Wednesday, September 30, 2009

My Classroom

My preK class has gone really well so far! I spent all summer getting ready and have finally put the finishing touches on my room. I love spending my mornings with these 4 year-olds, even when they are being a little crazy. I have already seen improvements with some that couldn't even write their name a month ago, and now they have it mastered! I love to see the excitement on their faces when we introduce something new and fun. They don't even realize they are learning! I especially love their puzzled looks when they think I am doing something crazy, but it turns out to be something really neat and fun. One of their favorite parts of our week is our bible story time. They all love to learn the stories in the bible and are very interactive with the curriculum. Praise God! I have the best job ever! :)
"But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen." - 2 Peter 3:18

Keri's First Softball Practice

Keri was excited to see that two of her friends were on her softball team. One is her BFF Gracie that she met at the First Baptist MDO 3 years ago, and the other is Madison from daycare. Keri did really well and is going to have so much fun. Practice was cancelled yesterday, so we still won't know many details until Friday. Hopefully we will get a schedule and find out when they play their first game. :)

Monday, September 21, 2009

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Fall-Like Weather!

The much needed rain last weekend was great, but it messed up our weekend plans! We were on our way to Mimi's house when we got stuck in a huge thunderstorm & flooding in Salado. We had to turn around and come home. :( We plan to try that trip again very soon!

The weather has been awesome this week! What a nice break from the record-breaking heat this summer. Softball season is here and Keri is so on the lookout for t-ball pictures soon! We've been spending a lot of time outside and enjoying the cool breeze:

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Already in the Principal's Office

I was in the Principal's office, not Keri. I was going to write a long post ranting about what happened to Keri at school last week, but I think I will just give the short version. I have had time to calm down, and the situation has gotten much better. :)

Keri's teacher called me last Friday during her conference period to tell me that Keri had a rough morning. While they were waiting to go to class, another little boy said some horrible things to her. The things he said were very disturbing and really upset Keri. Thankfully, a couple of adults witnessed the conversation and the little boy was sent to the office. All this happened before school started while they were waiting in line in the gym.

Of course, I left work early and went straight to the Principal's office. I needed to make sure this would NEVER happen again. I actually felt bad for the little boy; he never should have even known about the things he was saying to my daughter. I knew that it probably wasn't even his fault. I was afraid that his parents would not take the situation seriously and that this would happen again...not just to Keri, but another child. The principal assured me that the situation would be handled and we were hopeful. She wrote an office referral, called his parents, and the little boy was already in the counselor's office.

When Keri came home from school on Monday, she told me that the little boy came up to her that morning with his Daddy and told her that he was sorry. Praise the Lord! I was so relieved to know that his parents knew what he did was wrong and made sure he apologized. On Tuesday, the principal had duty in the car-rider line and put Keri in the car. She told me that she felt confident that the situation was under control. The little boy's mother had been in her office and they were communicating over the phone as well. Another sigh of relief!

I knew that putting my child in school would be hard, but I certainly wasn't prepared for this! I have seen and experienced many unique situations being a teacher and knew that eventually something would happen. It is so different when you are the parent. When someone hurts or is mean to my baby (yes, she is still my baby) my mama bear instincts kick in. My rationale is definitely different in "mama" mode. Overall, I am pleased with how the situation was handled and feel much better now.

Keri? She was over it last Friday. She has such a forgiving heart and I am so proud of her. I love my sweet little girl so much!

And that my friends, is the short version! :)

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Kendal's Favorite Song

One of Kendal's Favorite songs is "I Worship You" by Mercy Me (a Christian band). Here are the lyrics:

I’ve been walking with a big grin
Singing with my eyes closed
Lifting up my hands
I’ve been lost in the moment
Sending up praises
Now I think I understand
When I open up
And let it flow
I feel Your touch and then I know

I can never live without it
And I’m never going to doubt it
Everyday it’s new, yeah
There’s nothing any better
I’ll be singing it forever
I worship You

I’m standing on the edge now
Looking to a new place
Going deeper still
The feeling is electric
The power and the glory
Just move me where You will
Cause you take the song and make it fly
Into my soul and that is why


I just want to dive into Your grace
I want to feel Your presence, seek Your face
I just want to be where You are
I can never live without it
And I’m never going to doubt it
Everyday is new, yeah


She loves to sing along with the song in the car. Here is a video I took of her singing while we were waiting in the car-rider line to pick Keri up from school: