Sunday, August 31, 2008

The babies of the family

The baby of our family holding the baby of my daughter's family.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Thinking a great deal



Our house as evening comes


My husband is in DC with the grandbaby- and my son, and my daughter, and my son in law. I really miss him. Sometimes we are not as good about communicating as we should be. I think time away from him reminds me how much I care for him and love him.

Enough- the dog has to go out-lol.
Molly ready to play
Tomorrow, she can ask him to take her for a walk. Maybe we will do it together.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Somebody has to work



There is an ongoing struggle in my mind. I grew up with my dad going to work and my mom doing the house things. Later- my dad went to work and my mom played tennis. Later still my dad went to work and my mom did other things. Then last- my dad did poetry and my mom stayed home.
Fast forward to today. I would LOVE for my husband to decide that he should be the one to work. He has three degrees and has the potential of making LOTS of money. He would rather stay home and do the house. He is good at it.
That leaves me to work. Sure, we can be paupers- but that is not an option on my table. My son now makes more than me. Is that a surprise? I am a teacher - he is a 23 year old 2nd LT in the Army. Come to think of it my SIL almost makes more than me...he is an E-4 Marine!
It is frustrating to work as hard as I do and make so little. Basically, if I were the only bread winner, we would be close to poverty. We certainly would not be struggling with the concept of how many houses we have.
Yes, I can make more money selling books to school districts. Heck, I could make more just in servicing books to school districts- but who would teach?
I wish I did not have to work. I love to teach- but hate to work. Is that crazy or what?
Off to school. There are papers to grade and new websites to explore. The students come back tomorrow and I have to be ready!
Students on a "dig" in beginning archaeology.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

the Boy Arrives

We are picking up our son today. Sounds funny that I am so excited? Well, I miss our kids A LOT! I only have him here for four days- two of which I will be working. Bummer

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

What I have discovered


I need a clock in the back of my classroom
my sense of time is virtually gone.
Students come in and out and
working on their names is more of a joy than a chore.
A calendar is essential
to figuring out what the date is.
Going back to the classroom
is exhausting
and exhilarating
all a the same time.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

What a whirlwind!

First week of teaching! After the baby scare, I was not too keen about being far away from the phone. I felt calm though- and the baby seems fine.

I have 102 students this year. It is the first time in seven years I have been in charge of a classroom. Getting used to all of the personalities is a feat. Repeating myself four times in a day without getting boring is even more difficult. My position has me teaching the same thing to four different classes. Change up is not in the cards- since we have three sets of twins.

You should have seen their eyes with Google Earth. It was the first time I experienced a bunch of kids whipping out a pencil to write down information on their own.

Monday we begin a project of finding their vacation spot on a map and on Google earth. They then have to write or draw (or for some art phobia people like me- find a picture) about where they went and where they would like to go in the future. Imaginations run wild- that is the key!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Worn out

WE had a scare last night. The baby stopped breathing. Fortunately, Jen caught him and her EMT training jumped in. He is fine now. I need some sleep- so do they!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Stocks

I withdrew from the market six months ago. I am not sure where it is going to go- but I am thinking of putting my toe back in. Still unwilling to get into it fully- because of the housing market- but with oil coming down some of the things I worried about will ease. The need to increase taxes quickly because we have to get kids to school (buses suck gas), the need to give younger workers lots more money because diapers are skyrocketing, and the movement into town from the farms because no one can afford to harvest (which drives our food up).
My investments will be on the future look. Remembering there were more children born last year in the US than ever recorded. More than half of those children are second or third generation Hispanic. That means private education, solar/wind energy, children products (still looking for something I can support there).
My new source for information will be my son and daughter. What are they using? Where are they shopping? One is 22 and single- the other is 24, married and has a baby. They are the future- what are they into? That is how I made some money in the past- looking at the 20ish kiddos. It might be their parents of grandparents supplying the money- but they are doing the buying.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Computer websites are amazing

If you haven't played with Google Earth http://earth.google.com/ I highly recommend it. I am having my students "fly" to where they went this summer and pinpoint it. Then they need to give me the longitude and latitude. My sister just put me on http://forecast.weather.gov/ which will also give you the longitude and latitude- along with the weather. (Which makes for a great connection of "Why do we learn this stuff?)
I also found a place to introduce my prehistory art: http://www.alifetimeofcolor.com/play/caveart/

I can tell- this is going to be a different year. Having technology so close at hand makes the learning so real. I cannot believe we went the last two years with only "reading" from the computer.
My bookmarks are going like weeds. I need to create folders!

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Going strong


Things are going well at school. I met the teachers I am to mentor and finished the last of my lesson planning for the first week. If that one last bulletin board would finish itself- I would be happy! The Art teacher gave me some great idea for my "cave art" pictures. My class assignment will be to bring in a brown paper bag. I'll be burning lots of sticks and making some terracotta slip. I'll let you know how it turns out....
Now, if I could only find some Popsicle sticks of longitude and latitude lines....
YEA! I love school!


I am an Army Mom

Today an announcement came down that the first member of my son's West Point class was killed in action in Afghanistan. He had been deployed one month.
Our son's best friend is in Iraq- walking foot patrol in a dangerous city.
Reality hits the road when it becomes your child and his friends.
Please pray for our troops.
We worry about gas prices- they are worried that they will be alive to lead tomorrow.

Monday, August 04, 2008

My room




Classroom is almost done. My sister made these curtains for me. My friends sent me pictures along with my own for the bulliten board. Lesson plans are close to finished.

It is good and I think I could actually be ready for the first student next week!













Sunday, August 03, 2008

Meme on books

I was over at MorningRamble and she had picked up this meme. I decided to go for it myself.
Do you remember how you developed a love of reading?
No. I read my first book Mr Jay when I was about nine. I did read more when my mom found a young historical biography set of books.
I came to enjoy reading only after traveling many hours alone as an adult.

What are some books you loved as a child?
Historical fiction- Young Betsy Ross....

What is your favorite genre?
Historial/ Political Science Fiction

Do you have a favorite novel?
Seven Story Mountain

Where do you usually read?
On the couch, in a car, on an airplane.

When do you usually read?
When I am in the mood or HAVE to for an assignment or personal need.

Do you usually have more than one book you are reading at a time?
Only when I am doing research at the same time as I am reading a historical fiction.

Do you read nonfiction in a different way or place than you read fiction?
Yes. Non fiction I read in bites. Fiction I read quickly and straight through.

Do you buy most of the books you read, or borrow them, or check them out of the library?
Whaaa- I buy them. My library stinks!

.Do you keep most of the books you buy?
May I show you my book room-lol.

If you have children, what are some of the favorite books you have shared with them?
My children never were into historical fiction. Instead I sought to buy them whatever they were interested in. My son loved Goosebumps. My daughter the Traveling Pants series. We share book titles now. My son had me listen to one this summer that he suggested- about a Scientist who became convinced of the exisitance of God....excellent.

What are you reading now?
A Brad Thor novel and Susie Orzman's book on Women and Money (again) and Ron Blue's Master Your Money (again) and the text I will begin to teach from next week. I guess I do read more than one book at a time.

Do you keep a To Be Read list?
Yes- loosely

What’s next?
My sister suggested a few yesterday- The People of the Book. Now I have to have my hubby find a copy on Amazon!

What books would you like to reread?
I could read the Anne of Green Gables a thousand times. I already mentioned my finance books and then there is Henri Nowean and Leo Buscaglia - his book on Love is forever in my path.

Who are your favorite authors?
Right now- Brad Thor and Vincent Flynn.
I already mentioned my life changing authors- Nowean and Buscaglia