Friday, September 17, 2010

Thank you Mom and Dad

So we are a couple weeks into the school year, and it has been a trip!! My 24 six year olds and I have our good days and our bad days, but it already seems to be flying by!! Everyday with my kids really gives me a chance to reflect on my own life and my own education. Now this is my second year in a Title 1 school, and I am amazed by the things I see from these kids every day.

Growing up, my mom was able to stay home. I realize more and more every day how much of a blessing this was. It makes me appreciate my mom so much for being there every day when I got home, and my dad for working so hard over the years so she would be able to do so. Because of this, I learned my letters. I learned my numbers. I learned how to read. I learned how to love to read. I learned how to treat others with respect. I learned how to listen. I learned how to count. I was always bathed and clean. We always had dinner on the table. I was able to tell someone about what I learned in school. My parents taught me how to pray. My parents hugged me. My parents told me they loved me. My parents made me know that I was loved and important.

Thank you Mom and Dad.

I guess when you are raised this way, you take for granted all the things that your parents have provided you with. I see these wonderful, sweet, innocent kids who are missing out on so much. Some of these kids only eat when they are fed by the school. Some of these kids don't even know the alphabet. Some of these kids don't come to school with a coat when it is cold outside.

I can be so frustrated with my kids during the day because they aren't listening, they have said a sware word, they have punched somebody, they have been yelling in the halls, etc... and at the end of the day all they want to do is to come and give me a hug (some more than one... or 5... haha). So many of them just want to feel loved and like they are important. It makes me so grateful for having parents that made me feel that way when I went home from school.

I was able to do a new client's lashes yesterday who is a special education teacher at the deaf and blind school. We had a lot to talk about, seeing how we both are so involved in education. She told me a story, and cried as she told it. I guess last week a 50 (or something) year old man was about to commit suicide. When he was about to end his life, his 3rd grade teacher's voice came into his head saying "you are a good boy," over and over again. Because of his 3rd grade teacher from 40+ years ago, this man still realized his life had value. It amazes me to realize how much of an impact I can have on these kids.

I don't know that 40+ years down the road they will even remember me, but I have recommited myself to helping these sweet 6 and 7 year old kids to get even just a glimpse of what I was able to get growing up. So writing this blog, I am sure some days I am going to have to come back and reread it, so that I can remember that even on the hard days, these kids are worth every minute.

Monday, September 6, 2010

The Crazy Life

So I find that I am never on the internet anymore. And when I am on the internet, I feel like I have a million things to catch up on. So tonight, I thought i would spare a moment or two to blog. I wish I would have blogged more throughout this first 3 months of our marriage, but I am afraid I am going to have to play catch up once I can finally upload and be patient enough to post pictures! For now I will post an update though.

This summer was amazing. We played lots of Phase 10 and Dance Dance Revolution on the wii, rode our bikes around West Haven, went to Lagoon with our season passports (best idea ever haha), went on walks with Lole, spent time with family, went to the rodeo, a benefit concert, and lots of fireworks.

My amazing Dad paid for us to go surprise my Mom for her birthday in Memphis. It worked out fabulously and she was very surprised! :) It was so fun to be able to see their new home, swim in their new pool, enjoy good food, have lots of laughs, and enjoy having family together. We were able to spend some great sister time that we haven't had in ages, and grown up family time without all the in laws (which we all missed tremendously) (Val went to bed for school the next day so it made it even more official) which was weird because that doesn't happen very often as we grow up. I have been blessed with an amazing family, and loved every minute of spending time with them!

Summer is over.

I panicked with life because I didn't have a teaching job, and we were moving to Brigham City.

I got a job as an extended sub for a 2nd grade teacher leaving on maternity leave. I got interviewed for an even better job after I had accepted that job. I interviewed Tuesday morning, got hired about 20 minutes later, and started on Wednesday.

1st grade is much different than 2nd grade. I had back to school night that Thursday and tried to present myself as confidently as possible to the parents that didn't know their 1st grader was getting a new teacher until they came home the day before telling them all about Mrs. Keller. Needless to say, I am a little overwhelmed :)

I go by Mrs. Keller. Weird. I love it. :)

Brent has started his last semester at Utah State!! WOO HOO!! He is now a dual major (International Business and Economics) and is taking 3 MBA classes. He is also a little overwhelmed. :) We are in this together.

I am getting so many eyelash clients and loving it! Starting today I had to bump up my prices because I am running out of time for new clients. So my prices are $100 for a full set and $50 for a fill. Which is still a fabulous deal. Especially fabulous because I am amazing at what I do... and humble ;)If you are reading this and wondering if you should call me for an appt., you definitely should. haha

We started moving to Brigham City this past weekend. Our apartment is so cute, and it is so fun to finally be able to unwrap our new couches and pampered chef stuff and wedding gifts! I can't wait to put up pictures, organize everything, and make it feel a little more homey :)

So life has been crazy. And amazing. I have married my best friend, and we have so much fun together even when we are doing nothing. We have really come to appreciate those moments when we get to just watch a movie and cuddle (because those moments are now rare and few between). Life is good.