Photos Galore AND Polar Express Day Essentials

I wrote on my facebook page that going back to school after the tragedy was the best thing for me.  I have never cried as much as I did this weekend- I cannot imagine what those families are going through. In the spirit of letting kids be kids and holding on to each small moment- I decided to really step it up this week for my kids (both biological and adopted through teaching :) ).

Emmie and I were invited to a tacky Christmas Painting Party this weekend.Don't worry- I don't normally wear bows- we were supposed to look goofy.

This is Emmie's idea of helping....

Her help- or lack there of- is probably why it looks like I painted all by myself!


Sometimes I forget how therapeutic art can be!

In that spirit I broke out the paint on Monday....I also seemed to have forgotten how basic first grade painting skills can be. 

 Here is my sample I did with them and here is one of my students' paintings....

We also made MAGICAL reindeer food!

And last but definitely not least, today was Grinch day.
Nothing like feeling like a giant next to a 6 year old :)

I don't always go this overboard with seasonal activities, but I decided the activities would distract my kids and myself enough not to think about the scariness of this weekend.  

We are also looking forward to Polar Express Day tomorrow!! Here is a list of my Polar Express essentials:

1. Bells

2. Believe Tags for bells
3. GOBS of Hot Chocolate

 5. Comfy pajamas and slippers

 6. A copy of the best book ever.

 7. Stephanie's adorable craft

 I hope you got some ideas for this week! Hugs friends!


  1. Can I come be a student in your class!? Looks fun! :) SwissMiss has a whole new meaning for me.

  2. Um, raises hand...Mrs. King's class is fun! I want to do that too!

    Journey of a Substitute Teacher

  3. LOVE your reindeer food bags! We are making it tomorrow! YAY!
    Ms. Marciniak's First Grade Critter Cafe

  4. I'm SO impressed with your snowman painting!!!!

    Fun In First

  5. Your family pics are what I love most. You're a good mama!

    Amy Howbert
    Little Miss Organized

  6. What lucky kiddos! I'm sure they are having such a great time with all your great activities.

    I’m having a giveaway! I’d love for you to buzz by and enter :)
    The Busy Busy Hive

  7. SUPER cute painting. Did you do it at a painting studio?! I am in love with it!

    Miss V's Busy Bees

  8. You can't help but crack a big old smile on your face and in your heart when you read this post. Hugs to you darlin' . . .

  9. Hugs to a fellow teacher and parent! I adore your sweet girl's equally cute outfit!! :)

  10. I like Emmie's idea of helping!! She's one smart cookie herself. Also, I am loving your reindeer food packaging!

    ❤ -Stephanie
    Falling Into First

  11. What is in your magical reindeer feed? I want to make them!!! They are SO cute!

  12. What a great idea for the reindeer bags. We did them this year and my neighbor told me to just tape them closed. Well that worked for about 10 minutes! So I staples along the sides of the noses. Hope I did not staple the present inside. Next year it is rubber bands for sure!

    Jen from Simply Kinder

  13. Great ideas! Thanks for sharing. Love the snowman!