Monday, February 28, 2011

Last day of February!

I'm gearing up to write everyday for the month of March.  I am taking the challenge to write a slice of life.  I'll connect to this site: 
http://twowritingteachers.wordpress.com/. I'll be back on this evening.  I need to go. I'm exercising with a friend!
I'm back! Just had the chance to skype with my daughter and grandson!  It was so much fun!  He is so energetic and talked to us while he was playing.  He is putting sentences together and singing.  I could watch him all evening but it was time for them to go! Of course I do have to work too.
Tomorrow is our first day of our proficiency testing so I want to be prepared so i plan to read my examiner's manual so I'll have to stop for today.  Have a great evening!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Feb. 27, 2011 Sunday

Yesterday I spent with my parents.  They celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary this past week.  My mom had the opportunity to go watch my brother's daughter, my niece and her granddaughter play basketball for University of Akron at Miami University in Ohio. So my husband and I went down to stay with my dad for the day.
Dad has Parkinson's disease and he isn't really himself these days, so his mind comes and goes.  We have to watch for those special moments when we get a glimpse of the true person that he is.  We had a few of those special moments yesterday.  I was so glad that I was home because I got to see him tease one of the caretakers.  I don't remember the exact circumstance, but after dad said something to her, he looked at me and winked with a grin on his face.  It was vintage dad!  I knew he knew that it would get her goat and he knew very well at that moment what he was doing. 
There was another time that he was asking me about the world today.  He was talking about the middle east and what was happening there.  I knew by what he was saying that he had been hearing the news and was aware of what has been going on.  Most of the time he whispers and doesn't make sense but at supper last night he was talking out loud and making sense.  These are precious moments.  I cherish them.
Today, he was in one of his "sleep states" and I was not able to talk with him.  It shows how we must take each day as it comes and make the most of it!  Thank you God!  I did spend some time with mom then and left to travel home. 
I spent the afternoon with a friend who had a birthday.  She had been instrumental in helping me through a tough time in my life.  Her way of celebrating was inviting women to her home, of course serving cake, candy and punch, encouraging laughter and talking, but the best thing was; she celebrated another friend's life.  Her friend is dying from a brain tumor and wanted all of us to remember her and gave us each a carnation and a bag of popcorn before we left.  What a way to celebrate.  Her friend will go to be with the Lord soon.  God is so good!  Glorify His name!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Feb. 24, 2011 No School again!

Good Afternoon!  I thought we would at least have school!  We have ice today and it was slick but it turned out they cancelled after a 2 hour delay.  I wouldn't want the students having accidents.  I didn't get on yesterday because we did have school and that was wonderful but it is so hard to get caught up with them now.  I have finally had a chance to grade everything and record all my grades that I wish I had more time with the students.  Go figure!  There's a few of us at school.
We still have some snow and the rain and sleet with the cooler temperature just made a mess.  I'm making waffles for my husband.  He always gives me a "snookie gram" to remind me that he is running out of them. So I am running back and forth as I write this so I can complete that too.  I know that multi tasking is not a good thing, but I can't help myself.
I was so excited Tues. night because I had a chance to Skype my son-in-law, daughter and grandson.  It was so much fun!  My grandson was playing and he was laughing.  It was the next best thing to being there.  I just wanted to touch him! Can't wait to see him. 
Yesterday was my mom and dad's 65th wedding anniversary and that's makes me happy and sad at the same time.  I am so very glad to still have my parents but it is difficult because my dad is not quite like he used to be.  I talked to both of them on the phone last night. He didn't talk long but seem to know who I was this time and told me to tell my husband hello and actually said his name!  That was cool!  Life is amazing!  God is so good!  I know that He gives us these little bits and pieces each day and if we don't pay attention that we miss them.
Tues. I saw my grandson on the computer and talked with my daughter and son-in-law and Weds. it was my parents.  They seem like ordinary things, but someday I might not have them.  I read something in Our Daily Bread a few days ago that stuck with me:
"God will not forget His children nor will He forsake our care; His compassion is enduring—even when we’re unaware. —Sper     
 "God’s love for us is as expansive as the open arms of Christ on the cross." I don't know who wrote the last sentence, but I believe it.
Well, I better get back to the waffles and finish them.  We have a records and reports day tomorrow, so no students.  This means we only had one day with students this week!  Hope you are doing well. God bless you!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Feb. 22, 2011 No School Today

I was all set to finish up our personal narratives with the students today and we are closed due to snow.  It was beautiful coming into town this morning.  The trees were covered with snow and well...the roads had ice under the snow so it was a little tricky.  I'm at school, but I'm free to go home whenever I want to.  With the second trimester coming to a close,
I decided to stay and work on my grades.  I've been grading papers and thought about my blog and I was eager to write!  This is a great thing for me.  I hope I keep this enthusiasm. For one thing I keep my daughter in mind as I write and I feel as if I am talking to her. That keeps me going.
Time does get away.  There is so much I could be working on at home but I have smooth jazz music on and I'm working here with no interruptions. I even have had some conversations with parents on the email already.  I emailed the parents to let them know about the assignment I gave the students on Friday to let them know the students could have it prepared for tomorrow, just in case they forgot to complete it over the weekend and needed something to do today!  It is paying off!  A few haven't done it.  One didn't take the paper home and I scanned it and sent it to his mom.
I need to get back to work. Hope the day is going well for you!  Have a great one!

Monday, February 21, 2011

2/21/11 President's Day

OK, Here goes.  This is the first day I have ever blogged.  Well I have lost what I wrote once already! So I'm writing for the second time!  I know that it means prehaps this will be better than the first!  I give credit to my daughter, Mrs. Gaby and Mrs. Ayres for their encouragement to try this.  Mrs. Ayres has a blogspot and I have been reading it and wanted to write on it but have not had the nerve.  I decided that this March was a good time to start. 
There is a challenge to write every day and in order to do it, I had to have a blog.  So here goes nothing! Mrs. Gaby started one some time ago and  my daughter did too.  So daughter, this one's, for you!  I have no idea what I am doing but you will be the first to see because I am not inviting anyone else at this time.  I will go a little more public when I feel more confident! :o)
It wasn't as hard to set up as I thought it would be.  But navigating is a little tricky.  I'm home today and working on grading and making corn bread and beans for us and Jeff & Janet Peterson.  I plan to go visit her this afternoon which by the way is time.  I must go, so I hope you had a great day! 
I am currently finishing up personal narratives with my 6th graders.  Some of them are pretty good. I'd love to have them share them on the net.  we'll see what happens.