Sunday, November 20, 2011

Project 365

A picture a day for 365 days...a year's worth of fun!

Sunday ~ 317/365
Sunday November 13, 2011

Sunday night one of Ryan's old student's came over for dinner. The boys love Diana and were so excited that she came over for tacos! She graduated last year and is attending ASU this year.

Monday November 14, 2011

Monday night Ryan & I headed to The Men's Wearhouse to order a tux for a formal dinner we are attending in December...Oh La La!! We are flying to NYC for a quick overnighter to see his dad inducted into the college football hall of fame. We are SO very excited as we have never been there before.


Tuesday November 15, 2011 I took this pic Tuesday morn before heading to school...I loved the silhouette of Brendan sitting in front of the tree playing.

After dinner I dusted off my running shoes and took a power walk with a fellow teacher. I am sad to report that I haven't worked out in like forever, so tonight was a great night to start up again. Andrea & I power walked around our sub...we were amazed that we could talk as fast as we could walk!

Wednesday November 16, 2011

If I haven't said it before...I'm gonna say it now...I LOVE LOVE LOVE the new school that the boys and I transferred to this past August. The teachers, admin, students and families are ALL amazing. We actually do educationally fun things...I know, imagine that! I had worked at my other school for 4 years (in the same district) and we were never allowed to take field trips...not the case at my new school!

Today was the annual Kinder Field Trip to the FARM!!! So much fun! 5 classes went with at least 10 chaperones from each class went to enjoy a fun filled day learning about corn, vegetables, animals and so much more! We also got to go in the corn maze, feed the animals, pick fresh veggies, play on the playground and take a train/tractor ride. I had as much fun as the students did!

Above it a class picture right after we came out of the corn maze (so much fun!) and below is my class in the HUGE vegetable garden. We got to pick beets, squash, cucumbers and cilantro.

(I took close to 300 photos for my class facebook page!!)

Thursday November 17, 2011

I needed a picture for today so right before I headed off to bed I snapped one of my Christmas tree from the bottom looking up. It finally has been fully decorated, but this is the only part of my house to be in the festive mood so far! I was unsure about putting it up so early, but now that it is up, I am loving it...what's a few more weeks to enjoy the season!

Friday November 18, 2011

One Friday a month we dub it DONUT was that day! At our local supermarket they have a promo going that when you buy a dozen donuts you get half a dozen more for free...18 donuts for the price of 12...can't beat that! And the teachers and their kids are loving it too, as we share (otherwise I would EAT THEM ALL!!)

Our school held a toilet paper drive to help a local homeless shelter this week. Apparently this is a yearly drive and they compete against a few other schools to see who can collect the most rolls of TP to donate. Our school has one the TP Trophy (oh yes there's a trophy!) 4 out of the last 5 years! Last I heard we were in the lead this year as well! The class with the most collected rolls gets to mummify our Principal too! class didn't collect the most in the school, BUT we did collect 158 rolls...I think they did a GREAT job! And for a great cause!


Saturday November 19, 2011

This morning I registered the boys for winter basketball season which will start at the beginning of January and run for about 9 weeks or so. Thankfully this year they will be able to be on the same team. Every other year we get to waive Colin up to the big boys team since he only misses the cut off date by a month. Makes our Saturdays so much easier. They will be playing for the same coach they played for last year...he is a great guy (who is also their baseball coach)!

It was also Mom/Colin Boy day to make his Christmas wish list. I went with Brendan last weekend. We started out at Wal-Mart before heading to Target, Culver's for lunch, then to Hobby Lobby and finally Toys R Us.

So now both boys have their Christmas Wish List complete!

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Project 365

A picture a day for 365 days...a year's worth of fun!

Sunday ~ 305/365
Sunday November 6, 2011

Sunday was a super lazy day at the McCraken started off with some french toast {YUM} with left over Italian bread and then led into laundry and cleaning and lesson planning and anything else I could do in my jammies! It was also clean the football equipment day! The boys' season ended yesterday with a HUGE win over another pee wee team in their association, and with that we are done with football, so that means it's time to clean the equipment and get it ready for hand-in which takes place on Tuesday night. Ryan's season is done too and his team's equipment hand in is Wednesday...and the only thing left is party time!

Ryan being silly wearing one of the boys' helmets!

Monday November 7, 2011

Last week I posted a picture of Brendan and his friend Jack, the 2 spelling bee representatives for their 6th grade class; well this morning was the school wide spelling bee. There were 2 class representatives from each class from grades 4th-8th. I was not able to attend {insert sad face here} since it was during school hours, but thankfully grandma came to the rescue and was able to cheer him on (and take some pics for me! lol) He didn't fare too well and was out in the first round, but nonetheless I am very proud of him for getting up there and doing his best!

After school and my meetings, I came home to hurry up and wrap up a birthday present and get it in the mail for Model's birthday; you may know here as Mimi's middle child! I am TERRIBLE when it comes to getting boxes to my BFFs on time back in MI so I was determined to get it to her before her big day! (and I did it!)


Tuesday November 8, 2011

Football equipment hand in day...they were sad to see it go, I am happy to have less mess and grass in my house!

Today was the day that my kindergarteners turned in their Tom Turkeys in their Thanksgiving day disguises to hide from the farmer. I think they did great and I got some really creative disguises, with my favorite being the bush! Others included a football player, a football field, a pig, a dog, an hot air balloon, a peacock, a star wars clone trooper, Elmo, a rainbows as well as the cereal, pasta and rice decoed ones!

Brendan posing with our principal Mrs. T. She is sporting a Wildcat spirit shirt because of a little wager she lost this football season. You see...her hubby coaches football for one of Ryan's in-district rivals so at the beginning of the season we made a friendly little wager...loser had to wear winner's spirit shirt. Well here she is...sporting one of mine since WCHS Wildcats TRAMPLED over the stallions of SRHS a few weeks ago! I think she wears it well...don't you?!

Wednesday November 9, 2011

Tonight I met Crystal for our monthly happy hour meeting...I am loving this happy hour thing btw! And she brought me this....OH MY YUMMINESS!! This is my most favoritest kind of candy and you can only find it at Christmas time! Thanks are amazing!

Thursday November 10, 2011

Since tomorrow is Veteran's Day, today was the last school day of our week! Can I get a WOO HOO! The end to a very short, but busy it was decided that mom didn't have to cook tonight {thankyouverymuch}; so Jack in the Box was brought home to feast on picnic style while watching football (shocking, I know!). I {heart} curly fries and definitely do not indulge in them as much as I should!

Friday November 11, 2011

Today is Veteran's Day {thanks to all those who have served or are serving to keep me & my family safe, especially my papa and dad...YOU ROCK!} and since we have no school we, my mom, sister, me and the kids, decided to go shopping. We headed to the was like it was the week before Christmas.

And while we were walking around looking at the Christmas decor and listening to the Christmas music (already)...guess who we saw...that's right...


...are you kiddin' me?! The elf said he has been there since November 4th. I was shocked!


Saturday November 12, 2011

Busy Saturday in store for the McCraken started out on the football field...wait deja vu...our season has ended, so why am I on the football field this Saturday??! Well good friend Bric plays in a different league on a different team and had a game so the boys, of course, wanted to go...cuz what's a Saturday without being on the football field?! Apparently I will never know!

Then after lunch it was that time again for our annual mom/son Christmas list trip! This is when I go with each son to stores of their choice so that they can write our their Christmas wish list. It also includes either a fun snack or lunch date as well! Since Brendan is the oldest, he was up first. We headed to Toy R Us, Wal-Mart, GameStop, Hobby Lobby, Micheal's and he picked Starbucks for his treat. It was a fun time with my weekend...Colin Boy's turn!

When Bren & I got home I found Colin and Ryan pulling out the Christmas tree...WHAT?! He {Ryan} has been bugging to put up the tree for almost a week the sneakily little thing that he is pulled it out while I wasn't home! So, yes, it's November 13th and the McCraken's have their Christmas tree up and decorated...sigh... does like very festive though...I do have to admit!

I also tried my hand at making cake pops. I love to bake and have been wanting to try these for forever. The cake is lemon cake with butter cream frosting dipped in mild chocolate and while chocolate. For my first time I think they turned out great and they taste amazing! I will make them again definitely; Brendan is asking for chocolate as he is not a lemon fan!

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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Project 365

A picture a day for 365 days...a year's worth of fun!

Sunday ~ 298/365
Sunday October 30, 2011

Sunday night the boys drew, cleaned and carved their own pumpkins into jack o'lanterns. This is a first for the carving. They did pretty good considering! (lol) Colin's is the one of the left and Brendan's is the one on the right.

Monday October 31, 2011

Monday night daddy made it home from football practice just in time to see us off trick or our house it is ALL about the candy!! Grandma & Grandpa came over too...daddy and grandpa handed out candy while grandma and I walked around with Frankenstein and the football player!
got candy?!


Tuesday November 1, 2011

Tuesday during practice Colin took a helmet to the knee. He was down for about 10 minutes (a scary 10 minutes!) but was able to walk off the field on his own. He spent the rest of practice watching from the sidelines with ice. We had him checked out the next day with WCHS's athletic trainer who diagnosed him with a badly bruised knee.

Wednesday November 2, 2011

Wednesday morning was our school's 1st quarter honor roll assembly. Brendan made Principal's List (all As) and Colin made Honor Roll (all As & Bs). So proud of my boys!!

Today we also got back their picture retakes....SOSOSO much better than the originals...dontchya think?!

Thursday November 3, 2011

Brendan & his friend and classmate Jack....these 2 are the 6th grade representatives from their class who won the spelling bee...they have been practicing together before and after school each day preparing for the school wide spelling bee which will be held on Monday Nov. 7th.

Friday November 4, 2011

Friday night led us to WCHS's first play-off game in 2 years. We played a team that we had lost too earlier this season, but the coaches and players had a great week of practices and were really pumped up. The captains at mid field for the coin toss.

See #12...yea, that's our kicker...a sophomore...oh yea, she's a girl!

(and she's AWESOME!)

Ryan's defense was on fire tonight...allowing only 28 points by the coyotes...they only gave up 140 total yards averaging 2.8 yards per carry...too bad the offense wasn't as on as the defense was...

Putting the quarter back on his back...again!

We ended up losing, but Ryan was pumped with the way his boys played! The Wildcats ended their season 7-4.

WCHS Wildcats 0 - CHS Coyotes 30

Great Season Wildcats!!


Saturday November 5, 2011

Saturday it actually felt like fall here in AZ...temps in the 60s...I wore a sweatshirt and it was football weather! Too bad it was the last game of the season! lol

The Cats were up against the Lions; the other pee wee team in their league. The team and both boys had an amazing game...they both started on both sides of the ball; and since we were up by so much at half time, they were putting all of the players in at all positions! Both of them were able to play running back for a carry and Colin tried kicker for a kick off!!


And just like that our football season has come to an end. All equipment will be handed in on Tuesday and banquets will be the first weekend in December.

What will I ever do with all of my free time?! lol That is until basketball season starts!

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