Thursday, July 28, 2011


This is what happens when the kids say they are "playing games" on my phone. Yeah - we'll see if I let them "play" again any time soon:)

Well, apparently Isaac actually plays games -just the girls where being naughty...this time!
Check out Abi's video (that she's SUPER embarrassed I'm posting on my blog right now - LOVE IT!!):

Sunday, July 24, 2011

My Teaching Blog

I'm decided to take the plunge and start a teaching blog. Hopefully I will more diligent in blogging over there:) I will still be using this blog to continue to share our family adventures with you. But if you want to check out some of what's going on in my classroom you welcome to pop on over to Mrs. Peterson's Room!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

A Year Ago Today

It's Saturday night and I'm in the bathroom dying my hair and painting my toenails (a girl's got to multi-task) and it just popped into my head that I was doing this exact same thing on this day last year. (Though I do dye my hair and paint my toenails MANY more times that just once a year.) And it got me to thinking -

Last year at this time I was on Oahu. Getting ready to fly to Maui by start my first teaching job by myself. Did I mention that I was going by myself?:) While it made it a little scarier, and a little more stressful, it was a good thing - I was able to get the things done that I needed to at the time.

Looking back I can't believe it's been a year. In many ways the time has gone my way too fast - my kids are older, I have a million things that I was planning to do, planning to see, not many of which actually got done. In other ways it seems like it was the longest year of my life. I never thought I would get my classroom done in time, or that I would figure out what I was doing teaching a bunch of 5 yr olds, or that I would be confident in my ability to do so (we're still working on that one). I couldn't imagine that the school year would ever end - right about February I was sure that I wouldn't make it to May. But things got better and I did. And I think I did OK.

And now here I am, ready (we're using that term loosely here) to start on my next teacher adventure - honestly it's not that much different than last year: same school, same grade (classroom still not ready). BUT this year I'm in a new room (not a portable), with a 3 (out of 9) new teachers on our K team, and one year of experience under my belt. Actually I'm super excited for this year, now that I've been through it all once at least I know what to expect and mostly what to prepare for. I'm ready (mentally) to learn and grow with my new class. But mostly I think this year I'm ready to enjoy teaching - at least a little more:)

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Teacher Freebie

I'm not sure that I have too many people reading this that are actually teachers - but I discovered a new blog to follow and she giving away a great Birthday Unit to use in the classroom. If you want to check it out you can head on over to Peace, Love and Learning!

As a side note - I am working on my own teacher blog, though I haven't decided yet whether it will be a classroom blog or a place for ideas and inspirations....we'll see. I'll let you know when it's up and running.