Thursday, August 11, 2011

Wow! It's been a while

I can't believe it's been this long since I've posted on here! So much has been happening. I'm getting my master's degree in Special Education and I will graduate next Spring!!! Yay!

We are spending time at horse shows with the munchkin. I've changed jobs twice and love my new job. My health has been an issue, but I'm doing the best I can.

The card above is for my first crop! I'm hosting a crop at the Reformed Church of Christ in Kearneysville on Aug. 13th. and this is the make-n-take I'm doing. Simple and easy and so cute!!

You can always catch me on facebook these days too. I love facebook!!! It's the best invention ever! LOL!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Our BATTY "friend"

It's a little dark, but this is our bat! He likes to roost during the daytime under our porch roof--and yesterday climbed INSIDE the cat enclosure to "sleep" until sunset. I'm a little afraid of bats and so is my DD, so stayed inside, but I did manage to get a pic of the little guy. He's very tiny--only a little bit bigger than a golf ball when curled up!

Tadpoles, Frogs, and Metamorphosis, Oh my!

Not only have we had the good fortune to house 5 baby birds this summer (on the back porch), we have gotten to watch tadpoles metamorph into frogs!!! We realized both our pond and the pool cover had thousands (or so it seems) tadpoles in them, so we couldn't empty either until they were grown. Instead, we have created a science project and are watching the little guys. Most still had tails and no legs or arms when we "rescued" them and brought them inside to watch. We have seen back legs grow, then front arms, and yesterday, we realized that one had no tail. He looked like he was drowning, so I jumped on the internet, only to discover that he WAS indeed drowning! Once they lose their tails, they gain lungs (good-bye gills!). Well, they were in a gallon pickle jar and had no way to get out into the air, so we had to find a new way to house them. Now, they have a half pond/half above water habitat in our 10 gallon fish tank. This little guy is sitting in a teacup awaiting his new home--which he loves! He has suckers on his hand and feet and can climb the walls of the fish tank, climb up the "log" and onto the cement blocks, and he is having a ball! He's everywhere! We have to keep an eye on the rest of the little guys. For some reason, when they get their lungs, they don't always know that they have to get out of the water and will drown, even if there is a non-water place for them to go. So we have to catch them and get them out before they get to that point. Now we are going to the Petco to get "bloodworms" which is what a carniverous baby frog eats. YUCK! We are learning so much about science this summer!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Trip to SETLA 2009

This is me and my friends at the SETLA 2009 Conference in Charleston! We represented Jefferson and Berkley Counties at the Special Education Leadership Conference at the Embassy Suites in Charleston, WV. It was a week of non-stop learning! We were up and eating breakfast at 7:00 am and finished with dinner at 7:00 pm. And, basically, between those two times, except for meals, we were in classes. We learned alot about using technology in the 21st Century Learning environment and we are working on projects throughout the year. It was very tiring--I even went to bed one evening without supper because I was just too tired and in too much pain (shoulder/neck injury from carrying too much stuff a few weeks earlier). But it was WELL worth it! Can't wait to put some of what we learned into practice in the classroom!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

7th Birthday Cake!

I got this idea from a Taste of Home magazine. I tweaked it a little bit and put my own brand of perfectionism to work, and here it is!

It's a labor of love that has lasted over 2 weeks--looking for all the candies required.
Then, the past three days, I've been baking, frosting and decorating. This is my first attempt at working with fondant. I made my own and then rolled it out (WITHOUT a ROLLING PIN!) using my hands and my 4 inch Pampered Chef Pizza Roller!!
I tried to somewhat accurate, but there are at least 4 different Candyland boards since the game first came out, so I took the best of each one--including a REAL Peanut Brittle house!
It's kind-of reminiscent of the Cake Boss, don't you think? :)

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Week 4 of Debbie's Dare

This is week 4 of Debbie's Dare. I had to choose 7 Decisions that I have made that CHANGED my life. I had a hard time with this one, because I wanted just the right paper. I feel like my life has been just one WILD roller coaster ride! I've had so many ups and downs, and very little straight track. So I finally found the paper that I was looking for. This is actually a two-page spread, but because there are pictures of my students that I do not have permission to print, you'll have to settle for just this half of the page. (The other half contains my current college transcript--All A's--, a picture of George and I during our August 2001 wedding, and some cooking embellishments).

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Week 5--Debbie's Dare

Here are the layouts for Week 5 of Debbies Dare "All About You in 52". Yes, I'm a little behind. But I put so much thought into this layout that it took me an extra long time to create it. When I first read the topic "Aside from your immediate family, whose life have you impacted?" I really could not think of anyone whose life I have touched. So many people have touched my life, but I've always kind of believed that you don't always know whose life you have touched until you get to Heaven and find out how many stars are in your crown. It's like that song "Thank You for Giving To the Lord..." You don't know you had an impact until they meet you years from now and tell you what you did that helped them or impacted them. Then, one day, George said that he had run into Skylar (one of my previous students) at the grocery store. He said "You must have touched his life in some way because he always asks about you." A couple of weeks later, I was in the store and saw Skylar and he came running over and grabbed me and gave me a great big hug and reminded me of all the fun we had in class. He said "You'd better never forget us!" Believe me, I have never forgotten him or that class! They were all such great kids. Then, I remembered other special kids throughout the years. Sometimes you think that you never made a difference to any of the students that you teach. I hope I've touched a life, but we may never know until we get to Heaven and see the stars in our crowns. I just hope my crown has at least one star.