Thursday, February 21, 2008


I was scheduled to be observed for a whole group reading lesson today by my UK professor lady for my internship portfolio. No big deal; I was ready to go. She's really nice, so it is always low stress when she comes. turned out to be a little bit more than a low stress day. At about 9:00 our principal got on the intercom and told all of the teachers to check their email immediately. Come to find out, we were dismissing school at 11:35 (three hours earlier) because of an incoming ice storm. So I spent the rest of the morning trying to keep the kids quiet (absolutely impossible...I gave up after a while) and calling all of the parents of my students to confirm transportation. The population at our school is such that the parents are often very difficult to get a hold of (ie. disconnected phones, moving frequently, working long hours, screening calls from the school, etc.). It was crazy, but luckily I got a hold of all of the families thanks to my assistant. I was taking my kids to the cafeteria for early lunch when my observation lady showed up. :) We just rescheduled for next week. Needless to say the children were absolutely nuts because any variation in our daily routine really screws them up. But everyone got home, and I got to go to lunch with Noel and my friends from work. Although the morning was hectic, the afternoon ended up being great!

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Adventures in Home Ownership

We love our home, but there were a few things that we wanted to change. For example, the light fixtures in the foyer and hallway were pretty ugly and partially broken. So Noel and I went to Lowes' and bought some new light fixtures. Noel installed them, and I stood nearby for moral support. Here is Handyman Noel switching the fixture in the foyer.
Here is the final product in the foyer.

We also changed the light fixtures in the office, baby room, and hallways. Here is what they look like. Nothing fancy, but definitely an inexpensive step up from the fixtures before. I also hated the faucets in the bathroom. We couldn't control the temperature of the water very well. It was almost always cold, and the times that I wanted it cold (while I brushed my teeth), it would go warm. Drove me crazy. So Noel changed those, too.
Now here is the story of the real adventure in home ownership. Noel wanted to add some light dimmers and change the switches from the old toggles to flat switches. Well...let's just say after trying every circuit breaker, several calls to my dad, and hours of work some of the switches are changed. But there are some glitches. We have to have the lights in the living room on in order to turn on one of the lights and fan in our bathroom as well as the light in the backyard. But we are okay with that until Dad comes in April to figure it all out. The builders definitely took some short cuts as far as electrical wiring goes.

Drum Roll, Please

And the winners of the fabulous "Pay It Forward" prizes are (I know that some of you have been waiting in great anticipation)... Emilee, Melea, and the Bylunds. Now just imagine thunderous applause for yourselves. Honestly, I haven't decided on the prize yet, but I promise that it will NOT be something from my first grade prize box. :) It will be wonderful and lovely and everything that you ever dreamed it would be! I will bring it by or send it to you (in Emilee's case) soon.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Pay it Forward

I won a lovely prize by commenting on Adele's blog (the cards, magnets, and apron were sooo cute, Adele), so now it is my turn to "pay it forward." If you would like a chance to win a fabulous prize, then leave a comment on this post by Friday, February 15. I will pick three people and send you something. Now let's be are going to win. I usually only get 3 comments on the blog anyway, so your chances are way better than in Vegas! The catch is if you win, you need to do something similar on your blog. Well...good luck!


Well... I had my second doctor's appointment today. Everything went great! I have gained 5 pounds in the first trimester. The nurse and doctor said that was normal, but I'm starting to feel squished in my pants. I guess that is to be expected. :) I also got to hear the baby's heartbeat today. SOOO COOL! I loved it.