Monday, August 29, 2011


I've been thinking a lot about TRUST lately.  I'm sure it has something  everything to do with the start of a new school year.  It is no secret that our first grade classes are bursting at the seams.  We have never had more than 20 children in each first grade class in over 14 years.  But, given the educational budget of today, we are now sporting over 26!  That is too many, but, that is a whole different post that I'll tackle some other day...maybe.

So, back to this trust thing.  Every now and then, I have a huge epiphany.  Today it came while reading "Purple, Green, and Yellow" (by Robert Munsch) aloud to the class.  I was hit with this thought of "Oh my heck (it was actually something else but, I never say swears on this here blog...hee!) I am in charge of 26 little six-year-old children!  How in the world do their parents allow them to be in MY care for six and a half hours each day?"  (I'm sure you are wondering how I can read and think about something else at the same time.  Let's just's one of my talents.  Don't ask how it happens.  It just does.  The end.)

Think about it.  For most of these children, it is the first time their parents have even heard of Mrs. Anderson.  For others, they have "heard" of me but have no experience with me.  And then there are those who have siblings who have been with me in years past.  (I'm NOT talking about those who's parents I may have taught...I'm just not going there!)  And it gives me pause to wonder how these parents trust me with their most prized possessions.  Their babies.

They trust that I will not only teach their children everything the state core tells me that I must but they trust me to:

•     keep their child safe
•     make sure their child gets food and water
•     take care of minor scrapes and bruises (which I always doctor using a band-aid with a kiss on top.)
•     dry tears
•     tie shoes
•     teach their child to READ!

The list goes on, and on, and on.  My point, though, is not to say "Oh me, oh my.  Look at me.  My job is so hard aren't I great??"  No, my point is, I can't believe that parents put their trust in me to care for their children.  If something were to happen during school hours where there would be a delay before parents could reach us, it is left to me to keep the children safe.  To calm their fears.  To dry their tears.  To hold them.  To keep them.  To love them.

And so, to those parents who may read this little blog, who may have children entrusted to my care, please know that I vow to do my best to be everything you want me to be in your absence.  I know how difficult it is to trust your precious little souls to someone else.  I hope you won't be disappointed.

...I simply can't make a post without a picture...I tried.  So, here you go.  A picture that has nothing to do with this post.  I just like it!  :)

This is a picture of our sweet Isabel with Eloise.
They are little soul mates/cousins.
I love this picture.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

My Girls

Aren't I lucky??

Monday, August 15, 2011


She is married.
I am happy.
I am tired.
That is all.
(for now!)

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Eloise: Baseball Fan

I really think I might die every time I look at her.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Wannado Improvement

So, this Saturday is the big wedding.  More about that later.

You'd think I have plenty to do to get ready, and I do, but, I really want to support my daughter Erika and her Wannabe Link Party.  Find it here

For MY "wannado" I want to make the goal to actually cook something for my husband.  I bake a lot.  That isn't the problem.  It's the "food cookin'" I'm talking about.  Actually, I'm a pretty good cook but I just don't like to do it.  So, I'm going to make this:
(I wish I could make this picture bigger but then it just looks
like pixelated chicken chunks!)

Who meal may lead to two.  
Two meals may lead to three.
I think we all know where this could be headed.

Make sure to check out Erika's "Wannado" blog.  I plan to make some
big changes with goal setting around this place.

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