#87 – Give a 100% tip to a waiter/waitress that really deserves it.

Tonight my teacher friends and I did a really cool thing. We did a progressive dinner around local restaurants… Talk about fun 🙂 We all wanted to see Macon’s finest downtown dining spots, so we came up with a game plan, set aside a night to embark on our adventure, and then ate to our hearts’ content.

We started at Barefoot Tavern and had appetizers. Jumbo soft pretzels, hummus, cheesy waffle fries, and hot wings… Nom nom nom.

Then we went to The Rookery for our main course. Burgers on burgers on burgers. And boy was it delicious as ever!

Finally, we ended the night at Taste and See Coffee Shop with cheesecake and lattes. So divine!

But with all the hopping around, I felt particularly inclined to bless the wait staff that helped us through our journey. We were a large group ordering not a ton of food because we split most of the dishes we ordered, so I told some of the gals at the table what I was planning to do, and several of them joined in by doing the same! When we explained to our wait staff that we were doing a progressive dinner of downtown restaurants, they were excited and even thanked us for including them in our itinerary. Since they were SO gracious, we decided to thank our kind waitresses with 100% tips!

I hope that they were excited to see that we appreciated them for all their work this evening! It was definitely the least we could do since they allowed us to have such a unique dining experience through downtown!

Plus, it was super fun to feel like a Secret Santa so close to Christmas 🙂

Handprint Reindeer & Holiday Cheer!

I can’t believe there are 9 days until Christmas and only 3 days left with my babes at school!!!

Today we made these handprint reindeer. Cute right?? And my kiddos are finally embracing (read: tolerating) having paint put all over their fingers 🙂 First the turkeys, now this! What handprint art will be do next?!

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All I know is that these cuties will be going home to moms and dads on Friday & are just the things to really get me in the Christmas spirit! Run, run Rudolph!!

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#8 – Read all of the unread books on my bookshelf.

Moment of honesty: I don’t actually know if I’ve done this… or will ever do this… because I keep buying books 🙂

Nearly 3 years ago when I created this bloggie and made my sweet 101 in 1001 list, I was in my senior year of college and hadn’t picked up a book for pleasure since… middle school.

At a young age, I had the love of books and reading instilled in me by my Ooma. She read over 600 books to me and kept a journal all 600 books we read before I went to kindergarten. She also had me reading some of those books back to her before I went to kindergarten. Lots and lots of reading, and trips to the library (and Dunkin Donuts) were my absolute favorite!

Reading remained a love of mine all through elementary school. Book It? I ooooooowned Book It! And got the personal pan pizzas to prove it each month. I remember making every {weird} corner of my house a reading nook, including my bathroom linen closet… I was a weird little one. But a book and a flashlight were always nearby.

Thank goodness Harry Potter was still being written when I was in middle school. I had to start reading books that weren’t my choice, like Hatchet & The Outsiders, but still loved what I was reading for the most part. Middle school brought on more work in every subject though, so books of my choosing were few and far between…

… and then high school happened. Yes, I loved my literature classes {mostly}, but suddenly there was so much pressure to do other things, like trigonometry and chemistry… Bleh. Reading became a chore that I had to force myself through to make the grade, and you could no longer find me curled up in the linen closet with a flashlight. Things were changing.

Then college. I loved college. But if I’m being real here, if I wasn’t in class or studying, I wanted to be socializing with my friends. And rightly so! But did I read in college? Not until The Hunger Games on spring break {which almost ended Will & I right then and there haha}.

So post-school, the thing I have enjoyed most {other than marriage and no homework and stuff} is FINALLY having the chance to pick a book, sit down, and read. Ah. Feels nice. So while I’m not entirely sure that ALL of the books on my bookshelf have been read, I am sure that this goal has been achieved because bookworm Ginger is back and hopefully here to stay a while.

Let it Snow!!!

We’re getting ready for winter at school and {wishful} thinking about snow!!

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My class made pretty snowflake art using lace doilies and glitter!! Then we wrote about what we would do on a snow day! {Again, wishful thinking for these middle Ga kids :)}

More wintery school ideas coming soon!

Gobble, Gobble!

It’s not Thanksgiving until your class make handprints turkeys 🙂

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How cute is that?! Each one of my kids made one, and they loved every minute of the messy fun! We also wrote journal entries (using picture cards, of course) to tell about what we are thankful for! Such a wonderful way to get ready for the holiday!

And the fun didn’t stop when I got home… more doodles! Please enjoy this free download of the “Gobble, Gobble!” print!!

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