Saturday, April 4, 2009


It's been three years, but I still miss my dad every day.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Almost done...

I am done studying. I think I have crammed everything I can into this brain of mine, and I must be ready for the test.

It was early dismissal today at school, and you would have thought that their parents fed my students red bulls for breakfast. Luckily it seemed to be a school wide epidemic.

I had a problem parent today, but took it to the principal and showed him my documentation and got his backing that I was doing everything right. I finished up my PDAS stuff but never got to my long list of things to do.

Gunner is obsessed with camping. His list is growing. He dreams about it. He talks about it. He plans for it. We have the dates set and we have nowhere picked out yet to go. He starts leave tonight at midnight. I wish I was going on leave.

I found a 50 mile bike ride in the neighboring town. I am trying to convince him how fun it will be. I found another 10K for us to do. I'm going to burn through my sick and leave days so that I can enjoy some time off. I'm so glad that the kids cooperated and I was able to save them!

Off to get a good night sleep so I can be ready to go in the morning!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

In honor of Facebook

ABW will not even venture a guess as to why there are huge chunks of Ab's hairs that were found on the floor by the computer today.

She is now sporting a cowlick like her brother because in true Ab's style it was in the front.

I was just telling someone how turning 8 agreed with could I jinx myself like that!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

A few more days

I take my ESL certification test this Saturday and I can't wait for it to be over. I am busy cramming everything I can into my brain while trying to finish up grades and everything else. I did make time for the gym and ran 5.5 miles, which relieved a lot of stress until I came home and took a practice exam. Yikes! I'll be MIA while hitting the books.

Sunday, March 29, 2009


A tarantula is shedding in our garage. Gunner saved the skin. Lucky me. It can go with the squished snake. These would be great if Abs was still at a Montessori school. I've got a class full of boys, so they will appreciate these.

Abbey and I hit the gym this morning. I think she was ready to throw a weight at me at one point, she refrained and we both made it out of there alive. I really need to start extending my distances, so that's on the list for this week.

I worked. I graded papers. I found a pile of papers that I forgot to grade. I found a pile of papers that I don't want to grade. Ugh. I made lesson plans.

I forgot to take pictures of the girls using the pottery wheel. They made clay marks on their face and arms for war paint. They spent a couple of hours working but never finished an item. They are going to work on it more tomorrow since they apparently are going to sell these for a lot of money. I'm sure their Oma & Opa will buy one paying top dollar!! At least for a few hours there was no fighting, it was heaven. Junior tried to be involved but since they wouldn't let him, he spent the entire time grabbing their container of water and dumping it out and making them scream. The fun has started.

While I was still working, Gunner loaded up the kids and went for a bike ride. I think I need to go and pull the bike trailer next time. What's an extra hundred pounds? Might do me some good!

Gunner has made this elaborate list of things to do while on leave. He is pulling Junior from daycare and is going to throw him in the jogging stroller and run after walking Abs to school each morning. I'm jealous! I teach at an early start school, so I have to be there at the crack of dawn.

He's planning a camping trip. We have only one race scheduled so far while he is on leave, but I am looking for more. I really want to do this adventure race, but it is about 8 hours long. The challenge would be fun though.

He has a cleaning schedule. He has an errand schedule.

I didn't see a menu on his list of lists, wonder if I can sneak one in there without pushing my luck? He's a much better cook than I am. Shoot, Junior won't even eat mac & cheese anymore, so I guess I served it a little too much during deployment.

.....forgot to post this last night. I just returned home from a run and a swim. I hadn't swam in quite a while, but was a swimmer in high school. It was great. I loved it. I am adding it to my list of things to do at least twice a week.

Junior is screaming because no one will sleep in his bed with him. Gunner is cleaning up spilled tomato juice, and I need to steam some fish. Tomorrow it is inner space caverns with busloads of 2nd graders. I have recruited Gunner to come help me out. He needs to perfect "the look" before he shows up!