Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
Saturday, April 26, 2008
I have decided that the other three family member who are not married or been birthed by me are not all slobs...just 2 of them! The 11 year old does keep things relatively clean...I mean she is a typical 11 year old but she does try! My 2 children are on the messy end and we are working on this.!
So today I have cleaned. I am a cleaning machine...not sure what my darling husband has planned for today but I think it may involve yard work(YUCK!) don't get me wrong, I enjoy being outside but I don't enjoy mowing the grass or digging in flower beds! I have a black thumb when it comes to plants...that's Dan's gift! So maybe while he is doing yard work I can work on our bedroom...the bad thing about working opposite shifts is that we aren't both awake at convenient times for cleaning purposes and the room needs some work!
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
I love the simplicity of a child admiring the wonders of God that we see driving through a Thunderstorm! Praise God for all his mighty wonders!
But my brain hurts today....it's full to bursting and I can't figure out what to do with myself.
I am teaching Homonyms...homophones and homographs. They are a challenge for my students. Its frustrating to me to see them struggle with this concept. Plus, they all forgot how to spell anything today!
Tomorrow should hopefully be a better day!
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
So Saturday...a busy fun day for the whole family! Janea had BIM JRNE at Calvary. She had a lot of fun and her team took first place. Jaron and I hung out at home and then we all went to pick Janea up.
We went out for a late lunch early dinner and then decided to go and treat the kids to a movie. So we went and saw HORTON HEARS A WHO! it was fun....Jaron really enjoyed the movie and Janea had fun as well.
After going and seeing Horton we went to the Hardware store and then we went to play at the park. The kids had a lot of fun at the park.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
I got my car fixed...or told that it doesn't need fixing its just old.
I had a CEC meeting at church
I had a staff meeting at school
A very long day
A long day at school, plus trying to update my resume and everything as I am now officially job hunting since our March knowing date has long come and gone...oh well!
Long evening at home too, the kids were arguing, the other family was being stressful...just a long day!
Plus added stress of this being Tax Day...so everyone at work was just a little out of sorts!
Long day at work, on Wednesday I fill in at the front desk and this one was just one where I couldn't figure out a good rhythm..I was away from my desk and my room with the resources I use and I just wasn't productive today.
Wednesday Night was AWANA, and before that I took the kids to McDonalds and so we were just not home.
Our bearded dragon lizard may be dead, dying or hibernating....we are not sure which. So the kids were stressing over her all day and they feel bad and that makes me feel bad and it's just tiring. The music teacher was sick today too so I had to do music time plus Art and P.E....makes for a very long day
Get home this evening and have to gather all the garbage together since tomorrow is trash day and Dan should take the cans up after work. A bigger job then normal...the can was so full to overflowing that I could fill another whole bag with the stuff balanced on top! I guess I am the only one who takes it outside!
It's also one of those days where the sound of arguing is absolutely making my skin crawl and I think a good nights sleep would make me feel better.
I am going to make dinner, crawl into bed and if I get my wish be asleep by 9:00.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
One a side note....kickball and 6 year olds is a funny combination....they just don't get it....it totally cracks me up when you have 3 runners all on first base!
Shout out to Mr. Dan as he was the only leader brave enough to play....and not wearing flip-flops!
So maybe I am a geek but I like email!
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
"Rejoice in the Lord Always"
"Praise ye the Lord"
I've been reminded in my devos lately that I need to praise God...even when I don't always feel like it....so I am going to that!
#1: My car is fixed! I have driven it today and the belt stayed on!
#2: The weather is gorgeous...windy yet gorgeous and we can play outside!
#3: My God is bigger than any problem facing me!
#4: I have great people in my church and the Lord is doing mighty things!
We also are to pray without ceasing and to make our requests known to God. A few requests:
#1: Wisdom for Dan and I: decisions regarding jobs for both him and I
#2: Finding the right financing
#3: That our children come to know the Lord at a young age and fully rely on HIM!
#4: That my car keeps its belts on for the rest of the school year!
The Capital from the Washington Monument
At the pool at the World War II Memorial looking back towards the Washington Monument
Looking up from the Reflecting Pool to the Lincoln Memorial
Janea in front of Mr. Lincoln
After this we had to go and get back to our van. We took the scenic route past the White House and then got back to our parking garage. Our van was stuck and it took us 35 minutes to get out of the garage. It then took us almost an hour to get to the airport. Our flight is scheduled to leave at 2:15 pm and we arrive at the airport at 1:30. Talk about rushed, we rushed through security, we rushed through the concourses arriving with about 2 minutes to spare at our gate making our flight home! 1 and1/2 hours later we land in Chicago and then have a 1hour 45 min layover before flying home to KC. It was a good trip but I was very glad to get home!
Monday, April 14, 2008
My family is all relatively healthy! YEAH
School only has 6 weeks left.
I need a new job for next year!
Mortgage....need word still....would like to buy house from Sharon if at all possible.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
I ended up not going with the group on Friday afternoon. I really didn't feel up to going when the group left...we were near public transportation sites and I thought I would rest for a while longer then meet up with everyone else later that afternoon. The other parents assured me they could handle everything and that I should just stay at the hotel. I said ok and off they went. I proceeded to sleep away the afternoon.
From what I was told they went and toured the National Geographic Headquaters building, ate a late lunch at Fuddruckers and then they got to take a tour of ABC studios in Washingtion. It was very cool of the other teacher's friend to arrange a tour for us. The kids got to see how TV is made and then even got to sit in front of a green screen and read from the teleprompter.
Well, by the end of the tour the kids have been together for 3 days straight. They are starting to bug each other just to make people mad and so it was decided that each family would be on their own for dinner since a lot of the kids weren't really hungry and we just needed to seperate for a while. They got back to the hotel, told me all about what they had done and then my coteacher and another parent walked down and found a grocery store and picked up some lunchable, cheese and crackers and some juice for the evening. It was a good night to just relax after our previous two busy days.
I think that I everyone was in bed by 9:00 and we slept to get ready for Saturday...all the while praying for good weather as we got ready to do the National Mall.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
We had a great tour guide who led us around the park. Bonehead me, I left my camera on the bed when I was getting all the tour stuff together. I had to rely on my parents to take pictures for me. Well, the first thing we got to see was the George Wythe house...he was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and taught the law to Thomas Jefferson. We got to touch a door that George Washington and Thomas Jefferson touched! I found that very cool(the history geek that I am) and then we got to go inside and see a gentry level house from the 1700's. In the parlor, there was a interpreter who was playing music. He was very informative and informed us that in the 1700's girls could only play specific instruments, ones that didn't cause the elbow to jut out from the body and distort the face! The boys were kinda bummed when they learned that girls got to play guitar!
After the Wythe house we viewed a weaver, and went to the foundry where we got to see them make metal spoons. It was very cool and the kids had fun pulling on the bellows! After this we went and got to go to the Capital. Here we got to reenact history and play the parts of the men who decided that we should declare our Independence from England. This had more meaning for the kids than me just talking about it! After the capital we went and viewed the jail. Cold and creepy! I would have not wanted to be put in the prisons then! Our guide then told us a spooky ghost story about Blackbeard who was actually captured by men from Williamsburg!
We took a brief break and played with hoops and sticks and I should say I have finally found a sport I am somewhat good at! I can roll a hoop with a stick! Our last stop with our tour guide was the milliner's shop where we learned about dressmaking, tailoring, and all the accessories needed to dress back in the 1700's! I am so glad I do not have to wear the amount of layers the ladies did back them!
After lunch in a local tavern we explored more of the town on our own and then went and took a tour of the Governor's Palace. This was a great tour with a great tour guide who really made us feel like we would have wanted to join in the rebellion against the British! Our friend from the Wythe house came and explained all about the ball and the minuet...I had never realized that up to an hour and a half of a ball would be spent with one couple after another dancing the minuet one after another in order of standing in the community! That seems like a long evening!
We ended our day by warming up with hot chocolate and then going down and viewing the actors reenacting history in Revolutionary City. The kids had been complaining about wanting to leave for about an hour but once we got where there was action and basically real life TV! Then they didn't want to leave! I think they were really starting to grasp the meaning behind the Revolutionary War!
I promised all the kids souvenirs so they got to pick out Williamsburg souvenirs then we headed back to the hotel...we were going to order in pizza, but the thought of 6 kids eating in rooms and being loud we decided to go to the pizza place. The adults had a nice time talking, eating, and drinking while the kids amused themselves and ate too. All in all a full and eventful day! The kids all swam again that night and we all slept really good since we were so tired from our very full day!
Monday, April 7, 2008
Ivy Bushes...we don't have this in Missouri!
Such cool buildings!
Janea meets Mr. Thomas Jefferson!
The first hospital for the insane in America
Janea in Williamsburg
The first cells people were kept in--basically jail
Devices used to help people with mental illness
Treatment became more humane as time went on and knowledge improved.
Janea and I got picked up by Dan at 4:50am to make it to the airport on time. I had to be the first person there since I had everyone's boarding passes for the plane ride. We got through security around 6:30 and hung out until our flight departed a half hour later than we were scheduled so our 7:00 flight left at 7:30. We arrived in Chicago and quickly dashed through the terminals at Midway to get to our next departure gate only to find out that this flight was going to be delayed by 30 minutes as well. Two flights under our belt we arrived in Washington D.C and made our way to the Thrifty car rental place where we picked up our 12 passenger van. The kids did really well on the walk and bus ride to the rental place but we were all hungry and tired so we stopped for lunch.
After lunch we left for Williamsburg...it was about a 3 hour car ride and traffic was heavy! I was driving the van and it was very nerve wracking! I am not used to a vehicle that big and in an area of the country that I haven't been to but thankfully we made it to Williamsburg having only one stop at a Welcome Center along the way. We got checked into our hotel and then tried to figure out what we would do for the evening. We decided to visit the downtown area known as Merchants Square. We got to visit the first insane asylum ever built in America. We also visited some local shops and enjoyed being out of a plane and car and seeing the sites in Colonial Williamsburg. We ate dinner at a local coffee shop and enjoyed our time in Virginia. Upon our arrival back at the hotel the kids changed for a chance to swim in the pool and I got about an hour all to myself since I have a Chlorine allergy and was unable to go swimming in the indoor pool.
We all got back to our rooms and got to enjoy a good nights sleep as we prepared for our next day's adventure!
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
It's 1136 miles from Kansas City to Williamsburg Virginia!
It's an hour flight to Chicago then a 1-2 hour trip to Washington D.C.
It's a 3 hour drive(give or take) from D.C to Williamsburg
It's 6 students and 6 parents in a 15 passenger van for quite awhile.
It's 2nd-4th graders opportunity to experience history and the cool things about our nation!
It's my 7 year olds first real plane trip...being under 2 doesn't count!
It's my first time seeing sites in D.C. since I was 7 years old myself. I haven't been there for 24 years! Do the math to figure out how old I am!
It's the first time Daddy and Jaron have spent 36 hours straight together without Mommy being there to help!
I will be chaperoning for 47 straight hours! (Except for when I was a camp counselor I think that is the longest time I have ever been a chaperone)!
I have 1 all-powerful God, lots of praying friends and I know that everything will work out!