Saturday, August 30, 2008

It happened

I took Rebecca to a sleepover tonight. I was talking to the mom and Rebecca went by me and brushed me off. I went to leave and she wouldn't kiss me good bye. How sad. I knew it was going to happen. I didn't think it would happen this fast. Especially since she's been in my bed atleast 4 times this week because she was scared of the weather, going to bed at the same time we do(I know..weird). I still love her, though.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Locker Set Up

Since Rebecca said I couldn't take pictures of her on the first day of school, I asked if I could take her the day before to set up her locker and take pictures. She agreed to that.

The New School

I picked up she and her friend, Lexi, at lunch and took them to the school. They practiced opening their lockers, finding their classes, and setting everything up inside the locker.

Trying the combination

All Set Up

Writing a note

They are on the Pack Dogs Team

Rebecca has been holding on to a special rhinestone sticker of her name that my parents gave her about 5 years ago. She said then that she wanted to put it in her locker. She put it on a pen holder that had magnets on the back. It is now proudly displayed in her locker.

The girls left with mixed emotions. They are excited about the thoughts of middle school. They are scared about not being able to open their locker or finding their classes.
Posing in the front lobby

Walking off to the future....

First Day of School

The first day of school has come and gone. Being so swamped, I haven't had a chance to post about Rebecca's first day of middle school and my first day of kindergarten.

Rebecca has gone through several changes with the beginning of middle school. The first of which is that she went to school on the bus. Our school has several teacers with students attending Rebecca's middle school. We were lucky to get shuttle for our children to ride to and from school. Sadly, the bus was late on the first day. Not the best way to start off your middle school career(in the eyes of a 10 year old).

When she got back to my school in the afternoon, she came in complaining about how hot the bus was. She didn't want to ride the bus ever again. (Said with lots of drama!!) She also didn't feel good. About an hour after being home, she starting throwing up. She caught the stomach bug I had on Sunday and Monday.

My first day back in kindergarten was sweet. I have 22 precious children and an awesome assistant. Our kindergarten theme for the year is :Cooking up a great batch of learners. I got right back into the kindergarten mind set and bought my assistant and I a chef's hat and apron to wear on the first day. We wore them to lunch when the kids wore their chef hats. We were quite the bunch. I'm thrilled to be back in kindergarten!!

Speaking of last group of students I taught here in S.C. are in the 6th grade with Rebecca. It's so hard for me not to go up and hug them. But that's a no, no in middle school.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Black and White

We had a wonderful rainy day on Wednesday. While Eric was getting ready for work, he let Levi out in the backyard. However, he forgot to call him back in before he left. When I got up, I couldn't find him outside. Usually he is under the boat with the big dogs. I can usually see the big white fluff ball. Not Wednesday. Here is why:

A bath, a shower, and a mopped floor later:

Tuesday, August 12, 2008


I just returned from registering Rebecca for middle school. It was a lengthy and expensive process. For some reason our school district charges school fees. I paid $60 for Rebecca's 6th grade fees. I then was sent to the yearbook table. Another $40. The next table in line...booster club. Another $75. On to the lunch line. I put $45 on her lunch card. That covers 20 days. Next I went to the PTO table. I purchased a school shirt. Another $10. Luckily, transportation doesn't cost anything. Turning in the health card didn't cost anything. WOW. It's expensive to be in middle school.

I was able to pick up her schedule. She is in class with her best friend, Lexi. She is also in class with one of my former students. I know she will have two good influences. She is in accelerated math, language arts, and social studies. They don't offer accelerated science. She is also taking drama, p.e., and spanish. It sounds like a full load. I'm sure she can handle it.

Saturday, August 9, 2008


It seems like just yesterday that Rebecca was driving her Barbie jeep over to Ms. Mundy's house to spend the night. On Thursday, I dropped Rebecca off at the middle school for a sixth grade orientation. The entire time we were in the drop off line Rebecca kept saying "I don't want to do this. Momma, take me home." She thought I was going to walk her in. I told her no that I didn't want to embarrass her. She was very nervous, but got out of the car and went to find out where to go.

I, on the other hand, was a wreck. As I drove away, down came the tears. This is a very hard thing for me to do. She has been at the same school as me for 5 years. I called my parents for a little comfort. However, I knew deep down that I would not get sympathy. I was right. Dad got a BIG laugh out of me. He loves it when Jennifer and I call to tell him stories about our kids.

Anywhooo, Rebecca loved her orientation. They did a scavenger hunt to find out where things were located in the building. They did a survey, ate lunch, and the all important thing to an incoming 6th grader.....practiced opening a locker. They even had relay races to see which team could open theirs the quickest. Rebecca's team won the locker race. She won the scavenger hunt for her group. She got a t-shirt as a prize. She was very proud of it. When she put it on, I teared up again. What will I do on the first day of school?

Ready to go.
My middle school girl.
The goofy girl
A view of the back of the school.
Her new t-shirt

Friday, August 8, 2008


I was tagged by my friend Nicole for this one.

3 Joys:
1. Going to Disney World
2. My family
3. Taking a nap.

3 Fears:
1. Losing my husband or kids
2. Being in a serious car accident.
3. Becoming a dinosaur teacher.

3 Goals:
1. To get my Master's plus 30.
2. To get my cholesterol under control.
3. Finding a way to stop worrying about things I have no control over

Current obsession:
Getting my classroom ready.

Random fact you may not know about me:
I love to look at the ads in the Sunday paper.

That’s your daily dose of me.

I tag Kelley, Kristy, and Pamelia.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008


Ann enjoying the pool

The whole family joined the fun.
Ann trying on shoes like she wore ....years ago?!
Eating at Wild Wings
The Liles' at Wild Wings
Big Sis-Margaret and Little Sis-Rebecca

The Batts family was finally able to come visit past this weekend. When we planned the weekend, we knew that I would be in class all day Saturday, but Ann was okay with that. She said she could lay out by the pool while I was in class.

We enjoyed eating, laughing, talking, swimming, sun bathing, and shopping. Ann even helped me scope out Teacher Appreciation night at Staples.

The good part about the weekend....they stayed until Monday. We had an extra night to visit.

I can't wait to see you again.

Sunday, August 3, 2008


So here’s a fun game I stole from my friend Nicole's blog…. leave a comment on my blog of a memory that you and I have had together. It doesn’t matter if we haven’t known each other for long, just anything you remember! Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a memory about you. Its actually pretty funny. If you post I’ll assume you’re playing and come to your blog and leave a memory!! On your mark… get set…. blog your memories!!