Book #9

I haven’t written in a couple months! I have been so busy. I’m trying to learn the balance of home life and work life. It is definitely not easy. I’m learning it’s nearly impossible to do your best as a teacher without staying at the school from 7am-5:30pm. This way of life is exhausting and I can’t do it anymore. I refuse to sacrifice my family and my life, in general, to make copies or do things that can wait another day. My goal this week is to leave by 4 every day. I need to take care of myself. If I’m in a better place personally, that will make me a better teacher, giving me patience, energy, and more love to give to the students.

Leaving my tangent, I finished another book. I forget how much I love reading for pleasure. I just finished Where’d You Go, Bernadette. This book is pretty different than what I usually read. I love reading intense, controversial books. Where’d You Go, Bernadette was fun and creative. The book is mainly written through letters which made it a little confusing, but also kept me on my toes. I would love to explore this author even more. Until then, I’m waiting for Wonder and Goblet of Fire from the library.

Six books to go!

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Couldn’t Put Book #8 Down!

I’m not going to lie, I was afraid to read the book, Room. I only read it because I had some good friends highly recommend it. The idea of reading a book about a girl who was kidnapped in college was terrifying. I am SO glad that I read it! The author is so creative and talented, writing from the perspective of a five year old boy. She wrote as if she were a boy that hadn’t experienced the world yet.There were so many emotions that were sparked while reading (sadness, excitement, fear, happiness, etc.). I loved this book! I just couldn’t put it down.

Next on my list is Wonder. I finally figured out how to get ebooks from the library on Kindle. I put myself on the waitlist for three books and of course I get them all at the same time! I have a ton of reading to do! The third one is Where’d You Go Bernadette.

V for Victor-y

While I wait for my Wawa sandwich, I’m thinking about last night. Victor! What?! I guess he was the best competitor of all the evicted Big Brother house guests. Good for him. I still want Nicole and James to win. Do you think he will have a hard time transitioning back into the house? Who will he create an alliance with now that he is back? Will he be out next week because he already had one chance? So many questions!! I can’t wait until Sunday!

I’m also a HUGE fan of the James and Natalie showmance! So unexpected.

Who is the next one out of the house?

Follow Up to Yesterday

Wow, I guess I didn’t realize that everyone was going to vote for Tiffany yesterday. I thought that it would have been a closer vote. If you don’t know what I am talking about, you should watch Big Brother.

Tonight we get to see who comes back into the house! I can’t wait! Who do you think it will be? Honestly, I don’t think any of them are great competitors. I’m thinking Tiffany or Bronte. Tiffany left with a fight. Where was that before this week? She might still be in the house if she played like that the whole time.

On a personal note, I am so proud of my daughter. At Vacation Bible School this week, the kids were asked to collect coins in their house to help kids who are less fortunate than us. I totally forgot and without prompting she asked if we can give the coins in our coin jar. How generous? She also for the first time had to go to the restroom in the middle of the night, while she was sleeping in underwear. She actually got out of bed and told us she had to go. That is a HUGE step! She is becoming such a big girl!

This is serious…

I will keep it short and sweet. I can’t keep all of these questions inside! Big Brother will have been on three nights in a row this week! It’s on Friday and I am so excited!

  1. Who is going home tonight?! Tiffany or Mama Da’? I seriously think it could go either way. Is Tiffany strong enough like her sister to flip the house towards Da’? I don’t think it will be too difficult, but also the houseguests are pretty adamant on getting Tiffany out. I guess we will just have to see. I’m still a huge fan of James and Nicole.
  2. Don’t forget that this will be the fifth houseguest out of the house and one will fight to come back. Who do you think it will be? We have Glenn, Josea, Victor, Bronte, and whoever this next person ends up being.

I know that my love for reality tv is ridiculous, but if you don’t watch Big Brother you totally should.

Sometimes It’s The Small Things

Honestly, I am writing this instead of working on my ESOL class. Why did I think that I would actually finish this online class early? I’m WAY behind. Paralysis by analysis, my friends.

I have been so excited about things recently. Many are little things, but then there are two big things that are unbelievably exciting for me.

Little Thing #1
Almost nothing is better than 20 wings for $10 at Publix. They are pre-made and I just add either Parmesan Garlic or Buffalo sauce. Even if they aren’t eaten all in one sitting, they are really good as leftovers.

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Are your mouths watering yet? This was my afternoon snack. Don’t judge!

Little Thing #2
I went to the store at the library today. Many teachers have told me to go and check it out, but I was totally judging. How will all the “leftover” or donated books be ones that my students will like? Uh, I just bought all of these for $5!

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I’m not kidding, I was over the moon excited about this purchase. My students LOVE Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Magic Tree House. I can’t wait to go back next week to see what they have!

Big Thing #1
Our car insurance price is outrageous. When I moved to Florida, the price doubled. They told me that the young people blame the old people, the old people blame the young people, and everyone blames the tourists for the high prices. I just went with it. We had a ton going on at that time. I was starting my first year teaching, Josh was looking for jobs, and we had literally just moved to Florida. I got my new price for the next six months and it went up $10/month! Are you kidding?! I literally was a loyal customer for seven years. Yesterday, I decided to call another company. I was able to add renters insurance to a better car insurance policy and the price ended up being half the price I was paying before. You do the math, but we will be paying $200 less a month!!!! WHAT?! I’m not going to lie, I am so proud of myself!

Big Thing #2
During this journey of my big thing #1, we found out that the owners of our condo want to sell it. No, we aren’t upset. This is actually a really neat situation. Josh and I have really wanted to grow our family for awhile now. We believe that the next step for us is to foster to adopt rather than have more biological children. Recently, it has been really tough because we can’t legally foster children in our two bedroom condo. We have two opposite gendered children and the foster child can only stay in a room of the same sex. Also, we are outgrowing our place in general. I had been talking to Josh about trying to have biological children because it would just be an easier situation. We came to the consensus that I would just be trying to control the situation and that isn’t what we really want to do.

I’ve been completely set on buying a house instead of renting because moving is a pain and I don’t want to have an extra move before we buy. This would put us at least a year from buying, which would put us at least a year from fostering. We get a call yesterday from the owners of the condo we live in telling us that they want to sell our condo. What an answer to prayers. We are being forced to make a decision. Now we have to move, so why not upgrade to a bigger place and get started on our dream?! I am so excited for this process and to give hope to children that are going through difficult times. I’ve opened my mind to renting again, but definitely praying for a miracle that we can buy something!

What are some things that you are excited about?

 

Book #7 (Ahh, too intense?!)

I’m not home, so I’m writing this post from my phone. I haven’t done this in a long time!

I finished book 7! Don’t be too excited, it is a book that is a third grade reading level. It’s a battle book. These are books that the state and district encourage fourth graders to read for a competition at the end of the year. The book is called Serafina’s Promise. It’s about a girl, Serafina, who lives in Haiti and wants to be a doctor. She has a lot of situations in her life that make this dream very difficult to come true. 

Honestly, I thought this book was super intense and sad! I’ve only taught fourth grade for one year so far, but how much can these kids handle? Even though this book was an easy read, I am a little uncomfortable with the content for a fourth grader. Maybe I’m just an overprotective mom…

When I read this book, I was constantly thinking of a student in my class at the beginning of the year. That student’s family died in the Haiti earthquake. A large part of this story is about the earthquake. What would I have done? The state and district seem to believe it’s okay for the kids to read if they included it on the battle list. Would I have let the student read it with the possibility of triggering trauma? Do I have it in my classroom, but make sure the student doesn’t read it? Do I not even include it in my classroom library? What about the other students? I think fourth graders need to start having deeper conversations, but where is the line?

What would you have done?