"I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious." Albert Einstein

Friday, February 13, 2015

Feelin the Love

Can I just say I love, love, LOVE 5 and 6 yr olds? They really are what is best in the world. Yesterday was our Valentine's day party. Most of these kiddos had never experienced a Valentine's day party and they were sooooo excited! Watching them go through their valentine bags and see the cards and treats, it was like watching Christmas. I have one student who wasn't at the party and I was so impressed with the kids who persistently worked to make sure that kiddo had a treat too.

I love Kinders. I love how much they teach me.

Thursday, February 12, 2015


I love those dinner conversation laughter moments. Ryan's quick wit is a constant surprise. I felt like time froze for just a split second while I took a mental picture Monday night. I love my family.  

Monday, February 9, 2015

Monday, February 9, 2015

I left the school without my computer. Or any work. It feels so strange to walk out with only my purse.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Todays highlights-
Watching the primary kids gain knowledge and confidence with the scriptures. Even the 3 yr olds can find the title page and the index! I loved how they hung on every word of the story. I loved some of the older  ones, who think they have heard all of the stories, say "wow! I never knew that!"

Taking a 2 hr nap. Glorious!

Writing an email to a friend!

And fav moment- Ryan running down stairs excited to tell me about the "perfect" source he just found for his college research paper. So fun to watch hard things become strengths for him.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

So in love with my story today. So tired last night I was falling asleep at the French bistro. Who falls asleep eating french pastry???!! Today was full of family and beauty- a winter drive thru the Columbia Gorge and tears and laughter with family at my grandma's cousin's funeral. I come from good, good people. And most all, I love that Ry wanted to stay up until 2 watching a movie with me. This story is a good read.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

What Will Become of this Little Blog...

It has been a year since I posted and even before that, posts were random at best. By way of catch up...
we are older and I will say, wiser.

Ryan is driving. Solo. He is old enough to date and is starting to get mail from colleges and branches of the military. He has discovered a new love - snowboarding and is finding that the NW has its perks. He broke his wrist snowboarding a few weeks ago but that didn't stop him from continuing to snowboard the entire day he broke it nor return to snowboard all day yesterday with a cast. ;) He has also joined Concert Choir and even made a men's competition choir. He really loves it. He has also added Speach and Debate and track (Javelin & discus) to his list of hobbies and plans to try out for golf next fall. He is participating in the youth conference choral festival this year and practices have already begun. He will be one of 1200 youth performing in June. Lastly, he gets to go on an INCREDIBLE 50 miles backpacking trip through the Pacific Crest Trail. Sooooo jealous!

I teach Kindergarten in a Dual Language Elementary (Spanish/English). I've been staying busy with church responsibilities and I help with the Nativity Festival this past year as well. Mostly, this move has been about re-connecting with family for me. Lots of family time or responsibility which has been good. I've started getting into geneaology a bit - mostly recording my grandmother's stories.

Parents often worry over moves and changes for their kids. I am sure the concerns are valid - often they are leaving friends, sports, and comfort zones for the unknown. But in all of our worry, I think we sometimes forget there are wonderful pros to starting over. It is an opportunity to change, to try new things, to re-invent ourselves. I look at all this move has brought us and it is good. Healthy. Positive. It has added to each of us. We miss our family, friends and kindred spirits from Oklahoma desparately but have found that we didn't leave them behind. We carry them with us.

As to current events - church has been cancelled as we enter day 3 of snowed in & homebound. I LOVE it. I am most happy at home. I really love cooking, cleaning, planning and being home. These 3 days have felt like a personalized gift. As the snow fell, I realized how much I love and had missed winter in the NW. I loved the big, fluffy flakes that stick to your eyelashes without melting. I loved that it wasn't so cold that we couldn't enjoy the outside. I loved, loved, loved the snow in the pine trees, especially at night. It has been a beautiful & wonderful weekend.

So what will become of this little blog... I'm not sure. I was catching up on a friend's blog today and realized, I do want to share my voice and write our story. So I will end with a couple of  questions I ask Ryan each night when I say good night -
What was the best part of the week? - Winter and my re-discovery of it. So wonderful to relive childhood and learn something new about yourself.
What was the worse part of the week? - Realizing that a word I say fairly frequently has not been heard with the same meaning I have been thinking. Some vocabulary housekeeping is in order. ;)

Lift where you stand!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Week in Review

Highlights of the Week:
Monday we had the missionaries over for dinner. I made a chocolate cake recipe that I have wanted to try for a  couple of years - it was delish! We watched this video which made me cry:

It is so wonderful to see the work moving forward but I am even more excited for the difference for these young people. The ripples of this experience will reverberate through out their lives.

I had the opportunity to teach a 5th grade class this week that was fabulous. These kids are amazing. It was so cool to see their discussions and opinions and to see them apply the concepts.

Kinder - kinder is wonderful. Amazing. So rewarding. These kids love me so much and I soak it up. We started reading words and complete sentences this week. They love it! We also completed their quarterly math assessments and they did so well. We also updated their letter names & sounds assessments and I was very pleased at their progress. As soon as everyone successfully meets their letter names & sounds goals we are having a Donut party. Lastly, we are working on learning all of our learning songs really well because we are going to make a CD that each student will take home at the end of the year. The kids are so excited to be published singers. ;)

I met my new group of 10 first graders that I will be teaching for 1 hr. 15 mins. three times a week. Great kids. It was funny - I was exhausted by the end as I always forget how hard the first day or two are while I am establishing rules and routines.

Ryan is driving. He actually does a lot better than I did at his age. He seems to think turn signals are optional but we are working on it. ;) I think  next week is his last week of Driver's Ed. Friday he had his last speech and debate tournament. It was districts and he took 10th out of 50 students. He was thrilled as some of the students are older than him and have more experience. I must say, he looks very sharp in his suit and the new dress coat he got for Christmas.

Saturday am I took my first two of 6 certification exams that I need to pass to gain my Washington certificate. I PASSED! This is a bit huge because math and I are not close friends. I was a bit worried. I have 3 more that I will take April 13 and the hopefully the last one in June. We will have a small party when I finish them all!!!

My dad and Sandy spent the night on Sat. and went to church with us. Some highlights:
*One of the speakers said, "Grace is NOT the finishing touch at the end of our lives. Grace is the Finisher's touch every day in our lives." I love that!
*The closing hymn was "Let Zion in her Beauty Rise" - a theme song from Nauvoo. All four of us sang it at the top of our lungs with tears in our eyes.
*I love my primary class! They are wonderful and seem to be learning so much. We spend the first 5 mins. scripture chasing, but not the 'normal' way. I wanted them to become familiar with the parts of the scriptures so we are chasing the title page, index, footnotes, date line, 3 & 8 witness, introduction, JSH, articles of faith, fascimiles, etc.

Lastly, I created my Treasury Report binder for the year. I spent some time looking for tips online and am excited to use it. It will be nice to chart our financial progress!

Goals for this week:
Finish a couple of books I have going
Try 1 new recipe
Re-organize my teaching binders and finish my sub binder
Finish 1 foot on my afghan
Get my new computer online and start downloading pictures
Take 1 picture a day

What are your goals this week?