At one point I asked her if she was having fun. Her reply? "Yes. Now this is what you'd call a Big Girl on a Little Bike!!!!"
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
Ethan working with his group.
Jadyn taking time out for a picture!
Zoe hard at work.
Ravyn showing off her masterpiece!
Brothers Bryson & Ethan ate more than their share of gumdrops!
Morgan trying to stick a toothpick in a gumdrop.
Zoe made her own dome after helping the group.
The finished product - Zoe style!
3rd Hour - Playing Card Fences
Once again in groups, students had to take 26 playing cards & build a fence with the most area in it. Cards had to touch each other & could not lay flat on the desk. I was very surprised how creative my students were.
My homeroom students had study hall so the little kids colored & made foam picture frames. (I took a group picture of the little kids for their frames.)
A group picture!!!!!
5th Hour - Cereal Box Guitars
Using a cereal box, a paper towel roll, scissors, & rubber bands, students made guitars. The little kids had a blast decorating the boxes while my students did the cutting. The guitars turned out so cute. (Wouldn't you know I forgot to take pictures of them?!)
Zander waiting for his guitar to get its strings.
Zoe smiling at her decorated guitar.
The little kids enjoyed their lunch from McD*nalds while watching a movie. Afterwards, they went outside for some playground fun.
Students were given 2 items - newspapers & masking tape. Each group was to design a chair that they thought would hold an adult. Once they were completed, my aide Laurie went around the room trying out each chair. We actually had two chairs that held up. Again, I didn't get any pictures. Sorry!
Morgan hoping her group's chair will hold up.
7th Hour - Free PeriodDuring my planning period the kiddos danced, wrote on my white board, colored, etc. in my classroom.
Here's Ravyn teaching Zoe, Morgan, & Zander a cheer!
Dismissal - 2:45 PM
Before we knew it the day was over. I think all of the kids had a great time with Mom or Dad at work. Can't wait to see what's in store for next year. Zoe's already talking about it!!!!!!
Sunday, April 26, 2009
My computer is back home - Yahoo! Hope to post some more pictures from this past week - Zoe with me on Take Your Kid to Work Day, Zoe modeling Brandy's clothes, etc. Stay tuned!
Sunday, April 19, 2009
The 1st One: H.R. 213: Adoption Tax Relief Guarantee Act of 2009
As you can imagine, Paul & I can both testify that the adoption credit we were able to take in 2005 helped us tremendously with our overall adoption expenses of Zoe. Without some type of similar tax credit/assistance, numerous couples will not be able to fulfill their dreams of being parents. In fact, many prospective parents whose paperwork has already been submitted may have to withdrawal their "letter of intent to adopt". This is because of the current time frame in which adoptions are occurring.
If this tax credit deceases adoptions in general - domestic & internationally - will decrease. As a those children who currently reside in foster/children's homes & orphanages will be dependent on the government(s) for food, shelter, medicine, etc. for many years. When, in reality, those children just long to be part of a forever family.
(If interested in supporting this issue, please click on the button above. It will direct you to more information as well as a link for finding your congressmen to write them as well. And just in case you are not a "snail mail" letter writer, no worries, it's all by e-mail. Quick & easy!)
The 2nd One: Help Protect Education & Pensions
As many of you know, I am a teacher in the state of Illinois. Our wonderful ex-governor (need I say more?!) - Rod Blagojevich - (name rings a bell, huh?!) led the legislature in dipping into the Teacher Retirement System to borrow money to help bail the state of Illinois out of debt. Well, guess what? The state of Illinois is still in debt. In fact, more than ever. AND the original money borrowed has NEVER been paid back. So now our new governor, Pat Quinn, has decided that his economic recovery plan includes once again dipping into the Teacher Retirement System & borrowing more money. What does this mean for teachers in Illinois? Retirement age will increase to age 67 & full-retirement benefits (currently at 70%) will decrease. Stinks huh? Especially when you think that teachers in Illinois have to by law contribute a certain percentage of their salary to the Teacher Retirement System without it being matched. Plus, most people don't know that Illinois is one of four states where teachers are not allowed to collect Social Security. (Thank you, Ronald Reagan!) So, as you can imagine, if Gov. Quinn has his way, there will be numerous retired teachers in the coming years who will be struggling to make ends meet. Is that fair - all because the State of Illinois is in billions of dollars in debt?
~ Sacrificed so others could thrive
~ Fallen on hard times due to current economic circumstances, but are persevering against all odds
Katie Davis in Uganda. If you have never been to this site. Check it out. You will not be disappointed. This is Katie's blog. She is an inspiration to many. She is 19 years old from Brentwood, TN & has left her cushy life (as she describes it) & is living in East Africa mothering 13 children. I can't even find the words to describe Katie. You just have to check it out for yourself. You will be amazed.
Okay, so enough babbling. As I've been told many times - If you don't speak up for what you believe in, no one will!
Monday, April 13, 2009
Zoe was so proud of what Jess drew on her Magna Doodle!
Yesterday Zoe & I enjoyed Easter dinner with Paul's side of the family. (Unfortunately, Paul had gotten a death call & had to make arrangements with the family so he couldn't go with us.) Paul's cousins have children the same age as Zoe so the four of them had a blast hunting empty Easter eggs over & over outside. By the time we were ready to leave, Zoe's shoes were completely caked with mud & her jeans spotted with grass stains! It wasn't far down the road & she was sound asleep. She was completely worn out. (I must confess, I left my camera at home & didn't get any pictures.)
Today is the last day of our Easter break. Zoe has gymnastics this afternoon & we have a few errands to run before hand. Perhaps I'll take my camera & get some updated pictures from gymnastics class.
Oh - by the way - the computer fixer-up store had to order a new mother board for my computer. Should be in & ready to go by tomorrow afternoon. Yahoo! Can't wait to have my laptop back.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Just put a color tablet in each cup.
Getting ready to drop the egg in the cup.
Checking on the purple egg - just happens to be Zoe's favorite color!
Check out how bright the pink one is!
There's the orange!
What a pretty blue!
She's just a little excited!
Showing off some of the masterpieces!
Zoe's two favorites!
The Finished Product!
Guess who came home Thursday night from college for Easter break? If you guessed Brandy (otherwise known as Sissy), you're right. Not only did Brandy come over to hang out, but she decided to spend the night. (Not only did Sissy say that she would sleep over, but that she would sleep with Zoe in her bed.) As you can imagine, Zoe was thrilled. Sissy & Zoe played all night & then stayed up late talking, laughing, & carrying on. It was fun watching the two of them be such girlie girls.
When Brandy arrived at our house, she was dressed up because she had came straight from student teaching. She kicked off her high heels & immediately went to change in the bathroom. Before anyone could notice, Zoe was parading around in Brandy's heels.
Monday, April 6, 2009
So, a few weeks ago (right around St. Patrick's Day) Zoe had spring pictures at pre-school. Wouldn't you know? I hung the note on the fridge so I would be reminded to dress her in a cute outfit & fix her hair all fancy. But, guess what? I forgot all about it. (I guess seeing the note several times a day didn't help either!)
After Paul dropped Zoe off that morning, he left me a message on my cell phone saying - "Hey, I guess you forgot that Zoe had spring pictures today. I figured it out when I saw all of her classmates dressed up. Oh well, she picked out her own clothes today & did her own hair so we'll just have to see how things turn out."
When I got his message I kept thinking - Are you kidding me? How could I have forgot that? It's only been on the fridge for two weeks! I wonder what her teachers are thinking. They probably think I am some nutso mama who can't even remember to send her daughter to school in a decent outfit for pictures.
Well, Friday I picked Zoe up from daycare & sure enough, her spring pictures were in her backpack. As I pulled out the packed, I clinched my teeth & thought - Heather, whatever you do, just smile & tell Zoe they are good. Don't hurt her feelings. Remember, Zoe dressed herself that morning & did her own hair.
Boy, was I surprised!!!......
Not too bad. In fact, I would say her picture turned out pretty good.
When I did get my first glimpse of the picture, Zoe said to me, "Mama, they're good, huh? I have on my St. Patrick's Day shirt & my favorite jeans with the hole in the knee. I think I look pretty hip!" (I had to agree. I have no idea where she's heard the word hip, but yes, she's definitely in style here!)
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Played a little golf on the putting green.....
Jumped on the trampoline....
And jumped some more....
However, she stopped long enough for a smile!
After our hard day of labor, Paul cooked bratwursts on the grill & I made Zoe's favorite - homemade french fries. We enjoyed a relaxing dinner outside.
Want a french fry?
Or, how about a smile?!!!!!