Wednesday, September 28, 2011

What difference does 3 seconds make ???

**** Soap box alert!!!

I’ll admit part of tonight’s post is just pure frustration and as soon as I’m finished, this Mama is going to bed! 

First of all, I’m a rule follower in my profession.  That being said, I’ll begin.  I hate to be late.  I follow rules.  However, I’m not so stupid as to think that sometimes “LIFE” will not intervene and that you just roll with the punches.

Well, at my place of employment, we are “supposed” to be at work by 7:15 am.  I diligently try to make this happen on a daily basis.  I’ll admit, I’ve been known to say that if anyone had to kiss goodbye to my little Lj every morning, they would be challenged to get to work on time too!  But this year, I’ve made a personal commitment to not only not being late but also being present as many days as I can even when sick.  (take last week as an example… I was sick 3 1/2 days of the 5 and still made it to work and did not miss!)

So far this year, I’ve been late once.  This was early in the year and on that particular morning, Lj was having a melt-down.  This is NOT typical of her and was hard to deal with. That morning, I clocked in over 4 minutes late.  I knew I was late and no matter how I felt about it, I accepted it and just moved on. Geoff and I began to deal with our little non-morning girl on a different basis and so far it’s been working.  And by the way… we have a whopping three minutes grace for the purposes of no one’s clock being exact on any particular day. Technically, I am supposed to clock in by 7:15 but have “grace” until 7:18.

** Side note… she is not a girl to be rushed awake regardless if it is morning or nap or whatever and she like any little self-proclaimed “princess” reserves the right to be pampered and cuddled or snuggled before you can get her into full swing.  Honestly, some mornings the first thing out of her mouth is “I need to snuggle-snuggle (in the most pitiful voice you can imagine!)”.  She’s been this way from DAY ONE. 

So here comes today… she wakes up, wants to “snuggle” and still somehow we get her dressed for school and get out of the house with me just enough time to get her to Mom’s and then me to work without me NOT being late. 

But on the way to Mom’s as I play my favorite CD that Geoff has made me of our church’s Christian music she begins to quietly sing to my favorite song.  As I heard her, I told her I would love to hear her sing and very reverently begins to sing the precious words.  I was just stunned.  The song is over 5 minutes long and she knew all the words (even though some are not really clear). I listened and just felt so proud to listen to our 3 year old sing a song that speaks so strong to me and her voice was that of an angel.

The next song came on and she knew it too… I listened in quiet pleasure and drove to Mom’s.  By the time we got to Mom’s she was singing song #3!  (These were songs she has never sung for us and not a children’s bible song either!) So once we got inside I shared for just a few minutes Lexi’s beautiful singing and how very proud of her I was with my Mom. I left  her very proud of herself and me, very full of pride as a mother. 

Then traffic hits… the normally quiet trip to work is more filled with cars and as I need to turn right, there are two people ahead needing to turn left.  I could have broken the law and cut through the gas station but no…. I refuse to put the law or anyone’s safety at risk or the sake of a time clock.  Finally, I turned in to our road to work and had to drag behind parents who were taking extra time to avoid a longer wait because they can’t drop their kids off until 7:20.  Finally, I get to the staff parking lot, run inside and begin to clock in.  Yes, they do give us 3 minutes grace time to clock in.  And after I went inside, I evidently had too much lotion on my hands because the clock kicked my fingerprint out and I had to start over again.  By the time I was successful at getting clocked in, it was 7:18:04.  Busted!

Busted I say!  Three seconds busted me!  I still made it to my morning post and did my morning duty.  No students were at risk and nothing bad happened but by lunch time, I went to check out my teacher’s “mailbox”, I had a very special envelope with a document for me to sign that I signed in late and that it was my “heaven forbid!” second time late.  I was also informed that IF I sign in late 5 times in one year, I will be disciplined with a GTDRI.  (Ga. teacher’s duties and responsibilities instrument and put on a PDP (professional development plan). ) I signed the thing and DO know that I was technically 3 seconds late.  So how exactly do you retrain a teacher who is 3 seconds late???  Is being late a lesser offense than one who can’t teach at all.  I guess I’m on my soap box because my 3 seconds vs. my commitment to my students and their education seems to pale in great regards compared to many educators who do nothing to encourage their students at all!  Seriously… are you kidding me!!???

As a parent, I’d gladly accept the PDP as a result of getting a GTDRI in exchange to hearing and being so proud to hear my 3 1/2 year old sing praises to the Lord and relishing in listening to her very innocent voice sing praises to our Lord Jesus Christ. 

I for one, feel proud that each day  we listen to the praise music we do and that TODAY, I was late to work by a whole 3 seconds because my precious baby girl on this day decided to sing to me and let me know that she is learning by our example.  That is a job that I can claim “well done”.  And even if I am not considered to do a job well done by signing in 3 seconds late… I KNOW it WAS and it IS!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

She’s Ours!

Lexi-isms are what I like to think of them… more than not, they are glimpses into the future of our little Lj.  One of my favorites that I like to use myself now is turning the focus to what you don’t have vs. what you want.  For example: “Daddy, I don’t have any chips in my hand.”.  So my response to my child’s lesson last weekend was, “ Geoff, I don’t smell any bacon in my nose.”  AMAZINGLY, I was eating bacon soon there after!  Maybe we should market Lj’s “way” of getting her “WAY”! 

Big School Girl!

I swear it breaks my heart to think of Lj this year vs. last year!  Gracious!  Where has the time gone? And how can I slow down our little precious baby girl????

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Yes!  Those are knee-socks! 

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You know when you are a GREAT Dad when…

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No worries… we had fingernail polish remover ready for Geoff’s next day at work!  Heaven forbid Shannon see him with pink nails!

Say Yes! to Monarch caterpillars!

Finally!  She loves them as much as I do! Yes, it’s caterpillar season and Yes, we have been collecting baby cats! Last weekend, I took these pictures of us releasing butterflies!  It’s a bit weird though because she only wants to “hold” the girl butterflies and still be a toddler diva!


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And little Miss insists on helping free the new cats!

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I just LOVE that my little princess loves caterpillars and butterflies as much as me!

Acorns, September Preschool Snacks!

I just love coming up with creative snacks for Lexi’s class each month.  This month I had the help of Disney’s Family Fun Magazine and BFF Lissa!

I thought with Autumn so close this would be so cute! And it was! I am going to be doing this activity with some of my Kindergarten friends soon!

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Happy Birthday to YeYe!

Here’s a song just for YeYe!

Don’t even ask for what bribery it took to get this song!

Finally able to take a breath…

The new school year has begun (over a month ago now!) with a blast!  I am finally feeling as if I can breathe at home during the week and get something done over the weekends (as of LAST weekend that is!). I’ve been learning a new version of Windows Movie Maker and using my favorite subjects, of course!

Here is a movie of tonight before Lj’s bedtime when we decided to try out a new website that I found to use with my Kindergarteners.  She certainly held her own! TV shows could certainly take a backseat now that she can use the mouse all by herself!

That’s our girl!

Lexi Theatrics! Will She be famous someday?????

Monday, September 12, 2011

Lexi Made Up Her Mind!

We purposely did not get Lexi’s ears pierced she was younger.  We wanted her to be old enough to ask to have them done.  Well a few weeks ago, she came home and was talking about her new friend Makayla.  Makayla had “sparkly” earrings and she wanted some.  She told me that she was going to ask her Daddy to take her to get some “sparkly” earrings.  Need I say more?  Just the fact that she wanted her Daddy to take her was all it took.  So on August 28 after church she asked again and off to the mall we went.  Lexi marched up to the store, took a seat and very bravely got her ears pierced.  She’s such a drama queen I expected her to cut up at least a little but oh, no!  This girl has already got the “it hurts to be a girl” down pat!

What happens after school…

It’s scary to admit sometimes the crazy stuff we do after school. Lexi never allows for a dull moment and certainly keeps us entertained!

Sometimes she’s an “Angel”…

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And sometimes she’s “Monster”. 

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Both looks posted here were purely her doing.  The “Monster” look really got me!  She did this while watching TV, reading a book (that conveniently came with a dry erase marker), drinking “chocky milk” while I dozed BESIDE her! 

I asked her why she colored her legs and was told that she wanted to be a monster.  When I told her that I was not happy with her she repeated back to me “Well, I’m not happy with you either!”.  Thankfully it was NOT a Sharpie!