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Never Too Late To Say Thank You

Posted by Jen on May 6, 2010 at 7:00 AM in Great Day of Gratitude
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Still thinking about what you can do to let your teachers and staff know you care? It's not too late to express your thanks or let your teachers and staff know that their hard work and care means the world. We hope our Great Day of Gratitude inspired you to make your thanks this year extra special.

If you are feeling the crunch of your budget, your time or your energy, here are five easy ways to say you care that express great gratitude (and heart) each and every day between now and school's end.

Sing a song. There's not a teacher alive who would not melt at a singing telegram from you and your child. Any love song will do, just insert your teacher's name and sing out loud, sing out strong.
Say a prayer. No matter what your teacher's affiliations, a generic wish or blessing written on an index card, making plain what good things you'd like to see come his or her way will be a gift to be cherished for years to come.
Stay and serve. Madeleine has a friend who volunteers to stay in for recess from time to time and do little errands for his favorite teacher. Little shows of service, especially from our kids, let our teachers know it's all worth it.
Wear a badge. How about a badge that playfully says, "Mrs. Cai is our favorite! Don't tell the others!" or "Ms. Marvray is number one!" Who could resist a shameless display of affection?
Tell a knock-knock. I think I'll be a sucker for the knock-knock joke as long as I live. If "orange" (as in "aren't you?") or "jamaica" (as in "you make me...") answer the door, you can easily craft a response that would make your teacher smile.

Feel free to continue to share your expressions of Great Gratitude in the comments below.


PBS Supersisters Great Day of Gratitude Has Arrived

Posted by Kristen on May 5, 2010 at 6:32 AM in Great Day of Gratitude
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The Great Day of Gratitude is May 5, 2010

Welcome to the Supersisters Great Day of Gratitude! Today is the day we honor teachers everywhere for the sacrifices they make every day for our kids.

If you are still looking for ideas for things you can do to show the teachers how much you care, how about handwritten notes to the teacher or a professional letter of recommendation and appreciation?

Are you crafty? Vickie from Craft Apparent shows us how to make these adorable Teacher's Pots that are sure to bring a smile to any child's face as they make it and any teacher's face to receive such a lovely (and super easy to make) tiny pot.

Gina from Booklights has some great book ideas for sparking conversations with your kids about gratitude beyond this Great Day of Gratitude and our very own Patience has some of her own ideas for teaching your kids the importance of gratitude.

We made it really easy for you to tell us how your kids made their teachers feel special today.

If you have a blog:
Badge: just cut and paste the following into your Great Day of Gratitude blog post and then come back and share the link to your blog so we can check out what you did today! Be sure to share you link to your Great Day of Gratitude post (and not just your blog).

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If you didn't blog about your own Great Day of Gratitude:
You did do something fabulous to show our teachers how much you care or you don't have school age children but you have a favorite teacher you would like to honor. Please let us know in the comments. We can't wait to hear!

Thanks so much for being part of our Supersisters Great Day of Gratitude and we know this is going to be a fabulous one!


This Boat Is Big Enough for All of Us

Posted by Kristen on May 3, 2010 at 6:50 AM in Traveling
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Every once in a while I take my children somewhere and it's only in the middle of the activity that I think, "thinking this through would have been helpful PRIOR to doing this." The problem is that there really isn't anything that I think we can't do in this family of ours.

Fast forward to last Friday and the brilliant idea to take the kids by myself on the glass bottom boat to see the coral reefs below the water in the Florida Keys. I decided to take the kids when my parents were at work. I was trying to remember if we had ever gone on the glass bottom boat growing up. My mom says that we went once and that all she remembered was that it was claustrophobic. That cracks me up. I don't remember going at all.

We paid for our tickets and waited in line. The people in front of us gave us those glances you give when you realize you are getting on a transcontinental flight and there are kids crying in line to board. I started to think things like, "why does everyone keep making announcements about sea sickness" and "what am I going to do if any or all of my children get sick on this three hour tour?"

I'm not saying I panicked at that point. I'm just saying I could see panic from where I was seated on the boat. I let all three run around from deck to deck and was glad to see that the water was calm and the railings were high.

We got out to the reef and the captain began to instruct everyone how to sit by the rails. It was then that Nathan began to have an epic freak out. Screaming. His language skills are slightly lacking so I wasn't sure what frightened him so much. I think that perhaps he thought he would fall into the water if he sat at the railing of the completely enclosed boat with the glass bottom. At that point Mason decided that he would like to look at the fish from the bottom of the boat so he tried repeatedly to jump out of my arms.

Old ladies began to look at me with empathy. I got up from my spot and whispered to Ethan that I had to take care of his brothers. He said that he was okay sitting there by himself and I began to walk around with one screamer and the other one yelling in baby talk at the fish through the glass. I was pretty sure I was going to lose it.

Ethan looked back at me after a while. "Mom, can you sit with me?" I told him I couldn't and he said, "because Mason is trying to jump down there to the bottom of the boat?" I laughed. Nate wailed from his spot as he laid on the bench and the baby gave me an unsolicited kiss.

Sure it would have been easier if we had an extra set of hands but sometimes you just don't have it. They call them "adventures" for a reason, right?

Don't forget that the Great Day of Gratitude is on Wednesday. You can find more information here and be sure to come back here and share a link to your blog where you shared your Great Day of Gratitude adventures.

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