Monday, August 8, 2011

twas the night before first grade....

...and all the teachers were stirring, even the hampster.

Well that is what it is like for us at least.  School starts tomorrow.  I have been working my little booty off all week trying to get the classroom ready and attending meetings (8-3 every day since I was hired a week ago!) But now, it's all set.  The walls are covered, the feeling is good, the desks and supplies are organized, the books in a pile, the charts titled, and the lesson plans ready. 

I have heard a lot about my group of 23 firsties.  It should be an interesting year.  All of my kiddos can read (except for the one I have yet to meet, his family doesn't speak english).  Most have been doing math workbooks all summer, and they are ready for sucess! 

I am feeling a million emotions right now- excitment, nerves- etc.  I feel ready for the day- and yet I feel like I could never be ready for the day. 

Here's to praying that all the kids arrive, there are few to no tears, everyone gets through the day safely, and gets home ok.  If some content gets in there I will be one happy camper!

Tomorrow is the first day that I get to do what I have dreamed of doing since I was in 1st grade myself!

Friday, August 5, 2011

my new life

my new life consists of a little too much, and I hope that it doesn't stay this way for long.

  1. a 45 minute drive that takes place at 5am and 8pm
  2. going to stores each night from 8-9/10 and spending tons of money
  3. being completley lost in the content (it's all new to me)
  4. reading about Daily 5 and CAFE (aka FACE)
  5. making bulliten boards
  6. meeting new people
  7. having (mostly upset) parents contacting me
  8. spending all my useful time in useless training
  9. being suffled around with all the other new hires
  10. organizing- but i don't know how since I don't know what I need
  11. spending to much time putting on make up because I don't know how, and I want  need to look older
  12. not seeing my puppy all day
  13. living hours away from my husband
  14. having a schedule so crazy that I don't even get to talk to him
  15. organizing books by category
  16. running around the school building to learn where things are
  17. keeping of list of to-dos that grows faster than gets checked off
I also hope to do a post on the things I am greatful for,  Like my teaching team, and the fact that my hubby us coming to town this weekend!!

Icecream social is Sunday night, and school starts Tuesday with the kiddos.  What a week it has been!! 

Today I am meeting with a parent- the high maintenance kind.... it should be interesting

I am sorry to be neglecting you blogworld.  I miss you.  But right now, this buis as to be taken care of!

Monday, August 1, 2011

no one can support me like my husband

I have taken my husband for granted.  (ok, this actually is a daily flaw, but this time it's a biggie) 

A while back a new bill was passed that all but banned new hires of teachers where we were living.  Not only were there not job openings, but 30% of the teachers were RIFd.

Hubby got himself a good job.  He makes good money, and has never thought twice about the fact that I don't make (hardly) anything.

Then it came time for me to look for work- because I desperately want to, not because I have financially to.  We faced the hard fact that a full time position was not possible where we were living.  Options, we stay- he works, and I sub. Or we leave- I work, and he has to find a new job.

He could have said that financially it would be better to stay.  He could have told me that I should only take a position if it were my dream job.  He could have just said- we are staying here.  But he didn't.  He didn't say any of that.  Instead he said that we would go where ever I found a full time position.

He is top of the market, number one in sales in the city- he is on the top.  But he is giving it all up to be unemployed while I teach.  He is giving up his fun job so that I can do what I love.  He would do anything to make me happy- even if it means giving up his job and life in one state to live in another.

To add on top of all of that. He packed up my car for me with everything I needed (and still found room for me to take more of the things I wanted) while I ate pizza on the couch. He is also packing up all of our belongings himself, and moving (with the help of our parents) to our new place, and getting it all set up- without me.  This way I will be able to focus on the school year.

What an amazing man.  And handsome to boot!  I don't know why I am so lucky- but I am thankful that I am.
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