Monday, August 31, 2009

The Yellow Card...

In Mallory's little "Welcome to Kindergarten" packet, there was a letter that explained what her teacher expected of them for the first few weeks, just basic rules. Also, instead of him writing a little something in each child's folder, he would send home little cards: Green = followed rules; Yellow = working on following rules; Red = not following rules.

On the first day, she came home with a yellow card. I thought, no big deal, it's a huge adjustment. The second day, she got a green card, YIPPEE!! My girl is going to be a STAR in kindergarten!! The third day, she comes off the bus and says that she doesn't want to go back to school anymore. All I could think of was that someone was mean to her. That wasn't the case at all. I looked in her folder and there was another yellow card, but this time her teacher had written something on the bottom...oh dear... "Not listening or following directions today." So after a lot of questions, Mallory told me what happened. Apparently they have to wait in line to be called out to the playground after lunch. If you know Mallory, she's not a big fan of waiting for anything. She decided to just go ahead and head out to the playground without being called. Mr. Popio told her to get back in line and she didn't. Off to time-out she went. If this is where it ended, I would have been okay with that, talked to her about being patient, and then move on with our evening. But that was only half of it. She then went on to tell me that she sat in circle time with her arms crossed and a mean look on her face. I asked her why. "I'm SO mad at Mr. Popio, he didn't even apologize for putting me in time-out!" OH DEAR!!!!! We had lots and lots of conversations about how to act in school and who was boss!! She even drew him a picture and said that she was sorry and she would listen better.

My stomach was in knots the whole next day just thinking of the trouble that she was getting in to or what she was saying to Mr. Popio!! I really wasn't even thinking of the next day, I was thinking about the next few months, all the conferences with the teachers, guidance counselors, principals, etc. BUT SHE CAME HOME WITH A GREEN CARD!!!!! (and did again today!) Now I am back to thinking that she is the star of kindergarten again!!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Meet My New Kindergartener!!

Mallory did AWESOME today!! We had a little issue last night when I informed her of her friends that were on the waiting list for another school got in to the other school, but she rebounded perfectly today! I am so proud of her!! I was a wreck all day, I think I had tears in my eyes the entire day just thinking about what was going through her mind...



When we got to school, we walked up to her classroom, walked right in, I gave her a big hug and she turned and walked over to her seat. Miss Independent!! She said they didn't have much time at lunch, so we are going to work on eating a little faster at home. It was lightning outside, so there wasn't any recess or P.E.


I kept looking at my watch all day and when it said 2:46, I knew that she would be on her way to the bus pick up. I felt like I could throw up!! The bus was supposed to drop her off at 3:23, but it was about 10 minutes late. She was the last one off, but was so excited and proud of herself!! She even asked if she could ride the bus tomorrow!! I guess that means she wants to go back to school too!


Monday, August 24, 2009

Kindergarten Meet & Greet

I have been dreading this day since summer began. Today we got to meet Mallory's new kindergarten teacher, Mr. Popio. My stomach was doing flip flops and I was doing all I could to keep the tears from coming on the long walk up to the school. We ran in to one of our dear neighbors in the hallway and her daughter took us down to the classroom, as she had Mr. Popio last year. Outside of the door there was a list of all the names of the children in the class. We saw a few names that we knew!! One of Mallory's best friends is in her class, but she is #2 on the waiting list (remember THIS post)so she will probably be leaving sooner than later. Once we got inside, I took a deep breath and I was FINE!! NO tears and no more butterflies in my stomach! Mallory was so excited to see where she was going to sit and where her cubby was.

The class is a great size, there are 17 kids total and it's right next to the playground!

Here is Mallory and her friend signing in.


Mallory holding her folder with 800 things for me to fill out tonight and bring back tomorrow!



The girls and Mr. Popio!


Saturday, August 22, 2009

Summer Time Minor League Baseball Game Fun

So our church had a deal at our local Minor League Baseball game tonight. $13 all-you-can-eat-and drink. The stadium is so nice and kid friendly, and Nate helped build it, so all the more merrier. We met up with some friends and had a great time. I didn't see a lick of the baseball game but enjoyed the food and friendship!

Here's a great picture (Note: this was taken with a camera phone) of the kids right when we walked in with the Clearwater Thresher's mascot. In case you didn't know, a Thresher is a shark :-)


Thursday, August 20, 2009

Ouchie, Ouchie, Ouchie!!

All last week, Mallory couldn't stop talking about getting her ears pierced. I thought it was because a girl at camp had them pierced. But no, it was because she spent one afternoon in my mom's jewelry box admiring all of her pretty earrings!! I kept telling her how bad it hurt and the possibility of them getting infected, etc. She didn't care, she wanted them pierced!! So off we went to the mall... She was grinning so big, sitting up in the chair, picking out her earrings and listening to the lady tell her about taking care of her ears.


Me, I was hiding behind my camera, as I knew what was coming.


I have to say, she was so brave!! All we heard was a few "Ouchie's" and a few tears were shed (by her and me!). Her grin did disappear very quickly though, and it was replaced by a terribly mad face. She wasn't mad at me or the ear piercing lady, I think she wasn't expecting it to hurt as bad as it did. My mom went with us and asked her what it felt like. "It felt like they were driving screws in my ears, Gammy!" LOL

She looks SO grown up to me now... Here is a shot from our beach pictures this morning. We were practicing getting up for school, as kindergarten starts on Tuesday, so we didn't have anything better to do at 8:00 this morning!


Friday, August 14, 2009

New Yummy Recipes!!

Since it's the weekend and I refuse to cook anything on the weekend, I thought I'd share a few recipes that I thoroughly enjoy!!

Hot Chicken Salad

4 cups chopped chicken
3/4 cup mayo
3/4 cup sour cream
1 cup shredded white american cheese
1 can of sliced water chestnuts, chopped
1 cup of sliced almonds
1 cup of corn flakes, crumbled

Mix the first 6 ingredients together, pour in a 9x12 pan, then sprinkle the corn flakes on top.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 min to 1 hour


Overnight Coffee Cake, AKA "Ooey Gooey" Coffee Cake

One of my sweet friends made this on our last girls weekend at the beach. It was perfect for the hangovers we all had!! It was served with some fresh sliced fruit and orange juice!!

1 pkg frozen Parker House Rolls
1 pkg instant Butterscotch pudding (small size)
1 cup Brown Sugar, packed
2 tbsp Cinnamon
1/2 cup Butter, melted
1/2 cup Pecan Pieces (if desired)

In a greased bundt pan, layer half of each of the above listed items. Then repeat.
Let it sit out overnight covered with a piece of wax paper prayed with Pam, then put a piece of tin foil over that. In the morning, punch the rolls back down.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 25-30 minutes.


Thursday, August 13, 2009

Anna Maria Island Vacation Photos - Day 1

So it's been a month since we took our little vacation to the beach and I'm just getting around to the photos. I need to discipline myself better and just get it done the day after we get back, but I never do. There were 5 families that went this year. The place we stayed at was amazing, except you had to cross the road to get to the beach.

These are pictures from the day that we arrived.

Mallory and Jack all lathered up with sunscreen, ready to hit the beach!

Darling little man G.

The guys and their kids.

I have LOTS more pictures to share, I just need to sit down and get them edited...but the dirty wood floors are calling my name!!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Mallory Modeling

With us taking most of the summer off with the kitchen remodel, Mallory hasn't been wanting to model the few things that we have been listing. About the same time that our dear friend, Debbie, asked us to model a few sets for her, Mallory started asking for a new Barbie movie, Barbie Mermaidia. Do I dare bribe her with this new movie I thought??? Of course I did! And look at the results! A happy little girl having a blast modeling these adorable clothes!

And check out this amazing little hand painted tote!

You can find all the matching pieces HERE.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Maddie*Kate - New Halloween Listing & Pumpkin Resell

We just listed this adorable 3-pc Hello Kitty Halloween set on eBay. Set consists of blouse, Euro top and skirt complete with it's own pettiskirt. Custom sized 2T-8
You can find the listing HERE.

Also, we listed this darling Fall Pumpkin sample set from last year. Also 3pcs, best fit 3-4, possible slim 5.
You can find the listing HERE.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Almost there....

We have the cabinet guys coming back tomorrow to install the panels on the refrigerator and the dishwasher, the cabinet hardware and hopefully put up the other bookcase that's been sitting in the middle of my dining room for a couple of weeks now. We are still waiting on the refrigerator hardware to come in and I need to get up to the tile store this week to pick out what I want for my back splash.

I actually cooked my first meal in the new oven, Stuffed Chicken Parmesan!! It was YUMMY! Desert was chocolate cake that Nate and the kids made on Saturday. It felt so good to sit down at our table and eat as a family, not out at a restaurant somewhere.

So I bought these bar stools at a bare wood store this weekend (2 more are on there way from another store) that are a replica of THIS chair from Pottery Barn but WAY cheaper, and I can't decide if I want to paint them black or another color. What do you think?

I think I'm going to get a little bench to put under the desk area with a matching cushion from the fabrics that I will use on the window seats. A chair just seems out of place there, don't you think?

Here is a picture of my newly configured living room. Next summer, our plan is to push this room out about 10 feet, add a pool, a playroom for the kids and a master bathroom (as our master bath is the size of a hall closet right now!) We'll see where the economy is before taking the plunge, as we will have to do a lot of reconfiguring with the roof line, which is very costly.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Maddie*Kate Resells!!

I just looked up Boutique MK on eBay, and look what I found!!

You can find the Back to School set HERE.

So cute little monsters!! Find it HERE.

And sweet little owls! So fun for Fall! You can find them HERE.
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