Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Christmastime as a Teacher

I just wanted to write a quick post about how I've enjoyed being a teacher at Christmas time. Here are some reasons why:

Playing in the Snow---> So far, we've had 21+ inches of snow and I feel that I've been able to play in every inch of it. Since all of us are decked out in boots, snow pants, coat, scarf, hat, and gloves there are no restrictions when it comes to snow. I've already made a handful of snow angels and started to build a snowman today (the snow was finally wet enough). PLUS, a couple weeks ago the kids buried my waist-down in the snow and it was a BLAST.

Christmas Songs at Naptime & Christmas Stories for Story-time--> We get to play Christmas CDs during naptime. The kids who don't sleep love it, especially when the songs are sung by the Chipmunks or the Grinch :) Plus, every story we read now has some kind of holiday/Christmas theme and they are so much fun. Today I read a story about a Cold Lady who swallowed some snow, she ate all the fixings for a snowman and then hiccuped them back up... it was funny...

Delicious Food from the Families---> This week the parents signed up to provided food for the teachers in the lounge and oh my goodness... I felt like I ate way too much yesterday, but I felt great later in the day... so maybe that means I need to eat more on regular days.

Generous Gifts---> The kids (and parents) have been bringing in gifts for their teachers and I cannot believe how generous these people are. All I've ever wanted to do is teach and, since this is my first Christmas as a teacher, I didn't realize how amazing the parents think we are in being able to educate and entertain 24+ kids for 40+ hours a week.

Class Christmas Programs---> The greatest thing has been the Christmas program (which was today). We've been practicing for the last couple of weeks EVERY DAY after lunch for 30 STRAIGHT minutes. Now, if you've ever been with a group of 4 t0 5 year olds you know how challenging that can be. Since they're so young, I did my best not to push them with their songs/choreography/props. Yesterday, I pushed them pretty hard and didn't know how they'd react today. Our last rehearsal at lunch was fantastic and the real thing was even better. A few funny memories include reindeer ears for singing Rudolph, Rudolph refusing to have a red-nosed drawn on because of his nerves, 23 melting snowmen, one kids hiding behind the chairs in the back row during most of the songs, Jingle Bells turning into a round, and paper Christmas lights waving in the air wishing everyone Happy Holidays!

I love being a teacher...

Monday, December 17, 2007

AHHH the 80s and early 90s

I just HAD to post this because I actually said yes to everything! So did Greg (except for the ponytail thing)!

You Know You Grew Up In the 80's/Early 9o's if:

1. You've ever ended a sentence with the word SIKE.

2. You can sing the rap to the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and can do the Carlton
3. You know that "WOAH" comes from Joey on Blossom
4. If you ever watched "Fraggle Rock"
5. It was actually worth getting up early on a Saturday to watch cartoons.
6. You wore a ponytail on the side of your head.
7. You got super-excited when it was Oregon Trail day in computer class at school.
8. You made your mom buy one of those clips that would hold your shirt in a knot on the side.
9. You played the game "MASH"(Mansion, Apartment, Shelter, House)

10. You wore stonewashed Jordache jean jackets and were proud of it.
11. You know the profound meaning of " WAX ON , WAX OFF"
12. You wanted to be a Goonie.
13. You ever wore fluorescent clothing. (some of us...head-to-toe)
14. You can remember what Michael Jackson looked like before his nose fell off and his cheeks shifted.
15. You have ever pondered why Smurfette was the only female smurf.
16. You took lunch boxes to school...and traded Garbage Pailkids in the schoolyard.
17. You remember the CRAZE, then the BANNING of slap bracelets.
18. You still get the urge to say "NOT" after every sentence

19. You thought your childhood friends would never leave because you exchanged handmade friendship bracelets.
21. You ever owned a pair of Jelly-Shoes.
22. After you saw Pee-Wee's Big Adventure you kept saying "I know you are, but what am I?"
23. You remember "I've fallen and I can't get up"
24. You remember going to the skating rink before there were inline skates.
25. You have ever played with a Skip-It.
26. You remember boom boxes and walking around with one on your shoulder like you were all that.
27. You remember watching both Gremlins movies.
28. You thought Doogie Howser/Samantha Micelli was hot.
29. You remember Alf, the lil furry brown alien from Melmac.
30. You remember New Kids on the Block when they were cool...and don't even flinch when people refer to them as "NKOTB"
31. You knew all the characters names and their life stories on "Saved By The Bell," The ORIGINAL class.
32. You know all the words to Bon Jovi - SHOT THROUGH THE HEART.
33. You just sang those words to yourself.

34. You still sing "We are the World"
35. You tight rolled your jeans.
36. You owned a banana clip.
37. You remember "Where's the Beef?"
38. You used to (and probably still do) say "What you talkin' 'bout Willis?"
39. You're still singing shot through the heart in your head, aren't you!

Friday, December 14, 2007

The Christmas Tag

We were tagged by Ashwey and Megbo this time! I like this post because it gets me in the spirit of Christmas, but I won't tag anyone. If you read this and think you want to fill it out for your blog, then I tag you! But... here goes...

  1. Wrapping paper or gift bag? I love the feeling of wrapping and opening a present in wrapping paper. Plus, with wrapping paper there are more creative possibilities!
  2. Real tree or artificial? We have a fake tree. My mom bought it for us last Thanksgiving when she found out that we didn't have one. It's little so it fits our family perfectly!
  3. When do you put up your tree? Usually, the day after Thanksgiving... this year we put it up the weekend before Thanksgiving since went to Texas.
  4. When do you take down your tree? The first weekend in January.
  5. Do you like egg nog? Nope... it's gwoss...
  6. Favorite gift received as a child? Geez... Mom, Dad, Santa, and the fam were always so good to us. I have lots of fond Christmas memories. One of them is the Christmas before we moved from Utah when the four of us got bikes and we got to ride them that day before packing them.
  7. Do you have a nativity scene? Yep see posts 1 and 2
  8. Hardest person to buy for? Greg because he NEVER EVER tells me straight out what he wants... he always says he doesn't need anything. So, I go creative and think of things that have to do with his past and/or interests.
  9. Easiest person to buy for? My siblings because I can imagine how they'd react to a certain gift and that helps me know if the gift is right for them. :)
  10. Worst Christmas gift you’ve ever received? I have funny memories with some. One year, my sister and I got matching pajamas with sheep on them and I FLIPPED OUT because I was a moody teenager and didn't need anything of mine to match my sisters. Well, Megbo started to make 'the sheep' into a joke with the way she said 'the sheep.' Everyone started laughing and 'the sheep' became an inside joke with my whole family. In fact, I still sleep in the sheep.
  11. U.S. Mail or e-mail Christmas cards? I LOVE snail-mail Christmas cards, we put them up in our house as part of the season.
  12. Favorite Christmas movie? National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, A Muppet Christmas Carol, White Christmas, and Polar Express.
  13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? November/December or sometime in the year when I find something out and about that I know someone will love.
  14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? I don't think so, maybe a White Elephant gift somewhere along the road
  15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Pumpkin Pie, Sugar Cookies, and Wedding Cake Bites
  16. White or colored lights? White Christmas lights on the tree and colored Christmas lights outside. I love all kinds of Christmas lights
  17. Favorite Christmas songs? Carol of the Bells by The Calling, Mary, Did you Know? by Clay Aiken, O Holy Night by N Sync, White Christmas by Bing Crosby, I Celebrate the Day by Relient K and The Christmas Song by Nat King Cole. And pretty much any other Christmas song--- I love the Chipmunks, The Carpenters, and Alabama Christmas albums.
  18. Travel for Christmas or stay home? Since Greg and I have been married we have alternated going from his parents to my parents house for Christmas. Since it's our fourth Christmas it's my sides turn. Once our kids are older, we'll see if that holds or if we can afford it.
  19. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer? Yep, especially since that's one of the songs we're singing in our Pre-K Holiday Performance. The kids even have reindeer ears... :)
  20. Angel or star on top of tree? Star.. it's all about the Star of Bethlehem which leads to the Savior.
  21. Open presents Christmas Eve or morning? It's a tradition to open one present on Christmas Eve, it always has pajamas in it. We'd change into our pajamas and sleep in them that night. My siblings and I always made sure the first one of us up would wake the others and we'd go down together and scope out the loot. Then we would assume the position next to our individual stockings and wait for Mama and Pops to get out of bed. Then we'd start with the stockings and the rest following... it's the feeling of Christmas :) It makes me feel like a kid again.
  22. Most annoying thing about this time of year? People not knowing what Christmas is really about. (amen Megbo) AND the crowds at the stores
  23. What I love most about Christmas? The celebration of Christ and just spending time with family. (amen Megbo) NINE DAYS....

This week...

The snow has slowed down.... I've been sick with a nasty cold that I can't do anything about since I'm preggers... I might have felt the baby for the first time... I have more of a belly bump... I started and finished Eragon... I've started Eldest... We've got presents under our tree... Greg's practically done with his first semester of Grad school except for one final (YAY)... AND our Boise/St. Louis Vacation starts in T-minus NINE DAYS and counting...

Sunday, December 9, 2007

6 Interesting things about me?

In no particular order:

Skiing --> It is my sport. I can ski by myself, I can ski with others. My Dad introduced me to skiing when I was 12. I love being able to go fast without exerting too much effort, I like the cold against my face and the sound of swooshing as I turn. I love the hockey stop with my 6 foot Rossies. Not a big fan of lift lines or slow speed double chairs. Get me out on the mountain.

Scar --> To go along with skiing, I was skiing at Alta one wintry day with Dad and Barb, when I decided to take a shortcut down through a big bowl that had no other tracks. Well, after about 50 yards into the bowl, I did not lean back far enough as the terrain leveled out and my tips dug in... WAY IN! The next thing I know I am laying on my back buried in snow. It takes me 30 minutes to locate my skis and poles because they are so buried in the fluffy white stuff. Later that day back at the Jeep getting ready to go, my beanie will not come off. It was stuck to my head with a bunch of dried blood. I thought man, that headache was worse than I thought. I still do not know exactly how it happened, but the scar is roughly the shape of a ski tip...

Parents --> I was lucky enough to be raised in part by four wonderful parents. Even though one of them has departed this earthly life, all their lessons have helped to shape the person I am.

Monty Python --> Blame Paul's insatiable English sense of humor, but when we get on a roll, we can quote just about any skit or movie produced by the visionary group. Mother beware, she still doesn't get it after all these years... ha ha thats .... funny???

Car thing --> I have this thing for cars. Probably imbued upon me by the two parents who at one point bought matching GM Vegas [still, a vega? really? come on...]. It has shaped my college career, Graduate studies, and eventually my professional career. I'm still a gear-head at heart, even though the research I am involved with may not make an impact on the world for 20 years.

Pregnancy Requests --> As the responsible party for my wife's pregnancy I get to do fun things, like go to Wendys for a small french fry, or watch her eat cool food combinations like garlic salt + cottage cheese or pumpkin pie + reeses pieces, or put up 6 interesting things about myself on the blog...

Merry Christmas from the Twinkle-Toes!

I did our Christmas Elf names on the link at the bottom of the post (Disclaimer: the system is cap-sensitive). Here they are:

Greg: Snappy Twinkle-Toes
Amber: Perky Twinkle-Toes



Thursday, December 6, 2007

6 Interesting Facts: Tagged by Ashwey & Megbo

It's snowing again... one of my co-workers told me today that this is the first time in a few years when there has been this much snow before Christmas... she blamed me because Greg & I were expecting this kind of winter when we moved here.

I was tagged by Ashwey about a week ago and I was putting it off because I didn't know if I could think of anything that I didn't mention in my 101 things; then my sister Megbo also tagged me, so I figured I should at least try...

1. Sleep-Talker: According to others, since I'm asleep, I am a very vocal person when I slip into dreamland. When Meg and I shared a room she'd tell me of the things I told her and we'd laugh. I had to warn friends when I slept over that I might sleep-talk and/or sleep-walk. Greg thinks the talking has gotten worse since I've been preggers. Apparently I even shout and pinch now. Ever since the first person said I talked in my sleep I have claimed no responsibility since I have no idea why I'm saying what I'm saying...
2. Three Eyebrows: When I was four, my brother, Zak and I were swimming in the plastic 3-foot backyard pool. I was in the water floating in my back and enjoying relaxing from my four-year-old woes when I open my eyes to see my three-year-old brother flying pancake-style right at my face. His chin clocked my right eyebrow and the screaming began. It continued through seeing my reflecting in the back-door mirror covered in blood all the way through looking at my brother in the ER with his one-stitch chin. I, on the other hand, has seven stitches and now no hair grows in that area so I have three eyebrows!
3. Creating Addiction: I love to scrapbook, do crafting, decorate the apartment, sew--- pretty much do anything home-makey but I never feel like I have enough time to commit my full effort further develop my talent. I wish I had more time to give what I feel is my best effort. The big perfectionist in me comes out during these projects and so it's hard for me to start something and then come back to it; I can never find the time to come back to it and the project sits ands sits... and sits...
4. Cold Weather Theory: I have this theory that has to do with the cold. I do NOT like it when it's cold outside and there is absolutely NO SNOW on the ground or in the near future. To me, there has to be a purpose to the cold and looking at dead grass and trees without beautiful snow on it is not a good purpose. I think this stems from the winters in Utah and dealing with inversion. Freezing cold with clear skies makes NO SENSE to me. Clear skies equals good weather and outside time; not bundling up and drinking hot chocolate.
5. Duel Zone Body Temperature: Greg says my body seems to have multiple temperatures at the same time. My toes could be 20 degrees cooler than my tummy; I thought this had to do with the fact that my toes are further from my heart. Apparently, I also I have cold nose too. :)
6. Big Sister: Again, Greg says... one of the things he noticed as he got to know me was how protective I am with my brothers and sister. A lot of that stems from other kids making fun of my brother who has a learning disability. I felt as though I needed to defend what he would say to these boys because they wouldn't understand why he acted the way he did. I guess you could say I'm pretty opinionated.

It's time to tag four other people, and I tag: Ashley A., Emily Kate, Melanie, & GWEG (CAUTION: if you've done facts about yourself before, this is harder than you think)

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Let It STILL snow!!

It's snowing as I type; it started around 1230 this afternoon and probably won't stop until tomorrow morning. My class had a great time playing out in the snow with the fresh snow; we even made a snow fort from the frozen snow over the past weekend. I'm taking my camera to work tomorrow to take a picture.

We had our most recent appointment today. The baby's doing great... heard her/his heart again. We won't find out if we're going to have a girl or boy until January 4th--- since we're going out of town. I guess the grandparents won't get their Christmas present until a week and a half later...

Sunday, December 2, 2007

The First Big Storm

It lasted all day yesterday. We enjoyed watching it go from snow to sleet to freezing rain. We went for a walk and discovered the beautiful six inches of snow was completely frozen over by ice. An article on yahoo said that meteorologists were even cancelling their own appointments because of the weather. This morning, it rained turning some of it into slush. We took pictures of the aftermath. Hopefully, it doesn't snow like this on the 23rd...

Christmas Decorations

Here's the long awaited pictures of our Christmas decorations. We tried to take pictures of what they look like from the outside, but the camera wouldn't focus.

This is one of the wreaths I made last year when we went to Boise for Thanksgiving. It lights up.

This is our table decked out. We got the chair covers as a wedding gift. I love them!

The Tree. Mama bought it for us last year when she found out we didn't have one. It fits a little better in our apartment now. Notice how it's snowing outside!

The Nativity we found during our hunt (see post). It's the centerpiece on our table.

16 and a half weeks

Greg finally took a picture of my growing belly. He wouldn't at first because he didn't think anyone would want to see it grow! Here's a picture of me and my growing belly last week and a comparison picture about a month and a half prior to being preggers at the fourth of July. It really shows that I've grown!

Saturday, December 1, 2007

New Favorite Christmas Song

Since we've been snowed in all day we've been listening to Christmas music all day.

(Side note: To appease some of the Utahns reading this, the snow has been non-stop all day. A couple hours ago it changed from snow to sleet to freezing rain, so they had a good reason to cancel church. Plus, it was Stake Conference and our stake is slightly bigger than stakes in Utah, so the stake leaders thought it was unsafe to have the meetings).

So back to the post, I thought to start off our December posts, I would post the lyrics to one of our new Christmas songs,
I Celebrate the Day by Relient K. Every time the song is on I pause so that I can listen to the beautiful words. I hope you take the time to reflect on what this season is really about... Pictures of the storm and our decorations to come tomorrow...

I Celebrate The Day

And with this Christmas wish is missed
The point I could convey
If only I could find the words to say to let You know
How much You've touched my life
Here is where You're finding me, in the exact same place as New Year's Eve

And from a lack of my persistency
We're less than half as close as I want to be
And the first time that You opened Your eyes
Did You realize that You would be my Savior?

And the first breath that left Your lips
Did You know that it would change this world forever?
And so this Christmas I'll compare
The things I felt in prior years

To what this midnight made so clear
That You have come to meet me here
To look back and think that
This baby would one day save me
In the hope that what You did
That you were born so I might live
To look back and think that
This baby would one day save me
And I, I celebrate the day
That You were born to die
So I could one day pray for You to save my life


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