Sunday, October 31, 2010

100 Warm Feet

So I am having some issues with this post.  If anything shows up crazy, I am sorry!!!  Gotta love blogger sometimes!

I am something very exciting to share with you.  My little blog has been featured on a video for an AMAZING Sweepstakes to support our troops in Afghanistan.  Verseo is hosing a sweepstakes called, '100 Warm Feet' to provide thermo soles to help our troops stay comfortable during the cold months in Afghanistan.  Check out the Sweepstakes here

.This sweepstakes came at a perfect time for me.  It really  hit close to home.  Since August, David has been told he is deploying and then not deploying at least 4 different times.  It has gotten to the point where I haven't worried if he is going or not.  It is his job, deployments come with the territory.  That doesn't bother me at all. But this going back and forth is old.  For a month, he wasn't going on a deployment.  A few days ago, he comes home and says he is deploying again pending a grade waiver is accepted from AFPC.  I looked at him and told him, can you just tell me when it is official.  And when I say official, I mean he is boarding the plane!! To our family who may be reading this post, we haven't said anything because we are constantly going back and forth.  We will give details when it is official.  I am thinking he will have 2 different deployments that he is going on before he actually deploys!  Oh the life of the military, there is never a dull moment!!

On a more positive note, David was featured in the base newspaper on Friday.  It was a great article.  I am so proud of him!!!  Oh and Tyler was coined by the Base Command Chief a few weeks ago!  She is still carrying around her coin.  She is so proud!!

Happy Halloween!!  Check out the video below!!

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Saturday, October 16, 2010

It Is So Hard to Say Good-Bye

Yesterday was my last day with my 3rd grade class.  There is a huge void in my heart right now!  To say I became attached to my class is an understatement.  I felt as if they were my own children, all 25 of them.  I am so thankful that I had a wonderful class and an amazing supervising teacher! I learned more in 8 weeks than in 3 years of education courses!

Yesterday, the class earned a movie/popcorn day.  I am not going to lie when we kind of planned it that way so we could get grades finished for end of the quarter! HA!  While I was out popping popcorn, my class was working hard on putting a book together for me.  I had no clue.  Then the office called and asked if I could come and pick something up.  Little did I know that this was a set up!!  I came back to the room and the door was locked.  I knocked and one of my students ran and opened the door and I heard SURPRISE!!  The tears began to roll down my face.  At the front of the class, was a box full of goodies for my future classroom.  Little did I know that the kids had been brining in things all week!  I always catch on to surprises and I had no clue!

I did good for the most part of the day until the kids started packing up at the end of the day.  I LOST IT!  Several of the students were tearing up too!  It was so hard to leave, but I refused to say goodbye to them.  I plan on subbing in the Spring and my teacher is going to request me every time she is out.

I will never forget my time with my class.  They taught me so much about teaching and myself!  They even made me a better parent!!  I am tearing up as I write this post!  I would give anything to erase yesterday, and go back to my 3rd grade class on Monday.

This Monday, I start my second placement in Title 1 PreSchool at a different school district.  I am not going to lie, I am very nervous about going into a PreK classroom after being in 3rd grade!  I am hoping for a smooth transition!  I know that I will learn just as much from those little kiddos and become an even stronger teacher.  This also means that I am half way done and will be certified in 8 weeks!  YIKES!!

Sorry for the lack of posts!  Student teaching has consumed my life and I love it!  David, Tyler, and Landon keep me pretty busy too!!  We are very excited that fall is here.  Tyler has a Halloween carnival tonight at the Youth Center.  She is super excited!  We are enjoying the cooler temperatures and college football on Saturdays!

I hope everyone is doing well!  I am sorry I am a horrible blog reader right now!

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Sunday, September 19, 2010


I drew via for the fun and adorable cinch sack.

And comment 16 is the lucky winner.  Comment 16 was left by Kael, Maddie, and Sage!!  Leave Allison a comment on here to claim your cinch bag!  I will also let her know that you won!!  Congratulations!!

We have had a pretty laid back weekend here.  The base had its annual air show which meant David worked all weekend long.  I only braved the crazies on base long enough to go to the commissary!  We needed food in a bad way!!  It was a great weekend because my Hogs won which always makes me a happy girl!!!  The rest of the weekend consisted of writing lesson plans and working on my teacher work sample.  If I didn't love my students so much, I would be wishing away the next 2 1/2 months!!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend and your football team won!!

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Sunday, September 12, 2010

MIA Give Away

I am still alive!  I am having a blast student teaching.  I would love it even more if the college didn't require 10 million more things on top of focusing on my students.  But that is how it goes!!

My long time friend, Allison, asked me to host a give away.  She is a Thirty-One Gifts Consultant.  Have you seen their adorable monogrammed gifts!!  I really cannot wait to get a paycheck coming in, there is so much that I would love for the kids and I.

About a month ago, I ordered this adorable cinch sack for Landon.
I am in love with this sack.  I am thinking about ordering one for Tyler for Christmas for a dance bag.  The options of endless on how you could use this bag.  I thought of a gym bag, MOPS bag, beach bag, overnight bag, and so much more.  I am a sucker for a cute bag!!

Allison is giving away one cinch bag and throwing in monogramming.

Here is how you can win:

1 Entry - Blog about this giveaway and leave me a comment with your link.
1 Entry - Go to Allison's Thirty-One Gifts page and tell me which bag you would want.
1 Entry - Become a Fan of Allison's FB Fan Page.
1 Entry - Tweet about my Give Away.  Be Sure to @daddysduty.
1 Entry - Become a Follower on my Blog.

Leave one comment per entry.  I will pick a winner on Sunday, September 19 at 7:00 P.M.  

Good Luck!!

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Sunday, August 22, 2010

A New Normal

My first week of student teaching has been CRAZY and the kids haven't started yet.  I never knew that I would learn so much before the students arrive.  I am having the time of my life!

Landon started back to PreK this week and Tyler started the Youth Center and 2nd grade.  The first day of school was on Wednesday.  Imagine my surprise when I get a call from The Youth Center on Sunday telling me that Tyler is asleep and running a fever.  WONDERFUL!  She missed Meet the Teacher Night and the first day of school.  She was so upset.  She was back to normal and ready for school on Thursday.  Thank goodness!!

I will probably not be on here much this semester!  It is going to be a super busy semester!  I will try and keep you updated when I have some free time!!
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Monday, August 16, 2010

On Friday, the base had their annual Atomic Luau.  They have free BBQ and tons of bouncy castles for the kids.  We had fun, but only lasted an hour.  The temperature was 100 and that is before the Heat Index. The kids managed to get soaking wet and stay cool!!

UGH this picture looks a lot better before it was shrunk down to fit on the blog!  

And it has been a while since I have posted of picture of our 3rd child.  He is almost 17 weeks now!  He is such a great puppy!  We adore him!  

Today is my first day of student teaching.  The students do not start until next week.  I am so excited!!  It was a long road to get here and I know that December will be here before I know it!!  Tyler starts the Youth Center today.  She is super excited and Landon is back to daycare.  He will start PreK after Labor Day.  I think all 3 of us are ready to get back into a normal routine.  So long summer, see ya next year!

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Christmas Came Early

A local retired teacher opened up a place where businesses and people could donate anything and everything that teachers can use in their classroom.  Once a month, teachers in our county can come and get whatever they want for FREE!!  They also let student teachers in the county come and shop!  Fox 4 did a segment on Teacher's Warehouse this past week.  You can check out the segment here.  What a great resource for teachers when budgets are being cut and teachers are having to reach into their pocketbooks even more than ever.

Here are some pictures of what I scored yesterday!  I was like a little kid in a candy shop.  And then it was Christmas when I got home and discovered stuff that my teacher threw in my boxes for me!  When people found out that I was student teaching, they were throwing stuff at me and telling me, "You have to have this, you will love it!"

I probably came home with over $600 of goodies.  You cannot see all the wall decor and bulletin board goodies that I got!

Comprehension Books!
Word Cubes, Math Manipulatives, GeoBoards
Math Manipultatives, Teacher Resource Books, Readers, Phonics CD, Manipulative Clocks
All About Me newspapers, Pocket Folders,  Letters and Sight Words for Word Walls
Readher's Theater, Comprehension Books, Alphabet Game, Math Flashcards, Tornado Tube, 
Checkers in a Net Bag, Brand New Canvas Bag (I want to get it monogrammed.), and more
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