Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Breast Cancer Walk (Part 2)

Apparently I put an incorrect link in my original post on how to get to my Avon Breast Cancer Walk page. The correct address is http://tinyurl.com/3xonrz. Please consider visiting and donating! Thanks so much!

Monday, April 28, 2008

Keeping the faith

Tonight I was chatting online with the girl I really want my brother to marry...she's a teacher too, seeking her master's in educational administration. She didn't have a great day today. I didn't have a great day today either. I make my students take notes. And because I am teaching two subjects I keep the same class of students for about two hours. I always teach math first and then science. So today I say "Friday we talked about functions and relations. Today we're talking about graphing functions." Not 30 seconds later I have a student ask me if this is "math or science?"

L is frustrated with some parents. She has the right to be...lots of times we have a right to be upset with parents. These parents send their children to us every day, and often don't trust us to do our jobs well.

You know what the best part of this is, though? I STILL love my job! I can't wait to get there every day! Even if I get frustrated...extremely frustrated. I absolutely love it! I've got to keep the faith that God wouldn't let me do something for a living where I am miserable. I don't know anyone who doesn't get frustrated with their jobs, but I have faith that God has me where he needs me and where he can use me best!

Saturday, April 26, 2008

It her birthday!

Happy Birthday to my precious baby! We love you with all our hearts and we are so proud of the beautiful, smart young lady you are becoming!

Happy Birthday Sarah!

Mom and Dad

Friday, April 25, 2008

Avon Breast Cancer Walk

I don't know how many people there are who read this blog, but it's at least worth it to try, right?

I have registered to walk in the Charlotte Avon Breast Cancer walk. It's a 39 mile walk. We go 26 miles (a marathon) the first day, sleep in tents and then walk 13 miles (half-marathon) the next day. In order to participate I have to raise $1800.00. All this money will go toward breast cancer research. We need to find a cure for this horrible disease.

About two months ago my doctor found a lump in my breast. I had already found one under my arm on the same side and she confirmed that it was there. I had to go for a mammogram and an ultrasound. There was a one week period of time between finding the lump and the diagnostic tests. That was one of the scariest weeks of my life...not knowing, and the constant thinking about it. I can't tell you how many times I felt my breast again while I was in the bathroom, trying to see if the lump was still there! Thank God that everything was absolutely gone when I had the mammogram and the ultrasound and I do not have breast cancer. Can you imagine what it would feel like for the radiologist to say "Mrs. (insert your name here), this is suspicious and we want to do a biopsy." Or worse yet..."No biopsy is necessary...I can see that you have cancer. We will schedule an appointment with an oncologist for you and you need to see him/her right away." I can't.

Please consider donating to my fund. You can either mail a check to me personally (add your phone number or personal email on the messages for this post and I'll contact you with my mailing address) or you can go to my personal web-page at http://tinyurl.com/3xonrz and donate there. It's very easy...just point and click! :) As always, if you even read my notes here, thank you. And thank you even more if you can and will support my efforts to help find a cure for breast cancer!

This is "For the Girls!"

Thursday, April 24, 2008


Those of you who know me personally know that as much as I love teaching I love my family more! I've been blessed with a wonderful husband and two beautiful, healthy children. Well, my baby will be six on Saturday! If I really wanted to celebrate her exact birthdate and time, I would set my clock for 12:16 a.m. Saturday morning and go in Sarah's room and wake her up at 12:17 a.m. singing "Happy Birthday"! I won't do that...I don't like waking up in the middle of the night and neither does she.

The "Come See Me" finale is on Saturday night, so we are going to sit by Winthrop Lake and watch fireworks for her birthday. Sarah thinks that the city is celebrating her birthday (after all...everyone's life revolves around Sarah, ya know). I've just let her believe it and we are using that as her party. Our family is coming and most of her friends will be there anyway. It'll be a fun time.

Sarah has not stopped telling me lately that the next time she goes to children's choir, she'll be going to the same room with Caleb because she'll be in 1st grade. She tells me about 3 times/week that she's an almost 1st grader. Just today she said "Mom...in two days I'll be SIX!" Oh baby, I know!

I know exactly how fast you're growing up and away. I know that soon you won't call me in the middle of the night and say "Mommy will you snuggle up with me?" I know that soon Caleb won't be your hero anymore...he'll just be your brother. I know that sooner than I want to admit there will be a string of boys you bring home to eat with us because you really want to date them and that's Daddy's rule..."Any boy who wants to date MY daughter is going to sit at MY table and eat a meal with ME! And he better talk too!" (When you read that part, you have to puff up your chest, lower your eyebrows and make your voice all husky to get the real effect.)

I had similar emotions when Caleb turned six. I don't know what it is...I guess I realize that you're halfway to being a teenager or something, but I feel like my baby is gone. Well, Sarah, no matter how old and big you get, baby, you can always call me in the middle of the night to snuggle up with you and I always will! I love you!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

I mean...for REAL!?!?!?!

Tell me the truth...after you read this, isn't it obviously apparent that we have only six weeks left of school?

1) The kid I teach who has to blow his nose at least one time each class period...the one who sounds like Gonzo when he blows the little horn at the end of the "Muppet Show" introduction...yeah...that one. He has been stepping out into the hall at 9:20 and again at 10:30 for 158 days now (would be 159 but he was sick one day and stayed home) and blowing his nose. Seriously, I don't know how he avoids blowing a little bit of brain tissue out because he blows harder and louder than anyone I know (yes, Alisa, even louder than you!). Anyway, after 158 days of this occurrence, I have another teacher on my hall come to me YESTERDAY and say "Please tell him to go to the bathroom when he blows his nose. It's disturbing my classes." Is it ok that I found this remark incredibly funny and somewhat annoying at the same time? Honestly, is it necessary to blow one's nose so hard that a teacher 2 classrooms down the hall complains, and is it necessary to complain now about something that has happened for 158 of the last 159 days?

2) Sarah has been sick lately and we have to see a specialist. The only appt. I could get is tomorrow, so I will be out all day. Last week when she was sick and I stayed home with her, my students acted AWFUL, so I have been writing substitute plans all day today, while the students are taking an open book test that I spent way too long making out (mainly because it covers 2 chapters and I have to start getting some grades in the book). While I'm pouring over these plans, making sure they have more work than they could ever finish in even a week, one of my dear, precious, lovely young ladies walks up and here's the conversation:

Her: I have a question. Don't this word right here in number 22, whether, don't it s'poseda have a A in it?

Me: Huh?

Her: Dis word right here...whether...don't it sposeda have a A in it?

Me: No. It's the word whether, not weather.

Her: But it sposeda have a A in it.

Me: No it's not. It's not the word weather. It's whether.

Her: I don't git it.


Her: OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHH....I git it. Thanks Miss. (notice...no Madden attached!)

I need summer...or a tall glass of something fruity and a back rub!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Long time...no post

Been a while...life has been a bit overwhelming lately, so the blog is one of the last things on my mind. Thought it was time for an update.

Spring Break came and went and we're back in full force here. PACT is only around the corner so I'm trying to CRAM everything they need into their brains. You should see this classroom. These kids are always writing, working, asking questions...that's how I like it! We only have six and a half weeks left all together and I really need the break!!!

Most of my students who have been behavior problems have either decided they need to just finish the year, or they've decided that they want to just blow it out and are being so bad I have to put them out. I still want them to be in here and learn, so it's a bit of a struggle to deal with this type of behavior.

I came across this really cool blog...a girl I went to highschool with is the author. She seems to have so many things right! I'll be reading hers to get some ideas for mine, k?

Hope everyone out there is doing great. Hopefully it won't be so long between posts again.