This last week I received an urgent email from some friends in VA.
One of their classroom family has autism, and they love "C" very much!!!!
Sadly, some of the other kids at school have been making fun of C. This has made his
friends and teacher very sad. As a class they were trying to come up with some ways
that they could get the others to be nice. They decided to email me and see if I could draw up a "big head" (how cute is that???) of C, so that the others would accept him better.
I am so humbled by such trust!!!!!! To think that my little friends in room 201
believe that I could do something of such great importance, really touched me. I think I felt a little
bit of what a teacher must feel every day! It still makes me teary :)
This morning, my friends got to see the "big head C", and they sent me back an email about it. They gave me permission to share it.
We cannot believe how much your art looks like C!!! It made him SO happy. He has carried it around all morning. He showed Mrs. Morse, the librarian, and Mrs. "Snowball" (her real name is Stovall but he calls her Snowball so we do, too!), and Mrs. Rakes, and Miss Martin, and Mrs. Napier, and Mrs. Boaz, and everyone who works in the office, and he is going to show it to Mrs. Dr. Rodgers, our principal. We think it is so cool.
We all REALLY LOVE C but sometimes people don't get him and they make fun of him. They were making fun of him in the cafeteria for wearing headphones but it isn't his fault that he hears too much. We learned this year that it isn't easy to have autism, but C is part of our classroom family and we love him.
We know our teacher worries all the time about next year and us looking out for him, but we know that with friends like you and us, we don't have anything to worry about. Thanks for loving him as much as we do, and our teacher says we can pick out MORE BIG heads today! We cannot even believe how lucky we are to get MORE BIG HEADS! Do you know that it CRACKS US UP that they don't have noses? We make sure to point that out every time. Oh, and we have a big poster about "never saying never" that Justin Bieber (we all love him but our teacher loves him most) and she says YOU MADE THAT TOO! YOU ARE SO COOL!
We will email you later when we pick out our big heads. Also, we wanted you to know that our teacher showed us the picture you made of the little kids holding Oklahoma...we love it! We are really scared of tornadoes, but we actually don't get them where we are in VA...we are surrounded by mountains that protects us like a donut hole. We all are wondering if you are protected by mountains like a donut hole, too? And we also wanted to tell you we watched a video this morning of a lady who found her dog in her house after the tornado. It made our teacher cry and cry but she said it was because she was happy and to remember that good things can come out of really bad things. One of us (me, Malaki) said that YOU, Ms. Nikki, remind of us of the dog coming out of the tornado mess...because it was so bad C got made fun of, but you made us the most perfect picture of C, and YOU were a little big of good coming from a mess. That made our teacher cry even harder when I made that connection...she's so silly with her crying!
So, thank you. We love, love, love your art and it makes a difference every day. We have been sitting on the carpet telling our teacher exactly what to put in this email, and she is typing really quickly to catch up. She thinks you should put it on your blog (we don't really get that) so everyone can know how amazing you are.
Thanks for fulling our bucket and we can't wait to let you know what big heads we pick out!
Love, love, LOVE, LOVE,
sniff sniff..... I think I need a bigger bucket myself.
Thank you room 201, for giving my life a greater purpose this week!
It’s back! The Monthly Mystery Box is here again! You can win it. The box will be shipped right to your door. Can you imagine getting mail that’s not a bill and you did not have to pay for???!!! Sounds great to us! What’s inside? It’s a secret! We love a good secret! The box is full of goodies to make you smile, and it comes with a digital file that has a unit or a clip art bundle from each of us!!! The contents of the box is worth over $60 dollars ($30 in gifts and $30 in Teachers Pay Teachers goodies)
In order to win this month’s box you need to live in the USA (for shipping reasons), follow all of our blogs, and leave a comment on each blog simply saying… hi, hello, hola, or whazzz up! We can’t wait for you to stop by.
Last month’s box was provided by Kate at Second Grade Sparkle.
She packed it full of great gifts!
Two nail files (for those pesky broken nails we get in class!) Magnetic note pad Funky Fun pen Two stamps Luscious Trader Joes Hand Lotion-(It gives you “to die for” soft hands) Two yummy Trader Joes chocolate bards (We all need chocolate) Floral sticky notes (because yellow sticky note are so “last year”) Painted clothespins Designer cupcake cups and matching flower toothpicks (adorbs) Scrapbook scissors Candle ( A little romance, maybe?) Scotch Pop-Up Tape Dispenser (A must have! You have never tried one?!? Oh you must! They are wonderful!!!! I have 3 in my classroom and one for wrapping gifts at home.)
Plus the winner got.... a file from each of us!!!!
Teacher to the Core -Imagine That
Fluttering Through First- Spring Centers
Growing Firsties- Common Core Crunch May
Second Grade Sparkle- Winner's Choice
Second Grade Math Maniac- Winner's Choice
May’s Mystery Box box has…. Woe....almost spilled the beans! But we will tell you where we have been shopping....
Bath and Body Works
and …….a few more super secret and fun stores.
We have to keep a few secrets you know! Look at Victoria! We all love her secrets!
Oh yes, sweet people get excited! Get very excited! This is going to be a box you WILL want!!!!
Welcome to our home! We are so happy to share this day with you:)
This has been so much fun! (Please ignore the extension cords from our Christmas lights, lol)
We had a "diaper drawing" which was super fun. Everyone who brought a package of diapers could enter
thier name on a ticket to win the red bag of goodies on the table. It was full of a chocolate cookbook, giant muffin tin, and all sorts of yummy goodness. We also did another drawing for the quilt you can see, by drawing out an advice card that the guests were asked to fill out. I wish I would have used my camera instead of my phone, the pictures aren't the best.
We had a "candy bar" with red plastic bags that our guests could fill to take home. I also did Hershey bars with a thank you note from Maggie and Nikson for our guests as well.
In the back of the picture, you can see Mag's maternity picture, It's so cute! What a wonderful
treasure. We also had a finished quilt to tie, that turned out super cute. It has red with white polka dots on the back.
Another view of the table.... You can see a picture of My dad (Nikson is being named after him.....) in his dress uniform from the fire department. You can also see a photo of my dad and brother in their turn out gear, and just behind it is a photo of Maggie at about 2 years old sitting in Unc's pedal fire car. I can't wait to see them hanging in baby's room.
More decorations for Nikson from his Mimi..... I LoVe that the shower decorations can be used again in his room.
Meet Maggie :) 5 More weeks to go!
We played some quick games....( 2 of them are in the baby shower party pack), and gave out lots of prizes.....The Maggie opened her gifts.
Then we had lunch..... chicken salad and rolls, a veggie tray, chips, fruit, and white chocolate dipped oreos rolled in silver sprinkles (They were AwEsOmE!) Can you see the GIANT diaper cake from Kara and Momma Janene? How cool is that!
All in all, it was a pretty sappy day for Maggie, my sister, and me. Every time she opened a firetruck, we all bawled like babies.
What a blessing and a humbling experience, to see how family and friends can come together to celebrate a new life. Now for the hard part!!!! Waiting!!!!
I just wanted to take a second and apologize to those whom I have offended,
or have failed in any way. I know I have misplaced and just plain forgotten requests, or taken 6 months to
finish one. I really am sorry. I'm so grateful for all of you, and am doing my best. Please understand that I do have a full time job as well as a family to look after.
To those who are irritated by the content or pricing of my work, thank you, for taking the time to review it and offer your advice. I take each comment into careful consideration. I realize that graphics are priced differently from other artists. I stand behind the work that I produce. It is hand drawn. I very rarely use the same graphic in more than one bundle. Maybe I'm just not the artist for you.
Now, off my box:)
Thank you so much to all of you who have stuck by me, and have watched my work morph
into the quality of graphics I can offer today! Thank you for your encouragement, ideas, and patience. But, most of all, thank you for your friendship.... both old and new. YOU are truly the reason I draw silly kids at 3:00 in the morning,lol. Love you to bits!