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Monday, October 31, 2005

Okay so it has been awhile. I know that I said that I would be better about updating but when not many people read your blog, you kind of get unmotivated. Anyway....

It has been like two weeks so what's going on. I am now registered for classes which is awesome and it is really nice to have that out of the way. Then last weekend I went to Brian's for the weekend. Nice to see him sense it had been two weeks since I had seen him. It was also really nice to see his family. I have definitely grown to like his family. So let's see we had planned on going camping but instead decided to have dinner with my parents. I guess it was at Ransburg if that counts for anything but it went really well. My family is an eat dinner and then play a game kind of a family when we have company over so we played Triominoes. I won both times of course because I am just awesome ;) haha not really but I like to think that I am.

Last week I finished all of my midterms after starting them like four or five weeks ago. I like them spread out but man that was a hard four or five weeks hehe. I went to my first puppet practice in a while on Thursday and had a show on Friday and I just realized how much I really miss doing that ministry. What an opportunity!!! To spread the good news in song and through a puppet and some signs. Well Thursday, after practice, Tanya, Brian's mom, picked me up and I went up to Muncie. Yeah, two weekends in a row wow. Well I was only up there for that evening because I had the performance on Friday and Brian went with us and enjoyed the show. Then on Saturday I had a meeting in the morning, so Brian stayed at my dorm and slept while I was at my meeting down in Bloomington. Then Brian and I went to go tear down his mom's show that was in Indy and we actually got it done pretty fast. We then got back to the dorm and I made dinner. I made chili and Brian decided that we needed grilled cheese so he made that. It was fun cooking together and the food was pretty good in the end even though the noodles tasted like the pan but that's okay. We then had game night with Laura and her boyfriend. We played mouse trap and who knew you could have so much fun with a game like mouse trap haha. We all had a blast!!!

We didn't go to church on Sunday but I was really tired and we actually stayed up until 6 in the morning talking so decided church just wasn't going to happen. And you read right, we stayed up all night just talking. We are almost three months into this relationship and we can still do that. We are still asking each other questions and figuring out stuff about each other. We had to get up at 11 though because we went to Casey's Eagle Court of Honor. I just have to say Congratulations to Casey and what a great job you have done and will continue to do in the future. Then Brian and I went to TGI Fridays because we had never been there before. The food was awesome and I think I ate more than Brian, try and figure that out. Then he was full and really tired so he went to bed while I did other things. I went out with Mary to study at this coffee shop downtown. It is a really great place to study and she has a big crush on one of the guys. He is 33 but she doesn't have a problem with that. I am a little worried about her but she will be fine. She is a good girl and has a good head on her shoulders.

I don't know what else to talk about. Everything is just going really well it seems. I don't really know what to make of things right now but I take it day by day and as my mom always warns "keep your eyes open". Just a little thing: Don't ever settle, do what is right for you. Sometimes you have to be selfish but in the end you are doing what is right for the other person, as well.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

After being at home for four days, I now just want to be back at home. At home, I'm appreciated. I don't have to do all the dishes in the sink when none of them are mine. I don't have to take out the trash all the time because noone else will. I don't have to deal with my roommate always having her boyfriend over or just not being here. I don't have to deal with teachers. I don't have to study for stupid mid-terms. The main thing, though, I'm appreciated and people actually want to talk to me.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Okay so I have just been really busy but here goes the update.

This weekend I finally went home after like a month so that was really nice. I really missed all of my family and of course my cat!!! Anyway, I spent Monday talking to my sister and then showing my mom all of the cool stuff that I have been doing in my field experiences and I am just so excited. Then Saturday I spent doing two big projects and my laundry. My first project was a poster for this weekend when I give a presentation down in Evansville. I did that first because it seemed like the easiest. Then I had to do a game that I did with the Kindergarteners today. That really doesn't seem like much to do but those were two really big projects and they took all of the day. It was okay though because I was glad to get those two projects out of the way. Then Sunday was a lazy day and I just went to church in the morning and then came back to campus.

Then yesterday was another lazy day but it was good because I got really sick yesterday. I know I was already sick but it just got worse yesterday. My class in the morning was cancelled so that made it easy for me to just spend the whole day lazying around my room. I went down to study with Laura in the afternoon, then went to Chapel Prayer, and then studying with Simon for the rest of the evening. Did anyone else have trouble studying yesterday or was it just me? It was so miserable outside which just made me really lazy yesterday.

Today was a long day but it was a good day. The kids really loved my game which made me feel really well for the work that I put into it. Anyway, that is what has been going on. Still missing the boy of course but when does that not happen. Love you all!!!! God bless.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Have you ever missed someone so much that hurts? Have you ever missed someone so much that you end up crying? This is how I'm feeling right now. Why does life have to be so hard? How can one guy think that it is worth it only to see me every two weeks?

Oh wow. I guess it was a great day but I can't really think about that right now....I am so sick. I had a sore throat this morning when I woke up. I didn't think it was going to be a big deal but it progressively got worse. I got to school and wasn't feel well but smiled anyway. By two hours into class I was starting to get a sinus headache. Man, was I just not happy and didn't really want to do all of the things that I have to do. Today was just a really bad day to get sick. I have three field experiences which means I am interacting with children at three different times. I really don't want my kids to get sick because of me. My lesson plans went well I guess but I really just can't remember. I took a nap when I got back until Chapel Prayer and felt better for a while but then felt worse again. I got food and that was my only meal that I had today because I didn't feel like eating anything. Anyway that is how the day went. Hope you all have a great evening and I'm hoping to go to bed early so hopefully that will happen. God bless!!

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Okay so I'm trying this new thing where I update every few days or so.

On Tuesday, I met my first graders and second graders. With the first graders I'm doing whole group things with five kids. I have four boys and one girl and they are all so cute. We are doing pumpkin lessons with them which is really cool. I enjoy them. With the second graders I'm doing reading recovery, basically tutoring about reading. I do that with two kids and it is a girl and a boy. They are so cute, all of them are that is. I'm really enjoying it right now just a little lost. I have done tutoring before but it was all structured for me and I was told what to do but know I have to come up with ways to figure out how to improve these two kids in comprehension. They read find but because of comprehension they can only read level 8 books which means that these second graders are comprehending below a kindergarten level so it is really scary. But I think that it will be okay. For my first real lesson I'm going to have four kids because one girl is going to be absent so that is going to be stressful, but it should be okay.

Today was okay I just had a lot of things to do. I got to observe child for the first time for my methods course. I am observing Breezy and Allen's baby Collin because Breezy works at the University. That little boy is so cute!!!! Anyway, when I got back I went shopping with my roommates and got back really late and missed Chapel Prayer. Not good since I am in charge of it but it happens and I hope that they understand. Then I had a test in Methods class, my night class, and I was late and student of the day so it was just really stressful. And I was hoping that she would just let us go after taking the test and she didn't which was stressful because I was so ready to be out of there.

Anyway, that was the last few days. Days are getting longer and my upper back has really been hurting me but maybe I can get somebody to give me a backrub sometime. I don't know. Brian is doing better too and he is going to the doctor on Friday to get his eyes checked out. And that is it. Have a great evening!!!! God bless!

Monday, October 03, 2005

Okay, I know big shocker, two posts in a row but I forgot about what happened last week because my mind was on what had been happening recently.



Last week was my last week with the kindergarteners and we made a book together. I made an example and the kids got to make a book similar to mine. All of the kids finished them and I read their books with them. My little girl, who was really bright, got done first and I read her book with her. She joined right in on the reading, because the book was very repetitive. Then as I went around to the other children, she went back to the begining of the book and read through the book three more times out loud independently. The great thing was that she was actually reading what was on the page!!!! I was so excited!! I didn't expect that to happen at all and it was a pleasant surprise for me. The other great thing is that my teacher was observing me right at that moment so she got to see my work pay off. Oh it feels great to see all of the work that I put into that book do something so great. It just confirms how much I want to be a teacher. No more doubting, being a teacher is what I want to do because it is worth it.

Had my first math test today. Another one of those test that you can't really study for...I wish that there was some way these teachers would stop doing that to me. I can study but when there is no way to study for it then what do I do. Oh well, I have another test on Wednesday...can't you tell that midterms are here.

Okay so that was all that I wanted to talk about. Until next time!!! Love you all!!!

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Okay so after a depressing post, I have some good news. I just saved money on my car insurance by switching to Geico.... haha not really




But I am doing a whole lot better. I talked to a lot of people and figured out that everything in that post was just my stress talking. I also come to find out that I need to find a better balance in my life. Right now school is like my life and I'm blaming it on my friends and that isn't fair at all. I am realizing just how easy it is to blame someone else for something that I have just brought upon myself.

I had a great weekend this weekend, which is probably why I'm feeling so positive right now. I worked at the Fall Camporee for the troops up in Muncie and it was so great seeing everyone. I know a lot of the kids up there so it was just great to see them and talk to them. They were all surprised to see me there because none of them know that I have now joined Troop 39. They did a crime investigation and a mock trial so it was really cool. I helped cook. I did snack for Friday and lunch and dinner for Saturday so it was a long weekend of cooking.

The time not spent at the camporee was spent with Brian which is always wonderful. I love spending time with him. We played Scrabble with no rules so we both won because we got to use abbreviations that I didn't even knew existed haha. It was great fun. We talked a lot too and did our puzzles that we always do online, not a day without the puzzle of the day. I find that the more I discover about Brian the more in love I become. We'll see what happens. Oh yeah, and he made a me a really nice steak dinner on Saturday night and got me fresh pineapple because I love pineapple. What else can I ask for?

Well today, I went to church up in Muncie, by myself because Brian wasn't feeling well and just felt new energy. It is amazing what going to church can do to me. Then I had a meeting about a retreat that I am planning and Brian actually sat in on the meeting, even though he didn't have to. Then we went out to eat and things got bad. We got back and Brian decided to lay down for a bit because he wasn't feeling well. Turns out he was getting a migrane and I had no idea. At about 5:00pm he starts to look really bad and starts shaking. Well I do the only thing I know how to do, hold him and do whatever I can to make him comfortable. I end up calling his mom so that she can take him home but he really scared me. I didn't know what to do, we were both crying, him because of the pain and me because I couldn't do anything. It is horrible seeing someone suffer so much and just not be able to do anything. After all of that and when his mom was on her way home, he talked to me and he decided to give his soul to God. Praise the Lord, that just made the whole night better. I could think of nothing better to lift my spirits. What a great day, even though I was scared!!!!!

Anyway, that is what is happening. Have a great evening everyone.

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