Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Checking in With Ramblings

Hey, guys!  My ramblings are all over the place today, so I'm going to number stuff -- sorta like my friend Hope's Ten on Tuesday.  Except I can't call it that since it's Wednesday.  But you get the point... {Edited to Add:  I read this post the next morning and realized that yesterday WAS Tuesday.  My days all run together -- I just know Mondays and Fridays.  Everything else is just a big ball of mush with too many things to do.}
  1. First of all, I miss the blog world!  I was never a heavy blogger myself, but I have always enjoyed reading other people's blog every day.  Now, I'm lucky if I read blogs once a week.  And this whole blogging community of women on the Web is just amazing to be a part of.  I've "met" so many great women with whom I have so much in common .  And I like checking their blogs to see what they're up to.  I have a ton of favorites that I miss dearly.  Such as my friend Hope's.  I just linked one of her latest posts, but I haven't even had a chance to read it!  And her photography blog?  Ah-mazing.  Speaking of amazing photography, there's another mama I love following, and that's Vanessa at De Su Mama (and if it wasn't for a quick Facebook check on my phone, I would have missed her big announcement today -- congrats, Vanessa!!).  I've been so MIA from my blogs, that I didn't know until days later that Vanessa mentioned me in one of her recent posts about her beautiful daughter Alina's love for a new book series (adorable pics included).  And then there's my favorite med school mama, Jasmine, who blogs about everything from her faith to her two-year-old to her med school happenings.  And of course my favorite fashion blog, Kendi Everyday (she is so funny and creative).  And there are so many other women I love following -- many of which have recently had great things happen for them - new business venture, new baby, new pregnancy, etc.  I've got to find time to keep up with these ladies.  They're all an inspiration to me in some way!
  2. I recently finished a big project for one of my EdS classes, and I feel so glad to have it out of the way.  Maybe this is why I found the energy to post tonight -- I can breath JUST a little. For now, anyway, since it's actually not the biggest project in the class.  After the typical research, reading, and writing, the project included a 25-minute presentation that I actually recorded at home (more on the reason for that later).  Do you know how hard it is for a perfectionist to record a presentation without starting it over because you didn't like the way something came out?  Well, I'm not half the perfectionist I used to be because I only started over twice.  Now a few years ago, I would have driven myself crazy...
  3. It ain't all peaches and cream with my EdS classes.  There's still "that class."  Let's not talk about it until I feel a little better about it *if that ever happens.*   :)
  4. A lot of my family and friends joke with me insisting that I'll go back for my PhD because it just seems like something I'd do, apparently.  Well, I'm putting it out there for all to see.  MARK MY WORD.  After this EdS, I am DONE WITH SCHOOL. Plus, I'm hearing from all these mamas with kids in elementary school that the homework load in these early grades are unreal.  So I've gotta give myself a break before that starts.
  5. I recorded my presentation at home (versus at work) because my little M has been a little under the weather.  When DK went to pick her up from school one day last week, her whole table had been sent home for -- I'll spare you the details -- a stomach virus.  Use your imagination on what I've been cleaning a lot of the past few days. Ha! :)  She'd also had a fever and cough earlier that week, so it was your typical week of preschool germ-spreading.
  6. Um, do y'all remember the book Cat in the Hat?  We all do, right?  Well, did you know it is about 62 pages long?  NOT a good book to read at bedtime when your two-year-old is already up past bedtime.  And this same two-year-old loves going back through EVERY page picking things out, finding colors, and counting things.  And don't try to skip a page.  Not happening.  She knows.  And will kindly (or maybe not so kindly) flip the pages back.  Sixty + pages, y'all.  DON'T READ THE CAT IN THE HAT AT BEDTIME.
  7. It's the end of the first nine weeks at school.  Grades are due from us teachers on Thursday.  Where is the time going?  Didn't school JUST start back?
  8. I have the best job in the world.  I feel so blessed to love what I do every day.  I love my students, my co-workers, my classroom, my content area, and the fact that the subject I teach requires you to be a lifelong learner.  No time to ever get bored!
  9. Morgan was the helper in her class one day last week.  Her teacher sent home this cute, detailed note about how Morgan was so particular about how things were stacked.  Too cute.  Total heart-melter.  Now if I could only get her to stack her things neatly at home...
  10. DK and I are just enjoying seeing our little M blossom into this funny kid!  The things kids say -- it's just amazing how much their little brains soak up.  M remembers EVERYTHING, and it's getting really had to trick her these days.  Just today, she noticed one of her old riding toys in the garage and wanted to play with it.  She's too big for it now, but I messed up and told her it was "broken."  That used to work like a charm.  Wanna know what she told me today?  "Mommmmmy, I'll fix it!  I'll fix it, Mommy!"  What do you say to that?  Nothing.  You go along with it, tell her it's AWESOME that she's going to fix the toy, and grab the old thing and bring it in the house. Time for new mommy tricks!
Here are some recent pics:

Dinner one night last week.

 Being silly M as usual.  At the mall today picking up Race for the Cure packets (notice the pink ribbon on her shirt).  Race is this weekend!  So excited!

After we took our team packets back to the car, we ate "mall food court" food! 

Fun pics with my favorite girl.

And this pic was from last week on our "sick" day at home.  Though she had a slight fever for a day and was super stopped-up, she felt great.  The pic says it all.

I hope everyone's having a great week! *So proud that I got a decent post in this week!*

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