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Saturday, May 30, 2009

ABC & 123's Summer Prize Picnic

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ABC & 123 is hosting a summer time picnic! This picnic is for anyone looking for new ideas to help boost their lesson plans and make learning fun! The picnic includes lesson plans, craft activities, games, resources and most importantly it gives the opportunity for you to share your own ideas! It's going to be a great place to meet others with the same interest! As if that's not enough of a reason to join there are weekly prizes to be won!

I'm a few days late to the picnic but better late than never, right? (Teacher - I swear it's an excused tardy!) The picnic starts off with an introduction of the participants so here I go!

Me & My Family:

Let's see. I'm happily married (next month makes 10 years!) and blessed to be able to stay at home with my two girls - Kailani who is six and in the 1st grade and Momo (Moani) who is two.
Before becoming a SAHM I taught in both the public and private schools - one of my best experiences was working at ASSETS - a private school for both gifted and/or dyslexic children. I have my Master's in Special Education (K-12) but I'm undecided as to whether I will return to teaching once my youngest starts attending school. I know how much work it takes to teach and it takes that much more work to be a mom. I'm not too sure if can do both! We will see. No decisions have to be made yet!

How long have you been reading ABC & 123?
I found ABC & 123 sometime in February. I'm not even sure how! I think it was a matter of one click of the mouse, then another, then another. Katie had posted a response to a thread on JesseKate Designs blog and I clicked on her name and found Katie's Nesting Spot. Another click lead me to ABC & 123 and I have been a fan ever since. I even blogged about them here!

How did you come up with your blog title?
I have to thank my BFF Stephanie for the title. She is always calling me a mess. It started when my husband was deployed and I had to hold down the fort, take care of my kids and stay sane all at the same time. Something was ALWAYS going on within my household! It's not because my house is a mess. Well, uh. Maybe. ;)

Case in point. While writing this intro I noticed that Momo was awfully quiet. If you are parent you know that quiet can equal no good. Here's what she was doing:

She managed to open up my dad's can of mixed nuts and then dumped them. Notice there aren't a whole lot of cashews? She loves cashews!

Ten minutes later (while I am still working on this intro) I kid you not:

That's why my blog is called "Mama's a Mess!"

What types of activities do you most enjoy doing with your children?
Swimming! Prior to becoming a teacher I spent many years lifeguarding, teaching swim lessons (infants through adults) and coaching competitive swimming. We gave Kailani her name because it means "heavenly ocean" in Hawaiian. Luckily she LOVES the water. Momo loves the water as well but has yet to go swimming in the ocean. The first time I took her to Water Country USA she screamed when I placed her in the pool. Uh - no. NOT ACCEPTABLE! Turned out the reason why she cried was the water was much cooler in that particular pool! She is a beast in the

An oldie but goodie - Kailani (3)

What are your summer plans?
We are doing quite a bit of traveling this summer. Back in December we moved from Virginia to North Carolina. In about six weeks or so we will fly out to Washington to visit with my sister and her family. Then we will fly back to my home state of Hawaii where we will be living once again!

What is your favorite picnic activity and food?
For me the best picnics are those at the beach! Chill out, relax, swim and have fun! Bring a cooler full of cold drinks, fruits (watermelons or honeydew melons!) sandwiches for the kids and sushi for me! (I know that sounds odd but I used to stop by Kozo Sushi all the time before heading to the beach!)

Obviously there is a lot more to me, my family and my blog but let's leave it at that! Thanks so much for reading! I'm looking forward to meeting other participants of the picnic. If you're not signed up for the picnic but want to click here!


  1. Hi Sharon, I"m glad you joined in! Your "teachers" are extremely lenient so your tardiness won't be a problem ☺ I'm glad to hear you'll be going back to Hawaii but making some stops on the mainland before to see family. Are you excited to go back? I'm with you on the whole teaching thing, I loved teaching but my favorite grade was K and I think I'd want me kids to be older for sure. I don't think I'd want to deal with K aged kids all day and then come home and be with my own at the same age. I'd need a break!

  2. I love the story about what was happening while you were posting your intro. When my daughter is quiet she's usually into something too and then I go into panic mode to try and find her. She was eating toothpaste the other day...I had to call poison control. Hope we get to see pictures of your beautiful Hawaii this summer. I've never been but I can pretend!

  3. Nice to meet you. I'm also a techer and know a SAHM. BTW, on July my husband and I were going to celebrate our 10 wedding anniversary.

    Have a nice weekend.

    Stopping from ABC&123

  4. Your girl is so adorable! Stopping by from MBC under 100 club. I'm following you. You're welcome to visit me and enter my giveaways, including handmade jewelry, Dorothy apron and more. Thanks!
    icefairy's Treasure Chest

  5. Hi Sharon,
    Thanks for joining the picnic. You girls have beautifully unique names. What are the meanings of them? I love them both.
    I just recently finished my master's program, and I too was a sp. ed. teacher before I "retired". People ask me all the time how many years it will be until I go back. However, like you said, I don't know if I will.
    Looking forward to visiting with you more this summer!

  6. Thanks everyone for your comments! I'm trying to catch up with everything and I'm only now getting to read everyone's intros and comments!

    *Katie - I am SO happy to be returning back to Hawaii!

    *The Momma - I so crave quiet time but any time I do get it...I usually pay dearly!

    *Annie - Happy 10 year anniversary to you too!

    *Icefairy - Already a follower! Missed your giveaway by just a few minutes! I'll try for the next one!

    *Steph - Kisses!

    *Katie - Kailani's name means, "Heavenly Ocean" and Moani's name means "Fragrant Breeze" - because that's exactly what her diapers smell like! I wish. :)

    Thanks everyone for stopping by! I'll be heading over to yours soon if I haven't already!

  7. It's nice to meet you via Picnic site. Your girls are so full of life, and your little Mess Maker made me laugh. I am looking forward to learning more about you and your family.

  8. HI!!

    So glad to meet you...we do have lots in common, though I am not well traveled and have only lived on the East Coast.

    Love your blog name! I wish mine was creative, but it isn't.

    I thought you might be from Hawaii when I read your girls' names. :) How do you feel about returning? Any family still there?

    Your sentiments about teaching and parenting I understand 100%. When it is time to return to work in many years, I just don't know if I can balance it. My priority is being wife and mom, but I have a hard enough time balancing that! It was tough for me when I got married and tried balancing work and marriage. Anyway...

    So glad to meet you. Your post about sushi made me laugh. I'm not a fan of fish in general, but appreciated your clarification.

    Is your husband military? Active?

  9. haha. Looks just like my little Lucy. It's funny. She loves cashews too. And will draw all over herself in .5 seconds!

  10. Sharon - very nice to meet you. It's great to see that I'm not the only mess around here :lol!

  11. The photo of Kailani at the beach is adorable!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, it's great to meet you! I go the "what a waste" comment too with regards to getting an education and then becoming a SAHM. I'm also undecided about what to do when my youngest starts school - it frees up time to work, but also time to volunteer at the school and stay involved in my children's lives that way... Luckily with our youngest not even due to be born for a couple months, I have a few years to make up my mind!

  12. Oops meant to say "I got", not "I go"... this Mama's a mess too (but also loving her life!)


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