ten on tuesday.

1. Sarah came home from school yesterday jazzed about her class Christmas play in a couple of weeks. She gets to wear white tights and an angel costume and I don’t think she’s stopped talking about it for the last 24 hours. Oh to be a five year old girl again.

2. Yesterday I sent out a newsletter update to those of you who have signed up to get all the latest and greatest details about Clean Color. (check the sidebar to add yourself to the list). Unfortunately the update only contained “lastest” and no “greatest” information. In other words, issues are still being worked out. It’s been both comforting and frustrating that the company I hired to work on it was not able to instantly solve my problems with the project (although they’re still working diligently). Comforting because it makes me feel like less of a dummy (these people are really, really smart). Frustrating because I really want to get this thing out the door for you guys. Please know that I haven’t forgotten about it. In fact, sometimes I wish I could forget about it!   😉

3. Today I told Ephraim he kind of smelled like poop. He replied, “No I don’t, I smell like popcorn!” I promise you, I was right and he was wrong.

4. Yesterday I looked at my daughter and decided I’m definitely going to need to buy her Daddy this shirt in a few years.

5. And another Etsy love this week: Saratams shop. When I was a teacher I loved getting personalized notepads like she has in her shop. Now that I’m a mom I’m sucker for those personalized melamime bowl sets. Adorable!

6. Speaking of teacher gifts how about a quick note about gifts teachers love and which ones they’d like to pass on? (Okay, this is only my experience talking…I’m sure others feel differently). I loved gift certificates. Restaurants, Starbucks, and shopping malls were always appreciated. Personalized items are also nice as are thoughtful gifts that take into account an individuals passions and interests. The year before we headed to Colorado a parent gave Brent and I matching Air Force Academy sweatshirts (thank you Sarah F!) that we still wear and love to this day! Candles, soaps and such are so nice to receive but when I had 40+ kindergartners it sometimes got out of hand. One year I loaded up my items and made 10 gift bags for a local shelter out of the things I’d received.

7. This week I’ve been working on putting together my blog book from 2009’s Photo A Day project. It has made me really, really regret taking 2010 off. I absolutely adore looking at those day to day images of my babies as they grew. So I’m starting it up again in January! Not sure where it will be hosted but I’ll keep you posted! I’ll also be blogging more about it tomorrow on The Creative Mama so check it out if you want to hear more about what it is and how it works.

8. Yesterday our preschool hosted a Scholastic book fair, one of my favorite events of the year. I was instantly in love with Desmond Tutu’s Children of God Storybook Bible and knew it would join our ever growing collection of children’s bibles. It doesn’t surpass the Jesus Storybook Bible as my fave but it’s a beautiful companion to read alongside. At the book fair I also ended up with It’s Christmas David! (for Ephraim), Junie B Jones, First Grader, Jinger Bells Batman Smells (Sarah) and Meet The Obamas (to make up for Sarah’s slight of the President back in 2008).

9. Speaking of Presidents, on the night before Thanksgiving I happen to catch PBS’s special “The President’s Photographer“. Oh my goodness, it was fascinating! If you’re a photographer or history buff it’s a must-see. You can view it right on the website which is awesome! You can also view Pete Souza’s daily work on the Presidential Flickr stream. So very, very cool.

10. If you haven’t checked out my adorable SIL, BIL, niece and nephew on my business blog, you’re missing out. Serious cuteness overload.

NoraNovember 30, 2010 - 2:36 pm

Thanks for the link to the PBS special…I’ve really wanted to see it and now I don’t have to take the time to find it…just have to find the time to watch it. 🙂

SarahNovember 30, 2010 - 3:10 pm

I have to ask…what’s your favorite way to browse etsy? I could spend hours on there (ok, shh..I do!) and I wondering if you have any good advice!

AnonymousNovember 30, 2010 - 3:12 pm

I love Photo-a-Day books. Becky Higgins designed an awesome one that you can buy a paper version (print your pics and put them in sheet protectors) or a digital one. I love how easy it is to be organized and done quickly! I had my 2009 album completed in Jan of 2010. Now if I could get caught up on 2007 and 2008 🙂
http://www.beckyhiggins.com/projectlife if you’re interested.

Lacey RNovember 30, 2010 - 4:15 pm

Thanks for the teacher gift ideas–I had planned on chocolate from our delicious local chocolate store, but also like the personalized notecards from Etsy idea. And, it’s funny that you mentioned “The President’s Photographer” because I was *just* daydreaming the other day about how amazing it would be to get to photograph Sasha & Malia. :- ) I’ll have to watch the web episode on Pete Souza!

KatherineNovember 30, 2010 - 8:02 pm

I just ordered the Jesus Storybook Bible for Juliette. I can’t wait to get it!! I found it while trying to find alternatives to one that had been recommended to me – it seemed really theologically troubling, not where I’d go for a 3-year-old or a 30-year-old. 🙂 Glad you know you like it, too.

AmyNovember 30, 2010 - 10:22 pm

Love your teacher gift ideas. . . how about some for college-aged babysitters?

Can’t wait to get some time to check out that documentary. We love PBS documentaries and that sounds awesome!

Kelly W.November 30, 2010 - 11:16 pm

As a former teacher, I ditto the gift cards as being great gifts! When I taught the room parent even sent out an e-mail asking for donations from each family to be put toward one larger gift card. This was great because if a family couldn’t afford to donate then there was no pressure because the gift came from the class. We do the same thing at my girls’ preschool and I love it! I’m sure the teachers do, too! 🙂

Thanks for the Clean Color update! I know you just want to sell a great product, so it is worth the wait. No worries! 🙂

Danielle SDecember 1, 2010 - 8:20 am

Love the photo a day project. I do 9 photos a month and put them in a book at the end of the year since I haven’t had the courage to do one a day. Maybe I will try in 2011 though…

martha hernandezDecember 1, 2010 - 9:11 am

Oh, I came across “The President’s Photographer” by accident and loved it. It was very interesting and imagine being in the throws of day to day life there. I love candid shots so this was intriguing to me.

Juli PDecember 1, 2010 - 10:25 am

I absolutely LOVE those notepads and ordered some for my daughter’s kindergarten teacher, who is absolutely wonderful!
My go-to gift for preschool has been a nice ice cream scoop and a jar of gourmet hot fudge or caramel sauce.
Also, ordered personalized bags from Lands End.

Sarah FDecember 8, 2010 - 7:17 am

Glad to hear you still enjoy your sweatshirts!

MelanieDecember 10, 2010 - 10:06 am

Hi Erin, I was able to watch “The President’s Photographer” last night on Netflix instant queue. I loved it! I can’t even begin to imagine the pressure of always being ready to get the shot. Thanks for sharing!

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