Friday, December 16, 2011

1st Semester=done!

I can't believe how fast this first semester of teaching went by! Is that how it always is your first year? It feels like yesterday was my very first day and I was a hot mess because I felt like the kids could see right through me how scared I really was! Ha! How far I've come! (I think I hide it very well ;)

This first semester has met me with great success and many challenges along the way. Throw being a youth leader, joining the church choir, and allowing the Lord to help me be a good wife in there... it got a little crazy. But the Lord was/is/will be always faithful.

I have already put on 3 programs this year, each one unique and fun. And a plus: it's always good to hear positive feedback from parents and my principal of course! AND the kids loved it, so that's what really matters.

I've been blessed with a wonderful choir, Celebration Singers, who performed 5 different times this semester already! And once was on TV at 6:45 in the morning! How amazing they are to get up and sing!

I've been given the great challenge of trying to get the students up to speed where they need to be musically. This has been good for me, because I am always making sure there is a purpose in everything I do. But also can be frustrating when 2nd graders are doing the same thing as 5th graders at times... so far kinder and 1st are the only grades on track! I'm excited for them when they are 5th graders to see what they are able to accomplish musically! And maybe this is just me because I'm love music and I'm a nerd, but how cool is it that these kids can now literally read music?? (pretty cool if you ask me!)

I just started teaching the 5th graders how to play guitar, because let's get real, everyone who play guitar is cool. They LOVE it. I mean, those 5th graders are a difficult bunch, but some of them were just the sweetest things: "Mrs. Nice this was so much fun!" I'm asking my parents for a guitar this Christmas!" (your welcome parents!) "Thank you SO much Mrs. Nice for teaching us!" <--my personal favorite

I'm very excited to see what this next semester has in store for me and my students. I am so blessed to be at the school I am at, with the students I have, the staff, and amazing supportive parents. What a blessing from the Lord! And the Christmas blessing are overflowing! Literally!

That's not even it all unpacked/wrapped!

My personal favorite. She must see me with my water cup every day! Love it!

So for those of you who have been praying for me and this semester at school, thank you! I have been blessed to the extreme and more.

Joyfully teaching,

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Busy little bee!

Wow. What a busy time of year this is!!! Not only is it super busy with school, but with church as well. So many exciting things going on!

I cannot express how excited I am for Christmas break to come!!! And only in 1 week!!!!! aaah!!! What will I do with myself?? I'm praying this next week flies by! Thankfully, this next week won't be as busy as last week.

Last week's festivities included the following:
Sunday: Young adult dinner with church
Monday: stay in!
Tuesday: Youth leader Christmas get together
Wednesday: Performing on TV with my choir at 6:45 in the morning... in the cold, Faculty Christmas dinner/party/thing, and Youth
Thursday: Our niece's 3rd birthday celebration!

Friday: A Christmas Carol performance that a few of my precious students were in. (I'm sorry, i just couldn't get over this girl's hat. It started off being a little to the side of her head, and eventually by the end of it, it was literally on the side of her head (as you can see). It was so funny.

One of my students was Tiny Tim. She was so cute!

And her little sisters were just precious little kids in the chorus!

Saturday: Breakfast with Santa at school (with the choir performing), and then choir performing at a nursing home, and then hay ride at church later!

aaahh... makes me tired just thinking about all of that! This next week won't be so busy. But I AM starting to teach my 5th graders guitar, so that will be fun!

I really can't believe that this first half of the year is almost over. It has flown by like no other. My first year teaching will be over before I know it! Right now, though, I am trying to focus on the moment at hand, and enjoy it to the fullest. :)

Thursday, December 1, 2011

HEB love

If you don't live next to an HEB, I'm sorry. So very, very sorry. It's pretty much the best grocery store out there. And I'm not lyin'. If you do have the pleasure to frequent an HEB near you, (or even a Central Market!), you hafta, hafta, hafta, hafta try this ice cream!

Now, this isn't one of those ice creams that says 'Eggnog' and then kinda has a little smidge-hint of eggnogg-y sorts.


This ice cream literally tastes like the drink. To says "it's so good" would be an understatement.

So for all of you who don't live in the great state of Texas and don't have access to HEB, come on down for Christmas sometime and we'll get you hooked up!

Happy December!