May 24, 2011

dinosaurs and beyond

so our 4th nine weeks exhibit is up and ready! we've been learning all about dinosaurs and beyond, soooo

welcome to our paleontology dig!

here's our dig sites all set up. we really did get to go dig for fossils this year, behind waffle house, no less. it was quite exciting.

our dinosaur timeline and the different landscapes with each. i felt like i was about 2 days ahead of the kids on learning these :)

travel journals! here's where we recorded all that we learned about dinosaurs

cave drawings

and brochures to inform people all about our human footprint and how to save the planet

in spanish, our 2nd graders have been writing comic strips in spanish! so impressive!

aren't these flowers pretty?! love the creativity here

even through the craziness and rush and work, i've really enjoyed our exhibits each nine weeks. it's so fun to see how excited and proud the kids are of their work and how much they love to show it off. i'm going to miss these second graders!

May 22, 2011

o happy day.

May 21, 2011

little happies

it totally stinks to only teach somewhere for a year because in a couple years, i'm going to be that teacher that taught 2nd grade but nobody quite remembers my name. while i remember all my teacher's names, james doesn't remember a lot of his, so i know it happens. well, in cleaning out my fabric for the move and trying to bribe my kids into remembering my name, i made them some little happies for the end of the year - easy-peasy headbands for the girls and cute little bowties for the boys

how cute are my models?!

maxwell - the reason i want to name a kid max. too stinkin cute.

i used { the pleated poppys } no sew bowtie tutorial and it was super easy - all you need is an iron and glue gun

this one is my favorite. little boys look too cute in bowties!
i have so loved teaching 2nd grade this year. my class is really precious and i'll be so sad to say goodbye on monday!

May 19, 2011

pretty day

May 16, 2011

fun days

we've been soaking up our last days in chattanooga and cashing in all our gift certificates at our favorite places

like ganghis grill (james loves it when i take his picture in restaurants :)

the market on sundays

and the pizza at big river grill. oh i do love

and even though it's always packed, i do love the walking bridge

and it's pretty views

yep, that's cars beneath us. i always love a good thrill :)

such fun memories

May 14, 2011

cookies & crafts

as a fundraiser for our school, all the teachers auctioned off fun activities to do with the kids. the 2nd grade teachers offered what we do best - cookies and crafts.

we got to spend the afternoon with 5 sweet girls making all types of stuff

we made flower headbands, button rings, bags, and ponytail holders

(notice the justin bieber on the bag...)

the girls took our ideas and ran with them

and i'm pretty sure we had as much fun as the girls!

May 8, 2011

happy mother's day!

Happy Mother's Day to the greatest mom's we know!
You are such a blessing to us. We wouldn't be who we are if it wasn't for you. Wish we we were there to celebrate with you.
We Love you!!!

May 2, 2011

{chicago} my first trip!

this weekend, we made the first of many trips to chicago and had a great time. i interviewed, we tried a church, met a lot of people, tried out chicago style pizza, and even found an apartment! we're exhausted but got a lot accomplished! woohoo!

when we stepped off the plane and the weather was 40 degrees and rainy, i'm pretty sure my sandals and light cardigan screamed "we ain't from around here!"

the nicest couple from the school where i interviewed offered to let us stay with them so we started driving and not far from chicago, this is what we saw. this is all we saw - corn fields. everywhere. it was so strange - there would be acres and acres of farmland and then an outlet mall would pop up out of no where. then more and more fields and then a huge subdivision. james was getting more excited at the prospect of duck hunting, i was getting worried. i mean, as much as i love farms, i don't want to move all the way across the country to live somewhere that looks like the MS delta, you know?

thankfully, we finally got to wheaton and it is the cutest, most quaint little town that looks like it's straight from a movie

we even found an apartment right next to downtown, a half a block from the metro, and less than a mile to james' school. and get this - it even has a (drumroll please...)


can you believe that? a machine that washes your dishes. oh i'm so excited and promise to never, ever take it for granted. not quite as good as a dishwasher but high up on the list - we've got 2 bathrooms! i forgot to ask about an ice maker, but if it has that, then all my dreams have come true. seriously. was God in this or what. oh and we've even got 2 bedrooms so we're expecting lots of visitors, ok?? it set right in the middle of these cute little houses, but fortunately for us, the apt has some sweet 70's style brick on the front and sweet 70's style brick = affordable, if you know what i mean. it couldn't have gotten any better.

we had to stop by the apple store because we forgot our computer charger and they let us plug ours in for a min

and i'm already of fan of their pizza. i'm actually a fan of any pizza but theirs was exceptional

i was a bit nervous about my southern draaawl. it only gets higher and more slow when i'm nervous, so you can understand an interview might not be my best representation. well, we touched down and i though 'i sound just like these people! we've got nothing to worry about!'
apparently "ya'll" gives us away.
and apparently we say "ya'll" a lot.
the low point might have been when i was teaching the kindergarteners for my interview and asked them if they liked to read poems. they all shook their heads and said they'd never read any poems and i was a bit surprised because a lot of K reading is based on poetry, so i read them an example and suddenly they knew what i was talking about.
fyi - don't say poeeeeems, it's more like e like in egg to those northerners :)

we didn't have any time to sightsee downtown, but james indulged me by just driving through

i'm not gonna lie - we're both a bit nervous about the weather and all, but we're trusting God has a perfect plan for us there!

plus MS is only a plane ride away

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