Thursday, May 29, 2008
Lehi 16th ward
600 S 500 W
Lehi, UTAH 84043
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Time has been changed to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 31. The location is:
Lehi 16th Ward
500 W 650 S
Could those of you who have been helping me get this out repost this change for me?? Ill have to get back to you about the viewing time. THANKS!
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
Please check back tomorrow and hopefully I can tell you more.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Krista Patrick (sister and friend)
Sunday, May 18, 2008
While Cameron was here we celebrated Levi's first birthday officially--he really turned one the week before Cameron got here, but we pretended his birthday was really a week later so his daddy could be here for the cake and cuteness.
CONGRATS MALLORY! On Thursday, May 15, Mallory graduated from high school. Her class is the biggest class ever to graduate from WCHS. I am really proud of her for getting through these last couple months!
Ok, because I am NOT in the mood to try to fix this picture--my stupid computer wouldn't save it after I rotated it. Who knows why!? Anyway, this is Levi thinking he is such a BIG boy because he can climb on the big boys' bike and rock back and forth now. Of course, he had a hard time getting off. That's what happens when your legs are only like 11 inches long.
Have a good week, all!
Friday, May 16, 2008
View loking as if toward the front porch (I think...)
Another exterior view of the house--you can't even tell that there used to be a roof at all!
I wanted to post this so those who have been asking how things have been can see exactly what things have been like. We just barely got phones back at our school today. The internet has been down all week, and we probably won't get it back before the end of the year. There was some damage at the high school. We have lots of kids gone. It has just been a mess. Pray for these families. Please. This poor little town didn't need anymore devastation!
Sunday, May 11, 2008
As far as I know, there is still going to be school tomorrow. I haven't heard anything differently, but I HAVE heard that there is a LOT of damage. This is a link to a video of THE big tornado while it was still near the border of Oklahoma and Missouri. http://www.fox14tv.com/global/video/popup/pop_player.asp?clipId1=2474599&at1=Station+1&vt1=v&h1=Home+video+taken+of+tornado+near+Chetopa&d1=54833&redirUrl=www.fox14tv.com&activePane=info&LaunchPageAdTag=homepage&clipFormat=&playerVersion=9&hostPageUrl=http%3A//www.fox14tv.com/global/video/popup/pop_playerLaunch.asp%3FclipId1%3D2474599%26at1%3DStation+1%26vt1%3Dv%26h1%3DHome+video+taken+of+tornado+near+Chetopa%26d1%3D54833%26redirUrl%3Dwww.fox14tv.com%26activePane%3Dinfo%26LaunchPageAdTag%3Dhomepage%26clipFormat%3D&rnd=83264762
I have heard several reports that there is a LOT of damage in Granby. The good news is that the storm seems to have gone right between the high school and junior high--although that means nothing to anyone else, basically, that means that the storm cut through a VERY rural area, which means there is a lot LESS damage than there would have otherwise been. I am so grateful for that. So far, I haven't heard of any of my students who are hurt or homeless, but tomorrow may be another story. I did hear that one of my student's grandmothers lost her home completely. There are also some people in the ward in Granby who had their homes almost totally devastated. In times like this, it is important, I think, to remember how truly blessed we are.
Although the tornado has been on my mind a lot these past couple days, I do feel like it is really important to post some other things as well. Like...CAMERON CAME HOME THIS WEEKEND! We hadn't seen him for almost 6 weeks, so that was really really nice. Samuel, especially, was SO happy. Both boys were so excited to see Daddy. I, of course, was thrilled. I hated that I had to take him back to the airport today...but knowing that we will hopefully be pulling into Utah two weeks from today made it easier. It isn't going to be another HUGE long time before we see him. Our family will be back together soon. It was wonderful to see Cameron. It made me realize just how much our family needs each of its members to feel complete and whole. I love him so much! I am so grateful that I have him in my life.
I went to Silver Dollar City with my students on Friday, and I will try to post about that later.
Last, but not least, I want to wish everyone a happy mother's day. I didn't have a terribly fabulous day, what with Cameron leaving, and the tornado destruction (I fully admit that I am NOT affected by this in anywhere NEAR the same way as people closer to it, but it's still on my mind, and I am really concerned.), and Samuel being a rotten little thing...but I am still, despite all of that, grateful to be a mother. I love my boys. I love them even when they are horribly disobedient and cranky. They remind me of my strengths and, for sure, my weaknesses! It is humbling to be faced with teaching moments each day. I am trying so hard to be more patient with them (especially Sam) and not yell as much. I am trying hard to have our home be a place of peace and comfort and a place where all the members of our family feel safe and loved. Because they are loved. I hope they know that.
I am grateful for MY mother. She is the most fantastic woman I know. I didn't realize that growing up, although I never felt ungrateful for her--I always knew I had a great mom, I just didn't know HOW great. My mom is a wonderful example. She never gets offended...no matter what completely stupid thing someone does. And she is nice to everyone...even when they definitely don't deserve it. She never makes me feel like I am less. She tells me I am doing a good job...even if I know I'm not totally doing my best. But...my mom also tells it like it is. If I am being stupid, usually she tells me. If I need to do better, I hear that too--but always in a way that makes me want to do better, not resent her. After my dad died, my mom was such a good example to all of us...she has been an example of patience, and grace, and ultimately is someone that I would be proud to be compared to. I used to hate when people would tell me I look like my mom...or that I sound like her on the phone, or whatever. But now...I am honored by that. My mom is amazing, and I hope I can be even half as great a mother to my boys as she has been to us.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Speaking of...I am SO EXCITED that Cameron is coming home on Friday. I miss him so much. The boys miss him terribly too. Tonight Samuel got really upset (he got woken up from an already very short nap and was really REALLY cranky), and just started screaming for "Daddy...where are you daddy? I need Daddy!" I almost cried. What am I supposed to do when that happens? It's not like I can make Cam magically appear. At least he will be here Friday. And at least we won't be separated like this ever again...as long as I have anything to do with it, anyway. It's awful. We need Cameron around. He does so much for our family, and it's killing us all that he isn't here with us.
Today at school I was really upset with some of my students. They found a baby bird outside, and basically decided to use it as a hacky sack. Now, I realize that it is ultimately "just a bird", but really...I was almost ill over the way they were acting. It didn't mean a thing to them. In fact, I was informed that it was "just a da*% bird, so quit freaking out. You're being stupid!" Yeah. These kids totally have respect for the sanctity of life and anything other than themselves. I was so mad I didn't even know what to say. I know it's "just a bird", but it's a BABY bird. It is small and helpless and scared...and it didn't do ANYTHING to them. I can see killing a mosquito (guilty) or the million ants in your house (guilty) or even deer/turkey hunting and eating the meat (guilty sorta)...but a small, defenseless baby?? What is WRONG with these kids? I just don't understand. I probably never will. I just hope I make it the last 11 days of school without going crazy!
There isn't a whole lot else going on. A quick update: Levi is officially OBSESSED with dumping the formula out of the cans. He has done it THREE times now. Plus once at the babysitter's. Tonight we were at the church for an appointment I had, and he totally dumped about a third of a can out--the can was in my bag. Then, when I took it away, he threw a HUGE fit, and tried desperately for at least 15 minutes to get the can again. It is hilarious...if it weren't so darn annoying.
Monday, May 5, 2008
In totally random news...I have decided that I REALLY like avocados. I ate one on a salad yesterday and tonight. I love it on sandwiches too. So if anyone ever asks you to name a random thing you know about me...I love avocado.
School has been a little wild lately. I realized today that I will be signing papers on my house in THREE weeks. That means that I am moving in NOT VERY LONG! AUGH!
I am going to be a bum tonight. I am going to get a milkshake (from the freezer), watch TV, and sit on my rear for a little while. Good night!
Sunday, May 4, 2008
This is Mallory. She is going to hate me for putting a picture on my blog of her without her makeup and in her pjs, but I don't care. She is staying with us for awhile...isn't she cute?! We are excited to have her here. Levi loves her...she and I have decided it's because she gives him food.
And now for the REAL reason I am posting tonight...
The boys and I went for a walk tonight. When we got home, it was still really nice outside, so I told the boys they could play for a little while. They REALLY played. In the dirt. A lot. I was in the office trying to get my scrapbook stuff organized and packed (yippee--it's almost done!)...and THIS is what I found:
Not only was there a LOT of dirt and mud involved...there was pineapple too.
This is Sam's most common expression lately...one of disdain mixed with defiance and "you're boring me, but what do you want?"
I think Ben was the instigator of the dirt incident. Doesn't he look so handsome with his glasses though?
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Umm...WHAT?? Yeah, last I checked, I didn't sign up to be someone's glorified babysitter. I didn't work my butt off to get through school so I could pass kids through the system when they don't do SQUAT!! I guess I mistakenly thought I am in the business of education and teaching our children to be independent thinkers. How are they ever going to become independent thinkers if we are coddling them and GIVING them extra credit and accepting late work (from MONTHS ago, no less)? Anyway, there have been at least a million different examples of garbage like this happening this year. And I can't do anything about it. I am going to have to stand up for myself on the thing that happened today, because ethically, I just don't feel like it is right, and I REFUSE to put my morality on the line for some punk kid who has been sitting on his lazy butt all year, and now that we are less than three weeks from the end of the school year, and it looks like he might fail 8th grade, his mommy is jumping in and getting special favors for him. Sorry, I will do a lot of things for my students, but sacrificing my integrity is not one of them. I will stay after. I will give them their missing work a thousand times. I will accept late work from the first day of the quarter on the last day of the quarter. I will exempt them from a quiz if they were gone and we didn't get it made up in a timely manner. I will help any way I can. But I will NOT hand over my morality. I will NOT put MY integrity on the line just because some kid is finally MAYBE (not counting on it--since we are in the handholding business) going to have to face the consequences of his actions.
Today was a really awful day. It started off badly and it ended badly. Another teacher ripped me apart in front of the whole staff. I had to deal with this late work thing. I had a kid freak out on me in class. Overall...not cool. And then to top it off, my money transfer of Cam's check didn't come through, so my bank account is overdrawn. And it's Levi's birthday tomorrow, and I didn't have a chance to do ANYTHING for his birthday yet. Not even buy a little cake or anything. Part of me wants to hold off celebrating at all until next week, since Cameron will be here, and part of me says that's not his birthday, we need to do it now. Anyway, hopefully tomorrow will be a better day. Scratch that. Tomorrow WILL be a better day, if for no other reason than that I already expect the majority of my students to act like idiots, and the ones that don't, are always good. My only concern is that I am going to have to tell my boss that I am not going to do things his way regarding that one specific student. I just can't do it. It's going to be really hard to do since my lack of words to the principal about it today probably made it seem like I was ok with things and that I agreed with him, but really...I am not a spontaneous person. I need to think about things. And after thinking about this (and talking to my husband and brother), I really think I am making the right decision. I don't even really feel bad about it, since the kid will probably have his grades altered anyway. But if they get altered, it will not be by me.