Saturday, August 30, 2008

Why I Love Teaching Art...

... because I get to really "talk" to the kids, and hear funny things.

Here are some of the funny things I heard this week.

Kinder: (While lecturing in the front of the classroom:) "Wow, you have really big arms."
Ok, maybe I don't like that one!

1st Grade: (While walking past a table full of boys:) "The only girl I've ever seen naked is my Mamma."

2nd Grade: (While introducing myself to the class:) "Didn't you teach PE last year? Why are you teaching ART now? Do you know about ART?"

3rd Grade: (While explaining that I was having a baby and would be out in Jan and Feb:) "You're having ANOTHER BABY? When are you going to STOP?!?"

I guess by the time they get to 4th grade they have a little more of a filter on them.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Ah, there it is...

The joy and excitement of the first day of school came for me, on Tuesday.

I was worried that I had lost my zest for teaching yesterday. I didn't stay up all night the night before the first day of school. I didn't even pick out what I was wearing for the first day. I came in "on time," not early, for the first morning. I thought it might be me being pregnant and all, but I remembered I was even further along last year than this year.

I couldn't quite put my finger on the reason why I wasn't excited....but, today it came during Kindergarten.

All morning I used a specific analogy to explain WHY I didn't want kids to RUSH through their artwork. I began with asking them a question. "If I made you brownies, how would you rather have them made? In the oven or the microwave?" Everyone said oven. Then I went on to explain that when we make artwork, we don't want to be MICROWAVE artists, we want to be OVEN artists and take our time and do a good job.

This analogy worked AWESOME until I got to kindergarten. When asking the question, the answer came back unanimous, "the MICROWAVE!" "Why?" I probed. "Because they'd be done faster," one kid replied. Leave it to a Kindergartner to leave holes in my theory. "But, it would taste bad," I said.

After explaining they'd get to paint with water and paintbrushes in art this year, the kindergartners broke out in spontaneous applause laced with several "Yays!"

Then, before class was over several of them asked where their brownies were.....

Hmmm.... I love teaching!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Back into the Swing of things.

This past week was a week-long stint of meetings and planning for Brian and I. We were fortunate enough to have my grandparents watch Ella and Ainslie until Thurs. Then, the girls we're taken to their new daycare for the first time on Friday.

I think they did pretty good. I warned Ms. Carey and Ms. Melissa that Ella might not be that enthusiastic about eating her first day. Sometimes it takes her a while to get used to a new environment, and she doesn't always eat so well. I called at lunchtime to check. After playing outside and jumping on the bounce house, she'd come in and had 2 hot dogs and a bowl of mac and cheese. I guess she felt pretty comfortable. ha ha Ha....

Ainslie did OK. She didn't eat or sleep that well all day, but I guess that is to be expected. It's good that both girls have kids their own age to play with, but unfortunate that Ainslie doesn't have the one-on-one attention she got used to this summer. But, I think she'll get into the swing of things eventually.

I didn't even worry too bad last Friday. I held each of the girls in my arms for a while that morning. Prayed for them to be safe, feel loved and have fun at their new daycare, and somehow that put me at peace.

What makes me full of unrest? The fact that my newly-turned 10 month old is full-fledged walking now. It's scary and funny all at the same time. I'll have to post pictures soon.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Ainslie is 10 Months!


My lil' Ainslie is growing up so much. Aside from developing her own "unique" personality, (if you've been around her lately, you know what I mean) she's physically making leaps and bounds. Her knew record for I.S.T. (Independent Steps Taken) is 10. She even had fun showing off for Dr. Broussard and her nurses last Friday.




She is also starting to warm up to strangers a little more, even smiling at them when deeming them worthy. Your worthiness is totally up to her discretion, as she is showing us more and more that she has quite a mind of her own. Ain also displays her Irish temper when you don't do what she wants you to. She is quite a hoot for only being on the earth 10 months! Roon put it right when she said that Ain seems to be an "old soul."

The Backyardigans LIVE!

Thanks to Grandpa Moran and his work, Brian and I were able to take Ella to see BACKYARDIGANS LIVE!

Ella had an amazing time while Mommy and Daddy had just a "time" fighting through crowds of toddlers throwing temper tantrums. It truly gave us a new appreciation for our 3-year-old's ability to maintain civility in public. We became keenly aware of how UNCOMMON this is. And, I have a feeling that Ainslie will have a chance to bring us back to toddler reality sooner than we'd like.

Ella danced and sang from her seat, waved her fairy wand in the air and had great time! Daddy and I had fun watching Ella, mainly. Don't get me wrong, Backyardigans has the best kid's music on T.V. right now. It's just hard to enjoy Backyardigans Live! when you've witnessed WICKED at Gershwin Theatre on Broadway, but I digress....


Thursday, August 14, 2008

The Snowflake... has a Candy cane?

Today was the exciting 20-week appointment for Brian and I. We went in knowing we'd have an ultrasound and hopefully find out the sex of our newest baby. And to be honest, this ultrasound was different than others in so many ways.

As we got into the ultrasound room, I became nervous about the health of our baby. I guess after seeing so many people have difficulty getting pregnant and having healthy children, I sometimes wonder if I am pushing my luck and that soon the luck will run out. (There was an actual point, about 5 minutes into the ultrasound that I was convinced our child had developed no legs. Yes, thanks R.I. you're rubbing off on me!) But then, the rational part of me realizes these are God's blessings in my life, and I couldn't do anything GOOD enough to actually EVER deserve them, so I am just going to receive these little blessings!

There was also a part of me that considered this "old hat."

We'll go in, they'll smear this goop on my tummy, we'll see that cute baby, then she'll say "It's a another girl!" and Brian will say, "It's another wedding!" But, today my little girl had something strange between her legs!!!! (Yes! Thank God, there are legs!)

I can't believe we are having a little boy!
And aside from the "obvious," look at his cute little profile!


After our appointment, Brian and I went across the street to eat a quick lunch at Wendy's. Near the end of his meal he took a big scoop of left-over frosty, dumped it into his chili cup and mixed together. "This is what boys do," he said. Yippee! I can't wait!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

New School Clothes

Old Navy has great maternity clothes. Bri and I shop online there a lot. And, when you get your clothes in a box on your doorstep, its kinda like Santa visited and left you a Christmas present! :)
I usually don't get so excited about clothes, but I feel I made some good purchases and I am excited about wearing something: A) New and B) Fits and will grow with me as I grow.

Rooney and I also found some cute things at JC Penney last night. She got a cute pair of capris for $10! Wow! Score, Rooney!

I guess that is one of the upsides of "back to school" time. New outfits!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

An open letter to...

Slander requires commenting on a person's name or business when speaking ill or publishing something about them. Which, I have not done. While I have expressed my feelings about the subject of my daycare, I have never shared with my readers the name of that business or its owner.

Furthermore -- The amount paid for holding my children's spots in the summer was a figure offered by my daycare provider at the time. I committed no coercion to get a lower deposit price, I was only paying what was asked of me.

I have no problem paying for good daycare. In fact, I had no problem paying a higher rate for my oldest child after I was told her rate would not be raised. No problem.

I hope this clears up any misgivings you have about me our my character. Not that it matters, since I don't know you and can't respond to you personally.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Scathing Review

As I have been searching for some answer to daycare for my children, I have been extremely nauseated about it. It literally makes me sick to my stomach. And, I don't know what feeling makes me more sick. The thought of having to leave my babies with someone I don't know, AGAIN. Or, the anger I am still feeling toward my old babysitter, the one who has about as much professionalism, communication skills and loyalty as a roll of half-used toilet paper. (OK, weird analogy, but it was the first thing I thought of.)

I thought that leaving a bad review (just after the first GOOD REVIEW I gave her about a year ago) on a yellow pages site would make me feel better. But it didn't. I don't know what else to do other than keep praying for a solution and the right words to say to her when I finally decide its time to have the talk.

It takes all the energy I have NOT to call her and tell her off. Or to make signs and post them all over the city, telling everyone what a fink she is.

If anyone knows me, they know what a champion I am to something I like, or believe in. When I first discovered my old babysitter, I put up signs for her in my workplace. I sung her praises, I got her clients. And where did it get me? Kicked out! GRrrr.... Please pray that I can get over this and get on to find someone even better for my children, and for my sanity!

Monday, August 4, 2008

We Won the Swim Teacher Lottery! Twice!

Today was Ella's first day of second session swim class. We are so excited that she gets to have Miss Jenn again! We didn't plan it that way, but we sure feel blessed!

We got there a little late today and when I told Ella to get into the pool at the stairs, she was hesitant. I guess she was surprised by having different kids in the class with her. Last time the other kids were her age, this time they are older. I think it MIGHT have something to do with the fact that one of the kids was wearing a bright blue swim cap. I think it threw her off a bit. It was kinda funny.

On our way home, I heard Ella singing. I turned down the radio. "Oooh. I'm no Superman."
She was singing it over and over. Maybe Brian and I watch too much SCRUBS!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

The Surprise Wedding!

Jessica, one of my best friends in the whole world got married last night.

It was THE COOLEST wedding I've ever been too! It was a surprise!
We got an invitation to a house-warming party about a month ago. When guests got there, they walked into the house and saw tables and chairs set like a wedding reception and a Wedding Cake! Wow!

It was beautiful, and I must say, my friend could NOT have picked a better person for her. He is amazing and loves her so much. You can tell.

Congrats, Jessi and Gian. Now surprise us with some babies! :)

Are You Kidding Me?!?!

I opened my browser tonight and this cute little YAHOO graphic was on my homepage.

Do I REALLY NEED this kind of pressure!?

Do I REALLY NEED to be reminded that I have to back to work soon!?

Thank, A LOT YAHOO! Phooey!

Friday, August 1, 2008

Far and Away

I didn't realize how much I enjoy writing new posts and reading all my friends blogs, until I don't have time to do it anymore! Fortunately, the whirlwind is slowly coming to an end and I am happy to say that we are settling into our new life in our new home.

Brian and I are blessed to have quickly found someone to rent our house, and hopefully, that is a little burden off our backs. Now, to get all this "stuff" into our new house and put away.

The past week has been fun and crazy! My SIL and her 3 kiddos came to stay for several days. Yes people, count it down: 5 kids: ages 4, 3, 2, 1, and 9 months! KC really helped out watching the girls as Brian and I worked on the old house. After they left yesterday, it made 2 kids seems so quiet! :) I guess I got used to 5 running/crawling around here. We had lots of fun, so I thought I'd post some pictures.

C & Ainslie
A & Ella

Ella and The Mighty B in the Great Cheese Stack!


Dave came down one night so KC and he could attend an award ceremony for his sister, Jane. We watched the kids for them, but the most fun part was getting to do KC's hair and make-up. It was my first attempt at an adult up-do and it was crazy! KC has A LOT of hair! :) But, she looked beautiful with those 3 million bobby pins in her hair!











In other news: I am still looking for daycare. My sister's friend, Julie has volunteered to watch them until September for me, but I am still looking for the right, permanent fit for our family. Please keep praying! Thanks!

ME:

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I have 2 lovely daughters and 2 handsome sons, who keep me very busy and a husband who keeps me grounded. I received my BA in Graphic Design Communication in 2003. A year and a half later after working in corporate America as a graphic designer and living through my OWN REAL LIFE "OFFICE SPACE" I got certified as art teacher. I have been teaching since the fall of 2004.