Thursday, September 30, 2010
I have been slipping on posting and participating in Carin's Shoot Me challenge, but I am back blogging. Today is your chance to post a photo of yourself alone or with someone. Too often, I am not in any photos because I am the one taking the photo.
The first step of the project was to cut out a square of fabric that was one inch larger than your filler pillow. My filler pillow was 16 x 16 so the front square of fabric was 17 x 17. Then my Mom cut out two pieces of fabric 12 x 17 for the back panel.
Then I hemmed the overlapping back pieces with a 1/4 inch seam. Then I sewed the front and back panels together, snipped the corners, and put the filler pillows into the slip covers.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
This is a huge solar power panel that sits outside the building. The panel rotates during the day so that it is always facing the sun. This is one of the eco-friendly items the new building sports.
Monday, September 27, 2010
The day started cold and rainy and stayed that way all day. I ran the church's 5K in the morning and Cara ran the mile and then we headed home to warm up. The high for the day was supposed to be 62 degrees, but it never got that warm. I don't think it made it out of the 50's. After a long hot shower I settled into the recliner with my sweatpants on and covered up with a blanket ready for a day of football. I stayed in the recliner all day and night watching college football, which is what I could do every Saturday. Keith made a big pot of chili soup for supper and it tasted awesome.
Keith, Justin and Cara went shopping for my present and birthday cake. As you can see by the following picture, Justin got to pick out the cake. All I said to Keith about the cake was "really! Thomas the Train". He laughed and said that Justin picked it out.
My mom gave me the following advice on my birthday, "Don't think of the digits of your birthday, just think of it as one day older than yesterday." That statement made me feel a whole lot better!
Monday, September 20, 2010
There were over 50 adult runners for the 5K race. I am somewhere in the back of the pack. I was there to just complete the race. It wasn't about placing. It was just about finishing. We are getting our final instructions before starting.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
The kids in this part of the State of Nebraska are obsessed. Everywhere you go you see kids of all ages with wrists/arms full of these shaped bands. Whoever came up with this concept is making millions. These bands come in all shapes, sizes, colors, etc. Some even glow in the dark.
Last week in Cara's Weekly Reader Magazine at school there was an article about these wrist bands. The article gave the pro versus con of schools allowing them during school hours. At the girls' school they are allowed by some teachers and some teachers do not allow them. If the child leaves them alone the bands are allowed, otherwise the bands must stay home or in their backpack. The main purpose of these bands is to trade them with friends.
I find it rather amusing that boys are wearing and liking them just as much as girls. Justin even wears them to daycare. He thinks they are cool! Justin is only 2 years old (does he even know what cool means?)!
So what is your take on this latest craze sweeping the nation?
Monday, September 13, 2010
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Update on the new job, "Every day is a new adventure in the land of preschool"! A few people have asked me what that means. Does that exclamation mean that I love my job or does that exclamation mean that I don't like my job? Well, it means both. There are good and bad moments every day just like any other job. I love the hours of my job - 11:15 - 3:15 every day Monday through Friday. I could tell you lots of stories about what they say and do. Without the students telling me how old they were, I could tell who was 4 years old almost 5, who had just turned 4 years old, and who was 3 years old almost 4. It is so obvious by the way they interact with others, listen and follow directions, there physical make up, etc. You have to vary your expectation based on the age difference between an almost 5 year old and a 3 year old. That is two years difference and that is a lot of difference at that age. After being in the preschool room for two weeks, I am so glad that the State of Nebraska changed the cut-off date for Kindergarten of being 5 years old from October 15th to July 31st starting next school year.
I have very busy with the students learning songs, reading books about farm animals, coloring, learning prayers, learning Bible stories, playing at recess time, learning letters and sounds, etc. The list of activities in three hours of preschool is endless. Singing songs with actions might be my favorite though.
One little boy in class called me "Mrs. Lola" for the first week of class. I think he heard how to say my name wrong, but he has since started calling me "Mrs. Leader". This same little boy is obsessed with trains and it is the first item that he plays with each day. Another little boy is obsessed with the flag. He loves to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. He knows to stand with his hand on his heart and the other arm behind his back. His mom told us that if you ever drive past their home and you see them marching up and down the driveway holding a flag, it is because he loves the flag. Each student has his/her own personality and it is an enjoyment getting to know each of them.