I know it's the end of the year and I'm just now posting my teacher appreciation gifts, but these are totally do-able for the end of the school year too. Speaking of which, my youngest ends preschool next week, and my other two the week after. I have no idea what I'm doing for end of the year gifts yet! Probably something simple like chocolate or a Target gift card. ;) This past spring has been madness!
So I made door signs, etc...for teacher appreciation. On the day we sent in a little gift this is what my kiddos brought to their teachers:
My son's is the one in front. It's slightly more "grown up" since he's in 3rd grade (for a few more days at least).
The tops of them, under the tags, have little pieces I cut from some old Stampin' Up! school paper. I think the paper was called Story Time but I'm not totally sure. Most of the paper on here is from that set.
The tag says "hugs and kisses for the teacher" from The Christian Family. And of course there are hugs and kisses inside.
I can't believe that I will have all of my kids in elementary school in the fall. It's bittersweet for me. I think I've done a good job of "embracing" my time with them lately (see how I worked my one little word in there?!), but I am also looking forward to getting some quiet time to myself. I am looking forward to doing chores alone. Is that weird?
I'm also looking forward to having more time to work at home on my Teachers Pay Teachers stuff. The items I have in my store are selling very well and have great reviews, but I need more in there. It's been a blessing that's surprised me in the income I've received and we've needed.
And I'll be honest, I'm hoping for some scrapbooking time too. I'm trying not to be too optomistic, but I do want to take a little time for myself.
So summer plans around here...if you've read my blog in the past, you know I plan out my summers really well. I usually ask the kids ahead of time about stuff they want to learn about and plan a week for each thing I can fit in. I'm pretty anal and detailed.
This year I'm going a little more relaxed. My kids didn't really have broad topics like "insects" and "housing" like in the past and pretty much everything they wanted to learn takes a little more time. I also have a few things of my own I'm throwing in there.
Since that's the way it's going this year I decided it would be better to plan a little bit of everything once a week. For example, they want to learn about homesteading, so we'll do a little something each week. I'm taking them to see a friend's chickens one week and learn about those, we're gardening, we'll make our own condiments one week, our own toiletries another week, etc...
I also want to get them doing more of the chores around here. It's been hard with school and sports to take the time to teach them to do more, so I'm using the summer. We'll have a detailed lesson each week about a new chore for them to take over.
We'll be making a lot of fun drink recipes from Pinterest. What better way to try those than to dedicate time to it each day, right?! I'll also be giving them mini cooking lessons throughout the summer too. Josiah had them last summer. I'll be extending his and doing starter lessons with the younger girls throughout the summer.
I'll also be working on my cookbook. I planted a bigger garden this year so I'll have a lot to work with while creating!
Also, I'm trying out a "back to eden" garden along a new area. I'm also trying to turn the hardpan on my side yard into dirt for a fruit orchard using this method. I'm hoping it'll be ready by next spring. I wish I had seen this before I planted my main garden. I did go ahead and heavily mulch my garden after watching the film, and it has cut way back on my watering. Since we're in a drought around here, that is fabulous!
As for the blog, I'll be posting mostly stuff of life this summer. Maybe a few recipe sneak peeks here and there, some more crafting when I get time, as well as fun ideas and updates with my kids as we progress through the first summer with my husband crazy busy is school.