Going to Rome

Going to Rome

At the ripe old age of 17, my parents gifted me with a graduation gift I would never forget. They gave me the opportunity to travel throughout Europe. The catch was that I was to take art history courses in the evenings my last semester of my senior year of high school. Afterward, the class would go to Europe for 21 days to see in person the art we learned about in class. When it was all said and done, I would get an amazing trip, sans parents, and nine college credit hours. It sounded like…

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{Suzie}

Jamie is 8 months old!!

Jamie is 8 months old!!

I can’t believe my little girl is 8 months old already! She has grown so quickly and right before my very eyes. I feel so blessed to be a mother and to have such a beautiful and healthy little girl.

In the last months Jamie has become quite the mover. She’s not quite doing a normal crawl, but more of an army crawl, still. Don’t worry, this doesn’t deter her. She can move much quicker than you think. As you can see, she’s also figured out how to pull herself up into a stand. She started doing that at about 7 1/2 months and I was in shock to walk into the room one day and see her standing by the edge of the crib! I quickly lowered the mattress so that I wouldn’t have myself a heart attack imaging her jumping over the edge.

This last month Jamie has stared eating blueberries, cherries, and zucchini. She isn’t the biggest fan of blueberries unless they’re mixed with cherries, but she LOVES zucchini, much to my surprise. I hated zucchini as a child, so I was sure she wouldn’t like it, but I was WRONG!! She’s still a super eater (as you can tell by the rolls and chubby cheeks). She wears mostly 9 month sizes, but is fitting into some of the smaller 12 month sizes, too. I’m also starting to move her into the size 4 diapers. I’m thinking she weighs about 21-22 pounds, although I’m not sure about that.

As far as talking goes, Jamie says “Dada” or “Da.” When I talk to her, she mostly responds to me with a “Da.” Jamie is such a little giggler. We love making her laugh, because it’s just so contagious. She is always making me smile. She loves music, and playing games, and getting kisses from her stuffed animals.

 Jamie is getting pretty strong these days. She can get to a sitting position from laying on her back. I’m guessing it’s a matter of days before she figures out she can walk while using the furniture to hold herself up. I suppose I need to start babyproofing the house now. Oy vey!

snuggling with her daddy

check out those thighs! LOL!

{Suzie}

Isit summer, yet? And, is it bad that I’m happy not to see some of my students ever again?

Isit summer, yet? And, is it bad that I’m happy not to see some of my students ever again?

People, I’m tired. And I’m COUNTING DOWN THE DAYS until summer!

8 more days with students, 10 more days of school, plus 4 days of training (really? Is this necessary)…

I’m so happy about having Monday off for Memorial day, that I would do a cart-wheel if I could. I actually don’t know if I could do one,  cause I haven’t tried to and let’s be honest, I don’t feel like trying. But I’m doing mental cart-wheels, I assure you!

I don’t know what it is about this time of year, but I’m annoyed with a few select students, I’m annoyed by some teacher emails, I’m just annoyed, period.

Like today, for instance. I signed a form to discharge a student. She’s been a problem student this semester..I generally get attitude and not-so-silent eye daggers from her on a pretty regular basis (when she’s at school). I should be happy I don’t have to deal with her for the last 8 days, right? But no…it irked me. She’s dropping out to get her GED and I find it absurd!

Today was the big DCF testing I do twice a year. I should be relieved it’s over, right? But, no….I find out there were some test questions on one of the exams that not only were not in the powerpoints I taught, but they are nowhere to be found in my teacher manual, either. Really? The state resorts to tricking kids further on major testing? Why?!? I don’t get it!

As you can see I’m in a generally crappy mood. Even the cake I ate didn’t make me feel better. I was pretty sure butter cream frosting and chocolate cake could cure the grumpies- WRONG!

I’m just going to stop here and refrain from allowing the wrath of my hate to continue onto my poor bloggy readers. I’m also going to bow out of the writer’s workshop today.

I’m not in the mood! 😦

{Suzie}

Opening Arguments happening RIGHT NOW

Opening Arguments happening RIGHT NOW

Ok, I’ll admit I”m a little obsessed with the whole Casey Anthony trial. During te entire time they were looking for Caylee I watched Nancy Grace. I couldn’t stop watching it. I never missed an episode.

Today I went to get some blood work done and the tv was on. I saw that the opening arguments for Casey Anthony’s trial had begun and that the defense was up.

You know what Baez said? He said that this was not a murder but a “tragic accident that snowballed out of control.” He said Caylee drowned in the pool and that her father helped her cover it up. Oh, and that Casey’s father and brother both sexually abused her.

Ok.

I get that accidents happen. I get that people freak and react strangely. What I don’t get is how you can go party just days after your daughter drowns in a pool by accident. I don’t get that.

I’m sorry Mr. Baez, but I’m not buying what you’re selling.

In the meantime, I’ll be following ABCAshleigh on twitter for trial updates….maybe Baez will actually come up with something I can believe without calling bullshit.

{Suzie}

Jurors for Casey Anthony

Jurors for Casey Anthony

You don’t have to be from Florida to have heard about Casey Anthony and her ongoing trial troubles. The latest news is on the search for fair jurors, even going so far as to look in my own home county of Pinellas. Officials thought they could seek jurors in Pinellas County who are of similar demographics as those in Orlando, and yet less familiar with the case. However, when a witness was found amongst the potential jurors a couple of weeks ago, a whole group of prospective jurors were dismissed with plans to start again.

If you are one of the precious few who haven’t heard of Casey Anthony…

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When it Rains it Pours

When it Rains it Pours

I had a doozy of a week last week. Life altering things happened to me and I’m still recovering from it. I don’t know where to start, so let’s just talk about school for now…

I’ve mentioned several times throughout this blog that I was hired to take over another teachers job for when she retired, right? Well, the time has come, and this is her final year. I have super mixed emotions about this.

On the one hand, she has been a terrific mentor, a huge supporter of me, a good friend, and an excellent co-worker. I will miss her for all those reasons.

On the other hand, I’m mostly going to miss her because the Principal dropped a bombshell on me on Tuesday. They aren’t going to replace her job….

Uh, in other words it will be me and nothing but me with 30 preschoolers and about 30+ highschoolers all at the same time. Everyday, 5 days a week.

I’m freaking out, people.

I mean, I knew this was a possibility. I should be happy that I had the opportunity to work together with her for the last 3 years so that I could be prepared for this job.

Alone, though? I don’t know.

Did I mention I’m freaking out?

I’ve teetered back and forth with being ok with this for the last 5 days.

Do you think I can call out all next year?

PS-  A big “Thanks” to Rick Scott for cutting even more money from the Florida Education System, you dickhead. What’s next? Shall I work for free? I mean, I basically will be anyhow after 3% of my salary goes to the retirement system, I get 3 furlough days and my insurance goes up.

{Suzie}