Sunday, December 14, 2008

More gingerbread stuff and another cake

In my last post I told you all about making gingerbread men and volunteering in Kidzone. After I had seen the last group of kids on Wednesday, I decorated a gingerbread train that I had made at home and brought to school for the librarian to use for her RIF project. About three times a year, she is able to give away a free book to each child through the Reading is Fundamental program. Instead of just giving them a book, she chooses a theme and has activities to go with it and each class gets to go to the auditorium and participate in the activities for about 45 minutes, then they choose a book.

I took the train and decorated it on Wednesday because I wasn't planning on going back Thursday and Friday. After I finished it, around four o'clock, I took it over to the auditorium. The librarian was busy working on setting up the props for the gingerbread themed RIF on Friday. She had a lot left to do, so I stayed until five o'clock helping her. I thought about her all evening, wondering how she was going to manage to put together the life size gingerbread house she was working on and also teach her classes on Thursday. So, I got up early Thursday and went to the school to help her out. She was so surprised and so happy to have the help. So I spent the day Thursday constructing a gingerbread house out of refrigerator boxes, butcher paper, and a few other things. Then I was invited to go with went to the faculty to the school Christmas dinner. I went and had a good time and spent the night with my friend E. since I was planning on coming back Friday morning to help out with the RIF program. We put the finishing touches on everything Friday morning and had a great day.

Here are some pictures of the train.

And here are some pictures of the auditorium all decorated up for RIF. The house is about five and a half feet tall. There's the train on the left.

Friday night Mr. McHacker, myself, E., and her husband went over to a friend's house for a little get-together with some other folks. It was a lot of fun, we actually ended up spending the night because we drank a little too much. Needless to say, we were pretty much good-for-nothing on Saturday. Sunday, I got caught up on all of the housework that had been neglected during the week.

Monday, I baked a cake for a baby shower and went back to the school to take the cake to the party. Here's a picture. In case you can't read it, it says,
"Tiny fingers, tiny toes,
Little, itty bitty clothes,
Football, baseball, lots of toys,
Oh thank heaven,
For little boys!"

Tuesday I started feeling a little under the weather, got continually worse, and am still sick. Hopefully, I will get over it, soon. I have so many Christmas presents left to make!

I'm really going to try to get that apron made for a giveaway before Christmas, but if I don't, I'll still do a non-Christmas apron giveaway in January. I have good intentions, I just don't know if I have enough time!

I hope I'll be able to stay caught up on blog posts now! I hope you're enjoying your Sunday!


Jenn said...

It looks great the train and the cake both!

Dr. Wifey said...

those are awesome!

Madeline said...

What cuteness!!! You are so talented. I hope you feel all better soon.

Hippie Family... said...

seriously cute!! I am totally diggin the train.. and the cake..

Tassie said...

Hey...your cakes and decorations look great. The teaching profession is all the while worse for not having you in it. (there is an opening at my school two doors down that starts after christmas...hint hint)

Lady Katherine said...

I love the gingerbread cake train! It is so wonderful!