Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
All around Jimbo and Torie's western house! Jimbo is Adam oldest and dearest friend, who is getting hitched April 9. We are thrilled because we are smitten with Torie! Adam lived with Jimbo the whole time we were dating, and we remember finding a pair of ladies sunglass at the house. We heckled Jimbo about it and he just grinned, so we knew "this" girl might just be something special. In less than a month "that" girl, Torie will be his wife and Adam will be at Jimbo's side cheering him on the whole way! We wanted to honor them throwing them a couples shower. Mark and Christina, other close friends teamed up with us to host. Christina and I had a great time planning the party and shopping. We held the party at Adam's families lodge. The Whitehurst Lodge helped complete the western feel we were going for. We feasted on beef tenderloin, baked potatoes with all the fixings, green beans, and yeast rolls. For dessert, we had strawberry cake, German chocolate gooey bars, and chocolate covered strawberries. After dinner, we played Chinese horseshoes, corn hole, and regular horseshoes. It was a windy day but it turned out to be a great time filled with fun and much laughter. The couple received many wonderful gifts to fill their western themed home!
The tables and the food
The tables and the food
Me, Christina, and Torie
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
My first time linking up, this week Kelly's Corner is doing a look at your typical day! I thought it would be fun! Being a first grade teacher no day ever goes as planned. Educators have to be extrememly flexible, but in a dream day this is how it would go.
6:00 Alarm goes off...
6:10 Alarm goes off again and I finally get moving. I get up and have my morning prayer time (read the chapters in the Bible for that day and do my morning prayers).
6:30 Get ready for work, let the pup out and get my coffee ready that my amazing husband makes every night. I grab my granola bar (my usual breakfast) and head out the door!
7:05 Get to work and get ready for a day filled with 18 little first graders. I set up anything I didn't get done the afternoon before, check e-mail, make copies, grade papers, etc.
7:50 Call the little ones in for them to put their book bags in the locker room and get started on their morning work. I greet them, help them with their work, and check folders during this time.
8:50 We begin our math block. It begins with our math calendar (20 minutes), then on to the students favorite part math centers. We end our math block with a mini lesson and a guides practive worksheet.
9:00 Reading my favorite time of the day. We have a hour of whole group full of phonics dances, jumping out phonemes (letter sounds), clapping out words, echo reading, applying comprehension skills, and read aloud to the students. I could go on and on but I don't want to bore you.
10:00 I have an aid beginning at this time so she meets with two groups for 15 minutes each while I meet with two groups for 15 minutes each. The groups that are not with us are doing independent readinng centers.
10:30 Independent reading and Writing workshop while I continue intervention groups for another 30 minutes.
10:45 I try an squeeze another read aloud in or a fun game (around the world with facts cards, or sight words)
11:15 Special area...a break finally (all days except on Wednesday). I use this time to get stuff ready for their HOME folders, run errands to drop off notes, make copies, grade papers, get ready for science or social studies.
11:50 I pick them up and we head back to class to finish up any classwork that we didn't get completed earlier in the day. Then we sanitize hands and head to lunch at 12:10. I do get a duty free lunch, the first half of the year we did eat lunch with our students but they worked our where aids could monitor lunch. I pick up the children from lunch and we head to the bathrooms to make a whole class bathroom break. Then we go play!! I love recess, because I love to watch them play. I also like to play with them, my favorite game Mrs. W kickball. It is where they all stand in a feild and I kick a ball as high in the air as I can and they run to catch it. They squeal with delight and it makes my heart sing!
1:10 We head back in for science or social studies. It takes a few minutes for us to settle down before learning can happen again, but usally I can get in a good 30 minutes of learning instruction. Then at 1:50 we have to get packet up and head out to dismissal.
My contract day ends at 3:00 so I am busy getting stuff planned and prepared for the next day. My school new years resolution is to get out of there by 3:00 (doesn't happen often, but I try).
When I get home I tidey up the house, do laundry, and start on dinner. Adam gets home around 5:30 and is usually ready for dinner. After that I clean up the dishes and we hang out, do some work stuff, watch tv, etc. We are usally ready to hit the hay by 9:30. Yea we are old people who enjoy our sleep. I look forward to a day when our schedule has the pitter patter of little feet, but until them I enjoy getting up and doing what I do each day.
Thursday, March 4, 2010
I am a third generation worrier, and if I had the chance to know my great grandmother I might could have said fourth generation. I worry about everything, but I have to say I did learn from the best! Every time as I leave Tampa to head back up to Williston I can always count on these words, "call me when you get home." The most sweetest recent moment was when Adam and I were heading back to Williston my brother Matthew (14) told me to call him so that he knew we were safe. What can I say it has been imbedded in us all. My grandmother use to worry so much it became annoying back when I was a teenager who thought we were all invincible. But what can I say I am now just as bad! From money to safety I am your girl. Adam calls me old Joanne ever now and then which is my mom's name...I use to say sorry it is who I am until this week of bible study. I learned that Satan's most powerful trap/tactics is mental/psychological torment. He would rather you be filled with torment and worry than feel the joy of God's stabled loving hand! As I read this I had to catch my breath, at the realization that the devil had a strong grasp on me. Had being the operative word!!! I have been praying today and will continue to pray that my family and me can learn to give our worrying to God.
Worrier # 1 Grandma D and Worrier #5 Matthew
Monday, March 1, 2010