Wednesday, September 30, 2009
A.: Chocolate, please.
Me: H., do you want milk today?
H.: Chocolate, please.
Me: K., do you want milk today?
K.: White, please.
Me: M., do you want milk today.
M.: I'm staying for lunch.
Me: I know.
M.: My mom packed me a juice. I think it's apple. That's my favorite.
Me: So do you want milk, too?
M: No, I don't think I want milk today. Wait, maybe I do...No, I don't.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Here are Josh's choices.
Bass Your Life On Christ (as in bass guitar)
And here is my choice. (I only get one since I, thankfully, have not outgrown my old ones.)
Saturday, September 26, 2009
(I didn't take my camera because the park website said they weren't allowed, but they were. The one of Josh was taken with my phone. I was disappointed but the lady sitting next to us got my email address and said she would send me some of her pictures. She even took a few of Josh for me. I'll share some when they come.)
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
Today was our first official show and tell day. Here's what came to school.
- Great grandpa's compass that is "very old" (Upon further inspection, it was, in fact, very old. It had US engraved on the front which made me think that its original owner got in while in the military. D. didn't know any more about it, but I would imagine it has quite a history. Pretty cool show and tell.)
- a stuffed cat named...Cat
- two tiny little dolls with a tiny little horse that "came from my birthday"
- stuffed doggy named Meadow like I's other dog (A real one, I assume.)
- a pink camera. "It's real."
- a green stuffed bear named Bobear that apparently sleeps in a cage with all M's other stuffed animals but was allowed to come out especially for school today
- a(nother)tiny little doll that came from a treasure box and is "very special"
- a dog named Murphy (a real dog, not stuffed) who was very patient with 7 very friendly kindergartners (The 8th kindergartner was friendly too, but from afar since he is allergic to dogs.)
Thursday, September 17, 2009
1. Julianna has an ear infection. She had a temperature of 103.5 when I took her to the doctor this afternoon. Yikes.
2. I ate a banana for breakfast, a turkey sandwich and some Sun Chips for lunch, and two of Kathy's yummy coconut chocolate chip cookies for dinner.
3. I have 8 students in my class. 5 girls and 3 boys.
4. All 8 of my students brought their parents to open house at school tonight. That's 100%! I think it's a record.
5. My desk is perfectly clean at the moment. If you go to my classroom right now you can see it. If you go at 8:31 in the morning, it will be covered with kindergarten. Yes, things can be covered with kindergarten. Believe me.
6. I am drinking a Diet Coke as I type this. I like it on ice in a plastic cup.
7. There are 4 families at school whose mom's I knew in high school.
8. My new favorite website is Education World. It has tons of great teacher stuff.
9. The lady working the drive through at McDonald's this morning paid for the boys' sausage biscuits. She's super sweet and always calls me sweetie or honey. (We really don't go there very often anymore. She must remember me from when I was pregnant with Jules and went there every couple of days. Okay, pretty much every day.)
10. I really wish I had a piece of coconut cream pie right now. Must have been the coconut in the cookies.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
So, Kathy, where are you? Are we in a fight? Are you too busy with your Facebook friends to comment on my remarkable and entertaining posts?
Wait. I know a surefire way to get her to comment.
Kathy, I DARE you to comment on this post!
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
1. I thought of a new chapel rule that I've not had before. Do not play with your ponytails, shoelaces, or tongues in chapel. Yes, I said tongues.
2. A little boy in my class asked me what the urinal was (by calling me into the boy's restroom and pointing) and was very excited when I told him what he could do in it.
3. I remembered, for the fourth time, that when I tell my students to color the "I's" I have to say "the letter I's" or kindergartners will color the eyes.
4. When I was reading a book sideways at story time, the word "Rubi" looked like "Rabbi." And only after saying "Rabbi" did I realize that it couldn't possibly be. Um, there is no Rabbi in The Abominable Snow Teacher.
5. One of my students asked me if I'd buy her a puppy. When I told her no, she asked why. Then a little later she asked me if I'd buy her a chicken. Still no.
6. My afternoon students actually rested at rest time. It was very restful for me, too.
7. When Caleb was praying this morning in chapel, he said, "Dear God, thank you for this day. It's the best day of my life!!" It made me smile.
8. At afternoon recess I had to tell two of the older boys to stop aggravating the bees. Who in their right mind aggravates bees? Oh, right, they're 7th graders. They aren't in their right mind.
9. A student in my class sneezed and I really, really, REALLY wish he would have had a Kleenex.
10. Kathy and I had the occasion to quote Seinfeld. But I can't talk about it because it's in the vault.
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
I missed teaching. I am a teacher at heart and it feels good to be back in the classroom. It's like riding a bike. It comes right back to you.
I miss Julianna. I leave her with my wonderful sister and super sweet niece from 7:45-12:15 and miss her every minute we're apart.
I am blessed to be able to have Jules with me in the afternoons. Since all our curriculum is done in the mornings, she gets to be there for rest time, story time, play time, and art. She seems to like it and the students love her.
My job is an answer to prayers. I was hoping to teach all day to help out the family financially and it worked out just the way I'd hoped.
My students are super cute. They are funny and energetic and ready to learn. I love them already. But I also know that there are 3, maybe 4, who are going to need "special attention." (Which in teacher speak means that they are trouble.)
Their parents seem really great so far. They are nice and helpful and want what's best for their kids.
Being a working mom is hard. Start at 5:45am and stop at 10:30pm. Non-stop. (By the way, being a stay at home mom is hard, too.)
Life is a roller coaster. I never know which way it will twist and turn. But it's all a path to my ultimate destination. I just have to hold on and scream every now and then.
Sunday, September 06, 2009
Thursday, September 03, 2009
1. She is good. She's just good. Whenever I have been in a class studying the fruits of the spirit and they ask what "goodness" is, I always think of her. Heart, soul, and mind. She is good.
2. She is industrious. She does more before breakfast than most people, including me, does all day.
3. She has a green thumb. She can keep plants alive indoors, which is something I can't do. And she grows an amazing garden every summer. You should see it. It's beautiful. And she shares all the things she grows--corn, beans, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, and more.
4. She is funny. She's a normally pretty quiet person, but sometimes she says or does things that are completely unexpected and hilarious. And she just keeps getting funnier.
5. She is domestic. She cans and sews and crochets and refinishes furniture and cooks from scratch. And she does it all well.
6. She loves antiques. I always know if she finds something interesting, because she turns it over to see what's written on the bottom. She reads antique books and watches Antique Roadshow for fun.
7. She is the world's best grandma. She loves her grandkids so very much and they all know it. She has fun with them, teaches them things, lets them be themselves, and makes them feel at home in her home. I'm pretty sure at least one of mine would move in with her if I'd let him.
8. She is a rock. She is the reason that our family is what it is. She has held us together through ups and downs and continues to be our strength.
9. She is my friend. She and I have a unique relationship for a mother and daughter, I think. We have never had a fight or argument. Not in all my 37 years. She had never said an unkind word to me, and I've never even had a reason to say an unkind word to her. I can talk to her and she understands. I can count on her no matter what.
10. Today is her birthday. Happy birthday, mom. You are amazing. I love you.