Thursday, January 31, 2008

Avoidance and Fibs......

I am offically avoiding planning for my first class as a "teacher". I tend to do this when somethings seems so huge and daunting. I find many other little things that just HAVE to get done right now. These things are normally things that I would put off on another day but I will do them to avoid something else. For example: I haven't cleaned out my car in months. it is normally not that important and the poptart crumbs ar ein the back seat so I can't see them. Today though, it seems like the perfect activity to do so that I can feel productive and not work on lesson plans. I am terrible!

Yesterday, I walked into the daycare to pick up Kole and his teacher had him by the hand, walking down the hall way to Becky's office (the kids call her the principle but she is the owner and director). I thought, great, what did he do?!? His teacher said, "he's not in trouble, he just needs to tell Becky something". So, understanding that it wasn't that important, I made my way to his cubby, gathered his things, and signed him out. When I got back to Becky's office, three teachers and Becky were staring at me with questioning eyes. I knew something was up because Kole ran to me and hid his face. Finally, someone had the guts to ask "Are you pregnant?" I laughed and said, "No! Why?" I was told that Kole had informed everyone at his school that Mommy had two babies in her belly, that come out sometimes to drink the milk from her boobies." WHAT?!? Where did this come from? And how did he know about breast milk!? His teachers asked him if I had told him that and he said, "No, I told me that! When they marry they will have a baby on Thursday." His timeline is off=). That said, he knew he had been caught in a story because he was so embarrassed. I probably shouldn't have, but I felt so bad for him!

Kole often talks about having a brother or sister ( he said when he gets a baby brother he wants to name him TOOTS!). I think that many of his friends at school are getting babies added to thier families and he really wants one too. My response to him was that when mom and zach get married, we can have babies too. He seemed to take that response and be fine with it, but I thought to myself, how will I explain to him the "right" way to go about these things when I was not married when I had him? How do I let him know that he is so awesome and I wouldn't ever change anything about the choices I made because I got him in the end, without making it seem like those choices were wise choices to begin with?

His imagination never ceases to amaze me. He is full of questions that I would have never expected at his age! How do you explain these things to a four year old without giving too much information?! What is the right way to handle this? Now I am the one with too many questions and a way personal blog.

Time to try to be productive=).

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Student Teaching.....

Well, It has begun. I went to my student teaching placement today for "visitation". I am placed at East Side High School. It is a nice school and I do like my cooperating teacher. Most teachers and administrators I met today knew either my dad, worked with my dad, knew my grandfather, or worked with my grandfather. This is a plus because they were/are good men that people respect and look up to. So, when people found out who I was, they generally liked me. Rock on for the awesome well known fam.

All this being said, there is a down fall. Even though I live on East Side and the school is East Side High School (even though it is almost in south Fairmont), Kole's Daycare is in the West Side area of town. School at EFHS also starts at 730, teachers need to be there at 700. Kole man's daycare doesn't open its doors until 700. There is the problem. Luckily, my teacher is usually late, coming in around 715 so I think I can make it at the same time. Poor Koley Oley though. He has to be the first one in the daycare in the morning and stay until 4ish. And thats only if I don't come home after school to work on the numerous things that need to be done this semester in silence (or without having to fetch a cheese stick or entertain).

I hate having a real (ish) job. This one sucks even more because I'M NOT GETTING PAID! Soon enough I tell myself. I can't wait to be done. At this rate, I could have been a doctor.

Monday, January 14, 2008

A day at the farm

Well, school has started and is already in full force. I have started block this semester. We are in class for four weeks and then finish out the semester in student teaching. There are so many assignments due already that I might just have a heart attack!

Kole and I got back from Arkansas this past Thursday. Overall, the trip was miserable but I was so thankful for the peaceful and relaxing (yet few) moments we got out at the farm. It is so cool to be able to hang out with your grandparents as an adult.

I heard many stories about my mother, aunts, and uncle (which were hilarious!), and just generally talked over coffee in the morning about random things that were on our minds, or not so random things that were serious.

All this said, Mamaw's and Papaw's farm is awesome. I was so sad to leave them at the end of the week but also happy to get back to my fiance and life in WV. Here are a few pictures from an afternoon on the farm.

Kole was so excited to get to ride in the FRONT SEAT with Papaw around the farm land.

Another picture of Kole throughly enjoying himself in the truck. Papaw and Kole were buddies.

Trying to get a better look at the cows.


Mamaw helping Kole over the stile (is that how you spell it??)

He was really having fun even though his face looks terrible in this photo!

I think Papaw enjoyed sharing the time with Kole man.

They match! How stinkin' cute is that.

Papaw had to fix Kole's strap=)

Kole really wanted me to take a picture of the cows butt behind him so I kinda camoflauged it with Kole in the front. Look closely, and you will see the nasty cow butt he was so excited about!

Mamaw had just explained to Kole that No, those weren't four "pee-pee's" but a cows teet that calfs drink milk out of. So funny!

I think Mamaw was explaining something to Kole here and he had finally figured it out.

Tara and Kole just chillin' out after an awesome lunch cooked to perfection by Mamaw herself. It really was so so so delicious.

Like I said, the "other" reason we were in AR was not so fun, but our time spent with beloved family was so priceless and I was thankful for it. I have the most wonderful, selfless, spiritual grandparents in the world.

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