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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Back to School Teachers Luncheon

Banner hanging - from the TomKat Studio

This year I'm incharge of all of the Teacher Appreciation activities for the PTO at our school.

We seriously have the BEST teachers and staff at our elementary school so this little responsibility of mine is FUN!
{Plus....I really LOVE spoiling teachers.}

To kick-off the new year, we threw a 
Back to School Luncheon 
for all of the teachers, 
a few days before school started.  

I decorated the tables with red and white wrapping paper {Hobby Lobby has THE best!} along with school supplies in chalkboard pails.  

We had Port of Subs cater the lunch {seriously YUMMY!} and in order to differentiate all of the different types of sandwiches, I made place cards out of apples, pencils and blank printable tags from the TomKat Studio.

Water bottle labels are from A Blissful Nest.
{Such an easy way to spruce up the decor!}

I made apple shaped sugar cookies to serve for dessert and I might've just had 1 {or 8} of them each myself.

How cute is Carson's teacher?
So blessed to have such fabulous teachers
 in our children's lives.

I had each teacher fill out a questionnaire while they ate - - telling me things like their:
favorite soda
favorite restaurant
favorite dessert

We also had a raffle for all of the teachers to enter.
The Grand Prize was basket full of 
classroom supplies worth $50.

We also had 4 'smaller' prizes of gift cards.
I think? the teachers really liked that.
We just had them write their name down and then we drew the names at the end of the lunch.

Fun times!
Happy Back to School-ing.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Annual Coombs Family Back to School Dinner.

Last weekend, our family of 5 held our annual
Back to School Dinner

This is an evening for us to: 

* Discuss our new family motto for the school year 
{decided upon by Joe and I prior to the dinner}

* Eat spaghetti and meatballs
{a tra-dish and family favorite}

* Go over our goals as individuals and as a family

* And for Joe to give Father's Blessings to our children.
Father's Blessings = THIS

I really do love this special evening with my family.
I like to go 'all out' and let my kids know 
how important this dinner is.

Decorations were quite simple:

*I used Kraft paper for the table covering
{which served as a dual purpose. More on that later….}
*12 x 12 striped scrapbook paper for the placemats
*Mini chalkboard signs purchased at Michaels, 
stuck right into an apple for place cards
*Mini kraft bags with TomKat labels as utensil holders

We served my kids' favorite meal:
Spaghetti with meatballs, green salad and french bread


2014-15 Coombs Family Motto
Joe was in charge of coming up with our family motto this year and he based it off of THIS 10 minute video clip from President Dieter F. Uchtdorf.

{Such a sweet message. It's an anti-bullying video with narrative from Pres. Uchtdorf.  At the end, he says our motto and as soon as Joe and I heard these words - - 
we just KNEW we had to imply it into our daily lives.}

We told the kids a couple of personal experiences that had to do with this very subject and then encouraged them to work on EACH of the things listed in our motto:

Speaking PEACEFULLY to one another
Doing GOOD to everyone around us

Now if you know me - you know I love a good pun.
Mainly because, puns can serve as a REMINDER of sorts about something you've learned. 

Hence, the head of lettuce in these green vases with our 
'Let Us/Lettuce' theme.
{P.S. These cute vases were scored on clearance last week at Hobby Lobby for $2.28!}

These now sit in our kids' bedrooms 
as a reminder of our motto.

The other half of our dinner was spent coming up with
 ONE WORD that each of us wanted to BE this year.

The kids each wrote theirs down on the tablecloth/paper….

and then we cut them out. 
They now hang on their bathroom mirror as a reminder of what they want to BE this year.


It was SO fun watching the kids think about and then decide upon THEIR one word. 

I sure do love these kids of mine.
And my sweet husband.

Our family brings me SO. MUCH. JOY.

Oh and one more thing - - 

Our framed motto {used as the centerpiece at dinner} 
now hangs on the back of our front door as YET another daily reminder to think about and never forget what we discussed.

You can see last year's
 Back to School dinner HERE.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Pinterest Classroom Bulletin Board Idea.

School has officially started back up here in Chandler. 
My sister teaches 6th grade and with each new quarter, she tries to put up a new 'social media' themed bulletin board just outside of her classroom. 

{See past bulletin boards HERE.}

This year - - it was time for a PINTEREST bulletin board.
{Seriously, who doesn't LOVE Pinterest?}

She printed out pics of things they'd be learning about this year and we 'pinned' those.

She always likes to get a good profile pic in there too...

And by 'good' I mean funny.
{And no....that's not really her.}

This bulletin board just might be my favorite one yet!