Friday, December 23, 2011

Polar Express 2011!


For about 9 years now, we've taken the girls to Williams, Arizona for their Polar Express experience. We ride the train to the North Pole (through a magic tunnel), where Santa climbs on board and gives each child a bell. En route, we listen to the story being read and relive the magic of Christmas.

The girls are 13 and 12 now, so this may be our last year. It's bittersweet, seeing them grow up, but I want to squeeze every ounce of childhood that I can from them for as long as I can!

Happy Holidays, everyone!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Happy 100th Day of School!

As a 2nd grade teacher, I like to get the kids excited about little things that make me excited. Our 100th day is on January 25th, 2011 and I made these fake $100 bills with their faces (blurred for their protection) on them. On the back is a sticker that says, "It's the 100th Day of school and you are worth 100 bucks! Love, Mrs. Berenter January 25th, 2011."

My daughter's 1st grade teacher made these for her (she is now in 6th grade) and she still has hers. I've always wanted to make them and this is my 2nd year doing it. About $5 and a few hours of my time for a fun keepsake!






Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A few more Christmas pics...



Christmas...come and gone!






Well the Christmas holiday has come and gone and as usual, it was fun, yet crazy! The girls had a great Christmas, in spite of the fact that they gave us little to nothing as ideas for gifts! They are at a weird in-between stage where toys don't thrill them and yet teenage stuff doesn't, either.

We still managed to find things to thrill them and also enjoyed the company of Steve's mom, who came to Arizona for 5 days. She joined us on our annual trip to the Polar Express in Williams, as well as some time cavorting in the snow in Flagstaff. We also went to see Zoo Lights at the Phoenix Zoo...phew, we packed in a lot!

Soon it will be back to the grind....but for now, we have our good times to sustain us!







Sunday, December 5, 2010

I'm a happy scrapping teacher!




Look at all this amazing scrap stuff! Yesterday I went to the Bazzill "Teacher Appreciation Day" at Bazzill's warehouse in Chandler, AZ. A coworker of mine shared the invitation with me and I have been counting down the days like a kid at Christmas since then! It consisted of waiting in a line for 3 hours (!) even though I got there 5 minutes after they were to be opened. Then, about 8 people at a time were let into a portion of the warehouse (20 or so total people at a time inside) to fill TWO boxes of FREE stuff! There was paper, ribbons, albums, brads, flowers, boxed projects, etc. In other words, Nirvana for a scrapbooker!

I know it's a tax write-off for them, but seriously? This was out of control! You could buy extra boxes for $5 each (what????) and people were walking out with 8-10 boxes. I myself purchased two extras and ended up with over $250 worth of supplies for $10!

I have always shopped all brands pretty equally because I choose what I like based on how it appeals to me personally. But now? Yeah, Bazzill has a customer for life! Thanks, Bazzill!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Tonto Natural Bridge





A couple of months ago Steve suggested that we all go to the Tonto Natural Bridge near Payson, Arizona. It will soon be closed due to budget cuts. I find it ironic that we as a country are pouring millions of dollars into a presidential "goodwill" trip, but things like education and nature are being put on the back burner. *sigh*

Anyway, since I'm new to blogging, I thought I'd fiddle around and post some pictures of our trip. The bridge was truly spectacular; a day to remember for sure!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

My very first post!



Hello, blog-reading world! My sister Teri convinced me to start a blog; something I had thought of doing for a little while now. If you're reading this, then you must be pretty bored! Nah, just kidding!

I'll try to keep you mildly amused but I gotta warn ya, my life is not exactly the stuff of legends! Still, if you are meandering around blog world, you might find something here to entertain you. Here's hoping...!