Sunday, January 29, 2012

Video Chatting

One of the coolest things I've experienced as a teacher
actually happened this past Thursday.
After communication with my friend Becca and a couple of trials and errors,
we were able to set up a video chat between our first grade classes.

Becca is the computer teacher at a private school in New York City.
After teaching a unit about communication, Becca
wanted to set up a video chat with two of her first grade classes
and our class here in Provo, Utah.

If I follow the pathway back to where all of this began, I am astounded.
You see, Becca and I met on an online message board about six years ago.
We began commenting about each other's posts and something truly clicked.
I really liked this woman!

I had the privilege of meeting Becca on a trip to New York City back
in 2007 on a trip to visit two of my other online friends (Chelle and Pam).
We went out for Indian food.  Becca and I were instant friends.
We called each other the MormoJews.
(I know...only funny to the two of us)
we met again in Denver for a Race For the Cure 5K.
Solidifying our friendship.

back to the chat.
Because of the time difference, the only time we could connect was during half 
of our lunchtime.  I arranged for the children to have sack lunches that day which we
ate in our classroom.  That alone just about did those children in!
That was very exciting for them to eat together like that.
After a few technical difficulties (Grrrrr!)
we finally connected and had a wonderful visit with the first graders at Becca’s school!

The children were mesmerized. I was too.  It was so much fun.
Thank you, Becca.  Thank you First Graders.
We are very excited to be penpals.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Sarah Burke: 1982 - 2012

I don't know why this story of Sarah Burke has touched me the way it has.  I remember hearing about her accident nine days ago in Park City.  Maybe it was because she was a Canadian training in Utah.  Maybe it was because she was so talented.  Maybe because she is a fellow human being.  I don't know.  Maybe I do know and I don't want to really think about it.  Like maybe it makes me think of my own young adult daughters.  What do these mothers do when tragedies like this happen to their babies?  How do they live on after their daughters move on ahead of them.  Parents should never have to bury their children.  It should be the other way around.  My heart goes out to  Sarah's family.  Particularly her mother.  I don't know her personally but, today...our hearts touched.

To read Sarah's story go here.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

23! Really?

We have a little saying in our family:  The worst thing about the day after your birthday's the day AFTER your birthday!  Well, today is my youngest daughter's birthday.  I decided to prolong her birthday by taking it into the day after the real one.  Making the fact that it is the day AFTER her birthday and it makes it a little less difficult to have to wait another 365 days until her next one.  Follow?  That's okay if you don't.  I tend to have that effect on a lot of people.

Now...about Erika.  I realize that it is the proclamation of every mother to be amazed at how her child changes throughout her lifetime.  I understand that.  I understand that fully and completely.  When I look back at my Erika through her 23 years here in this mortal existence, I am just so darned proud.  I'm proud of the woman she has become.  She was an adorable little child (see below), a precocious teenager, a thoughtful young adult, a beautiful bride, a faithful wife, and now...a mother.  The only job she set her sights to being since she was a baby herself.  You MAY have seen a cute little baby picture or two on this here blog.  (Who am I kidding?  You HAVE seen a hundred pictures of that baby!)  Well, Erika is the mother of that little cherub.

To Erika I would like to say, I love you!  You have changed me.  I appreciate that you remind me how to be a better wife and mother myself.  You mean the world to me and I admire you in so many ways.  So many.  Thank you for being patient with me.  Thank you for sharing your little family with me (and with dad too!!).  Happy Birthday!

I made those shorts and headband
for little four year old
I wonder where her natural waist
is in this picture!?

Isn't she a beauty?

This is still one of my favorite pictures.
I had to include  it here.

Here's Erika with her amazing husband, Tyler.
Look at how beautiful she is.  Happiness looks good on
content, peaceful people.

And, finally...
This was the Senneff's Christmas card this past year.
Aren't they an adorable little family?

I think so too!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Thank A Teacher

I received this note in my teacher mailbox today.  I opened it.  Read it.  Cried.  Right there on the spot.  Little things like this keep teachers going.  This one will keep me going for a good five to ten years!  Thanks to my sweet little Shannon who is now a high school student.  It meant the world to me.

PLEASE...y'all need to think of a teacher or two you had in your past and write them a note.  It doesn't have to be long.  It doesn't have to be eloquent.  It just has to "be".  You  just can't believe the lift it will give.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Making Do

How our New Year's Eve celebration was a little different this year:

1.     Food:  Lobster, crab legs, shrimp, ribeye steak  Well, we always eat this on New Year's Eve but it's usually just my boyfriend and all alone!  We've done this since we got married.  Difference?  Our guests!
2.     Guests:  Melissa/Danny, Erika/Tyler, Terry/Me, ELOISE!  Difference?  I finally talked them into a party at OUR, they're old and married now and finally appreciate seafood like the food of the Gods that it is.   Ha!
3.     Countdown:  8:00 pm(ish)   Difference?   It's obvious isn't it?  We usually count down at midnight BUT...we had beautiful Baby El here and her bedtime is 8:00 so she had to go home to bed!
4.     No party hats.  Difference? I always have some sort of party hats.  Why didn't we have them?  Well, because I'm lame and didn't even think to buy them so I ran to my craft room an whipped just one up! (see above!)  Everyone was super jealous, let me tell ya!
5.     Games?  Just one:  Sequence.  Difference?  We usually just watch the tv parties.
6.     Resolutions?  Haven't written them yet.  Perhaps that will be a blog post in my near future.    Difference? difference.  It usually takes me until June to actually get them written.

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