Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Grandma Knows Best

When I was a kid, I remember complaining to my grandma once how I hated how slow time went.  I can still here her response, "one day you will realize how fast time is going and wish it would go slower."


Every year, I think I understand her statement more and more.
I can't believe that tomorrow is December 1st.
I swear that Christmas comes faster and faster every year.


Here, I looked forward to Thanksgiving break since, well, the first day of school and with a blink it was over.  Now I have 17 days of school till winter break and 25 until Christmas. I'm sure I'll be ringing in the New Year before I know it.


Why does time seem to go by so much faster the older we get?

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

In All Things Give Thanks

If you are following me on Twitter or on Facebook then you may have already heard my flooding story from yesterday.  If you somehow missed out on the fun though, I'll give you a quick recap.  

Yesterday morning, as Zoe and I were snuggled on the couch watching some tv and enjoying our school free day, I heard water dripping.  After doing a quick scan I didn't see anything so I got up to investigate.  When I got over to my kitchen I saw water trickling out of my light switch and telephone plug.  When I looked up I saw water spots on my ceiling and immediately knew that water was running in the upstairs bathroom.  As I flew up the stairs I immediately noticed water in the hallway and when I got to the bathroom I froze. There was about an inch of standing water and it was still pouring out of the overflowing toilet.  After my second of just staring in astonishment of what was happening, I came to my senses and waded through the water to turn off the valve behind the toilet.  Once the water stopped I then panicked, calling my husband who was at work and then my parents to please come help.


After a couple hours of steam cleaning and many wet towels we finally got the area somewhat dry.  However, did you catch the part of it being a second floor bathroom and water dripping in my kitchen below?  The water was already seeping through the floors and ceiling and running down the walls.  

We decided that it would be best to make an insurance claim because the damage could really add up.  Since this was my first time handling anything like this though I was a bit frazzled talking to everybody.  I was even more stressed when the ServPro people told me that if they came out, they would immediately start tearing everything out...carpet, flooring, wallboard...and did I mention this was in my kitchen, and we are hosting Thanksgiving?????  


So in the end they are actually coming tomorrow so hubby can work with them.  The good news though is that we only have a $250 deductible and while we really don't have that $250 at least that is all it is cause the repairs look they are going to cost much more!


Which brings me to my title "In All Things Give Thanks".
While even in this awful situation, I can still find reasons to give thanks.


I'm thankful...
  • Nobody was hurt in the flooding.
  • We have a house to flood! 
  • We have running water to cause the flooding.
  • We have 3 bathrooms.
  • We have house insurance to help cover the damage.
  • My parents and inlaws all live close by and both came running to the rescue. 
  • Friends IRL, on Twitter, and on Facebook have offered suggestions, help, and encouragement during such a stressful time.
Of course there is everything else to be thankful for as well...
  • I have a healthy and happy family who enjoy spending time together.
  • Hubby and I both have relatively secure jobs.
  • Our refrigerator is stuffed with Thanksgiving fixins.
  • Thanksgiving will be spent with family we do not get to spend much time with.
  • I am surrounded by awesome friends!
  • Tomorrow is Black Friday and I get to go out into all the fun!!!!
Of course my thankful list could go on and on and on and on. But, I'll stop with one more:
I'm thankful for you, especially if you have read this whole post!!!


HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Kid Conversations

I was cleaning out my drafts and found these kid conversations that I hadn't shared yet.  They took place quite awhile ago, but still made me chuckle so hopefully they will put a smile on your face today, too!

Dylan: You don't have to get that much stuff ready.  It's not like we are going to Texas.
Daddy: That's where mommy wanted to go on vacation.
Dylan: Why?  She doesn't even speak Texas.
Me: Umm what language does Texas speak?
Dylan:  I don't know.. YeeeeHaaawwww?!

Aunt Steph: What is this? {showing a $5 bill}
Zoe: A dollar. 
Aunt Steph: No, look at the number.
Zoe: Oh, it's 5 dollars.
Aunt Steph: Good, now what's this {she shows her another $5 bill}
Zoe: 5 dollars
Aunt Steph: Yes, so now what do you have {she puts the fives togther}
Zoe: Two five dollars.
or as some may say $10 {which was what Aunt Steph was looking for!}

Friday, November 12, 2010

Charles Shultz was one smart guy

If you read my post from Monday then you know I have been a bit frustrated with my job.  So when my aunt sent me this email, it was absolutely perfect timing. Thanks Aunt Steph!!!  


I figured it was something we all needed to hear now and again so I hope it brings you encouragement as we all make our way through this thing called LIFE.

The Charlie Schulz Philosophy
   (This is  marvelous!! Scroll thru slowly and read carefully to receive and enjoy full effect)


The  following is the philosophy of Charles Schulz , the  creator of the 'Peanuts' comic strip. You don't have to actually answer the questions. Just ponder on them. Read straight through , and you'll get the point.
1. Name the five wealthiest people in the  world.
2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.
3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America pageant.
4  Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.
6. Name the last decade's worth of World Series winners.

How did you do?

The point is , none of us remember the headliners of yesterday.
These are no second-rate achievers.
They are the best in their fields.
But the applause dies..
Awards tarnish..
Achievements are forgotten.
Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.

Here's another quiz. See how you do on this one:
1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.
2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.
4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.
5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with..
Easier?
The lesson:
The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials , the most money...or the most awards.
They simply are the ones who care the most.

Pass this on to those people who have either made a difference in your life, or whom you keep close in your heart , like I did.
Don't worry about the world coming to an end today. It's already tomorrow in New Zealand !'

''Be Yourself. Everyone Else Is Taken!"




Thursday, November 11, 2010

Does Your Family Geocache?

Have you heard about geocaching?  
Basically it's a worldwide scavenger hunt and our family has been having a blast exploring the area where we live on the hunt for geocache trinkets.  


My little brother actually told us about it because he and his friends would go out and do it all night.  After doing some research I found tons of information about it and had no idea that it was so popular.  There are actually 1,233,975 active geocaches around the world.  

Now I cherish my sleep so you won't find me out geocaching overnight, but my family and I have enjoyed spending afternoons and evenings on the hunt.  Some we have found in parking lots at Walmart and grocery stores while others we had to go hiking in some local state parks for.  We have only found easy to some medium difficulty, but I am intrigued that some geocaches are under the sea and others at the top of a mountain and people spend days searching for them.  We have kept most of our searches local except for a couple we found when we went to Hershey Park this summer. 


There are also different sizes geocaches, some so small only a teeny tiny piece of paper is inside so you just sign your initials to show you have been there, then others are actual boxes full of little trinkets where you can take something to remember your find.  Just remember to leave something behind too!

Dylan with one of our biggest geocaching finds in a local state park.

The best thing about geocaching is that it is a FREE!  A gps is handy to have, but since most peoples phones have one it probably won't be something you have to go out and invest in.  Then all you have to pay for is the gas as you get out and explore your neighborhood.  It's nice being able to spend a day with the family, being outdoors, and not breaking the budget. 

If you were like me and haven't heard about geocaching you can find all the information you need to know by visiting www.geocaching.com.  If you sign up, search for our family "beachnightcrawlers" so we can see what you find! Happy Hunting!


Do you and your family geocache?


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

TESTING

I was following ScaryMommy's advice to add a Facebook button.  I think I got it.  Now to try it out...

                              

Monday, November 8, 2010

Take time to THANK a teacher


It seems like forever since I've been able to take time to pay attention to my blog.  That real job, the one that pays the bills, has been eating up my time and it's been a good couple of months since I've been able to do anything for myself.  


Back to school time is always busy as we get back into the routine, but this year has been especially hard.  It's good to know that it isn't only me though.  It seems that every teacher in my school is feeling the same way and while we were out trick or treating I got to talk to one of my teacher neighbors and she said everybody in her school is feeling the pressure too.  It just seems that more and more responsibilities are being put on school teachers.  We no longer are allowed to just teach and take care of our students, but instead we have paperwork overload, new assessments to implement, hoops to jump through, and the list goes on and on.  


The powers to be in Washington think up these ideas and then push them on the state, the states then push them on our superintendents, they push it on administration, and administration then puts it on the teachers, and there it rests.  We don't get to push the buck on.  Other than the students, we don't have the option to put it on anybody.  And being the teachers that we are, putting our students first, we are doing everything in our power to not stress them out and keep their education at the forefront of everything we do.  


So instead of coming home at night to work with my own kids, spend time with the family, or do something for myself, I'm planning lessons, grading papers, doing research, completing paperwork, and just trying to keep my head above the water.  All for what?  I'm not getting paid by the hour so I definitely don't see it in my paycheck, I'm not getting an trophies, no special perks.


No, I'm doing it for my students.  Because while the powers to be that are sitting in their offices in the sky thinking up these ridiculous programs, I'm in the classroom making a direct difference in 20 peoples lives.  I'm listening to their stories about mom and dad not being home to tuck them in because they had to work, how they didn't have dinner last night, I'm bandaging the paper cuts, teaching them social skills, building their confidence, encouraging their imagination, playing mom, nurse, friend, and oh yeah...TEACHER. 


I know what I do makes a difference and that is the only thing that has kept me going this school year.

I encourage you to take time to thank a teacher today.  Teachers don't do it for the money, or the recognition, or the awards...they do it because they truly love YOUR child and want to see them succeed in life. 


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