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Celebrations

Surprise!!

So kiddo and I went out yesterday and did a little shopping and took care of some errands.  When we got home, there was a message on the answering machine from my Dad.  I couldn’t figure out why since I’d just talked to him early in the morning.  So, I call them right away to see what’s up.

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Low and behold, they inform me that they’ve decided to come see us THIS weekend!!  My mom has declared this a little mini-vacation.  She’s determined that she’s not going anyplace or do anything the whole time that she’s here.  YAY!!  I’m so happy and excited.  I love my parents so much and I love it when they do little things like this.  It’s a different schedule than usual though because Mom has to be back to work on Monday instead of them leaving as usual on Monday.  But, they’re also arriving a day earlier than usual!

I’m so looking forward to some special family time.  To top it all off, we’re supposed to have a cool down and possibly get a little much needed rain.  It should make for a wonderful weekend and for some enjoyable time together.  Now, it’s time to plan my menu!!

What do you have going on??  Any surprises in your life??

 

 

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Happy 4th of July

I want to wish all my family, friends, and readers a very….

4th of July

So proud to be an American where I can think what I want, despite the disagreement of the others.  

Home of the free because of the brave!!

God Bless the USA!!

 

 

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Grand Opening Sale at TN!!

The doors of “The Schoolhouse” are officially open at Teachers Notebook.  To celebrate, I’m holding a Grand Opening SALE!!

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My entire shop is on sale for 25% OFF for 1 week.  If there’s anything that you need to prepare for next year, now’s the time to get it!!  Don’t forget, I have educational and Christian printables available for all your needs!!

Be sure to follow my shop so that you know when I add more products….and I’ll be adding them all week long.  Also, you’ll find out when I hold other sales and offer specials, just for my followers.

To check out my sale, just click the button above and it’ll take you right to my shop!!

 

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Vacation Bible School

I’ve been making VBS (Vacation Bible Schools) printables for the past several years.  I do it especially for a lady that’s in one of my Y!Groups.  I think I’ve only missed one year, and I just go too busy and ran out of time.   I believe that was last year for 2013.  I’m once again working on stuff for this year!! 

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This is a list of all the posts that I’ve done for my VBS printables.  They’re all related to LifeWay VBS themes.  Here are all the VBS posts….

Round Up for VBS with the Saddle Ridge Ranch theme

VBS:  NYC – Big Apple Adventure with the Big Apple Adventure theme

V.B.S. – Amazing Wonders Aviation with the Amazing Wonders Aviation theme

V.B.S. – More Amazing Wonders Aviation with the Amazing Wonders Aviation theme

I’m also working on the Agency D3 theme for this year.  I’m hoping to have them uploaded and posted very soon.  I’m happy with how they’ve come so far and can’t wait to make them available to my group member….and all of you, my readers.

If you use any of these printables, please leave a comment or use the “contact” button in the right hand column of this blog.  I love to hear from those that use my materials and find out how they are used in class!!

 

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I’m 6 Years Old!!

Alright, so it’s not me….it’s the blog!!

 

Commotion is 6 years old today.  I can’t believe that!!  Time has gone so fast.  

I know that I blog a lot less than I used to, but I still enjoy it.  I feel like I’ve finally taken ownership of it made this blog all mine.  That means that I had to give up on the idea of having lots of followers and readers, but it was a sacrafice worth making.  It allows me to blog about whatever I want and not just stick to one single topic.

Normally, I’d give you a bunch of stats from the past year.  I can’t do that this year, as I moved the blog to a hosted domain.  My stats only count from that point on.  That is by far, the biggest event on the blog in the past year.  The move was a lot of work, but it was well worth it.  I’m still working on moving files and making sure that links work.  In addition to that, I still get plenty of visitors on the old blog looking for my printables.  Despite signs and notes that I moved, they haven’t found there way to this new location yet.  I have hopes though!!

What has your year been like??  What do you like or dislike about the “new” blog??  What do you want to see more of….or even less of??  Let me know your thoughts on Commotion, as I always love to hear from my readers!!

 

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Holy Week Begins

Today marks the start of Holy Week and culminates on Easter Sunday. This is such a somber time and a time for reflection. It is also a time to celebrate. Today is such a day….a day to celebrate Jesus’ triumphal entry to Jerusalem.

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I want to wish all of you, my family, my friends, and my readers and followers, a very Happy Palm Sunday and wishes for a Blessed Holy Week!!

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Montessori Stations

I’ve been trying to decide what printables to make for Easter.  While taking notes for the ideas that are going through my head, I found some beautiful art work for Stations of the Cross.  

I decided to make some Montessori inspired 3-part cards.  Each card has the beautiful art work on it to match to the clearly marked station, along with the event.  These are quite ink intensive, but I believe that they’re well worth it.  I think these are going to be a lovely addition to a lesson on the Stations of the Cross.

Here’s a sample of the 3-part cards….

StationsOfTheCross Montessori 3PartCards byElaine SAMPLE

 

The images/art are from an internet source and is believed to be public domain.  It’s used for personal and educational purposes only and without profit. 

If you’d like this set of cards, just click to….

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Little Man – Big Presence

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RIP Joseph Yule, Jr (23 September 1920 – 6 April 2014)!! Better known as the boy-next-door, Mickey Rooney. At just 5’3”, he leaves behind a legend in classic Hollywood that can never be matched. Mickey was paired with Judy Garland 10 times and starred in 14 Andy Hardy movies, along with a career of more than 200 films. He was married 8 times and had 9 children.
Godspeed Mickey!!
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Silver

Today marks a very special day for me….

and hubby.

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We’re celebrating our 25th anniversary!!  That’s right, we’re silver!!

Our life together so far has been an interesting one, to say the least.  Twenty of those were being married to the Army.  There’s no part of that time that I’d do over.  I’m so very happy.  I’ve been so very blessed in so many ways.  He’s my high school sweetheart, my best friend, the love of my life…..and so much more!!  I can’t wait to see what else life has in store for us as we grow “old” together.

Honey, Happy 25th Anniversary!!  I love you forever and always!!

For all the rest of you…..

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May the luck of the Irish be with you and yours has it has been with me and mine and may God bless you as richly as he has us!!

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The Braces are Off!!

It’s been 23 months since Miss K first had her braces put on.  But, let’s start from the beginning….

We went to one orthodontist and he just treated us like crap.  His patients while we were there seemed to be very snobby and his staff most certainly was.  We knew that fixing kiddos teeth was going to be a lot of work.  We were prepared.  However, this ortho wouldn’t even talk to us.  I asked him what he was going to do and what he expected and he said he didn’t know.  They did all the prep work and told us to come back.  We went to our next appointment and the ortho still wouldn’t talk to us.  When we went to leave, we commented that we were active duty, but only for about another year.  The receptionist jumped up and said “you’re retiring?” and we said “yes”.  She started freaking and said, “well that changes things and we’re going to have to charge you MORE”.  We couldn’t believe it.  She had us pay something and said that when we came back, she’d have the new amount.  Next appointment, the ortho didn’t want to talk to me to discuss the treatment for kiddos teeth.  In fact, he’d never seen her….only his dental hygienists had to this point.  When we left, we weren’t happy and I told the receptionist that we’d let her know.

A while later, we went to our dentist for our regular 6 month cleaning.  We told him what happened, so he contacted the orthodontist.  The jerk told him that we refuse treatment!!  Are you kidding me!?!?  I told the dentist about the money and about how the ortho had never seen Miss K, much less explained treatment to us.  He told us to forget this ortho and go to another one here in town and said that he was just as good.

Being treated the way she had been, kiddo had no desire to go back to get her teeth fixed.  We continued to have our regular 6 month cleanings and our dentist just kept reminding us that her teeth really needed to be fixed.  We knew this, but it never was an issue for her.  Despite how messed up they were, she just kept on smiling.

Moving ahead about 2 years after our first orthodontist experience, Miss K mentioned that she thinks she’s ready to get work done on her teeth.  Our dentist again tells us about another one here in town.  We schedule an appointment and go…..to be greeted by the nicest staff there was!!  They did x-rays and we talked to the ortho immediatey.  He said that he didn’t think that he didn’t think he could do what we needed.  Luckily, we had an appointment with our dentist very shortly after and we told him.  He said that he’d talk to the ortho because he knew that he could do it.  He was young and have new methods to help her teeth.  Not long after that, the ortho office called us and said that he has agreed to see us, so we scheduled the first appointment.  We were greeted immediately and they even remembered our names (remember, we weren’t patients yet)!!  The orthodontist told us what he planned to do, as long as we understood that her teeth wouldn’t be “perfect”.  We agreed, so financial came in and told us the cost, how much insurance will pay and how much we’re left with.  She explained that the ortho does take monthly payments and that we could pay it off in a year, which was half the treatment time.  

We never had an issue with payments, staff, or anything else!!  One time, they accidentally took a double payment out and called to let us know and asked if we wanted a check or some other method to get the money back.  I had a check in 3 days!!  The entire staff was always nice and friendly, answered any questions that I had, and kept us updated.  Now here we are 23 months later and the braces have come off.  Miss K’s teeth are beautiful!!  Forget not being “perfect” because they look great and they’re perfect to us.  He told her that she was a great patient, having never broken a wire or bracket…..and didn’t have “stained” teeth when the braces came off.  That means that she kept them nice and clean!!

So why are we so happy??  It might be shocking when you see what it was as compared to what they are now.  Take a look at the before and after…..

Before & After Braces

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Miss K’s teeth were messed up….period.  She’s got the ideal smile now and her smile is just as beautiful as she is.  We got her retainer today and go back in 6 weeks to check it and if there’s any tooth movement.  We’re expecting nothing unusual because she’ll take care of them.  We just can’t thank the orthodontist enough.  He has forever changed Miss K and we’re all so happy and thrilled with the results.

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Lent Begins

Today we begin to celebrate Lent with….

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May you all have a happy and blessed Lenten season!!

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Happy V-Day!!

Valentine’s Day isn’t one that we really celebrate. I personally think that it’s highly overrated!!  I do believe in love and romance and all that it entails.  Therefore, I want to wish all my readers and followers a….

Happy V-Day

More so, I believe in Saint Valentine and all that he was from the history that is know about him.  Thus, we celebrate the man as well….

St Valentine - 14 February

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