Sunday, September 26, 2010

As promised...

As promised, here is the long awaited update! Well, I like to think it is long awaited anyway. I am not even sure where to begin.

So I have run into some major stumbling blocks as far as my administrative/grad school program goes. To make a REALLY long story short, after them "accidentally" putting me on academic suspension (yes, it was by you accidentally put someone on academic suspension is beyond me!) over the summer, the final straw came at the beginning of September. Well, I was taking an ESL class (which after finishing, I found out I could have bypassed because I have an ESL endorsement!!), and in the last week of class I contacted the instructor about why several of my assignments had not been graded and returned. Well, it too her a while to get back to me....and the course ended in the mean time.....but she said she hadn't graded any of my assignments because I didn't appear to be in the class!!! I called my advisor (who actually is pretty nice, and helpful.....or so I thought) and he said he would look into, and not to stress....there was probably just a glitch in their system. Well, I have yet to hear from him about it......and the class I "supposedly" was not in....well somehow, I got a grade.....a failing grade! Tell me how you get a grade in a class you aren't in....yet paid for? So, understandably I am really annoyed with GCU.....therefore, am not going to finish my masters degree with them. I am not going to keep paying for classes I may or may not be getting credit for. So, I am going to take a break for a while to weigh my options. I'm going to a meeting in a few weeks about the U's program, and have looked into the University of Phoenix (the Murray location). It all comes down to who will transfer the most credits.....because I can't afford to take a bunch of classes over again. I think it will do me some good to take a little break (no matter what decision I make, I will be school free until May. That way we can focus on getting Cam DONE with nursing school!

Which leads me to our next happening.....nursing school. So, Cam is off and running with his 3rd semester of nursing school! He always amazes me with how much he can retain so fast!! They seriously cover so much material in a short period of time! But, he is doing great! He is constantly studying or working on care plans, but all in all, I think he is off to a great start! He is more than half way finished with his clinical rotation this round, then can focus on the assignments and tests. He is SO close to being finished!! May cannot come fast enough!! We have been super lucky to have so many people helping to get Cam done!! He keeps trying to tell me he isn't going to graduation.....but he has worked to hard to not go!!!!! So, give him some grief about not wanting to go! I know he will end up going.....he just needs to be harassed a little :).

School has been officially back in session for about a month now. I wish I could say it has been an easy start. Everyone told me that having a group of boys (19 of them....and 4 girls) was going to be girl drama or whining or crying. Well, I would rather have a whining and crying group......instead of the fighting, rough group of boys that I have. Don't get me wrong, I do have some good kiddos, but I have so many rough, tough boys who think that slugging kids in the face, or stomach is how to deal with problems. Friday was probably the best day I have had all I am hoping we are turing a corning with them. If you have any ideas that might help me get these little people to to quite beating on each other.....please let me know. I am not sure what more to try.....calling parents, taking away things, and rewarding the good ones hasn't worked yet, so I am open to any ideas! Other than the fighting, the year is off to a pretty good start. I think if I can get that under wraps, the year could be a good one. Next week we are learning about of my favorite weeks of the year!

I love fall, and all of the fun school themes that come along with it.....apples, pumpkins, leaves, fire safety, and Halloween!

I really do like Halloween......and this year I am not going to cop-out and just wear Cameron's scrubs to school as my costume. So, if you have any great ideas....please share!! I am looking forward to it cooling down (mostly so my power bill goes down), and all of the other things that come with delicious pumpkin flavored things!! And, the most exciting yearly fall birthday! Although I will be 26 this year.....I still love my birthday like a 5 year old (they really do rub off on me I suppose).

Ohhhh.....I almost forgot about one fabulously exciting school related item! In July, I created a Donors Choose project, where people could donate money to help get materials for my students. Well, 2 weeks ago a nice donor from Illinois, donated the final $83 to fully fund my project!!! And, I have already received the materials I requested!! I want to give a special THANK YOU to everyone who made a donation (no matter how big or small) to my classroom project! I am so excited to use these materials in my class to increase their sight word fluency!!! So to all my teacher peeps out there......go and create a project to help get materials in your classroom! It is SO easy to do!! And to all those out there who donated to my class.....keep donating to help the classrooms around the country! Donors Choose is a great organization, and I am so glad I heard about them!!!

Along with the fall season...comes the return of some great television shows! While I love mind numbing reality TV, there are some great sitcoms out there that help keep me sane after a day of chasing small children! Some people like to listen to music while they clean the house....well not me....I need the TV on in the background to motivate me to do my chores. I have a few favorites that have returned this week..........

While Hoarder is technically a reality show.....I LOVE it!! I am fascinated with how these people think this way of life is normal! I get that it is a mental illness.....and I think that is why I am so interested in it. How do people live this way?!?!?

Who doesn't love The Office? I wish Jim and Pam were real people so I could be friends with them!

LOVE me some Criminal Minds......again I think it comes back to the mental illness stuff. Maybe I should have been s psychologist!

And.....Modern Family. If you have never watched it.....YOU MUST!! Cameron is by far my favorite character on TV! He makes me laugh every episode........and so does Manny. I think I need a Columbian son!

And now....for the story I know you have all been waiting for.....puke on the stairs. Everyone knows how I feel about puke. I hate, hate, HATE it!! I truly live in fear EVERY single day that one of my students will puke and I will have to see it. It is sickness. But anyway, last Saturday Cameron went to take his car to get washed and vacuum it. When he came in, he was laughing. "Well, someone puked on the stairs outside.....and just left it there to rot." Seriously?!?! In my mind I thought......"how will I ever go outside to my car now!" Yes, I hate puke that much!!! Well, I braved the puke and went to the grocery store. It really wasn't that bad......I think it was probably a dog and not a human.....but it was still puke. The best part of the whole story is........someone.....possibly the offender.....tried to scrape it off on Sunday night.....but failed MISERABLY!! So, a week later there are still remnants of the puke on the stairs. So gross! I thought about taking a picture of it......but refrained as to not gross everyone out.

Well, there you have it. The past month of our lives in a nut shell, I promise I will be a better blogger in hopefully we will be more entertaining.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

I will blog again.....I promise!

It has been too long.....but my life is a never ending marathon. I promise my blog will get some love this weekend.

Here are some things to look forward to:

--School Drama (Grad school that is....)
--New School Year
--Boy Drama (5 year old boys that is......)
--3rd Semester Nursing School for Cam (Only 1 more to go!!)
--Puke on the Stairs (This is a good one.....)
--The Return of Good TV.
--And much more :)

Until then......I will leave you in suspense!