Sunday, November 30, 2008

Scrabble Pendants









My sister and I have embarked on a new crafting adventure. While I am very detail-oriented, I lack the crafting gene that my sister seems to have received. However, I like to think that this is something I can do well!

We take Scrabble tiles, glue various pictures/patterns on the back, and add a bail (which is a hanger for a pendant). Voila! You have a lovely, unique piece of jewelry!

I am taking this craft over so that my sister can focus on her bows. So far, I have made everything from Elmo, Dora, princesses, Tinkerbell, Hannah Montana, Vera Bradley, stained glass, holiday, dogs...I have even tested out a few photos for family members to see how it goes!

If you like anything you see or have any requests, let me know! They're just $4!!! :)

Thoughts to Ponder

I am stealing this off of Susanne's blog, with her full knowledge of course! It's a great quote!

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity... It turns problems into gifts, failures into successes, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and a vision for tomorrow."
-Melodie Beattie

Friday, November 28, 2008

Traditions

Matt and I have started several traditions that we hope to keep around for quite a while. I would love to hear some of your favorites as well!

1. Each year in mid December, we drive around our community looking for the best Christmas light display. We are expanding it this year to two awards: Most interesting display and Prettiest. We then knock on the people's door and give them a certificate and special ornament with "Best Lights Display 2008" (or whatever year) written on it with our names on the back. The people are so excited to win and it just makes people happy!

2. We also choose a family that we know who maybe either is hurting financially or just needs a little extra joy this season. We go shopping for them and try to pick out some toys that the kids will really like. We also get a gift card for a grocery store and sometimes bring some canned goods as well. On Christmas Eve, we drop everything off at the house. They never know it was us, but it makes us happy knowing that we shared a little joy. This year at nearly 2 years old, he was able to pick out some of the toys for our families! (we decided on two families this year) It was really fun!

3. On Christmas Eve after church, we stop by 7-11 for our Christmas Slurpie. Since it's winter AND late at night on Christmas Eve, no one is ever in there! This started the Christmas that I was pregnant with Caleb. I was very noticeably pregnant and craving a Slurpie, so we stopped! The clerk just kind of looked at us strangly with our monster Slurpies, and a tradition was born! This year, Caleb can join in on the fun too!

So, what are yours?????

quick funny story

I was at the annual FHG Alumni bonfire at the Livingston's, which I've been going to since I graduated from high school. It is a great time to see old friends and hang out. It's especially fun now that there are some babies too! Caleb, Emma, Isaac, Ezra, and Brittany all played together today and had a jolly old time!

Anyway, I was catching up with the amazingly sweet (but sometimes a little blonde) R and she was telling me about her nursing rotations. She said that she liked Labor and Delivery and was trying to decide between that and Pediatrics. She said her final decision was made because "Labor and Delivery was all babies and middle-aged women, so that was kind of boring to me."

Now, I don't know about you blog reading mommies, but I'm no middle-aged woman!! I started laughing and she just didn't get what I thought was so funny. I told her that I don't really consider myself middle-aged and she said she wasn't talking about me, just other women. I informed her that "middle aged" is usually around 40 or so, and that most 40+ year olds aren't having babies! R is always good for a laugh... :)

This middle-aged woman is heading to bed and hoping that her boy will sleep in since he didn't fall asleep until 9:45!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thanksgiving Thoughts

Thanksgiving today was rather uneventful, with the exception of my mom making the announcement right before we sit down to dinner that I wasn't allowed to make Caleb eat anything he didn't want to, and that he would get to eat dessert no matter what he ate because it's a holiday. Thanks, Mom...

Other than that, it was fine. We ate good food and hung out, and Grammie actually did okay today. She slept a lot, but didn't have any major issues. Compared to yesterday, she was doing much better.

Caleb enjoyed watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and cried whenever it went to commercial. We went to KMart and cashed in on some good deals.

Yeah, so...pretty normal!

Tomorrow is my favorite day of the year! NO, I don't go shopping! I am done with all of my Christmas shopping and try to avoid going to the stores at all costs. No, tomorrow is my favorite day because it is the day that we put up our Christmas decorations! I absolutely love it, and have been itching to do it. Matt forces me to wait until this day, or I probably would have already gotten it all up! (I did cave and transfer my winter dishes yesterday, though!) I'm also totally excited to see how Caleb enjoys the decorations this year. Having kids during the holidays just makes everything new and fun again!! :)

Sorry, this is probably a pretty boring blog. Nothing really to report right now!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

such a cutie!



I made a pumpkin pie yesterday as a test run for the real deal on Thursday. I told Caleb that he could have a piece if he ate a good dinner (I told him the same thing at lunch, but that resulted in nothing but a bunch of food being thrown and lots of tears---needless to say, no pie!) He loves pumpkin pie and was very excited about the prospect!

While I was getting dinner together, he found another can of pumpkin in the pantry and began singing, "Happy Birthday to Me! Hunky Hi!" (translation: Pumpkin Pie!) and holding the can of pumpkin out in front of him like a sacred cake or something. Not too sure what that was all about... :)

He did eat a very good dinner...every time he would say "All done" (and not to my standards), I would give him a look and he would say very determinedly, "Hunky Hi!" and take another bite! It was quite funny.

I do hope that the pumpkin pie lived up to his expectations. I thought it was pretty good myself, but he worked awfully hard for it! ;) He especially liked the whipped cream on top!

Side note: Caleb got his first black eye on Friday! Apparently, the 3 kids were running full-force through the house and it was complete mayhem. (Yeah, my sister's got it all under control..JK!) :) Caleb tripped over a toy and landed full-blast into a bench--corner into his eye!! Because of where it hit, only the under part of the eye is bruised. I guess it could be worse. I have tried many times to get pictures of it for posterty, but I can never seem to get him sitting still in the right light. I do have one of him screaming his full-head off because I was trying to keep him seated while I took a couple of close-ups, though! I'll definitely have to post that one!! :)

Friday, November 21, 2008

Christmas Survey

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? I really like wrapping presents...the real way! I like the convenience of gift bags though.
2. Real tree or Artificial? artificial, but I do want a real tree some day. I've never had one.
3. When do you put up the tree? day after Thanksgiving
4. When do you take the tree down? before I go back to work
5. Do you like eggnog? Yes, in very small doses...it makes me sick to my stomach if I drink too much
6. Favorite gift received as a child? my doll house

7. Hardest person to buy for? Barbara
8. Easiest person to buy for? Carter (book on CD or baseball tickets!)

9. Do you have a nativity scene? yes, of course
10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Mail
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? I once got a Starbucks gift card from a student....nice right? When I went to use it, it only had 67 cents on it.
12. Favorite Christmas Movie? A Christmas Story
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? at the after Christmas sales for the following year! I get the best deals then!
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? oh yeah
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? my grandmother's cookies
16. Lights on the tree? Yes, all white
17. Favorite Christmas song? The Little Drummer Boy or The Christmas Song
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Always Home!!!

19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer? yes, I know the song
20. Angel on the tree top or a star? Angel---a Boxer dog angel!! :)
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? As a teen/young adult, we did it Christmas Eve because Christmas Day was busy. As a child, it was always Christmas morning. With Caleb now, it is definitely in the a.m. I am excited to see his eyes light up this year, since it is the first Christmas he will really know what is going on.
22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? Christmas stuff out on the shelves as soon as Halloween is over
23. Favorite ornament theme or color? We don't have one--I really like the good old homemade decorations. The bulk of our tree is filled with ornaments Matt and I made as kids, and we can't wait for Caleb to be old enough to make them too! Themes are yuppy.
24. Favorite for Christmas dinner? candied sweet potatoes. I hate "non-traditional" Christmas dinners like lasagna...yuck!
25. What do you want for Christmas this year? to be able to stay home with Caleb

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Grammie

Grammie is my grandmother, and she is nearly 102. Yes, you read that correctly! She still lives on her own in the house my dad grew up in and even had a little Beagle named Gracie until she died two years ago.

Recently, she's been pretty sick. She was in the hospital with pneumonia, got antibiotics for that, and was on the mend. Then she started not being able to keep anything down last week and was finally put back in the hospital for dehydration. After running some tests, they found she had a hernia that was causing blockage in her stomach. They operated Sunday night...on a 102 year old woman! She came out alright (in pain, but alright), but now she is saying that she just wants Jesus to take her home. Who can blame her, honestly? She has had a great life and she's ready to go home!

We're going up tomorrow night to see her, and hopefully she will be in better spirits than she was today with my dad. Please pray for her and the family. Not everyone recognizes the full, rich life she has had, so there are a lot of mixed feelings. I for one am excited for her to be reunited with my Pop Pop, who died 14 years ago! Anyway, just remember us if you think of it.

Working Again

My school blog is working again, thanks to my wonderful friend Megan! She is basically a technology prodigy, and I feel so incompetent next to her! She basically hacked into my blog (with my permission!) and got it all squared away again. She thinks that blogger was the one that messed up the way I was used to doing links, but she showed me a different way to do it so that I can still add links. AND, she did it all over email from 20 minutes away! I was so thankful that I sent her a thank you card and candy through the Pony (school system mail service). My kids have really been bummed about the blog being down, so they will be thrilled to know it is working again! :)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

hmmm

I just noticed that the example link I put in my last post to show you what it does didn't even show up in the published post! Even more interesting....does anyone know how to report a problem to Blogger?! For such a user-friendly program, they sure don't want to know if there are any problems, because I sure can't figure out how to contact them about this one!

Side note: My kids are extremely disappointed that our computer lab days are over until I get this problem fixed. They do love the change of scenery that the lab brings!

Monday, November 17, 2008

help!

Does anyone know how to fix this?

When I post links into my post (doing it the same way I have always done it!), the link doesn't show up. It just puts in a very long URL with weird stuff attached to it--and it always puts it at the bottom, even when I clicked at a specific point.

I have checked the help section and tried to report it, but I can't figure out how to. This doesn't affect this blog too much, but it is majorly affecting how I use my school blog, since the primary purpose is to insert links to specific learning games for computer lab use!

Here is an example of what it will do if I try to insert a link:



At first, I thought it was something with my home computer caused by getting Norton 360. It is doing the same thing at school (where I currently am.) Then, I thought maybe it was something with my school blog (even though this one is the one I've been messing around with recently), but it is doing the same thing on this blog.

If you have any ideas or know how I can report the problem, please let me know, my 7 wonderful blog readers!! :)

Saturday, November 15, 2008

I'm learning!!!

I figured out how to add a playlist to my blog...yippee! ;)

Survey Says....

I am totally stealing this from another blogging friend. Totally...but it's fun anyway!

Where is your mobile phone? In my purse, but I hate talking on the phone.

Where is your significant other? on his way home from a UMD football game

Your hair? dirty blonde with natural red highlights and has never been chemically highlighted or dyed!

Your mother? is extremely organized and motivated

Your father? is my very own computer specialist

Your favorite thing? my Nikon

Your dream last night? Don't remember last night's, but the night before last I dreamt my friend Sarah died in a car accident :(

Your dream goal? to stay home and be a mom

The room you're in? family room

Your church? the one we both grew up in

Your fear? someone i love dying.

Where do you want to be in 6 years? here in my house being the coolest full-time mom ever!

Where were you last night? home grading papers and half-watching Oceans 13

Something you're not? enjoying this year

One of your wish-list items? for Matt to get a 50k raise so that I can stay home and we don't have to change our lifestyle....that's all I want!

Where you grew up? back in the boonies in a lovely brick rambler with a great yard

The last thing you did? talk to my sister on the phone

What are you wearing? blue striped 3 quarter length polo shirt and khakis (all from Old Navy!)

Your TV? watching Wedding Crashers, but only until 9:00 when Big Love comes on!!

Your pets? beautiful brown boxer dog named Becky!

Your computer? was free thanks to a grant from the White House. Our school got all of their "old" (2 years) laptops. I'm pretty sure Bush put his fingers on my very keyboard!

Your mood? wistful

Missing someone? Matt, since I haven't seen him since 6:30 a.m.

Your car? Saturn Vue--it's been good to me!

Something you're not wearing? socks. They got wet when I let Becky out, so I took them off

Favorite shop? Old Navy, my weakness

Your summer? the favorite thing about my job...but rather lonely because Matt is gone so much

Love someone? my boys!

Your favorite color? colonial blue


When is the last time you laughed? at Caleb when he was trying sing the ABC song. It kind of went like this: "A, B, C, D, F, H, T, R, L, M, S, LMNO, T..." :)

When is the last time you cried? last night when I was too tired to do the laundry

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Hand Update

I went to the doctor today. I'm an enigma! (That's one of our vocabulary words--yay me!) The tingling/numbness of the whole hand is consistant with carpal tunnel syndrome, but the shooting pain/numbness of just my pinky and 4th finger (which is what I am currently having) isn't. So....he doesn't really know what it is. He gave me 800 mg of Motrin to stop the tingling and numbness. I'm a little hesitant to take it just because that is a big dose for a person of my size and I don't want to have a weird reaction and have to go to work tomorrow (of course, perhaps if I did take it and did have a reaction, I could stay home tomorrow!!! Hmmmm....)

He also gave me a muscle relaxer that I decided not to fill. It doesn't hurt that badly and I know it will make me loopy and tired. That's a pretty strong medicine that I'm not willing to take until it gets really bad.

I also now have a brace for my left hand that is stablizing my wrist. Caleb is quite intrigued by it! It's not really bothering me and it feels better.

I'm hoping that this will keep me from having to go any farther...like nerve tests, physical therapy, surgery...no thanks!

I was really hoping that this was all stress-related and that the doctor would tell me that I shouldn't work anymore. A doctor's note would be all I'd need.... :)

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

What is Wrong With My Hands?

This will be quick because it hurts to type...off and on since I was pregnant, I have had tingling in my hands to the point where I really can't grip anything at all. It goes back and forth between my two hands. Currently, I have a tingling, shooting pain running from my left pinky up my arm. I am having a hard time gripping stuff right now, and it's been going on for a couple of hours. I'm thinking it might be time to go to the doctor! Anyone have a diagnosis, based on my description of my symptoms???

Sunday, November 9, 2008

November 9th

November 9th is a date that sticks out in my mind for several reasons:

1) It is the day that I became a vegetarian...14 years ago!

2) It's the day that the Berlin Wall fell down: Ich liebe Deutschland!

3) Most recently and most bittersweet, it is the day of the death of a good friend of mine, Lisa. That's what the rest of this blog is going to be about.

Lisa began working at SLES at the same time I did. She and I taught 3rd grade right next to each other and muddled through the difficulties of being a first year teacher. We depended on each other for our sanity! She was in remission after having a rare form of bone cancer, and things were looking really good for her and her husband. They adopted a baby at birth named Will, who is a beautiful little boy with a full head of curly brown hair!

Things began to fall apart in the spring of Lisa's second year of teaching. She had some pain checked out at the doctor and they found that her cancer was back. She went through some radiation that didn't do anything to the tumor. After weighing the options of whether to operate or try to shrink it by doing chemo again, Lisa decided to have a very dangerous and experimental surgery. They were going to be removing her sacrum where the tumor was (which basically holds up your spine) and replacing it with an artificial piece. In order to do this, the surgeons would first have to "unhook" all of her major organs. It would be a very long 2 day surgery, and her chances of survival were very slim. If she did live, she would have to learn to walk again--if she did at all.

We didn't find a lot of this information out until afterwards, and I think that is because Lisa didn't want people to try to talk her out of it! She loved Will with all of her heart and wanted a chance to watch him grow up. She knew that the chemo wouldn't save her. This surgery was pretty much her only chance, even though it was a slim one.

To our shock and horror, Lisa died during surgery. I remember the phone call vividly. It was November 9, 2005, and I was getting ready for school. Jen, my teammate and phone-chain buddy, was on the phone. My first thought was that it wasn't snowing, so why was she calling?? It didn't even occur to me that this could be about Lisa, because she was going to be fine. The surgery would be hard, but she was strong and she'd make it.

I remember Jen's exact words: "Julie, Lisa didn't make it." It took me a minute to comprehend what that meant, and then I remember tearing up and Matt trying to figure out what was wrong. I distinctly remember leaning against the door jam to the bathroom and then sliding down to the floor. I just couldn't believe it. I'd never had a friend die before, and a good friend at that.

I am really not sure how I made it through that day. I do remember that no one would/could make eye contact with the third grade team that day. Everyone seemed to avert their eyes when we came around, like they didn't want to be reminded of their own sadness. I also remember attempting to tell my class the news, and having to buzz the office to have a grief counselor come down. I really wanted to tell them myself, and I wasn't impressed with the impersonal tone the counselor took with the whole thing. I guess you become numb after a while, but I didn't like how casually she told my class that Mrs. Western had died.

Our team really stuck together after that, and I definitely feel a bond with those ladies even now that I am teaching 4th grade. We all love and miss Lisa, and I do think about her often. I have a picture of her with her sweet boy Will that was taken just a few days before she died. We'd gone over to visit her before they left for New York, and I took some pictures for her (it was also Will's first birthday). Had I known that this would be the last time I'd ever talk to her, I might have said something deeper or more sincere. I think I said something trivial like "good luck, and we'll be thinking about you." How insignificant do those words sound now!

It was even harder receiving the thank you card for Will's birthday gift several weeks later. She had written them on the train to NY before her surgery, and her husband had a hard time getting them to us at first. I still have that note. I will never get rid of it.

At her viewing, they had a letter that Lisa had written to her husband and left at home for him to find in case things went wrong. It was the saddest, sweetest, most sincere letter I have ever read, and I can't imagine her grief while writing it.

At her funeral, the third grade team clung to each other and cried...a lot. The worst part was when they played "Seasons of Love." I am a huge Renthead to begin with, and that song totally described Lisa's last year. She poured more love into that year than most people do in a lifetime.

Knowing Lisa, she wouldn't have wanted to spend her life in a wheelchair. She spent the time she had left LOVING Will enough to last his whole life, encouraging her friends and telling them not to worry, and instilling as much wisdom into her students as she could.

She was quite a lady, and she was loved by many.

I miss you Lisa!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Norton Eats Worms...yum!

We somehow got a worm on our computer a few days ago. I have no idea how it happened, but all of the sudden I kept getting kicked off the internet. It was also freezing up a lot and jumping to other websites. All of the sudden, a really big "Warning: Your computer is in danger" sign started popping up like crazy. Uh oh! I knew I had a virus of some sort.

My first thought was that this pop-up message was fake. I looked closer and saw the Windows symbol, so I figured it was legit. I went on the website to check it out and run the free scan. It found several issues...but of course you have to pay to fix them! I almost ordered it (anything Windows is good, right??) when I remembered that I have Norton Antivirus! I quickly got off of the website I was on and ran my Norton. It found the virus....which was posing as an Antivirus software!!! This little worm was faking a virus to get me all annoyed. Then, just as I was about to totally freak out, Super Worm flew in pretending to be a Windows Antivirus software that could get rid of the virus to cheat me out of my money! The nerve!

Naturally, standard Norton couldn't get rid of it...I had to buy Norton 360! $69.99 later (I extended my coverage as well as getting 360), I was able to get rid of the worm.

I really like Norton 360. It cleaned up a bunch of my files and took care of the worm immediately. Now, I am completely clean again. There's even a file back-up system that is included in case your computer crashes and you lose your files. With our history, this feature is rather enticing!

The downside? Mr. Norton is a little overly cautious, and I haven't quite figured out how to tone him down a little. Right now, I can't put any links or videos into blog posts. This isn't a big deal for this blog, but it is a HUGE deal for my school blog! I was getting very frustrated trying to post some electricity sites and imbed a few Flash games.

I went into the set-up tabs to see if I could figure out how to get Norton to allow them, but my knowledge is limited when it comes to that kind of stuff. I'm going to have to call on the president and CEO of Stacked Systems, LLC (AKA my dad) to help me out with that one. He'll probably say that Norton 360 is a waste of money...and it probably was...but now I know I'm protected and hopefully I'll stay that way...even if that means not being able to post links!

I love you, Norty...but no need to be so overprotective! I'm feeling a bit smothered right now...




****Disclaimer: It's been a long week, it's 10:30, and I'm in a random mood. Hence, this might seem a little odd. I'll probably laugh when I reread this tomorrow! :)

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

just another day in paradise...

Today we didn't have kids, although we did have inservices the whole day! The second half of the day was a bunch of peer presentations and I taught a seminar on beginning blogging. It basically focused on using it in the classroom, but several people wanted to make a personal blog too. I typed up step-by-step instructions on how to set up and format your blog. Then I made up 3 pages of good websites for reading, math, and language. It was fun and I hope people got something out of it. I use my school blog very differently, obviously!

We are working on teaching Caleb his letters. We are working on the ABC song, but I am really focusing on learning the letters and sounds themselves. I am purposely not teaching them in order (because then it just becomes rote memorization) and we are only focusing on 3 at a time. We have these fuzzy letters that he can hold, which he likes. I have noticed that Caleb seems to respond better when a concept is connected to something he can see or touch (like a lot of kids!), so I am connecting each letter/sound with an object in our house.

Right now, we are doing M, D, and B. M = Mommy, D = Dog, and B = Baby (a picture of the 3 of us after Caleb was born. His favorite is D because he gets to gently tap Becky with the letter. Tonight, Matt told him to put the D on Becky's tail. You can imagine my laughter as Caleb began chasing Becky around going, "Here Becky! D! Doggy!" He was trying so hard to put it on her tail! Then, Matt decided to hold her steady so that Caleb could put the D on her tail! It was pretty funny to us, but probably not to Becky! :)

I decided to go to my school (which is where we vote) early to vote "before the rush." Because I was trying to get out of the house as quickly as possible, I decided to skip breakfast. After all, they offer snacks at the inservice meetings, so I would be fine....right? Well, I forgot about the fact that I'm still on an antibiotic and you have to eat when you take it!

I stood in line for 20 minutes and the line was moving pretty quickly. I began to feel a bit sick to my stomach, but I tried to stick it out. I took my coat off to cool off a bit and pushed down on the pressure point on my wrist. (That was a trick from my morning sickness days!) Much to my chagrine, I had to quickly jump out of my place in line and rush to the nearest bathroom. (Good thing I teach there and know where they are!!) Of course, the line goes right by the bathroom, so everyone could hear me! I got all of the pity smiles after I came out. They probably thought I was pregnant!

Well, when I came back out, the people I was standing in line with were now in the cafeteria actually in line to vote (past the first table). I didn't feel like it was right to jump back in line at that point, so I got back at the end of the line. I stood there in an unmoving line for 10 minutes before I realized I would be late for my meeting if I tried to vote at this point.

Sooooooo I stood in line for 30 minutes total with no voting sticker to show for it!!

Don't worry, I did eventually cast my vote for McCain (and Palin) during my lunch break! :)

Sunday, November 2, 2008

yay!

Hey, look, I did it! :)

Amazing video

I'm not an overly political person and I'm absolutely ready for this election to be over so that I don't have to listen to Obama's stupid advertisements again, but this video really struck me. I had an opportunity to see this woman speak in high school, and her story really touched me. It's a hard story to listen to, but one that everyone needs to hear before they make a decision about "women's rights."

I have never tried to put in a video before, so I hope it works!

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Saturday, November 1, 2008

Mommy Appreciation Night

With the busy-ness of last weekend and this past week, I forgot all about posting on Mommy Appreciation Night! Matt created a special night to show me that I do do something right, even though I haven't really felt like it this month.

I came home last Friday to a wonderful dinner of tilapia, parmesan vegetables, and fried pickle chips. (Yes, they were actually really good! He got them from a Rachel Ray recipe.) Then Caleb brought me a newspaper that Daddy and he made together. Matt actually interviewed Caleb with questions about me and reported his exact answers. It was quite funny.

There was also a piece about who knows me better: Amy or Matt? He had gathered info on me (after he had answered the questions himself) and got Amy to answer the questions too. They ended up in a tie. For 2 of my closest family members, they really don't know me very well! Matt thought that the job I would want if I weren't a teacher would be a social worker....does he not listen to my "I want to be home with Caleb" lamenting???? Now, I did want to be a social worker before I settled on elementary education....but not now! Anyway, that was pretty funny too.

Caleb also brought me a Vera Bradley checkbook cover that he apparently picked out himself! He really liked it and didn't particularly want me to have it! :) The boy has good taste!

It was a very sweet night. He is a sweet man. Caleb is a sweet boy. And yes, it did make me feel a little better about myself....until I had the NEXT parent issue! *sigh*

Welcome, November!

October wasn't too great for me. I had a lot of issues with parents, quite a few behavior problems, had frustrations with some family members, and was hurting for some friends who lost babies. It was just kind of a lousy month. Did we have some fun too? Oh yes! The pumpkin patch was great, and we took some good trips to the playground. But overall, October was rather crummy.

Now, it's November. I have a fresh start. I can start anew with my kids (who have been driving me nuts for the better part of the year), try to avoid anymore conflicts with parents (of course, I don't think that any of the conflicts were warranted anyway, but I would still like to avoid them!), and hopefully not have anymore baby sadness! I have several more friends who are pregnant now, and I'm hoping and wishing for the best!!

So, here's to a fresh start. I absolutely LOVE Thanksgiving, so I'm looking forward to November. I think it's because it is one of the only major holidays that hasn't been overly commercialized (no presents to buy, no candy to pass out, no valentines to make, no costumes to wear, etc.) You just have a good dinner, hang out with family, and ponder for what you are thankful. It's just a good day without all of the hype.

I am going to try to keep the thankfulness idea in my head as I deal with issues this month!