Friday, August 14, 2009

First Day of School

Wednesday was McKenna's first day of 6th grade! He was so excited, can't you tell! Ha! I was more excited than he was...I'm the one that didn't sleep a wink on Tuesday night! I love the beginning of school, I always have. There is just something about the smell of a new box of crayons, or a brand new notebook! Buying school supplies has always been a favorite thing of mine. My Mom always made us save our new school clothes for school, of course, but I remember for days leading up to the first day, I prepared. I chose my outfit, and had all my supplies in my book bag way before the first day. Good times they were!!
This year McK's teacher is a lady that lived down the road from my family while I was growing up. She is such a precious person and I am thrilled she didn't retire last year! I begged her to at least stay until McKenna got through the 6th grade. So, I decided to make her a little "Thanks for being a teacher" gift for the first day of school. I have several people in my family and some dear friends who are teachers and I know we all take our teachers for granted. I wanted Mrs. Jones to know she was appreciated and we were excited about this year! Of course, McK was mortified I was doing this. He was so embarrassed that I wanted to take him to school and make sure he got settled the first day! Oh dear, nothing like having a teenager in the house!!

I filled this little basket with green and red apples and some of the ingredients to make a yummy apple dip that has cream cheese, toffee bits, and sugar! It is soooo good! I made a cute little card to go along with it and attached the recipe inside. Didn't it make a cute basket! After I finished it, I showed McK and he asked, "Who's taking that to Mrs. Jones?" I replied, "Well, Honey, you are." His face said it all "I'm NOT taking that to her!!" So, who do you think ended up carrying the basket into the classroom? Me, yes! So I carried it in on Wednesday morning and sat it on her desk. I couldn't help but think about him all day and wondered how his day was going. At precisely 4:00 p.m. my phone rang. It was McKenna. Do you want to know what he said? "Mrs. Jones loved her basket, "WE" got her just the right thing. She said, that was sweet of "US." (Did you notice the "we" and the "us" that all of a sudden popped up when she liked the basket?)Haha

I hope next week goes as smoothly as these last few days!
Here is the recipe for the dip if you would like to try it:

Toffee Apple Dip
1 box cream cheese, softened
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. sugar
1 t vanilla
1 package toffee bits

Mix together and serve with apple slices


  1. i can remember when the kids were excited to go to school. the basket was cute also and thanks for the recipe i will try it. we had jc and laurens shower last night had way to much homemade icecream and cookies.

  2. Job well done! Saw McKenna and your excitement rolled over to him. He is always such a pleasant boy! Speaks, smiles, and thoughtfull all the time. And the bucket for Mrs. Jones was a super big hit! She LOVED it! Only problem is Mrs. Kerr wanted to know what I did for her! Gee thanks! Your the best. Thanks for the inspiration.