Friday, June 29, 2012

Even though we have a six year old and a four and half year old, it's hard to believe I've been married to this guy for ten years today.  It's cliche, but I really am looking forward to the next ten years.  Although in that picture, we'll have two teenagers.  Yikes. 

PS If anyone has seen those sunglasses that I have on the picture, please let me know.  They're black Betsey Johnsons and I love them.  They've been missing for a couple of weeks and I want them back.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Here I am with my lovelies on my 31st birthday.  We're all decked out in our Thunder gear.  This was in more innocent times.  We were full of hope and excitement for the future. We were carefree Thunder fans riding the wave of excitement all the way to the NBA finals. 

And then Lebron James entered the picture. We won't even discuss what's happened since then. 

Back to my birthday.  It really was a great birthday.  Just two days before this, we had some life changing news come our way.   Good news! Exciting and scary news!

Let me back up.  I had been thinking for awhile that I was wanting to go back to teaching full time.  I was waiting for the right opportunity to come.  And by "right opportunity" I mean, I wanted a job at my kids' school.  That would be (in my mind) perfect.  I love the principal there.  I used to work for her so there would be no surprises and I would know what I was getting.  The school is 1/4 mile from my house.  I know several of the teachers.  Perfect. right?  Problem: No teaching openings.  It's a small school and there's not a lot of turnaround.  Some other schools had called me to interview and I really wasn't that interested.  I wanted to be with my kids, at their school or nowhere.  Then I got a phone call from the principal at the elementary school on Tinker AFB.  He had a first grade position and wanted me to interview for it.  I interviewed with the principal and the whole team.  I liked the principal.  I really liked the team.  They interviewed five people so I really didn't think much would come of it.  This was Wednesday and the principal told me he would let me know on Friday.  He called me Wednesday afternoon.  It was unanimous.  They wanted me to have to the job.  But it wasn't at my kids' school.  It wasn't what I had pictured in my mind as the "perfect scenario."  And yet, I could feel God putting the pieces together.  This was actually maybe even a better situation, for many reasons, than I had put together in my head.  I'm so thankful God knows better than us. 

So I accepted it. 

Starting in August, I'll be a full time teacher again.  I've felt like Jessie Spano for the last few weeks.

(The excited/scared part not the caffeine pills)

Cason is going to stay at his school.  His first grade teacher is a good friend of mine and she will be watching him in the morning and the afternoon for a little bit.  See?  God is working it out. 

Kendall is going to go with me.  Her pre-k class will actually be right around the corner from my room.  She'll go to a pre-k after care program at the school.  It's a great program with only a few children where they can do art, nap, play, etc.  The school I was wanting to work at doesn't offer this.  See?  God is working it out. 

This past year was an amazing year for Kendall and me.  With Cason in all day school, we had so much time to get to spend with just the two of us and I loved every minute.  I will always cherish that time I had with her...and not just because she took a 3 hour nap every day.  But, for many reasons, I was ready for a change.  Our family was ready for a change.  I'm looking forward to the next year and what great blessings God will bring us!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Not gonna lie.  I was nervous about Cason starting kindergarten.  I knew he would do good.  I just...I don't know.  I'm his mom.  I didn't want him to just "do okay."  I wanted him to great.  I wanted him to love it.  I wanted him to love school as much as I did.  Mission accomplished.  This kid rocked kindergarten.  He loves his school.  At the awards assembly he got the P.E Award for his class (my father in law was there to see that...which was pretty awesome since he is a retired PE teacher), the "Excellent Library Patron" award, the "Great Listener" award, and the "Awesome Poet" award.  We are so, so proud of the young man he is becoming. 

In addition to that, his school holds a school wide "Declamation."  Every student in the school memorizes a poem and recites it for the class.  Then they pick the top ten from each class to compete for the grade level.  Then three from each grade level are picked to recite it for the whole school.  Cason got top three for kindergarten.  Again, he blew me away! I loved getting to see him perform it for everyone and even though he didn't win the whole thing, I couldn't be any prouder.  I didn't get any pictures of him performing because I was recording it.  But he was awesome!

We had our official last Sonshine School program. We didn't know at the time that it would be our last (more on that later).  In total honesty, it was probably one of the most stressful nights of my life.  Colin's baseball team was playing in the state tournament in Tulsa (more on that later) so he couldn't be there.  I had my amazing sister in laws and father in law there to help and would have been lost without them.  In addition to that, my beloved co-teacher who I love more than life itself was, literally, in labor with her first child so I was worried sick about her.  I survived the program.  Kendall did great.  My kiddos did great.  But I spent most of the next day crying.  It was just .... a lot.  And the weeks surrounding the program were some of the busiest of my life.  Truly.  We had all the end of the year stuff for Cason (more on that later), end of the year stuff for Kendall, Colin's tournament, and I was taking the test to add early childhood to my elementary teacher certification.  Plus there were some other things going on that I won't get into here but the point is -- WE SURVIVED!


We miss you already Jay!

I love my blog.  I really do.  It's my baby that I raised up and gave wings to and watched it fly away.  I didn't mean to let it die.  I didn't even really know it was happening until I got an email today saying that it had been a month since my last post and was my blog still active? 

It's not that I've been busy or had major things going on.  I've just been -eh- about it. It was one of my New Year's resolutions to be better at blogging and that didn't happen so I'm making it my kid-year resolution.  Or something like that.

I have a lot that I want to share with you so get ready.  I think I'm going to make like 12 posts to catch up.  Deal with it.