Friday, February 22, 2008

Thoughts from a first grader...

 I am not sure at what age you begin to develop common sense, yet I do know it is after six- years old.  Well, maybe children develop this common sense at different paces, like puberty. All I do know is that most of my class has not started to develop the part of the brain that makes decisions based on common sense.  I will give you a good chuckle and try to create a picture of my life as a first grade teacher through a couple funny moments in the past weeks. 

*  Last week I was teaching a great science lesson on natural resources.  We were learning about the difference between a man-made resource and a natural resource.  The kids were really grasping the concept, no one was poking anyone, all was well in room 10.  All of a sudden, Bailey starts crying, jumping up and down, and shaking his head back and forth.  He runs up to me and begins to tell me how he was playing with a rubber band and some how it got stuck in his ear.  I looked but could not see anything.  I sent him to the nurse, who had to use pliers to pull the rubber band out of Bailey's ear.  I guess my science lesson was not interesting enough for him.

*  We had a step team and drum team from the local high school perform for us yesterday (which is kind of funny in and of itself).   Most of my kids LOVED it.  While all their little bodies were bouncing along to the beat, I saw Robert crying and covering his ears.  I motioned for him to come and tell me what was wrong, and he proceeded to tell me that he has tubes in his ears and he is scared that the drums are going to knock them out!  I assured him that he would be fine.

* Kids in first grade really don't like when other kids are staring at them.  Well, someone was staring at Bailey on Tuesday and he decided that he did not like it, so he stuck up his middle finger at him.  It was the end of the day, so I could not send him to the office, so I wrote a note home to his mother and I had a long talk with Bailey about why that was not allowed in school.  I also told him that if the note did not come back signed, he would not play at recess the next day.  Well on Wednesday, Bailey walked into my classroom and I asked him for the note.  He very seriously tells me that he thought about it last night and he decided that he did not need to play at recess for the rest of the year.  He would just sit and watch everyone else play.  Poor Bailey thought this was be best option.  I burst his bubble when I wrote a new note home telling him that if this one did not come back we would call Mom and he could tell her what happened. 

That is all for now.  Have a great weekend!

Monday, February 18, 2008

Valentines Fun...

As Marty mentioned we had a great Valentines Day together as a married couple.  We spent a quiet evening at home.  I fixed Marty a dinner (as usual) of some of his favorite foods and I made him a silly card where some of the words were candy bars.  For example- You make me feel like 100 grand, but instead of writing 100 grand there was the candy bar. :)

 (we ate some of the candy)
Marty brought me red, pink and white ( our wedding colors) gerber daisies and chocolate fondue fixings.  We both had tummy aches from eating way too much chocolate- but we had a great night together. 

The BIG news that Marty wanted me to share from this past week is that we bought a new car!  He says that was my Valentines present:), and it was a great one at that!  We had been researching different cars for a while, and we decided on a small SUV.  Last Saturday, we made the rounds at the different dealerships we were interested in.  It came down to the 2008 Toyota Highlander or the 2008 Honda CRV.  Marty haggled and haggled with the Toyota salesman and got a price that was $2,000 under invoice ( he is such a great salesman).  We thought it was a great deal, yet we did not think we needed that big of a car/truck at this point in our lives.  The salesman convinced us to take it home for the weekend and see what we though.  Well, I was terrified to drive the Highlander because it is HUGE and Norfolk streets are so tiny.  So, Marty took the Highlander back on Monday and we settled on the 2008 Honda CRV.  After 5 hours, the awkardness of haggling with another salesman, and a ton of paperwork at the Honda dealership, we are proud owners of a new CRV! It is tan inside and out, it drives like a car yet you are higher up, it and my favorite part is the sunroof!  We love it!    We took it up to PA this weekend to visit my parents and it reassured us that it is the car/suv for us.  
Here is a picture!  

Thanks for keeping up with our lives here in Tidewater.  We love you and miss you!  
Meredith grace 

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Excitement for the CATES

Let me start by apologizing for how long it took to get this blog updated.  I start by rationalizing our ineptitude to blog as of recent.  The wonderful neighbor who ever they were that had been providing us with free internet finally shut down the gravy train of free wifi.  They created an access list to which Meredith and I were not granted the privilege of joining.  SO we have been without internet until recent when someone named Bryant moved into the area so we can again milk the internet from someone else.  Currently we are at Meredith's parents and they provided us with an uninterrupted stream of broadband access.

So after all of that let me again say sorry for the slow blog updates.

Now onto the excitement.  Let me back track to mid January when Meredith and I met this nice little New York man named Freddy.  Freddy is an interesting guy from Queens I believe, but it could be Brooklyn.  They are essentially the same thing so it doesn't matter which he is from.  But he took us around the new Gold's Gym in Norfolk.  Freddy really wanted us to join the gym.  So we did, but walking around the gym with Freddy was quite entertaining.  He proceeded to talk up all the great classes and cardio equipment to Meredith, and to me he talked about all the Man stuff the weights.  Funny thing is though he never asked why we wanted to join.  I don't want to lift weights remember my new year's resolution is to get skinny that would involve cardio and classes, and meredith wants to tone and firm her hot body, which involves weights.  Really didnt sell his audience well.  Fortunately for him after the free month of membership, and two free months of tanning for Meredith we signed up.  The gym is interesting to say the least, but we both enjoy going.  Don't worry im still a short jolly guy.  Jolly is slightly less demeaning than "fat" so I choose to use it on occasion.  And Meredith still the little hottie she has always been.

Look for Meredith to tell you all about her Valentine's gift, soon.

As always thanks for reading and we miss you all dearly come visit us or call us and tell us to visit you.  We like roadtrips (if it isnt too far, and anything beyond about a 5 hr drive is really pushing meredith's patience)