Sunday, May 24, 2015

end of school year and teacher appreciation printables (FREE!)...

Our last week of school coincides with teacher appreciation week. we were blessed with some AWESOME teachers this year! i couldn't have asked for a better kindergarten year for libbi. as a former kindergarten teacher myself, i know that it is so nice to feel appreciated and that it truly is the thought that counts! i posted last year about some fun and easy end of the school year gifts and printables. you can see those (Free) printables HERE.  

i used the "sweet summer" printable again this year with both girls. i typed laney's name onto the tag to save time. i honestly thought that libbi could write her own…. and i never expected her to add her own thoughts on the back. so, i apologize to all the friends who got "YOU (k)NO(w) IT!" on the back of their tag…. 

as for the teachers, this year i came up with a few more printables and i thought i'd share them, too! as always, the printables are FREE, but please make sure you give credit where credit is due and remember that they are for PERSONAL use only. thanks, friends and i hope you enjoy!! 

(all printables are linked at the bottom of this post).

most of these are quick, easy little gifts that let the teachers know we appreciate them and are thankful for all they do each day. and in many cases - the gifts are relatively inexpensive. y'all know i love corny sayings and a good play on words, so bear with me as most of these are full of cheese. ;-) 
(also: most of these pictures are iPhone pics, so forgive my poor photography!)

first up, we started off with some "burt's bees" lotions. so of course i had to make a printable to let our teachers know that we think they're "the bee's knees!" 
there are 9 circles on each page. i cut them out and let my girls write their names on the back. punched a hole in the top. tied it to a bag - and ta-da! insta gift! :) 

the next day, we sent in tote bags. each bag had a label on it that read, "thanks for a TOTE-ally awesome year!"
again, i put multiple labels on one page, cut them out, hole punched and attached them to the tote bag with some ribbon. nice and easy!

the third day we sent in a colored mason jar (i found these at michael's - and they were our school colors- perfect!). i filled them with candy and attached an ice cream gift card to the top. and of course, the "a-MASON" tag line just makes me laugh ;) 

such a sweet little gift for sweet teachers! 
this next one might be one of my favorites…EVER! i found makeup bags randomly one day at michaels (seriously, y'all! they have tons of stuff!) and they just so happened to be our school colors, so of course i HAD to buy them! and top them off with a cute little cheesy tag! :) 

i put a sephora gift card inside the bag, because who doesn't love sephora?! 

and finally, we finished off the week with a "thank you for helping me grow" tag. i really wanted to send in a beautiful plant, but just didn't have time to get one. so a barnes and noble and target gift card it was! but those are just as good in my opinion - ha! i made two tags for this one…. one that read, "because of you, my love of reading has really GROWN"  - i thought that would be cute with a barnes and noble gift card, or any kind of magazine, book, etc.

and then the "thank you for helping me GROW" tag - which would be perfect for any occasion/gift! i also found these precious little "hungry caterpillar" tissues (at old navy of all places!) and attached them to the tag, too! i can't pass up a good theme :) 

i hope that you'll be able to use some of these tags and ideas to make things a bit easier for you here at the end of school! and remember, even if you can't send in a gift or don't have time to make it to the store - just let the teacher's know you appreciate them! hand written notes and cards are ALWAYS a good idea!! 

Monday, May 18, 2015

encouragement for the week...

"This is my prayer in the desert
When all thats within me feels dry
This is my prayer in my hunger and need
My God is the God who provides
And this is my prayer in the fire
In weakness or trial or pain
There is a faith proved of more worth than gold
So refine me Lord through the flame

I will bring praise, I will bring praise
No weapon formed against me shall remain
I will rejoice, I will declare
God is my victory and He is here

This is my prayer in the battle
When triumph is still on its way
I am a conqueror and co-heir with Christ
So firm on His promise I'll stand

I will bring praise, I will bring praise
No weapon formed against me shall remain
I will rejoice, I will declare
God is my victory and He is here

All of my life, in every season
You are still God
I have a reason to sing
I have a reason to worship

All of my life, in every season
You are still God
I have a reason to sing
I have a reason to worship

All of my life, in every season
You are still God
I have a reason to sing
I have a reason to worship

All of my life, in every season
You are still God
I have a reason to sing
I have a reason to worship

I will bring praise, I will bring praise
No weapon formed against me shall remain
I will rejoice, I will declare
God is my victory and He is here

You are, You are here my Lord
And this is my prayer in the harvest
When favor and providence flow
I know I'm filled to be emptied again
The seed I've received I will sow"

"He led His people through the desert. His faithful love will last forever."
psalm 136:16

Hillsong: Desert Song

Listen Here: 
or watch below….

Monday, May 11, 2015

you are four….

four is…

a baby.

a big girl. 
















a lot like three. ;-)


a gift. 

a blessing. 

a treasure. 

our joy.

we love you nane! 
we are so thankful for all of the life and love you've brought into these last four years. 
happy 4th birthday! 

 "And I pray that you, being rootedand established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God."
Ephesians 3:17-19

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

fun run...

if i'm being honest, "fun run" is basically an oxymoron for me. even if i'm being chased - i think i'd just rather give up, call it quits, and meet my fate.  judge me all you want, but running is just not my thing. 
but watching my kids run? i could do it all day. there is nothing better than seeing happy little feet running around completely carefree. i was able to go to laney's fun run today and watch her do her thing along with all the other three year olds at her preschool. it was a morning full of baby legs doing their best just to keep up and running their hearts out. there were all types of runners -  the shufflers, the frankensteins, the skippers, and the speed racers just to name a few. i loved watching every one of them. so it makes sense to me that three year old's would participate in a "fun run" - but this thirty something year old? there's no fun left in my run. 

laney woke up at 5:30 and immediately put on her "running shoes" (she would have slept in them the night before if i'd let her). for two weeks now she's been asking every morning, "is today my fun run day?" and finally my answer was, "YES!" she was so pumped. she practiced her running stance and showed off her skills all morning. libbi was less than impressed and liza was still asleep, but that didn't stop laney from running laps around the kitchen at 6:30 AM. and seriously, how could you be mad at this precious runner? she was so cute and so excited. 

when she got to school, she was given her fun run tshirt (which i'm sure will become a new favorite and thus a new battle to fight each morning). then all the three year olds at her preschool went to the "track" to run their laps. laney was so serious. she was head down, eyes focused, running like the wind. sister meant business. it took her a few laps before she spotted me, but when she did her eyes lit up and i'm pretty sure she sped up even more. after that she would glance my way and smile each time she circled around, but then she was back to business. 
(liza was way too busy for pictures….)

when the fun run ended (after the three year old lap cap of 15 laps) my little superstar met me in the victory circle with a huge smile and rosy red cheeks. she was so proud of her accomplishment - and we were too! she received her medal, did a little hula-hooping, and then decided to take one more victory lap around the track. (liza joined her - but can you blame her? they were blasting "i like to move it" from madagascar and that is laney and liza's jam.)

it was definitely a "fun run" as far as laney was concerned - and i have to admit, it was fun for me, too... especially since i didn't have to do a lick of running. ha!