Thursday, May 26, 2011

schools out for summer. except that it snowed this morning. which makes me not feel so summery.

My first year of teaching.
My first class.
And aren't they dolls in their grad hats? And do you spy the tuxedo t-shirt? My favorite.
Today was the last day of school.
We did Kindergarten Graduation yesterday
so we could straight party today.
I'm talking hula-hoops, parachute, popsicles,
Justin Bieber freeze dance contest...the works.

The Pre-school teacher, me and the other kindergarten teachers got together and choreographed a dance to Rebecca Black's "Friday" to do for our kids. Maybe your thinking- what teachers take the time to make up a dance to perform just for their students? Um...Awesome ones who hang out way too much and have too much sugar and caffeine all the time. The kid's reaction was so funny. Real confused. like why is my teacher dancing for me? and how does she know this song?

We ended the dance by silly stringing them all. It was a blast.

I will so miss my kindergarteners.

I'm not teaching next year because this guy has 70+ shows booked just Fall semester and about that many for the rest of next year. This year has been crazy with Preston gone so much and me spending all my time teaching or lesson planning and we feel like we deserve some time to just be together more than a lot. So we're going to tour the country together next year.
And then i'll teach again forever after that. Because I really love it like an unreal amount. It is so fulfilling and rewarding. The chance to get to connect with so many children and play a role in their lives is beautiful. This year has been the best year of my life. hands down.

Saturday, May 7, 2011


We painted portraits of our mom's for Mother's Day.
They turned out incredible. These kids are 5 and 6.
I also interviewed each kid about their mom.
Turns out their mom's range from ages 9 to 78
The absolute majority of their favorite things to do include:
1. laundry, 2. cook and clean,
3. vaccuum, 4. clean my room and do homework.

Meet some of the Kindergarten Moms:
Christian lives with his grandma, Cindy.
She is 18 years old, loves adult food,
cooking and cleaning and she is the very best duster.

Kason's mom looks like she's on the cast of Jersey shore.
He's pretty sure she's 16 years old,
but he hasn't measured her yet.

Parker's mom will turn 78 on May 19th! exciting! Mostly because she has a 6 year old, a 3 year old and a 9 month old baby. She is looking great for 78. She also loves the color orange because they used to live in Texas and Parker told me everything is orange in Texas.

Samantha's mom, Patty, is a 13 year old shop-a-holic
who loves ice cream and anything purple.
She likes to be called Patty Mama.
(I said, 'Sammy is that really what you call your mom?'
she said 'no, but I want to.')

Here is MY pretty mom.

Wedding announcement 1981

Church last Sunday 2011

She is the best lady in ever. She is constantly learning. Ever since I can remember she has been taking random classes at the college. she took a wildflower class when we were kids and would take us on hikes and teach us the names of all the flowers. She took a belly dancing class and we looooved to play dress up in her tinkling, jingly bra costume. She has been taking photography classes for the past few years and is an amazing photographer. She wakes up early most mornings to watch photo shop tutorials and will stay up all night editing pictures. She doesn't do it for money, even though she could make bank. She does it out of simple joy and love of learning. She is inspiring to me. I love my mom so so much. more than I can ever say. I am so thankful for the way she has lived her life. She is a constant example of love and charity.
And she's really funny without trying.