Taking care of ourselves & our planet

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world.
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead

Friday, April 30, 2010

Earth Day celebrations

I think it is easy sometimes to feel overwhelmed with the hustle and bustle of being a mom, wife, teacher and superhero..ha!...but, at the end of the day, the sweet words of encouragement I hear from my cheerleaders (my kids & husband, teachers, parents, and students) are what make all the hard work worth it.
Thank you all for your support!

Earth Day ~ April 22nd

On Tuesday, Green Girl performed at my daughter's Girl Scout meeting about respecting ourselves and others (our planet) so that the girls could earn their purple petal. We made some delicious fruit smoothies as our snack using a recipe I saw on our Silk soymilk container. Frozen fruit, soymilk, and honey...yum!

On Thursday, Green girl performed for preschoolers and elementary kids during chapel time at the Fort Worth homeschool partnership where I teach. One of the 1 year old teachers stopped me at the end of the day and said, "That was awesome! I have never seen my 1 year olds sit still during chapel. They were in total amazement!" One of my students said, "I liked your shiny legs...you looked like a super hero!" A few days later, I received this note from one of my student's parents.

"I want to THANK YOU so much for all that you are teaching our kids about taking care of our environment! Our daughter adores you and Green Girl. I love that we are having good conversations about recycling and not using plastic products. My girls are really learning and have a passion for the environment. Thank you for impacting my family.

I love the go green sheet you sent home today. We just discovered a stainless steel product called Lunchbots that our older daughter has been using. I enjoyed finding out about kidskonserve.com. Thanks for sharing good ideas. Keep them coming!

You have been God sent to our school! We are honored to have you as our teacher!"

On Saturday, the Bob Jones Nature Center in Southlake hosted a Girl Scout event from 9am-1pm. They had stations set up and the girls rotated throughout the 1 mile course to learn about such things as rocks, butterflies, dragonflies, wildflowers, etc. We had beautiful weather and we all really enjoyed ourselves.

We left the nature center and headed straight to the Prairie Fest in Fort Worth where, although it was super windy, I had a fantastic time performing impromptu as groups of kids and parents came to my tent.

Although this was a very hectic week & weekend, we still had time to stop and appreciate the beautiful wildflowers!

What a great Earth Day week!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Cowtown Great American Clean Up

What a great success!!! Some of my daughter's Girl Scout friends, moms & sisters, my neighborhood friends and I participated in the yearly Great American Clean Up today.

After volunteering for 2 hours, we collected approximately 300 pounds of trash and five or six bags of recycle material in our neighborhood park.

My daughters and I went to pass out Clean Up packets for the City on Thursday after school and were given these adorable "US Census 2010" hats that the girls can't get enough of wearing!

Green Girl had an opportunity to present at the volunteer celebration afterwards along with Radio Disney!!!

Thank you all for your help and willingness to support my efforts at litter prevention and waste reduction!