It’s Official

I accepted a TEACHING POSITION yesterday!

I will be working at a local charter school that is super close to where I live. I am excited, terrified, hopeful, nervous and overwhelmed. I will be teaching 5th grade general studies. I start the teacher training on July 15 for 2 weeks, then 1 week of in-service meetings and meet the teacher (ya, That’s ME!) and then school starts! The school is “back to basics”; the students face forward, learn cursive, stand when reading, and the environment is very structured. They use the Spalding method which is the training I will be in for those two weeks. It reminds me of private school…minus the religion factor. I really like this style for me since I feel like that is where I did the best learning when I was growing up. I appreciate the public school style but as a new teacher I think structure is going to be very important for me to get my bearings.

My parent’s, Mr. 72 and Smiles took me out to dinner to celebrate with some Mexican food and margarita’s at Casa De Mina. (If you haven’t been there and you live in the area….you are missing out!).

THANK YOU to everyone who pushed me to take a chance on this and believed I would be a good teacher so I could have the confidence to finally reach a goal of mine. I’m always so scared of not completing goals that I generally don’t start….maybe this will be the starting point to taking more chances and pushing harder. It feels weird, I have to admit but great all at the same time.

If anyone out there has ideas on how to successfully reach, teach, and connect with 5th graders….I’m all EARS!

I’m so grateful that I got this job and that they are willing to take a chance on me. I can only hope I live up to everyone’s expectations.

Teaching

Oh my, decisions, decisions.

I have been working and researching how to get into a career in teaching. I’m at a crossroads right now. I may be able to get an internship through a school in conjunction with the department of education if I can get someone to hire me as an intern. If not, then I need to go back to school to get a degree or certificate in secondary education. I really would prefer not to get another degree until I decide if I want to go into administration …. but it may be necessary.

The issue is that to enroll in the teacher prep program at school, I have to have an intent to hire from a school that wants to hire me. Some schools require that I have enrolled in the program and have the intern certificate….but I can’t get that without an intent to hire! I’m going around in circles trying to figure out how to make that all happen. Hopefully, I can find a school that will give me the intent to hire on the condition I enroll in the program and get the certificate before starting the teaching position.

The issue with going back to school is that it will take me until end of Fall 2014 to complete all my classes and student teaching. Not really bad, but when you are 31 and a single-mom, you need to know what life may bring and where you will get money to pay for life if you don’t have a job while student teaching. Then, it’s rare that schools hire mid-year in January. So it may take me a whole eight more months to get a position, pushing the timeline back to Fall 2015! That would mean that I would be without a job for almost a year! Waitressing??

I have an interview today with a charter school. Wish me luck! I could really use something good to happen with this area of life…not sure if I can make a decision on what path would get me into teaching quicker?

Book Review – Letters from a Skeptic

Does anyone else get a little sad when a good book ends? I do. The thought of finding another book I can get engrossed into seems exhausting.

booksI just finished “Letters from a Skeptic: A Son Wrestles with his Father’s Questions about Christianity” by Dr Gregory A Boyd and Edward Boyd. VERY good book, whether you are a believer or not. It provides a good sense of why Greg believes in his faith and how his semi-scientific approach helped him makes sense of it all and come to complete faith. I think everyone should grab a copy and read it, not to convert your beliefs but it’s just a good read. Underneath it all I appreciate how the son (Greg) found something to speak to his father about, it seems as though they never really had that and found something in religion to discuss

I think some aspects of the book definitely helped my understanding of Christianity. I’ve taken a very skeptical approach to religion for the past 7-10 years or so and always wondered how people can believe with such conviction in something “that cannot be proven”.

Interesting read for sure.

 

Christmas/New Year’s 2012

Man staying home for the holiday’s has never been so hectic! We did so much the week of Christmas and then New Year’s! It was a great holiday minus my niece going into the hospital, Smiles being sick and not being able to work it out where we had the babies all week long…I missed them when they were gone.

Timeline

12/22 – Mr 72s parents came into town, we hung out and then my parents and his parents FINALLY got to meet; the girls grandparents gave them some gifts to open and we played outside to show everyone Miss H riding her bike with NO training wheels! She getting so good at it!

12/23 – went to Christmas service, …a bit over the top and not like normal services in my opinion but it was ok; Miss H sat with us (normally goes to kids classes) and Mr 72s dad wasn’t able to join us because he came down sick the night before; we grabbed lunch at home then I headed back to church to help with the daycare during the noon service;

12/24 – We finally had a few hours to get all three kiddos in one place to exchange gifts, my parents came over to see the girls open theirs, so glad they got to spend that time with us! Mr 72 had to drop off the girls in the afternoon to spend the holiday with their mom, After he came over to finish out Christmas Eve with me and Smiles and my family at my sisters…a rousing game of Ticket to Ride later and we headed home.

12/25 – We woke up in the morning and got to open gifts with Smiles, he found the candy in his shoes from St. Nick, we ate cinnamon rolls (family tradition), walked to the park and played, went to grab the trailer for a upcoming dune trip (didn’t end up happening, sad face), relaxed at home and watched half of A Christmas Story before passing out

  • Notable presents – Smiles – more cars, pet night light; girls – dolls, doll houses, barbies, Wii games; Mr 72 – santa gave him a new KTM; Me – Backpack full of Canon goodies, new camera and lenses and memory cards, oh my!; We also got some date nights which will come in very handy!

12/26 – I had to work…bleh. Found out after work, when I was headed over to make Mr 72 enchiladas so he would have left overs to take to the dunes (I wasn’t joining him this time), that his trip was probably not going to happen. I felt so bad, he had gotten all ready the trailer was prepped for packing, he got groceries….he wasn’t too happy either. But apparently enchiladas put Mr 72 in a better mood…keep that one in my back pocket! My CA sister made it into town with her two kiddos and hubs.

12/27 – I only worked a half day so my family celebration could be had! Positive outcome of Mr 72 not leaving was now he could spend Christmas with my family. He got to see the opening of the presents, park time, my nephew shooting his new bow and arrow, first taste of pozole! YUM. He also took some time before the sun went down to ride his bike at the field…at least he got some riding in.

12/28 – again work. why do I work here. Grr. Anyhow Mr 72 ended up going golfing with my closest cousin and my CA-brother-in-law. Good bro time? sure…didn’t get much in the way of details which is weird since i always get an earful of information but oh well…as long as they had fun!

12/29 – Me and Smiles went to see Mr 72 ride his new KTM bike at the track…for about 30 minutes before Smiles came down with a super fever and fell asleep in my lap. Went to urgent care and they said it was the flu. So we went home and relaxed, he slept/watched TV, and I made sure he was well taken care of.

12/30 – still sequestered in my home from all other humans…not sure if the world has ended cause we haven’t been outside. Nervous about taking him out in the cold when he is still sick. I went a bit stir crazy…..

12/31 – Dressed up all cute for New Year’s Eve at work since I wasn’t going out that night. Mr 72 had the chiclets so we stayed in, played Wii, hung out and then put them to bed and watched The Walking Dead. Apparently I was REALLY excited about it that I downed half a bottle of wine and found myself drunk when I stood up to go to bed!

1/1 – I really didn’t expect to greet the new year so early….good morning Miss E….at 4:17AM!!! Oh wow….go to bed, then every 30 minutes  go back to bed…then around 5:30, get in bed and lay down. 7:00 Miss H, get in bed and lay down….7:45…fine, we are up. LOL Happy New Year!

That was our week and a half. It was exhausting but amazing! As long as I get to spend time with my family and babies I am a happy girl.

I wish everyone a Happy 2013 with more love, happiness and blessings than 2012. I love where my life is going so I can’t wait to see what 2013 will bring!

The Daily Mundane 12/19/12

Days Notable Events

1. Went to Christmas service this morning – Ma and Pop, Mr 72s mom and Lil’ H joined us. It wasn’t a stand out sermon for me but it was still nice to be there with some family.

2. Helped at the noon service in Smiles usual classroom. Oh 28 – 30-something month old’s have a lot of feelings and opinions, lol.

3. Spent about 6 hours editing….I need to eat dinner….or ice cream, whichever I find first, you take a guess which.

 

Verse or Quote?  It’s a noisy world, don’t miss the music. – Cal Jernigan

Topic Starter: What was a tradition growing up for the holiday’s?

  • My most favorite thing growing up was going to my cousin’s house Christmas Eve. We would eat dinner, get dress up, dance, and hang out. I miss that this hasn’t happened in a couple years. Maybe once I get more settled, I can help carry on the tradition. Luckily, this year, my sister graciously opened her house to all of us. Thanks R family!

The Daily Mundane 12/21/12

Days Notable Events

1. Went with Mr 72…soon to be Mr 119. 😉 to the track so he could try out his new KTM 350 bike. He loves btw. No more kick starting for my man 😉2012 KTM 350 EXC-F

2. Edited pictures in the truck at the track until my computer died.

3. My parents and Mr 72s parents met for the first time tonight. We invited them over for dinner. I think it went well. We both have a great set of still-in-love-after-decades-of-being-together parents. Great role models for a new relationship…or old one.

Weather? lovely AZ weather…perfect for playing outside

Conversations? Mr 72 and my Ma bonded over why I shouldn’t want to homeschool….I’m not letting go of this idea just yet.

 

The Daily Mundane 12/21/12

Days Notable Events

1. What a BUSY day! I haven’t done so much in one day in a LONG time! – dropped truck off for service, went to The Farmhouse for breakfast (YUM), edited pictures, ate lunch?…I think we ate lunch, went to pick up truck, didn’t because we needed to go to Toys R Us so we took one car and left the truck, came back and got the truck, went home, went to the grocery store to get dinner for tomorrow night, went and saw The Hobbit in 3D, grabbed dinner at Rubios, went home…..SLEEP

2. My niece is still in the hospital and it looks like she will be there for some time 😦

 

Weather? beautiful day, sunny and cool

Conversations? good conversations with my Mr while driving like crazy around town. nothing in particular stands out…just good ol converstation

 

Topic Starter: Movie – So The Hobbit. Amazing in 3D. Peter Jackson….you done did it again. 3 hours, no ending. I was unawares this was a 2-parter?, please don’t be a 3-parter. Also, movie goers….stop eating with your mouth open, bringing babies to the movies, get a sitter, ….sorry that’s how I feel; and then when they are old enough to come to a movie with you, please stop explaining the movie to your children at normal volume…or if you must…sit far away from people.