Summer for me has now officially ended. (Insert big sigh). Back to school time has begun and Matthew headed off this morning for his first day of grade one. Getting up and ready in the morning is not my strong suit and it is definitely not Matthew’s either. This morning chaos is pretty much the thing I dread most about back to school. Amazingly enough, we did manage to get ready in time for school and had time for our traditional back to school pictures on the porch.
I made a Back to School chalk board frame from a wooden picture frame and some chalk board paint. I had Matthew print his name on the top (he couldn’t quite fit in Matthew so we ended up with Matt!) and I filled in the grade one. I thought it would be a nice little prop to use and record how his printing changes over the years. (I am assuming it will improve!) The chalk board insert can always be removed to display the first day of school picture as well.
It was just a half day at school today (and a very chaotic one at that!) so I thought we would do a fun lunch of Mr. Tortilla Head (from Toy Story 3) and some easy Back to School pre-packaged Pillsbury cookies (we will come back to the cookies in a minute). The kids had so much fun putting together their tortilla heads and gobbled them all up (even the veggies!) I have seen some really good ones with olives and avocados but my kids won’t touch that. Ours were definitely very basic and didn’t really resemble the real Mr. Tortilla Head but the kids didn’t notice!
Okay, now onto the cookie part. Directions for cookies: Put on cookie sheet. Back for 8-10 minutes. Easy right? Well, someone totally forgot about the cookies for over 30 minutes. They were burned well beyond recognition and set off the fire alarm. After a few minutes of swishing a towel over the alarm and getting Matthew to open all the doors the alarm finally turned off. Now who do you think turns up at my door? The good ol’ fire department. Not only that but the SAME fireman who came to my door six years ago for the EXACT same thing. I think I am officially banned from Pillsbury Dough. I think I am safe with Mr. Tortilla Head.
Stay tuned for more back to school ideas this week (assuming I don’t burn anything). Now bring on fall!