Sunday, August 26, 2007
Everyone must think I've been scrapping away lately, but most of these layouts I did at least a month ago or more. I am so tired with adjusting to working full time that I just haven't done much. It is almost 10:00. So proud of myself for making it this long today. Not looking forward to the morning routine I will start at 5 am. Love my job, but I am pooped by the time I get there. Between 5 and 7 am I wander the house realizing all the things I should have done the night before. Drag myself into the shower. Get out and wander around the house some more seeing more things I need to do. Get a crazy hair to fold laundry. Realize I need to leave in 30 minutes and wake the kids. This is where it really gets crazy. They are like chasing two wild baby squirrels. One is jumping off counters or anywhere he can get height onto our backs. The other is stomping around because I asked her to comb her hair. I mean...come on! How dare I ask such a thing? Then I am throwing granola bars or some other nutritious substance (like donuts) at them and herding them to the car. When we reach the car one of them insists I go back into the house for something important...like a toy they want to store in the car for the next week without touching once. Yeah, good times I tell ya!
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
To the icicles. Used half my hoarded jar making this (which I lifted from Shannon Tidwell). Then my friend called and said they had icicles at Big Lots for a dollar a pack. Yeah...um....run don't walk! Let's just say my jar is full again.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
okay, it's not spring, but a girl can dream. It was 110 on the parking lot where I park yesterday. The air is out in my classroom, but it doesn't bother me too much. I'm glad I won't have the kids in there for awhile. I survived my first open house last night. I guess no one visits reading teachers on the first night. Today is my first official day. Hope your day is wonderful as well!
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
I just wanted to thank everyone for your kind remarks and emails about our daycare trouble. I enrolled the little guy in the Early Childhood center at my school on Monday and it has been all smiles! He didn't even cry on his first day. He still has trouble letting go, but his teacher gives him important jobs and he's off. It will take some time before he leaves my leg voluntarily, but I believe it will happen this year. He even showed me around his classroom when I picked him up. They have a pet frog. Good Times! Such a burden off my heart as I start school.
Monday, August 13, 2007
Are what I miss while I'm at school. I am loving my job, but there's always a trade off. I can't believe break is already over. It is so HOT here. It was 109 in the parking lot when I left school today. Seems like we should still be at home playing in the sprinkler.
Friday, August 10, 2007
I started work today. New teacher orientation was really fun. I met some new people and realized there are teachers just as goofy as me out there (and even in the same building!). Can't wait for the new friendships I will make this year. So speaking of friends....here is a pic I took of Lydie. I love this picture of her and I thought she might want to see it. She always hates pics of herself, but how could she hate this one??
Saturday, August 04, 2007
Friday, August 03, 2007
Thursday, August 02, 2007
The day I brought my daughter home from the hospital she weighed just a little over 5 lbs. When I went back to work and she went to daycare she was about the size of most normal newborns. We were in a daycare home program run by the hospital. We had an excellent caretaker, but after a couple weeks her own child became very ill and I had to move our baby. There wasn't another opening, so each day the hospital would call and give me an address to a home that had an opening for that day. It was a devastating experience. I dropped my child off at a complete stranger's home and prayed they would take good care of her. One worker was so large she couldn't get off the couch and sent her 9 year to come and take the baby carrier from me. As a single parent I felt I didn't have much choice. While crying on the way to work one day I realized I wanted to teach. I felt I was a person who understood what it was like to have a little piece of yourself passed into the hand's of others. I knew I could make a difference in the life of a child. I can tell you the exact spot on the highway where I was when I felt this calling in my heart. Maybe I thought through some kind of karma if I was a good teacher, my daughter would be treated kindly by her teachers and others in her life. I believe one of the first laws of working with children is to greet every child with a smile and a kind word. So, this morning when I dropped my 3 year old son off at preschool and his teacher sat behind the table and did not even make eye contact with him, let alone speak, but managed to stare at me while he clung to my leg crying desperately, I cried a little. I guess a good reminder before I go back to school next week that I need to make sure every child needs to feel special and welcome in my classroom.