Saturday, December 26, 2009

Merry Holidays to you all

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and have a safe and happy new year.

This Christmas went by so quickly. It was really busy between my family and Dave's and we had a great time everywhere we went.

I'm heading south in the morning. My friend Kelly (Ab) and I are going on a roadtrip to Florida and then I'm flying home. She's staying there for the winter, lucky girl :)

Now I'm super tired and exhausted. Not the best way to start a trip but 7 hours of sleep will hopefully energize me for the start of the drive tomorrow.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

School's (just about) out for Christmas :)

Four more hours of school! I just might be counting down even more than the students.

I wore a (beautiful) Christmas sweater to school today, complete with a Christmas tree, beads, bows, and bells. One student, a girl who is rarely in a good mood, said "You just totally made my day when I saw you have bells on your sweater! My dad used to have one like that." (huh?)

Other students snickered, some said they thought it was really cute, another teacher said "Wow, your sweater is..... busy..." That one made me laugh. During one class a student asked his classmate where the ringing was coming from. He must not have noticed the (beautiful) sweater yet.

Tomorrow is the annual Christmas assembly, complete with letters to Santa, a Christmas play, and some caroling. Last year they kind of picked on me in the play and the Student Council Advisor told me today that I showed up in the play again. So we'll see how it goes...

Not Christmas related, but I had a great teacher moment today. The students (in pairs) had to choose a religion and write in a paragraph or two (concisely) how the religion spread. Two students were taking a long time with it and told me they were making it creative. I was looking forward to grading theirs and they surpassed my expectations. by far.

It's a song in the style of the "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" tv show theme song describing the beginnings of Islam. I think I'm going to ask them to perform it so I can tape it and show future classes when we're discussing the foundations of Islam.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Sarah's Day

If you happen to see Sarah today or stop by her blog, wish her a very Happy Birthday!!

Sarah, I hope you're having a chance today to relax and enjoy your day. Happy Happy Birthday!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

My first deer

I got my first deer yesterday, an 8-pointer. With my car :( Hit it, dragged it a hundred or so feet and then deposited it back on the ground. I couldn't stop right when I hit it because a car was coming up behind me super quickly and was about to rear-end us.

Luckily there were no ill effects (for me and my passenger or my car, the deer wasn't so lucky). I don't even have a scratch or a ding on my car from it. Can't quite figure out how that happened but I am THANKFUL!

Sunday, December 6, 2009


I finished my final analysis paper so that means I'm done with homework for the next month. :) I'm pumped about that! It gives me a few extra hours every weekend to spend enjoying this snow.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Happy Birthday Heather!

Today is Heather's 22nd.... Happy Birthday to you!! We went out for dinner to celebrate and had some great laughs. What a fun night :)

In other news
  • It was soooo nice having a few days off for Thanksgiving. Dave and I ended up going out of town to visit some family on Friday for the rest of the weekend so it went by waaaay too quickly.
  • Back to school. and formal observation #1 for year 2. It's over, all of the meetings are over and it was successful. He (the principal) likes what I'm doing, I get to keep my job ;) Kidding. Not about keeping my job because yes, I still have it. But the stakes for this observation were not that high. Last year I got so nervous about them. This one I was able to relax and do my thing. Glad it's over and I'm hoping nothing out of the ordinary comes up before Christmas. Highly unlikely, but a girl can hope!
  • I put up some Christmas lights in my room and the students are loving it. I like 'em too. If I don't get sick of them I just may keep them up longer. It makes my classroom cozier or something.
  • This week is dragging by.
  • Tomorrow DII basketball starts in these parts. Heidi and I got season tickets - can't wait!
Hope you're all taking some time to enjoy the season. I'm afraid it's going to go by way too quickly.