Thursday, March 27, 2008

I got the job - we're officially moving!

I interviewed for a teaching position in Richmond while we were there visiting Bobby's parents and I heard back from them on Monday that I was chosen for the job! I am so excited!! Really they knew the Thursday that I interviewed but they didn't have my cell phone number and since we were traveling there was no way to get in touch with me. When I checked my email on Sunday I saw a message that said to call right away. I pretty much knew I must have gotten the position but I was nervous. The HR woman called me at work on Monday though and sure enough - it's mine. I will be the GT (gifted and talented) Resource Teacher. GT is technically special education because these children have different needs then your average student so it is under the resource classification. They are revamping the program this summer so I'm not exactly sure what my schedule will be like but I know this much: I will teach GT on all middle school grade levels, I will probably teach some English classes too, I will have time built in to my schedule to go into classrooms and assist teachers if they want my suggestions/help in regards to working with gifted students, I will do some teacher training and I will test students for the program. This is going to be such a welcome challenge. I feel so brain dead lately because I have been doing the same old thing for ten years. This job is sure to keep me on my toes and hopefully keep my mind sharp. I can't wait!

We have decided to try to move in July. That gives me a month after school gets out to get everything ready and packed up for the move. I am nervous about how we will afford to move so far. We have money in savings but I know this will be very costly. We will pray and hope and do our part and I think everything will work out fine. I really feel like this is where we are supposed to be.

The strange thing is, I'm not sad to leave Texas at all. Not like one would think considering I have so much family here and I've never lived anywhere else. I think it's due, in part, to my restless nature. My father has one too and I know he would have moved around if his job allowed for it. I always get bored and antsy with where I am. Not mentally or emotionally, but physically. I always want to go somewhere new, see something new, learn something new. The flaw there, I married a homebody who is perfectly content to stay in one place. I bug him all the time... "let's go DO something today." Sometimes he'll give in, but I know he doesn't enjoy it. This move seems to be a happy medium. It will satisfy my urge to do something new and different and it will make him happy to go 'home'. So, whereas I will miss being close to my family, I can't help but feel a thrill about exploring new places and meeting new people. Luckily, I now have this blog so I can keep up with everyone!

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Persuasion! How cool! Can you tell I'm bored?

I am Anne Elliot!

Take the Quiz here!

5 in November

What that means, in other words, is that I'm expecting again! We are very excited. I'm happy that Ayden and this one will be exactly two years apart - I think that's a good age difference. I already had an idea but it was certain on vacation when I took a test. It was planned but again, we thought it would take a little while. It didn't. I was hoping to have the next in May or June but I guess this baby had it's own agenda about when it would join our family. I normally wouldn't tell people this soon but Bobby gets so excited and he already told the kids so they will blab it to everyone. I figured I'd just post about it on here and that takes care of just about everyone - right? If they don't read my blog oh well. So what does this mean for me? Feeling nauseated 24/7 for the next three months and being completely exhausted! What does it mean for my kids and Bobby? They have to pitch in a bit more (which they already are good at) and listen to me complain. Oh well, time will go by quickly enough. If you see me with a sour look on my face though, don't take it personally.
pregnantWell, that's not exactly true - I was fat before I got pregnant but I have an excuse for a little while at least.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Wow what a day!!

We are getting ready to drive our four children to Springfield VA for Spring Break. This has been quite a huge undertaking. I am so grateful that Sheryl offered to take all the kids today so we could get ready. I really could not have done this without her. Not only did we have to check off our lengthy list, and believe me not everything was checked, we also had talks to finish preparing.

Let me say first that our house was 'clean' last night. By that I mean that everything was put away and straightened. Not that it was white glove clean but it looked fine. Now, ask me what it looks like after about eight loads of laundry. I decided to wash everything so I could choose what we would pack on our trip. I didn't want to start packing and realize that so and sos favorite whatever was still dirty. Needless to say, I ran out of steam. Half of it got folded, some of it was put away and the rest still sits. Bobby would not be happy that I'm posting this but he never looks at our blog so here is the end result.
I would normally never post a photo like this of my home, it normally never looks like this. However, due to the circumstances I thought it was funny so I had to record it. It will never look like this again, trust me!

Then we cleaned out and vacuumed the car. That wasn't too time consuming. We shopped for snacks to eat along the way. While I watched a movie I folded clothes. Then, while I waited for more clothes to dry I bagged up goldfish, teddy grahams, grapes, carrots and animal crackers in separate plastic bags. After that though I didn't fold the rest of the clothes unless there were getting packed. We picked up the kids and put them to bed then I folded all their clothes and put them in gallon zipper bags. Bobby thinks I'm crazy but it keeps their suitcases neat and then they have a place to put them when they are dirty. I think it's brilliant.

Among all this I finished my talk. We were given the broad subject of Christ. Wow! Um... that's huge. I have a lot to say about that. It was very hard to narrow it down even though we were given four articles to reference from the new issue of the Ensign.
I hope I don't bore everyone to tears tomorrow.

After all this, and I didn't even bore you further with all of it, Bobby is ready to go to bed so I'll finish this post. The good news is, our room survived the tornado of preparation and is still our clean haven, thank goodness!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

A Tag and a Good Book

This is a neat tag Jeanette, thanks! I've never seen it done before.

Grab the book nearest you. Go to page 123. Go to the 5th sentence on the page. Type the following 3 sentences.

I don't buy books often because I just zoom through them. I usually check books out from the junior high library where I work. I'll call it homework as my students often ask for suggestions. This is from a book called Mira, Mirror by Mette Ivie Harrison and picks up with the magic mirror where Snow White left off.
Not like Talia. At least Talia knew enough not to make a fuss over this. Instead, she simply read aloud: My dearest Talia, I write this letter in the hope that we might become somewhat acquainted.
This book was pretty interesting. I do love a good spin on an old fairy tale. I read grown up books too though, I promise!

Monday, March 10, 2008

A bunch of Blarney! :-)

This was on my friend's website so I decided to give it a go... Hmmm, the good the bad and the ugly right? I am not anywhere near a type A so I have no clue why that is there. I am not organized unless you call mass chaos a method of organization. I do find that when I do try to put things in a proper place I lose them so I guess I do have some type of method. Oh well... only like three things on here are true. Go ahead, be honest, all the bad stuff is me and the good stuff not even close right? LOL

What Heather Means

You are truly an original person. You have amazing ideas, and the power to carry them out.

Success comes rather easily for you... especially in business and academia.

Some people find you to be selfish and a bit overbearing. You're a strong person.

You are friendly, charming, and warm. You get along with almost everyone.

You work hard not to rock the boat. Your easy going attitude brings people together.

At times, you can be a little flaky and irresponsible. But for the important things, you pull it together.

You are usually the best at everything ... you strive for perfection.

You are confident, authoritative, and aggressive.

You have the classic "Type A" personality.

You are a seeker. You often find yourself restless - and you have a lot of questions about life.

You tend to travel often, to fairly random locations. You're most comfortable when you're far away from home.

You are quite passionate and easily tempted. Your impulses sometimes get you into trouble.

You are wild, crazy, and a huge rebel. You're always up to something.

You have a ton of energy, and most people can't handle you. You're very intense.

You definitely are a handful, and you're likely to get in trouble. But your kind of trouble is a lot of fun.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

So I couldn't fall asleep last night. I wasn't even tired and the melodious song from Bobby's video game that he'd been playing was dancing, literally I think, through my mind. This meant I woke up late today. I arrived at the sitter's late today but amazingly, even after stopping at the Taco Cabana drive thru, I was only five minutes late for work. It was a day spent with kids who really don't think I can do a thing for them and they're making me believe it too sad to say. My children at home were of a similar mind as my students and one in particular was throwing one fit after another and no, it was not Ayden. Bobby was working at 14 hour day and I called to beg him to bring home some ice cream because it was simply a need at this point. I will say here I don't know if I'll ever be able to wear the clothes I bought before I got pregnant with Ayden. So, after a nice hot shower I sit on my black, swivel throne to find this. I love my husband. This is the best flavor ever!!!! You must try it if you haven't. Really, it's worth the fat.

Sunday, March 2, 2008


Take this test!
You're green, the color of growth and vigor. Good-hearted and giving, you have a knack for finding and bringing out the best in people. Green is the most down-to-earth color in the spectrum — reliable and trustworthy. People know they can count on you to be around in times of need, since your concern for people is genuine and sincere. You take pride in being a good friend. For you, success is measured in terms of personal achievement and growth, not by status or position. Rare as emeralds, greens are wonderful, natural people. It truly is your color!

One of Those Weeks

We've all had them right? I mean there are so many weeks where, literally, nothing is going on. I get so bored and restless and feel like I'm just stuck on weeks like that. I think that is why I am given weeks like we just had. Monday the kids were off but I was not. I don't remember much about that day. I just know I felt busy but came home to a clean house - thank you Bobby. I love that he has a job where he can be home with them when needed. Tuesday night Brooklyn had to participate in her Girls Scout cookie booth. Really, it wasn't a big deal for me except I had to go pick her up and I was still tired from my crazy weekend in Virginia. Wednesday I was ready to slow down but Bobby had to work that night and Caleb had a scout meeting. Cici's pizza was a nice place to wait out the hour that he was at his meeting since we live so far from everyone else in our ward. (I can't wait for that to change!). On the way home Bobby called because a girl that works next door didn't have a babysitter so I went up to his work and picked up her baby. I think he's six months but my goodness he wears an 18 month size. He was here until 12! Thursday I had signed up to work the cookie booth with Brooklyn. Really, I don't mind at all - it was just so windy and cold! I felt like an ice cube when I got home. Then Friday... AHHH Friday! I was so happy for the weekend. Saturday I watched my friend's little girl b/c she wrote my resume for me. We met up at the park in the early evening to play and hand off the baby. So now, I'm so looking forward to one of those typical, boring weeks. Although I don't think this coming week will be much better. My friend took some pictures at the park, I forgot my camera, so I'll add those when she emails them to me. Whew... no wonder all I want to do is sleep. Oh I did go and have Holly cut everyone's hair Friday night - Thanks Holly. I need to post the pics - the boys look so good and now my hair is to my shoulders. Here is one picture of it. Bobby made fun of me because I took it myself. Oh well... I think it looks cute.


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