Friday, January 30, 2009
Monday we had our Chinese New Year party. Lots of fun but my coteacher got stuck with a lot of the work for it. Makes for a really long day!
Tuesday was the 100th day of school. In our class we made 100 Day glasses. Then we worked on counting to one hundred using a number chart to help us. Then that number chart was used to put one piece of cereal on each number so that we could have a 100 piece snack! We colored a large 100 to make a 100 day crown. We also got to go without uniforms for the day. A good place for teachers to look for ideas is the Mailbox magazine and several teaching websites. Jaron is celebrating on Monday and each child had to bring in 100 things. He took a bag of cocoa puffs!
Wednesday was a normal school day but my back was hurting. It made for a really long day for me.
Thursday was Kansas Day. We celebrated by coloring a Kansas coloring book and tasting sunflower seeds! Then instead of nap we watched the Wizards of Oz! It was a fun day...long but fun.
Today was back to normal but we were playing catch up on all our missed work! All in all I am so glad that I am home and can relax this weekend!
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Why do I do this to myself? I know better but I don't enjoy cleaning so I justify it in my mind until it becomes a huge job.
Today its cold and I will be better and get the house more in order!
Friday, January 23, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
I laughed because one child was convinced she made a "Happy Plate" when in reality it was only kinda happy since she just tried the green beans and applesauce but ate all the spaghetti!
I laughed as a little boy tried to use the zipper of his pants as a pocket and then realized that his pants were simply unzipped...his look made my day!
I laughed during naptime as one of the girls attempted to do an interpretive dance on her cot to the classical music playing at naptime!
I laughed at all the crazy ways that kids can make each other mad...the most devastating being..."You can't come to my birthday" and their birthdays are 6-11 months away!
I laughed so much my sides hurt and I thought I was going to pull a muscle...I also laughed until I nearly cried!
I love laughing!
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
My kids got off the bus today and ran to meet me at the door. Before they are even on the front steps Janea bursts into tears and informs me that she was sent to the Focus Room. This is the place at school where my children have been told to never go. They need to behave, obey and focus on being the best students they can be. I ask why she was sent, she tells me it's for kicking another child and lying to the teacher! Kicking, that is part of being a kid and not controlling yourself, lying is not okay period. Dan and I have worked really hard at making sure that our children are obedient and not lying. We are not perfect parents and our kids do make mistakes and so she was very upset because she knew she had done wrong. I was livid...and rushed to call Dan. Dan as usual sees it simply from Janea's point of view but as I talked to Janea I realized I may have jumped to the worst case scenario, Dan calls me back and we decided that Janea has lost TV for a few days and will have to accept the natural consequenses that come with misbehaving at school. It will take some time for the teacher to trust Janea completely and I hope that she has learned to control herself more.
The Bible instructs parents to be training their children to follow Him. It is my prayer that Dan and I help Janea and Jaron to be the best kids they can be and that they grow to Love Him. Training a child is hard work...certainly not for wimps!
Monday, January 19, 2009
I can't believe that I have to go back to work tomorrow and that it will only be Tuesday.
We got a lot accomplished! Yeah us!
A rundown of our accomplishments:
- oil changes for both vehicles
- new wipers on my car
- grocery shopping
- church in the morning and evening Sunday
- one meal fully cooked and put up
- family fun time
- haircut for me!(so much better!)
- some housecleaning...we could have done better but we were a little busy:)
So now Dan is at work and I am getting ready for the kids to be back to school and me back to school. We're off and running for another week.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
It was a good week...we had our frustrating moments but I would say the week ended well.
I have not done as well at my cooking as I could have but since this is a three day weekend I am planning on getting more on track!
Some of our plans for the weekend include:
- oil changes for my car and the van
- new wipers for my car!
- grocery shopping
- haircut! (It's getting bad)
- clean house
Plus our usual Sunday activities of going to Church and choir practice! I always enjoy going and worshipping at our church!
All in all it should be a good weekend!
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Today was that day. My alarm went off when it was supposed to, however, I didn't get up, I turned it off! I have set my alarm to go off an hour before I have to get the kids up so I can get in some quiet time with God and I can charge my batteries. I have found it's really helped me with my attitude. Well, this morning, I woke up 7 minutes after I have to wake up the kids. So we were scrambling this morning!
Both kids were moving in slow motion. We made it out the door just as the bus is coming up the street so I didn't get to tell them bye and remind them to be on their best behavior.
Jaron went to the buddy room today. He was not listening or sitting still. Janea also had to pull a card in her classroom. Not the greatest day for the Jonathan kids, they WILL do better tomorrow!
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Here's my predicament:
Dan and I are approaching our 10th wedding anniversary. When we got married we had planned to go to the Outer Banks of North Carolina for our honeymoon. About 4 months before our wedding Dan got a better paying job working at a manufacturing plant. Due to being a new hire he did not have accumulated vacation time and so we changed our plans. Instead of a week long trip to NC we went to a Geneva Illinois for a longer weekend. We had a nice time and enjoyed ourselves. We decided we would go to the Outer Banks for our first anniversary. Fast forward to October of 1999. I'm feeling strange, not normal, and so we decide to take a pregnancy test...it's positive! So we're due 4 days before our anniversary! Janea was actually born 18 days before our first anniversary but there was no way we could travel and leave a newborn! So we decided to wait until our 5th or 10th anniversary. At 5 years, we couldn't afford to go and we had two kids 4 and under. Now we are approaching 10 years and I don't know if the kids could handle us being gone for a week.
We are looking at places to stay, attractions we want to see, and starting the beginning of the planning process for the trip. Janea is wanting to go...since we will be going to the beach. At the same time we have never taken a family vacation to anywhere. So my question is should we just take a family vacation this June and then in a few years when they are much older plan an extended second honeymoon trip or should we just try and take one this year. Parenting is such a challenge. Dan is worried if we take the kids that I will feel jipped out of getting to see all the stuff I want to see. I am worried about how the kids will take us going for at least a week once you count in travel times.
Marriage is important and getting that time to reconnect with your spouse is so important. Parenting is important and so is building family memories.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
I have great Sparks leaders who are Calvary students and they won't be back till next week! I was kinda starting to panic.
I am thankful for Mrs. Beck for coming tonight and to Jeff for helping kids with sections. A big thank you goes to Megan and Aaron tonight too since they helped listen to verses.
I am excited to see what the next semester brings for the Sparks program at my church!
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
This is how I know I am not the greatest chef...I make really careless mistakes!
Explain to me how I can cook all day on Saturday and only have made enough meals to last through Tuesday night???
I broke down and ordered pizza tonight. The kids were begging, and I was tired. I have to do better, these new resolutions are hard!
Monday, January 5, 2009
I must admit I lost it...Poor Pastor Ryan must have thought I was nuts!~
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Tomorrrow we go back to school, back to work and back to a school year schedule.
It's been nice to see Dan every day (even with all our ups and downs the last few weeks).
I'll miss sleeping in past 7 every morning...6:30 comes early round these parts.
I'm glad the kiddos are going back to school, they so need to get back to a routine.
We will be back to all the fun things that go along with a busy schedule.