Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Run, run, as fast as you can!

I am a little late in doing this, but I am going to copy an email sent to us from Jessica's kindergarten teacher. If any of you could help out with this, you will be my BFF!! Jesi still lives in that magical world where all of this will be real to her, and it would absolutely make her day to receive a postcard for her class with HER name on it! (: Thanks-- and leave a comment if you send a postcard-- just so I know if she'll be getting any, or if I need to be making some phone calls! (;


Copied email:

I wanted to let you know about a fun activity we will be starting our first week back to school. This first week back we will be focusing our learning around the story of the gingerbread man. I'm sure most of you have heard the story about the gingerbread man who comes to life and then runs away from everyone who tries to catch him, chanting, "I'm fast as fast can be, you'll never catch me!" As part of our gingerbread fun, we will be trying to catch the gingerbread as we follow a map of his journey through our school. But. . . we will never be able to find him! He will escape before we catch him.

This is where we will need your help! To go along with our World Unit, we are asking that you contact your friends and family who do not live in our near Herriman to send us a postcard from the place where they live, telling the kids that they have seen the gingerbread man! For example, my little brother is on a mission in Texas right now so I am going to ask him to send my class a postcard saying something like, "Dear Kindergarten Friends, Guess what?! I was walking down the streets of Dallas and I saw the gingerbread man running down the street! I tried to catch him, but he was just too fast! I hope he liked it here in Texas!" The more postcards we receive, the more fun the kids will have! We will be pinning the postcards we receive to our map of the world so the kids can see where the gingerbread man has been. We hope that this activity will bring maps and directions to life for the kids! We want their learning to become even more meaningful and we think this is a fun way to accomplish that goal!

Will you please ask your family and friends far away to send a postcard (preferrably one that shows a landmark or identifying feature of the place where they live) to our kindergarten class? They can write whatever they want on the postcard, but please ask them to add something about our gingerbread man being spotted in that place!

Please address the postcard as follows:

Name of Student
Mrs. Proud's AM Kindergarten Providence Hall
4795 W Mt. Ogden Peak Dr
Herriman, UT 84096

Because this activity will go along with our world unit, we will happily accept postcards through March!

I will begin the hunt for the gingerbread man by sending the kids a postcard from Disneyland! (No, I will not be at school the first week of January. . .) I hope that we will start getting an influx of postcards from all over the world! What fun!

Saturday, January 16, 2010


We have such a great life! We have six amazing kids. They are truly wonderful. Each and every one of them is such a blessing to us. Their insight, love, compassion, generosity and love for their Father in Heaven never cease to amaze me. (Well, I suppose there are isolated times when they do cease to amaze me and begin to annoy me, but those truly are the exception:) I was told by a wise man several years ago that there was no greater blessing that could come to a young man than the blessing of fatherhood. Truer words were never spoken.

I'm sad that we haven't blogged for so long. We've missed out on sharing the joys of the holiday season and much of Xander's first months with us. We will try to be better! I just had to share an experience with Jesi this morning. She has a little blue unicorn stuffed animal toy and she was holding the unicorn up to my face and making the unicorn kiss me repeatedly. (Said unicorn is not a "soft" stuffed animal. It is rather solid and when pressed against your lips or cheeks with the strength of a six-year-old girl behind it, it can actually be a bit painful.) "My unicorn loves to give kisses!" she would say. (This was beginning to be one of those "exceptions" I referred to above:) She started in the kitchen. She followed me into the living room and then into my bedroom. This unicorn just kept hammering me with kisses. The kisses were not gentle. Then she said, "I'm so sorry my unicorn likes to kiss so much. Unicorn-you're kissing too much. I'm sorry Dad." After which the unicorn continued to kiss me unstoppably.

I really wish I could live in Jesi's world for a day or two.