Friday, September 19, 2008

Newsy stuff

Well today is my "read aloud". I have to read a book to my class. Tough, huh? I am reading SkippyJon Jones, which is an awesome book. If you have kids and you do not have this book, get it! It's hilarious. My Mom even reads it to her 4th graders. It's that good.

Katie had her first dance class on Wed. She is actually taking both ballet and jazz, which I found out when I got there. I thought she was only taking ballet, since I thought that was all that was offered to her age group, but when I got there I found out that she could take both classes, each 30 min. for $36 per month. Well, since I was planning on an hour and $36 per month for ballet, I decided to just let her take both. Let me tell you, she LOVED it! I was so happy because I really thought that she would, but she never really got excited about it, so I wasn't completely sure. Ballet was first and then jazz. When jazz started I could hear the Cheetah Girls song that Katie loves and I thought, this is going to be a hit. Plus there is a whole lot of shaking going on, if you know what I mean. And of course, Katie loves that, too.

This week was "farm week" for Chas at school. He loved it. He got to take a toy tractor yesterday, which was the highlight of the week. He has also discovered "Whack a Gator" thanks to daddy. He loves that game. He is a proud "Gator Hater". You can only imagine how his daddy feels about that!

We went to the UT/UAB game last Sat. and the kids got to play with their cousins although Chas was torn between Seth and the football game, but we explained that he was too little to go, so he enjoyed playing with Seth, like we knew he would. The game was HOT. Not exciting kind of hot, either. Just HOT, hot. It was a sea of smelly, sweating, nasty people. Me included. I did not enjoy it. I don't mind sweating for exercise, but other than that I prefer not to do it.

Eric took me to Panera Bread in an attempt to make up for the miserable game, it did help, some. I love Panera Bread. Eric calls it "Hippy fast food". He thinks any restaurant without a deep fryer is a Hippy joint. So, anyway, I guess it shows how much he loves me that he would take me there and actually eat there himself! I had the Orchard Harvest salad, which let me tell you is not good. It is the fall special. I much prefer the summer special. I can't remember the name of it, but it was so good. The thing I didn't like about the Orchard Harvest was the Gorgonzola. There was just too much of it. I don't mind stinky cheese in small doses, but there was really a lot of it! It also has pears, walnuts, dried cherries, and a really great balsalmic dressing, but the Gorgonzola ruined it for me. I just picked around it. Eric had a chicken panini sandwich that he didn't think was big enough, but he said it tasted all right.

Friday, September 12, 2008

What's up

So what's up? Well, Christie Madewell and I presented our demonstration lesson on Wed. and I think it went pretty well. Our topic was "word building". I would explain it all, but it would take too long and it's really not THAT interesting, unless you happen to be teaching 2nd graders phonemic awareness.

Katie had a stomach virus Monday night, so I kept her home on Tues., but she was fine all day Tues. and that night we went to the fair in Warren Co. and all was well. So... I sent her to school on Wed., but then Wed. night, she comes to me with both hands over her mouth saying she feels sick. I said, "Do you need to throw up?". She says, "No! I don't want to, then she starts to cry and says that if she throws up, she won't get to go to school tomorrow". It was just the most pitiful thing in the world to see her so sick and crying the whole time because she knew she would have to miss school! Of course, she did have to miss school and she was fine all day. I kept Chas home too, just in case he decided to catch whatever she had, but they were both fine and this morning when I told Chas to get up and get ready for school, he said "You mean I get to go to school today?" He was so happy. I am so grateful that my kids love school so much. I'm pretty sure it won't last, so I am enjoying this time while I can.

The fair was okay. I really don't like going to the fair. Any fair. But, I have to admit, it was fun to see Chas having so much fun. It's amazing how much joy he can pack into one small face. Katie shares my sentiments about fairs. The only part she likes is the games, because she loves all those tacky little toys.

Lately, I just can't get over how much I enjoy my kids at this age. They say and do the funniest things. Katie's birthday is coming up and she wants a metal detector. Chas has a birthday coming up soon too. He is hilarious about commercials. He can actually recite the Aqua Globe commercial verbatim and it is hilarious. I'm thinking about getting him an Aqua Globe for his birthday, except that we don't have any house plants, so I'm not sure what he would do with it.


Eric, Kristi, Chas, and Katie