Archive | August, 2010

My First Saturday

28 Aug

Today is my first Saturday since school started.  I’m not going to lie, I have been pretty exauhsted this week trying to get back into the swing of things.

Today I took advantage of my day off and slept until 9:30. 

A little laundry, a little cleaning, practice for worship tomorrow, some bbq with friends later. 

I think I’m gonna like my first Saturday off.

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Coming Soon

20 Aug

The next time I step foot on my school campus, there will be students in my classroom.

This summer seriously flew by.  I know people say that all the time but it really did feel so fast since I was gone so much.  Usually around this time I am feeling ready to go back to work, this year, I feel ready for another 3 weeks of vacation.

But I think I am ready for Monday.

We shall see how many ‘teacher nightmares’ I have over the weekend.

Books I read this summer

18 Aug

Even Now / Ever After Compilation Limited Edition

“Even Now and Ever After” by Karen Kingsbury.  This is actually the first book and its sequal.  A christian novel.  Pretty good.  Entertaining but I could definately put it down.

I started it months ago and finished it at the beginning of the summer.

Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God [Book]“Crazy Love” by Francis Chan.  I know I blogged about this one before.  So convicting and yet so simple.  This is what Jesus said…. so “do it!”

The kite runner [Book]

“The Kite Runner.”  Oh my goodness.  I am a slow reader so reading a book in 3 weeks is really good for me.  If you have not read this yet (the movie gets the basic gist but is not nearly as great), this should be your next read.  Set in Afghanastan, it gave me something I love in a novel:  I get a glimpse into a different culture and time period.

Pick this one up!

Unveiled [Book]

In “Unveiled” by Francine Rivers (my favorite Christian novelist), the story of Tamar, son of Judah, the brother who suggested that Joseph be sold to slavery, is brought to life.  

She stays true to the scriptural account of Tamar while bringing in some fictional characters to help make connections to the story.  So interesting to get a greater understanding of the ‘woman’s place’ during biblical times.  Her job: marry, have sons.  Without that, a woman was worthless.  Gives me even more respect for the God-fearing women of the bible, knowing a little more of what they endured everyday.

There are 4 more books in this series that I will definately be ordering soon.

 A Thousand Splendid Suns [Book]

And started “A Thousand Splendid Suns” on my vacation as recomended by my friend, Gina.  Written by the same author as “The Kite Runner,” this one shares the story of 2 women living in Afghanastan.

So far, so good.

I am pretty proud of myself.  At the beginning of the summer I secretly made a goal that I wanted to complete 1 book this summer.  Look at me!

What have you read lately that you just have to share?

My new favorite snack

17 Aug

My new favorite snack is a very healthy one.  I got the idea from Tammy Brown when her and Matt were doing their raw foods diet.

Celery with almond butter and agave nectar. 

Try it.  Delish and good for you!

4 Points? Are you kidding me?

16 Aug

Last school year, we had one goal:  get our test scores up to 800.  It is how the government measures the proficiency of the students at a school.

Everything we did was about preparing our students for the state test at the end of the year.  If we made 800, then we had a chance to get rid of our dreaded “Program Improvement” status.  (That is how schools get labeled by the government if we don’t meet the required test scores, regardless of socioeconomic status, English Learners, or Special Ed students.  They don’t even care if the school is improving, just that they meet the numbers they want to see).

Anyway, we worked so hard last year.  The students worked so hard.  Everyone was optimistic.  800!  We can do it!

Andrew told me he ran into my principal the other day at the grocery store and he shared our results:

796!   

We improved SOOO much from the previous year.  I am so proud of our students.  The downer is that the government doesn’t care about growth.  796 is amazing for our students.

Still not good enough.  I am sad.

Hawaii Part 2

15 Aug

Another big thing we did in Maui was go to the top of the volcano and then…  biked all the way down.  It was a little scary at first, but it was so much fun!

This picture is funny to me because I had a neck spasm our 2nd day there and I couldn’t move my neck very well.  So when our server took this, I saw how awkward I looked when I tried to look natural in turning my head.

Waterfall trek on the Big Island.

Wiamea Canyon on Kauai.  The grand canyon of the Pacific. 

Breathtaking.

But nothing beat parasailing in Kilo, Hawaii.

I am having a bit of a tough time adjusting to the time change now that I am home.  I know its only a few hours, but I have been making myself wake up no later than 9:30am and its been quite a feat.

It was totally worth it.

Thanks for the trip of a lifetime, Mom!

Hawaii Part 1

14 Aug

I am splitting this post up into 2 parts because we did a lot.

When my mom received some inheritance money after my grandmother passed away, she decided that one of the things she wanted to do with it was take her girls on a trip.  A good trip.  My sister, Marissa, and I did not protest.

We finally worked out our schedules and my mom worked out all the details.  We went on a cruise to all the Hawaiian islands.

We flew to Oahu and stayed the first night in an amazing hotel.No complaining here.  This was the view from our hotel room.My and my sis on the famous Banyon tree in Lahaina, Maui.  This is all one tree that grows outward then touches down and basically grows what looks like new trees.  I love these.

Finding an amazing beach to lay out on and swim is not hard.  I will only swim in ocean water that I can see in.  If something is coming at me from a distance, I want to know about it.  This water was so clear, like swimming in a pool. 

Paradise!