Saturday, April 30, 2011
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Saturday, April 23, 2011
"the birds in the sky,
and the fish in the sea,
all that swim the paths of the seas.
LORD, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!"
"Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life." ~Psalm 143:8
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
I finished Harry Potter!!
For the past 4 months, Harry has been my companion, my friend. I went on adventures with him while I walked on the treadmill at 5:00 in the morning or at 10:00 right before going to bed; I fought off dragons and evil dark lords while the kids slept during the day; I learned about spells (not that I truly believe in them), evil magical creatures like the basilisk, potions that change appearances, how to apparate and disapparate (moving through space), and legends from long ago while resting on Saturday afternoon; I learned, along with Harry, that love is one of the most powerful forces - even greater than evil - and how true that is. I learned that true friendship requires work, a give and take, but is never to be taken lightly, and true friends will remain forever.
J.K. Rowling wrote seven AMAZING books! While I do not believe in, or agree with, witches, wizards, spells, and the such, nonetheless, she wrote a gripping, compelling, thought provoking, intriguing, don't-want-to-put-it-down series of books that I will never forget. At first, there was an outcry from the Christian community to ban the books because they saw them as encouraging the Wiccan religion - witchcraft. However, upon further reading of the books, many now realize that there are several Christian parallels, and Rowling admits that she doesn't even believe in magic. When I was done reading the books, I wanted to look into the parallels that I noticed as I read to see if I wasn't the only one. And sure enough - there are numerous articles written about the overall themes of the stories and how there is a Christian undertone - fighting off evil forces, love conquering all, sacrifice for others. Here are two of the articles Redeeming Harry Potter, and J.K. Rowling Opens Up.
In summary, if you haven't read the Harry Potter series, I would HIGHLY recommend it! And then we can have a "book club" discussion! :)
Now the only thing left to do is watch the movies - I'm thinking movie marathon!!
Friday, April 15, 2011
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
How to use duck tape at school:
1. To hold together broken plastic tubs of blocks (the tub on the left lasted 1 week before getting it's first crack!)
2. Mend nap time mats (it also gives them one more thing to pick at when they can't sleep) 3. Adhere posters, projects, and crafts to walls, cabinet doors 4. Tape "greenhouse gardens" to the window so my kids can watch their seeds turn into plants!
5. Outline a box for "Time Out"- a very popular place in my room.
Now, how NOT to use duck tape (although it has crossed my mind)
Sorry - no pictures for these!
1. taping mouths shut
2. taping hands behind backs while in the hallway
3. taping shoe strings to shoes (if I had a nickle for every time I've tied shoes, I could retire now!)
I love my job...I love my job...I love my job.
Sunday, April 10, 2011
So in preparations for Spring Break and Summer...I've decided to start my summer reading book list! I'm actually excited about this! :)
1. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (it's being made into a movie - ALWAYS read the book first!)
2. A Child Called "It" by Dave Pelzer
3. The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton4. The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley
5. The Passage by Justin CroninHopefully, I will get to read all of these, and I will let you know what I think. Any books you recommend?? I'm always looking for the next book to lose myself in!
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
I think I can...I think I can...I HOPE I can...
We have 12.5 days till spring break, and it's going to take everything in me to make it! Don't get me wrong, I love all 20 of my sweet little kiddos...but we all need a break. It's time. And with all this rain, staying inside so they can't release all their energy makes for a long day.
What I have to look forward to during Spring Break:
-getting a couple more cavities filled by Dr. Reid (gotta love calling him that!)
-another Thelma and Louise trip with my mom to Birmingham. She has graciously volunteered to make the trek over there to look at apartments and possible job options with me.
-packing up a little bit more in the condo – doing a little bit at a time so it won’t be so stressful
-reading the final Harry Potter book – yes I’m reading Harry Potter, and yes, I LOVE it!
-spending some quality time with family and friends
And then after break, we only have 5 weeks left of school and then it's summer break!!
I think I can...I think I can...I WILL make it!
Sunday, April 3, 2011
5 years ago, I came to Charleston with my boyfriend and his family to run the Cooper River Bridge. It was the first year for the new bridge, and I had just started running. We ended up finishing in 72 minutes. This year, I ran the run by myself, not counting the other 34,689 people on the bridge, but had my husband's cheers from the sidelines. I was able to run it in 60 minutes even! Not bad considering I've only run two other times since the half marathon 6 weeks ago.
Here are some more images...can you find me?! It was hard to run with all those people...you have to look for "worm holes" to squeak through without bumping into someone else, or running too close in front of someone.
No matter where we end up in the future, I would really like to keep coming back to Charleston every year to run this race. It's just something fun, and exciting, it's really not that long of a distance, so it wouldn't require a lot of training for.