Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Well, I guess a three year break is enough!

I don't know why I took a break from blogging, but I've decided to revive the PotAter Patch.  The tater tots might have a few things to say from time to time as well, especially one very crafty girl who needs an outlet.

In the last three years, the hubs and I have crossed over into our 40's.  Wow, I know!  It doesn't seem possible, but we are here.  The J-man has outgrown his mama, has become a teenager, and has finished all 3 years in Jr. High.  My very creative Ladybug is about to hit the double digits and has decided she wants to be a movie director when she grows up.  They are great kids.  I know I'm biased but they really are.

A lot has happened during my 3 year absence, and we've learned a lot of lessons.  Hopefully, I can get you caught up, share some lessons learned, and add some new adventures to the non stop crazy of our little family of four.  So as I said in my very first blog post:  Welcome (back) to my patch!

Then (2012)

In the Middle (end of 2014)

Now (2016) @ Star Wars Premier
Lesson of the Day:  3 years zips right by.

Friday, March 29, 2013


Yesterday, when I was correcting my new student for making fun of one of my little sweeties with speech issues (one of her many infractions since arriving on Tuesday), she said to me in the most nasty voice, "Well, if YOU hadn't interrupted me..I was..."  Needless to say that's all she got out before she got a lecture for the record books about choices, kindness, and respect.  What a little toot!  It's going to be a fun 2 months until the end of the year!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Operation Nerf War

This past weekend, we celebrated the J-man's 11th birthday with a highly anticipated nerf war.  It was quite the event.  A few days after the invitations went out, the questions started, "Can my dad come too?" or "Would it be okay if my husband stopped by?"  So of course, I sent a message saying, "Dads are invited too," because we all know they are all just big kids at heart.  I don't know who was more excited, J or his friends and their dads.  Anyway, we started at the house with "Nerf Bootcamp" where they practiced their skills (many of my ideas where thanks too blackberryvine.blogspot.com and a few other nerf parties blogs).  After Bootcamp was complete, we headed up to the school playground (it's in our neighborhood) for the epic battle.  They had a great time and I'm sure they all slept incredibly well that night.  The J-man had a fantastic time= Mission Accomplished!

First year of the non-theme cake.  He just wanted homemade fudge cake with oreo cookie crumbles.
Check out the supply bags:  I didn't have to make any of the dart holders I saw online so I  bought Home Depot tool aprons for 77 cents a piece, printed our Nerf war logo on iron-on sheets, and ironed the logo over the Home Depot label.  It turned out pretty awesome because it gave them kind-of a cool camo look.
Stations were:  Moving Target Balloon Challenge (shoot hanging balloons...very challenging due to the windy day), Knock Out Challenge (shoot army men off the swing set ladder), Tin Can Callenge (see how many tin cans they could shoot off a ledge) and their favorite....
Target Practice:  Normally I don't condone this type of behavior, but when J saw that somebody had done something like this online, he just had to have it.  He and his friends are what you call the anti- Biebs.  Not fans at all...he kind-of makes them want to throw-up according to J.
The Party Goers (Teams were based on the safety glasses they chose.)
Gearing up for battle.
J's look for the day.  Don't you love the flashing mohawk.
And the battle begins...
They played capture the flag.  This was one team's base.  No one won because they hid the flags too well, but they had great time just the same.
Even Ladybug got into the action.  J's friends were not one bit hesitant to put her in charge of flag protection.  For a long time she sat under this bush with the biggest nerf gun I've ever seen, shooting anyone who got close.  Here she is after one of the dads.  She was sitting next to me when all of a sudden she yelled, "Oh, no you don't!" and took off after him.
Happy Birthday, to my favorite 11 year old!  It was a great day!
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Saturday, February 23, 2013

What?!? His birthday is only 2 weeks away?!?

So, in my crazy way too busy life, I totally lost track of time.  On top of all of my usual stuff, I've been trying to make sure everything is ready for our grade level field trip (approval, permission slips, letters, payments, etc) which is on March 7 the day before a very special young man's 11th birthday.  For some reason I had it in my head that it was 3 weeks away.  A couple of days ago, I came to the shocking realization of, "What!?!  You mean it's only two weeks away?!" Holy Moley!  Forget the field trip, I've got a party to plan!!!  Needless to say, I've been in a party planning frenzy this morning.   You know I can't go with the store bought, out of a box birthday (not that there is anything wrong with that).  Luckily, we already had a theme picked out and I had already scoured the Internet for ideas for invites and games.  It's just a matter of putting it together.  Here's a preview minus real names and such.  It should be a fun one!  More to come...

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Saturday, February 2, 2013

You rock, Valentine!

So I know I've been the worst Blogger ever the last few months, but my life has been so busy, I'm physically too tired to think and type anything that makes sense. Hopefully, that will be improving. Anyway, if you'll remember, I love making my kids' class valentines and the fact that I'm ridiculously busy doesn't change anything. This year I think I've come up with the cheapest and one of the cutest yet.  For the Ladybug's class and my classes, we're giving these to rocks. I'll post the final Valentine later along with the J-man's last class Valentine..sniff...sniff.