Sunday, October 18, 2015

Remembering Alaska

It's been 5 months since our last big adventure to Corrie & Nick's wedding in Alaska.

I've been so busy with school and life lately that I've missed a lot of opportunities to just relax and reminisce. Recently, I saw more Alaska pictures were added to the Dropbox. (These pictures were taken by someone in our group, but not me personally so I cannot take credit for these amazing pictures).

I often wonder how Corrie (also a teacher) is doing. How marriage is going? And I sometimes wonder how I would do teaching in the remote city of Galena, Alaska.

But I also wonder if we will ever go back to Alaska. And if we do... what will we do there? We did so much there 5 months ago that I feel satisfied. However, is there something anything I'm missing?

Well I will say I DON'T miss those monster mosquitos. And you'll be happy to know that I have not complained about mosquitoes since I've return to the continental US.

Thanks for the good memories Corrie. And thank you everyone who shared pictures in the Dropbox so I can stop, relax, and remember the time we all had together!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Pumpkin Patch Playtime

While in Kansas this past weekend, we got to spend some family time with the Kansas Oney and Savage clan in Alma. One of the kids favorite memories from the short weekend was a trip to the Little Munchkin's Pumpkin Patch in Alma.

It was one of the best pumpkin patches we'd been to and they had so many fun things for the kids.

The kiddos loved the animals. Poor Ainsley just never could catch up to the ducks.

Connor's favorite part probably had to be the train ride.

Although all 3 kids had fun going down the tube slide. Ainsley is fearless and did not want to just watch the other two slide down.

Then Sophie loved the little zipline.

We currently pause this blog for a Man Moment:

We will now return to the blog post and show how Connor eventually hopped on for a trip or two.

And of course these are my children, so we had to have some picture opportunities. Little Ainsley wanted a picture opportunity by herself. Was not happy to have to sit there with her siblings, she wanted her own little picture opportunity.

We now pause this blog post for a cuteness ad.

We now resume the blog to say a special thank you to Kayla for taking all these pictures. And thank you John, Kayla, and LaNelle for a special family memory. It's things like this that make my heart smile.

Monday, September 28, 2015

September Review

So I have been horribly neglect of blogging. Most of my time has been spent working on work or working at home... and things have just seemed to slide by. Here is a quick review of the month.

#1 Work is going well, and you can see such a difference compared to Dallas ISD! And while work life is amazing, many of us are still struggling with the effects of inadequate teaching or poor administrative decisions which pushed kids through the system despite having mastered the prior grade level curriculum. But we are definitely working on fixing that.

#2 We've done another experiment at school- dissolving the shells from chicken eggs using vinegar. Pictures to come soon! And have now completed 2 poetry recitations.

#3 Sophie got sick this month  and while she spent about 12 hours vomitting, I spent about 12 hours cleaning up the vomit. Not a great day off. Don't worry.... no pictures to post on this one!

#4 Ainsley has been having ear infections all month, so we've been rotating between days off and trips to the doctor.

#5 Brian celebrated his birthday with us at home. He is now actually the same age as me. That age isn't 29 therefore it is irrelevant.

#6 We recently lost a family member just days ago and we are still grieving. The kids don't know, but eventually we will have to have the conversation. If anyone has any good tips for explaining an unexpected loss, please feel free to post below. For right now we are just waiting. Waiting.... waiting.

Look forward to more pictures- hopefully posted this weekend, and I hope to be blogging more in October.... sorry I failed so many times during September.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

First Few Weeks

School has gotten off to a great start. Seems like each week contains a specific highlight... at least for me and my class.

On the first week, my class and Sophie's class coordinated an experiment involving Mentos Mints and various bottles of soda. I've always wanted to do this. I actually even got the Headmaster involved.

Week 2 my class performed their first poetry recitation. I was quite proud of them. I see so much potential in them, but I also see many roadblocks and hurdles in their way based on their past, family, and lifestyle.... aka- things I can't change.

And this week, Week 3, the highlight is a bit different. My own kids are sick, specifically Sophie and Ainsley. Ainsley still has an ear infection and therefore has received stronger antibiotics.  Sophie has a viral infection and has been puking for over 12 hours now. I'm told it goes away.... eventually. Needless to say... this week has been the roughest of them all.

Overall though Sophie has done amazing in school. We used to get many orange and red days regarding Sophie's behavior at her previous school. These past few weeks... nothing but green and even 2 blue days. She's the belle of the school and EVERYONE knows whose daughter she is.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Sophie Oney- First Grader

It's that time again!!!!! School supplies were collected, a new backpack and lunch box received, and a new uniform ready for her first day of first grade!

We knew we'd have a little trouble with her regarding her uniform, but after a day or two of seeing everyone in the same uniform, and she quickly adjusted and haven't gotten a complaint out of her since then. We have heard though that she loves her new school. HURRAY!

Because Momma (aka- Third Grade Teacher) also loves the school too!