Thursday, December 29, 2011

Wait! I have a blog? I completely forgot!!

I can't believe I haven't blogged since the end of September. What the heck? So, I thought I'd recap the last three months, since I'm sure the world out there is just empty with knowing every little thing I've been doing!!

So, in my last post I mentioned that I was tutoring through March. No changes there. That's still the plan. There's a maternity leave that needs to be filled and hopefully I'll get to do that, as well. There have been some changes in the state's school employee benefits - several employees have been forced into retirement. While that's terrible for them - it really is - it will open up positions for those of us still waiting to have our own classroom. I'm just hoping this next school year will be the year for me. I love my job now, but it's not permanent and it's not full time. I love what I'm doing with the kids!! Just have to keep praying it turns into full time and permanent at some point!!

October was uneventful. Cole picked a Halloween costume and then decided he didn't want to Trick or Treat - no surprises there though. He's never been a fan of Halloween and the whole Trick or Treating process.

November was pretty busy. I had a little but of time off from school and worked extra hours at the mall. My Christmas job was really fun - worked with great people and just had fun the entire time!! We did a few fun things though - here's a few photos:

Matt Nathanson concert at WorkPlay.  It was FABULOUS!!  I'd been waiting to see him in concert since April - so excited I get to actually meet him after the show.  He was really nice - very thankful to us all for coming out to the show.  Shook hands with the guys, hugged the girls - still a little giddy!!!

Thanksgiving was spent in Mississippi at Jason's grandma's house.  We got a family shot in front of the pond.

 We got to see this sweet girl, too!!  My niece is really really really adorable!!

December has been really busy, too.  Lots of hours at the Christmas store which meant lots of personalized ornaments!  We spent a week in Walt Disney World.  As always, that's a blast.  We had a great time and got back just in time to run around like crazy and enjoy Christmas.

We attended A Highland Christmas, which was fabulous - the candle lighting at the end is always my favorite - brings tears to my eyes.  We spent Christmas Eve at my mom's with the whole family.  Tons of little girls giggling and running around this year - it was great.  Christmas day started with Santa leaving Cole way too many goodies - as usual.  We've spent this week opening all the boxes, putting in batteries and trying to beat video games!!  We are headed to Mobile this weekend for Christmas with the Tanners.  So, it's still Christmas for us!!

School starts back January 4th.  I'm ready to get back to my room.  Since I have three more months, I want to spend a little more time getting my room looking good - it's more like a room with tons of left over stuff from other places and furniture that's falling apart.  I would love to have the money to do really fun things in my room, but just don't have it.  I've done the best I can with what I've got though and that's what counts.  I'll be working on Math for the next little while - I can't wait - teaching Math is really one of the most enjoyable subjects to teach to me. 

I'm also working on cleaning out the guest room - again!! January always seems like the time to clean out and move on.  I have neglected my scrapbooking all year really, so I'm planning on getting back to that this next year.  I'm planning on spending the next few weeks just thinking about what 2012 should be for me, my family and what goals I want to achieve!! 

I hope the beginning of the year brings you joy and happiness and you can accomplish all the thing you want in 2012!!


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