Well, I have to say that this past week has been completely crazy, but in an exciting way. First, I’m proud to report that after only two weeks (I know, I know) I have ALL my students’ neighborhood map projects, the 8th grade descriptive paragraphs and 7th grade comic strips scored and returned to students. I think all I have to do now is enter those final scores and update Edline! Oh yeah and check their DGP Grammar pages from last week….does it ever end? Seriously though, I was practically giddy on Friday night and Saturday morning! We’re just about to start our first novels in class and I’m excited about using Blackboard to facilitate online book discussions…hopefully it goes well.
On the homefront, things are going well too! Calder now has had the pleasure of switching from rice to oatmeal for his morning cereal and has been formally introduced to carrots, sweet potatoes, squash, peas and green beans. He loves them all! He’s also working on the early stages of crawling, which include “swaying” on all fours and occasionally face-planting when he pushes forward too eagerly. It’s so cute to see his little diaper-bum sticking up in the air as he figures out these new-found tricks. We’ve also upped the drool factor as of late, so we’re expecting to see a little chomper any day now! Luckily he’s not been terribly fussy…yet!
In more exciting family news, we had a successful surprise party for my “old” hubby on Saturday. After a few weeks of strategic planning, the event went off without a hitch…well, without any that really impacted the party anyway! I’m sure I’ll be spending a few weeks hunting down clothes, shoes, and/or books that my little Miss Micah so beautifully stowed in our attic space as a last ditch attempt to “clean.” Why is it that I constantly give away my little secrets?
There’s always something so rewarding about seeing hardwork and planning come together. For those of you who helped make it possible – a HUGE thank you! For those who couldn’t make it, you were certainly missed! And for those of you who graced us with your presence…thank you for sharing in the festivities! It’s times like these that I’m awed by the true blessing of family and friendship! Below are a few photos from the day….there weren’t many due to a full memory card (oops!). And I still haven’t figured out how to tweak my photos in just the right way so you can click them and see them in Flickr….but as always you can click the Flick link on the right and see any of the pics there too!
Pretty cool hostess gift I received from my Aunt Cheri. I guess you can pick up personalized wine bottles from Vintner’s Cellar in Kalamazoo. Pretty sweet! Can’t wait to try it!
The “you got me” look after I made him close his eyes so I could lead him through to delicious aromas in the kitchen into the dining room for the big surprise!
“Proudly” presenting the pumpkin spice birthday cake I tried! It turned out really well, except for the slight “sagging” on either end. Definitely a recipe I would try again. Oh, and the onion dip too – it went so well that we should have made two! Bonus is that it’s really easy!!
A few fall frolicking pictures…..