Thursday, March 29, 2012


I took this picture at a local lake :)
This week I learned that one of my sweet
students has cancer ....
for a second time in his short life!
& this time the cancer has returned
in three different places.
Although he has a wonderful spirit
& great will to live- it is still scary news.
I must constantly remind myself that His plan
is always a plan greater that what I
can see, feel & understand...


Friday, March 23, 2012

Another Birthday Party!

Sometimes you know I get side tracked form
School Nurse Stuff (well it is still Spring Break after all!)
and I like to post about some
fun, crafty things from my personal life!

Also, since my I wrote about my "baby's birthday party (here),
I didn't want Big Sister's 7th Birthday Party left behind!

Again, here are some pictures,
but no grand tutorials!
All of the ideas came from my new
favorite place Pinterest!

 My crafty sister found directions for these cute bracelets made out of pop tops & ribbon!

I was in charge of this t-shirt craft project. 
It is a little spin off of a pin I found on Pinterest!
I used what I had... men's white tank style undershirts!
I cut strips about 1 inch wide & let the girls gather 4-6 pieces each...
then they stretched them (not as easy or clean as using a regular cotton r-shirt,
but it worked and they had fun).  Next, I doubled the scarf
and let the girls pick their favorite colored ribbon and tied all of the pieces together...
Did those directions make any sense?

The girls also painted little $1 wooden frames and
decorated them with wooden owls.

My favorite...

We'll Owl-Ways be Friends!

My crafty sister also made these yummy & adorable owl cupcakes!
I'm going to say it was super easy because
I didn't hear a Hoot from her otherWISE-
OMG, I just love the puns!
LAS- are you reading this?!

These were chocolate cupcakes with chocolate icing-
she pulled the icing up on top to make the ears...
the eyes are 2 open Oreos with a brown M&M in the center
and the cute nose is a pink M&M turned sideways :)

Happy Friday!
Enjoy your weekend :)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012


I was riding down an "old country road" the other day
and really enjoyed what I saw...
I also enjoyed the feeling I had 
as this beautiful land was passing me by.

This is a glimpse of the passing farms & RR tracks from that day.
To me the picture is full of peace, quietness, calmness, stillness.

Reminding me of him and Him...

Monday, March 19, 2012

Birthday Party!

I'm enjoying spring break now :)
Not working, but hanging out with my kids @ home-
&  yes, still getting my regular pay check!
A true School Nurse bonus- How Nice!

Since my "baby"recently turned 2
we had a family party for her!

Keep in mind these pictures aren't the best, but I wanted to
share the cute tablecloth and shirts I made
for her & her older sister to wear!

There also isn't any grand tutorial, but really it wasn't hard.
The process pretty much involved:
  1. making stencils (using the Life is a Beach Cricut cartridge)
  2. ironing heat & bond to fun fabric
  3. tracing stencils on fabric
  4. cutting fabric (ok- if you are a true Cricut user there is probably a way to actually cut the already bonded fabric, but this is only my 2nd time using a Cricut and I didn't even try :(
  5. ironing onto a store bought table cloth
  6. super gluing button eyes
You see, this project had to be a pretty quick and painless
since I waited until the night before the party!
Even though, I think it turned out pretty cute... 

store bought fish cupcake cake!  YUM...

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Teens & Prescription Drug Abuse Follow Up

Do you remember my original post about teens & prescription drug use/abuse?

Well I finally received my free kit!
Since I still love having all of the papers to flip through I
ordered the free kit.  The same information is also available on line!

If you are a school nurse and haven't ordered your free kit- you should!
There is some really great information.
I am working together with our freshman health teacher
to include the videos and handouts into his upcoming lesson plans!

It might be hard for some of you to believe,
but I see/hear about it frequently-
(some) teenagers do abuse and use prescription drugs for
reasons other than the intended reason.
It may seem innocent enough, but there can be severe consequences.

Not only do teens abuse prescription drugs
that were prescribed to someone else;
but they also abuse prescription drugs that were prescribed to them :(

I wish I could share all of the information I learned from
the Smart Moves, Smart Choices kit in this post- impossible.

School Nurses- Click Here to Order Your Own Free Kits!
Parents- Check out the link below!

Parents You Can Make A Difference Right Now!

click above for the Dr. Pinsky Parent Information Site

The blurb below is from the same parent site!

"As a parent, you can be influential today by

starting a conversation with your child and safeguarding

your teen from prescription drug abuse."

"It can be convenient for your teenager to get his or her hands on
prescription drugs right in your own home.
Getting high can be as simple as going
 into a medicine cabinet and taking a few pills out of a bottle.
Research shows that 65 percent of teens who have
abused prescription pain relievers say they got them from friends and relatives.
Many teens incorrectly believe that taking a prescription drug
to get high is less dangerous than taking illegal drugs.
Adding to the danger is that teens often
mix alcohol and other illegal drugs with prescription drugs."

View all material Here!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Nike Ad - Who Remembers This?

I've posted this Ad before,
but I just LOVE it so much
& wanted to post it again!  ENJOY...

I probably first read this Nike ad over 22 years ago!
I still remember it.
I loved it then.  I love it now.
 I'm 99.9% sure it is in my attic somewhere (no joke)!
I want to share it with you so you can share it someone else!

The NIKE Ad that changed my life
(I think that was the title)

You were born a daughter.

You looked up to your mother.

You looked up to your father.

You looked up at everyone.

You wanted to be a princess.

You thought you were a princess.

You wanted to own a horse.

You wanted to be a horse.

You wanted your brother to be a horse.

You wanted to wear pink.

You never wanted to wear pink.

You wanted to be a Veterinarian.

You wanted to be President.

You wanted to be the President's Veterinarian.

You were picked last for the team.

You were the best one on the team.

You refused to be on the team.

You wanted to be good in algebra.

You hid during algebra.

You wanted the boys to notice you.

You were afraid the boys would notice you.

You started to get acne.

You started to get breasts.

You started to get acne

that was bigger than your breasts.

You wouldn't wear a bra.

You couldn't wait to wear a bra.

You couldn't fit into a bra.

You didn't like the way you looked.

You didn't like the way your parents looked.

You didn't want to grow up.

You had your first best friend.

You had your first date.

You had your second best friend.

You had your second first date.

You spent hours on the telephone.

You got kissed.

You got to kiss back.

You went to the prom.

You didn't go to the prom.

You went to the prom with the wrong person.

You spent hours on the telephone.

You fell in love.

You fell in love.

You fell in love.

You lost your best friend.

You lost your other best friend.

You really fell in love.

You became a steady girlfriend.

You became a significant other. 


Sooner or later,

you start taking yourself seriously.

You know when you need a break.

You know when you need a rest.

You know what to get worked up about

and what to get rid of.

And you know when it's time

to take care of yourself, for yourself.

To do something that makes you

stronger, faster, more complete.

Because you know it's never too late to have a life.

 And never too late to change one.


Friday, March 2, 2012

Quick- Get the orange spray!

via somewhere on
There are other school nurses,
LOTS of other school nurses who
are smiling & shaking their heads
in agreement right about now!

There are so many examples I could write about here,
but really is a written example really necessary!

The quote itself really says it all :)
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