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Friday, May 29, 2009

Summer Prize Picnic

I am very excited to be participating in the Summer Prize Picnic from ABC and 123, only problem, I'm not sure if I have a picture of myself. I am usually the one taking the pictures. Unless it's one of those where the kids come up behind you and say, "Hey MOM!", and you turn around with your mouth wide open and one of those dumb looks on your face.

I love heading over to ABC and 123 to check out all the wonderful ideas from around the world. It is always so exciting when I find they deem one of my projects as something worthy of their site--thanks to the two Katie's!

I have been blogging here for a little over a year. I started in a round about way. I must admit I never even knew there was something called a blog until this time period. My husband's friend at work was starting one. Then my husband was starting one. I in turn said, "I can do that.", so I started mine. I had so many years of fun childhood crafts spinning around in my head, I thought it would be great to share them with the world. I must tell you that I was amazed at what was out there, I still am. Sometimes I feel like I'm in over my head, but I keep trudging along. For those that stick with me, thanks so much. It really means a lot!

I have been working with young children since right out of college. I have a degree in Early Childhood Education. I went from college to a day care center--not my genre. I then started at my present place of employment, Cedarville Nursery School, and have been there ever since. This coming year will be my 21st year at Cedarville. I started there as the three-year-old teacher. I am still the teacher, after breaks from having children, but am also the director. I LOVE teaching the children it's some of my best days.

As for my family I have been married to the most wonderful guy for 23 years. I am so happy that he decided to spend the rest of his life with me. I just couldn't ask for a better person. We met in college and have been together ever since. We have five children together with a wide range of ages. Our oldest is 21, then the others follow--17, 13, 10, and 5. They keep us very busy and are a good group. We have four boys and one girl--following in my childhood. I was the only girl of 6.

Here's the picture I promised. Out of about 20 pictures I found a couple I liked.

I thought this one turned out cute.

Here's the whole gang!

Here they are at Jockey's Ridge. NC. One of my favorite places.

Oldest and youngest together. (Love this picture)
Poor dog!

We live in Southeastern Pennsylvania, a bit northwest of Philadelphia. Our family loves to hike, bike, go orienteering, and the beach. Well, let's say everyone loves the beach but my husband. He tolerates those yearly trips there for us--Thank you Dear! Our picnics are the best when Dad's cooking hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill. I must admit though I have a real passion for those peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for grill less picnics.

I don't think I could actually pick my favorite blog. There are SO MANY amazing blogs out there, and the ideas that come from them sometimes just leave me speechless. You can probably tell from my blog roll that I find many interesting.

I thank you for visiting and wish you and yours a fabulous summer of fun!

UPDATE: I've had a question about orienteering. This is a fun mapped out timed hike. We travel to local parks where the events are help. There are different courses set up for which you receive a map. You must use your compass and find ten points along the course and stamp your map. They time you and post the results. We have never done this as a competition, just as a fun family event. The white and yellow courses are the beginner courses. We usually do the yellow course. Stay out of the way of the real competitors though, they may run you over. You can check out more at the local site we use. It has lots of information:

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Katie said...

I loved learing all about you Trish! I've been reading your blog for - oh forever - but it's usually about your professional life and all the great ideas you do. I had no idea you had so many of your own kids of your own. How fun!

Crystal said...

It was so fun to get to know a little more about you. I really love your blog and all of your ideas...we use them often.

Miller Moments said...

How fun to see some pictures of you! And read more about you.

Dawn said...

Hi-nice to meet you!! I'm a mom of 5 too but the opposite of you-4 girls and 1 boy-he's the baby! Love your pictures on the beach.

Kim @ Life of a Modern Mom said...

This is my first time reading your blog, and I am so excited to find some great new ideas! It's great getting to know more about who is writing such great blogs.

Katie said...

It was great to read all about you and your amazing family. I love the picture of all of your kids on the beach in stair step order. Fun! It sshoulds like you have so much expereince with little ones. Now I know where to come knocking when I'm seeking a little wisdom for my own 3 and 4 year olds!

Bran said...

It's so nice to learn more about you!

Anjanette Young said...

You are so wonderful and deserve nice rewards.

What a cute family!

Diana said...

Thanks for the intro. You have so many great ideas. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with the blogging world! I want to try the fireworks art project in July. Another great idea!

Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice said...

How great to read and learn about you...minus the NO PIC of YOU, I love reading about the people behind my favorite blogs.
I have to ask what the heck is orienteering??? I have never heard of it.
I really loved those beach pics of your fam so cute.

Unknown said...

Hi Trish! You've got a very beautiful family. My family loves the beach too. Unfortunately our beach was destroyed because of Hurricane Ike and my 2 year old has not been to the beach yet. We're hoping that it'll be put back together soon so that she can spend her childhood playing in the sand too.

Sheila said...

Poor dog, he looks like he puts up with alot. Like our dog does the kids love her and she loves them.

Annie said...

Nice to meet you. I'm also a techer. Great introduction.

Have a nice weekend.

Stopping from ABC&123

Jen said...

What a beautiful family! And now I have a face behind the name! You and your husband make a nice looking couple, too! Take Care!


Anonymous said...

I am so excited to find your blog following the links from ABC Picnic. You have a beautiful family. I will be coming back for more.

Eva said...

Nice to meet you! I really like the ideas on your blog :)

Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice said...

Thanks for the explanation of orienteering. And great pics of you! YAY!
I left an award for you at my blog should you choose to accept it.

Katie said...

I am so glad to finally see the Trish behind Preschool Playbook, had to come back and see if you followed through:)