Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Stages of Life

Last week around this time I got a little down about things. The realization hit that my fairly carefree life as a college student had ended. Although I still technically am a college student, this is a new way of life.

I'm getting up at 6 as opposed to the 8:15 alarm of last semester and get to school before dawn. My teacher doesn't take a lunch break so therefore I don't either. I eat breakfast and lunch with the kids and might get a few minutes of down time while they nap. I have meetings/class at ETBU twice a week and am still babysitting. I'm not complaining. I'm simply adjusting.

Since I'm living in the backyard I've somewhat taken a bigger role babysitting/hanging out with the R's. I come home most afternoons to many families worth of children playing in the yard and since I'm not doing a lot of napping these days, it's fun watching them play. Marcy and I have visited for hours on end and I love the new closeness that the kids and I have. It's almost relaxing to come home and feed, play with and bathe them (I'm writing this from the stool in the bathroom as Hen plays in the tub.)

Life is still great but in a new way. A good nights sleep that is needed to make it through the next day has replaced going to a friends house at midnight because the memories that were made were way more important than the sleep that was missed.

Classes with friends my age have been replaced by 17 three and four year olds who love to touch my white girl hair while needing so many hugs and positive words while capturing little pieces of my heart everyday.

This week is much easier than last and I know that will continue to be the case. Life (and teaching!) is good!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

The Simple Woman's Daybook

For today, Sunday January 11, 2009

Outside me window... an assortment of motorized toys rest under clear dark cold skies after an afternoon full of fun.

I am thinking... that I'm getting hungry.

I am hoping... that this week goes well student teaching as I continue to take over more responsibilities in my class.

I am wearing... Hollister hoodie with jeans and house shoes

I am thankful for... church meeting today. Kids in Sunday School were sweet, children were baptized and one professed Christ. Sweet times. I also ran into my beloved babysitter from childhood. I am very thankful for our time together in front of Wal-Mart this afternoon.

From the kitchen... Marcy just fixed my favorite zucchini soup. Just what we needed after an afternoon out in the cold.

I am creating... lesson plans. It's endless really.

I am reading... nothing consistent. I long to get into something good but haven't had the energy this past week. I want to soon though.

I am hearing... the Golden Globes beginning. Was it just us or did Miley Cyrus look like she was on something? Not impressive this evening.

Around the house... My little cottage is somewhat clean. Bed isn't made and a few dishes are in the sink. Clothes are in the washer and dryer. I hope to get things a little more under control before bed tonight.

One of my favorite things... Ziplock Steam Bags. The possibilities are endless.

A few plans for the rest of the week... teach, babysit, and wedding on Friday night.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you...

Happy Birthday week Walt!

Daybooks Galore!

Monday, January 5, 2009

I'm Alive!

After many days of packing, moving, unpacking, and resting I'm back and alive. The internet is down at the Roth/Miss Lee Ann compound and the Dish Network man is expected for tomorrow to hook up my TV so I'm at Kristen's watching Jon and Kate Plus 8 and doing all of my internet catching up.

I'm loving the guest house. Chelsea calls it Snow White's cottage. I don't know if her cottage had 80's wall paper and red carpet but apparently she has a vision. The kids are amazed at my constant presence and find any excuse possible to come over. It's precious.

I student taught for the first time today. My teacher and our aide are great and the kids are sweet. I was very tired when I got home and still haven't come to the reality that I have to go all day every day. It's a hard concept for my little mind to grasp.

I know it's day book day. I'll be back at it next week.