Friday, December 30, 2011

A Good Break

Where has the time gone?! How could December pass me by so quickly? Maybe it's because it's been so darn busy.
We'll separate this month into sections so you can choose to skip something if I'm boring you.
 Okay we'll talk about what most people care about first. Charlie has gotten so big. I just can't believe it. I see him every day, but when I pull him out of the crib each morning he looks bigger. It's not just my imagination either. At his last pediatrician appointment he was 26.5 inches long (which is tall by the way). He weighed 14 lbs 9.5 oz (that is lean, but the doctor wasn't worried). So, yeah, he has been growing!
He has also developed quite a bit. He follows sounds and people really well now. Smiles are super abundant, especially for Daddy. He's started to realize that there are strangers in the world, which has made a few Grandmas and Grandpas sad when he cries when they hold him. Charlie is also starting to grab things, though he is still really uncoordinated. I hope that develops soon. He is also really close to rolling over. He can roll over to his side, but he cannot quite seem to go the rest of the way. He can also sit up, with help. He has no balance.
Charlie was spoiled rotten for Christmas. I think I've mentioned the Toothless stuffed animal that Grandma was making for him. If not, now you know. It turned out really cute, and really big! Thank you so much Gram it's so cute. Charlie also got some pretty cool outfits, some money saved away for him from Aunt Pam and Uncle Glenn, toys (many), and some books. It was a good first Christmas. Okay, no, Charlie was SOOOOOO grumpy on Christmas. He did not get the sleep he needed during the day, and he was letting us know.
Christmas for Brooke and Jay
It was really busy, but I think we were both able spoil each other and were spoiled by others. When you add in everything that Charlie got, I would say it was a pretty awesome Christmas. I didn't even mention how much family time we got. Almost too much family time. I was ready to kill everyone, but I sure do love them!
Jay got me a locket, I cannot wait to put pictures of my two favorite people in there.
The Future
The future is uncertain. It's Jay's last day at work. He's getting laid off, again. So, we're not sure what's gunna happen there. He has an interview on Tuesday, but the job isn't for something he's done before, so he's not sure he'll get it.
I finally received my student teaching assignment. Hunter Junior High. That's all I know so far though, because I haven't had a chance to contact them, they went on Holiday Break the day I got my letter. So I'll find out January 3rd what is going on there, hopefully. I'm a little worried because it's a junior high. I don't imagine I'll have a cooperating teacher with 7 periods of Biology. There just isn't that much Biology in Junior High. So I don't know what else I'll be teaching and I'm unsure of my abilities in other areas. I mean, I'm sure I'll be fine. I might even learn some more. But it just feels bad to not be certain of what I am teaching. I'm nervous anyway, to teach, so it doesn't help.
I have an orientation up at Weber at 8 am on January 2nd. It seems so unfair. Most of the state is on Holiday and I have to wake up early and go to school. At least I don't have to take the frontrunner, Jay will be out of a job and I'm gunna have him take me up. I'm not sure what I want him to do with Charlie, since I think it will be a long day.

Well, that's all I got so far. I didn't accomplish nearly enough this break. I did finish one book, The Book Thief, it was very good. I think I'm about a quarter through Zelda. My puzzle just ended up on the floor in a soup of pepsi, tepanyaki, and black cat........
Maybe next break I can get more done.

Quote: "Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it."Buddha

Sunday, December 11, 2011

November and the First Bit of December

This last couple of weeks has been absolutely crazy! I told you that I would be teaching, right. Well, that went well. My lessons went better than expected. The kids seemed to really enjoy them and, aside from one person commenting that they thought it was creepy that I was always listening at their table, the students seemed to like me. The creepy thing really bothered me. Here's the thing. One, I was going around to EVERY table and seeing how the students were doing. Two, I did focus on a certain table because the student I was doing my case study on sat there. I dunno. That bothered me a little, so I thought I'd blow some steam off here. Considering that was almost a month ago and I'm still offended by it, it must have hit a nerve. Anyway..... I really did have a lot of fun teaching. And, like I said, I did a pretty good job. I sounded nervous, but I think that was because of my peers, who were present.
After teaching, things really went into hyper drive. Suddenly there was all kinds of analyses to do on our teaching, a big old portfolio, and wrapping up everything else. Holy cow. But, I made it through. We enjoyed a lovely Thanksgiving. Hanging with the family is always a lot of fun. Charlie looked cute in his little first Thanksgiving Onesie. All was well.
School ended and since then I've been trying to clean a little bit. Everything got away from me during school. That lasted one or two days. I got the ferrets clean and I managed to clean off Grandma's pool table and vacuum all of the Penny hair off of it. The rest of my break I've been reading and playing Zelda. It's been entertaining. It's a new game! YAY ZELDA
I do tend to get a little depressed when I am idle. So I've really been trying to clean and stay busy.
I can't wait for Charlie's first Christmas. We got him a Lion King Blankie. I have to tie it together I guess, but that should be easy enough, I've done one of those before. I also adopted a wolf in Charlie's name. He probably won't care, but he'll get a little wolf stuffed animal out of it. Other than that, ok, this kid is spoiled. He gets a Christmas onesie or jammies every time we go to the store. Gram got him this HUGE baby Einstein bouncer for Christmas. Of course, he's already been in it. He's a little small physically and developmentally, but he has fun for a little bit. There's a rattle on it that he can work, he's sat there for an hour just pushing that thing back and forth. And yelling at it. Man, this kid can YELL. Not a mad yell, just letting the world know he can 'talk.' It's cute.... unless it's in the middle of the night. :D I love that Charlie. In fact, Jay's dad said we should make a blog of webpage up for him. I think I'll do just that. I don't think I'll give him a facebook page. That's kind of silly in my opinion. But maybe a blog. We'll see. I'll post it when I do.
Speaking of Charlie. We went and visited Santa on Friday. Charlie was a very good boy. He was smiling and everything. But the picture of his smile wasn't very good. His coat was covering his smile. But we liked this one.
Hopefully I'll find out where I'm student teaching this week. I can't wait, but I'm so nervous. Typical Brooke. We'll see if I'm really cut out for this.

Anyway, Merry Christmas. Hopefully I'll get one more post in before the year ends! Love ya'll!