June 21, 2016

Show and Tell Tuesday

It is time for Show and Tell Tuesday for the month of June! :)  I am linking up with Forever in Fifth Grade to share four pictures of what is going on in my little corner of the world. :)

This past Friday, my husband and I made a quick trip up to Kansas City to see the Boys in Blue.

It is always a fun time at The K, especially when the Royals get a win!  I was able to see two home runs and the boys win! :)  Prior to the game starting we watched the Big Slick celebrity softball game which raises money for Children's Mercy, a local children's hospital.  There was an all-star cast including Rob Riggle, Paul Rud, Eric Stonestreet, James Marsden, Jason Sudeikis and many others.  

The picture isn't the greatest.....but that is all the Big Slick participants for a group photo at the end of their game.  The celebrities raised a record setting 1.3 million dollars for Children's Mercy!  Yay!  If you want to donate click here.

At the start of the summer some friends of ours invited us to their farm to see their baby goats that were just born.  In fact the mama goat had just had triplets....on my birthday! :)

They were so cute!!!  I tried to convince my husband to let me bring one home....but no dice. :(

I am a big fan of antiques and gardening....so when you can combine the two....IT IS HEAVEN!  My husband and I try to find rustic/antique looking pots, tins, buckets, etc......and then we use them as planters.  Check out the little beauties we found antiquing this year....

 Above is an old calf bucket that was used for feeding baby calves.  We loved it because it had a hanger in the back which allowed us to hang it from a tree branch ladder my husband made a few years back.

Pictured below is a rusty bucket sitting on top of an old stool, and then two antique oil cans with their corner cut out.

You can almost always find galvanized tubs at antique stores....and they make great homes for plants.  You just have to make sure to drill holes in the bottom for proper drainage.  We also fill our planters with about a fourth of lava rock and then good, rich soil. The lava rock helps fill the planter and assist with drainage. 

I was **ecstatic** when I found these little numbers.  They are cut form old license plates and then bent so they can hang.  Aren't they ADORABLE! 

Last but not least....... my latest TPT product.  Slap Words  is a fun and engaging game that reviews various phonics skills with students.  This particular game focuses on CVCe words--nonsense and real words.

Basically the game comes with a cards that you can cut and laminate.  When you want to play the game you lay the cards out on a table face up.  The "caller" reads a word and the first student to slap the word called keeps the word.  Students can slap with their hand or a fly swatter!

Kids love the game.....set up is simple.....and it can be played at a center!  Great game!!

June 1, 2016

My Summer Bucket List.....a free printable and a linky party!

Summer is coming!

For some of us (including me) it is already here!!!

I know if I don't sit down at the beginning of the summer and consciously make myself a list of things I want to experience, see and do.....then my whole summer will pass me by.  Literally, one day I will wake up and it will be like ....."BAM....it is the first day of school!"

Sooooo.....here is my bucket list! :)

1.  I want to attend a Royals game.....a day at the K is so much fun! :)  Last year was my first time to go to a game.....and I LOVED IT!  Can't wait to go back!

 2. Botanica is a local botanical garden.  We always go to Botanica during Christmas time to see the light displays...but we have never gone when the gardens are in bloom. It is breathtakingly beautiful in the dark with twinkling lights, so I can't imagine how beautiful it will be in the light of day!

3. There are tons of local parks around the Wichita area---and I want to visit some of them this summer!

4. Stearman's Field and Bar is local field strip that also has a restaurant.  You can dine on delicious food and watch the planes fly in!  Locals love it...and I can't wait to experience it!

5. The Hutchinson Salt Mines, Strataca, have been on my bucket list for many summers.  We have just never made the 45 minute trip to visit them.  This summer...I am finally going to do it!

6. Recently I discovered a farm to table establishment that has a cute little cafe and offers berry picking, just north of our city.  It is called Elderslie Farm.....and I plan to go and pick some yummy blackberries this summer!

7.  Wine tasting at a local winery.....need I say more?!?  Can't wait to visit Wheat State Winery!

8.  I need to get some serious organization done!  I need to organize our bills, our garage sale pile, medical receipts, closets, etc.  I am most excited to organize all of our user manuals.  I saw this fun pin....and I can't wait to collect all the manuals and get them in one spot!

9.  I need to catch up ALL of my magazines...I have a huge stack!  I also would like to do some professional and leisure reading.  

10. No summer would be complete if I didn't spend some time creating TPT products.  With so much "free time" now is the perfect time to work on TPT!

So what is on your summer bucket list?  I'd love it if you linked up!!  Maybe we can motivate each other to cross all of our items off our lists! 

You can save the image below, type in your list and add it to your blog post

.....or you can print out by downloading the PDF.  You can do that by clicking here, or clicking on the image below!

Thanks for linking up!