Saturday, September 27, 2008

Finally the weekend!

I am so thrilled that it is finally the weekend! This past school week was busy!

I subbed Wednesday and Thursday morning, resulting in 10-hour work days with me on my feet most of the time.

We had an "incident" regarding two young children on the playground, and my boss was out of the office, so I got to be the one to talk to the children and their parents. Fun, fun.

We also had a little girl who had an accident sometime in her morning class and didn't tell anyone through lunch or her afternoon class. Around 4 pm, she was in out classroom and we could *smell* her...yea, I'm not going to lie, that was kind of gross!

I was supposed to have a game night with a few friends on Tuesday night, but I had an awful headache and ended up skipping. I very rarely get headaches but when I do, they are brutal.

On Thursday evening, two of my friends and I went went downtown in the Big City and grabbed some *free* Cold Stone Ice Cream! They were having a fundraiser of some sort for the Make a Wish Foundation and it was a warm day, so I think they had a pretty good turnout. We then spent a while chatting and laughing. All of us are sarcastic, so we have fun together ;)

Yesterday after work, I was really missing Aniya, my old co-teacher. I do really enjoy working with Cara, but it doesn't make up for the fact that the kids still mention Aniya or I'll see something at school that reminds me of her. It's not like she's dead or anything (heck, she lives in the same apartment complex as me, a mere 2 minute walk away!) but I do miss working and laughing with her every day. Guess it's just a part of the change, which I HATE.

Anyway, so I decided to call her on my way to the park. A few weeks ago she'd mentioned that her school collects paper for money to support that school, so I've been letting it all build up in my apartment and the container was full -- a good excuse for calling her, right? We ended up talking for a half hour and then I went to her place for a while last night. I brought over the bags of paper, a People magazine for her to read (she always read mine at work when she was supposed to be studying) and Connect Four. Aniya and I had this big thing about Connect Four at the end of last school year. Aniya told me that her DH hates playing with her because she always wins, she's so good at Connect Four, etc. and told me that we needed to challenge each other to a game sometime. One game turned into about 20, with me winning about 17 of them. anyway, I brought Connect Four so that she could take a break from studying and she could have another chance at winning. We only played one game, but I won. Haha. Still, it was wonderful to see her. I need an Aniya fix every few weeks lately, but she seems game to seeing me too so I guess we're good.

I'm also trying to find some babysitting jobs around Big City for some extra money. You know, for things like car repairs, computer repairs, bills, food... I put an ad on Craigslist and contacted a lot of the families I was emailing with when I looked for a nanny job 18 months ago. We'll see...I need something!

Well, guess that's my week/weekend round up. It's quiet sister Amata will arrive tomorrow night, so I'm just sticking around the aparment today. I really should!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen of my favorite Belize photos from July '08- I took a two week long mission trip to Belize. We were in Belize City, Belmopan, Ambergris was AMAZING!!

1. Flying In
2. Palm Tree in Belize City

3. Girls on a Bus

4. Tropical life

5. Typical Belizean house

6. Aaliyah, the little girl I spent a lot of time with...I wanted to bring her home with me!

7. One of my friends jumping 40+ feet from a tree limb- talk about exhilarating, but it was fun...and a bit scary!

8. Holding a baby raccoon on the island

9. Fresh coconut, San Pedro

10. Playing with the girls, and with Aaliyah

11. Coming onto the island

12. Mayan ruins

13. Stingray while snorkeling

and a few extras, because I couldn't choose!

Sunrise on the island- 5 am
Cool water shot
Children playing in the ocean

Goodbye, Belize...

Thursday Thirteen

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Kind words

The day to day acts of teachers go pretty much unnoticed. This is fine with me, as I *hate* being the center of attention and all that jazz.

It is awesome when parents acknowledge us while picking up their children though. We have a few parents who open the door to our classroom, call their child's name, and wait until the child comes their way before stepping back outside. No eye contact, no words spoken to us, even if we've had the care of their child for 5 hours. I have to say, this bugs me. I much prefer the mothers (or fathers!) who come with their older/younger children to pick up my students, talk to us about their child's day, tell us stories, and 90% of the time are not in a rush to leave.

Anyway, that's not what I came to post about.

Today, in the midst of a normally crazy school day, my boss expressed some kind words that stuck with me all day.

It was at the beginning of naptime, the most stressful part of my day lately. I was dealing with the nappers- Mai had just peed on the pavement outside, Aly had hit her head on the playset, and the other ten nappers were on their way inside to use the restroom. Aly put a wet paper towel on her head to "help" her head feel better, so she was in the nap room with Cara. I took Lilahbelle and Mai next door to use the restroom and then Lilahbelle wet her pants while in there. Mai, our ever-complaining child lately, said that she also hit her head (she didn't) and needed a paper towel. So, I had the computer teacher keep an eye on Lilah and Mai while I ran next door to grab Lilah's dry clothes and a plastic bag to put her wet clothes into. When I returned, Mai was still complaining about her head and then Lilah told me her underpants were too small...

eventually we got all the chaos figured out, Lilah in clean, dry clothes and Mai with a wet paper towel sitting on her head (whatever keeps the child quiet at naptime, let me tell ya. Within reason, that is).

In the midst of all the craziness, my boss walked in to use the copy machine, observing me and the girls before commenting, "Bethany, you do a very good job with the children. Very good. I just want you to know that."

Seriously made my day

Monday, September 22, 2008


I guess in some ways, this goes hand in hand with my previous post


Something we probably all wished we had an endless supply of. In the course of my daily work life, my patience is tried MANY times, especially since we are at the beginning of a new school year. Most of the new students in my school blend in easily, making new friends and becoming fast favorites with their teachers. 

However, there are a precious few children in my care who make me SO impatient! I patiently wait for them to wash their hands for lunch, for them to stop playing with work when they are supposed to be in lunch circle, for them to finish their lunch so they can go outside to play with their friends. I wait, patiently as possible, for them to use the restroom (usually singing a loud tune) before nap, for them to calm down on their cots, for them to get up from their cots, fold their blankets, put on their socks and shoes...

Some days, it seems all I ever do is wait. Most of the time I don't mind, I find it amusing and a part of my wonderful job. 

Today, though...oy! 

One of my wonderful students from last year, Zach, is now a Kindergartener. He knows that he needs to try and eat every part of his lunch- grain, vegetable, protein, fruit. He sat, stubbornly, from 11:30 until almost 12:30, first refusing to even try a carrot, and then pouting at the thought of helping to clean a mess made on the floor by him and one of his buddy lunchers. We were patient with him, but unrelenting.

 Cara was dealing with him inside for a while, as I was outside with the rest of the lunchers. Eventually we switched places and I took over with Zach and preparing the nap room. One of the nappers and I brought out the cots and blankets while Zach sat in his chair. About ten minutes after his afternoon class began, I hand-delivered him to his teacher with a wink. Zach's last words when leaving our lunchroom were "Everyone always makes me do the hard work." Too cute, and he arrived in our afternoon room at 3:15 rarin' and ready to go, grin on his face. 

Ten on Tuesday 9/23

Ten Great Things that Happened this Summer

What a great, busy summer it was!

1. I took a two week mission trip to Belize. We ministered, relaxed, laughed, cried, and became closer to God as a group and as individuals.
2. I lived with my parents and 5 of 6 siblings- so I had time to get to know them better.
3. Five day vaca in Rhode island. Need I say more?
4. In addition, spending those 5 days with my grandmother, aunt, uncle, and 5 cousins-- one my godson, an adorable, curly haired 2 year old!
5. Getting to know a few of my co-workers better through babysitting and email communication.
6. A spontaneous trip to BC (Big City) during which I got to see my great aunt and uncle whom I hadn't seen in 5+ years. I literally gave them 20 minutes notice.
7. At the end of the summer, spending 5 hours talking, laughing, and catching up with my old co-teacher Aniya.
8. Teaching two little ones with Down's who were just precious!
9. A visit from my aunt and 4 cousins, who called the day before arriving. I had to work while they were visiting with my family members, but we still have fun swimming, going out to eat, and playing in the evenings.
10. A visit from my friend Jess, who I hadn't seen in almost 2 years. It was a short but lovely visit!

My summer definitely turned out to be quite different than I was expecting, but I think it's just what I needed. Lots of family time, 4 part time jobs as opposed to the 1 Full time one I was thinking of, and not very many trips back to BC.

Manic Monday 9/22

Pick out the most important item you have in your purse/wallet and tell me why it's important to you. Probably the pictures of my family and friends, because I love them!
What would you take from your house if you knew it would be flooded tomorrow? My photo albums, computer, and pictures off the wall
If you were stuck in a room for an hour with a chalk board, what would you draw on it? A sunny picture- a house, tree, tire swing, flowers, stone path...


Erika Jean is hosting a contest...winner announced on the 25th! Go check it out :)

Being Single vs. Married

As I was falling asleep last night, I recalled a conversation I recently had with Aniya. We were on a 2 hour drive from Big City to another BC in our state and had lots of time to talk and catch up.

One of the topics that randomly came up was that of being single (and not dating) vs. being married and which was is "harder". Truthfully, I don't think the two of us will see eye to eye on the topic, at least not for a while.

She has been married for three years, and tells me that it's hard, really hard. I get that, kind of. But you know what else? I will be 24 in February and have NEVER dated. I have been on ONE date my entire life, and that was with a guy from speed dating who was very nice but money-oriented and a non-practicing Hindu so it's not going to go anywhere.

So yes, I get that being married is hard. However, not knowing that you'll ever find me, that is harder.

All I have ever wanted to "be" is a wife and mother. EVER. Some days, I'm fine with being single. Other days, when I see families out participating in apple picking, corn mazes, and enjoying themselves at festivals, with the chill of a hint of fall in the air, I feel discouraged. So very discouraged. I just want to hold hands with a man I love, cuddle a baby of my own close, and feel loved.

Is that too much to ask? Why is it that I'm stuck back in single-land, while 99% of my friends are married or engaged and most have a baby either on the way, or in their arms? Is it too much to ask even for a dating relationship, as I see two of my younger siblings dating and moving ever closer to marriage?

I work in a school...outside of school, I hang out with my friends. We're not bar hoppers, so where am I going to meet anyone? I tried the speed dating, the online dating. I am not a flirty- bar type. I hang out at bookstores and library, like to take walks, and travel. What the flip is wrong with me?

"Oh, you'll find someone soon..." say my married, happy engaged friends. "Just wait, he will come" say my parents and relatives. "Stop looking and then he'll be there" say the supportive friends. Guess what? I'm not LOOKING. Is it in the back of my mind? Yes. But when I go out to the grocery store or church, my thought is not of "meeting someone." Doesn't that qualify as "not looking"? Well, then I've been doing that for years!!

I'm not trying to sound negative, but this is how I've been feeling about the situation lately. Just down.

The grass is always greener.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Saturday Social 9/20

Today's Saturday Social Question:

When do you go to bed at night?

I typically go to bed between 11 and 12. I don't usually have to work until 11 so my bedtime is pretty flexible. On weekends, I am usually up until 1 or so. I'm a true night owl. ;)

Randomness 9/21

9/21 Let's talk books this week.

1. Name a few of your favorite books.Any of the Karen Kingsbury books and the Christy Miller Series by Robin Jones Gunn

2. Is there an author that you don't like, yet so many people seem to love? Stephen King, even though I've been to his

3. Name a book to film adaptation that you really like. Name one you think was done poorly. I am itching to see "PS I Love You", as I just finished the book. I'm not sure how good the movie is though! Umm...I really prefer to read the books. 

4. Where do you buy your books? I get them from the library.

5. What genre do you read the most? Christian fiction

6. What genre do you dislike? Fantasy

7. Is there a book that has changed your life? The Bible 

8. Have you ever met an author? What author would you like to meet? Stephen King I've met. No others. I'd love to meet RJG or Karen Kingsbury...or Erynn Magnum. I think EM and I would get along really well. 
till next time...

GM5M #34

Since I missed last week's as I was computerless...

My 5 Favorite Breakfast Foods!

1. Bacon

2. Scrambled eggs

3. French toast
4. Bagel & cream cheese

5. Cinnamon rolls


Now that fall is almost here, I'm getting excited for the crisp days spent outside with the school kids, walks around the lake with a few friends, bonfires, caramel apples...

Your Autumn Test Results
You are a playful, spirited person. You have a limitless imagination and amazing creative talents.

When you are happiest, you are calm. You appreciate tradition and family. You enjoy feeling cozy.

You tend to be afraid of change. You are never ready for things to be different.

You find solitude to be the most comforting thing in the world. Being alone with your thoughts feels very peaceful.

Your ideal day is spontaneous and surprising. You like to play things by ear, and you always end up doing something interesting.

You tend to live in the moment. You enjoy whatever is going on, and you don't obsess over the past or future.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

What Your Back to School Personality Says About You

You are a lively, ambitious, and passionate person. You are driven to do well in life and aspire to great things.

You are most likely to succeed if you follow a proven path to success. You don't mind putting in long hours to achieve your goal.

Your greatest skill is making something out of nothing. You don't need much to feel inspired.

Your biggest stumbling block in life is worrying about what other people think of you. Their opinions matter even less than you think.

The number one thing you're thankful for is your friends and family.

Back up and running

My computer caught a virus at the beginning of last week and spent quite a number of days in the hands of the Geek Squad. After a few hundred dollars and a week of bored nights for me, my computer is back and I'm so thankful!!

Hope you're all having a great weekend!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

One week down...

Tomorrow will be the end of our first week back to school. Phew!

The napping situation with Mai is not much better. Yesterday, we tried positive reinforcement and explained to her that, if she was able to behave during naptime, she would receive a sticker. She didn't give a CRAP about the sticker and most of the time sat on my lap (unhappy) or on a chair (unhappy) and crying....

She sat in the front office with my boss and secretary for most of nap today, but WAS able to come back and compose herself enough that she was allowed to read a book towards the end of naptime. We'll see how tomorrow goes!

I plan on doing another photo book at the end of this year like the one I made for my old co-teacher in May. I have a copy of it and it's soo much fun to read through.

Therefore, kidisms will absolutely be returning as they are too funny to let fly by! YAY :)

Things are going VERY well with my new co-teacher, Cara. She's easy going and fun to work with. We seem to have the same sense of humor, which is something I really coveted with Aniya. After not seeing Aniya all summer long, I was able to spend a Sunday afternoon/evening just catching up with her a few weeks back. We spent five hours talking, eating and drinking was more than wonderful to see her, and I hope to continue a friendship with her even though we're not working together.

As an added upside to my new co-teacher, Cara works at Starbucks and brings me free drinks! YES!

13 Kidisms

1) During a hectic naptime, when NO ONE was napping, I was attempting to eat my lunch and was sipping a chai tea when Adam broke the stress with, "What's with all your drinking, anyway?" LOL!!!! ...and his parents wonder if he understands English!?!?

2) During the same "nap"time, Mai was making a fuss, as usual, this time about not being allowed to get a book because of her choices. Again, Adam stepped in "So just go get one!!" in a tone that also implied, "if that's what will finally make you shut up!!!"

3) At our school, we have the children call us by our last names (ex. Miss S***, etc.). Good old Daley never ceases to amaze us. The other day she told my new co-teacher, Cara (but Miss M***** to the kids), "I know your name, Miss M*****!! My body just tells me it!"

4) When I asked Jake, a new student, if he washed his hands after using the restroom, he replied, "I sure did!!!"

5) While outside playing, Jake was making monster faces at Adam, so Adam kindly asked him, "Can you please be a duck?"

6) During prayers at snack today, Madelyn ended the prayer with "Ahhhh-MAN!"

and some oldies pulled from the archives...
7) Luce:I haven't done anything bad in my entire life! (She is 5...)
Me: REALLY!?!?! (thinking back to allll the times she's been invited to sit in a chair because she's having trouble listening....)
Luce: Nope! I haven't stolen anything from a store, or been in jail, or stolen someone's car....

(Thinking to myself: well....I guess you've not done anything wrong in THAT way!)

8)Daley: Where are the fish? Me: You know where the fish are, Daley. (They are dead, btw) Daley: Yes. When the fish are sick, you just give them to the doctor and get new ones. 9) Maile: This is my dog's tooth, it fell out of his mouth
Grace: Did the tooth fairy come and give him a bone or money?

10) Jack: (after a 1.5 hour nap)- That was NOT a good nap. No. It was an awful nap. Aww, MAN!

11) Alessandra (age 5): My grandma died a few days ago
Me: I'm so sorry, Alessandra.
Maile (age 3): I have TWO grandmas!
Alessandra: Can I please have some milk?

12) Alessandra, after pulling up the grass, "I'm just giving it a haircut!"

and during my wonderful trip to Belize (I'll post pictures soon, one is at the top of this post!):

13) Aaliyah, a poor child living in inner city Belize City, "Please don't leave me. I love you"