Thursday, May 24, 2012

Time to Celebrate… MOM!

     Ok, ok!  I know Mother’s Day is long gone, but oh well.  I’m still playing catch up and I want to celebrate my mom.  As I said in the letter X blog, my mom is pretty fantastic!  I know I already posted a picture of her, but here’s another one just in case you missed it! And this time, my sister, Erika, make her blog debut!

     As you know, we have completed our alphabet crafts for the year, so I am going to continue this week with theme crafts. Below is the craft my two and three year olds made for their mothers.
     Mother's Day is a tad bit hard to celebrate at the library because most of the kids come with their mothers. I always try to add a surprise element, though. This year, I had the kids and their guardians cut out their hand and then give it to me. I had already prepared the poem, so it was easy to step out of the room for a couple of minutes and glue the hand down. I then gave the kids their hands back and asked them to give it to their mothers. So, there was a little surprise in it and the mothers' loved the cute little poem attached.

     As for my four to six year olds, I wanted them to be able to give their moms a bouquet of flowers.  Now I thought this would be a little bit difficult, however, after a quick little search on the internet, I took two different ideas to create the bouquet below.  It turned out great because each mom got a bouquet of flowers they could put on their tables that would never die!

Cut flowers out of pretty paper and punch a hole in the middle.
Have child put a "bendy" straw through the hole for the stem.

Cut a "vase" out of cardstock and have the kids decorate it.
Tape the vase to a toilet paper tube.  It is important to tape
the bottom of the toilet paper tube so that the flowers
do not fall through.

Place the flowers into the vase and VOILA!
A beautiful vase of flowers that will NEVER DIE!
     There are a lot of great picture books in the world about mom, and why wouldn’t there be?  Moms are REALLY important.  Here a few that I read to the kids.

     Lastly, I found a really great song on iTunes about Mother’s Day.  It’s very cute with a good beat. Here’s a quick little video I made.  Can you find my mom and sister in it?

     That seems to be it for our extra special Mother's Day post!  I hope you and your family had a fantastic Mother's Day!  Remember to appreciate your mom every mother's day, not just on Mother's Day.  Thanks and see you soon!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Mooresville Public Library is 100 years old!

     So I am a little bit behind, but many of you already know that my library celebrated our 100 YEAR ANNIVERSARY on Saturday, May 12.  That’s right!  My library has been up and running since 1912!  To put this into perspective, that is the same year the Titanic sank on its maiden voyage, New Mexico became the 37th state, and Arizona became the 38th state.  Seems like forever ago, right?

The Titanic sank on its maiden voyage in April of 1912.

     In preparation for the 100 year celebration, I had my kids make crafts about what they believed they would look like when they are 100 years old.  I always think its fun to ask small children what they think they will look like or what they will be doing at such an old age.  The answers are hilarious and the drawings ever better. Here are just a few of the pictures and responses from my 2 and 3 year olds.

     I really wanted my Story Time kids to get in on the 100 year action, but I felt like the 2 and 3 year olds craft was a little too easy for them.   So I did a little searching online and found the cutest 100 year craft that I just knew my kids would love.  I set out cotton balls, lace trim, circles for the heads; wallpaper scraps for the bodies, ties, buttons, and yarn, then asked the kids to create what they believed they would look like at 100.  The results were priceless.  Let me know what you think!

Made by Miss Jaymi, age.. Yeah Right! :)

Made by B.P.  age 4.

Made by P.B. age 4.

     Well, that seems to be it for our 100 year post.  Because I am a bit behind, I want to post a few pictures of the actual celebration. It was a great time and fun was definitely had by everyone who attended!

The beautiful cake made my Mooresville's
own Sugar Mamas.

The Mooresville High School orchestra performed.

There was dancing!

The Mooresville High School choir performed.

MPL Teen Council members volunteered to face paint!

Beth Hensley received an award for her 25 years worth
of volunteer service.  I, for one, have no idea what I
would do without Ms. Beth's help!

A new logo for a new year!  Here is
to 100 more years at MPL!
     Lastly, click on the video below to see the beautiful butterfly release as the closing to our Centennial Celebration!  The day was great and this was the perfect way to cap it off!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Story Time from A to Z

Well, we made it! Truthfully, I can't believe it! I am super excited to have taken my kids all the way from A to Z! So here is a short and simple blog ALL IN PICTURES! Enjoy!