Saturday, January 26, 2013

Saturday with the Kids 1/26

Well, it's the last weekend of hunting season and the kids and I are going it solo for the weekend...again.  But on the upside, it's the last time due to hunting until November.  All the rest of the times this spring will be due to Coast Guard, National Guard, NFL player recruiting, etc.  It's almost gotten to be a joke with the kids, "Where's Daddy?"  Then I respond with something different from the last time.

And before you feel like I'm getting too down on the situation, I want to tell you that I have a husband that works hard for a living.  Sure, he wears a suit and tie most of the time, but he does his jobs well.  That takes time and energy.  The refrain from both of us this school year has been, "There are not enough hours in a week."

So, without further ado, here are some photos from today.  We started the day at West Ridge park.  This is the park at the ball fields.  I was reluctant to take them, because it's so wide open and it's just me, but the weather was chilly enough that I figured the park would be mostly empty.  And it was.  Before we could go to the playground, I we went on an "adventure" and walked the walking track around the ball fields until we hit the new construction, and then we cut through and went to the park.  Elsie loves the swings.  It exhausts me.  The first two pics are action shots, trying to catch swinging children in motion.  The third pic is the purple dinosaur, marginally scarier than Barney, but in a different way.

After grabbing lunch at Jim Bob's (where kids eat free on Saturdays--woot!) and coloring pictures (they have free coloring sheets and crayons to play with while we wait--another woot!), we headed down to the railroad tracks and adjacent to the historic train depot, there is a restored caboose.  I've driven by it on nap time rides, but we have never stopped and gotten out of the car.  So, today we did.

The kids were supposed to come home and be exhausted and fall right to sleep.  No luck.  So, we went on a nap time drive and made laps back and forth down Waverly Parkway, a concrete slab road that has a magically sleep-inducing bah-dump bah-dump bah-dump sound to it.  Magical, I say.

And that's just the first half of the day.  We'll see what the rest brings. (Pun intended.)


Tuesday, January 8, 2013


Tomorrow I embark on a new adventure:  I'm going to have an intern in my classroom. In Texas, we called these people "student teachers."  Alabama just has a different lingo.

If I'm being honest with myself, I can admit that I'm terrified and excited.  Right now, the terror is reigning supreme.  Feelings of inferiority are surfacing.  Fear of criticism is bubbling up from I have no idea where.  I have never had a student teacher before, nor have I ever been one myself.  I have no idea what I'm doing.

I just heaved a big sigh after reading that last paragraph over.

But, if you know me, you know I try not to dwell on the negative.  I'm not saying that I don't dwell on the negative--I'm just saying that I *try* not to.  So, let's accentuate the positive for a minute, shall we?

Reasons Why I Agreed to Have an Intern
by E. Beaver

1.  Only tenured teachers are offered interns.  I am now tenured (wahoo!).
2.  There was a dire need for available placements, since Auburn is graduating 20 secondary English teachers in the next year.  (Um, are they crazy??  From one program??  There aren't that many English teacher jobs in the whole state!  I think it was irresponsible of them to not dissuade some of these people from this particular subject area.  TWENTY!!  Not including the English teacher grads from the other universities in the state--there are going to be a lot of jobless people next year.)
3.  Having an intern will give me time to work on curriculum development for next year.
4.  Having an intern will give me someone to work with to work on curriculum development.
5.  I will have time and motivation to improve my teaching.
6.  I will learn new information from fresh-from-the-university-setting intern.
7.  If nothing else, the poor victim will learn what not to do.

Please pray from me and my intern over the next 16, that it is a good fit, and that we both learn and grow.


Thursday, January 3, 2013

January 2013 Debt Update

I'm backdating this one.  I hit the ground running January 2 with school and haven't had the time to update.  My apologies to EBH, one of my cheerleaders.  This is an exciting post, for sure--we finished another debt thermometer before the end of 2012!

 Second 10K Chunk, started 5/1/12, FINISHED 12/30/12!
  fundraising ideas
Fundraising Thermometer

And with the leftovers, we got a good start on 2013:

 Third 10K Chunk, started 1/1/13

  fundraising ideas
Fundraising Thermometer

Man alive, we are almost halfway (from when we started the debt thermometers in October 2011)  to being debt-free except for the house!  We are almost three-quarters of the way there if you go back to 2008 when we were $105,000 in consumer/student loan debt.  There have been ups and downs since then as far as our faithfulness to the plan, but the downhill slope looks sweeter and sweeter!  Here's to a productive 2013!