On Halloween weekend we had a great time at a sponsored event for the upcoming Penguins of Madagascar movie (which opens on the 26th). Adam and I took Hannah (in costume) and met up with other bloggers to hang out at the Bronx Zoo, see the movie, and spend the night at the Residence Inn. Check out my post about it on GeekMom today.
I’m working on a new quilt! This is such amazing news as it is the first quilt I’ve been able to share since the Double Rainbow quilt (which I finished back in April). I have one quilt out to a magazine, hopefully that will be published early next year. And I’ve been working on another one for a magazine, too. I can’t share those, so this is only the second quilt of 2014 that I can post photos of.
I guess it’s a bacon-and-greens kind of month. This one is a super easy weeknight dinner from the April 2014 issue of Food Network Magazine. It’s amazingly substantial without using many ingredients, which I always appreciate.
Last month I read a ton of fall books with the two pre-k classes. After we finished our stories we made these fall collages one week.
I found this tree coloring page online and tweaked the size to make it just right. Then I put piles of cut-up construction paper at the tables and let the kids go to town with crayons, glue sticks, and the paper.
This was a totally improvised dish inspired by the amazing brussels sprout frittata recipe I found last winter in Food and Wine. I actually made this not long afterwards, and I’ve made it once or twice since. I am creative in many ways, but improvising recipes usually isn’t one of them. This is an exception!
October is when I realized that my new khakis are not working for me. Also, I really love khakis. But they do not always love me. Also, even though October is my favorite month, I’ve been sick for most of it.
Halloween has come and gone, and it was so awesome this year. We also got a ton of mileage out of Hannah’s homemade costume this year. I love this cow.
I have been so much more methodical about what I want to teach this year than ever before. Maybe it’s the part-time status; I feel more urgency to be on top of stuff since I only have 2 days a week. I usually only plan units a few months ahead, until the end of the novel studies I do with first grade and older. But sometimes I lose momentum after that because the novels are such a long-term investment, and even kindergarten can lose steam after spring break. So this year I’ve mapped out everything I want to do in grades pre-k through 6th all the way through June. And I think it’s a great plan.
I read spooky and silly and atmospheric stories to everyone in the building this week and last week. October is one of my favorite times for read alouds, and having fifth and sixth grade is extra fun because I can read a few extra creepy things to them.