Sunday, January 25, 2009

The Word


That is my word for thise year. I am going to try to appreciate all that I have, meaning my family, my health and my life.

I am going to go and make something right now to help me remember to appreciate all that I am, and maybe even try to do a mini book about the things I need to appreciate and the little things that I do appreciate.

Some of the little things:

Like a good cup of coffee
a nice back rub from my dear sweet hubby
a good purry kitty in my lap
a hug from a little girl who doesn't quite get it.

Some of the big things:

My Family
My house
My life

Did you notice my "job" isn't one of those things. I appreciate my job, but at the same time I'm not going to be ruled by it. As we were told that annual contract teachers MAY not be asked back. That makes me sad in that I feel I am NOT done with some of my students, but at the same time, it leaves me free to look at other options for jobs. I may not be a teacher 2009/2010 school year. It seems hardly fair after giving 6 years to this occupation to not have it anymore. I guess that is the sad part. I appreciate the kids, but not the way the school district is handling the annual contract people. Maybe that is my cue to leave anyway.

I do appreciate my job...just not going to be defined by it anymore.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

The Pony Express

Bethanie's 16th birthday, no big party, no super sweet sixteen. She just wanted a small quiet happy birthday party. It was just me and Branch as Billy was gone for work. We went the next night to her favorite place to eat with Daddy! :) She is such a beautiful happy girl. I am so honored to know her, and to think we made her...mind boggling!

Here are some promised pictures of Bethanie during her first horse back riding lesson. She looks so grown up, I swear every time my kids have a birthday I get sadder. I know they won't be living with me much longer. Although I will be excited for them to meet the next challenge in their life, it breaks my heart to think I won't be able to see them whenever I want to.

Bethanie loving being on the horse, when the lesson was over the first thing she said was it was too short! :)

Ok, so this is 2 posts in one weekend. That is unusual at best! :)

Enjoy the rest of the pics.

Bethanie just about done! :)

Bethanie smiling..."my legs hurt" Silly kitty that loved wanted all kinds of loving.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Promises Kept

Ok, so a long time ago I promised Bethanie we would look into getting Horse Back Riding Lessons again, it is time to keep promises. Tomorrow is her first lesson and part of her Birthday Present, I'm so excited for her. She is tickled.

Big news this week is Bethanie turned 16. (Where oh where has my little girl gone?) I miss my little girl sometimes, but what a wonderful young lady we have. She is such a nice person, I'm so proud to know her.

Well, her birthday was something else. The day before her birthday Meme suprised both kids by giving them her old car. They are both so excited they have a car to learn to drive with. I'm excited for them too. I am happy that they will be able to learn to drive and have transportation at the same time, I'm terrified that they are going to be driving.

Billy went on a business trip this week, he left Monday and came back Thursday it was short and sweet, but he was so missed. I had such a hard time sleeping because he wasn't here. It is all good now, I got a really good night's rest last night. :)

School didn't make it any easier this week: I had such a hard time this week with all the new students who came to me after school started again after the holidays and then surprise!!! Another student today. I'm shocked and amazed by the changes in the classroom this year. I miss my little class, I went from 8 to 11 and how crazy is that. I would have 13 but I graduated 2 up to the other Pre-K teacher. Her class is getting crazy full too. We are both just so grateful to have a job. Next year the both of us may not have one. The budget cuts they have to make this year and next to keep the school system afloat means they MAY have to let all the teachers go who are on an annual contract. The unknown is killing me. I need to know if I have a job so that I can start looking for another one now. I really don't want to have to compete will all of the annual contract teachers for a job. Maybe if I do not get a job as a teacher it will mean it is time to do something else for awhile. Who knows.

Scrapbooking! I actually got a couple of more pages done! This is about Christmas I'm not usually that quick about getting my pictures scrapped so soon. It was nice to do something that recent.
This is my classroom that I spent so much time this summer cleaning, it will hardly be fair if I lose my job this year. I gave my whole summer getting ready for those kids and I don't want that to be my last year. Who knows what will happen, I just really wanted a chance to get good at something and I'm almost positive I will be doing something different next year. :(
Thanks for letting me ramble! :) Good Night! Pictures later today of Bethanie riding the horse!

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!!!

I have never been so happy to see a year end in my life. I know 2009 will be very challenging for work, but hopefully less heartbreaking personally.

My dear sweet husband said 2008 started badly and just continued to get worse. I have to agree. It was a bittersweet Christmas. We all missed Billy Sr. so much.

I hope that 2009 is more prosperous and happy for all of us.

I have a lot of lofty goals for 2009, I started today by weighing myself and being somewhat surprised. The last time I weighed myself was at the Dr.'s office in May and it was quite shocking! I have never been that heavy before so I was so shocked. I will never tell so don't ask what the number was! The only happy thing is I got on the scale and I have lost 18 pounds. I don't feel like I look like I have but the scale doesn't lie, does it? LOL (I even checked the scale by putting my hand weights on there to make sure it was accurate! :) )

Scrapbooking! :)

Yippee I have been scrapping again. That makes me happy. I have gotten 2 layouts done and about to get numbers 3 and 4 done and be caught up for the year! (A layout a day) LOL

Lifetime Moments is having their annual Winter Scrapfest again so I will have lots of Scrapbook pages and altered items to do again. It will be fun. I hope I win a prize again like I did in the summer Scrapfest! :)

I guess the easiest way to jump back into the scrapbook game is to scrap the animals. My next page will be about my classroom! :)

I will end with this photo of my Father In Law. I love you Billy Joe Lee Sr. I miss you and wish you were here every day.