Friday, December 26, 2014

Merry Belated Christmas

Merry Belated Christmas.

I really thought about blogging yesterday, but browsing Forever 21's website and watching Baby M jump on top of his activity cube like Superman took precedent.

Because I totally need that aztec sweater, that super cute polka dot top and those cheapo gemstone earrings...well maybe.

...and watching M get into all his new toys is the best thing EVER.

Christmas is always interesting when you're Jewish.
I've already been thinking of the ways I'm going to explain to Miles how we celebrate Chanukah and then how am I going to explain the tree covered in lights and tinsel??

What if he asks me if I believe in Santa?
Do I lie?

The truth is...the older I get the more I believe in the spirit of Christmas.
I enjoy the thought of people getting a giving spirit around the Holidays.
I like the pine, the lights and the smells of Cinnamon, Peppermint and Vanilla lurking around.
I love the idea of being grateful for those you have in your life and showing them your love.

I hope the holidays inspire M to give to others when he's older.
I hope he's inspired to want to give his time and money to those who need it rather than himself.
My other hope is that he nevers forgets his faith and where he came from spiritually.

This little light of mine,
I'm gonna let it shine
This little light of mine,
I'm gonna let it shine
This little light of mine,
I'm gonna let it shine
Let it shine,
Let it shine,
Let it shine.
Always let your light shine Baby M.

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.
Hug the ones you love!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

A High Five for Elf on a Shelf...

"The electricity bill tastes really good, Mom!"

I don't know who created Elf on the Shelf and I don't really care but I think it's absolutely brilliant.

The entire month, I get to remind my preschoolers that their elves are watching and ready to report to Santa if they're not making the right choices. These elves are making these children behave like absolute angels.

There isn't stuff being thrown across the room.
They are not fighting over toys.
They're SHARING with one another.
They have their listening ears on (well, the majority of the time).
They are not jumping off the furniture.
They are using the bathroom properly and washing their hands.
They are drawing only on paper.
They even are not trying to only eat their fruit snacks for lunch..."Ms. Jenn, I ate all of my sandwich!"

...and my most favorite, I'm not hearing my preschoolers say to one another "You're not my friend anymore!"

After December, my next question is what character comes to report to Santa the rest of the year?

Also, I need to think a solution for when M is older.
He clearly (and cutely), does what he wants!
Do I make him a small Maccabee (we're Jewish) that travels around our house?

Meanwhile, M is smiling right now at me...plotting his next move...

What do you think of Elf on a Shelf?

Sunday, November 30, 2014

You Need a Slim Jim

Sunday mornings are my "me time." Well, at least for the part of the morning where I run our errands.
Grocery shopping, Getting gas in my Car, buying knick nacks and supplies for my classroom are the norm.

This morning I set out to get coffee, buy more ink for my printer, get groceries and head to the dollar store.

The dollar store sucks me in EVERY TIME.
...Kind of like Target but worse.

The following thoughts run through my head:
"I totally could use more foam stickers!"
"Let's get five, it's only a dollar a piece!"
"The kids will love these! Let's buy it for my prize box."
"Buy two, in case you run out!"
"I'll definitely find a use for this!"
"...But I need it."
"This is just adorable!"


So after my cart full of stuff because I just had to buy the Star Wars Wrapping Paper, Christmas Pencils, Holiday Socks and the things I actually came for... I was approached by a boy (probably age 5) standing in line with his Mother...

Kid: *Holding up a Slim Jim* "Do you need any Slim Jims?"
Me: "No, I don't think so."
His Mother: *calling his name* "Not everyone likes Slim Jims."
Kid: "That's it!" *pause* "You probably already have enough at home already!"
His Mother: "Not everyone is like you and your Father! She probably doesn't like them."
Me: "I don't have any Slim Jims at home, i'm not really a fan."
Kid: "They're nice and spicy!" *Tries to hand me the package with the Slim Jim and Cheese Stick*
His Mother: "Put it down please *name*, not everyone needs Slim Jims."

I don't need Slim Jims, but apparently I needed all this other miscellaneous stuff because it was only a dollar.

What did I go to the dollar store for? Ribbon, Gift stickers and wrapping paper.
Hope my Secret Santa loves her gifts.

I'd buy her a Slim Jim, but I don't think she needs any. :)

Knock on Wood

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Conversations with Three Year Olds

unifinished studio drawings, 2012.

I can't count how many times my preschoolers say something really great and that I wish I would of written it down.
It happens all the time.

Here are some recent gems:

x: "Do you know what to tell someone when they are mean to you?"
Me: "No, What do you tell them?"
x: "You tell them that you like their pants!"
Me: "That you like their pants? Really?"
x: "Yes! You say... I really like your shirt and your pants!"
Me: "Okay, I'll try that next time!"

x: *singing* "Ms. Jenn has a great big arm! Great big arm..."
Me: "What??"
x: "Ms. Jenn!!! I just love your great big arms!"

x: "Why isn't the CD player working?"
Me: "Because it keeps eating my CDs."
x2: "Well tell it to stop, you shouldn't eat CDs!"

You can find some more gems here:
Conversations with Four Year Olds
Appreciation and Four Year Old Quotes

Happy Saturday!

Friday, November 28, 2014

I am Still Here

So I realized that I haven't blogged in almost 6 months.
I actually really love to blog. I would still blog if no one read it.

I simply didn't blog because my life got busier and I didn't want to force badly written entries.
So what did I do with my time?

In August, I was promoted. Still working for the same school, I switched locations and now teach 3 (and 4) year olds. My job is incredibly challenging and rewarding at the same time. The only complaint I have is the money. However, I love going to work.

I plan to post some of my various crafts at some point.

In September, I spent lovely weather weekends outside with baby M. We did things like going Blackberry Picking. M could really make quite the farmer if he wants to be one.

In October, Baby M was a Burrito for Halloween and I made his costume. My preschoolers decorated fall trees, pumpkins and made cookies.

In November, I read my kids Pete the Cat's "White Shoes" over and over again. Goodness, No!

Baby M turned 9 months. He's into everything. Meanwhile, I'm trying to teach my preschoolers their Christmas Pageant songs...

Hide it under a bushel? NO!
I'm gonna let it shine!
Let it Shine, Let it Shine, Let it Shine.

I also took down my artist website. This is something that I had debated for a long time. My time at Graduate School is something I would like to forget.

So that's a very brief look into what's been going on in my life...

I will try to blog more. I am definitely miss the world of Bloggin'.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Blogmopolitan Quiz: Round 3

Oh snap! The Blogmopolitan Quiz is back!
Join in on the fun over at Two Thirds Hazel

Come join the fun, I'd love to see your "quiz."
Blogmopolitan Quiz on Two Thirds Hazel

Monday, July 21, 2014

Grateful Heart

I am incredibly grateful for moments like this...
My ninety-one year old Grandfather with my 24 week old son.
Here they are sharing a laugh over baby M's Thomas the train.
I'm blessed to have them both in my life and I learn so much for each one of them.

My grandfather inspires me to make art and go after everything I dreamed of.
He never let me say that I can't do something.
He encourages me to try hard at everything I do.

Baby M looks up at me and I feel like I want to give him the world.
I plan to give him all that I can and then some.

My aim is to keep them... proud. happy. smiling.

I am filled with a #gratefulheart when I think about these two.

Ember Grey

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Things My Husbands Says (No.3)

Being a preschool teacher, I come home talking about things that include bathroom stories.
One of those conversations recently lead to this gem my husband said on Potty training...

Husband: "When we train M to go potty in the toilet, we will use cheerios."
Me: "Like treats for my dogs?!?!"
Husband: "No, we'll throw them in the toilet and pretend they are aliens for him to shoot down."
Me: "Where did you even get that idea from?"
Husband: "I just came up with it."
Me: "...and then we can give him M&Ms like my Mom did with my brother."

It's a little early for potty training, but at least we have some ideas. ;)

Monday, July 14, 2014

Another Grateful Monday I don't do this, but this perfectly describes my love for food.

It's Monday, which means it's time for me to write about a few things that I'm currently grateful for.


My son's recent high pitched giggling noise.
It makes me laugh which makes him giggle even more. Cheesy motherhood moment.


My husband's goofy one liners.
He's running around the house referring to Baby M as his Gucci and his line "Got a long shift at work but I'll make it through my posting lots of selfies. YOLO." Cracked me up completely.


Martha Stewart's line of glues.
A girl is becoming addicted. Decoupage glue? Tiny glue pens? This white glue with a top that screws on... I need it all.


Wendy's Chocolate Junior Frosty.
A small bit of frozen heaven enjoyed during my lunch break today.


The Whisper App.
I enjoy reading other secrets and skimming through the posts when insomnia strikes.


Sleep, sweet sweet sweet Sleep. Why did I fight naps so much as a kid?

What are you Grateful for today?

Grateful Heart Monday

Saturday, July 12, 2014

I am Back!

Hey ladies and gents, I'm back to my regular returned schedule of blogging. FINALLY.
I now am back to my scheduled free time now that my certification courses for work are finished.

I debated what I would write about first... but to keep it simple because it's a Saturday, I decided to make a playlist!

Some Saturday tunes currently being played in my living room...

Iggy Azalea - Fancy (Explicit) ft. Charli XCX

Notorious B.I.G.- Juicy

Ingrid Michaelson - Girls Chase Boys

The Bouncing Souls - Lean on Sheena

Charli XCX - Boom Clap

Katy Perry ft. Juicy J - Dark House

Anberlin - Godspeed

I'm off to hang out with Baby M and go to a work thing later...

What's on your Saturday Playlist?

The Grits Blog

Thursday, June 12, 2014

It's the Little Friday Link up!

Hey ladies and gents,

I promise I'll be back to regularly blogging sometime soon.

I'm just filled with distractions like:
-Baby M talking away making cooing sounds for hours at a time (It's really cute, I promise).
-Falling Asleep during Orange is the New Black episodes because I'm so exhausted yet I waited months for this.
-Pondering over being docked three points off my essay in my Child Development class.
-Hacking up all kinds of fun stuff, thanks allergy season!
-Debating which days I should take off of work and if I did, if I would even leave the house.
-Should I or should I not cut all my hair off.
-I have a preschool song stuck in my head, "Days of the Week, Days of the week....there is Sunday and Monday and..." It probably doesn't help that my husband sings "What's the weather like?" every morning.

But here's the good news... I'm co-hosting the little Friday link up over on one of my favorite blogs...

...So Let's Link up!

  Ash (Follow Here!) // Lindsay (Follow Here!) //  Jenn (Follow Here)

Rules are there are no rules! 

Please link-up to whatever you like! 

All that we ask is, if you wish, please follow us via the links above and that you link back to this blog - so that other's can join in and mingle! 

Happy Little Friday Everyone!

The Grits Blog

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Wishful Wednesday

On this beautiful Wednesday in June, I have a couple of wishes for the summertime.

One. I have yet to see baby M rolling.

How do I know that he is rolling?
Well, every time I check on him sleeping in the crib, he is in a different direction then how I laid him to sleep.
Also, my husband has told me he's watched him roll to his side, then stomach and then the other side.
...yet Miley doesn't do it for me. Despite my husband saying, "Come over here and show your Mom!"

He smiles and lays flat until I put him on the changing table. He grabs at his feet and giggles while I attempt to change him. I have a little jokester on my hands. Can I just wish to see him roll (in a safe place) for me to see for myself?

Two. I'm ready to be done with my school work and become "senior staff" at my job.

I love my job, which is why I'm pursuing more education. However, it is currently taking several hours away from spending time with little M, my husband and my Mom. I am wishing for June to speed along and for it to be July already. July has always been one of my favorite months. Bring on the fireworks, baseball, swimming pools, sea glass hunting with Mom, playing with M and my wedding Anniversary. Bring on hours to potentially have some free time in my life again.

What are your Wednesday wishes?

Love the Here and Now

Monday, June 2, 2014

In the Top 5.

Worst Nightmare, Graphite and Watercolor, 2013.

I have been really stressed about life lately.
...M is sleeping in his own room. School work. Job Stress.

My days revolve around getting M ready for school, working, coming home, washing laundry and bottles, playing with M and bed. Somehow, I manage fitting in my school work and eating in between.

It's rare that I feel like I'm getting enough time to spend on one task.
On Wednesday, I finished one of my classes I needed for my Preschool Certifications.

Today I received this email from the professor:
Jennifer, Well done! You have designed a developmentally appropriate unit theme for preschoolers with opportunities for learning in all domains, and for children to explore their interests. You should be able to put this to use in your work with preschoolers. I wish you continued success in your career! Congratulations, you are among the top 5 students in this class! Please keep in touch about how this unit works when you implement it.

It feels like someone just gave me the perfect high five.
My final project was 34 pages in length.
There were eleven lesson plans based around the "Ocean." Technically, more but written less formally in extension activities.
I was dedicated to getting a 100 on the final and I did.
I scored a 99.6% in the class.

I am grateful for the comment about being in the Top 5. My hard work did not go unnoticed when sometimes I feel like I am treading water trying to get all the things I need to get done every day.

This was the pick me up that I needed.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Making Friends

Making Friends, mixed media collage in my sketchbook, 2014.

I have been thinking a lot about the concept of making friends.

Do you remember back to the time when you thought every kid in your class was your friend?
I witness this everyday and sometimes I wish I could go back to that time when the thought of friendship was so simple.

At the same time, I also witness: "He told me we're not friends anymore." Followed by tears.
...It's usually over their "Friend" having too many linking cubes of one color, not wanting to share the princess barbie or better yet hogging the marker they want to use.
These kids have no idea how lucky they are to have friends who love them unconditionally for the most part.

Soon enough, you are older and you no longer identify every person you interact with as a friend.
You have moved. Gone to a different School. Found a new interest. Simply lost contact.

It becomes harder to make friends.


And my experience lately, has been thinking about a friend I lost a few years ago.
I never thought he would go from being my best friend to my ex-friend.

I'll share more soon, Art imitates life after all.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Where I've been...

Where have I been?

Busy. Busy doing the following things...

...Making Octopus tentacles for imaginary lesson plans.
...Chasing down pre-schoolers running away from the Warthog cage at the Zoo.
...Getting emotional over old episodes of the MTV show Catfish. "It's just so saddddd."
...wishing I was asleep.
...Pondering why Kass is still on Survivor, vote her off already!
...Thinking of blog posts but forgetting to write those ideas down.
...Dreaming of building Sand Castles with Baby M.
...Reorganizing my collection of pens and markers.
...Laughing at Baby M twerking during Tummy time.
...Being excited the Sour Patch Kids now include Blue gummies.
...Dancing a lot in my car.

What have you been busy doing??

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

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Sunday, May 4, 2014

To the Moms Out There...

Like many other posts, this one was inspired by my Pre-K students.
You see we are working on stuff for this holiday sometimes referred to as Mother's Day.

"This is my mom. Her name is ________. She is _________."

"What do you want to say about your Mom? What is she like? What do you love about her?"

The response:
Caring. Nice. Kind. Loving. Fun. Pretty. Beautiful. Smart. Helpful. Loving. Lovable.

Thank you to all the moms out there who encompass all of those things that a 4 year old defines as being a good Mother.

Thank you for putting up with temper-tantrums over the most ridiculous things, drying your child's tears and being positive role models.

Thank you for your patience, understanding and love.
I can never thank my own Mother enough for all that she does.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Second Guessing

This post is a reminder to myself and maybe to others that need it, that I need to stop Second Guessing.
That I should trust my own intuition.

Sketchbook pages, found images, graphite, colored pencil, 2013.

Being a student again for the next few months, has started an old habit that I need to quit... Second Guessing.

I define Second Guessing as being unsure of your first thought, idea or action.
It's a bad habit I have had for a long time. I was never good at multiple choice tests as a child because while I knew the right answer, I was paranoid about their being too many letter C's in a row. Second guessing myself also took up chunks of my time while I was in Graduate School fussing over small paint strokes and what do with the "empty space" in my drawings.

Last night, I told my husband my classwork is taking me twice is long as it should because I constantly Second Guess myself when it comes to writing down my thoughts even though I know the material. I change how I have written things over and over again until what I wanted to say is no longer on paper. He told me that I am smart and that I should just do what comes naturally.

As we tell the children in our Preschool classroom, "Just make a choice, it's okay if it's wrong."
Sometimes I am way too hard on myself on such simple things and I need to stop that negative behavior. I just need to make a choice and stick with it.

In the sketchbook pages above, I made direct choices where I placed things and how I created. I trusted my hand and my mind and this is a behavior that I need to use in my day to day again.

Do you ever Second Guess your decisions?

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Now Let's De-Stress

It has been a very long and trying week.

I have a list of things constantly spinning around in my head.
Meanwhile, there is never enough time to ever finish things around the house.

Then there is this guy...

Smiling away at me when...

...he wakes up in the morning.
...he is done with that thing he hates called bath time.
...after he eats half his bottle and I'm dabbing his mouth with a burp cloth.
...when I play peek a boo with him on the floor.
...when I pick up his stuffed Octopus and it's making noise.
...Dad walks in the door.

I have been so stressed out over things I cannot control and then that little guy stops me in my tracks, every time.

Please don't ever stop smiling Miley.

Friends, how do you De-stress yourself?

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Conversations with Four Year Olds

If you're new to my blog, I teach Pre-K and I love writing down some of the funny/strange/fun stuff my students say.
Welcome to another addition of Conversations with Four Year Olds...

(Introducing Mr. Jones to the blog)

X: "Ms. Jenn, do fish swim like this?" *motions arms*
Me: "Sea turtles swim like that."
X: "Do you have a fish?"
Me: "Yes, his name is Mr. Jones."
*numerous giggles and children saying "Mr. Jones?!!?" over and over again*
X: "Are you sure his name isn't Mr. Jonesy Wonsey Tonesy Bonesy Conesy?"
Me: "Pretty sure, but maybe I should call him that. Do you think he would like it?"
X: "YEAHHHHHH! But why do you call him Mr. Jones?"
Me: "Because he's regal, like royalty...he needs the mister."
X: "Ohhhhh! That makes sense."

X: "Ms. Jenn, did you know you eat the same Ranch that I eat with my carrots?"
Me: "Yes, except I eat the light kind with less calories."
X: "Oh yeah, I eat the dark kind of Ranch Dressing."

There is never a dull moment.

The Grits Blog

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Life Happens

I have been slacking on blogging...

...Not because of the lack of ideas to write about but because life happens.

Any extra minutes I can spend with my little one or husband lately I cherish.

The pile of laundry, scribbled notes and clutter are not going anywhere but I only have so many minutes in the day to watch Miley grow or to talk to my husband.

I'm also starting a new chapter in my life for the next few months... I am officially a student again.
I will be working on my Pre-school certification. I'm excited to "get it over with" because I love my job and I want the job security.

Wish me luck.