Thursday, September 24, 2009

Lunch buddy

The best part about my job is how it has kept me connected to my daughters.

I used to think I was an "accidental" teacher. I thought maybe I had simply wandered into education. But as each year passes, and there have not been that many for me in teaching, I realize somehow, someway, I was led into the classroom.

I was a stay at home mom for eight delicious years. Then little jobs began to come my way. Noodle started preschool and I was offered a little office job just a few hours a week. Then a bookkeeping job, on my own time, came my way. Eventually I ended up working full time for benefits in a town that was 37 miles away from home and I missed my girls. I decided to finish up my degree in communications that I had put on hold since I worked just across from the university. So I was busy and stressed and missing my girls.

Just before Noodle started first grade I applied for a job as a teacher's assistant at the small rural school my girls attended in the tiny rural town where we lived. The pay was nothing but it came with benefits. I got the job. I worked in a second grade class room and got to observe and assist an incredible teacher. I finished my degree and with the guidance of a wonderful superintendent and support of my principal I worked on an alternative teaching certification.

I remember, as I began the process, I thought I would talk with the dean of education at the college where I got my communications degree. That college would oversee my resident year once I was in the alternative certification program. The dean was gracious but assured me I would not be in a classroom come just wouldn't happen. The only way was through her school, her education degree program. That fall I wanted so badly to go visit her and lay a copy of my license on her mahogany desk and tell her she could come visit me in my classroom.

Since I got here, fell into this career, answered the calling though whispered so softly to me... I am convinced I was led. I wasn't led just to teach, but to be closer to my daughters. At that rural school, both my daughters were with me. When we moved, older daughter was with me and for the last two years Noodle has been at my school.

Noodle gets to have lunch with me every day. That is a benefit I never counted on.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Fourteen years ago today...

She drifted into our lives and changed the trajectory of my heart and my soul.

I will never be the same...

I tell people I want to be her when I grow up. She has a golden heart, and an artist's eye, a goofy sense of humor, and is smarter than she realizes.

She has and old soul and a photographic memory.

Happy birthday my love, my daughter, my friend...

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Last signs of summer

He came to visit just the other day. I'm afraid he's the last I will see. There is a chill in the breeze each morning.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Last of the pool pics (I promise)

Summer is winding down and we got our last bit of swimming in last weekend. It was the perfect Labor Day weekend. We swam and were lazy; no labor from anyone but me and that was just laundry.

Fall is sneaking its way into Oklahoma...

We will close the pool in a few weeks when the guys come to install the cover.

But next summer we aren't going farther than our back yard!

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Splish, splash

You're thinking, I know you are, "Not another pool post!" But wait, I'm not going there today. My blog-buddy Christie at Just the 2 of us gave me this cute little thing.......

I've been splashed!

The Splash Award is given to alluring, amusing, bewitching, impressive, and inspiring blogs.

When you receive this award you must:

Put the logo on your blog/post. Nominate up to 9 blogs which allure, amuse, bewitch, impress or inspire you. Let them know that they have been SPLASHED by commenting on their blog. Remember to link to the person from whom you received your Splash Award.

Christie splashed both this blog and my teacher blog, Teaching isn't for Wimps. Thank you Christie!

Here are the blogs I am passing this on to:

My 14 year old daughter has a private blog for her stories and artwork. Though you cannot view it nor will she be able to pass on the award, I'm still giving it to "Hannah, etc..." She's amazing and her blog definitely inspires me!

Betty at A Corgi in Southern California
An Oklahoma Granny
Melinda at Mickey and Me
Lindsey at Aqua Sunday
Kathy at Four Dog Day
Angela at Pickles on Pizza
Teresa at Too Many Heartbeats (true inspiration here!)
Kelly at I've become my mother

I used to read another blog that had a little note on it that she did not accept these kinds of awards. I know and understand why. There's a lot of blogs that won't participate and I think that is OK. I feel if you have time to shout out about other blogs great, but if you don't then accept the award and the praise that someone thinks you're wonderful and keep on blogging.

So, if I have honored you, I hope you pass it along, but if you don't then I don't mind. I just want you to know I think your blog is awesome!

Friday, September 04, 2009

Ah, sweet weekend..and a long one too!

It has been a loooooong week and this three day weekend is necessary for me to recharge and relax and get ready to do it all over again.

The girls have a friend over. She is the sweetest young lady and we love having her as a house guest. This is her first visit to the pool and I think she will be a regular overnighter next summer! The girls swam despite the water temp of 75 and the air temp barely at 80.

As the day ends we are being rewarded with an amazing full moon. If you can click the photo it should enlarge and you can see Mars just to the right.