Saturday, August 27, 2011


I haven’t written in a lllooonnnggg time because I honestly haven’t had time.  Well, and, I’m rarely online anymore (which, by the way, has been awesome!).  Things around here are CRAZY but awesome at the same time.  School started this week and I absolutely LOVE teaching 4th grade.  It is the perfect fit for me.  My team is also a-m-a-z-i-n-g.  We work together so well.  We support each other in weaknesses, we focus on each others’ strengths, and we don’t get mad about anything, we just talk about it.  This is the way a team should work together, but it rarely happens.  I realize that it’s early in the year and we will probably eventually have some arguments/disagreements, but I feel like we will deal with them as adults and it will pass quickly.  When my English/Language Arts team meets, we plan lessons well and quickly because ideas build off of each other, and again, we use each others’ strengths to put things together.  I can honestly say that I love the girls that I work with and I already love my students.  I can’t imagine going back to second grade :).  We’ll see how I feel about 4th grade in the spring when we have testing going on ;).  I have a feeling that it won’t affect my desire to teach 4th grade, but I won’t assume anything yet :). 

Robert, the kids, and I spent all morning cleaning the house and it feels SO good to have a clean house!  Keeping it clean just doesn’t happen during the week so we always end up spending Saturday morning cleaning.  It’s okay… I’m thankful to have the weekend!  It’s such a relief after going, going, going all week long. 

This afternoon we’re headed out to look at cars… our Expedition with over 245,000 miles on it isn’t going to last much longer (it’s having quite a few issues and we’re tired of spending money on it).  So, we have no choice but to pick up another car payment.  We’ve been looking for/at cars for weeks because we want a minimal payment but we also want a good car that we won’t need to do anything to right away.  We’re going to be looking at an Explorer with a third row, a Lincoln Aviator, and a Ford Freestyle (wagon).  We want a car with a third row, but we don’t want a HUGE vehicle like we have currently.  The Freestyle isn’t the nicest vehicle in the world (I mean, it’s a wagon), but it seems to be the best for our family… it has great gas mileage, it has three rows, and it’s small enough that it would be easy to get around.  It also has very high consumer ratings!  We’ll see what happens :).  I didn’t think we’d be buying another car for a long time, so it’s crazy to me that we are about to!  I’m looking forward to next year because we will only have one child in day care!!  That will be SO nice!!  I plan to put Ethan in at my school so Karis and Ethan will both be in school.  Can’t wait!

Speaking of school… Karis has seemed to love school so far, though, she’s already getting in “trouble” for talking so much that she doesn’t get her work done.  She is SO my daughter hehe.  But, she is making friends and seems to be learning a lot already!  Ethan and Levi are both doing WONDERFUL in the child development center that Karis was in last year.  They are in a wonderful routine, they are learning a lot, and because of such great routine during the day, bedtime has been going well!  I feel like for the first time since we’ve been married, everything seems to just be falling into place!  I’m so thankful for all of the provision that the Lord has given our family!  :) 

Friday, August 5, 2011

False Perceptions of Facebook

A friend showed this to me and I had to share... This is what I was TRYING to say about Facebook (minus the hotness part hehe):
False Perceptions of Facebook

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Blogging Becoming Less of a Priority!

I had planned on blogging about all these awesome things that my team us going to do with our 4th graders, but I'm so exhausted that I don't have the energy :-). I have a feeling that blogging is going to not be much of a priority as things get busy again! And honestly, it's already starting.
So, this is just "warning" that you may not see much on here for a while!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Homemade Classroom Posters

I spent some time working on posters and classroom management tools this morning.  I basically copied ideas from posters I've seen that you can buy, or from pinterest. 

It was fun!  Here are the finished products (minus laminating):

Date Night with my Hubby!

I signed up for a training through Region 10, but was put on the waiting list and didn't make it into the class.  I had asked my dad (who is newly retired!) to watch the kids for the training, and then when I didn't make it into the training, I decided it would still be beneficial for the kids to stay with my parents so I could get some things done for school.  So Robert and I decided to also take advantage of this time and go on a date!  And we didn't just want to go out to eat... that would be boring!  We decided to go to the Pocket Sandwich Theatre.  We went last year and had a blast!  It's melodrama at it's best... throwing popcorn, booing, cheering, audience participation, etc.  This year we saw The Final Adventure of Hercules and it was hilarious. 

I love my hubby so much and love having the opportunity to spend time with JUST him.  It's so good for our marriage and our family.

Tonight we're going to clean the house together.  It'll be messy again as soon as the kids get back, but it's good to have it clean every once in a while ;).  I am so thankful for my husband.  I'm so lucky to be able to spend the rest of my life with my best friend.  He's perfect for me.