Thursday, February 27, 2014

100th day of school

When did the 100th day of school turn into such a big deal? Many parents asked me this question this year and I didn't really know how to respond. It wasn't something that was celebrated when I was in school but I think it's awesome. The kids really enjoy it and it puts such an emphases on the things they have learned in 100 days -- which seems like an eternity to a five year old. a month ago we had the 100th day of school.  I know, I know a month is a long time ago but I honestly feel like I blinked and February is gone. For the shortest month there sure is a lot to cover in kindergarten! Presidents Day, Valentines Day, 100th Day and Dental Health Month; it is just too much.  Anyway - I digress...back to the 100th day of school.

As a team we decided to go with a superhero theme. We used Mrs. Miner Monkey Business for inspiration but if you would like to buy her packed you can do so by clicking here. (it is really cute and she has great stuff on her TPT page) We sent home plastic table clothes for the students but a few of the K teachers decided to make fabric ones to use year after year. As a teacher that's the goal right -- make it once and use it again and again?!

After googling how to make an adult super hero cape and not really finding anything that tickled my fancy I ran to hobby lobby to pick out some items and just wing it. Now keep in mind I waited till the Wednesday before the 100th day to start this project and it probably wasn't the best idea to only give myself 2 days but hey, I work great under pressure.

Here are the materials I bought:

 A yard of the patterned fabric, half a yard of black fabric, 3 yards of sequins and two bags of buttons.

I started by folding the pattern fabric in half and cutting it into a trapezoid shape. There was no measuring just using the yardstick to assure a straight cut. I then opened it up and sketched a Superman triangle on some paper to check the portions. The only tape I could find at our house was Duck Tape but hey it worked.

I cut the black fabric and used stitch-witchery and my iron to hem it. I also used the stitch-witchery to adhere the back triangle to the patterned fabric.  The sequin trim was added using liquid stitch which can be found with all the fabric glue and is only about 5 dollars. I also used the glue to adhere all the buttons because lets be honest, I was not sewing 100 buttons on this cape!  I used some double bias tape for the top and to tie around my neck.  All and all the was a really simple project that I never even had to take my sewing machine out to complete.

I am really happy with how everything turned out and it held up great all day.  My very favorite part is the matching sequin head band - I mean you can't be a super hero without a head piece right?

Sunday, February 2, 2014

I will survived…

I hope you are sining this title in your best Gloria Gaynor voice.

At first I was afraid I was petrified.
Kept thinking I could never live without humongous thighs….

Ok…sing along is over; back to this post. I survived my first booty barre class on Thursday. I was pleasantly surprised I was not the only newbie in the class which was rather comforting. What was not so comforting was standing next to the Work-Out Barbie. She was honestly one of the prettiest women I have ever seen and was so sweet. Funny part was when I asked if she had been to the class before her response was , "This is only my second time. I usually just run marathons and do kick boxing." Haha…I will never use the words just and marathon in the same sentence EVER.

The class was hard but Destiny (the teacher) was very encouraging. She was motivating without being mean which is always a nice change.  One word I did not love so much was pulse. Destiny loved this word….we would squat, with weights, then she would say this terrible word pulse. My thighs and arms were on fire but it was never unbearable. I loved using the bar to do kicks; it took me right back to my 11 year old self in jazz class.

I was surprised at my lack of soreness when I woke up Friday morning. I mean don't get me wrong I was sore but nothing like I was anticipating. I was feeling pretty good until about halfway though my day - the soreness had set in. Let me remind you that I teach kindergarten and all my furniture is made for 5 and 6 years olds which is not ideal for sore muscles. Kindergarteners will also say whatever is on their mind. Here is a little convo about my soreness that should make you chuckle:

Me: sitting down to read a story and grunting a little
Little Girl: Mrs. Halbrook are you ok? (with the most concerned look on her face)
Me: Oh yes ma'am. I was exercising yesterday and my muscles are just a little sore.
Little Boy: No Mrs. Halbrook your just getting old. Your muscles get sore when you get old.

Don't you just love children.

 Overall I know that I will get better after I have gone a few times and I am really glad I bought the groupon. I think I will grow to love the class even though I did get very sweaty and had to shower the moment I got home. I am also very excited because two of my friends are also joining me in this adventure. They are coming to class with me tomorrow and I am going to track their thoughts and progress on the blog too (Surprise Alison and Melanie)!

Hope everyone had a great weekend and is enjoying their Super Bowl Sunday!