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I am a Teacher

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I sit with my co-workers every day for our 40 minute lunch period. We talk about a variety of subjects. Some days the conversations are interesting and I really get excited about them, and other days we just talk about normal, boring stuff. Its nice to have some adult time every day to relax and unwind a little in the middle of the day.

The other day we were talking with the intern about the upcoming parent-teacher conferences and the other teacher at the table brought up an interesting point. To give a little background, we were talking about why conferences can be scary, and that you never know what kind of a parent might walk in and tear you apart. We were saying how sometimes its just really hard to not take things personally. So, this more experienced teacher says to the intern, "When people ask you what you do for a living, you don't answer the way most other professionals do." "You say, I am a Teacher".

As teachers we don't respond that we tea…

Apples and Peanutbutter

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One of my favorite snacks is peanut butter on apples. I also eat a plain apple each day. And, I very much like peanut butter plain. Peanut butter on anything really, is quite wonderful in my book. Perhaps I would do well to go without it for a while, see if I can lose some weight that way. As you can see, my boys are picking up on my eating habits.

Confessions of a Fan

So, as most of you know, a certainmovie is coming out this week. I don't know what it is exactly about all of the trailers, and photos, and blogs, and websites, and all of the other hullabaloo, but I'm just very skeptical of this movie. I guess I just really don't understand why every single book that does well has to be made into a movie. I mean, can't we just enjoy literature for what it is? Every time I want to read a good book to my students, they all say, "we've seen that movie!" Arg!

I do plan on seeing the movie, but I'm just not getting my hopes up very high. I really think that the main character is TOTALLY mis-cast. She looks mad or frightened in EVERY SINGLE SCENE and that is so not how I pictured her. In fact, the author went out of her way to tell us that she isn't afraid. Did the actress not read that part???? From what I've seen the director has also taken some humongous liberties with the script and that's plain annoying.

I s…

Ordinary Days

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This is going to be a jumble of thoughts, I am sure. I just wanted to post about our last week at home. It has been such a wonderful break for me. I have really enjoyed the beautiful fall weather and all of the fun activities that we've done the past few weeks. The boys have been so much fun to play with and just spend time together.

I had a huge list of things to do before I went back to work and I probably got 90% of them done so I'm feeling pretty good about that. I am so happy to be a year-round teacher and get to have breaks in the middle of the school year so I can sort of feel like a stay-at-home-mommy for a little while. For that, most of all I am grateful. I don't think I could do this whole thing if I didn't have some time off just when I needed it. Perhaps we'll survive the next two years after all.
So, here are a few of the things we've done this week. It has been busy but we survived and I got enough done at work today that I don't feel COMPLETEL…

latest ryanisms

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Ryan wearing vampire teeth.

It's always a crack-up to listen to what Ryan has to say. He is constantly coming up with new and funny things to say and do. I think most that know him would agree. I often say that he's three with a vocabulary of a ten year old. He picks up everything. Here are a few of his latest.

ladies and jellovins= ladies and gentlemen
nem in nems= m&ms
trick or treat smell my feet give me good to eat= give me something good to eat
what about that? = what do you think about that? how about that?
shoo we?= should we?
night bugs= plaque (when talking about brushing his teeth in the morning)
your mom= grandma
your dad= grandpa
daddy's friends= Colin's co-workers
isolation= time-out
I'm so confused! = when he's confused
I just told you= when he's feeling not listened to
You freakin' butt= he says this when he's trying to be really funny and we have no idea where that one came from!
school work= Mommy's job
meaners= mean


Here are two funn…