Thursday, December 30, 2010

Idle Hands

I haven't blogged lately because for some reason I assumed that I could only use this blog as a "teacher blog" or a blog solely about work. Well, I haven't been to work in what seems like a million years. I'm anxious to get back into a routine in which I do not consume 9,000 calories and 14 hours of sleep a day.

What have I been doing? Well, spending time with my family, playing with my new camera (Thanks Mom, err...Santa), loving on my animals and relaxing  with my husband. Adam got the same amount of vacation as me which has been really nice. I've been quite the homebody actually.  It's so rare now that we're both working to get this much time together when we're not both exhausted. I'm treasuring every second I get.

Yesterday we celebrated our 3 year wedding anniversary. The Lord has blessed me so abundantly in my husband. He is the most patient, trusting, steadfast person I've ever known, and I am SO lucky to call him mine. He's pretty cute too! 

The new year is fast approaching and I am really marinating on my resolutions. I've been a bit ambitious in my thinking and have come up with these: 

Become a runner (More than once around the block, which is when my side cramp usually takes over.)
Cook more (I mean really cook. Fresh ingredients, homemade sauces...the whole bit!)
Learn another language 
Play guitar (Adam, I'm counting on you for this one!)
Learn all the ins and outs of my camera and hang my photography around my house.
Join a book club (Or at least read one book a month)

Maybe I should spread these out between 2011-2015? But heck, It's better to shoot high. 

Here's some pics of my adventures this break. I hope everyone had a wonderful, warm and laughter-filled Christmas. 

                                            Homemade Pizza
                       Pulled out the veil? Still have that bridal glow?
         We ventured to an antique store. Forget the Kindle, I'm a sucker for old dusty books.
                                              Playing with my camera. LOVE LOVE IT!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Do we even own Windex?

Home on a monday. Ahh yes, it's vacation. I would normally be halfway through my science lesson about now, but no, alas I am drinking coffee and fully intending on watching The View. I've made it to Christmas break. I feel like I've somehow reached a landmark. The 3 weeks in between Thanksgiving and Christmas were pure, unsolicited madness! My kids were bursting at the seams with energy, and frankly, I was just as ready to be  gone as they were.

Guinecula went with one of my students, let us stop for a brief moment and pray that she doesn't come back to school with any bite marks.........AMEN!

We had a lovely Christmas party and I got some wonderful, thoughtful presents from my students. We went on a field trip to see Narnia, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

I finally got my appraisal information back, and it wasn't bad. It wasn't glowing and I'm not expecting teacher of the year or anything, but I do feel like she's pleased with me. I can always appreciate honest feedback and room to grow.

As for how I'm going to spend my vacation: for starters, I need to finish Christmas shopping. I'm also in desperate need for a massage. My dog, Brady, smells like old ham so it would behoove me to get him groomed.

We returned home yesterday morning after I was honored to be a part of one of my favorite people on earth's wedding. I was so motivated to clean our disgusting house that as as soon as we walked in the door I began divvying out assignments to Adam. I suppose that it has been so long since we've last cleaned that Adam looked at me incredibly puzzled and said, "Do we even own windex?"

You better believe that we do now.

 I feel so blessed that I made it to Christmas break and am already setting goals for the new year. It's been a great ride so far and I can't wait for the second half.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

I don't know what to do with my hands.

In the profound words of Ricky Bobby, "I don't know what to do with my hands." I was wondering aimlessly around the parking lot looking for the object that I must have dropped before I got into my car to go home. I was aghast when I remembered that I had, only moments ago, decided not to bring anything home. It was then that I realized that about 98% of my day I have at LEAST one item in my hands at all time. A book, ruler, chalk, pencil, hall pass, and marker are just to name a few. So walking out of school today sans anything in my hands felt very peculiar, in a good way.

It's Thursday after Thanksgiving break, and one week ago today I was recuperating from an astounding consumption of calories. Heck, I'm still recuperating.

On Monday, when my herd of kids came barreling into my room, I had to take a double-take because I was certain at first glance that the tomfoolery going on in my classroom could not possibly be caused by my sweet and thankful little angels I had just left less that 10 days ago....

Here in lies a new teacher lesson:
Kids are ludicrous after a long break. Like, SERIOUSLY? I literally made both of my classes physically act-out turning a switch on their heads to symbolize the "auto-pilot" switch turning off and the "normal, sweet, sensical, children" switch turning on. It was both symbolic and necessary, because believe it or not, it made a difference. (It was either the switch turning, or the unrelenting scowl I was giving them all.) Eh, either way, I think I got my point across.

I had the most lovely Thanksgiving this year. It was full of laughs, family, food and fun. There were definitely many fond memories made. I love my sweet family and look forward to all being together again soon.

I'll leave you with this quote from Mr. Dan Rather that rationalizes all of the stink eyes, and tough love I give my kiddo's.

“The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called "truth"”

Truly, I love each and every one of them.