Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The last day...

Holy cow...gotta love seventh graders ready to go on Christmas Break. Ok, I'm just as ready for a break as they are! I have been just as ADHD and psychotic as they have been the last couple of days! It's just been complete insanity. We are watching The Goonies as an entire seventh grade. It's my FAVORITE so I was pretty pumped about the movie selection! Most of them haven't even seen it, which makes me feel as old as I really am, but I do LOVE this movie, so I'm okay with being old!

I'm really excited for a break! It's been a long stretch since Thanksgiving and I have ALL kinds of stuff that needs to get done the next few weeks! Malli has some more vet appointments...we think she has some kind of food sensitivity, so we're trying to figure that out. She's the most expensive free dog I've ever had! We're just ready for her to feel better though. I'm willing to do whatever at this point so she feels better. I've got some of those fun, annual appointments myself, and then it's off to finish changing my name and all the fun that goes with that!

I did buy myself a pretty awesome Christmas present...a 2010 Jeep Liberty Limited. It's white, and new, and awesome! It looks just like this one...I don't have pictures of my own yet, but it looks just like this!

I'm pretty much in love with it. It has a blue tooth phone system, leather, ipod jack, all the cool, fun stuff that's awesome!

Christmas Break is pretty much planned, though! Lots of appointments this week! Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at Mom's, hang out the beginning of next week, and then off to Iowa to visit Brian's family! Then home right before the second semester starts all over again!

Overall, I would definitely say that my first teaching semester was a success! Lots of stuff to figure out yet, but it's gone so well! My kids are great! We've made it successfully through the first half of the curriculum and we're set and ready to go for next semester! Space and weather are on the agenda for next semester. It's going to be great to arm those kiddos with weather knowledge in the spring and then send them home to be little meteorologists and make their parents crazy at home...haha!

Alright, probably time to make sure everyone's doing what they're supposed to be doing...haha!

Merry Christmas!! And love to you all!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

It's almost Christmas!

I've almost survived my first semester of being a seventh grade science teacher! Not only have I survived it, but I have loved every single minute of it. Even the yucky, uncomfortable, I'm going to scream moments! We have really awesome kids this year and I really feel like I've been able to connect with at least a few of them on a level that allows me to really be a positive influence in their lives. I know that sounds cliche and teachery. But it's really true. I can't imagine doing anything else. I am much more comfortable in this role than I have ever been in my entire professional life. I've found a work home, and I'm really excited about that!

I'm also very excited for Christmas! It's going to be very different this year, but in such an awesome way! I'm so excited to spend lots of time with all of my family. And have a nice break before we get back to it in February. It'll be lots of fun to have the same break as my Mom and all of my teacher-friends, too.

It appears that we're going to make it through the first half of the year without a snow day, too! I really just want one or two this year, but I'd really be okay with none and getting out of here that much earlier in May...I'm debating teaching summer school, though, so it may all just kind of be a wash...

Alright, I'm done rambling! I love you and miss you all! Can't wait to see most of you around Christmas!

Love to all!