Wednesday, December 19, 2012

No Words

Today was a happy day at school.  Today was our party day.  I thought about all the things that made me smile today and as I reflected, I realized so many things that were related to school on that list.

1.  I wore my pajamas to school today.
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2.  Class Christmas Party was a SUCCESS!

3.  Class Christmas Party is over. ;)

4.  Faculty Christmas party gave us time to talk, visit, joke, eat and LAUGH.

5.  Secret Santa reveal let me find out who was my awesome secret santa that left me all these cute notes this week.  :)
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6.  When I came home, I was already ready for bed.  See #1.

7.  I have received some sweet and very THOUGHTFUL gifts from some of the best first graders in the WORLD.

8.  Thanks to Christmas Vacation, in 2 days I will be traveling to see my family.  :)

9.  I came home to this guy.
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10.  I squeezed and hugged 22 little first graders today because as much as they can drive me crazy, I love them as if they were my own.  They make me smile.  They make me laugh.

As a teacher, school becomes more than a job, but a part of your life.  Like a job, there are going to be times that are stressful and times that are hard.  Like part of your life, you look at all the things that are so rewarding.  School becomes a part of you and those kids become your own kids.    I love that I know so many special and unique things about each of my first graders.  I love that I spend so much time with them every day.  I love that I work with them until they 'get it'.  I love that they make me smile, laugh and cry all at the same time.  I love that we teach them respect and honor in our classrooms and we see them play it out.  I love that school is a safe haven for our kids and we are going to fight our hardest to make that a priority. 

Our hearts are still heavy for those in Connecticut.  I can not begin to imagine what those teachers and students had to and are having to go through.  

*Still remembering those precious first graders and heroic teachers from Sandy Hook and their families.*

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Mantel!

Hubs and I had a pretty good weekend.  We went out Friday night with Hillary & Martin.  We ate dinner at Little Italy.  That place never lets us down.  *LOVE*  Then we headed over to Fat Boss's to check it out.  We laughed at our conversations.  The people behind us were cussing and carrying on while we tried to remember the lines to popular nursery rhymes and children's songs.    It was a good time!
Saturday, Hubs and I worked on the house.  I cleaned/did laundry while he finished up a job that I have been so excited about him finishing!!!!  Installing A Mantel!!!
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My parents had several updates to there house recently (including a complete kitchen remodel...BEAUTIFUL!).  With those updates, they had a new mantel built for their fireplace.  Well, guess who the lucky ones were to get their old mantel??  We were!!!  It needed to be painted since it was a wood stain color and we wanted it to be white.  Also, it was about a foot too long for our fireplace so Hubs had to cut it down and glue it back together.  Here's where the seam is.  I'd say he did a nice job of finishing it out and hiding it!
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Add in a little sanding, fresh coat of paint and voila!  We were in business.  Hubs did all the prep work to get the mantel ready to be hung during the week.  Saturday, it finally got hung.  I am so happy to have a mantel now!  Santa won't have to travel so far to get to our stockings this year.  ;)
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We still have a few loose ends to finish as far as the decorating on the fireplace goes.  And we need to hide those cables from the TV.  But, I couldn't wait to share! :)

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Dylan & Blake

I was more than happy to snap a few photos of these sweet boys on Thanksgiving.  They were great sports and I think we got some 'keeper' shots.  Victoria joined the fun for a few too!! ;)  Enjoy!
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Monday, November 26, 2012

Baby Elle

I had the pleasure of being in town when my best childhood friend had her first baby, Elle.  I just love her and her husband John to pieces and was so excited to be able to capture some sweet memories of Elle's first days for them.  Elle was born on November 23rd at 11:44 and weighed 8lbs 1oz!  She is a precious blessing to them and such a doll!  Enjoy!
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