And then this morning I got a nice little email from a fellow mommy blogger, inviting me to join her contest for best Teacher Appreciation Week gift. (Yeah, so apparently there are gifts involved - how fun!) But the catch, the cost must be less than $3* for each gift. Three dollars. That's not a lot of money. And I was also determined to only use what I had in the house because it was pouring out and I had no desire to get wet with the girls.
Teacher Appreciation Week wasn't really on my to-do list this week but seriously, it's sounds way more fun than laundry and how could I turn down a chance to win a contest? I mean, I don''t think there is a prize involved or anything, but as I teach my kids, sometimes it's nice to do something nice just because, not because you get anything back. Usually they look at me blankly when I say that, but I am hoping that one day that message will sink in.
So after some thought today, this is what I made with the kids after school. Well, we started it and got as far as the brownies. Everything else was done after they were in bed.
My boys have six classroom teachers between the two of them. I thought about making these for the specialty teachers too but the truth is, I didn't have enough containers so as much as we appreciate the extra teachers - and we really really do! - it's just the regular classroom teachers who will benefit this time.
And because I am terrible at math and yet, married to a math teacher who was not home tonight, I wound up with twenty-four rather large brownies, after cutting each 9x9 pan into 12 brownie squares. What my plan had been was to give each teacher 2 brownies and a tea bag, all packaged up in a pretty box (aka a knock-off brand tupperware with a purple cover), with a note to a Tea-riffic teacher. I'm sorry, I'm sorry, it's so corny, I know, but it was all I could come up with. And it kind of came out cute.
Back to my math problem - four brownies won't fit into my little boxes so the upshot, I have 12 extra brownies sitting around staring at me, the girl on the 1500 calorie diet. It's not going to be pretty.
**Morah means teacher in Hebrew.
Man, I hope win the contest!