Here are my favorites- again some school, some not.
I'll start with school! :)
1. We had Kindergarten Orientation today for our new little buddies coming in the fall. We had a class full of new Kindergarteners for about an hour while our Principal talked to parents about the school and programs. In the classroom they explored, played tanagrams, puzzles, Legos, colored a picture, and sang some FAVORITE songs- Tooty Ta, My Mother is a Baker, Baby Fish, Bubble Gum... We sent home a laminated alphabet/number placemat with an activity idea booklet. We read a book about a sunflower. I like this one, because I have the big book, and the children can join in reading.
We gave the children this little poem with some sunflower seeds to plant at home. By the time the sunflower grows, they will be ready to come to Kindergarten!
Every child received an autographed copy of A Special Friend Indeed. Suzanne Bloom visited our district last year.
We made different packets for everything from colors, shapes, reading and writing to tying shoes for the parents to take home and work on with their children over the summer. I know academics are important... but I am sure hoping some shoe tying practice happens over the summer ;) or else some Velcro sneakers are on the back to school list!
After the little guys leave, my own class seems so "old" and mature!
OK- I make it sound like a perfect afternoon- but I left out the part about the custodian having to come into the room to clean up a mystery mess on the floor while we were all playing. It suddenly appeared and no one knew where it came from. Although I am still guessing it came out of someone's pant leg-???????? WHAT?! Of COURSE Matt and Jaclyn were there then, as I was kindly asking, "Does ANYONE have to go to the bathroom?!" hint-hint- And nobody did. Still don't even get it! I have to just let it go, disinfect some more, and move on! :) SO- it was an almost perfect day. No picture needed. I am sure you can all picture it just fine...
Wellll- since I went so low as to discuss the custodian's visit for a clean up - maybe I should be done with school topics. On to different topics! :)
Later, my mother, sister, daughters Ellie and Emily, Ellie's friend Erika and I went to a Tuscan Cooking Class in a little Kitchen Store in our town. This was a ball! I had no idea what to expect, but we met eight other really nice people, had a lot of laughs- and a delicious meal. We all also realized that risotto takes FOREVER to cook and that it tastes very similar to Rice a Roni with cheese on top. (That tells you how refined my tastes are! HA!) The Lemon Chicken with Spinach and Wine Sauce was fabulous!
4. My nephew Tim is going to open his own Karate Academy in Naples, Florida! I am SO thrilled for him and so proud of him. He has worked so hard and is an amazing teacher. His Aunt and Uncle may need to come visit- a lot! :) SO EXCITING!
5. This has been my favorite devotional for a while. I love it.
I am all around you, like a cocoon of Light. My Presences with you is a promise, independent of your awareness of Me. Many things can block this awareness, but the major culprit is worry. My children tend to accept worry as an inescapable fact of life. However, worry is a form of unbelief; it is anathema to Me. Who is in charge of your life? If it is you, then you have good reason to worry. But if it is I, then worry is both unnecessary and counterproductive. When you start to feel anxious about something, relinquish the situation to Me. Back off a bit, redirecting your focus to Me. I will either take care of the problem Myself or show you how to handle it. In this world you will have problems, but you need not lose sight of Me.
I also love my Joyce Meyer! :) I tape Enjoying Everyday Life each day and then try to catch up with them on weekends- but I am looking forward to making a better schedule this summer to enjoy the show. I went with my parents and sister to see her conference and loved it. By the way, it was her 70th birthday this week. Happy Birthday, Joyce! :)
It felt like a REALLY LONG WEEK. I fell asleep for an hour right after dinner Thursday night. What is that about?! Happy Weekend!
PS I'd love you to stop over and share a funny school story on my Linky Party! :) THANK YOU!