This is going to be a super duper random post. I took a bunch of pictures this week but none of them have anything to do with each other.
You’ve been warned.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE these baskets from Target. And I had been on the hunt for the teal ones and could not find them anywhere. And when I went online, Target said OUT OF STOCK and Target said NOT AVAILABLE FOR SHIPPING and Target said NOT LOCATED IN ANY STORES NEAR YOU WITHIN 100 MILES which made me put in Kerry’s zip code in Texas to see if HER STORE had it and then SHE could ship them to me AND JUST NO NO NO NO NO, Target said. YOU ARE NOT GETTING THESE BASKETS.
And then on Tuesday of this week, I went to Target for a bunch of different items and I had written baskets? (with the question mark) on my list as a you never know and BAM! There were NINE baskets. Just sitting there on the shelf.
I actually need 12.
I need these baskets for my class library. I have Really Good Stuff baskets at the moment (they were an upgrade from the Dollar Tree baskets and let me tell you, you DO get what you pay for because $1 Baskets do NOT hold up) and my Really Good Stuff Baskets are starting to BREAK. I have really nice, sweet, gentle and kind students this year so I am not blaming them. I’m not.
Any who. I need 12 baskets, not 9.
So I asked this little kid – apparently he was old enough to work at Target because he had on the red shirt and the walkie talkie thing and the hand held device in which he looked up inventory for me – if there were more baskets in the back or wherever and he said well, our store shows that we only have six and it looks like you have nine there.
Target. You are supposed to be my friend.
He told me there were eight at the Target across town so I went the next day and they only had three. I was planning on buying all eight BECAUSE YOU NEVER KNOW but at least I got the last three that I absolutely needed.
These baskets are STURDY. If these baskets break, I think I will need to buy wooden boxes or steel boxes or metal boxes or I don’t know . . . just give up entirely.
Every month we have a snack day.
This month, our office staff and special ed teachers hosted the lunch.
And they went NUTS, as you can clearly see. I mean, we all try to be a little theme-y, like fifth grade hosted a taco bar for Cinco de Mayo, and sixth grade had a hot dog bar (that was fun!!), and when it was our turn, we had a baked potato bar . . . hmmm, I’m seeing a trend here. Do you think it means something that we are all trying to have some sort of bar? 😉
So we had Chinese food this week. Obviously.
There were egg rolls and lumpia (my favorite!) and Chinese chicken salad and orange chicken and chow mien and fortune cookies and cupcakes because cupcakes go with anything and YUM YUM YUM. It smelled like a Chinese restaurant all day long.
I’m beginning to think it is my school that prevents me from being long and lean.
Thursday was Open House and for the first time EVER, in 20 years, I wore a T-shirt, jeans, and Converse. My whole team did. One of my teammates found these shirts for us. Aren’t they SO cute and adorable???
Do you know how nice it is to wear jeans, a T-shirt, and Converse to Open House? How comfortable I was??
No spanx, no strapless bra . . . no heels or wedges which are just ridiculous for me to wear anyway because who am I kidding? Like, really?
And then I got a MILLION compliments on my shirt SO THERE YOU GO.
We loved being all matchy-matchy and we looked cute. A dress and heels? Why? I mean, really. I teach first grade. It’s not winter formal.
Open House is one of my favorite days of the year. It’s a lot of hard work getting ready for it, but it is just so much fun seeing all of my families past and present. My cheeks hurt from smiling.
I didn’t take any pictures of my actual room (just pics of my kids)! I was having too much fun and just living in the moment. But you can look at this post to see what it’s all about.
It was such a fun night! I’m somewhat in shock that we have 8 1/2 days left. I’m so going to miss this class.
I have been truly blessed this year!
These scrapbooks were on our desks. Inside were pages about covered wagons, one room houses, slates, clothing, schools, etc. These books are THE cutest!! My kids love making them every year. Anyway, the covers just make me happy. LOOK HOW CUTE!!!
As I was passing them out, I noticed that one of my little girls made herself into a . . .
kitty. That’s a kitty. At first, I thought . . . no, that’s not a kitty. She just made her smile kind of funny.
And then I noticed the ears.
And then I saw the whiskers.
And then I cracked up.
That’s a first for me.
I can’t help it if I have 31 kids and this cover just went in the pile of covers and I never noticed, NOT EVEN WHEN I PUT THE BOOKS TOGETHER, using my fancy automatic hole puncher, and tying the ribbon through, nope, it’s not my fault, I’m telling you.
How many kids do you have in your class?
Because I have 30 kids and 1 kitty.
To celebrate Open House being over and getting to the end of a long week, Steve asked what I wanted for dinner on Friday. And I said tomato caprese . . . no, wait . . . hmm . . . candied bacon . . . wait . . . no . . . onion rings! And then I laughed and said I didn’t care. Because none of that is dinner.
And when I got home, Steve was making tomato caprese, candied bacon, and onion rings.
We didn’t eat the onion rings which is how I rationalized that eating bacon covered with brown sugar and syrup and who knows what else, I don’t know, it’s just simply delicious was JUST FINE AND DANDY.
And tomato caprese seems sort of healthy, right? I mean, it’s a tomato. And basil. And balsamic vinaigrette and fresh mozzarella.
It’s not my fault that there is sugar on the tomatoes. I didn’t make up the recipe. It’s not my recipe.
Then I tried to watch an episode of Friends and the next thing I knew, Steve was telling me to go bed.
It was almost 9:00 so I did, of course.
Love the shirt! Where did you find them?
After teaching kindergarten for the last 9 years, I just found out I am moving to first! Would love to get the shirt as well. Because I already know I love 1st grade. I’ll be with some of my kindergarteners!
I updated the post with links to the shirt. Here it is again! http://etsy.me/2qFwMeK Have fun in first! I hope you love it!
Where do you get your cute scrapbooks?
It’s a combination from all of my teammates. We each “created a page” to go inside. It’s not in my store because it’s not mine to sell. I’m sorry! The cover is from my teammate, Heather. 🙂
I love your blog and look forward to your posts all week! Hoping you have a great last few days of what sounds like a great school year. I would love to surprise my 2nd grade team with shirts here in VA. I’d like to know where your friend found them as well. Thanks!
I updated the post with links to the shirts! Here it is again: http://etsy.me/2qFwMeK
You crack me up! The pioneer kitty! I can’t stop laughing! I’ve already told part of my team that we are adopting your cute shirt, jeans and converse idea for PIN night! LOL
Kindergarten Matters says
Oh my god I so love that kitty cat girl, and what an amazing pioneering cat she created, I couldn’t draw that if I tried.
p.s. I love your blog its my fav.
Carina Fry says
I so LOVE 5 for FRATURDAY!- it’s always early Sunday morn here- so I get my cuppa go to my fav chair and read your blog- always puts me in the right mood for the rest of the days activities!!
There is a darling story called Pioneer Cat that I like to read to my first graders when we celebrate our towns’s Pioneer Day. You could add this to your readings and then pioneer girl/kitty would be justified! Her cover is darling!!! (And so are you!)
I have 23 kids and 1 kitty in my class as well.? One of my girls makes everything she draws into a cat. Thanks for writing your blog. It makes me laugh!!!
I have 25 kids and TWO cats in my room right now! (A while ago I had 5 squirtles! Thankfully that has passed!) happy end of year (almost!)
The pioneer kitty just killed me! Can’t stop laughing. I can so see a few of my students doing the same thing.
Sue Petersen says
Your blog is so fun to read! Always laugh so hard at all your posts. Thank you for sharing your ideas! Love the T-shirt, jeans and Converse idea for Open House! Who doesn’t want to be comfy?!
Your Pioneer Kitty is my spirit animal, I just know it. LOL