Category Archives: 1st Grade

Winter Concert 2012

This year the theme for the Winter Concert was “Twinkle and Shine”.  Andy, Mom, Brandie, and myself all went to cheer Davy on.  The show was beautiful and Davy did a great job on his speaking part.  “The true meaning of Christmas is celebrating the birth of baby Jesus!”  The audience laughed, we were so proud of him.


I know he is blinking, he had just looked down to give Andy a high-five, but you can’t fake that smile so I had to include this one…


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Tyler Woods…


Mikey Mezack…


Danica Muroff…



Davy’s dancing partner is Devon Elder…







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BPS Halloween Parade 2012

Happy Halloween Berkeley Students.  This morning was the annual Lower Division Halloween Parade, followed by the classroom party.  Davy looks so good being a soldier along with all of his friends.  Such a spooky fun morning…



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The First Week of 1st Grade and EP3

It was the first day of school and our boys were ready to go!  The night before we laid out their clothes, packed their bags, and went to bed early because we all knew that 6:30am was going to be here before we knew it.  Most of the summer the boys were getting up between 7-7:30, so this transition wouldn’t be too hard on them.  For breakfast they gobbled down some pancakes with syrup and whipped cream and a big glass of OJ.  With their bellies full, they got dressed, and we headed outside for our traditional in front of the house photo.  Although I laid the camera out early hoping that the lens would adjust to the August humidity, it didn’t so a few of them are cloudy.  Oh well, I’d rather have cloudy pictures instead of no pictures.  🙂

Davy is now officially a first grader.  His teacher is Mrs. McElroy.  Matty is in a Preschool 3 class called EP3 and his teacher is Ms. Adkins.  Neither one of them seemed nervous, sad, nor anxious…just excited!  We loaded into the car and off we went for drop off!

This year instead of walking Davy in, we let him jump out of the car from the car line just like the other older kids.  He was happy.


We walked Matty into his new class.  He too did a really good job.  I expected him to be a little clingy, instead I think that he was just excited.  We kissed him good bye and we were off!

Davy’s teacher shared some photos from throughout the week… Looks like everyone is have a wonderful time.

First grade boys on Friday’s officially have to dress in a blazer and tie, doesn’t Davy look so handsome…

Here’s to a wonderful year!

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First Day of School Strawberry Brownie Cupcakes

Quite a few people have asked me what’s it like to officially be a stay at home mom, now that the kids are back at school that is…and I say that it is AWESOME!!!!

After Andy and I dropped the boys off, he left me back at home and headed off to work.  As I was standing in my kitchen, I explained to mom that if we had a grandfather clock, the ticking would have been the only sound echoing through the house.  It was stone silent.  No children, friends, TV, music, washing machine, dog barking, you name it…there was nothing.  Molly was looking at me suspiciously, so we went for a walk.  Afterwards, I went into cleaning mode!  The upstairs was my focus and my goal was to wade my way through the disaster of a mess by the end of the week.

I thought that it would be nice to make the kids a fun snack when they got home from school, so Pinterest was where I landed!  We love strawberry and we love brownies, so I knew that this was the recipe for the day.

Strawberry Brownie Cupcakes

  • 1 box of strawberry cake mix
  • 1 box of brownie mix
  • 1 can of cream cheese icing
    Preheat the oven to 325.  I used Pam and greased two cupcakes pans.  In one bowl, prepare the strawberry mix according to the package directions.  In another bowl, prepare the brownie mix according to the package directions.  Fill each cupcake with 1/3 brownie mix and then top with 1/3 strawberry cake mix.  Bake for 25 minutes or until done.  Top with cream cheese icing.

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