Sunday, November 30, 2008


Hello all! Hubby says I've been neglecting my blog, and he's right! Sorry. I'll try to be better. I hope everyone had a great weekend and celebrated with family and friends. We did. We traveled to San Antonio. Here's me and my brother. He cooked everything. I washed dishes as you can see by the water spot on my shirt. When my momma is cooking, she always throws the towel over her shoulder to have it handy. So do we, imagine that....
Here's the yummy, yummy turkey!
And here's a pumpkin pie my sister-in-laws sister made. Isn't it purty!? She has more patience than I do!
I am thankful for (my short list) my friends and family, my job and all the kids I love there, and my new bloggy friends I've made this year!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Foot Quilt

How's your weekend? I had a migraine today. I hate them, although bless whoever discovered the Triptan family of drugs....I've also been working on this quilt. In an attempt to save money, I am making some people in the family quilts. I can put this one on here because I know this particular person doesn't read my blog!
Anyway, this is a long and not very wide quilt that will drape across the bottom of the bed. This was my father-in-law's idea, and I think it's spectacular! He wanted this type of quilt to keep his feet warm, or as a foot warmer if he decided to lay down to take a nap but didn't want to pull the covers down. Great idea. I might be making myself on sometime....
So, what have you been up to this weekend?

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Monday, November 17, 2008

Early Thanksgiving

We went to Texas this weekend for an early Thanksgiving with some of the family that will be elsewhere during Thanksgiving.
These little stand up pictures are of all the "parents" (that went to school in the town) when they were in middle school. Ah, memories

Here are all the cousins. My son is the only boy, bless his heart.

The festivities ended with a fun fashion show! Hope your Thanksgiving is as exciting!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

My Daughter

Is gone again. I am sad.

Friday, November 14, 2008

You Know You're Famous When...

You are recognized in the kids' bathroom by some little girl saying "Hi!" I said, how did you know it was me? She said "I recognized your shoes!" hee hee....Gotta love it! (Is that some ugly carpet in my classroom, or what!?)

I was also told today that I am an expert colorer and a really fast cutter. I'm glad two of my great talents are put to good use each day by teaching elementary school!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Stuff White People Like

I know, I know, it sounds offensive. I thought so, too. It's a book, and it's funny. A friend of mine gave it to me to read. There are 150 things that white people like, and I have laughed many, many times. It is more for the upwardly mobile well-off young urban generation of white people, but it rings true nonetheless. These are ones that apply to me (like it or not): 1. Coffee, though I'll take my plain ol' Folgers, thanks. 18. Awareness 29. 80s Night...while I've never been to an "80s Night" in the sense he is referring to, I love the 80s. 37. Renovations 39. Netflix 40. Apple Products (well for me just the iPod) 43. Plays 49. Vintage 54. Kitchen Gadgets 55. Apologies 62. Knowing What's Best for Poor People 64. Recycling 66. Divorce 70. Difficult Breakups 81. Graduate School 90. Dinner Parties 103. Self-Deprecating Humor 108. High School English Teachers 110. Trying Too Hard 121. Reusable Shopping Bags 128. Avoiding Confrontation 131. Following Their Dreams 132. Not Having Cash 138. Books 140. Glasses. I don't currently wear them, but have in the past and am considering doing so again. 142. Hardwood Floors 145. Cheese 146. Therapy 149. Self-Importance.

So, according to this I am 15% white contrary to what my daughter once told me which was I was the 'whitest' person she knew. Most all of these, however, apply to my brother-in-law. I'm betting he's at least 90%! It's a funny read and an eye opener, as well. Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Granny's Candies

Another game story today and a poll (see left)! I have a language game in my classroom called Grannie's Candies. Today we are doing the "What belongs in this group?" cards. What goes with small things, colors, musical instruments, dinosaurs, etc. So my first graders and I came upon "continents." I said, "I'm not sure if you guys have learned about continents yet." One of them piped up "Yes, we have, they are b, c, d, f, g...." And another in response to "school subjects:" "Math, Phonics, Be Quiet...."

So, in the spirit of games and Nola's comment on the last post, please log in your vote about Games!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


When my kids were younger, we played board games quite frequently. Every once in awhile my first born and I still play a card game that we love. But other that than, they have about outgrown games to my great sadness. After dinner every so often while everyone is doing their respective after dinner chores, I'll ask my son if he wants to play a game. He usually says no, but tonight to my delight, he said yes! He said, I want to play that marble game. He went off to locate it while I stood there finishing the dishes thinking "We don't have Pente." LOL He came back with Mancala. We haven't played in so long and the instructions are no longer in the box that I had to look them up on the Internet. Dontcha just love the Internet!? (Notice that I have reminders drawn on the board about which direction to go. I also have each respective 'cala' marked on the proper side.)
We had a great time. And the instructions are printed off and safely in the box in case it's months again before we play, but I hope it won't be.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Monday, Monday

Da da da da da....

Strange that I had something to say every day in October and now my brain won't cooperate. Probably because I had a challenge in front of me and in the wake of the challenge, I'd rather coast.
It was a chilly, rainy Monday today and I just wanted to curl up back in my bed with my book.
An uneventful weekend we had, though we vacuumed up the leaves that had gathered on the porch for the second weekend in a row. Futile though it is, however. We'll have to do it again 3-4 more times at least. But, I enjoy the fall, and here in Oklahoma, the farthest north I've ever lived, we actually get the yellows and reds and oranges as opposed to green then brown. So it's nice. I hope you are all well and enjoying Fall!
We will be traveling 'home' this weekend to see family that won't be there for Thanksgiving, then Thanksgiving's around the corner! Mmmmmm I can feel my hips getting bigger as we speak!

Thursday, November 6, 2008


This is what has been outside the window of my classroom the past two days. Bond money at it's finest. Books, supplies, curriculum for classrooms? Nope....they are banging off the old fascia of to replace it. It looked fine to me....
My kids have been very distracted to say the least! The good news is they've moved on down to some other lucky person's classroom.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Rock the Vote!

I hope you all voted today.

If you haven't voted yet (I meant to get this posted a lot earlier, but we are having mysterious problems with both our computers coinciding with the homecoming of the prodigal), here are some important things to keep in mind when making your decision, as dictated to the teacher from the preschoolers.

"What does the President do?"

~He does his work.

~He takes care of people.

~He builds things.

~He calls people to do his stuff.

~He cleans houses.

~He tells people what magazines to read.

~He plays with his toys and his friends.

~He protects the world.

~He cleans up messes.

~He feeds animals on the farm.

~He does what his boss says.

~He puts up the flag.

~He goes on a ship.

~He hammers stuff.

~He calls moms when their kids are bad.

~He rides a bike.

~He goes to art class.

~He watches movies.

For more from last year, check here.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Funny Teacher Story

Last week I had paper pumpkins with a word on the back. The students were to pick a pumpkin, read the word on the back, and give me other words or phrases that went along with the given word (associations). Keep in mind I work with kids with speech problems. So the kid picks it up and reads "Police." And says "They beat you with a tick," except the 't' in what what supposed to be 'stick' sounded like a 'd.' A test in keeping a straight face, I tell ya!

BTW, aren't you proud of me!? I actually had *32* blog entries in October for the 31 for 21. And have you missed me for the past two days?!