Tuesday, September 28, 2010

I should figure out how to post pictures on this thing...I have many things that would be fun to show the three people who actually read this: how I've changed the house around that I live in, although there are no "before" pics...I still think it's fun to redecorate and move furniture to put a new spin on a room. I would take pictures of my rapidly growing "little" boy because he's so gosh darn cute...

*update* - he went to preschool today with NO crying or fussing or reservation at all! this is so great...except he will probably be switching to the public schools soon and the process will start all over again. hmph. Well, let's not hmph...let's try to see the bright side. He is extremely adaptable and resilient, as most children are. And he most likely won't remember the trauma I seem to put him through every day through denial of cookies, cakes, and other sweets, forced quiet times/naps, and preschool and sunday school ventures. I just keep breathing and praying and being....a mom, I guess.

I am on a short break in my teaching day, and am so supremely impressed with my students: we did a country type of "reel" dance that was fairly involved for their ages, and both of my classes were able to sing it, dance it, and keep the forms intact for the entire 5 minute dance...and they seemed to be really enjoying it, having fun with it exactly like it would've been danced years ago. I am so excited. Teaching this year has been so much easier and student centered than ever before.

Gotta run...I realized I forgot to prepare something for my next lesson. Have I mentioned that things are going well, but I'm really disorganized this year for some reason? ugh. :)

Sunday, September 05, 2010

what happens when you talk on your cell during a concert...

Or what should happen! if only I could do this with every concert...



Thursday, September 02, 2010

time to update

it's been a while.





I am almost always hesitant to post anything when it's been so long...like I have to "update" you about everything going on in my life. Maybe I can do that quickly, and then (maybe?) elaborate on what I am focusing on as important...hope to not bore you too long:

- BIG DEAL: moved into a new place. and not just a new place ~ a BEAUtiful, HUGE, colonial with 2 monstrous yards and storage space and marble countertop to cook on and built-in closets and-and-and...you get the picture. We are living in the house for the next year or two (possibility for longer, but we'll see) to take care of it for a family I grew up with who are moving away for a job. They ultimately want to come back here, and love the house, so they are sort of, lending it, let's say, to us for the time. And they said I can paint. (Yippee!)

- Jeremiah started preschool. Well, not officially, but unofficially. Today was the first time there without one of us with him, and his teacher said he did wonderfully. With all his developmental concerns, I have been a little worried about how this will affect him...hoping it will connect things in his brain, but prepared that it will cause him to be further behind by not "getting it." She said he responded to her questions and the other students there talking to him. I've never seen him do that. I am very excited for him this year.

- Patriots football has started. Woooo!

- Finished the first summer of my M.M.ed. and felt really good about it. I feel so excited for my year of teaching, and hoping I can pull off everything I want to pull off. But even if I can't, I will be really trying and enjoying teaching more than in past years. It's nice to have a direction again.

- The dress rehearsal and performance for the C_________ concert of Copland's "In the Beginning" and Mendelssohn's "Athalia" is on September 11!! I am so excited. The members of the group have been so encouraging and kind and it is really coming together. I am really trying to prepare well so my nerves don't undo the work I've been putting into this.

- My hubby is working part-time this year at a different mechanic's position, so he will be able to do his online seminary classes and keep working. The plus side of this is that he will be able to be with Jeremiah while I am at work, so we don't have to rely on other people this year. That is a huge relief for me, as I want him to always have one of us available at all times. The house deal makes this able to happen financially.(yay!)

- Oh, yeah...this past monday, I started school again: the 2010-2011 school year! That used to sound like so far in the future...maybe this year my room will get a smartboard. Every other room except the art and music rooms have them...hmm...time to write a grant? Or become a really squeaky wheel...It's unfortunate that the fine arts teachers often don't have the luxury of being a squeaky wheel because they could just get rid of us to make us stop...anyway, I rabbit-trailed...

also, I'm thinking of putting this blog up for the public to see, but am a bit nervous about it...that's pretty exposed. Any thoughts from those of you who read these little ditties? We'll see.