Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010
I don't remember needing a weekend so badly for quite some time. Yesterday we had our first school assembly. Yours truly (me) is in charge of all the planning. Everything turned out pretty well for our first run. There were only a few minor technical difficulties.
We opened up with saying the Pledge of Allegiance and the Norms Pledge. After the Pledges we all sang the Star Spangled Banner. Their little voices are precious!
I had everything on PowerPoint for the students. They loved it!
The biggest problem I encountered was with the stereo system. It's so old that it won't read burnt CDs. So... I just played the music off my Macbook and held the mic to it. It wasn't the ideal situation, but we made do.
I'm exhausted from working on my room, writing lesson plans, researching, and all the singing. My voice is actually pretty raspy from all the talking/singing. I sound like I have a cold. Ha!
Ethan and I slept in until 8am today. We were up several times during the night so I could really use a nap today.
Earl's BBQ emailed me a coupon for a $3.99 chicken dinner. I just went and ordered it to-go. There were several pieces of smoked chicken and I chose green beans and baked beans for my sides. It was so delish! Ethan may of had some too. The boy loves chicken!
I'm not sure what we'll be doing tonight. I wouldn't mind watching a movie at home and snuggling with my pup.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
School began on Thursday, Aug. 19. I woke up super early so I had plenty of time to get ready and take Ethan for a long walk. Here's a cheesy photo of me on my first day as an elementary music teacher...
I had the hardest time deciding what to wear. There are way too many cute clothes in my closet! It's an awesome problem to have. ; )
I took Ethan for about a 45 minute walk. He needed to get all emptied out before being locked up all day by himself. Poor guy! It's going to take some getting used to.
I arrived to school around 7:30am even though my report time is 7:50am. That gave me just enough time to get a few things in order and get all my tech stuff prepared. Good times!
The Principal gave the morning announcements at 8:15 and directed the school in saying the Pledge. It was wonderful to hear all the little voices.
At 8:20am I had my first class.... the 4th graders. What a great group! After that came 5th, 3rd, Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd. Yes, I did have a lunch break in there. My day finished at 2:30 and I reported for bus duty at 3pm.
I REALLY enjoyed my day! At lunch I told the art teacher (who is absolutely wonderful!!!) that I could hardly believe I was getting paid to have this much fun. The afternoon was a little exhausting though. I may need to start indulging in a small piece of dark chocolate after lunch to pump me up for those classes. Ha!
Ooh, and I must mention that a couple kids (Kindergarten and 1st grade) told me I was pretty. How adorable is that?!?!?!!!!
I'm so grateful to have this job
and thankful for these kids!
Friday, August 20, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Some random thoughts...
I was informed that ONE of the characteristics that caught my Principal's attention was my positivity. This showed me just how much my life has changed during the past few months.
Med School is hard.... REALLY HARD. And I'm just the wife of a medical student. It's rough seeing the one person you love most go through so much. I could go on and on about this, but medical school isn't the topic of this post.
My point is that St. Louis was rough. With everything that happened and didn't happen, it became difficult to have a positive attitude. I felt that St. Louis ruined me. While in STL I considered myself to be negative and pessimistic. I was miserable. That's not who I was pre-STL.
I prayed, hoped, dreamed, and wished that we'd end up back in OKC. I wanted to teach again. Those were the desires of my heart.
My prayers were answered! I feel that I don't have any reason to not be positive right now. I have so much to be thankful for!
Praise the LORD!
Sunday, August 8, 2010
While talking with my Mother In-Law (MIL) the other day, I found out that both of us missed out on something important during our childhood: Tie-Dye.
A few days after our conversation we attended the Big Truck Taco's 1st birthday party. They had a booth set up where the party guests could tie-dye t-shirts. Yes, we just had to take advantage of the opportunity and have some fun. Donna and I both went home with new t-shirts. Love 'em!
Donna found some tie-dye kits at Hancock Fabrics and thought we should try it at home. So, we stocked up on white t-shirts for ourselves and others. Talk about a fun afternoon. Really, it was a blast! I'm looking forward to tie-dying with my MIL again soon.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
David is currently living in STL and I'm in OKC. I miss him terribly, but I'm making it... well, sort of.
I'm living by myself for the first time in my life. It's not as easy as it sounds. Really, it's not! Here's a few reasons why...
My apartment complex is new. In fact, it opened about 3 weeks before I signed my lease. I'm the very first one to live in my 1-bedroom cozy lil' place. It's nice, but also comes with its share of problems. This area used to be all field. So, you can only imagine all the bugs I'm having to deal with these days. And I do not do well with bugs! Luckily I have a super cool Bissel 3-in-1 vac that allows me to just suck them up. I also spray pesticide every couple of days. All these bugs have forced me to just deal with it. We all know that if David was here I'd probably have him on bug patrol all the time. He isn't really a fan of me asking him to kill a bug that's bigger than my fist (I may be exaggerating).
I administered allergy shots to Ethan for my first time last night too. He actually had his first dose at the Vet on Monday and they showed me how to do it. This time it was a solo job. I was completely fine with giving him his shot until he ran from me as soon as I injected the needle. I was so worried the needle was going to snap and get stuck in him. Saying that I was frustrated would be an understatement. The whole situation had me in tears wishing that David were there to help.
Another thing I did last night was put together a saddle bar stool. We bought two of them, but I just put together the one so I can use it now. I spent a good 20 minutes sitting on the floor with pieces of wood, screws, washers, and a wrench. It kinda made me feel manly. Not a fan of feeling manly!
After successfully putting together the barstool, I emptied out the vacuum. It was disgusting (FULL of BUGS)! I cleaned the washable components and sat them out to dry. Have I mentioned that I miss my Dave?!?!!!
Well, after my evening of not-so-girly jobs, I decided to cuddle up with my pup and a cup of hot tea. What a day!!!
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
So, my birthday was June 9 and Jordon's birthday is August 8. We got together for a birthday celebration on Saturday, July 31.
I went to Shoe Gallery that day since it was Chris' (my bro in-law) last day. It was steamy hot out so I took him a cold diet Arizona iced tea. Treating him to a cold beverage was the least I could do for a guy who's hooked me up with some major discounts. Anyways, I was looking through all their clothes (think boutique clothes at Target prices) and mentioned that I was going clubbing with my BFF that evening.
Well, long story short.... Chris and his friend, Nick, came over and I drove us all to Bricktown. We partied for hours! I lucked out and found FREE parking. I also didn't have to pay any cover charges to get into the club and I sipped on FREE water with lime all night. So... I put my cash to good use and bought my "body guards" several beers. I enjoy living vicariously through others. Ha! They were in heaven! We had a lot to celebrate!!!
Once we were done in Bricktown, the party was headed up to north OKC. I was beat and just wanted to go to bed, but the boys gladly took my seat in the limo and rode with everybody else up to the next location.
We all had such an amazing evening. I think I may have to get together with Chris to party a little more often. Hopefully David can join us next time. = )
Well, sort of. I spent a day shopping, but actually spent very little money. It was nice for a change. Here's what I purchased...
My previous pepper spray fell off my keychain in STL a while back. I figured I better get another one since I'm now living by myself. Let's just hope I never have to put it to use.
Remember my 30th birthday back in June? Well, Dunkin' Donuts sent me not just 1, but 2 coupons for a FREE medium beverage (YOU should sign up too!). I used one of the coupons the morning we made the move from STL to OKC and I redeemed the second one on the very last day I could use it... July 31. Thank you Dunkin' Donuts for making my birthday extra special. The coffee was truly delish!
I have to say that I absolutely love my new apartment. While I was walking Ethan the other night, I saw many signs lining the main road that passes by. This particular sign proves that they sure know how to attract teachers. They're speakin' my language!
What do you think?
I attended a "Watch Party" for my FIL on Tuesday, July 27. It was my first watch party and it really was a lot of fun.
Here are a few photos from the evening that were taken with my iPhone in a dimly lit room....
Tim, Donna, and Daniel
THANK YOU to the kind couple who opened their home and hosted the watch party for my FIL, family and friends. It was very nice to meet you both and I enjoyed our conversations. I look forward to seeing you again soon!
August is here and it's HOT! Temps here in OKC have been as high as 105. Yes, 105! I take Ethan out several times a day. Let's just say he takes care of business and pulls me back to our door in hopes that we can go inside where it's air conditioned. Smart boy!