Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Made my day....

For awhile now I've been kind of down in the dumps.
Everything is so stressful with work and whatnot, that's it
hard to keep my head above water sometimes.
Every now and then its just nice to hear that you are appreciated
or doing a good job or that you mean something to someone.
On Monday, I got this text from my friend.

"More often than not, I feel like some people don't even think about me until I contact them. You don't do that, so thank you. I appreciate your friendship."

I try to be a good friend, but most times I feel like I fall short.
This simple little message meant so much to me.
I don't think she realizes how much.

Monday, April 26, 2010


Student: Teacher, do you like to eat your hair?

Me: No.

Student: I do. You should try it someday.

Me: ?????????

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Current Theme Song....

All that I know is I'm breathing.
All I can do is keep breathing.
All we can do is keep breathing now.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Being Thankful

Life is hard right now.
Everywhere I turn there is negativity.
I am trying hard to be brave and put a smile on my face.
This helps.

(yes...I know it's April and not really Thanksgiving...
but is there ever a wrong time to be thankful?)

Wednesday, April 14, 2010


Last weekend was a whirlwind.
It consisted of:
3 days
30+ hours in the car
1 hour of the worlds shortest college graduation...all other schools should take note
6 short hours with my brother and sister-in-law
18 mushrooms picked out of an AMAZING pasta dish
1 awesome baby shower to go...complete with an
diaper cake
4 laps around a gas station in Middle-of-Nowhere, USA
2 people that thought Andy looked like someone they knew
12 bathroom stops
2 games of laser tag
1 horrific batch of carsickness
1/2 a book on tape
1 intriguing murder mystery from 1958

My sister-in-law graduated from BYU-Idaho and we made a quick trip up to Rexburg with my parents. We also decided to take a baby shower with us since Karinda is due next month....and as much fun as it was to drive 60000 (is that an exaggeration Mom?) hours....we probably wouldn't be able to make it to any other shower she was having. Plus, her family was down for graduation so it was perfect. My mom's friend had a great idea for people from Flag to drop off gifts for us to take up. People were SO generous. It was greatly appreciated.

My attempt at domesticity. I was actually very proud of my creations.
The amazing diaper cake made by my mom
When people would drop off gifts my mom had this cute table
set up with treats to give as a thank you
Andy's opinion on the constant gushing of all things 'baby'
Baby shower to go
Baby Shower
Idaho Falls

Thursday, April 01, 2010


I love the way the world looks through the eyes of a child. Everything is new and different. Most kids still have an innocence about them that allows them to see things in a whole different way. For starters I love when my students bring me presents. Over the years I have gotten quite a random assortment of interesting gifts. This year I would have to say has been the best.

Example #1:
A random jumble of clothespins, pipe cleaners, googly eyes and to top it all off...a cinnamon stick thrown in for good measure. Because what pile of random stuff isn't complete without a cinnamon stick?

Example #2:
I opened the door one morning to find myself staring straight into the sparkling, foam eyes of a giant wooden penguin complete with scarf. The student proudly props the penguin up against my desk and turns to me with a look that tells me he expects applause, a hug or possibly both. I asked him where he got this treasure from and he said...and I quote, "My mom and I pulled it out of the dumpster in front of our house and she thought you might like it." How this mom guessed that I always wanted a giant, wooden, dumpster penguin I'll never know, but I thank her.

Then the icing on the cake was when he looks at the penguin and says, "Some of it was broken and then I dropped it getting off the bus, so more of it broke." Not to worry though. He carefully deposited all the broken pieces on my desk and then with a flourish handed me a bottle of.....
Wood glue.

Example #3:
It was Monday. I was sitting at my desk minding my own business when out of nowhere this little gem appears in front of my face.
Now, I don't know about you....but I was unsure how to react to the situation. I mean clearly this child had taken the time to not only find toothpicks and an orange, but to cleverly arrange the toothpicks within the orange. He hands it to me and says, "I made you a pineapple." I told him that pineapple was my favorite fruit. The best part was that he had carried this delightful treasure in his backpack the whole way to school and since all the juice had leaked into his backpack there was none left to make my desk sticky. Win-win.

I love teaching 1st grade because they kids are old enough to tie their shoes and sneeze into a Kleenex (well at least most are), but they are still young enough that there is none of the attitude that comes once they hit 3rd grade (at least most of the time). However, I had not yet encountered note passing in 1st grade. My kindergarten students were working hard at making a puppet of a duck. Coloring, gluing, trying not to cut hair or clothes with the scissors...all the joys of being 5. Being the mean teacher that I am I made my 1st graders work on boring stuff like reading and writing. Well I look over and I see one 1st grader ever-so-subtlety throw a piece of paper 2 rows over to another student. I go over, pick up the paper and give the girl my teacher look. Then I open the note, start laughing and have to retract the teacher look.
Poor 1st graders. :-) Don't worry. I made it up to them by making them take a timed test....
....and then they made duck puppets.
I love being a teacher!