The rain has slowed down for today. The sky tried spitting at us the tiniest bit this afternoon. Nothing is really forecast to fall until tomorrow. Hopefully it’s another decent sized storm. I’m loving the rain.
I felt like a terrible mother yesterday. I sent Gavin to his piano lesson on his scooter as usual. It was barely sprinkling when he left. He rode home through walls of water. Sorry kid!
Grandma and Grandpa arrived last night. Their flight was delayed because of leaking in the front bathroom. Sounds like a personal problem! I did not just say that out loud! Grandma called to let me know they were delayed and not to worry about them for dinner. They would get burgers or something. Mm burgers…
The rain was pouring down when we headed to Burger King. It lightened up quite a bit on the way home. Luckily that’s about when they landed. So it wasn’t too bad for them to drive in a rental car in the dark in the pouring rain. The weather cooperated and they made it safely.
When we got home I realized we needed to get online to secure our free tickets to the Nutcracker. Tickets would be available at 8 pm. I had left my phone at home so I missed the reminder. We got home at 8:15 and immediately got online. Saturday’s tickets were completely “sold out.” Friday was not an ideal day to watch the ballet but it was our only option. It’s only a two performance show.
We quickly secured four tickets. You can get no more than four at a time. Then I went back through the process to get one more. Huge sigh of relief. We got all five tickets for Friday the 5th. I am so excited. We have been wanting to watch the Nutcracker Ballet at Temple Hill since we moved here. But the free tickets go fast.
Usually one performance falls on my birthday so it’s ok we haven’t been able to go yet. This year we had to make it happen. I am so excited. Gwen is going to love it. And I really don’t care what the boys think. It’s going to be awesome.
Gavin went to school this morning. Poor kid. I felt so bad for him. Grandma and Grandpa arrived to be the adult supervision while Heath and I went to Gwen’s parent teacher conference this morning.
Gwen’s report card looks better than her brothers report cards in first grade! I know my kids are smart but I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised to see how well Gwen is doing. She’s reading above grade level and doing great all across the board.
Parker’s conference was fun yesterday. It was scheduled for about 15 minutes. We left 45 minutes later because we were all having so much fun talking about stuff and how cool Parker is. Mrs. O loves him. He’s a great kid. She said she sees leadership in him and will start to give him more opportunity to be a leader. I liked the way she described him. He’s popular. It’s that simple but she describes the situation as the other kids respecting him. They listen to what he has to say because he’s so thoughtful and kind when he speaks and he speaks when there is something worth saying. It’s a much more diplomatic way of saying he’s popular.
Gwen is also a social butterfly. I was happy to hear that she is appropriately social. I always worry because she can be bossy sometimes. And the girl drama…I don’t’ want to deal with girl drama. It sounds like she’s doing well. Mrs. M is trying to help Gwen expand her circle of friends a little just because she is BFF with Lauren. Mrs. M doesn’t want them to become dependent on each other. I really appreciate that.
There was already an incident where Gwen was losing her mind and not wanting to go to school because Lauren was going to be a flower girl in Canada or something. Gwen acted like a day at school without Lauren would be worse than death. She survived. The girls are darling together and I’m happy for their close friendship. I’m really glad that Mrs. M is stepping in to help them see the world of people outside the two of them.
It was just fun meeting with Mrs. M again. She has taught all three of our kids now. She’s amazing. We love her so much! After the meeting I was telling Heath that I love how she’s strict, consistent, and so much fun. She is the teacher Gavin needed. Parker and Gwen do well with her teaching style as well. Heath said that she reminds him so much of Mrs. Evans.
Mrs. M has a student teacher again this year and I was remembering my 20 weeks of student teaching. Every cooperating teacher I worked with hated me and I could not please any of them until my last five weeks. That’s when I was put in Mrs. Evans class. It was a completely different school nowhere near the first two schools I student taught at. The 6th grade team was incredible and Mrs. Evans loved me.
She turned around every criticism my other cooperating teachers had given me. She gave me confidence in my ability to teach. Pretty impressive after I was told over and over that maybe I needed to teach a different grade level. Or if I was student teaching a regular classroom they said I would be better in Special Ed and vice versa.
Mrs. Evans and the rest of the 6th grade team begged the principal to hire me. I loved working with them. When Heath compared Mrs. M to Mrs. Evans I could see it. They are both such strong women and they make me feel like I’m doing something right. Don’t we all do better with a positive person behind us? I love both these women! I love that Mrs. M has helped each of my children blossom into the students they are.
This afternoon we went shopping at the craft store. It’s tradition! First we had to go to Wal-Mart to pick up the Christmas gifts my mom ordered for the boys. After Wal-Mart we spent tons of time and money at JoAnn’s.
I forgot to grab the pattern and the coupons. Nice going Tristan. It was ok because Dawn is very visual and knew how much fabric to buy to make skirts for Gwen. She suggested Heath try to find coupons online. I was so glad he found the same coupons I was planning on using. I saved us $33. We still spent a lot of money but it could have been worse. For $100 we got three skirts for Gwen, 16 reversible placemats (so basically 32 placemats), and Christmas decorations because Christmas is my weakness.
Grandpa has played games with Parker all day. Gwen put herself in charge of the money because she didn’t understand the game and was losing. She didn’t want to freak out so she quit the game. I had to compliment her on her maturity.
Gavin keeps saying how happy he is and that today is a great day. I agree. It’s been very fun.