Saturday, October 27, 2012

Strawberry at the Zoo (and Random Tidbits)


Is this not the cutest strawberry you've ever seen?


Okay, I'm a little biased, but I just love this little costume.  (Who doesn't love a kid in a romper?)  I'm sad that as kids get older, costumes become less adorable.  (Remember this?  And this? So precious!)  This is probably the last year I'll be able to choose M's costume, so I went with something super cutesy.


We checked out Boo at the Zoo again this year.  I was surprised by how much this event costs.  It's pretty pricey if you want to do everything they offer (not sure how I didn't remember this from last year). On top of that, zoo members don't get a discount.  But oh, well.  The Strawberry had fun, so I won't complain.


This year we went on a Thursday evening right when the zoo opened.  I'm not sure if it was because we were there on a weeknight or because we were there so early, but we didn't have to wait in many lines at all.  We could walk right up to just about anything we wanted to do. Loved that.  ('Cause three-year-olds have this much patience.)


Last year it was FREEZING.  This year, it was very pleasant (the high has been 80 here all week).


We checked out the Candy Land part where the kids walk around getting candy from local companies.  Total trick-or-treating time?  No more than 10 minutes.  My kind of trick-or-treating!


In fact, this may be the only trick-or-treating we do this year.  I'm just not feeling the whole neighborhood walk thing. Our neighborhood is a popular one on Halloween (think police officers at both entrances monitoring the flow of non-residents), and I'm just not sure I feel up to it this year.  Plus this may be the last year I can do it without my kid knowing she's missing out.  At least she'll get to wear her costume one more time for her school's fall festival...


Best part of Boo at the Zoo this year?  Seeing the Lion King animals displayed.  This is, by far, her favorite movie right now, so this really made her night. That smile was priceless. :)

And now a few randoms:


My kid brings home her little preschool work every day, but I have yet to establish a system for saving /scanning them (they're kinda everywhere).  So I recently decided to save one of M's random iPad drawings to the blog (the only scrapbook I have).  I want to remember simple things like the fact that instead of drawing one dot or a circle for a nose, M always draws two dots.  (Nostrils, maybe?)

She can write her name now. Well, kinda...  Do you see it?  Morgan? :)


This was from last night -- with no help with spelling or handwriting (obviously). I can't help but smile at that "g" and the backwards "a" - ha! :-)  I'm just amazed at how quickly children learn at this age.

And another cool tidbit from the week -- our school's annual 3K race.  For the past three years, our Junior Class Officers have hosted a 3K race (right on campus during the school day) that raises money for breast cancer research.  Between all the students and teachers, over $5,000 was raised.  I LOVE that.

I was worried about the running part once again.  Our campus has some hills -- hills SCARE me.  Plus this was my "week off" from running, so I hadn't been training. I felt like giving up several times, but I ran the whole way. I have to admit, it was slightly satisfying passing some of the teenagers who gave up on the hills, though. It made me feel kinda young and fit.  My time wasn't great, but I already knew that needed improvement.

My Department 

I talk about work all the time -- how much I love teaching and my students. And I'm sure I've mentioned this before, too, but my department is full of rock stars.  The people I work with every day (these five and then a guy - not pictured) are all smart, hardworking, and kind. Over the years, they have taught me so much about what a good teacher looks like.  I'm so lucky to be surrounded by the best in the business.

So it was a pretty good week.  I hit a roadblock earlier this week that still isn't 100% resolved, but I've been praying on it and trying not to worry. I know God's in control and has a plan, and that gives me peace.

Anyhoo, let me get back to my weekend duties.  I need to get some more things done while my kid naps.  My kitchen looks like two or three tornadoes hit it, and I've got hours of lectures to watch for grad school. Hoping to knock a lot of this out today!

Have a great weekend and week, everybody!

Love,
G

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