Sunday, October 31, 2010

Husbands and Scanners

So at my mom's urging the hubs and I went to Target to start our baby registry. Since we don't know what we're having yet we only added the basics...crib, bassinet and one or two other items. I'll be heading back to Baby's-R-Us on my next day off from school. And once we find out what we're having, you can bet there will be a ton more. Robert was in charge of the scanner for this outing and it must be a boy thing to go around and scan everything...he added 3 breast pumps, a CD, a bear hat and a Leapster. It was comical at best but next time I'm in charge for sure! Thinking about everything we're going to need is slightly overwhelming. I'm only talking about basics a car seat, stroller, bouncy chair, swing, pacifiers, bottles, and that's only to name a few things. Not to mention our baby's room is currently my 2nd classroom. My plan is to start cleaning it out over Christmas break.

Even though I'm completely stressed and am slowly crossing over that "I'm officially CRAZY and HORMONAL line", I'm very excited to start decorating the baby's room. Our theme is going to be owls. Those of you who know me, know I'm OBSESSED with all things ladybug. But I'm also equally obsessed with owls...when they're cartoony looking. And I figure they can go either way..girly or boy. I have this whole idea in my head about a mural I would like the hubs to paint on the wall...he's not as excited as about it but I'm sure I can talk him into it. =) I've bought fabric to make the baby a quilt. No, I do not sew nor do I know how to work a sewing machine currently but in the next 6 months I plan to. =) I feel it's a mothery thing to do. We'll see....

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Candygrams, Pumpkins, Halloween Parades..oh my!

If you've ever been around a few kids around Halloween then you know how crazy they can be...try working at an elementary school. =) This past week has been super crazy and I'm so happy that it's over!

I'm an advisor for a club at my school called K-Kids and my little contribution is fundraising. So I work with about 12 kids to come up with ideas on how to raise to money for our club and one idea we had (which we copied from 2 year's ago) was to do Halloween candygrams for the whole school. I had no idea how INSANE it was going to be. You could buy one candy gram for .25 or the whole sheet of 4 for $1.00. When all was said and done we made about $320 and ended up with 1278 candygrams. That's a lot of lollipops. It was fun and the kids enjoyed getting their candygrams. But thankfully we're taking a long break from candygrams...until St. Patrick's Day.

The same week as candygrams, I decided to do my annual Pumpkin Extravaganza with my kiddos. Their job is to estimate how much their pumpkin weighs, how big around it is and how many seeds are inside. Then they have to find the actual number of all those areas. When they're all done they get to make a jack-o-lantern out of their pumpkin. This was the 1st year that all of my parents who said they would help showed up, so I didn't have a group. I'm still not sure how I feel about it but walking around taking pictures and managing groups was still a job in itself. I took pictures of the jack-o-lanterns and will upload them later. But all-in-all the kids had a fun and they did a great job!

Friday was our school's annual Fall Parade where everyone gets to where their costumes to school and the K-2 kiddos get to march while the 3-6 and parents are our audience. The theme this year was the Wizard of Oz and I was Dorothy for our grade level. No...I didn't get picture but I have a ton of moms who played the paparazzi part so I'm sure I'll be able to track one down that I scan in. Although one of my fellow teachers told me I looked pregnant in my Dorothy outfit and I should wear more dresses like that. I'm getting to that awkward "is she pregnant" or "just chubby" phase.

This week alone was super busy with activities not to mention having a meeting after school everyday although I did opt out of the meeting on Thursday because I just couldn't sit and listen to people talk anymore about stuff they are going to change later on down the road anyway.

I'm so glad it's the weekend...I need to recharge and gear up for November craziness which will entail putting on a program for my kiddo's parents and making our Thanksgiving feast.

The life of a teacher....we're either very dedicated or just crazy or maybe a little of both. =)

Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Oh Baby!

Guess I should update about the baby. =)

 BabyFruit Ticker

I'm 13 weeks...well I guess it'll be 14 weeks tomorrow. They say I'll be due April 27. I got to hear the heartbeat last Friday. The hubs was in Tucson getting his education on so my mom went with me. It was super cool and I'm pretty sure I'll remember that forever. According to the nurse the baby was very active, moving around a lot. I have no idea how they can tell that, the heartbeat sounded the same to me the whole time but nonetheless it was a good strong heartbeat. I feel like it's a little more real since I don't have a belly yet although it is getting harder to suck it in everyday. =) I have to admit I can't wait to start wearing maternity clothes...I plan on wearing polka dots. =)

Our next appointment is in November and I'll be 17 weeks and then hopefully a few weeks ago we'll be able to actually see this kid. People keep asking me what I think we're having...I thought it was a girl for awhile but now I think it's a boy. Either way this kid's closet is going to be fully stocked. =)

My kiddos are so excited for me...they keep telling me they hope it's a little girl so I can have a "little Mrs. Faust". One of my girls even said to me "Mrs. Faust, in 6 years your baby will be 6 and going to 1st grade. You should be it's teacher so it won't have to leave you". So freaking cute!

The nurse did say at our last appointment that the baby can hear me...which makes me a little nervous since I think all it hears is me using my "teacher voice" with my kiddos. This poor baby isn't going to want to come out since all it's probably listening to is me saying "Where are you supposed to be right now", "Are you working or playing", "I don't know...who's job is it to keep track of that" or my favorite "I'm done". Hopefully it's true what they say about kids not remembering anything before like age 3 or 4. Guess we'll find out...

Monday, October 25, 2010

Follow the Yellow Brick Road

What does that even mean?

Tonight my hubs decided to go out with me and search for the missing pieces to my Halloween costume of Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. After visiting every major store in this town, and one minor mishap at K-Mart that involved this lady hula hooping in the middle of an aisle and actually slamming the hula hoop into the shelf holding the baby dolls, and laughing hysterically for 3 minutes, we found ourselves at Target. As we were walking in we saw a guy, we'll call him Journeyman, who looked weathered and in need of help of some kind...the hubs noticed one of his soles was falling off and asked if we should offer to buy him new shoes...I agreed and went into the store as he went to ask Journeyman if we could help. After searching in vain at every store for the coveted "ruby red slippers" I decided to settle on red chucks and call it a day. I found my size and also found my husband with Journeyman in the shoe department. I didn't notice Journeyman...he walked on ahead. I went on my quest to find a sufficient Toto and ha..mission accomplished I ventured back to the shoe department and found hubs and Journeyman there. This is where I finally said hi and as he looked up I recognized him as a kid I swam with in high school. He was decidedly as surprised to see me as I was to see him. We had a short conversation and he decided on his shoes but seemed reluctant. We all trudged up to the counters and they decided to do another lap while I bought my stuff. 10 minutes later they come walking out empty-handed. When I asked the hubs what happened he said Journeyman backed out saying they were too expensive. The car ride home was very quiet...when we got home the hubs decided to go back out and try to find Journeyman at Walmart where he said he was headed.

The point of this post is not helping out a stranger who turned out not to be so much of a stranger but what happens in a few short years (it'll be 8 years since I said goodbye to high school and probably 7 since I last saw Journeyman) to a person that causes them to go from what appears to be a shining future to a weathered person who has probably experienced more than they should in their 20-something years? It makes me wonder where are those faces attached to those people I spent 3-4 years with? What has happened in their lives?

I know I wake up some days wondering if this is really my life. I would say I'm very happy with my life...I love my husband--he is the best person I could've ended up with and he makes me laugh uncontrollably and he lets me be my most ridiculous self--which if you know me, you know can be absolutely ridiculous. I love my job and can't imagine doing anything else and I'm so excited to be a mommy (it's what I was born to do...I think) but there are those moments where I think back to college and wonder what if I had chosen that over this or gone that way instead of this? Would I still have ended up in this place?


Hi everybody...thanks for checking out my blog. This is like the 4th one I've started/had. I had one in college that chronicled my trials and tribulations. It was totally silly but therapeutic in a way. I started one when my husband and I got engaged and that only lasted about 4 posts or so. I thought I'd start one to chronicle the daily happenings of a 1st grade teacher but after some thought it's a better idea to vent and talk to those who are close.

So I figured I'd start a new one because I like to talk and I decided this might be a healthier venue then talking to myself in my car as I drive around town...and my hubby and I are pregnant so I thought this would be a good way to keep far away family and friends involved in our lives =). But I'll be'll find a variety of topics in this blog...from the baby, to my other babies (who are 4 legged creatures), to my hubby, sometimes my job might creep in here and just other random topics I don't want to drive around talking to myself about. =)

Hope you enjoy!