Friday, October 31, 2008

Photo Story Friday

To wrap up our unit of fire safety, my class and I walked down to the volunteer fire department. It was a really nice day for a walk. The fire department is only 5 blocks from the school. When arriving at the fire department, we took some class pictures. Don't we all look so cute in our new class shirts? (Okay, I know you guys are sick of hearing about them..) Oh, and if you are wondering..every child got a shirt..Some just didn't wear theirs for some reason...

The firefighter, talked about fire safety. Talked about the truck and the clothes they wear when fighting fires. Then they took every student for a ride around the town. They got to honk the horn and turn on the sirens. The kids were so very impressed.
After riding around the town, we came back to the school to grab some lunch and some much needed playing time.. Then the fire truck came back to our school and parked in front of our building so that I could take some more pictures..

These kiddos just thought they were so cool. Some of them were really posing. I got some great pictures that I know the parents are going to love...

Look what caught my eye.. I am thinking this was a major expensive fire truck.. Who knew they had Benz- firetrucks. My kiddos were riding in style..
For some reason every child left my classroom wanting to be a firefighter! I wonder why.. These pictures were so funny to take.. The hat and jacket were so heavy.. The kids were having a hard time holding their necks up...
I think my kids have a pretty good grasp on fire safety. They learned to get out and stay out. When there is smoke, get low and go. Stop, Drop, and Roll. Firefighters are our friends. Even though they have a mask on they are there to help us. Call 911. They all know the number but the majority of them haven't mastered knowing the number 9. Umm, this might be a

Please pray for me today. It is the big Halloween Party and my aid took off. Ugh, Our first party of the year and I am flying solo.

I am making a DVD right now to showcase the Fire Department Field Trip. The parents that come to the party will love seeing all the honorary firefighters.

PhotoStory Friday
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HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!! May your candy bags be full and the calories not count. I hope you all are surrounded by those you love on this fun and zany holiday..!!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Top 10-Writing Assignment!

Wow, the writing assignments this week were tough!
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My Top Ten Television Shows and Why I love them..
1. Friday Night Ligthts
2. Desperate Housewives
3. Lipstick Jungle
4. Grey's Anatomy
5. Grey's Anatomy
6. One Tree Hill
7. Gossip Girl
8. Ugly Betty
9.Brothers and Sisters
10. American Idol

This is my little spin on the "Top 10 List" It was supossed to be witty - but I hope you guys can opt for pretty...(okay, okay good looking) My creative juices just weren't flowing.. I have been trying to come up with some funny top 10 list.. since the assignment was given.. but I couldn't ever get past For example:
Top 10 Reasons Not To Take Life Seriously
1. No one gets out alive.
Um, see. That's not funny. Sheesh.

The Finished Product

In yesterdays post, I showed our class shirt design to see it up close.. Scroll down. Well today, was the big print day. My kids were so excited! How cool is it to make your very own shirt? In a four year old's eyes - It is a big deal! I was so ready to document our exciting project and after just a few pictures.. My camera battery died. Ugh. How sad is that? Oh, well I did manage to get a couple of pictures to share with you all. I think they turned out really well. I love them.
The printing process was really neat. Each kid got to print their own shirt. This little one was having a hard time reaching! But she managed. She is so cute. Her sweet smile is almost as big as she is.. See what I mean? She is such sweet and sassy little one. She is always saying something to crack us up.This is the best picture I got of the finished product. As soon as I clicked the picture my battery died. I love the red on the gray. I am very pleased with it! The kids are too. I posted the first print on the wall. They stood around it all throughout the day looking for themselves and their friends. One said, Teacher-This is way easier then Where's Waldo.

-Overheard in my classroom-
Boy Child- Teacher, I just went to the bathroom.
Me- Good, did you wash your hands?
Another Child- Did you go #1 or #2
Boy Child- #4 I think. It was a lot.
Me- Trying to not to laugh (failing miserably).

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

T-Shirt Tuesday..

This is the design for our class t-shirt. Just how cute can a t-shirt get? Each student was asked to draw themselves - Don't you just love their drawings? I chose the flag background since it is an election year. The colors of the shirt will be grey with red ink. We are printing them today @ 9:45. I will take some pictures so you guys can see this cool process. Each kid gets to print their very own shirt!They are very excited!

We also ordered out basketball shirts today. I am excited to see how they turn out. I love the saying on the back:

If you wanna play with us...
You gotta be tough!
If you wanna keep up with us....
You gotta be fast!
If you wanna beat us....
You gotta be kidding!

How fun is that? That only thing I am sad about is they are going to be printed on white shirts.. Ugh. Our school colors are Red & White. We usually do red one year, grey the next, then white.. and repeat again and again.. I don't like to look up in the crowd and see all white shirts.. I say we go red every year.. ugh.As I have stated before, Our school mascot is a Demon. Lovely, I know.. but I am used to it and I actually like it.. It Anyway, so I have about 34 of these Devil Rubber Duckies and I need help coming up with an idea... Basketball season is about to start and I want to give each player a little rubber ducky.. Help me come up with some fun wording..pertaining to winning and or basketball..

My class is making these sucker ghost to present to the ball team on Friday. This cute little card that I found online will be attached to it. I personalized the cards with our school name! My kiddo's love giving the basketball teams treats.. They think it is so cool that the big kids talk to them..

Have I mentioned lately how crazy I get about BASKETBALL SEASON? Just 7 more days until our first game! Whoo Hoo!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Not Me Monday!

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I did not take one of my students on the field trip who didn't have a signed permission slip. I did not realize it halfway to our destination and almost hyperventilate the rest of the way there. I did tell on myself immediately upon returning to the school. I did not breathe a sigh of relief when nothing ever came of it.

I did not notice that my favorite pair of black pants had a hole in the bottom. I did not put on black panties and wear them anyway. I also did not make a mental note to always wear black panties when wearing these pants instead of throwing them away.

I did not just second guess myself by thinking, "should I really write about the color of my panties in my blog."

I did not laugh loudly at "Beer for My Horses". I would never go to a movie that required no thinking at all. I did not actually enjoy this simple movie.

I did not finish Breaking Dawn. I am not so very sad that it is over. I did not honestly think the other day, "I wonder what Edward and Bella are doing?"

I did not make my BFF a scrabble tile necklace that says, Hello My Name is Edward Cullen's Girlfriend. (Hello, we are in our 30's.)

I am not upset at my aid for taking off this coming Friday. The day of my Halloween party at school. 28 kids. Candy Galore. Sugary Snacks. No nap. Why would I be upset?

I did not just make myself stop doing not Me's.... because my blogging friends - I could go on and on..forever. Believe me.

Child- (Raising her dress above her head). Look Teacher! Shorts under my dress.
Me: That is good but you still need to leave your dress down.
Another Child: My Mom says little girls should always wear shorts under our dresses so boys won't see our panties.
Me: Yes, I think wearing shorts under your dress is a good idea.
Child with shorts on under her dress: I have on shorts, but NO panties!
Me: Why? (I don't know why I asked this)
Child with shorts: My moms lazy.
Public service announcement of the day-
Parents of young children. Beware. Your child's teacher knows everything that happens at home. Consider yourself warned.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Tag! I am it! & Thanks So Much!

Katy Lin tagged me to play the 5 things game! So here goes nothing....10 Years ago.....1. I was 22 years old.

2. I was changing my dreams.

3. I was nursing a broken heart.

4. I was attending SEOSU.

5. I starting working at Fair view Baptist Daycare.
5 Things on today's to do list.....
1. Sleep In.
2. Finish Breaking Dawn.
3. Make A Scrabble Tile Necklace.
4. Be Lazy.
5. Shower.
(For the first time in weeks, I have absolutely nothing to do and I am so taking advantage of it. A totally lazy day spent at home).
5 Snacks I enjoy.....
1. Chips, Salsa, and Guacamole.
2. Cracked Pepper Popcorn
3. Cheese Sticks.
4. Candy Corn and Peanuts.
5. Ding Dongs (I want one so bad, I haven't had one in so very long).

5 Things I would do if I were a millionaire

1. Pay of my debt. (student loans and car)

2. Pay off Parents and Brothers debt.

3. A brand new, fully stocked home.

4. I would give to charity.

5. Invest.

5 Places I have lived.....
1. Memphis, TN (well Millington, I was born at The Naval Hospital)

2. Hattiesburg, MS

3. Moore, Oklahoma (Hillsdale FWB College)

4. Conway, AR (UCA)

5. Small Town, Oklahoma (Home, about 20,000 people)

5 Jobs that I have had/ or currently have.....

1. Wal-Mart (just out of high school)
2. Fair view Baptist Daycare (3 year old class)
3. Receptionist (for my Dad)

4. Teachers aide (2nd grade and Pre-K)

5. Pre-K Teacher (a small rural school pre-k-12th)

5 People I am tagging.....

1. Pleasant Drive
2. Sandy Toes

3. My Life With Boys
4. My Cup Overflows

5. Blue-Eyed Bride

Sandy Toes gave the I big red puffy heart your blog award to me. Thank You so very much. I big red puffy heart your blog too. I pass this award along to the 5 ladies that I tagged to play the 5 things about me game!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

GASp Prices...

Ugh! I hate when I look down and I see the GAS light blinking at me. I used to never let it get to this point. I know I know, I have heard it all before.. Letting your gas get this low is bad for your fuel pump. To be honest with you I just hate that it has been costing me nearly $50 bucks to fill up my Element. I also know that many of you wish that it only cost you $50 bucks to fill up... My job is 15 minutes down the highway. I have to fill up once a week. With the gas prices here lately my gas budget has went from $120 a month to $200 plus. Folks, that is $80 more dollars then I want to spend..That is $80 dollars that could be put in a purse fund, a perfume fund, a something sparkly for me fund. But No!! Now it is all burnt up driving down the highway....

But wait! What is this? What is happening. Are my eyes playing tricks on me? Is this a cruel joke? When I last went to the gas station.. I couldn't believe my eyes. Gas had went down tremendously. It was like I had ran on to a big sale. I was actually excited to pump gas to see how much I would save... I know, I am a nerd. But I think like this. Seriously.
Gas was only $2.34 a gallon. I was crazy excited! Yeah, so not much has happened this week. Squeal in delight with me. I took out my cell phone, not heeding the warnings of talking on the cell when pumping gas. Which, if it is so important not to do that then why is the warning written in such tiny print? Anyway, back to my previous story...I took these pictures with my phone. That explains the poor quality.. I took them and actually sent them to people. Apparently, it is not this cheap everywhere..
After standing there at the pump. Taking pictures and texting. The pump clicked and I looked up to see that I filled my tank up and it was under $30 bucks. It stopped before this but I pumped it even more. I tried to stop at $28.50 but it went to .52 so I had to pump it up to the next increment of 25..okay, so I am a bit OCD but that is also an entirely different post. Now that I am saving money at the gas pump. I can blow it somewhere else! Whoo Hoo!

PhotoStory Friday
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Tuesday, October 21, 2008


I didn't get around to all of my commenting today. I was a bad bloggy buddy and to top that off I am really not putting a lot of effort into this post. Why? Might you ask...Breaking Dawn! That is the reason.. Every spare minute I got I found myself trying to read a page or two.. but honestly.. I really have mixed emotions about this.. I wanna read it because I wanna know how she wraps it all up... but then I don't want it to be over either. How strange am I? Pretty darn strange, In my title I called myself a Fanpire. What is up with that? Well folks, thats all you get from me today.. I am off to read my book.. I know, Horrible. Right?Oh yeah, say a little pray for me. Today is field trip day. Ugh. Me, my aid, and 28 pre-k kiddo's leaving the safety of our school...Pray
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Monday, October 20, 2008

Cute Kids & Bloggy Love

How can you not love your job when you get to listen to things like this all day long. Does he not have the cutest voice ever? We learn a nursery rhyme every month. This month we learned Peter Peter. This little guy loves it so much. He is constantly repeating it... I recorded it and burned it to a DVD so that his family could always remember how cute he was in Pre-K.

We also sing silly songs all the time. When we were learning about the letter T our silly song was Tiny Tim. I taught it the traditional way. This little guy said, Teacher? Can we rock it out? I said go for it.. and this is what we got. This is a much calmer version of what we got the first time he sang it rocker style. He kind of got tired of doing it after I had him do it for everyone we passed in the hall..

Nicole left me this fun award. I was so excited to receive it.
Thank You so very much for passing it on to me.

The rules say for me to post this on my blog. Thank the person who sent it to me. Nominate 7 blogs. I love all of the blogs that I follow this is a hard award to bestow...
1. Sweet Simplicity
2. My Journey Through Infertility
3. This Crazy Life
4. The Grand Pooba
5. Our Piece of Quite
6. Life With 3 Boys and A Little Lady
7. All Things In Moddy

This cute little award was presented to me by Mamarazzi. What a sweet heart she is.. I am so excited about all my new bloggy friends and I am loving all this bloggy love..
I am passing this award on to:

1. My life with four Kids
2. Ruby Red Slippers
3. Pleasant Drive
4. Naturally Caffeinated Family
5. Heather Bug

Thank all of you for faithfully visiting my blog and leaving me great comments!

Not Me Monday!

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On the way to a family party I did not tell my Mother all about the Twilight Series. I did not go on and on about the love story between these two fictional characters. She did not say explain it to me in detail because I wanna know about it but I don't want to take the time to read it. I did not die of embarrassment when my Mom did not announce that her daughter was in love with a fictional vampire. Good thing that did not happen to me. Sheesh.

When my parents were on vacation this past week. I did not call them daily and start the conversation with, "So what have ya'll bought me?" Instead of asking them how they were.. Of course I am way more considerate then that.. and I am 33 by the way, to old for souvenirs.

While at our local movie theater I did not blurt out, "That Blows" really loud and then turn around to one of the high school students standing there waving. "Hi, Ms. Teacher"! Ugh. Good thing that wasn't me huh? I am always a shining example. Yep.

I did not spit out my drink all over a 4 year old when she told me not to worry. She did not say, "Teacher, don't worry, He didn't kiss me on the lips, He kissed my boobies."

After the above incident didn't take place, I did not call my class into a group huddle to have a talk about personal boundaries for the 3rd time this year.

Sadly, our town does not have a Hobby Lobby. So my friends and I did not drive all the way to Muskogee (the closest town with one) to look for a certain craft supply that I needed. After not finding them, I did not carry them all over the store. Stop to look at something sparkly. Lay them down. Check out and forget them at the store. No way. Something like that would never happen to me. Ugh.

I did not catch a lady in Joann's Fabric rolling her eyes at me because I couldn't remember what I was looking for was called. I did not have to leave the store to keep from saying something. I was not tempted to go back in take care of the rudeness and then pray about it later. Nope something like this would never ever cross my mind.

I did not eat four popcorn balls (homemade, not store bought), a smores, and two hot dogs over this weekend. I am on a major diet and all that above mentioned things would totally be off limits.

I am totally not dreading weigh in this evening. Nope, because I followed my diet to a T. Um, speaking of T. I did not have two glasses of Sweet Tea today. Nope never. Only water for me.

I did not talk to a guy at Wal-Mart Sunday afternoon for nearly 5 minutes and walk away wondering who He was and how he knew me. I am still not wondering.

I did not cry when I seen a dead opossum laying on the side of the road this week with it's live baby trying to snuggle with it. It did not totally break my heart.

I was not distracted this morning during Worship because a lady had a COACH purse that was to die for. I did not want to take a picture of it so I could remember exactly what it looked like. I was not disappointed that my camera phone does not have a flash.

I did not waste my entire fall break doing absolutely nothing and I did not enjoy every single minute of it..

Oh, yeah. And since we are being so totally honest. I am so prepared for my class tomorrow. I have my lesson plans down to a tee.. My arts and craft project is already laid out. My papers are ran off...
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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Odds and Ends. Tags. Awards. Give Away Winner!

First and Foremost.. This is a long post.. Please check it out though.. You just might have a shout out within.. I have so many blogs that I visit daily and that I love.. When I was going back through all the people I had picked, I found myself saying, Oh I wish I would have given it to this person or this person.. until I finally had to give up. It is really hard to pick among all you awesome ladies..and a couple of you guys too..

I was tagged by HiOhOhio Here are the rules: Go to your Sixth Picture Folder then pick the Sixth Picture. Pray that you remember the details.

This picture was taken last year. It was when our girls basketball team won the AREA championship. This was a picture of the crowd gathering aound to give high fives and pats on the back. You can see the Coach on the left hand side. He and the team were getting their pictures taken for the newspaper. I am so very excited that Basketball season has rolled around again. It is my favorite.. You all will be seeing many more pictures...

I tag: Alicia, Megan, Melissa, Stephanie, & Ms. Anne

I have been tagged by Lindsey and I am so excited to play this game so thanks for the tag!=)

Four Top Wishes:

1. I wish I didn't have any bills. (don't we all)

2. I wish I was at my goal weight, and I wish that I could stay there..

3. I wish I had a Masters In Education. (I want to go back to school, seriously! I am a nerd.)

4. I wish I owned my own home. I don't like wasting money by being a renter..

Four Places I Want to Travel to:

1. France - I love the sights and sounds of Paris portrayed in movies. I wanna kiss someone in a gondola and near the Eiffel tower.. I want to dine at Le Auberge Quincy off the beaten path near Bastille.

2. Chicago - I want to go to Chicago. It is silly I know.. I have never been. I want to go to Tony and Tina's Wedding. I have always thought that it would be fun. I want to go to the top of the Sears tower and see all of the tourist attractions.. I do not wish to see Oprah though... I am no longer a fan..Ugh.

3. Israel - I would love to go to The Holy Land and walk were Jesus walked...

4. Fiji Islands - I want to lay around the beautiful beaches all day long...

(I guess this is where I should say, I am deathly afraid of air travel so I will probably never go to any of these places.. except Chicago).

Four Careers I Want to be Involved in:

1. Stay at home mom - If I ever get married and have children.. I would like to be a stay at home mom, well at least until my children become school age.. Then I would love to return to the classroom.

2. Student Counselor - I want to work with troubled kids in the school system. I want everyone to have someone rooting for them.. Someone on their side. I wanna be a safe haven for kids who are facing storms in their lives..

3. Photographer - I love taking pictures and I love photo editing.. (I am not good at it.. but I still love

4. Event Planner - I love a good party.. How fun to plan them all the time..

Four Things I Would Like God to Say to me at the Gates:

1. "Well done good and faithful servant"

2. "I love you"

3. "Go ahead and ask me all those questions you have"

4. "I have some people I'd like you to meet"

Lindsey- I am sorry. I didn't change one.. I would like to hear all the exact same things.. I hope that you don't think I am to much of a copy cat...

Four People I Tag:

1. Smiling Shelly

2. Insane Mama

3. Dream. Imagine. Live

4. Julie's Junction

Someone presented me with this award about a week or so ago. I so meant to give you a shout out on your blog.. and now I can't find the post where I was told that this award had been presented to me. I know that sounds awful and I am truly sorry. I love love love this award. Please let me know so that I can thank you properly.

I tag: Wendy, My Home - My life, Solei, All My Kids, & Sandy Toes,

Naturally Caffeinated Family gave me this award about a week ago. Someone had presented it to me previously as well.. But I love this award. I think it is so very cute.. Thank You So Much for loving my blog. I love yours too.

I tag: In My Life, Sondre Lyn, Livin & Lovin, Rebecca Jo, & Indefinately definitely

Ruby Red Slippers gave me this award and I love it so much. It is so pretty. Thank you so very much for this tag. I too am a reader.. there is nothing like getting lost in a good book.

Here are the rules: Pass it on to five other bloggers, and tell them to do the following: Open the nearest book to page 56. Write out the fifth sentence on that page, and also the next two to five sentences...The CLOSEST BOOK, NOT YOUR FAVORITE, OR MOST INTELLECTUAL!!

That sounded like surrender, like giving up. But who was Caleb fooling? Marriage wasn't a game, some contest in which all the spoils went to the victor. This was supposed to be a joint venture, right? A partnership. And his partner wanted nothing to do with him.

Fireproof, written by Eric Wilson. My friend bought this book for me during my birthday week. The following day we went to the movies to see it. I loved it. I am just now reading the book, I am sure it is spectacular as well.

I tag:
Mom In A Fish Bowl
Make Mine a Mojito
Learning To Be A Wife
Matters of The Heart
Straight To Your Hart

Elaine @ Matters of the Heart presented me with this award and I love it. Thank you so so so very much.

The Questions.

1. Do you have the same friends since childhood? Yes! I have known the majority of my closest friends since I was in 4th grade. I make new friends where ever I go but my core group of friends I have know forever and I find comfort in that. They are so near and dear to my heart. My family that I have chosen for myself.

2. What do you value most about your friends. I value their opinions even if they are different from mine. I value their faith in God. I value their families as if they were my own. I value the trust that we have with each other and I value their loyalty to me.

3. Are your friends sounding boards. Yes. When I have something going on.. I may ponder on it for a day or two but when I decide to let it all out, my girls are their waiting and willing to me hash it out. To laugh with me, cry with me or pray with me. God has truly blessed me with a great group of friends. Thank you GOD.

4. What is your favorite activity to share with friends. Road Trips for sure. My friends and I go on vacation together. Road trips. Shopping Trips. Church Trips. There is nothing better than the open road, the windows rolled down ( I hate the windows rolled down, it just looked good lol), and a good friend beside you (getting you lost).

I tag:

Naturally Caffeinated Family

Rebecca Taylor

My Life, My Hope, My Future

Our Lives-In a nutshell

Pleasant Drive

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