Tuesday, September 27, 2011

ABCs of me... (I may have done this before)

Ok, lazy blogger that I am, I will fill you in on all the things you've been dying to know about me. ;)

A. Age: for now, I'm still in my forties. ;)
B. Bed size: King, but since we got it I have regretted it simply because it's so far to travel to smack moth when he's snoring!
C. Chore that you hate: Floors
D. Dogs: Chloe and Zoe (Mr. Dumbles is offended there was not an interest in cats on this.
E. Essential start to your day: Coffee, and during the week a Route 44 Sonic Diet Coke.

F. Favorite color: Blue
G. Gold or Silver: Silver
H. Height: 5' 5"

I. Instruments you play: none
J. Job title: Teacher
K. Kids: 1 son. 2 daughters.
L. Live: Oklahoma
M. Make of car: Chevy Equinox
N. Nicknames: Mom, Joanie
O. Overnight hospital stays: Three babies, that's all.
P. Pet peeves: Grammar errors in published materials.

Q. Quote from a movie:Damn, I hate being a foregone conclusion.
Catherine Banning, The Thomas Crown Affair
R. Right or left handed: Left.
S. Siblings: 2 sisters, 2 brothers.
U. Underwear: cotton, always cotton

V. Vegetable you hate: brussel sprouts
W. What makes you run late: daughters
X. X-Rays you’ve had: too many, RA ya know
Y. Yummy food that you make: Spaghetti and meat sauce, enchiladas, pot roast (though I am the only one who eats it!), coq au vin, green pork chile, broccoli cheese and rice, au gratin potatoes.
Z. Zoo animal: Elephants, my favorite, always.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Sweet 16

Another birthday for older daughter... I feel her slipping away. But it is good, and bittersweet at the same time. 

At 16, she is her own person.

She is an Artist and an writer. I never doubted those were the paths she would pursue. As a small, small girl, she went through reams of paper on her easel.  She filled them with drawings and amazing visual stories. At five she taught herself to write. I can't begin to explain how she did it, but she did. 

At 16 she is beginning to think about her adult life. She might want to teach. She says she will adopt from Asia to create her family. 

At 16 she is so very normal and incredibly unique. I am so proud to be her mom. 

Happy birthday my daughter!

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Like candy...

Tenth grade is so exciting. Older daughter comes to my classroom after school and doesn't stop talking. There is so much tell. There is animation in art class, explosions in chemistry, a financial literacy teacher who has found his teacher's pet. Algebra II is soooo cool, and honors Spanish, and English II, and getting to ride to the junior high with a friend and stopping for frozen lattes. 

Today she bubbled and blabbered and rarely took a breath. I had to ask her to stop talking when we got to the eye doctor so I could talk to his assistant. I asked her if she had had caffeine and she said no. She said, "This is what I do. I tell you everything after school and I like it. Talking to you feels good in my mouth, like candy." Brilliant...

Talking to you feels good in my mouth... 

What you may not know is this girl did not begin talking until she was three. We were scared there was something seriously wrong with her. We had a specialist. We had a therapist. And finally she spoke.

Talking to you feels good in my mouth... 

Don't stop baby girl.