I was brave enough to try that and with you ungodly amount of children whew girl! You do it all! They will LOVE looking back on those shirts and remembering their first grade year!

  22. Wowza - those t-shirts did turn out adorably!!!!!! I love 'em!

    I'm a dum dum too...because it takes me AT LEAST three tries before I can get that darn code right. Sheesh...

    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

  23. Love those shirts!!

    I hate those 2 word things, I tried the little speaker today, to do a voice one. Don't even try it... just dreadful!

    Ms. Rachel’s Room

  24. COULD NOT AGREE MORE with you about the commenting code! It's ridiculous and I was just about to dedicate a blog post to it just because it's driving me nuts. Then I saw your post. PTL! I'm glad you put it out there :)

    Fun In First

  25. HATE the comment code thing!!! I barely have time to comment as it is and the other day it took me 3 tries to add one comment! LOVE the cute shirts. I dragged my hubbie to the Vow too and enjoyed my Tatum time although I wish the love story was a little happier, know what I mean?
    Finally in First

  26. Thanks for letting me know about the tutorial because I HATE the two word thing. I screw it up every time. And those shirts are too adorable. I LOVE them.
    I guess I'm in an extreme mood today lol.

    Buzzing with Ms. B

  27. I love the extras added to the shirts! It really makes the whole thing.

    And don't get me started on the two word code verification in a foreign language...I was going to do a whole post on it. Makes commenting a royal pain. Thank you for suggesting people stop requiring it. Hope they all listen!

    2B Honey Bunch
    The Best Endings

  28. YOU ARE TRUSTED! Awesome! {slight sarcasm... but only slight! ;) } Hey, our curriculum cops seemed to have chilled out. Haven't come through in two weeks! I'm sorta nervous that they found out about my blog (it's a secret, ya know!) and are reacting to my complaining. Have yours been as active lately?

    Oh My Gosh I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these shirts. Those kids must LOVE wearing them. Pinning it...so I'll remember next October when we do habitats that we HAVE to do these. Too cute.

    Oh I SO agree about getting rid of the two word validation thingy... I can't read that kinda/sorta/hidden one at all!...ugh!
    Dragonflies in First

  29. hmmm....do I have that comment thingy on my blog....I don't comment myself so don't know....let me know if I do but thought I got rid of that a while ago....

    Tshirts are way tooooooo cute!!!! You are a brave person! My kids got a little nuts during/making valentine envelopes.....they would really lose it if we were painting tshirts!!!

    4th Grade Frolics

  30. My hubby and I just had our Valentines Day tonight too! And I totally agree with you on the Channing Tatum thing. I would never turn him away if he told me he was my husband!

    And, yes, the "I'm not a robot" word thingy is driving me crazyyy. Especially since my iPad tries to change them to actual words every time. Thanks for trusting us!

    Sara :)

    Smiling In Second Grade

  31. I love, love, love those t-shirts! Your new guy...that's all my guys (well most of my guys). I have a kindergarten full of very creative only and/or young children who think they should be able to draw anything any time and any way. Although it makes for some great art...not so good at following directions. My whole room would look like his. Maybe I will try anyway. Springtime Teddy picnic in Kindergarten.

    It has always been my mantra that it is easier to ask for forgiveness than permission....but aren't you glad your administration trusts you! You are my hero.

    Terri Izatt

  32. I LOVE new boy's shirt best!!! I'm not sure why new boy did it, but I hoped you asked. It reminds me of my son who, at 5, once drew a picture with a sun on it, and put a couple of extra colors coming out of it. I was curious as to why, so I asked. He said, "Sunlight is actually made of many colors." We had talked a few weeks earlier about how rainbows are made and he had remembered this little nugget of information. Needless to say, I wrote his reasoning on the back and saved it.

    PS: I can totally hear your voice in your writing. And I love how conversational it is. Your posts always makes me laugh.

  33. I love the shirts, they are super adorable!! And I can't stand the new codes they make us type in, it's like deciphering a top secret government code!

    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  34. Love, love, love your cute shirts!!

    The comment thing is driving me crazy too! I took it off my blog. I hope I get more comments now!

    The First Grade Dream

  35. How DARN cute are those!! I am way way jealous!
    You and your hubs are so cute! :)
    Kerri B

  36. First, you have to tell us what Vodka pasta is. I'm thinking it is probably some type of special Italian pasta that I have never heard of. hahahs
    Second, love the t-shirts. We had a teddy bear day earlier in the school year and this would have been awesome. I'm so going to do this next year (well... maybe!!!)
    Third, thanks for not making us type the much dreaded verification thingy.
    First Grade Delight

  37. Those shirts are so cute! I love the details added!

    I loved The Vow. Channing Tatum is soooo yummy. My sweet boyfriend was nice enough to suffer through it for me. haha.

    Adventures of a Third Grade Teacher

  38. Love the shirts! Want to see The Vow! So hate the verification thingy! Love your blog! :)
    Crayons and Curls

  39. Oh my gosh...you are such a GOOD teacher:)

  40. Love the t-shirts! They are so cute!

    I also got annoyed with that new comment code thing so I decided to take it off my blog in order to make it easier for bloggy friends to send me some love ;)

    Come visit me if you get the chance,

    Grow Up Learning
    Grow Up Learning Facebook Page

  41. Those are the best bears ever!!!!
    the new guy has some kind of artist in him, eh?

    And Rachel Fox is very lucky to look like you!

    Going Nutty!


  42. Super cute t-shirts! I'm just now catching up on my blogging because my hubby and I went to daughter's very last swim meet in the city this weekend and he and I celebrated Valentine's day in BRICK TOWN! What fun, even though I cried through Hadley's whole last swim....

  43. You have a WAAAAYYYYY different group of parents than I do! Some of my parents don't even know their child's name...yes, sad but true.

    Those shirts are adorable!

    I do what I need to do and then apologize later although my principal does not like confrontations. We have been caught eating candy and she said nothing...we can only eat candy on our 3 party days.

    I am glad I am not the only one thinking I had "old eyes"! =)

    I just posted something I would love for you to help out with....lots of fur babies could be blessed! =)

    Heather's Heart

  44. This has nothing to do with your post today but I just had to tell you that on Friday one of my students almost lost their finger in our classroom door! I still don't even know how it happened but all of a sudden she was standing there and there was blood all over and all I could think of was Esteban's finger!! Thankfully this little girl only needed 6 stitches and she is fine! Thank goodness because this teacher would not be able to dig through the trash for a finger! I could barely stand up after seeing that much blood! Just had to share...hope I didn't get to graphic!

  45. super cute shirts. You not only did some art you painted. wow! and you even got permission! double wow. pretty soon you'll rule that school!
    Thanks for entering the giveaway! And I may have eaten half a bag of mini cadbury eggs myself. We stock up and eat them year round. They do not go bad if you ever wanted to know.
    Tunstall's Teaching Tidbits

  46. super cute shirts. You not only did some art you painted. wow! and you even got permission! double wow. pretty soon you'll rule that school!
    Thanks for entering the giveaway! And I may have eaten half a bag of mini cadbury eggs myself. We stock up and eat them year round. They do not go bad if you ever wanted to know.
    Tunstall's Teaching Tidbits

  47. I swear I commented on this - must have been in my head or something. I love those bears...look at those details!!!! I'm always so bummed when I hear how careful you have to be...that's just not right. Keep on, keepin' on - darlin'!!!!

    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade