Sunday, February 24, 2008

Greetings from the infirmary!

We have had a quiet weekend. The Big Man had minor surgery on Friday. I had planned to take the morning off, get him settled in, and then go to work so he could rest. Unfortunately MK started running a fever on Thursday, so I took the whole day off and nursed the family. After naptime the school called and said that T. Willy had gotten sick at school. So I nursed them all Friday night. T. Willy started running a fever last night, just as MK's broke. She is well today but T. Willy and I are both sick. My voice was completely gone for half of the day, so we'll see what tomorrow has to hold. It's a little inconvenient to try to teach without a voice. T. Willy slept nearly all day, which was scary because he doesn't even nap at home, but he's up and playing now.

So now I'm off to watch the Oscars, although I don't think I saw a single nominated movie. But I did get to see Amy Adams on the red carpet, the star of Enchanted, my favorite movie of the year!

Friday, February 15, 2008

Time to Blog Again

Nothing really new to report. We're all doing fine. We're not big observers of the Valentine's holiday, but we had a fun night. The kids got presents and I actually cooked dinner. With our hectic schedules of late, that is really a big deal! I defrost and serve food, but that night I actually cut and peeled and seasoned, etc.

On Wednesday the head of the English department sat in on my class. Wow...I was NERVOUS! I was shaking and stumbling over my words. Then we did something out of the ordinary that broke the ice. We were concentrating on writing that night. (Me teaching's almost laughable.) The assignment was to observe something and then write about it, using the things we've been learning to describe it. So we left the classroom and went to the library. It was everyone's, including my, first time to the campus library. As we walked there, Mrs. H. said she thought it was a good idea, so that really helped. One of the students also said she was nervous. She mentioned that the class was so serious. When we returned to the room, I was much more relaxed, especially when I saw Mrs. H. grading papers. She sat with me after the class and gave me some helpful, but not critical, words of advice, all of which were extremely valuable. She hired me and I really wanted her to feel that she had made a good decision.

So, that's it. Hope you have a great day!

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Link update

I have updated my links, so I thought I would tell you about the people whose sites I enjoy.

The first is the newspaper from Delaware. No big deal to you, but it keeps me up to date on things happening in my home state.

Melissa was my roommate in college. While I am kind of a factual, here's how it happened blogger, she has the ability to turn the facts into warm and funny stories.

Fellowship Bible Church is a wonderful church near New Orleans. I mean that, even though my father in law is the pastor and I may be a bit biased.

Aaron's blog belongs to my brother. He is a talented photographer and I look forward to more posts and pictures from him (not so subtle hint.)

Chel is a friend I know just on the internet. She updates frequently with pictures of her beautiful family in Arizona, and always has something encouraging to say.

Noelle and I have been friends since elementary school. She and I have been through A LOT and it's good to have her blogging about her life near Baltimore.

Emily is Melissa's youngest sister. She has three wonderful boys and another baby on the way. She also has Melissa's ability to turn everyday happenings into something fun and special.

The Pioneer Woman lives the life that I once thought I wanted. She lives with her family on a ranch in, apparently, the middle of nowhere. However, she has a lot to say. Also, check out her cooking section, complete with step by step photos. The pictures alone will keep you going back to her site again and again.

I "cyber" met Dy via Melissa. However, I also met her and her four lovely children in real life when they were visiting our area. Check out the pictures of the changes that they have made to their "Forever Home."

The Fahmer's are people that I've met in real life, but they are really friends of my parents. They used to work at my parents' church. They recently had a beautiful baby boy named Jacob. Please take time to read about this special little boy and how the family is handling the challenges they are facing.

So, that's the update.



We were graciously gifted with a Wii game system this week. It is so fun! We are all playing it together and having so much fun. MK is the best at tennis. The Big Man is the best at bowling. I am not the best at anything but enjoy it very much. T. Willy likes to watch but he hasn't played very much.

Things are going well here. My dual teaching schedule is keeping me very busy, but I am really enjoying it. I love the college class. They don't say much at all, but are starting to warm up. It's a diverse group. Their ages range from fresh out of high school to, I would guess, late 40's. They are there for all learn to speak English, to learn enough to continue in college, and to go back to college to start over in new careers. It's a learning experience for me, as well. I have no idea if this will turn into anything full time...but it may look good on a resume.

That's about it for us. Have a great weekend!