Sunday, August 31, 2008

Go Away Gustav!




I may be over reacting, but I feel like "It's better safe than sorry".
As soon as the news began all their warnings of this hurricane, I have been making sure we have some of the things we may need to help us to remain a little more comfortable in case we loose power. It was a week and a half before we received power after Katrina.

Gere was completely brushing this Gustav thing off at first and then, out of left field, he decided that we NEED a chainsaw. He said that his truck was blocked in during the last storm. Hmm...This makes no sense to me and I put my foot down on the matter, but he just had to have it. He has been wanting to try it out since he got it and I am just waiting for him to crank it up at any minute and just start cutting things. I swear, boys are so weird. But, don't think that in the back of my mind I am not already thinking of how I can bring this up the next time I want to buy something, ha.

On a more serious note, I really hope that Gustav is not as devastating as Katrina and I am really praying for those poor people who had to go through all of this only 3 years ago. We are all hoping and praying for the best.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Aloha

Did you know that Hawaii became the 5oth state on August 21, 1959? Well now you do.
This week in class we read Luca's Quilt, Junie B. Jones Aloha-ha, and other books on Hawaii.
We learned Hawaiian words and made our own leis. Today we tasted Hawaiian foods at our own little luau. Our menu consisted of Hawaiian punch, Hawaiian bread, ham cubes, pineapple, bananas, and coconut. We cracked open a real coconut and a whole pineapple for them to see and taste. It was a lot of fun (and very tiring). I think my students really enjoyed the festivities though. They loved doing the hula! I decided yesterday afternoon at 5:00 p.m. to make a palm tree for our luau and I am so glad I did. I think I'm going to keep it up all year in my "Wonder and Discovery" center. It was so easy to do: cardboard tube from upholstery fabric, umbrella, green butcher paper, & and a bucket of sand or rocks. Hmm...I wish there was a need for "Birthday Party Planners". I think I could start a business. Ha!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Here's the scoop...2nd grade is a real treat!



I am back at school and getting back in the swing of things. I am getting to know my new students and still trying to adjust to getting up so so early. (We start school at 7:00a.m.) "Meet the Teacher" was a two weeks ago. I had an ice cream theme complete with a super sized milkshake for my class roll and I treated each new student w/an ice cream cone cookie. I think everything turned out pretty well. Sarah Brashier painted the cutest name sign for me. (You've got to go to her blog...The Painted Wren. She is so talented.) So far, we have gotten off to a good start. I do however already have a sore throat and stoppy nose. I pretty much stay sick throughout the entire school year.
Anyway, please help me pray for a wonderful year.
It is always so amazing to watch them learn and grow.

Back To School



I am back at school and getting back in the swing of things. I am getting to know my new students and still trying to adjust to getting up so so early. (We start school at 7:00a.m.) "Meet the Teacher" was a two weeks ago. I had an ice cream theme complete with a super sized milkshake for my class roll and I treated each new student w/an ice cream cone cookie. I think everything turned out pretty well. Sara Brashier painted the cutest name sign for me. (You've got to go to her blog...The Painted Wren. She is so talented.) So far, we have gotten off to a good start. I do however already have a sore throat and stoppy nose. I pretty much stay sick throughout the entire school year.
Anyway, please help me pray for a wonderful year.
It is always so amazing to see in May how far they have come, how much they've learned, and grown.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Hola from Mexico!

Wow, I have been seriously M.I.A. from the blog world. School started last Friday and I have been out of sorts trying to get ready for the new school year. I cannot believe summer is over. I'm kinda depressed about it. Boo Hoo.

Anyway, on a happy note, I had a gr-r-r-r-reat summer and we decided to go out w/a bang. The last week of our break, Gere and I went to the Mayan Riviera in Mexico. It was wonderful. Very relaxing and just what we needed to get ourselves pumped up before we both headed back to school. Mexico was a lot of fun and very romantic. Kinda like going on a 2nd honeymoon.

Oh, I almost forgot...As we were going through security in Memphis, barefoot (you know, the whole bit) and I am holding up the entire line (surprise, surprise) (Gere and the security people rushing me)and quite flustered I might add, Gere stops like he's seen a ghost and tells me to turn around. He is gazing at the man right behind me. I have no clue who he is, so I just go about my business. It was Archie Manning. That guy is so tall, by the way. Now every time we see him on TV, Gere reminds me that we saw him in the airport.