Wednesday, August 29, 2012

PK Sophia

Since I didn't get very good pictures Monday morning, I decided to try again when she got home. I've been seeing this idea float around Pinterest and couldn't decide if I wanted to go with that or just a plain pic of her. So I took these (a frame that you'd use top frame a canvas, no glass). 

It didn't take long for Sophia to take it into an entirely silly direction.

Then I just had her hold the sign. Which do you like best? I can't decide. maybe I'll do both each year.

4 year olds are easily distracted. She noticed off to the East that it looked like rain.

And was very disappointed we weren't getting any (with all our talk about watering, Sophia must have clued into the free water when we get rain). Russell's influence totally.

Once again, Sophia got silly.

Sophia at 4

 I decided to interview Sophia just to see what she'd say.
Favorite color: Pink
Favorite food: chicken nuggets, mac n cheese and applesauce
Favorite show: X-men and Max and Ruby
What do you want to be when you grow up: A mommy
Favorite activity: playing dollies
Favorite thing at PK: arts and crafts
Favorite thing about daddy: He plays with me
Favorite thing about mommy: She does arts and crafts and so I get to do them too.
Favorite Toy: pink stroller
Best friend: Brody and Atticus
Favorite sport: gymnastics
Scared of: BUGS
Favorite animal: kitty
Favorite book: Princess book
Favorite nickname: June Bug
Favorite dessert: brownies and cookies
Favorite snack: Peanut butter and crackers

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The First Day of School

Monday was very special for Sophia and I. For her, it was her first official day of PK (From here on out, Melanie will be getting them Kindergarten ready. By the end of this year, they should know how to tie their shoes, read at least on a kinder. level etc.). Prior to this year, they were doing pre-kinder. work. Now they'll be doing kinder. work. Ms. Melanie uses the last year with her as a kinder. year (as she is a certified kinder. teacher). So, Sophia picked out a special first day of PK dress and we took a few pics. But the lighting wasn't that great since they left at 6:45 in the morning.

It was also a HUGE day for me. My first day at my new school.  So here's my new art room.

Here's my little corner....

Lovin' this idea I stole/borrowed from Pinterest, for table colors.

Monday went well. 

Of course for me, I have to repeat the same lesson in some variation, 28 times. So, I'll just say I was a little rusty at first. But by Tuesday, I was in my groove. I'm sure by Thursday, I'll be leaving out important info. But that's just part of it. 

7 Grade levels x 4 classes per grade level= 28 times of introducing the art room, procedures etc. = me loosing my voice by the end of the week= me buying cough drops at Walgreens today. Ha! 

Oh well, by next week, I'll starting new things with each grade level. And I'm really enjoying meeting all of my new kiddos/neighbors!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Like Father, Like Daughter

Sophia is definitely making the shift from mama's girl to daddy's girl. Any chance she has, to spend time with her dad, she takes. Russell had to do a ton of computer work this weekend and Sophia set up her own station across from him. She kept asking him what music he wanted to listen to (that's her white CD player next to her laptop). 

Russell wasn't excited about me taking pictures of him working (although Sophia wasn't either). 

Like I said before, "like father, like daughter".

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Professional Development

On Wednesday, we had our art professional development day with all the elementary art teachers. Guess where we got to go? To see the Chihuly exhibit at the Dallas Arboretum! Yes, HEB rocks! And for those of you wondering how that applies to elementary art....we spent the 2nd half of the day doing a session on how to fuse glass using our kiln. And yes, we can actually do this with our kids. Such an exciting day!

Here's the glass fusion part.....

Awesome way to start out the year!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012


The best word to describe my past 2 weeks has been BUSY. Last Wed., Russell went to Chicago for a conference for work (got back on Friday), so my first 2 days of back to school (we started back on Thurs.), were me flying solo. Let me just say, I don't fly solo well. 

Russell really spoils me by pitching in so much to help with Sophia. Of course, why shouldn't he? I mean, it is being a dad. But I do know moms who don't get the same support, so I feel extra lucky that Russell helps so much (and knows my mood swings so he can anticipate when I need his help without asking). SO, when he goes out of town, he is sorely missed. But it also makes me appreciate him, so maybe it's a good thing? I jokingly referred to his conference as his mini-vacation. And Sophia caught on, so she started referring to his conference as "dad's vacation". 

Needless to say, all Russell brought back from his vacation was this lousy t-shirt (haha!). Just kidding. He brought back other stuff too. I really liked the CUTE periodic table shirt he got at a science museum while there (see, he was on vacation).

And as you can imagine, Sophia was SUPER happy to have her daddy home and loved the shirt!

And of course Sophia prepared her hair with extra hair accessories to go with her CUTE shirt.

Later in the weekend, Sophia helped Russell put together some shelving units we bought at IKEA for my new art room.

Sophia is pretty handy with tools. Definitely gets that from Russell. Unless it's a glue gun or a staple gun, I'm out. But I can work a mean sewing machine. So there! :)

So just to let you know, the next couple of weeks might be sparse with posts. But once I get back into the groove, I'll start posting again.