Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Boys!

Reagan had two friends from school over this week to watch as many Star Wars movies as they could before they had to leave.

One was a BOY!  Eeeeeeee!!!!!  He is the 1st boy in our house that's not a family friend.  Ahhhhh!!!!

Reagan might not feel this is a milestone but boy (pun intended!) do I.  It's a different responsibility. With all girl friends over I just have to make sure they don't do anything too stupid.  But with a boy here.  I feel like I need to make surprise appearances ever so often.

I also giggled a little.  When the girl's mom dropped her off she came in.  We shook our heads over the fact that a boy was going to be here too and wondered where the time of all girls went.  She made sure I was staying at the house the entire time.  When the dad drop off his son, he didn't come in or ask to talk with me.  I just happened to walk the other mom out and catch the dad driving off.  He rolled down his window and we talked for a minute.  Boy dads verses girl moms.  Ha!

We bought each of their favorite candies, got their favorite drinks, picked up popcorn from the local movie theatre (cuz it just tastes better), ordered pizza, rolls and salads.

I got my bathroom cleaned, clothes washed, blogging done, and a book read... in between surprise appearances.  Ha!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Wordless Wednesday-MahJongg Weekend



After playing MahJongg we had to eat at my favorite custard place,
Andy's Frozen Custard!

Reading Other People's Blogs

Since I didn't keep up with my blog in June it also means that I didn't participate in the Tuesday's Slice of Life put on by Two Writing Teachers.  Which means I wasn't reading other people's blogs either.

I'm back at daily blogging.  Back to posting my Tuesday Slice.  And back to reading other people's blogs.

I knew I missed blogging.  Missed putting my thoughts into black and white words.  Missed writing about my life, the books I read, taking pictures of the little things in my life and sharing.

What I didn't realize is how much I missed reading other people's blogs.

I have a ton of blogs I follow in my Feedly but their not real people.  I mean, they ARE real people but they aren't the teacher with a little blog they keep up with for themselves.  They are professional bloggers.  They do blog about their life but they also blog advertisements and stuff for money.

I missed the... I don't know what word to use here... amateur (maybe) blogger.

I like reading about the little things.  Like the teacher blogger who was moving states, changing from a suburban, financially fluent school to an urban school with no money.  Or the mom blogger who found some journals from her childhood who took some time to read through them and remember her old self.

I missed those simple things.  I didn't expect that.

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

I listened to The Witch's Vacuum Cleaner (Children's Circle Stories #2) by Terry Pratchett.  It's a series of funny short stories ranging from a terrible toothache to a time-traveling television.  I'm not a huge fan of short stories.  Just as I really get into a story... it's over... cuz it's a short story. Ha!

I also listened to My Name Is Not Easy by Debby Dahl Edwardson.  This book is a work of fiction loosely based on a true story about Indians and Eskimos going to a Catholic school in Alaska.  They had to learn the Catholic ways, there were many lessons learned mostly negative. The students were taken from their families.  Many of the students didn't have the means to go home frequently so only went in the summer.  The culture and lifestyle the children were accustomed too was ripped out of them to learn how to be "normal" children.

I also finished listening to American Night:  The Ballard of Juan Jose by Richard Montoya.  In a nightmare of sorts, a Mexican immigrant meets Sacagawea, the KKK, Teddy Roosevelt and many other historical figures in this satire.

I'm still reading Point of Impact by Stephen Hunter.  Bob Lee was one of the best snipers in the Marines until he was shot.  Years after getting out of the service Bob Lee is approached by military men to test shoot their new bullets.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

MahJongg Weekend

Today starts our Girl's MahJongg Weekend!  Lara, Marcie, Janet and I look forward to this weekend all year long.

We play in the Alzheimer's Alliance of Smith County MahJongg for Memory.  We buy a table and play all morning and afternoon.  We drink coffee, have great conversations, laugh and play MahJongg.

A couple of years ago we decided to stay the night and do some shopping.  Ever since that year we've stayed the weekend and shopped for two days and eat at restaurants that we don't have in our town.

It's nice to get away and get with friends, play games, shop, and eat good food!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Wordless Wednesday


Jay's happy place: a baby in his arms and her toddler sister
laying on his legs.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Ireland Proposal... ACCEPTED!

Back in February I partnered with an education professor from the local college.  She asked me to demo my (Half) Hour of Code to her future teachers.  You can read about it here.

Then she came back and asked if I'd go with her to a conference in Ireland and present what we did together if the proposal was accepted.  You can read about it here.

Y'all!!!!!   The proposal was accepted!  I am so unbelievably excited I don't even have words to express it!

As a family we decided not to take a vacation this summer so that my family could go with me.  So all the money we saved for vacation will go to Ireland.  I taught summer school to add to our Ireland fund.  My husband is preaching in some extra gospel meetings and I'm attending some professional developments that pay me, all that money is going to Ireland.  So I have about 2/3 of the money saved.

Unfortunately my district will not pay for an international conference.  All the grants I've found online had June 1, 2017 deadlines.  I've contacted some of the venders I spend quite a bit of money with to see if they sponsor teachers to attended professional developments.  One does not and I haven't heard back from the other 3 yet.

So I started a Go Fund Me. I'm hoping to raise money for the conference, my part of the hotel for 4 days and my flight to Ireland.  If you are able I would GREATLY appreciate your help!  I would also appreciate my link being shared with others over social media, email, etc.

This is an amazing opportunity for me to showcase my library and to learn from international educators!