Monday, January 30, 2012
Saturday, January 28, 2012
However the last two Fridays we've had dinner plans with friends. Both times we had a blast. Completely different types of people each time as well. I think I need to get out and be more social more often.
I find, I'm so much happier getting out and having that time where I'm allowed to not think about National Board writing, planning, video taping etc. Also, with the added 101 year celebration of learning for our community that I got put in charge of and of course my new church responsibilities. I've been feeling a bit overwhelmed.
Ok, face it. A lot overwhelmed.
So, my goal is to do more social things with people that make me happy. Like these last two weeks. They've been amazing evenings and good stress relievers for me. I feel my blood pressure dropping as I spend time with people I like.
This is a good goal because this next week I get to go to my niece's baptism. She even called me herself and asked me to speak. I adore her and I'm so excited! Plus, my friend is coming into town with her family who I absolutely adore. Next week will be a busy weekend but full of fun for me!
Well, now off to go type up some more for my National Board. On today's agenda, the planning section for my Integrating Math and Science Lesson. And if I get brave watching my Social Studies lesson. (I'm really scared to do that for fear that it won't be what I need it to be).
Thursday, January 26, 2012
I don't really have a reason. However, I did want to contribute to this community as much as I've taken away from it. And to me, that means blogging and keeping up my side of the blogger relationship.
So, I looked at all the bloggers I just love and realized they post consistently and about seemingly inconsequential things as well as the bigger, more important things. I decided that would be a good place for me to start.
There are several bloggers that I just adore! I feel like I know them and would be able to have great conversations with them and be the best of friends, if only we could meet in real life. I am thrilled when they e-mail me back after a comment or include me in a reply tweet. The best way I thought to contribute was to allow people into my world. That's only possible as a blogger if you post. So that's what I've done.
I don't know if I'll post every day all year or even every day for the rest of this month. But, I do know that I love hearing your comments and visiting your blogs to see what you're all doing. I'm super busy and shouldn't really be blogging right now, but here I am doing it anyway, because it's important to me. This community is important to me.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
I don't really know why, except the multiple doctors who have drilled into my head BCP unless we're trying. And I don't have any BCP, but I do have clom.id.
Plus, it buys me another month to try and figure out a new plan. Right?
Am I thinking rationally? Eh, who knows at this point. Rational thoughts are asking a lot at this point!
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Sunday, 3 minutes before sacrament meeting started, I was called/asked to be the new Young Women's president. That means I'd be in charge of all the 12-18 year old girls. I said yes, because I already knew it was coming.
You see, my friend I wrote about that was moving away, was our YW president. I was serving with her. Ever since Wednesday I'd been discussing with my Heavenly Father about all the reasons why it couldn't and shouldn't be me.
Obviously He had other plans. I'm sure He's having a good laugh. It's a good thing He knows His eternal plan for me. Because my short sighted plan-seeing self is very overwhelmed.
Monday, January 23, 2012
We headed to see the Secret Garden at the Mirage. It was AMAZING! We got to be just feet away from dolphins (so close, in fact, that I was concerned that one of my darling kids would drop their camera over the edge or worse one of them would fall in!). We also saw lions, both white and golden tigers, and a black and spotted leopard. The staff there were phenomenal with our kids and everything was very informational and well run. We had a great guide, too. My favorite part was seeing the newest baby dolphins. The white tigers were also pretty amazing. For being nocturnal, these guys were wide awake for us this morning!
It was probably one of the coolest field trips I've been on. Definitely the one that was easiest for me to participate in because, thankfully, I wasn't in charge.
I'll try and get some pictures uploaded soon. It was seriously cool!
The only downside, AF showed up in full force on the way down and I had no protective measures in place. I didn't let it keep me down, at least not until I got home tonight. It's been the first night where I've really missed my TV! (yes, because 2 whole days of not missing it, is a big deal apparently!)
Sunday, January 22, 2012
I'm currently watching Christmas of 1999. I'm honestly shocked to see how very much the same we each are. I mean my youngest brother who's now 19 acted the same exact way at age 7 as he does now. It is uncanny to watch this little person act like my now adult brother.
Not to mention me. WOW!
I have NOT changed in my mannerisms much, the words might have changed that I use to express disbelief or excitement but I'm the same.
And the crazy clown lounge pants my dad always wore, Oh man, good times!
It's also really neat to hear and see my dad. It's been 4 and a half years since he passed away. I miss him like crazy.
I miss that. I miss my little family all driving each other crazy but all being together. With none of my siblings living near by at the moment I'm missing them all like crazy! So now, off to write my 3 missionaries.
Moral of the story, I have the best family EVER! So glad they're my eternal family!
Saturday, January 21, 2012
We finally cancelled our DirecTV.
2 1/2 years after our contract was up.
I LOVE TV and in our little realm of the universe it was our source of entertainment without having to drive 10 miles into town. I have so many shows I love. However, that's probably why now was the perfect time to get rid of it.
I couldn't swallow the price. Not when we're trying to get all our bills paid.
We're still not sure if we have access to local TV. We may pursue that avenue at a later date.
But for now, today was the most productive stay at home day I've had in a long while. Especially with National Board. Yay!
Friday, January 20, 2012
Well if the awful hormone headache is any indication of what's in my immediate future... I probably should figure out how we're proceeding. I currently have one round of clo.mid that we never used last year I could self-medicate... or I should, you know, actually see a doctor!
My RE in SLC seems to be blowing me off, or he actually decided to retire and just not tell me... Do I keep trying to work with him? It's such an inconvenience that he's 5 hours away. Or do I just move on? And if I move on where do I go?
I wish I had a million dollars to do what I wanted, when I was ready, when it comes to this whole trying to have a baby process. Unfortunately for us, it all comes down to money or technically our lack thereof.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
I mean, I know I didn't DO anything to cause this to happen. I also know there isn't a reason why this happened. Also, there's nothing more I could have done to prevent this from happening. Ugh! Regardless, I still feel awful.
My one and only sister also has PCOS and endo. She has always been reluctant to believe me that I knew what her pain was from and to listen to the *wise* words I offered her.
Currently, my sister is serving a full time mission for our church. She hasn't been on BCP for a long time... She says, "I don't like how they make me feel." Which, I can totally understand, but take them regardless because of the benefits.
She's been having a really rough go. She's been in some constant pain for years. However, it has gotten severe since she started on her mission. She also has a huge and growing cyst on her ovary... (I'm saying its most likely an endometrioma). Her 1 female doctor that is on her insurance has been blowing her off over the last 3 months.
By some miracle she ended up seeing one of the other doctors in the practice. His first question was... "Why hasn't she removed this?" So hopefully before the month is up she'll have had surgery to remove the huge cyst and the endo. Of course the doctor told her there were risks with the surgery, namely that they may end up having to take the whole ovary... and my mother's words of what were said "but you only need one". Oh how I cringed and laughed out loud in annoyance at nonchalance of it all.
I'm so hoping this will help her be in less pain. I'm so sorry this is what it's come to for her. I always was wishing she wouldn't have to be on the same path as I am. However, I'm thrilled she'll finally be able to get the help she needs and hopefully be able to finish out the last 6 months of her mission pain free.
She's my hero!
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Tonight I found out that one of my newly found friends is moving... in two weeks! I feel totally gipped (this is how the mac says I should spell this word... blogger says its gypped and I'm to lazy to go look in an actual dictionary!).
I mean, I've known her for the last 5 years that I've lived here but never had a chance to/made time to get to know her. So I guess it's technically my fault that I didn't realize how great she is before now. The last 6 months we've worked together at church in the same organization and I just ADORE her! I'm so sad I didn't get to know her better sooner. I'm lame. Phoenix, you're getting a really awesome new family in two weeks!
I'm going to start to have abandonment issues if people I like a whole lot keep leaving me!
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
They really are my life for the 9 months I'm allowed to be their teacher. I'm so lucky!
Monday, January 16, 2012
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Hope you love it as much as I do. I have a feeling I'll be making many more of these. It was super fun!
Saturday, January 14, 2012
The Chois are funny. They're from South Korea. It's been a lot of fun learning about the church and their conversions in South Korea.
I have a really hard time with these conferences. So much talk about raising families and all. But today wasn't too bad.. I dealt with it well, at least.
We talked a lot about building our faith. Which we can all do. We had two meetings tonight 3 1/2 hours worth. The same tomorrow since we work with the youth.
I can't wait for tomorrow!
Friday, January 13, 2012
10 years ago this weekend John and I went on our first date.
I knew so certainly I didn't want to go on the date with him! I was terrified. Not to mention I was determined NOT to be one of those girls that went off to BYU and got married their first year. So, when I went to meet him for our date, he met me with a dozen purple roses. I used this time, taking the roses up to put them in water, to freak right out and telling anyone that would listen that I just couldn't go on this date.
But I did go.
And I'm SO thrilled I did. I can't imagine my life without him.
We went to see the 10th anniversary release of Beauty and the Beast in the IMAX theater.
And so for this 10th anniversary of our first date Disney decided, just for us, to re-release Beauty and the Beast in 3D.
Of course, we're going. It will be absolutely lovely. I bet neither one of us realized what a perfect first date that was when we went. I have a feeling we may be having one of these very dates every ten years for the rest of our lives... and I couldn't be more thrilled!
Love you John!
ps I promise to post pictures of my dozen purple roses he brings me since I told him it wouldn't be the same without them and pictures of our pages I scrapbooked from our first date sometime soon!
Thursday, January 12, 2012
We had a staff meeting this morning at 8:00 (we're supposed to be at school by 7:45). I was supposed to talk about our Celebration of 101 years of learning in our small part of the world. Yeah... I showed up about 5 after 8 with a hole in my shirt and no breakfast. I totally lost my composure after the meeting. I just cannot seem to keep my life pulled together these days. Luckily I have the best most compassionate co-workers. They talked me down off a ledge and fed me breakfast. I'm forever grateful!
I'm so thankful for a three day weekend and a half day tomorrow. If I had less things on my plate I'd love to run away somewhere, but I just can't. I want to curl up and pretend I don't have one million things to get done.
Anyway I did manage to get close to everything on my to do list accomplished and done well might I add. Also, I've sat on the couch since I got home at 6. I think I'll go to bed early.
John's at the school board meeting and that might never get over. I'm sure there were or will yet be some explosive fireworks, I know a lot of community members were upset by a board member moving 1 of her 3 kids across state lines to attend school. Should be interesting to hear about! Its meetings like these when I'm thankful I have my doctors orders to fall back on... "no unnecessary stressful situations".
***Update: Apparently my fellow upset community members kept to themselves this evening. No one said a thing in the 3 hours John was at the meeting. Its so interesting the things people won't say to someone's face but have no problem complaining about otherwise. (I'm this way too with certain people about certain things, I have to be in order to keep my job!)
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
- 8:55 got to spelling bee, spend 1 hour there... good-bye math
- 10:00 sick student, Reading time
- 11:40 take kids to lunch, run around like crazy person and try to eat my own lunch (today I actually got to eat lunch during lunch time because my mom came to school and she cooked it for me!)
- 12:10 back to get the kids for small group
- 1:00 Specials (today was computers) Get ready to video tape and completely loose track of time. Still forget to charge my video camera
- 1:30 Prep students for video taping. Review rules, procedures, and give examples.
- 2:15 finally ready to video tape. Have to re-adjust group locations so the video camera can be plugged in. Should be able to pull 15 minutes out of 35 minutes worth of tape.
- 2:20 stop video taping to review rules and procedures.
- 2:25 start video taping again.
- 2:50 stop video taping and scramble to get ready to go home in time.
- 3:05 finally headed to the bus
- 3:15 finally start tutoring
- 4:00 head to the bus
- 4:05 argue with bus drivers who have chosen to not do what we told them yesterday to do
No wonder I'm so tired! I'm sure all y'all don't really care, however this doesn't even take into account the number of times I heard "Mrs. Reyes" today. LOL Or the number of times I asked the same students to close their mouths or follow directions or try it by themselves. Sheesh. Anyway, I'm one busy lady. Especially on Wednesdays.
Maybe tomorrow while everyone is at the tension filled school board meeting that I'm not allowed to go to (best doctor's orders EVER!) I'll go snuggle my friend's new baby some more. I haven't seen her in a whole week!
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Monday, January 9, 2012
I know, I know I'm a lucky lady. He also does the laundry and the dishes! He truly is amazing. This semester he's not taking classes and so that means for the last 9 days I've gotten a home-cooked delicious meal.
I like most everything that John makes. There's been a few of his cooking experiments (Experiments 626 to be exact) that we both haven't loved but he's gotten really good at making things we like. However, there is rarely a day that goes by where he doesn't lament my dislike of eggs. He's gotten me to like a lot of things, maybe in our next ten years I'll change my mind about eggs.
I've posted many pictures before of all of the yummy creations he whips up for dinner each night. However, one of my most favorite meals he makes for me is tacos. These are 'authentic', or at least more so than the 'Blackburn style tacos' I have to beg him for when I'm feeling homesick.
My favorite part of having a big Sunday dinner of roast beast, potatoes and carrots. (OK, yes I did write roast beast instead of roast beef. I blame my husband and The Grinch. That's always what he's called it and it is now just in my everyday vocabulary.)
Anyway, tonight, Taco John's was open for business and the tacos were delicious as usual! Good thing I don't have to share him or his tacos with anyone else.
Sunday, January 8, 2012
We also have a westie. Westies "
Saturday, January 7, 2012
When its storming up north we always have a ton of wind. Today it didn't start up until about 2. But John came home from town to a pile of tumble weeds several high and deep. The picture was taken before I tried to move them all out of the way. But they looped right back around. We aren't protected in any direction from the wind so our house creates this vortex effect causing things to circle around and around. it took john at least 30 minutes before he could pull the car in the garage.
Friday, January 6, 2012
I've been working on it since this time last year with a pre-candidacy class and a summer institute. Participating in these two things allowed me to get a scholarship from the AZ K-12 center that covers the entire cost of becoming Nationally Board Certified. ($2,565!!!) I never would have been able to do it without this scholarship. I'm thankful for the AZ K-12 Center. They've been amazing and so supportive.
There are 7 of us going through this process in our district this year all at the elementary school. (We're really small, less than 500 kids.) Apparently, it's a pretty big deal articles in the paper and such. We'll see how many of us actually achieve national board status. It's extremely rigorous.
I'm not gonna lie. I really was hoping something would come up and they'd find a reason to not allow me to do it because it is SO much work. However, now that I've gotten official word I can move full steam ahead without that hope holding me back.
I have to plan and videotape some pretty extensive lessons in integrating science and math and also in social studies. I also have to analyze multiple writing assignments from a couple students and discuss my involvement as a leader, learner, and collaborator.
Ugh. It honestly is the most work I've ever done over the course of the year EVER. Its something like 40+ type written pages, even more supporting documentation, and two 15 minute videos. Crazy!
I'm planning a Civil rights/Martin Luther King Jr./Civil War unit for my social studies lessons to be taken from. Last year our whole civil rights/civil war unit was a huge success and it really got my students thinking. I'm hoping this year is no different and I'll have a lot of videos to choose from.
I've had a much harder time with science. I've had a ton of ideas, but haven't been able to get one worked out in my head. A co-worker of mine who used to teach 3rd grade helped me track down some things to maybe do something with fast growing plants. I think it's going to work, but it's going to take a lot of preparation on my part.
Are any of you teachers? Are you nationally board certified? How did you do? Anyone have any great ideas for a civil rights unit or integrating math and science unit with third graders?
I'd LOVE to hear your ideas or have you point me in the direction of some amazing third grade ideas whether they'd help me towards National Board or not.
Sorry to write about this completely random piece of my life... but it's taking up a lot of my brain capacity right now and many of my "free" hours. Also, I'm 6 for 6 (just in case you hadn't been paying attention).
Have you not been keeping up with my blogging every day? Be sure to enter my "Happy 104th post" thank-you giveaway.
Thursday, January 5, 2012
OK, I didn't miss it. It was my first post of 2012.
I just didn't acknowledge it.
This is post 104. I'm determined to keep up blogging and hope to add another 100 posts this year alone... which looking at my history would be more than the last 3 years combined, go figure!
In honor of my 104th post, and my 5th day in a row blogging, and my recent craftiness, I've decided to have a little thank-you contest.
I'll give one of you that comment on this post something homemade or semi-homemade by yours truly. I crochet, make jewelry, teach, and love scrap-booking and card-making. You can pick your poison. Also, if there's something you've found that you'd love to have me make you, link to it in your comment as well. I'm not making any promises that I can make you what you link to, but I'll try my hardest!
To enter, just leave a comment linking me to your blog, twitter account, email, or pintrest boards. Make sure I have SOME way to let you know you won my little contest.
This little contest will be open until Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 9pm MST. Good Luck!
And thanks for reading!
in full disclosure, no one is paying me or giving me anything to do this giveaway. I will be providing the prize, materials, and man power to make it at my own expense i just love this online community and want to give a small piece of me back.
Thank you for those of you who entered my little contest! Winners chosen.
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Well, I had a typical day.
The administration extended our school day by 30 minutes since we've come back from break. Also, I'm tutoring for an additional hour Tue, Wed, and Thu so I'm now not even thinking about leaving school until 4 o'clock (i have to be there at 7:45 or earlier). Needless to say I came home and crashed. This extra 90 minutes is kicking my trash! But I can do one more month of anything, right!?
While I napped, Tuffy was barking like crazy, he does every day when the neighbor takes his two dogs down past our house to the wash. So, John locked him inside. When he came in he drained his water dish. We forgot to open the doggie door when we left for mutual (church activity for girls and boys 12-17). We were home a good 20 minutes before John discovered the shut doggie door and the literal river across the tile floor as a result. Poor Tuffy! He's never had that kind of accident in the house. Thankfully, I have my steam cleaner. (After we cleaned it all up and used cleaner on it.)
Also, 4 days in a row, if you're keeping track like I am ;) yay!
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Regardless, I got to be back with my kiddos. They're so much fun and truly why I keep at this job. I'm just so dang attached to these families. I've been here long enough that they know me and I have a reputation.
This year has been super stressful with trying to become Nationally Board Certified. But, it'll all be over by the end of the year, with the classroom integrated tasks done by April. I'm not looking forward to all of the typing I have to do over the next 3 months! This may severely limit my blog posting... or maybe it will encourage it because it can be a nice distraction. Either way at the end of this week I'll have less days left in the school year that we've already completed! Yay!
Also, 3 days of 2012 and 3 blog posts. This may be some sort of record for me.
Monday, January 2, 2012
We were super busy today. But we also got to sleep in (read 7:45) so it was bearable.
I straightened up the craft/guest room and found a home for all the table cloths my mom gave me for our gorgeous new dining room table. I also found places for all the odds and ends craft materials that we accumulated over the month of December and my bright idea to "make all Christmas gifts".
We took Tuffy from looking like this: (John bathes him and I cut his hair with some assistance from John, but I'm learning its easier if i just do most of it myself.)
|This picture makes him look much cleaner and much less scruffy then he actually was!|
To now looking like this! Such a handsome westie! And "Oh so cute and FLUFFY!" (name that movie)
|And this picture really doesn't do justice to just how clean he is now and oh how soft his fur is!|
We also found our desk. It had been lost under a pile of stuff that was at least a foot high. We're not quite done yet, but we made a sizable dent! I can see the wood of most of the desk now!
I also gave John a hair cut, played the wii, and John went grocery shopping.
Then this evening we got a phone call from one of the sweetest ladies we know. She's hosting a girl from China who's going to work at the school with us. She was having issues getting her wifi working. We went over to help. I thought for sure I'd be able to figure it out... but then we got there and the girl's computer looked normal, but everything was written in Chinese!!! Yeah... I don't have all the menu's memorized on windows, nor am I that proficient without being able to read the tips and help screens. However, the sweet lady had a computer of her own so we logged onto it and I was able to help her get connected. I was pretty excited that I was able to figure out a way to help her. I'm excited to have her in my classroom and have her share her wealth of knowledge with my students.
So, as you can see, we had a very productive day. Especially since I've now blogged two days in a row! Go me!
Sunday, January 1, 2012
It's another new beginning to a new year. Everyone's making resolutions and setting goals... I guess that's what this time of year is for. However, I always make some fairly lofty resolutions that I never seem to live up to. So here's my goals for this year.
- Keep my focus on what matters most.
- Do all the little things I know I should every day.
- Try new things, often.