Sunday, May 2, 2010

We enjoyed a nice, but very windy Sunday. I don't think I have ever seen the wind blow like that in Arizona before. Kansas yes, Arizona no. While I was waiting for H's meeting to finish at church this afternoon, an elderly couple were trying to get into their car. I almost thought I was going to have to help push them in. The wind was taking them in the wrong direction!! I did get a good start on my new book Her Mother's Hope by Francine Rivers. I love it! I will definitely be trying to find more time to read it this week. I go in spurts with reading. I will read several books and then won't pick up another book for 6 months or so. I hope to read more of her books this summer.
After a great church service tonight, we did some shopping at Walmart. And of course I forgot something. Nothing makes me more frustrated with myself than when I forget something from the store. I wish I could say it was age, but I have been doing this for some time. I guess there will be another trip later this week. It is becoming a Sunday night habit to stop at Chipotle for dinner. Unfortunately, it is not always Sunday that we have this habit. You would really think that after 7 years of eating Chipotle that we would be sick of it, but I think I love it even more now. Right next to Chipotle is Five Guys. This one has not opened yet, but we ate at a different one last week. It was good, but I still have to say that my dad makes pretty good grilled hamburgers.
I decided at 9 tonight to try a new recipe for chicken spaghetti. I don't think it's too bad. I would probably add more cheese next time. Tomorrow looks to be a busy day, so having supper all ready is great.
I guess it's time for bed. Hope everyone has a super Monday.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

A Little of This and a Little of That

Wow!! I guess April flew by! I have been a little blog in-active lately. I hope to do better this month.

I can't believe we are down to the last four weeks of school!! I ordered Painted Lady caterpillars a few weeks ago for our AVID classes to do some inquiry lessons. As of yesterday, they are all in their chrysalises. So, hopefully by next week we will have some butterflies. I did a form of this lesson over 10 years ago and I forgot how much fun they could be. Again, I'm not really teaching them anything new, but rather reinforcing inquiry skills they have already had in their classroom. In a few weeks the incoming 3rd graders will be coming over to tour the intermediate building. I have been asked to explain to them a little about AVID. I'm trying to think of a cute, clever, but short way to do that in 5-10 mins. Hopefully some idea will pop in my head soon!

I will be done with my second class from NAU this coming Tuesday night. This one has been so much easier than linguistics. The following Tuesday I start my ESL assessment methods class. It will be my first online class I have ever taken, so I'm looking forward to it. It only lasts about a month, so by the end of June I will have my ESL provisional certificate.

On a sad note, my father-in-law was recently diagnosed with lung cancer. He is currently undergoing chemo every three weeks, so we would appreciate your prayers. Cancer is a cruel disease that knows no boundary whether it be a child or an adult.

I thought I would share something funny before I close. I usually wear glasses most days to school, but this week I have started to wear my contacts. I can't count how many kids were looking at me funny trying to figure out what was different about me. When they finally did the next thing they said to me was, "You look so much prettier now." I guess it's time to reorder some more contacts!!

It's time for Saturday house cleaning. Hope everyone has a wonderful day!