Friday, October 3, 2008

Picture Day

I usually never buy school pictures because I hate to pay that much money.

This year since I am an employee I get them half price. I can live with that. I ordered Em's. The next day it was Ab's turn, and since she usually wears uniforms, she got to wear civilian clothes for the big day. I dressed her in a cute pair of jeans and a nice shirt which had a hood. The morning of, her sister threw a brush at her and Abs was left with a huge bruise on the top of her forehead along to her temple. I get an ice pack and we were on our way.

After school I asked Abs how the picture taking went and she told me that it was fine. I had fixed her hair in the morning, but she was wearing it in a mess of a ponytail by the time I got to her. She assured me that it didn't matter though since she wore her hood. Her hood???? So now I will have a hundred copies (not really) of Abs with a hood on and a giant bruise. I'm sure that her kids will love to hear this story one day.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Daily Life

I teach 2nd graders. We are doing a unit on government and the elections. One of the little girls told me that her family was voting for Obama. I cringed, but one of my loud little boys said "You've got to be kidding me!". Guess you know how his parents are voting!

The other day Em was headed outside to leave, Junior was holding the screen door open and Abs was getting ready to go outside when Abs started screaming. I ran over to see what the matter is, finally get her calmed down, and she tells me "a creature just ran in the house". I start to panic.

A creature? I immediately start thinking that I need to stay home from work and imagine all the cleaning I will have to do until I catch the "creature". I start drilling Abs on what the creature is. A rat? A mouse? Stray cat? She tells me it is HUGE. I start to feel sick. I keep trying to figure out what it is while moving furniture and trying to find it. Then she tells me that it was the biggest gecko she had ever seen. My heart starts beating again and I abandon the search.

The girls had a Girl Scout meeting on Sunday. It's a new troop so Em hasn't said much of anything at the meetings, and I am not there to run interference. The leader pulled me aside when I went to pick them up. Never a good sign. Apparently the leader was talking to the girls about different things that they wanted to do. Em sat there quietly. Finally the leader called on Em and Em answered "I want to blow things up". The leader started to wonder what I had given her. The leader asked what kind of things she wanted to blow up. Em sat there quietly. The leader starts to panic. Em answers "mentos and diet coke". Whew. Another crisis averted.

Abs has started in her 5th grade reading class and so far so good. Wonder what they will do with her when she gets to 3rd grade.