Happy Birthday Saudia! Today is one of my sisters birthdays. She’s 43! I cannot believe we are so old. There are so many birthdays in my family the month of July (15 and counting). We’re having a family party tomorrow @ Saudia’s house. We’re going to eat and have fun. Too bad you can’t be there.
If a child lives with hostility, he learns to fight.
If a child lives with ridicule, he learns to be shy.
If a child lives with shame, he learns to feel guilty.
If a child lives with tolerance, he learns to be patient.
If a child lives with encouragement, he learns confidence.
If a child lives with praise, he learns to appreciate.
If a child lives with fairness, he learns justice.
If a child lives with security, he learns to have faith.
If a child lives with approval, he learns to like himself.
If a child lives with acceptance and friendship;
he learns to find love in the world.
by Dorothy Law Nolte
Just took the personality Keirsey Temperament Personality test. There were no surprises. Here are the results:
The four types of Idealists are:
Champion (ENFP) | Healer (INFP) | Teacher (ENFJ) | Counselor (INFJ)
Of course, I am the Teacher- Extroverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Judging. Yep, that’s me!
Momcentral.com, one of the sites I frequent is having their second round of summer giveaways. This site has a wealth of information. There’s recipes, advice, and a host of other things. Check it out for yourself @ www.momcentral.com
Summer Giveaway Bonanza – check out the new prizes!
One thing about being a Sci-fi junkie is that I don’t have to apologize for loving it. Well, my newest Sci-fi pleasure is Warehouse 13. It show a lot of promise. The only problem I have with the show is the acting skills, or lack thereof, of the female lead character. I can see her getting better, but now, she sucks. Big time. The male lead makes up for it though. Also, I love Saul Rubinek’s & CCH Pounder’s characters as Dr. Artie Nielsen & Mrs. Frederick, respectively.
Here’s the Wikipedia page. Check it out if you’d like.
Here’s the Lakeshore coupon I just received in my e-mail. If you would like to receive your own, either go to the nearest Lakeshore or sign up on the website. I don’t remember which way I completed mine, however, at any rate, here it is.
|Present this coupon at time of purchase.|
|©Lakeshore||coupon code: 32752|
|Limit one per customer. Offer valid 7/6/09-7/31/09. In-store purchases only. Limit one item per coupon, per transaction. Purchase one item at regular price and receive the second item of equal or lesser value at 50% off its regular price. Excludes the sales tax and shipping charges. No ship-to or special orders. Not valid on furniture, easels or carpets. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offers, prior purchases, sale items or gift cards. No cash value. Must present coupon at time of purchase. Teacher’s Club members only.|
I have a little something to tell you. Like to hear it, here it goes. For as long as I have worked at my current job, I have told anyone that would listen that my job is sooo hard, I am so put upon, the kids are bad, etc. I didn’t really mean it. Well, maybe a little. Anyway, all that has changed. I don’t badmouth my students anymore. They are some good kids. I have really grown to love them over the years.
Everything- this new change of attitude began when I returned from my leave of absence. Well, it actually began before that. Many in my program were asking if I was going to return to my job. I answered yes. “Pobrecita,” was one of the responses. Initially I felt the same way. Why do I have to go back to that wretched place. So, I entertained the naysayers. That is until I actually returned to my students and was welcomed back with open arms. My students love me so much. No matter how hard I was on them, they could not wait for me to return. I called them a couple of times. They told me they didn’t want another teacher. I told them I would be hard on them again. They were okay with it.
So, fast forward to my return and the love of my students. Not only the love of my students, but the love of my wonderful assistant, the other teachers who missed me, and a host of others who welcomed me back. I was truly missed. Not only that, I realized, once I returned, that I missed it also. While it is true that some of my students have behavior problems, my class is no different from any other class.
So, while do not love every aspect of my job, I do love the children. That’s why, now, whenever, anyone hears anything about my students, they will hear how wonderful they are.
I cannot seem to shake this writer’s block. Usually I have to stop myself from writing too much, but this is not the case now. I cannot force myself to write. I have some writing to do for LMU to clear my incompletes. Usually this would be a breeze, however, I just cannot do it right now. What is wrong with me?
Well, I added a new element to Book Club- field trips. I also dropped it to 3 days/week instead of 5. Five days/week was way too much. It made me feel like I was still teaching. I didn’t feel like I was on vacation. Anyway, I digress.
So, we went to FREE TUESDAY @ The LaBrea Tarpits. I packed them a lunch (Water, mini carrots, Austin’s peanut butter crackers, a Jona gold apple, Smart & Final tortilla chips, toffee coated almonds, and Ritz wheat sticks). I brought along a blanket to sit on after our tour of the Pits. Everything worked out fine. One of my charges tried to get mouthy, but I nipped it in the bud. They had a great time. Of the five children I took along for the ride, only 1 had never been there.
On Thursday I’m planning for us to go to the Autry Musuem (which is free the first Thursday of the month after 4 p.m.). Join us won’t you!
Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag
By: The contributors of Kaboose.com, plus additional recipe testing and photography by Christina Stanley-Salerno
Difficulty: Very Easy
Parental supervision is recommended
Summer Crafts: Milk can become homemade ice cream in five minutes by using a bag! This homemade, creamy treat is a summertime delight for kids and adults alike.
What you’ll need:
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1/2 cup milk or half & half
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
- 6 tablespoons rock salt
- 1 pint-size plastic food storage bag (e.g., Ziploc)
- 1 gallon-size plastic food storage bag
- Ice cubes
How to make it:
- Fill the large bag half full of ice, and add the rock salt. Seal the bag.
- Put milk, vanilla, and sugar into the small bag, and seal it.
- Place the small bag inside the large one, and seal it again carefully.
- Shake until the mixture is ice cream, which takes about 5 minutes.
- Wipe off the top of the small bag, then open it carefully. Enjoy!
A 1/2 cup milk will make about 1 scoop of ice cream, so double the recipe if you want more. But don’t increase the proportions more that that — a large amount might be too big for kids to pick-up because the ice itself is heavy.
Here’s an improvised version of the homemade ice cream recipe from another parent:
These are the homemade ice cream ingredients . . .
- 1/4 teaspoon imitation vanilla butter and nut flavor
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1/2 cup 1% milk
These are the other supplies . . .
- Plastic sandwich bag (e.g., Ziploc)
- 12 water softener pellets
- 1 tray of ice (My ice cube tray makes small cubes, so it produces only about half a tray.)
- Large plastic bag
Put the ice-cream ingredients in the small bag, and then put the bag, salt, and ice in the big bag. Hold the bag shut and stir it around on the floor for about 5 minutes. Although the salt pellets hardly dissolved, I got ice cream. It was not as smooth as ice cream, probably because of the low-fat milk. Instead, it was a little like sherbet. I think if I had more ice in the bag, I could have shaken it better. I’d recommend wearing gloves. It is incredible that it is ready in 5 minutes (not counting assembling the ingredients.)
Next, I changed the recipe, using a tablespoon of cocoa, a tablespoon of sugar, and a cup of milk. I really wanted to use carob, but I didn’t have any. It was a tad too chocolatey, but good! My daughter has milk allergies, so I suggested she try this with fruit juice. She used straight pineapple juice and got a terrific fruit sorbet.
Here’s the craft we did for today. Well, it was more like a treat. We made chocolate frozen bananas. It was very simple. For the 6 of us, we used:
Approximate freezing time (depends on your fridge): 90 minutes
3 bananas (cut in half)
nuts & whipped cream (optional)
6 popsicle sticks
Chocolate syrup or Chocolate fudge (may take longer to freeze)
bowl for the chocolate
plate for the bananas to put in the freezer
fingers for licking
Instructions: Cut the bananas in half. Let the children peel the bananas. After the bananas are peeled, insert the popsicle sticks into the wider half of the banana. Pour chocolate syrup or chocolate fudge into a medium sized bowl and let the kids have at it. They will have fun coating them. For variety, you can also use nuts & whipped cream when the bananas are ready. After coating, put bananas on the plate and place in the freezer. Now, for the grand finale- lick chocolate off fingers!!
Have fun! Until next time!
Happy July- my birthday month. The 27th to be exact. I will be 39!. I cannot believe it. I still feel like a teenager. How can I possibly almost be 40??? Also, how can I have two men-children that are graduated from high school? Two done, two to go. I’ve said it before and I will say it again, “My how time flies!”