Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

I don't really like Halloween, but being a first grade teacher kind of forces you to dress up and embrace this ridiculous holiday. In the past, I have always been a cow. The reasons being:

-It was only $7 at Wal-Mart
-I refuse to be a witch (so cliche, every does it)
-The only other costumes available were slutty versions. First grade teachers can't be slutty. It's in the handbook.

That being said, I still think I made a pretty cute cow.

Last year, I tried SO HARD to find a different costume, but all I could find were witches, slutty versions, or costumes over $50. That's a bit out of my price range. So, I ended up being a cow... again. I didn't really mind, since I only wore it at school and the children think it is so funny.

This year, I FINALLY found the PERFECT costume. I was in a costume shop in Pocatello and saw it. The Tooth Fairy! But the premade version was $52.99! Yeah right! So my dear friend, Victoria offered to help me create my own version. I have to say, it is much better!

My class LOVED it! And I felt great wearing this costume, instead of the cow. You can't really tell int he picture, but my hair was all glittery. I also had white tights and silver flats.

So from now on, I will be the Tooth Fairy!

I didn't do much celebrating. We had a school carnival on Friday night which I helped out at. Each teacher did their own station and got to keep all the profit. It was a great idea and I ended up earning about $112. Oh the things I can buy...

On Saturday I was too worn out from the busy weeks and needed a day off. But today, my friend Wendy and I made delicious Halloween sugar cookies. My mom's recipe is my all time favorite, and I make them every holiday. You should all feel so lucky I am going to share it with you!

Sugar Cookies
1 cup butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons cream of tarter
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Add vanilla. In a separate bowl, mix together the dry ingredients. Add to butter mixture 1/3 at a time.

Chill 3-4 hours. (But, if you are as impatient as I am, about 30 minutes in the freezer)
Roll 1/4 inch thick
Bake at 375 for about 6 minutes

1 tablespoon soft butter
2 cups icing sugar (or powdered sugar in America)


Thursday, October 28, 2010

check it out

Doesn't it look so beautiful?! I can't believe it is finished. I finally did it! I turned in my master's paper today!!!!!! In two weeks I defend it, and then I am officially a MASTER!!!!!!!!!!

(I'm sorry, but this post really needed a lot of exclamation marks)

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

just call me grandma

Okay, fine. Georgia convinced me. Here is a quick, not very creative post about turning over the hill. I am officially in my late 20s... I'm not too happy about it, but I did have a GREAT time celebrating.

I LOVE my birthday. To me, it should really be a national holiday. And it is so much fun in first grade. A few gave me real gifts, but most gave me drawings, dances, songs, hugs, etc. We celebrated with a color party of rainbow jello jigglers and color bingo. It made them feel like it was a really party and my principal feel like it was still educational.

My spectacular friend Georgia came up from Soda to spend the night with me. We went out to dinner with my friends Wendy and Sarah. It was delightful. We went to Carino's, and since my roommate works there, we got 50% off. THAT was a real treat! Wendy and I shopped at Ross (my new favorite store and part of her lovely gift to me). Georgia made a delicious chocolate torte that we devoured in a matter of two days. Michelle came over for a little visit. It was a fun day!

Birthday Gang

A few days after my birthday, my parents sent my birthday card/gift with Michelle's parents. So I got to celebrate my birthday all over again! Disappointing, right? :) My dad finally trusted me enough to get me a new camera. I have literally had about 63 cameras in my lifetime that have been lost or broken. Now I have this little beauty I am going to take care of. Promise.

Another update: I have exactly 22 days before I turn in my master's paper. Then 14 days after that I defend my paper and officially become a Master! Bring it.

On a side note, don't I have the cutest nieces/nephews ever? This is sweet little Gus showing you his awesome/spooky trick.