Sunday, December 28, 2008
As of January 1st 2009, I will no longer be in the genealogy business. After seven years, I am closing up shop. I started my business as a stay at home Mom with a new baby, but that baby is now seven years old and my other baby is five! I have made so many friends over the years and I will miss making new friends (and money! Haha!) , but I am in my last year of school and when I graduate I hope to get a job as a teacher. Between my school work and my children and just the day to day stuff that takes up so much of my time, I am unable to keep up with the requests for research. I will still be keeping my genealogy blog and I will still do free lookups from sources I own… when I have time. If you need names of people to help you with document retrieval and/or research, I have a FEW contacts that do excellent work and are very reliable. Email me for that information, if you are interested.
Here is a list of the people I am finishing up reports for (if you think you should be on this list, let me know):
I am posting this so that you know NOT to recommend me as a professional genealogist. Also, just as an FYI.
It’s been fun! Thanks so much!
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
I am so happy it is Christmas time again. This has been such a great year for us that I kind of hate for it to end, but I am sure next year will be even better. Eric and I are enjoying our kids so much these days. They bring so much joy into our lives. As I look back over the year, I just smile over and over again at all the wonderful memories we made together as a family.
Katie and Chas both improved their t-ball game this year and Eric and I had so much fun watching and cheering them on from the stands. This was the last possible time for them to be on the same team, so it looks like next year we will be spending even more time on the ball field. Both of them learned to swim underwater this summer which was a pretty big deal. We had some great times at the pool and also on our visit to the beach.
Katie graduated from Kindergarten and headed into first grade. I graduated from Motlow and headed into Tennessee Tech and Chas started Pre-K. I have thought many times in my life that I was busy, but I really never knew how busy I could be until this year. I have enjoyed school so much more than I ever thought possible. I love my classes and my teachers and all the friends I have made. It’s just been a great experience for me.
Chas loves Pre-school and we are so happy that he has Mrs. Jacqueline. She is a wonderful teacher. Chas loves playing in the sandbox and with the toy cars at school. He is still very interested in trains, planes, cars, tractors, and pretty much anything with wheels. He loves to play basketball and t-ball. He dressed up for Halloween this year for the first time! I have noticed that he is more interested in dressing up and playing pretend this year than he has been in the past. He loves the Power Rangers, Lightning McQueen, and Spiderman. Chas is very rule oriented and loves to tattle on people, so we are working on that. It’s kind of funny though, when he comes home and tells us who, first and last name, did what, and what rule that broke.
Katie is really changing right now. She still loves to play with Polly Pockets, but she is leaning more towards makeup, jewelry, and music. Scary, huh? I’m not ready for this!!! She recently got her ears pierced and can hardly wait until she can start wearing different earrings. I think I need a jewelry box that locks. Sometimes I come in and all my jewelry is laid out on my dresser and she is just standing there looking at it. Katie loves to get manicures with Mimi and she desperately wants to get her hair highlighted. Help! I’ve created a mini-me!
Eric is still working for Bridgestone/Firestone in Morrison. He spends his spare time taking care of his cows. He enjoys getting out on the farm and taking Chas around on the four-wheeler and the tractor. They do a lot of farm stuff together and Chas just loves it. They even went camping with the boy scouts this year!
One more thing before I close, I’m on Facebook now, so if you have a page, look me up! We hope you all have a Merry Christmas and we look forward to hearing from you or seeing you soon!
Kristi, Eric, Katie, and Chas Moffitt
Friday, December 19, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Anyway, that is why I don't have a picture of my Katie's brand new earrings. Katie got her ears pierced on Friday night and is so happy to have pierced ears.
I was proud of her for being so brave. I actually agreed to pierce her ears for her birthday this year (Oct. 3rd), but she was too scared. Every time I would ask her about it, she said the same thing, I'm too scared. Then, Mollie McGinnis got her ears pierced and that was it. She told me she was ready! Bring it on!
She picked the very biggest CZs she could get. We went to Claire's in the mall and they have a little box of what you can get and they are all really tiny except for a couple of CZ pairs that are kind of bigger. She wanted the very biggest ones, but I told her no, so she went with the next size down which are still pretty big. She loves them so much. That's my girl! Eric stayed with Chas, so it was just us and it was so much fun to just be girls together.
Monday, December 8, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
I have learned so much this semester about reading and the importance of it in education. My professor Dr. K has a PhD in literacy and she is really an advocate of research based reading lessons.
I want to share a few things that I am taking away from this semester as a Mom. First, it is never to early to expose your child to books. Also, environmental print is important too. That is why my house is labeled excessively. Dr. K taught me that contrary to what I was taught growing up, we do not read by sounding out words. Most of the words we read, we do so by sight. We look at the whole word and know what it is without sounding it out. The more sight words a child knows, the better reader they will be.
She uses the example of McDonald's. Very young children can "read" this word without even knowing what a letter or a word is. For this reason, I post all of Katie's spelling words for the week on the door in the kitchen. Every time she goes to leave, she sees those words. It takes me like 5 min. to write them down and cut them and tape them to the door. Plus, Chas learns them too!
I have enjoyed school so much this semester. I am so glad that I have this opportunity to go back as an adult. It is so much better than when I was younger. Back then, I could care less and I retained practically nothing. I feel like this time around, I am absorbing everything. I just love it. I hope this post doesn't sound preachy. I just wanted to share some things that I learned and that I have tried to do in my home to help my own kids become better readers. Reading really is the foundation of a good education.
Monday, December 1, 2008
So what is on your Christmas wish list? I really want one of those harddrive camcorders. I think those are so cool. It's too bad the one I want is like $800. I also want a couple of new jigsaw puzzles. I always do puzzles around Christmas. It's one of my favorite things to do. I really want a 3000 piece puzzle. I have never done one that big. I think Eric is getting me a "Chi" although, I'm not as excited about it now as I was a couple of months ago. I keep seeing so many things that I want. I really want a laminated Civil War Battles map. They have them at National Geographic for $25. Just a thought. I know some of you reading this are really trying to figure out what I want for Christmas, so I'm just throwing these ideas out there for you.
Of course you really can't go wrong with diamonds. They really are a girl's best friend. Cubic Zirconia is acceptable from anyone except Eric.
I also would like some new Christmas ornaments. I have had so many get broken over the years that I am down to a pitiful few cute ornaments and the rest are just cheap ones from Wal-mart. Of course, most of you know I am funny about smells, but I recently received a pumpkin scented candle from Home Interior that I love. Weird, huh? I usually hate scented candles. So, if you feel inclined to give me a scented candle make sure it is that one.
I would love to know what you all want for Christmas. And don't act like you are completely selfless and want nothing, because I know you better than that!
Monday, November 24, 2008
They, of course, put the doll out months ago, and Katie has been begging for it ever since. I think she thought she would get it for her birthday, but I was kind of hoping she would forget about it, because it just seemed like too much money to spend for a doll that will look the same naked as her other (cheaper) ones. That is how it will quickly end up. But, she really wants it, so I will probably end up getting it for her. Soooo, let me know if you find any deals, okay?
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
I think the lesson went okay. We played a game using (higher order thinking) comprehension questions from C.W. I was so proud of my (borrowed) students! They did so well. I was a little nervous having them divided into groups because I haven't done that since the first day of practicum a month ago! But, they did fine.
Whew! I am mostly glad it's over. I feel like I am on vacation already!
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Yesterday I took two of my Praxis II tests. I took the content and the reading across the curriculum. I was up at TN Tech for 7 hours! I was so glad to be done. Now, I just hope I passed them both so I don't have to re-take them!
I get evaluated on Tuesday of this week. Chas has a field trip on Wednesday which I won't get to go on and then he has another one on Monday the 24th, which I won't get to go on. I can't say how sad that makes me. Oh, the guilt.
Charlotte's Web is winding down. Wilbur is just about to go to the fair. The kids seem to be loving it. They really like Templeton. When I asked them why, they said, "because he's a rat!". I guess that explains it.
2nd grade is so much fun. They are so funny. I am really looking forward to my Kindergarten practicum next semester. I really really want to teach Pre-K or Kindergarten.
Well, I need to get busy writing my paper. I usually get up around 4:30 am, so this is going to be a short night for me. Next week I get the whole week OFF except for Monday. The kids and I are heading to Athens, GA to see Mom. I am so excited to have a real BREAK! Then when I get back it's just one more week and then I am out of school for 6 weeks! Yay!
FAVORITE MALE ARTIST
FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST
FAVORITE BAND, DUO OR GROUP
Brooks & Dunn
Garth Brooks/ The Ultimate Hits
Rascal Flatts/ Still Feels Good
Carrie Underwood/Carnival Ride
My Picks are:
Carrie Underwood/Carnival Ride
I set up new polls for fave male and female on the side.
I really hope the AMA show is better than the CMA show. I did not enjoy the CMA show very much. Although I was not disappointed in the dresses or the jewelry department!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
I am a total sucker for award shows. I love the stars, the clothes (and jewelry), the music, everything. Katie and I like to judge the dresses as we see them. It's a girl thing.
Kenny Chesney is up for a lot of awards this year. I love Kenny and I am happy for him, but I don't want to see him take them all. I think they need to share the love. You know?
Also, Gerry House usually has some little commercial that airs during this time. I love Gerry House. For those that don't know, Gerry House is a DJ for WSIX, which is a Nashville country music station. Even if you don't like country music, he is really funny.
Anyway, can you tell I am excited??? Okay, I've got to get to work on my Charlotte's Web vocab game for today, but just wanted to get everybody pumped about tonight. Get your popcorn ready!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
I am going to try to hold off on the decorations until Thanksgiving, but I'm not promising anything.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
I told Eric that I thought he would get a good grade on this... he is the one that helped Katie (and Chas) with her assignment to create the Plymouth Colony. I had to write a paper. Actually, he let the kids help a lot more than I would have, so I guess its a good thing he was the one to help them. I told him there needed to be a bunch of little tombstones in the colony, since nearly everyone died, but he decided to go with the less authentic version.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Charlotte's Web is going very well, but I am working so hard! I love my borrowed students. They are so adorable and funny. I went to the Teacher's Center yesterday and got the stuff for my bulletin board. Kristy W. gave me the idea for it. I will take a picture when I finish and post it. Kristy has been a life saver for me. She is in her 2nd year of teaching and has helped me from the very beginning when I first decided to go back to school and she is still helping me! Man, I owe her! Well, it's 5:04 am and I need to start getting ready for school before my kids wake up.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Ashley informed me that spiders actually have eight eyes not two! She could only fit four red hots on the marshmallow, but she wanted to put them on there because "four are more scary than two". I love her!
Seth's spider is modified a bit, but still good enough to eat! Of course Chas had to be in the picture, too!
Ally's spider still in progress.
Chas working hard...
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Chas had an equally impressive report card for Pre-K. His assessment was two pages long and very detailed. We were really impressed with all the things he knew! Maybe amazed is the better word. I give Katie all the credit because she really has taught Chas a lot over the last two years. The only skill he needs to work on is managing zippers, buttons, buckles, and Velcro. I'm not sure how they assess that, because I'm pretty sure he can manage Velcro!
He still isn't consistent with his birthday. He said July for this assessment, but we are working on that.
Katie's birthday was yesterday and the celebration has been ongoing since Wednesday. Chas has actually received almost as many presents since his birthday is coming up and we will be having a "no gift" party on Oct. 23rd for both of them.
School is going by so fast for me. Only one week left of classes and then my final exam and then Practicum! I will be at Eastside in Ms. Hendrix second grade class for seven weeks. Well actually six weeks because Warren County schools get a whole week off for Thanksgiving, woo hoo!!! I'm pretty excited/nervous about Practicum. I don't know Ms. Hendrix at all and I have never even been to Eastside, so it will be a new experience, but I'm sure I will enjoy it once I get familiar with everything.
I will be teaching reading and I can't wait to get started on my unit. I have to wait until I meet with Ms. Hendrix to see what she has planned and if she has any suggestions for me.
We are headed to Chattanooga today to meet with my Mom and see "Beverly Hills Chihuahua" with the kids. We have been waiting to see this movie for a month, so we are very excited.
Eric is going to be off work again this coming week. It is so nice to have him home because he helps so much with the kids, especially in the mornings when I have to get ready for school along with them.
Oh, I should mention that Chas has decided to be Spider Man for Halloween. This is exciting, because this is the first year, EVER, that he as wanted to dress up. He loves his costume!
Friday, September 19, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Katie took 1st place in the long jump, the 50 yard dash, and the egg race.
Chas took 1st place in the long jump, the 50 yard dash, and the art contest.
We were so proud of them!
Lucky for us, Mike showed up with his camera, and took some great pictures, even with only one good arm to do it with! Impressive.
Just for the record, Chas should have won the egg race, but they changed the rules in the middle of the contest and he ended up losing. Oh, well, I guess we can’t win EVERY thing!
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