Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Happy Halloween!

Well, I survived the hariest day at school for the Fall (besides the first day of school). The always good time Halloween Party! The students loved the Halloween Centres, and they didn't even know that they were learning, as they were completing the activities! It was a fun day, and my student teachers were a great help! Here are some favourite shots from the party, and my Halloween costume. I went as a butterfly this year! Everyone loved the hot pink wig. Some how I think I suit it!

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Have a Safe Journey Mom and Dad!

Well, this weekend has been quite the busy one! Friday was a professional development day, so it feels like I had a bit of a long weekend. Since I had a break from the students. Friday night I went downtown to Richards on Richards to go see the band Five Alarm Funk. Now that was a great band, but the venue was horrible! It was jam packed on the dance floor, and the view upstairs was awesome, but it was so hot up there that I couldn't stay up there. I enjoyed the band, but we wanted to get out and do some dancing, so we ended up at the Plaza Club. We danced the night away. I didn't get home until 3:00a.m. (I haven't done that in a long time.

Saturday, I spent the whole morning and afternoon with Mom and Dad. We all went out for breakfast. We haven't done this in a long time, and we had a fun time reminising about different family fun we have had. (This has been happening a lot since, we have all been watching our family home videos that Dad just had transferred to DVD. Mom helped me make an apple pie, so I had a yummy dessert to take to my friend Frances's house for dinner, for our monthly movie night. Uncle Dinno stopped by for a visit. It was great to see him. We will be heading over to his house for Halloween. Should be a fun time! Have a Safe Trip Mom and Dad! See you for Christmas!

The movie we watched last night was called Cinema Paradise. It was an Italian film with subtitles. But, the funny thing about it was that they had also dubbed the voices in English, and there were English subtitles, so it was funny to be watching. A few of the characters had Brooklyn accents. Didn't really go with the characters. But, I enjoyed the movie and would recommend it to others.

Sunday I slept in! Lovely! I met Julie for lunch and we did our grocery shopping together. Julie can come with me any time as she pushed the shopping cart for me!!

The student teachers are back with me for the next three weeks. I am learning lots as a result of having them in my class. It is a great tradeoff!

Have a Great Week!

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Funny Blog Cartoon

Monday, October 09, 2006

Thanksgiving Dinner

Well, I was lucky enough to have two Thanksgiving dinners this weekend! My friend Debbie hosted a turkey dinner for all her single friends, and then I had the traditional family dinner tonight!

This year was a big dinner as Mom and Dad invited Russ, Isobel, Grandma, Grandpa, Oma, Jo-ann, Dave, Julie, and I to the dinner. We had great food. Mom cooked Tommy the turkey perfectly, and we had great dessert. Homemade apple pie and pumpkin pie. Delicious!

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thank-goodness for long weekends! This past week was a busy week for sure, but I am in a lot better place this year as far as exhaustion goes then other years, so I must be getting better at the whole managing my time thing! This week was a particularly busy week, as I was at work until 6 o'clock three nights and 5 o'clock the fourth night. Meetings galore and meet the teacher interviews. Whoever says that teaching is a 9:00-3:00p.m job has definitely not known a teacher.

Well, I gave my students the traditional"What are you thankful for?" journal entry yesterday, and it was great to see all the things that my students were thankful for. In particular, with one of my new students who finds school to be a real challenge, and he said he is thankful for school. So, this got me thinking to all the things that I am thankful for, so I thought I would answer my own question that I gave my students.

There are many things in my life to be thankful for, but some of them to be honest I take for granted because they have always been there for me. The most important thing that I am thankful for is my family. My Mom and Dad have helped me to reach many of the life goals that I have because they raised me in a loving, caring, nurturing, and consistent environment with clear rules and expectations. I am also thankful for my caring sister, who I get along with so well!! We have our moments, like every other sibiling, but it is great that we can get together and have a good laugh!! I am also thankful to have grown up with an extended family where I get to visit with my grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins on a regular basis, eventhough at times we have to deal with family politics.

I an very fortunate to have a caring group of friends. They are all very supportive through lifes ups and downs, and always are fun to be with. They make life an fun adventure! Without them I would not have girl movie nights, rollerblading, running group, lovely dinners out, getaways like Seattle or Whistler, spa nights, card and scrapbooking parties, walks, runs, coffee shop talks, or girls' nights out.

I am also very thankful for my career, as it gives me excitement in my life and I am able to support myself and my lifestyle with the wage that I earn. There are not many people my age who have degrees and live in an apartment on their own, that they own on their own. So, I believe I do have a lot to be thankful for because I know that there are people who don't have all these things and at times I take some of these luxuries that I have become acustomed to for granted.

Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving!
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