Sunday, January 31, 2010

Music to my ears

Today we ran to King Soopers (a grocery store for those not in the know) to stock up on some meat and while we were in the checkout Peaches got my attention. She then told me that for her 10th birthday she wants to of "these" and proceeded to point to a $50 Barnes & Noble gift card! I was so thrilled to hear her say she wanted only to buy books for her birthday that I darn near cried right then and there in the checkout.

What sweeter words can a mother hear than her child saying she wants books instead of toys!!!!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Two for the price of one!

Okay I have two things I want to post about today so I'll do them both here.....

It stinks being an adult sometimes...

Okay, so the wind here today is horrid. I mean when you can hear the window squeal under the pressure of the wind, then you know it's bad! But of course wind like this is not unusual for this area, just stinks when it wakes up early on a Sunday morning. So DSH had to be at work this morning at 8, so his alarm went off around 6. He got up but I tried to sneak in some more time in bed, but the wind was so loud I eventually got up. Headed downstairs at 7-ish. But while I was up early (well early for a Sunday) I proceeded to waste the next two hours on the couch. I drank some coffee, read the paper, and watched a program on the Loch Ness Monster. Noticing the time I got up to eat, but then checked Facebook before finally heading to the shower at 10. Of course when I noticed it was 10 and I hadn't showered a huge sense of guilt came over me. How could I have wasted so much time on a day where I should be getting stuff done around here, as I am a working mother now. I can't just ignore the duties at home as no one else around here is going to do it for me, that's for sure. So now here I am at 11:15 am and I'm still wasting time, oh well, guess some days you just aren't meant to get anything done, but does it have to come with a side guilt????

When all else fails, use bribery!

So last weekend the kids and I cleaned up the loft and their bedrooms in record time. It was really nice to have clean floors up here to be able to actually vacuum. HOWEVER.....now it's messy up here again and apparently the yelling and belly-aching that their father and I do isn't enough to get the kids to clean up their messes. So I've decided to try and bribe them. I am going to start a chart where if they have the loft clean and have left no toys downstairs at the end of the day they will get a sticker and if they get a whole month worth of stickers they will get something special, whether it be a dinner out or a new game for the PS2. But if they miss a night then they have to wait till the next month to start all over again. I'm not sure if it will work and the worst part is that I will have to remember to do the chart, but if I try really hard to remember and they do do it, then I'll be so happy to have less cleaning and yelling to do on the weekends!!!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Thank you old classmate

I got a comment after my last post from an old classmate of mine. And it was a really nice comment, one that put a smile on my face. However I wish the classmate had made themselves known, I would love to know who left such nice words.

The funniest part is that I never realized I had made an impact on much of anyone from school, well other than a few close friends. I always felt like the girl that could fade into the walls if she didn't say anything. I felt invisible. But apparently I did make an impact on someone.

Something else that people reading this might find humorous is that I actually get nervous requesting someones friendship on Facebook. Unless I communicate with the person currently I'm afraid that they don't remember me and they'll just ignore my request. Actually I did have one person who said they didn't remember me, which kind of struck me as odd as we hung out in the same circle in high school.

But, if my old classmate decides to reveal themselves please send a message to my inbox. I would like the chance to get to know this person better now since we didn't get that opportunity back in school.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

I've got the first week under my belt.....

....and it had it's ups and downs.

A, the little boy I'm working with, was great the first day, but then he started to test me. That was a bit frustrating but I knew he was just trying to see if I was going to be like his other teachers, who hold him accountable for his actions, or his mother, who does everything for him. Well he soon found out that I was not like his mother, but his other teachers.

Thursday was especially frustrating as his mother came into volunteer and proceeded to focus solely on A and not the other kids. I wasn't the only one frustrated, the teacher of the class is going to have a meeting with mom next week to discuss this situation and hopefully she'll either get the message and start helping all the kids or decide to not come in at all.

Friday we had a fantastic day with A doing all I asked him to do! I was so excited I darn near did back flips. Well okay I couldn't have done back flips if I wanted to, well maybe I could have but I would have ended up in the hospital...lol!

So now that I have the first week down and am feeling more comfortable I think this is going to be even better than I had hoped. Now if only I could get on permanently instead of for just this semester, then everything would be perfect!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

New year....new adventures

Well it looks like 2010 is starting out with a bang!

A little background first....

The last week of school before the winter break I applied for a position as a special education para-professional with my daughters school. I was told they would be interviewing the 4th or 5th of January, so naturally when New Year's Day arrived and I hadn't received a phone call I assumed that I was not even in the running.

THEN Sunday the 3rd in the afternoon as my family and I (which included my visiting in-laws) were watching the beautiful snow fall, the phone rang. Neither dear sweet hubby or I recognized the number but it was a local one so DSH answered.

And I'm so glad he did!!!

It was a nice gentleman from the school district that was calling to see if I would like to interview for the position that I had applied for. Of course I agreed! So on Tuesday the 5th I went in to interview. I was so nervous not because I was scared but because I wanted to do well and was afraid I would blow it. Well I left the interview having no clue how I did as the people (4 of them) who interviewed me were so hard to read.

The next day we ended up running some errands after the girls got home from school and DSH was home from work and went out to dinner (Love that 99cent kids meals at Applebees). When we got home there was a message on the answering machine from our beloved pre-school teacher, who I used as a reference. She said she didn't want to get my hopes up but that she had been called about me by the same nice gentleman. I was so excited, even though I tried very hard to not get my hopes up.

The next day I was a wreck. I had decided to use the day to take down Christmas decorations and do some laundry to avoid looking at the clock and staring at the phone hoping it would ring. Well after what felt like an eternity I looked at the clock and it had only been an hour and 20 minutes!!! WHAT???? Oh it was going to be a long day.

But then it rang!

My heart stopped and my stomach rose to my throat. It was the same nice gentleman calling to offer me the job if I was still interested......if I was still interested HA! I had to mentally tell myself to not scream in the man's ear...LOL!

Yesterday I got the necessary paperwork, had my fingerprints taken, got my photo id picture taken and met the adorable little boy that I will be working with from 9-12 Monday through Friday. He's a sweet boy who is in kindergarten and has ADHD and needs someone to be there with him to remind him to do his work and to even remember to eat at lunch time.

Thankfully this schedule is perfect for life right now. As Little Man will be in pre-school Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, then on Tuesdays and Thursdays I have a good friend who has agreed to watch him for me.

I'm not sure if this will continue into the next school year, but I sure hope so, as then Little Man would be in all day kindergarten and I would be able to work all day.

Tomorrow is my first day at work after 8 1/2 years of being a stay-at-home mom and I can't tell if I'm really excited or nervous.....maybe it's a combo of both and I'm more anxious than anything. The best part about all of this is the teacher whose classroom I will be working in was Peaches' first grade teacher. After that year she switched to all day kindergarten, much to my dismay as I wanted Tink to have her for first grade as well. So thankfully she is a lady I know and like, plus if she and I get our way Little Man will get her for a teacher next year when he goes in for all day kindergarten.

So to sum it all up on the 1st I was celebrating the new year but thinking I wasn't going to be interviewed for the job I had applied for, then on the 3rd I got a call about an interview, then on the 5th I interviewed and on 7th I GOT THE JOB!!!! I have to wonder if the lottery ticket DSH said he bought yesterday on the 9th was a winner with the way my luck has been this year so far........ ;)