Sunday, April 10, 2011

Coming to an End?

Without trying to count our chickens before they hatch we are very optimistic that our AZ adventure could be coming to an end within the next few months. Nothing is anywhere near final and anything could happen but things are looking very good for a job prospect in Pennsylvania. We have our fingers and toes crossed. We find out details about being brought out to PA for an in person interview and if that and a few other things go well we could be planning another cross-country move this June!

No more Diapers!

I know, I know, I still have a lot of catch-up to do, but I am just so excited by this news! We no longer have to buy diapers!!!!!!!!! Last weekend (April 2nd specifically) Emily potty trained herself. There was very little to no effort on my or Jon's part, she just did it. To say we are shocked is a bit of an understatement. On Friday, so April 1st, we happened to be out enjoying our favorite outdoor splash area (a little fountain at an outdoor mall) and ran out of diapers so Miss Emily had to go commando. She told us twice that night that she had to go potty and didn't have any accidents. Hoping it wasn't just some horrible April Fool's Joke being played by our little girl we decided to put her in underwear the next day and she was accident free and we haven't looked back since. She's had an accident here and there but that is to be expected. Everyone said little girls are easier to potty train than little boys, I just never imagined it would be THIS easy!

Where did I leave off? October 2010?

October went by rather quickly, but was still exciting. Since we start school at the beginning of August we get Fall Break in October. Of course we spent the week at Disneyland! We saw several characters we typically don't see in the parks and everything/everyone was decked out for Halloween. Emily was very excited to meet characters this trip, she would RUN up to them (especially the princesses and fairies and of course Mickey Mouse) and give a big hug!

After a fun week it was back to work. "My" student teacher took over my regular English classes so I began teaching a new core replacement class to help struggling readers. I had to teach two different course simultaneously and while a bit difficult I fell in love with those classes. My largest class had about 15 kids in it and it was my favorite time teaching, ever!

Unfortunately all good things must come to an end. The student teacher couldn't stay forever and we had to prepare for my return to the regular classroom, which meant something had to be done so these students continued getting the instruction they needed. With a little help from a couple other teachers I completely redid the entire 7/8 schedule and made individual schedules for every student (they were traveling by homerooms). I would still be able to teach one section of the core replacement class but then would teach regular 8th grade English the rest of the day (or so I thought).

About the end of October our 7/8 Science teacher quit. Our principal asked me if I would like the Science position (since I am highly qualified) and I said no. About 2 weeks later I was told it wasn't a choice, I had to take the Science job so after Thanksgiving I began my 3rd job in my 4th classroom since the beginning of this school year (and I was hired originally to teach kindergarten....if only I had stayed in kindergarten, lol).

As for the rest of October though, before I get too carried away, the kids were very excited about Halloween this year. Emily was Jessie and Nathan was Buzz Lightyear (both from Toy Story...duh). Since Halloween fell on a Sunday and we are in a new area and didn't know the Trick-or-Treat "rules" for our condo complex so we were glad that our Ward had a really fun Halloween Party complete with Trunk or Treat. I had a lot of fun decorating our trunk. It was nice to be able to actually be outside since for many years in MI we had to move the Trunk-or-Treat indoors due to weather.

Did I mention the Pie Eating Contest. I didn't win but I think I was in 3rd or 4th place. Next year I need nose plugs, then I will win!

We also had fun at a local corn maze!

Well I think that sums up our October! Hpe you enjoyed reading about our October AZ adventures.