I am just about to finish my 4th year as a licensed teacher. I taught one year, full-time, before that. I cannot believe I have stuck it out this long. At our school, each year at the last faculty meeting, Mr. Ward (our principal) hands out a few red apples. They are polished stone and are quite nice. Last year, I commented to my dear friend and mentor, Heather, that I thought I was about ready for an apple. Then I took on cheerleading. I have a challenging student population. I took on an extra class this year: In addition to English III and English IV, I taught Fashion Design 2, 3, & 4. I had cheer. I do the barbecue each year. I don't ever expect or even desire the Teacher of the Year status. I don't even need to be a finalist for that. I just wanted an apple. I got an apple!!
Saturday, May 19, 2012
As promised, here is a look at the cupcakes I made for the Young Women Camp Fundraiser. The aliens are all sitting in their flying saucer. They were pretty cute.
Sunday, May 13, 2012
A warm Mother's Day greetings to any moms reading this today. You are probably a relative or a close friend and so I can say that I'm grateful for the mothers that you are. I'm glad you are putting forth the great effort it takes to raise children who are grateful, respectful, and hard working. I see so many parents who are passive and do such a poor job at parenting. I'm glad to be associated with hard working, caring moms and dads.
A few weeks ago, I had to take the school mascots to an elementary school carnival. I needed a girl bird (I have a boy who wants to be "Swoop" next year [see the head in the background]) and so I asked Maddie and she agreed. She had a fun time walking around dressed as a bird. Here she is looking a little more like the Yeti.
I held my cheerleading tryouts this past week. For the team meeting the next night, I made these fabulous cupcakes!! Each girl and boy (3 boys this year!!) got a cupcake with their name on a megaphone!!
Here is a group picture of Maddie's Art's Edge Company. She has loved dancing with these girls these past 2 years. They had a performance at the Fleming Island Plantation Something-or-Other yesterday.
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
My greatest apologies for having let this go for so long, but here it is now and you are welcome!! I was supposed to have my cheer tryouts in early April, but the state of Florida revised all their ideas and gave cheerleaders the same rules as football, so we all had to suspend our tryouts. I spent a week and a half on the phone with other coaches, our athletic director, and other representatives and we finally came up with a plan. Our Varsity tryouts start this weekend. JV will have to wait until June. It was a lot of stress, but we have a plan and it is the same plan that all the other local schools have, so I feel ok about it. I just wish I already had this stuff behind me!!
Instead, we finished up the dance year with a great banquet. Rozzie auditioned for an officer position and was awarded "Junior Lieutenant" and we are so proud of her and her hard work. She had to come up with choreography which is something she has never done. She stressed about it for three days. When the day finally came, she performed and interviewed. One of the out-going seniors told me that Rozzie's choreography was the best they saw. She was thrilled to be the one junior in the group of 4 officers. Here they are pictured with their coach (in the middle).
Saturday night was the PROM!!! I made my dress. It is a caftan and has a very unique construction. I discussed it with my Fashion Design class at length and how it is a trendy design that I've seen on J-Lo, one of the Olsen twins, and a few others here and there. I figured it would work for me as my figure is not so forgiving of many dresses. I found this vibrant fabric that I loved, but I really thought it might be a tad too much. Travis wasn't convinced of either the pattern or the fabric. I expected it to be quite hideous. But when I put it on, it was rather nice!! It is almost two different dresses - see the pictures:
Morgan has been home the past two weeks and we have enjoyed her company. She got her wisdom teeth removed and said some pretty good stuff:
"I think Lady Gaga texted me this morning, so she might come over this afternoon."
Sadly, she never showed...
She is looking forward to working on Mike and Jenny's farm this summer. She leaves for that job on Thursday. We will miss her, but will be glad to have her back for a few weeks in July.