Thursday, September 21, 2017

"Kaaaaaahn" And It's FINALLY Cooling Off

The weather around here has been beautifully cool in the mornings.
It's still getting into the high 90s in the afternoons, but when I'm walking in the mornings
it's been in the 70s.  I am always happy and energized this time of year.
I seem to get the "spring cleaning" bug in the fall in the Arizona desert!

In fact, I got inspired to clean out our kitchen pantry
for easier access and better storage visibility. 

The laundry room and hall closets are next on my list!!!

Here are a couple of outfits from the past week:
top: Target
skirt: Rekucci (Amazon)
bag: ABage (Amazon)
shoes: Target

wow - same top two Sundays in a row!
top: Target
skirt: GAP
shoes: Target
bag: ABage (Amazon)

Greg and I (along with Jen) went to see "Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Kahn,"
which was back in the theaters for its 35th anniversary.

We all wore appropriately-themed shirts.
Star Trek shirt: Amazon (I got men's medium because t-shirts always run way small)
skirt: GAP

Greg wore this shirt (it's not very funny if you aren't a William Shatner fan):

Greg got compliments on the shirt (but I did the shopping, 
so I applied the compliments to myself, too!)

Here are some cute heart-warming fuzzy babies to make you smile. 
Stephen, who is part sloth - he loves to droop off everything

Allistiar's widdle pink nosey!!!


two brothers: Stephen & Allistair

I've been having lots of inspiration lately and have decided to start the process of moving away from the software program the Chirp Curriculum has used for the visual symbols in each lesson.
The symbols are fantastic and I am grateful they exist, BUT I have to go through the licensing process regularly to use them AND I am not able to distribute them digitally.  This means I can't easily distribute the Chirp Curriculum internationally due to extremely high shipping costs for heavy items (like curriculum binders!)  
Instead of using the software program, I'm going to be using illustrations by my very talented illustrator friend Jihae.  This has the added bonus of adding consistency throughout lessons and the curriculum as a whole because all the visuals will be in the same style.
I am excited about the progress I'm making figuring all this out!
More interesting technology will be required to make things work the way I'm envisioning;
thankfully, I like to learn!!!
I'm praying God provides the energy to keep chugging along and that I am content to inch along if that's required.  

Here's an example of the Main Idea Strip, this one for lesson 1 ("God Loves Me").
The students "read" along with the presenter multiple times throughout each story to help implant the spiritual truth deep in their precious little minds.

I've also been continuing to post videos on the Chirp YouTube channel every week.
This one is a health-related one that may interest you if you are looking into ways to become healthier (my new lipstick takes a starring role!!!):

I hope you had a great week so far!!!

After a lunch meeting last week, I saw this SAD box in a dumpster!
I was temped to "rescue" him.

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