Sunday, August 30, 2009

Day 4 (Saturday)


We woke up very early Saturday after an interesting evening- more about that in a later post. The area here is beautiful- only a short drive from Canada!

Day 3


We started out our third day in Salt Lake City and headed Northwest. It was a long day of traveling through hot (104 in Idaho!) but by midnight (3 am in Big City) we were in Seattle!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Day 2

Somewhere in Wyoming, I believe. The scenery was awesome...I can't wait to share all my photos...onto day three of being in the car! ;)



Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Day 1 of travels

The sun is setting in Missouri, but we're still on the road :)


Tuesday, August 25, 2009

My classroom

Passport in hand, we leave tomorrow!
I still haven't read any of the travel books, but look what I have completed!!

My classroom is (mostly) ready for the new students! I need to go in for an hour or so tomorrow before we head out, but for the most part my work is done until the first day of school!

Kitchen/ housekeeping area

Dress up & games

Rugs for working, blocks, trains

Cozy book area- yes, I know nothing matches!

Colorful works and play-doh (invisible so far. LOL)

Other random work

Art area-- pretty empty now because they won't be using scissors and glue until we have a talk about it-- last year, kids cut each other's hair!

I'm trying desperately to catch up on some blogs before I leave, but I'm failing miserably. I promise to reciprocate the love when I get back on Labor Day-- lol!!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Ready or Not


Sooo...

Apparently, I leave on a cross country, twelve day adventure in TWO days.

TWO DAYS, people.
48 hours. Or less, who knows.

I'd love to stop along the way, maybe explore Salt Lake City or some of Wyoming on our way to the West Coast. Of course, that's a bit difficult to do without reading information on those places. I'd blame it on not having the AAA books on hand, but that would be a complete and utter lie, since Chubster and I picked four of them up on Friday.

I haven't packed a thing, although I have started a packing list. That's something, at least.

See, I blame it on school. I'm in the process of trying to complete cot tags, folder tags, cubby tags, the attendance book, etc. all before I leave. It's not hard, it's just time consuming! On top of that, I've been preoccupied with organizing my classroom, babysitting 9-10 hour days...

So if you don't see me around for a while, I'm probably just buried somewhere underneath all the papers and books that seem to have consumed my life.

I'll surface eventually!



Saturday, August 22, 2009

Second Mom

I am the second mommy to an adorable eleven month old I refer to as Chubster. And by that, I don't mean *I* think I'm his second mom- his mother introduces me to her friends and co-workers as such. It's a title I'm proud to carry!

Yesterday, I had him from 8a on and we had a blast together! His daycare was closed for a random day, so his parents asked if I was available to watch him all day. Seeing as I've cared for him at least once a week since he was four weeks old, I jumped at the chance.

I remember meeting Chubster and his parents. It was last September, and Chubster was only two weeks old. I had been in contact with a lot of babysitting families, as September is when I launched my crazy babysitting days here in BC. I knew I was meeting another potential family after work, but didn't necessarily know how many children were involved or how old they were. I pulled up to their house and noticed a new baby sign out front, proclaiming that Chubster had been born on September 10th. I remember thinking, "Oh wow, that's a NEW baby! I wonder if they have any other kids or if it's just Chubster?"

It was, in fact, just Chubster. I sat on one couch in their living room, and Chubster's parents sat on another very formally. They held my resume, and an official interview commenced. I answered honestly, wanting every second to just get up and look at the baby! As it ended up, he woke up as I was leaving and I eagerly asked if I could hold him.

And they were sold, apparently because I looked like a natural. Sometimes growing up surrounded by babies pays off! ;)

Anyway, typically I babysit Chubster in the evenings, since his parents work and and usually, so do I. Yesterday was absolutely wonderful. It brought me back to the days of nannying my family in MA. When the older boys were at school, Little Miss (ironically, she was the same age as Chubster is now when I began with them) and I would run all over the East Coast. Just so, Chubster and I were all over the place yesterday!

We hit up Sbux, where Cara met Chubster for the first time. She had heard about him all through last year, and she proclaimed him "so cute!" and "adorable little chubby guy"- haha.

After that, we went to school because I had to talk over the roster with my boss. There were a few children's names on the list that I couldn't decipher- was Loren a boy or girl? boy. What about Iraav? boy. Yea, names like those. I think my boss was looking at Chubster as a potential student in a few years- introducing herself as Mrs. R, etc. Way funny.

Chubster and I spent the next hour hanging out with Aniya. Aniya babysat Chubster a few times this summer while I was out of town, so when I called to let her know I had him all day, she practically commanded me to bring him over! We played ball (rolling, that is) with him, took him around the pond to watch the ducks, laughed at his silly faces, and fed him lunch together. The focus was definitely on Chubster, but it was good to catch up with Aniya as well.

Later in the afternoon, Chubster and I visited Hope at her other work place, an antique store not far from Chubster's house. He slept the whole time-- and he's getting heavy!!

Ahh...we had such a fun day together, and I appreciate the fact that Chubster is such a happy-go-lucky guy, eager to meet new people. It was so sad to come back to my eerily quiet apartment though-- I can't wait to have kids of my own making noise and creating chaos! Someday...

For now though? I'm okay with being his second mommy!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

A Random Thursday Post

Today is Thursday, right? I can barely keep track lately! I usually visit my family over a weekend, but I was there from Sunday to Tuesday this week, so that didn't help.

I went to school yesterday to begin organizing and putting the room back together. The first year, Aniya prepared the room by herself because I was on vacation (surprise, surprise!). Last year, Cara and I bonded over the organization and re-organized together. This year, I'm alone in the task until my boss hires someone for me to work with. Awesome girl that Cara is, she offered to come help me for a while yesterday, so we brought all the furniture down and placed it where it will at least begin the year- last year, we ended up completely rearranging the classroom at some point in the school year. She was only with me for an hour, though, and after I dropped her off and returned to school, I just wasn't feeling the "organize alone" vibe...so I invited myself to paint in Hope & Cara (other Cara!)'s room. The three of us get along very well and it ended up being quite fun. Hope doesn't like to paint so Cara and I painted while Hope cleaned.

Afterwards we were all talking and realized that Hope is house sitting very close to where I was babysitting Chubster. She'll be house sitting for a few weeks, so we took Chubster for a walk around the neighborhood together last night- she was literally only two streets away, within walking distance!

So anyway, that's what I've been up to...nothing interesting at this point. I'm making a mental list of things I need for my trip next week but haven't packed or organized anything yet. That will probably be done Tuesday!

Oh, I know one thing I was going to ask you! I had a dream a few nights ago that all my pictures and music suddenly disappeared off my computer, and it completely freaked me out, as well as reminded me that I need to get some sort of backup for my computer. Some of my friends use an external hard drive-- anyone else have one? I'm planning on bringing my computer on our trip and it would probably be a good idea to backup everything before we leave. Any ideas on what is best??

Oh, and do you like the new blog design?!? I'm not sure I'm used to it yet, because it's definitely quite a change, but I do like it. Still-- do you??

Hope everyone has a great day- I'll try and take pictures of my classroom today if I finish!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Unexpected


I'm back in BC again, but not for long! As of Sunday, the plan is that I'll be here for another week. I have plenty to keep me busy- four babysitting jobs (two of which are all day jobs), cleaning and organizing my classroom, creating cubby and cot tags, setting up the classroom tables, creating the attendance book with dates & students' names, contact paper-ing all the tags and attendance book, and planning a trip that will take me places I've never been before- but more about that later! ;)


I did get some sad news that was confirmed this afternoon by my boss- my co-teacher Cara won't be returning to school to teach with me this year. She was hoping/planning to come back, but due to her education & classes, I'm left in the same situation as last year when Aniya left. I'm sure it will all work out, but it's a bit scary not knowing who will be my partner in crime!! Most likely I won't meet him/her until the day before school starts-- EEK! Prayers would definitely be appreciated in that area. While I've been blessed with two wonderful co-teachers the past two years, I just never know with a complete stranger. Hopefully, I'll gain another friend as I did with Cara and Aniya!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Sunsets

While at the family reunion earlier this summer, I admired all the gorgeous sunsets my parents have the privilege of enjoying every evening. I'm heading there for a few days, so I thought they were appropriate to share :)


When I was at my parents' house for the family reunion, I really enjoyed the country life-- especially the beautiful sunsets and views of the moon they have, seeing as their house is built in the middle of a field and all. I took photos of almost every sunset because they were so pretty. Of course, these photos don't do justice to how gorgeous they really are, but I can try, right!?






Thursday, August 13, 2009

Four Weeks

It's hard to believe that in four weeks, an entourage of timid, outgoing, talkative, giggly, off-the-wall goofy small children will enter my classroom for yet another year of school.

On the other hand, I can't believe I have to wait four more weeks to see my students from last year- and meet all the new ones!! I'm ready now- unlike all of my coworkers ;)

I think due to the job change and friends moving, this has been a harder summer for me than I was thinking it would be, so I'm eager to get back to something familiar, where I know what's expected of me. I'm eager to spend my days with my co-workers (and the kids, of course). I'm ready to order kids' library books, print off coloring pages, organize the attendance book, get cubby tags typed...

It's a good thing I'm ready for all this, because our staff meeting is quickly approaching! Bring on the work so we can start this school year!!

(BTW, please don't remind me of this post when a month into school I'm complaining. LOL!)

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Not All Sunshine & Beaches

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I've been busy...trying to remember which family I'm babysitting what time on what day- the 4:30s/5s/6s all blend together after a while- double and triple checking my schedules and directions, times and kids. The good news is that by Sunday, I'll have completed seven days of babysitting in nine days- so not too bad! I'm thankful to have SOMETHING to fill some of these days. I'm SO BORED. 29 Days till school starts. Not that I'm counting or anything...

I spent the day organizing all of my papers after I somehow missed paying a bill- I NEVER do that, so obviously it threw me for a loop. The good news is that everything is now caught up, papers are filed, extraneous items from my travels put away, and my apartment looks like this again- which it hasn't for a while!

Lyn moved Sunday. I feel like I've lost my best friend- which is true, given she is truly one of my best friends and one I've been privileged to spend the last year and a half together multiple times a week, even more in the past few months. She's made it safely to her destination, but it doesn't make it hurt less. I'm going to have to find some more groups to get involved in or something, because I feel very lonely.

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Lyn and I had one last adventure- we went kayaking together a few weeks ago. We drove to my parents' house in the middle of the night (arriving at 3 am!) and I wrangled my parents' 15 passenger van around country roads to a beautiful lake I'd driven by but never kayaked on. My brother recently purchased two of his own kayaks and he was away on a trip, so I took the opportunity to borrow them for a day. We had a great time, and the lake was a good size!

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And while we may have had an entertaining afternoon, it doesn't heal the pain of wishing my friends all lived closer. I long to go back to my childhood, when I had two friends within a quarter mile and another a half hour away. None of this people living all over the country business!!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Island Breeze

Parts I and II

When I left off, we were enjoying the sunshine on a peaceful beach on Block Island...ahh
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We meandered around the island a little more, wandering out of shops like this one, which reminded me of one of my favorite bloggy friends... (although the shop has some very interesting things on display...yi!)
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Lissa and I even dragged Lily into a library on the island. It was such an adorable little one, just like you'd expect to find on an island. Lily was not impressed, although she did laugh when my now defunct iPod randomly blasted out some music, alerting the librarians that we were certainly a group of goofy girls vacationing and not your normal island-living family!!
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We also found a candy store, reveling in the fact that they sold candy I grew up on. Lily and I got PopRocks- and thus began a VERY silly photoshoot-
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This is actually me, although it doesn't look like it!
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We then headed towards the ferry dock, all the while listening to my cousin Lissa bemoaning the fact that she was given a child's ticket- she had just turned 13, but is on the small side. I can hear it now, "Can you believe they gave me a child's ticket?!?!" On the upside, she saved us money!
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As we bid goodbye the island, I snapped a few shots of the picturesque landscape, just one last time
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The ferry back to the mainland (I love saying that!) was quick and peaceful
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We ended our wonderful day by watching this little mister (my godson, Aidan) perform some very silly dance moves...he's hysterical!
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We also took a walk...this is the view from my relatives' neighborhood. I want to live there!
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