Saturday, January 31, 2009
The ship was actually mostly built by Daddy, but Max swept in and took it as his own because after all, HE is the one with a "dot com"!!! Daddy wanted to make sure he got some credit for it, so here ya go babe......credit!! :)
I will keep you posted on Maxs "dot com" as he builds more things!! Right now he is on the computer pricing out more Legos to get at the store!! Ahhhh!!!
I just showed him his "dot com" and he said "thats good, Mom". lol The boss is happy!!!
S & Max.com
Friday, January 30, 2009
Here is my question.....
When you guys started teaching, or even subbing before you were a teacher, did you guys experience this??
I dont think its a coincidence that once I started subbing, that I have now lost my voice. When I sub, I use my voice pretty much non-stop from 8am until 2:45pm, and its not the normal voice for most of that, because having 20 little kid voices I feel I need to kick my voice into a higher gear. Im not yelling or screaming, but I am talking at a higher volume than I normally do. Should I stop that?
Because I feel that this is laryngitis, I know that my voice box is involved. I have clearly done something WRONG!!! I am projecting my voice in the wrong way, I think. I need to learn how to project it correctly. Maybe I should talk to a music teacher next time I sub? What do you guys think?
I didnt work today, so I have been able to rest my voice. My body, is not resting. I am having to swallow constantly and that doesnt help one to sleep. The pain is more of a dryness pain and it is in my neck area, where a guys Adams Apple is located. Thats where the voice box is, right?
I need some advice, and words of wisdom from you guys!!! Share stories if you have had this happen to you!!! Please please please!! :)
Thursday, January 29, 2009
This was my Sub folder today, so I found this picture perfect for this blog!! :)
Yes, folks, I am finally ready to do a blog about my new job. At first I wasnt sure it was really a "job", I get paid for it, but it isnt a regular thing, so that threw me for a loop. I was assured by Joshua, that it is a job, or a "yob" as we call it. (House Bunny movie, funny stuff, watch it!!)
Ok, let me go back to the beginning. My first call was for Kindergarten, more specifically my own sons class, the very class that I am a helper in on Wednesday afternoons. I knew the kids, and I thought that would be helpful. (I was still freaked out after I got the call though!!!! Thats just how I am, I freak out, then I get over it.) I get to school and head to the class with my son in tow. I pick up the schedule and its alot of reading. I try to glance ahead so I know what to expect throughout the day. I knew the afternoon part pretty well, so I focused mostly on the morning. Ahh....the morning. The busiest, craziest, busiest time of the day!!!! I tried to read the schedule, greet kids as they came in, read, get the kids on task, read. It was overwhelming!!!! The first chance I got a break, I discovered that my monthly gift had just arrived. ARE YOU FREAKIN KIDDIN ME!!!!!! So, not only did I have the newness and overwhelmingness of my very first subbing day to contend with, I also had Aunt Flo as I like to call her. Aye yi yi!!!! To make a long story short, I made my way through the day, the kids remained in one piece and my hair remained in my head. I never got angry or sad, I enjoyed my day even though I was completely overwhelmed and had not expected to be!!
Now, let me tell you. I tore myself up about this first day for days after. Days, I tell ya!! I didnt feel I did the best that I could have done. I didnt get anything done in the lesson plan folder, I was so overwhelmed, my brain wasnt working very quickly, I felt like I was in a dream and couldnt move. Seriously!!! So, I thought about how the day went, over and over in my mind. I talked to my sons teacher about how the day went and how I felt I did. I wasnt happy with how I did on my first day. Mostly because I didnt get anything in the lesson plan folder completed. That is NOT like me at all!! I am organized and thorough to a T. I couldnt process this!!! Finally, she told me to "stop beating yourself up". So, I did. The kids and I had made it through the day without any catastrophes, and I am letting myself be happy with that.
Let me tell you something else real quick. My background is in Psychology. Psych has its own way of doing things and its own lingo. Education has its own way of doing things and its own lingo!!! I am learning the Education way of doing things now. I ask questions when I dont know what something is, or what something stands for, or if I am supposed to stay with the kids, or what I am supposed to be doing. Asking questions has helped me alot to get a better understanding of the Education way!! I also took it upon myself to arrange it with my sons teacher to go into her class for an All Day Training Day. I wanted to just observe and see how things were done from beginning to end. I took notes so I could read them later and go over it in my mind. I am a VISUAL person, so being able to actually SEE things during the day instead of only reading them on the schedule, helped ALOT!! I thought people would think I was crazy for spending a whole day, but they actually thought it was a really good idea. Most subs that I know have backgrounds and training in things other than Education, and we arent given any training, just sent to the class. That may work fine for some subs, but I knew better for myself. The first day was proof!! :)
Ok, so onto my second Subbing day. It was also in a Kindergarten class. It went sooooooooo much better!!!! I still had to use my voice alot to keep them on task, but they are kids, thats to be expected!! I got the lesson plan completely completed, except for a few pages in a book I didnt get read. YAY!!!!! This made me feel bad again for not getting my first subbing days lesson plan done, but she would tell me to stop beating myself up again, so I stopped that thought immediately!! lol
My third subbing day was today. I was in a 4th grade class this time. I have had a bit of an issue the past couple days with losing my voice. I thought today would be an easier day on my voice because the kids were older, less redirection. HA!!! Those lil buggers still needed redirection and reminders to stay on task. I made it through the lesson plan again and got it all completed. I was very grateful for a half day because by noon my voice was almost gone and I had to squeak out the end of day directions for bus students and car students.
Now for my favorite parts of subbing:
1. I enjoy having something to do that I really enjoy doing.
2. I enjoy the adult interaction that I dont get being a SAHM and havent had much of for 6 years.
3. I feel like my brain is being exercised and all my knowledge is returning. Being home for 6 years talking kid-talk kinda doesnt have a need for big people words and knowledge.
4. I like it when the kids in class think they are gonna get away with something and then BAM I know something they didnt think I knew and their jaws fall open. That cracks me up!!
5. I like finding out who the kids are in class who are going to be helpful to me if I have questions. Conversely, I also like finding out who the ones are who are going to be lil buggers and getting them to change their course to Buggerdom, and behave and actually participate in a positive manner in class.
6. I like learning a new way of doing things..........the Education way!!!!!!!!! :)
There you have it............my Subbing blog that I have promised you, and then postponed for a while until I got a better understanding of it. Hope it was a good read!!
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Max was very excited about it and so was Daddy. It prompted Daddy to immediately grab the camera and snap some shots!!
Another thing thats new, as of yesterday, is that I started feeding my birds outside again. I really got into this last year, but I slacked off. Partly because it got costly and partly because of the dang jerk chipmunks and squirrels, which are wholey to blame for the reason it got costly!! Anyway, I put food out yesterday afternoon, and all my lil friends are back today!! There was a rotten squirrel out there a while ago and my dog rushed after it, they had words and it left, but Im sure its back out there!! Ive tried to squirrel and chipmunk proof my feeders, but they are crafty lil suckers!! I even had a raccoon coming up on my deck last year stealing bird food. So I had to make sure I brought in that feeder every night. Its exhausting trying to outthink these lil devils!! But I enjoy seeing my birds, so its the price I have to pay...........literally.
My dryer just went off, so I guess thats my cue to stop now!! :)
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Today they had a skit that had a song from...........my beloved BEE GEE'S!!!!! I was able to record it. My friend Cori is probably laughing right now, because she knows how much I love the Bee Gee's. I even had their lunch box!! Ok, so here is the skit:
I really tried to record Michelle and Becky today because they were hilariously awesome!!! My dang camera was not cooperating though, GRRR!!! You ladies were awesome though!!!! I saw Jami recording the whole thing, so maybe she can post it!!!! My son was holding his tummy laughing to hard when Becky sat on the donuts!!!
Anyway, Zebra Zone, check it out!!! Next one is February 11th. Check with your teachers for the correct class times!!!
Sunday, January 18, 2009
So, you know how I say I like to learn something new every day, and you know how I say on bad days that I wanna blow stuff up??
Im not having a bad day, for the record, and I did learn something new. The only question left to ask is, if Im not having a bad day, then why did I bring up blowing stuff up??
Hubby was gone this morning, and I was cleaning off the clutter on the counters. I came across the two-way radios I had found last week and just got new batteries for. I put the batteries in. Then I proceeded to plug one of them into the charger. Well, if you are a boy, you might not see anything wrong with this. If you are a girl, you probably dont really care.
We hear this sound. What is it??? Well, we go into the kitchen to find a cat staring directly at the two-way radios. I dont understand what the crap is going on. Hubby opens the back of one of the radios to find icky goo. I still dont understand. He then proceeds to lecture me on the difference between alkaline batteries and rechargeable batteries. OK!!! I hadnt used the radios in years and all I knew was that I put them on the charger after we were done using them. I never thought about what kind of batteries were in them.
We go back to sitting on the couch and we hear another POP!!!!!!! I start laughing because at this point I just find it hilarious. Typical me!! I tell him we could have been on MythBusters with this one!!! He didnt find any humor in my blowing up of things at first, but as I kept laughing he just smiled.
POP!!! There were 4 batteries, so we are still waiting on the last POP. Lucky for me, I couldnt find the dual charger, only the plug in, so only one radio was charging. The other one got spared. The one that did have exploding batteries had surgery and is now in the recovery room. It still works.
Ladies......dont try to charge alkaline batteries, even if the item comes with a charger, dont combine the two. :) Hubby just explained this to our daughter, lol.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
So cute, right?? Seriously, Im a shoe person. Look in my closet and you will see a giant stack of Uggs, in various colors and heights, several Jessica Simpson heels because they are so comfy from the second you put them on, and many many many more shoes. These rainboots are my latest addition!! I found that I needed something for those days when the horses pasture was a muddy yucky mess!! I cant ruin my Uggs out there!! I wore my sons rain boots but my lil toes hurt and they were short, so I found these for a bargain!! PLUS they are lined with thick fluffy wool, which most arent, most just have a cotton lining!! PLUS, they are rockstarish, which we all know I am!! lol
In other news, I just had to share this. If youve read my past blogs, you know that Ive struggled with some internal battles for a while now. It took me a long dang time, but Ive finally sorted all the feelings and emotions out and Im in a happy place. I dont have an official job, but that is ok, I am excited about Substitute teaching and the avenues that it can lead me on. I have gotten more active than I have ever been in my youngest sons school and I have found that I really enjoy that as well. I have always helped in the classrooms that my kids were in at Columbia, but now Ive branched out into more areas. I am the kind of person who needs to feel useful, needs to feel wanted, needs to feel like she serves some sort of purpose, no matter how small, or how great, just something. I find that the activities I have been involved in this school year are just what I needed!! Its my Grammas blood that runs strong through me and I always have the urge to be doing something!! Now, my "somethings" benefit other people on a more regular basis, and I feel a part of something with my "somethings". Im also meeting more people and learning new things, and I have a strong craving for learning new things. Your brain and social skills tend to get a bit stunted when you stay home so much, so Im finding that getting out again is helping me to get back to my old self, the one who can carry on a conversation with an adult. ;) The people I have had the pleasure of meeting are a special added bonus that Im very thankful for!!
I guess thats all. I just mainly wanted to show yall my boots!! :)
Have a great day!! Stay warm out there!!
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Just as I finished up with my blog header, my phone rang. :) Some of you know, some of you may not know, but I completed the application process for becoming a Substitute Teacher right before Winter Break. Wendy just called to let me know that she will be sending me my Certificate and my school badge, and she will start callin me next week!! :) YAY!! WISH ME LUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
In other small news, I finally got the tree taken down. Grrr, there were needles a plenty, let me tell ya!!! I think I emptied my vac can twice because the needles kept fillin up so fast!! Now my living room looks huge and empty again!! We opened the curtains to the deck, and its BRIGHT as heck in here now!!
Ok, thats all for now. Everyone have a great day!! :)
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Today I am vowing to myself that I wont settle until I have what I want so badly, what makes me so excited.
I dont settle. I wont settle. Life is too short and too precious. I want to make sure I do what I love so that those around me get the best "me" there is! Doing what we love, and what we enjoy, brings out the best "me" in all of us. Its obvious to those around us when we are doing what we love and loving what we do.
Some of you know me well enough to know what my "something" is that I want. Some of you know me well enough to know that I dont give up. When something is important to me, I keep going until I get it. I will get it. :) I will!
I want this! I havent been so excited about something in a long time!
I WANT THIS!! :)