Wednesday, November 26, 2008
I'm thankful for...
a husband who I love to date
a decorated, sparkly christmas tree
re-used christmas decor...how i love yardsales
incomes to make this household run
stories that make any situation feel light again
a house to call our own
christmas music that starts after halloween (currently playing :0)
a family (on both sides) that loves and supports us
a really hard working hubby
a comfy couch to cuddle up on
my warm fleece blankets
a better home and gardens subscription thats making me a better wife (thanks grandmom!)
a job that is so unpredictable but full of fun every single day
a puppy that loves me enough to follow me everywhere
a sister who just returned safely from a different continent
vacuum cleaners that make carpets look new again
laughs and good times that remind us not to stress too much
neices and nephew(s) running around, loving life in a simple way
slippers that make my feet feel cozy
timers on ovens (or else I would have burnt my apple pie...oops!)
cars that run well (thank you Lord)
creativity and craftiness
love, I am so thankful for that. Without it, life would be so boring. I don't just mean romantic kind of love, but the kind of love Christ calls us too.
Happy thanksigiving...enjoy the time with your families. I know I will...
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Church and Football.
Not today, folks...not today.
We got up at our normal time to get ready for church. We were both done getting dressed, and almost ready to go downstairs to leave. Declan says, "Hey babe, wanna go to breakfast, start making our lists for christmas, and maybe get a head start?" I, of course, being the good christian I am (haha..), I agreed.
So, off we went to our favorite little place down the road for breakfast. We sit on the 2nd floor of this place, right next to the heater, and its soooo cozy and warm. Eat a yummy breakfast. Love it. I get out my paper, and we brainstorm all the gifts and idea's we'd like to do this year for Christmas. As a general rule, we are just trying to spend less, but get gifts we feel will be useful and meaningful to the person receiving. Between the both of us, we have lots of family, and spending as much as we used to just isn't an option this year. We made our list, decided to go home quicky and DVR the football game, Sunday's second purpose...and off we went.
We went out to Lancaster, and it was just a fun date day with my hubby. We drove the scenic route to Lancaster, which we love (340)...and dreamt about the bigger house we will someday have. I love my house now...but I definitely can already picture that next step house, and...it's fun. Out of the 21 people we have to purchase for, we got 7 people completed today. I feel good about that.
There are 3 full days left until Thanksgiving, and I am 1/3 done my Christmas shopping...this is by far the earliest I have ever been. We didn't only buy some gifts (I am making some too this year)...but we also purchased gift wrap, bows, ribbons, and gift tags...and I'm headed up to my spare bedroom to wrap, TODAY. This is insane, and I am proud of my lack-of-procrastination this year. Darn Proud.
Friday, November 21, 2008
First of all, let me say, thank god for a garbage disposal. What you will find in that sink (as the picture is a little blurry, I'm aware) is lettuce, tomatoes, avocado's, green onion, red onion and lime. The makes for some awesome guacamole and some fantastic home-made salsa.
Look good? Because...it was. But, I have to say that while I was making it, you of course, have to test it, any good chef does that, right? So, I got kind of full...and only had room for one fajita. But, nevertheless, I have lots of left overs and so thats my lunch today.
I so wish my sister or mother was there to enjoy the guacamole and homemade salsa with me, becuase, well...my husband doesn't like either. I basically made them for myself. Somehow, I have to make him a more adventurous eater. Ideas?
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Please check back for new art projects at my other blog...link is in the "blogs I stalk"....add it to your link list.
I have officially started (and this is long overdue) my art blog. It will strictly be a place where I will post pictures of my students art work, explain some of the projects, and be able to share it publicly with other people and not be worried about all the personal things I'd like to post on this blog. Don't worry, this will be the blog where the funny student stories will be.
I do hope that some of you will still be interested to check out my student's art, but...no pressure!
So, here it is: http://OodlesofArt.blogspot.com
I need a little time to start posting blogs there, and pulling the ones from this one over...so, patience.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Happy birthday big girl! I love you.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
The students actually observed real leaves that they brought in, they did a wonderful drawing, outlined with sharpie (my favorite!), learned about contour lines and drew some around their leaves. Then, they had to blend oil pastels inside their leaf to make it look fall'ish. They cut out the leaf and contour lines and glued it onto a background of their choice.
Today, though...I did have a downer moment. Every time my students are in line to be picked up, they know my big rule is "You may not touch the board". They ALL know this and their little hands are still tempted over and over to touch the board, or play with the markers...or worse...erase what I have there. That definitely does upset me a little, because more then anything, it's annoying. The students are in line waiting for their teacher, and I hear: "Mrs. Balla, Liam touched the board and erased the feet of your turkey!!" (yes we're doing turkeys, 'tis the season) I always give the student the opportunity to tell me themselves. We also have a very very very strict policy in our school called GYRO (green/yellow/red/orange) cards, and students get their cards flipped when directions aren't followed, etc. It is a school wide behavior thing, so everyone does it. Anyway, so I look at Liam, and I ask him about it. He has a grin on his face which made it look like he was proud of what he'd done. I simply told him that he knows the rules, and it's a pain for me to have to re-draw it, and that I'd have to talk to his teacher about flipping his card. He quickly got his act together, standing straight and tall, and waited quietly in line.
His teacher came. I told her the situation quick and basically asked if she thought his card should be flipped for that. I like to talk to the homeroom teachers about that stuff because they know the student better then me. She goes, "Oh absolutely, he gets his card flipped for that". As Liam walked out of the room, I gave him the little 'nod' to let him know he was going to be on yellow. Instantly, his face sunk and his eyes welled up with tears and he wrapped his arms around me and sort of smooshed his face into my stomach area. I felt h.o.r.r.i.b.l.e. It was my worst moment yet, I think. I just kept telling him, "It will be okay and you won't do it again...it will be okay". I couldn't help but feel horrible that I flipped his card for that. I feel like I let kids get away with worse then that sometimes. It was just so blatent and in front of so many of the kids. It's moments like those that just break your heart. I still feel bad about. I saw him only 45 minutes later, and he was bubbly and smiling again. I looked at him and said, "Are you okay, now?" He gave me a big, huge smile and said, "Yea!"
There are moments like those where I wonder if I made a bad decision. I know that this sort of thing is bound to happen in my type of career, but it made me kind of sad.
So, thank you vocal cords for calming down, not being so swollen anymore...and moving on. Just don't move onto other teachers, it's not fair to us.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
As a teacher, I am utterly useless right now. I have no voice, none at all. Basically whatever comes out is terribly forced out and just hurts my throat and vocal cords.
I went yesterday to school and figured, what the heck, I'd try it. Well, it worked out because yesterday's voice was better then today's voice, but still sounded pathetic. So, the kids were shockingly good because they really needed to listen intently to hear me. This morning I woke up and felt sick again, the whole can't breathe, coughing up nastiness thing. I decided I'd still trek into school and try my best. Well, this morning was an early day at school, so I hadn't talked to Declan in the morning, or anyone-hence...didn't use my voice at all, or test it out to see how the vocal cords were doing today. I had a little time this morning, and decided to swing by Dunkin Donuts to fulfill my longing for an everything bagel with cream cheese. So, I get to the order window, and well...my voice. Totally. Not. There. I literally had almost nothing coming out. The poor girl couldn't hear me, but I managed to like yell and sort of get out the general sound. It was such a horrible feeling, and it was then I realized how much worse it has gotten. But, I did have a delicious bagel...
Onto school I went. Everyone I talked to that morning said the same general thing: "Why are you here and how are you going to teach!" They were all saying, "Go home and rest your voice!" I was being stubborn and trying to get through today, knowing that I would probably take tomorrow off to rest my voice (the only cure) based on how I was feeling at that moment. I taught 2 classes (hardly...because, I am USELESS...a teacher with no voice, completely pointless), and it hurts-so-bad. I basically tried to not talk too much and just let the kids work. I get an unexpected email from our secretary that goes something like this:
I hear you aren't feeling too good. I found a sub for you tomorrow. Are you sure you can continue the rest of today? I'm going to look for someone for you and I'll call down to your room and let you know. You need to rest up!"
She is too sweet. She really did take care of it for me, and I got to leave at 11:45 and head home to stop talking and rest up my voice. I have off tomorrow too, because at this point there is still no voice there and late at night and early morning is my worst time for it. I am hoping by Thursday I can go back to school with some sort of renewed voice...at least, somewhat. I even had to cancel an observation by my Principal for tomorrow, in fact, once he heard me (or lack-there-of-hearing me), he didn't think it would be fair to observe me on a day I can't mutter a word above a tiny whisper. That just isn't quite accurate of my normal teaching style. :-)
The moral of the story is that having laryngitis as a teacher is by far the worlds worst thing to have. I talk all day. Now, I'm utterly useless.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
This weekend the ladies stole Tara (my sister in law to be!) and took her to the beach for a fun weekend to getaway and to just celebrate her. The weekend included lots of fun little things, such as fun gift giving, question-asking, slumber party talk, shopping at the outlets, lunch out, scrapbook-making, cooking lasagna together, makeovers..........
Friday, November 7, 2008
During my cryfest, I kept saying things like..."I can't miss out on this weekend...everyone will be so mad at me!"...and "I don't want to take another sick dayyyyyy". Declan was cute and just kept telling me, "Babe, you have to beat this first, then worry about all the other stuff".
He was right, because sure enough when I woke up at 7:30am this morning...my fever had broke and my throat wasn't sore anymore. I still felt a little achey, but that's it.
So, where did this fever come from anyway? I'm just praying it won't come back.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
I am not happy about the way the election turned out, and as an educated-on-politics individual (as a 23 year old), I just have to say that I'm more mad about being beat out by uneducated, follow-the-crowd 18 year olds then ANYTHING else. I just hate that Obama's campaign was more of a popularity thing, and less about the real issues. All I can hope is that I can get over this and start to find some appreciation for the man, because right now...it just ain't there.
Oh and I've also decided, all you need is Oprah backing you, and you're in.
*I also want to assure you that although I have many, many, many things to say about this entire thing, I will not stoop that low and make my blog about it, therefore this WILL be the only time I discuss politics. got it? k.