Tuesday, June 29, 2010

A Coven of Vampires

I've got a coven of vampires on my kitchen table.  Well, make that three dozen even with some that were eaten by Jan.  I've got my tickets pre-ordered, I'm going to make my t-shirt, and I have responded to about 10 facebook queries.  And if you don't know what the big vampire event is for this evening, you obviously are living under a rock, in a cave, in Tibet or maybe Northern New Hampshire.  Nope, Northern New Hampshire got the memo.  So, while you are enjoying your bed at 1:00 am, I'll be watching a movie with a few other staff members of Concord High School and some of new friends.  
I'm crazy I know, but it's all in good fun. 

BTW, these cookies were super simple!  I used a pair of lips cookie cutter (score one at Valentines), a little royal icing, and then black for the fangs.  SO EASY!  

Monday, June 28, 2010

Saturday's Shenanagans..... or Riding the Rails

On Saturday we went to what I consider one of the world's best museums, The Seashore Trolley Musuem  http://www.trolleymuseum.org/. They are basically a museum based around transportation.  They have a one room exhibit hall and then you get a ride on one of their restored Trolleys that does a circle and they talk about the history of the Trolley in the area.  Then, you can walk around and look at thier restored buses, trolley, and subway trains.  It is a young boy's dream museum.  We all just love the trolley ride on a warm day because they bring out the open air ones.  They are working on restoring a carnival trolley from Montreal.  It's missing a motor which is very expensive to fix or replace.  I wish I had a picture of this trolley- it has three or four teirs with ironwork and lights.  Some day you'll see me on it and I can't wait!  Really, if you are ever in the Kennebunk/Kennebunkport, Maine area, you absolutely have to check it out.

Here are pictures:
Grammie braving it with her cane.  Go Grammie!

The train set in the exhibit. 

On the Trolley

They even had their buses out for a Bus group who was having a clamebake on Saturday.

Phoebe's little head.  She SO wants to ride the school bus with her brother next year. 

Grampie and Elliot looking at the Trolleys. 

This place would be perfect for a wedding or birthday or history buffs or little ones who want to ride around on a train.   It's super cool! 

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Weekending... our Friday (more later)

I've decided to focus on one day at a time of our fabulous weekend with my parents in Kennebunk, Maine.  Here is our Friday:

Friday- On the way to K'bunk, the kids and I went strawberry picking at the same farm in Sanford where I have picked since I was about 15, Lavigne's.  It's a beautiful field and the berries are always great! I love sharing berry picking with my kids.  It just screams New England to me and it's something I have done since I was old enough to hold the basket. Elliot is meticulous about picking the perfect berry.  It's funny because he refuses to eat all fruit including strawberries.  However, his basket was perfect without a single smooshed or white berry.

I found Phoebe eating one bite out of each strawberry and then throwing them on the path.  She is the one who LOVES strawberries but isn't quite old enough not to squish them or have a few white ones in the bunch. 

We then went to another favorite summer haunt- the beach.  It was rather cold but the kids loved it!  It was like a great big playground for them. 

My dad supervised the kids while mom and I bundled ourselves in beach chairs with towels wrapped around us.  It was a tad cold.  Also, mom didn't want to go far afield because she is still recovering from her knee surgery.  I loved that the kids were really pretty independent.  They are just growing up!

More tomorrow! 

Saturday, June 26, 2010

At the beach...

The kids and I are at the beach in Southern Maine with my parents this weekend.  I'll post pictures when I get home and manage to put my camera in the same place as the cord.  So, no pictures until tomorrow.  Oh well.

Then next week, I'm really going to start crafting.  At the minimum, I have to make a birthday present for Elliot (and debating making a birthday crown) and finishing off the dress I cut out for Phoebe more than a month ago.  To finish her dress, I just have to put a binding around the edges which you think would be easy but I keep finding other things to do like reading books and doing the dishes.

 Of course on Tuesday night I have to go see Eclipse in the middle of the night.  I have tickets and a group of like-minded women going.  We are going to make t-shirts.  Call us crazy, but fun.  Why would we want to watch these movies with a bunch of crazed teenagers when we just finished the school year?  I guess some of us secretly like being around teenagers.  High school teachers are insane!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Summer Viewing and Reading

First off, I haven't quite fully started summer because I've been doing some curriculum work at my school.  However, even though we ended school on Thursday, I've read three books.  I just can't stop reading.  I think it's beause 1. I am still in production mode from school 2. my kids have been watching too much TV and I read while they watch Nick Jr.  (I know, I know: TV will rot your brain.  That's the motto in our house.) So, summer is reading to me.  My perfect summer day is beinging my book to the beach or lake and sitting in the shade getting totally lost in a story.  I'm a fiction girl and lately have become a fantasy, science fiction girl.  Why read about real life when it's so fun to read about future worlds, appocalptic disasters, or Vampires?  The genre is really changing right now and becoming much more female friendly.

So, as you see I am SO looking forward to Season Two of True Blood.  I had put the shows on my Blockbuster list but it was taking FOREVER!  My friend Heather who I got hooked on True Blood by lending her season one returned the favor by lending me season two.  It's pure torture waiting for the kids to go to bed so that I can dive into the world of Sookie Stackhouse.  It's dark, Vampire-y, and very naughty (in a totally entertaining way).  Oh that HBO!

I also just finished "Julie and Julia" which I have had on my bedside table for about three months.  I loved it because I can so understand being sweeped up by some project, wanted to abandon it, but putting intense pressure on yourself.  It just reminded me of all the projects that I have done in the past.  I am so impressed that she did the whole project.  Here's to the power of blogging.

Well, I don't know quite what I am going to read next but I have piles of books lying around that I was going to read this school year.  Can't wait!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Summer at the Pool

We've actually been to the pool twice in the last two days.  We have an amazing 5 pools here in Concord and my personal motto is that if it hot in the summer, you must go immedietly to a water source.  It just happens that here in Concord, we have fabulous free town pools.  On the weekend, the kids and I will be heading to the beach.  Last year was so rainy and cold, we barely went swimming and I felt like I never really had a summer.

Oh, and I put this picture of Phoebe in here because the sound-deadening headphones just crack me up.  When she puts them on, I talk really quietly to her.  Now, she puts them on and talks to me in a really quite voice telling me all sorts of nonsense.  It's hilarious!  I love the way it makes her cheeks look all round and pudgy like she is still a baby.  I know, too cute!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Elliot's Birthday Invitations

Elliot's party invitations have been given out at school before his school year ended.  This will be his first "friend" party and he is SO excited.  We had a little tester party this weekend when a friend had a birthday.  They went all out with a boucy house and water games.  We are having ours at a local farm that sellls ice cream.  This invitation was made with two pieces of 6 by 12 piceces of paper overlapped and then I cut the edges in triangles to form the envelope.  It was a great hit and looked SO CUTE.

We'll we're leaving for the gym and then swimming at the town pool that opened yesterday.  If I don't leave now my kids are going to start losing it.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Out for the Summer

We're out for the summer and we're pretty happy about it around here.  It began today with a big toy clean up because this place was looking a bit messy.  We sorted and removed half the toys for the "basement" which is our trick of figuring out if they are going to be missed (which they normally are not). We also managed to go to the library and load up on books.  I've already read a book "Shoot the Moon" by Billie Letts and watched "Avatar" so it is starting out great!

The one sad note is that Phoebe misses her school already.  No Allie, SueAnnie, Chloe, or Sarah for months and months.  In fact, some of them she won't see again because of leaving her daycare.  Well, we'll just have to figure out a way to cheer this girl up.  I hear ice-cream works, especially chocolate ice-cream!  

Thursday, June 17, 2010


Last day of school for the 2009-2010 school year.  I have a set of exams and a room clean up between me and summer vacation!  Then, maybe then, I can get back to all the crafting that makes up Mommy's Crafting Cabinet.  

Monday, June 14, 2010

Still Buried under school work

This WAS actually my craft desk which I did clean off this weekend.  However, I am still completely buried under correcting this week.  I have given 4 out of 5 of my exams and only corrected 3.  Also, I have 2 sets of Harlem Renaissance projects to correct still.  Yup, I'm buried under a sea of what I should be doing.  For tomorrow, I have the GORP made (Good Old Raisins and Peanuts) and my ipod loaded up.  I didn't let myself leave school today until I had two sets of exams graded.  It managed to work and now I just have to maintain focus tomorrow.  

This time of year you just rush, rush, rush until the end of school.  It seems to consume every minute until, bam!, it's over and I'm left feeling unmoored.  For obvious reasons, everything is focused on school and exams and grading.  I can't wait until summer is officially here!

Friday, June 11, 2010

My personal bumper sticker...

Right now my personal bumper sticker would say: I'd rather be blogging than correcting papers and projects. Hmm, that might be a little long for a bumper sticker, so maybe it would be on a t-shirt. Regardless, this is what I am feeling right now. I am taking a 5 (or 10 or 15) minute break from correcting papers and projects to blog about the fact that I am taking a break from correcting. That's how it goes during these exam weeks. There is only so long that you can stare at all that student work for a time period before you start to get a little nutty.

If I want to meet my correcting goal, I'd better get off the computer. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Dancin' and Thinkin'

In my class today, the students shared their Harlem Renaissance Research Projects. I am just amazed and inspired by the artists of this time period. I got kinda choked up watching a 98 year old Eubie Blake play the piano. And watching Josephine Baker do the banana dance, made me think that maybe she was the Madonna of her time. They said that Bessie Smith was hypnotizing, and Ella Fitzerald performed for 58 years. 58 years! That's a LONG time! One of my students showed the video above in class and all of my sophomores began to appreciate, really appreciate how amazing some of these people were.

Sometimes, I have a not to great teaching day and I talk too much. Today was ok.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Who Knows?

Who knows how long it is until we are out of school for the summer?  Who?  Who?  I know!  A week and a half.  Give me the patience to get through this week of helping students write papers, grading papers, projects, exams, and remembering to parent my children.  We're out next Thursday (June 17th) even though it seems endless until I get there.  I can't wait to get back to a million projects that I have started and been unable to finish.  Almost there.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

In Kennebunk Again

Mom is still recovering from knee surgery so Elliot and I am came to help Mom out.  We snuck out for what Elliot says is the "best chicken ever made" at Alison's Resteraunt and an ice-cream at Ben & Jerry's.  Do I have to tell you absolutely beautiful Kennebunkport, Maine is?  See for yourself:

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

One Full Year of Blogging

And this posting rounds out one full year of blogging.  This is my 120th post on mommyscraftingcabinet!  It's pretty amazing to have a full year under my belt and I am so glad that I decided to send myself out into the void.  I love looking back at my projects, my kids growing up, and my own growth as a scrapbooker and crafter.  I started this blog intending to only talk about scrapbooking or crafting (and maybe sewing) projects but found myself often interested in writing about life.  And ultimately, I decided that this was ok because this is me.  Sometimes I am obessed by writing (during NaNoWriMo in November) and sometimes it's all about scrapbooking.  I tend to flit from one thing to another, never quite leaving anything behind (or completely being done).  It keeps me from getting bored.   

I think my next project will be to print all 120 posts into some sort of book format to document this year. I have done some research but am going to look around to see what people like.  What a way to document a year!  

Thanks for reading!  Jill :)