Friday, November 20, 2009
Then we put them together to make this turkey! I love how great it looks!
And notice the hand turkey's around them? I am not huge on "crafts" but this was too cute to miss!
We also put these turkey's on our Thanksgiving Cookbooks. First, Mrs. Clark sat down with each student and asked them what their favorite Thanksgiving food is. She then asked them how to make it and to draw a picture of it. We used these very creative recipes to create the cookbooks. We made a copy for each child and the cover of their book has their name and their handprint on it. Here are a few samples:
Mix together bread stuff with yellow stuff in a pan. Then you put it in the oven on 1 degree for 4 hours. When it is done you top it with marshmallows and chocolate candy. Then you eat it!
Catch the turkey and put m&m candy and Spongebob Squarepants fruit snacks on it. Then you put it in the microwave on high temperature for 6 minutes. Then you eat it!
Mix yellow paint and that is it. Put it in a pan and cook it on the stove on medium heat for 10 minutes. Then you eat it!
Mix together yellow mashed potatoes, yellow bananas, sugar and flour. Stir it together and cook it in the microwave on high heat for 50 minutes. When it is done put pizza on top and eat it!
I will be doing this project every year. It is so much fun!
In our life: we have moved into our home. We signed our life away on our mortage and it is officially our home now. We have been there for two weeks now. We had great friends that helped us move and even had a slumber party that first night.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
It was "free centers". This is a time that I allow them to choose what activity they do. (I would let them do this most of the day, but our school has certain requirements that do not allow this). They can move around the room as the please. Of course, as long as they are being safe and kind to their friends. I watched as they were all engaged. Everyone of them was working on a task that they enjoy. Those are the days that I LOVE my job. I watched them work, play and laugh together. I watched them being creative and incredibly focused on their work. They were smiling and enjoying themselves.
Had my principal walked in, she probably would have thought they were simply "playing". Oh no! They were learning so much in this time. This age group learns best through play, I wish more peopled could see this.
She is learning to express herself through art, to concentrate on a task and what happens when colors mix together.
She is learning her alphabet through a puzzle. She is learning the order of the alphabet and how to solve problems.
And he is learning that he is loved by someone. Sometimes, that is the most important thing I can teach.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Life has been pretty good lately. We got to spend last weekend in Tahlequah for NSU's homecoming. It was nice to catch up with Bob and Deb, Danielle and Mike, other students from the BCM and our old church family. The best part was enjoying our favorite food places. I will never find a pizza place as fantastic as Sam and Ella's!
Jake's birthday was last Friday. We just went out to eat together and spent time with family over the weekend. We went to Hallowzooween with Trysten and the family. It wasn't fantastic. It was just us wandering around in the dark for candy. I was sad that all the buildings were closed and we couldn't see any animals.
Teacher is fantastic. It of course has it's days (like today) but I really enjoy it. Pre-k is a lot of fun. We spent the last two weeks on pumpkins and Halloween. We did all kinds of things with pumpkins. We measured them, touched them, played with them, drew on them, cut them open, smelled and touched the inside, ate the seeds and carved pumpkins. It was a blast. In fact this week seems a little boring compared to all that fun.
I am not feeling so hot lately. I hope I am not coming down with anything. I hope you are well!
Monday, October 12, 2009
The front of our house. The shutters on that front window will be painted a deep red.
My bathtub. Jake says this is the only reason I wanted to build this house. :)
Private toilet in master bath.
Linen clost in the master bath.
The LEFT side of the master closet. (There is more on the left of this picture that I couldn't fit in.)
The RIGHT side of the master closet.
Other bathroom for guests and way future children.
Friday, September 18, 2009
Teaching is going fantastically! Well, most days anyway. Yesterday was a bad day. I had a little girl just have a complete melt down. The other teacher had to take her for awhile just to give me a break. But she had a good day today. I have most of my routine and procedures in place, it is just figuring out what to teach and how. Then what to assess and how. I have learned that it is very easy to just let them play without really helping them learn. I have had to stop myself a few times and remember to put their best interest at heart. I have also learned that this job is not always rewarding but when the thank yous and hugs come, it is all worth it. And, I love to see them trying their hardest and engaged in a learning task.
I joined a bible study last week. It is called Bible Study Foundations (BSF). This is an international, nondenominational group with bible studies in 30 countries, including China, Japan and Uganda. It is a very in depth study. All the groups in the world are all studying the chapter of John this school year. I think it is going to challenge me and I am excited about that!
My house looks like a house! I need to take another picture for you guys. The outside is almost finished. I have walls, plumbing and a fireplace. The further it goes, the more excited I get. I can't wait to move in and make it my own!
I got to go to an OSU game last weekend with my mom. I used to go all the time with old friends of mine. It was nice to be back there. I forgot how much fun it is to be a part of a crowd and cheering for the same goal. It was not fun that it rained and we lost, but still it was a great experience! Not to mention, it was great to spend the day with my mom. I was surprised at how much she knows about football.
That's about all I have to say. I will try to update sooner next time. :)
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Here's the deal! You go to Sonic and buy any size drink, anytime of the day (even happy hour). Enjoy your drink and then take the code from the cup and click the above link to vote for my classroom project. If I get enough votes, Sonic will fund my classroom project. And if you are feeling EXTRA generous, you can help fund my classroom by donating a few dollars of your own.
So, go enjoy a Sonic drink! You know you want to!
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
- This is only going to last a few weeks and then you will quit again, so why even try?
- You haven't even done the right thing to get back to Dad yet anyway. So why are you wasting your time?
- But that other book you are reading is so much more interesting.
- Going to sleep instead of reading the Word would make you feel better.
- Is learning about Him really going to help you?
Now, I know all of the answers and replies to these things. I know that they aren't true and they are silly tries to bring me down. But I just wish they would go away. My thoughts are that they are proof of how childlike my relationship is at this point. I think that as I continue you in that those will go away. Of course, then his attempts might get worse. But Dad won't give me any more than I can handle!
Sunday, August 2, 2009
This is our backyard. It dips off into a creek.
Last week we went and picked out things for our home. We picked out: carpet color, stained concrete color, the brick (black and reds), the siding color (a light yellow), the front door color (red), cabinets style and color, and indoor paint and trim. All we have left is lighting and appliances. Picking out things for a house is very tricky. You have to pick it out so fast and you are hoping the whole time that it all goes together. I never realized how many choices there are in building a home! I can't wait to see it all done.
The school year is fast approaching. I only have one week left of daycamp and then I have a week free until I have to report to the school. I will spend that free week, working on my classroom and getting as much done as I can to make it look nice, organized and functional. I am getting nervous and excited all at once. We have our first faculty meeting tomorrow from 9-2pm. It will be nice to see everyone again and plan for the year. I hope I am a good pre-k teacher!
Ok, down to business. Since, I have graduated and left the BCM and supportive Bob and Deb behind, I have been finding myself drifting from God. Not in any horrible way, I was still going to church and making the major decisions that I should. But not the little decisions, like truly trying to learn from the service and our Sunday school lessons, or spending time with him daily, or showing His love to others in as many ways as possible. (Ok, so those are horrible things to miss.) I was in what you call a 'rut'. It was starting to show in my attitude and in my marriage. Again, not in any major way, just little things. I have been quick to think of myself first, be snappy towards him, and just not feel so close to my husband. Before we got married, I never realized how much my relationship with God would reflect in my marriage. Our marriage is at its best when we are putting God first. I have known for awhile that I needed to get back on my feet but I was waiting. Waiting for what you ask? I dunno, some major break down or sign from God, some major problem in my life to bring me spiraling back to him, some great speaker or song that snaps me back in place. But after some prodding from God and watching my best friend get back on her feet, I realized that all I was waiting on was myself. I needed to make a decision to live for God on a daily basis because I want to and for no other reason. As I type this, I realize how simple that all is. Why did it take me so long?
So, in short, please pray that I will begin to live for God as an adult married woman, not some college girl with people to make sure she is doing her quiet times.
Jaclyn: I hope you enjoy your time with him. :)
Darla: I am glad you are settling in well. I hope you figure out the bus systems soon. You are so brave for traveling in a foreign place like that.
Friday, July 17, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
This is the first time that I have wanted to get so dressed up since our wedding. It is really nice to have a special occasion to look forward to. I hope we get more of these opportunities in the future.
Friday, July 3, 2009
Mabe and Toni had come over to visit on a Friday evening. We wanted to do something. It was between ice cream and bowling. Mabe and I wanted ice cream and Toni and Jake wanted to go bowling. Eventually, Mabe and I caved and we went bowling at Andy B's in Jenks. We got our shoes and programed our names in and started bowling. As Jake threw the ball for the first time, he sort of twisted his left foot onto the side but kept bowling. After two more frames he began to talk about how much the top of his foot was hurting, he even said that he might have to go to the hospital. Well, needless to say, I was skeptical. Jake is kind of a big baby when it comes to these things, and it often turns out to not be so bad in the end. I told him to see how it felt in a little bit, and to quit bowling and elevate his foot. So the rest of us finished our game and headed home. By this time he wasn't able to put weight on his foot. I told him to ice it and we would see how it felt in the morning.
Ok, before you think I am a horrible person, let me explain myself to you. Once, when we were still dating, I got a phone call from Jake at 4:30 in the morning. He had been getting sick all evening and was convinced that he needed to go to the ER. Being the sweet girlfriend I was, I took him. After three hours and one missed class later, the doctor told him his stomach was just empty and the acid in his stomach was giving him cramps. He gave him an antacid and told him to go to bed and try to eat something after a few hours. Ever since, I have been skeptical of his need to go to the ER often. Not only was I thinking it wasn't so bad, I was also worried about money. I didn't want to have to pay hundreds of dollars for the doctor to tell us it was a sprained muscle.
Back to the story: It wasn't feeling better the next day, so he called in and we decided to wait it out a little longer. He iced it and kept taking ibuprofen. At this point, it was only hurting him when he put weight on it. After there had been no progress on Saturday night, we decided we would go to urgent care on Sunday morning. The doctor did an x-ray and sure enough, the bone leading to his pinky toe was fractured. They put him in a boot and told him not to work.
So, he went 6 weeks without working. He got very bored but enjoyed his time off. Except of course, the fact that he wasn't getting paide. He finally went back to the doctor this past Thursday and he said it was healing fine, that he could go back to a shoe and return to work. Needless to say, this was a big relief for us to get him back working and having something to do during the day!
Praise God that we are just now having a crunch with our money. But Jake will get paid in two weeks and it will all be back to normal. I love how God will provide in times like this.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
My last update tells you that we were thinking of building a home. Well, after looking at what houses were on the market and finding nothing at all close to what we want, we went for it. We signed a contract to build a home. We are building a three bedroom, two bath, two care garage, 1700 square feet home. With a nice sized yard, jacuzzi bath tub and private toilet in the master bathroom. I am a little nervous, a house is a lot of money and a big commitment. But very excited! The nice thing is, that if something were to happen and we needed out of the contract, they would let us get out. That is only because we are building in a housing addition and they will always be able to sell it to someone else. The builder has been super helpful, given us great deals and kept us up to date on everything.
Here is what our lot looks like. Without the house of course :)
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
A few weeks ago Jake and I started looking at houses for sale. We don't plan to actually move until Novemeber/December but is way fun to look. (We are looking for a forever home. A house we can raise our kids in.) In the process Jerad and Sierra told us of this housing addition in Sand Springs. You pick a plot, a floor plan and build! We began to check out floor plans and toy with the idea. Then we went last Saturday just to talk to see a model home and get some questions answered.
Man did that get our minds working! This is a virtual tour of close to what we like.
There are great advantages to building:
- Everything is new.
- Everything is how you want it. There is little changing stuff to what you like (Which costs more money.)
- No dealing with inspections.
- You can design the home and then pay for it when it is finished. Nice! That would be perfect timing for us. (It takes 4-5 months to build). You close on the house when it is completely built.
Then there are advantages to buying a home:
- It is cheaper.
- You can slowly change things as you can afford them.
We see that both options can be good. But here's the issue. The government is doing this great thing and is giving first-time home buyers $8,000 when they buy a home. We don't want to pass that up. The deadline for this is December 1, 2008. You have to have closed on the house on December 1st! If we want to build, we need to start soon in order to close on the house by that day. BUT there is always the chance that our perfect home is waiting for us to buy it for cheaper than it would cost us to build.
Scenario: We go look at the houses on the market to decide now whether to build or buy. Ok, we find our perfect home for cheaper. So, we decide not to build and wait to get this house. We wait until we are ready to purchase the house (4-5 months from now). But we find out the house is no longer on the market. So, we look for another house. No perfect houses and we have missed the chance to build in time to get the $8,000.
Being a big kid is way harder than I thought it would be!
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Thursday, April 30, 2009
I was waiting in major anticipation! This morning Mrs. Armstrong asked to talk to me on my plan period. I was sad, because my plan is at the end of the day. More waiting! About twenty minutes ago, I stepped into the hall to hang student work just as she passed by. She turned around, came to me and said, "Get ready for pre-k, you are the new teacher."
I HAVE A JOB! At a school that I know, with teachers and administration I know! Praise God! I am soooo excited! Not to mention, relieved.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Today I went to a job fair for Tulsa Public Schools. They had principals from every school there taking resumes and giving short interviews. I went hoping to find a job or get several interviews lined up at least. So, I made my rounds. School after school was not hiring, didn't know what positions were opening up or were having to cut several teachers already. However, lots of them took my resume telling me they always seem to need someone in the summer. Needless to say, it was not very encouraging.
I feel that I have done just about everything I can in order to get myself a job. Now, I am handing it to God. I honestly don't believe that after 16 years of giving me an immense passion and desire to be a teacher, He would put me in any other occupation. I know without a doubt that I am meant to teach young children. I hope He is holding out for the perfect job in a wonderful and supporting school. But there is always the chance He is holding out for the perfect job in a school torn apart from drama and an nonsupporting administration. Either way, I know he has a plan for me. My prayer is that I only get an offer from His perfectly selected school. That way, I don't have to deal with making a decision. I hate decisions!
I JUST WANT A JOB!
Monday, April 20, 2009
I just spent the entire weekend with family. We spent Friday night with Jake's family. Now, we are over there at least twice a week. Jake has two other brothers. One with a wife and a totally cute almost two year old boy, Trysten. The focus of everyone while at Papa's and Mimi's is this little boy. On Friday, we decided to fly the fish kite that Trysten got for Easter. It was hilarious watching all the boys try to get the kite in the air. They were running up and down the street with everyone yelling commands "run faster" "watch out for the tree" "let out the string". Trysten decided that since everyone else was yelling, he should too. He would just yell and scream, no real words just making noise. I guess he thought that yelling was part of kite flying.
On Saturday we went to my mom's and played a good 'ol game of Life. (Time out for biographical tidbit - My mom has a girlfriend named Christa. They have been together for 10 years. Christa's family has become a part of my family, it's just a part of my life.) Well, on Sunday, we went to the zoo for Christa's niece's birthday. Apparently she had to make sure that Jake was going to be there. Not me, whom she has known since birth, but my husband of less of one year. Needless to say we had a blast. Even though we were the only couple without kids, we ended up carrying kids more often than not. It's fun to be able to enjoy them for the day and then hand them back over!
Thursday, April 9, 2009
But I am so ready for my own classroom. I know it will be hard and trying my first year, but darnit, I have earned the right to teach my own classroom! I have wanted and worked to be a teacher since kindergarten. That is 16 years of dreaming, learning, working, brainstorming and gaining experiences to be the best teacher possible.
I guess five more months won't hurt me too much.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
1. "Tricia needs more prayers please!!" - Haha who doesn't?
2. "Well, my friend Tricia needs major help! Her dad drinks all the time." - I won't even comment on this one!
3. "Tricia needs a captain with ferry, so she can.. get across that pond of hers without getting her feet wet when going to that Bushy Park of hers!" - what?
4. Tricia needs to burn those tarot cards. They are very evil and will guide her the wrong way.
5. Tricia needs to get a lawyer and see how much she can get from the old man.
6. Tricia needs your final payment by Monday. - Ha yes give me your money!
7. Tricia needs your help as she is planning for her year as President.
8. Tricia needs to turn 53 more or gain 1323 more Werewolf points to reach the next level: Savage Werewolf! Tricia should get out there and bite some people! ...
9. Tricia needs help, needs therapy, not the electric chair.
This made for a good laugh. My kids are being pretty crazy today. Man, I miss my age group!
Friday, March 20, 2009
Sometimes I get frustrated with my friends. I feel like I give more than they do.
Then, with some people, I know they give more than me.
I have felt like crying all day. I'm not really sure why.
I have been with Jake's family all evening. Man, I love my nephew. Of course Jake spent the night in the bedroom watching basketball.
It's getting close to hiring time for all the schools. I am anxious and ready to hear from someone. I am a little nervous with the budget cuts all across the state.
I miss my Tahlequah friends, especially Danielle :(
I went to San Antonio and went to Sea World and Fiesta Texas. I got to see Shamu! Praise God for the majestic creatures He created!
I think I need some God time.