Sunday, September 19, 2010

Birthdays and babies...

"Who is getting more pleasure from the rocking, baby or me?" -Nancy Thayer

We spent the weekend in South Carolina, surprising Rob's mom for her 50th birthday. She didn't know we were coming, and we were able to decorate the house before she came home from her birthday getaway.
Streamers, balloons, posters, photos and even two cakes... we had it all. But just so you know... "next time we try to surprise her... she prefers chocolate cake with white icing." :)
But despite that, we got to spend the weekend with this little guy. He's nine months old and has the sweetest disposition.
I like the feel of a sleepy baby in my arms. And a wiggly baby in my lap. And squeezing those chunky legs. And watching Rob hold and play with him. I already miss that baby.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

"Our faith in the present dies out long before our faith in the future."
-Ruth Benedict

Yesterday... after a bummer of a day where nothing seemed to go right, I had a visit from two of my students from last year. I know that you're not supposed to pick favorites, but one of these girls I felt a special connection to. She wasn't the most diligent student... in fact, she had to go to summer school for the first semester. But she kicked it into gear second semester, and she came back to tell me that she currently has an A in 9th grade math (a class which kicks many students' butts!). I'm so proud of her!

Today... I'm feeling like a really naive teacher, thinking that when you teach a concept for two weeks the students should actually learn it. I'm also feeling like I've spent all week running behind the bus, trying to catch up. Deadlines are upon me. The stack of papers to grade is growing. Meetings are scheduled. I haven't even started to think about my certification assignments. Aaahhh!!

Tomorrow... is Friday! Thank goodness for short weeks! I tutor Saturday morning, and of course have to plan lessons for the week. But, I'm also looking forward to football games, dinners out, and maybe even a bike ride! And, sleeping in... oh the joy!!

Friday, September 03, 2010

Shoot for the moon...

"If we can send a man to the moon, then why don't we send a woman?"
-Kylie Bax

At the MoonPie General Store in Charleston, SC. Maybe the best store we see on this vacation.

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