Thursday, April 9, 2009

Happy Early Easter!








Since my parents were headed back to Illinois before Easter, we had to celebrate a few weeks early. This is the second Easter we have been able to celebrate at their house, which includes a huge Easter egg hunt for the kiddos in their backyard. My parents had placed toy frogs and snakes and even some quarters in the plastic eggs that they were searching for. There's just something about the excitement that little kids have about the simple things (like egg hunts) that warms your heart. My mom made a delicious lunch of course, and we spent the afternoon playing board games (surprise, surprise). I love having family nearby, and wouldn't want it any other way. Happy Easter!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

"Thumb" Fishy Class Plate!

Since this is my first year at Woodland, I am new to all of their traditions. This past week, I was suppose to turn in a deisgn for a plate....and had no ideas. Even when my room mom emailed me and reminded me, offered her help, etc...I still didn't get started uptil the day it was due. Since my classroom's theme is fish/ocean, I thought why not keep to that same idea. Everyone always does "thumb" people on the plate, so I thought "thumb"fish would be a cute idea. Thought it turned out supercute! Guess it will be in some kind of silent auction to raise money for something, see how much I know.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Kids do say the craziest things...

I've wanted to write a blog about some of the topics that my kids have brought to me lately....
I cannot begin to even describe the roller coaster of events that teaching includes. When people ask me how I like teaching, I am truly speechless...if you know me at all, you know that is huge, I am usually full of things to say. But teaching brings up soo many difficult aspects...kids bring in baggage from home, whether emotional or physical needs...it's all soo much for a 10 year old to deal with....as I have mentioned, God truly has blessed me with such a fun loving class. They are such sweet kids. sometimes I just look out over my classroom and feel soo blessed to have the job I have. I have the oppurtunity to mold young minds (scary, I know...but at the same time, incredible). I am overjoyed that God has given the ability to be a teacher, but at the same time...I need to continue to remind myself how blessed I am, and to be thankful.
Here are some tid bits of what my past week has been like...

"They're bathing with hand sanitizer in there..." (a girl coming out of the bathroom told me, lol)

"Where are the lines of symmetry"-me
"Diazontical..."(obviously a mix of diagonal and horizontal) -a boy
"Who's she?" - another boy...assumming that's a girl's name, and began to bust out laughing (okay maybe you had to be there for that one...)

At lunch today "Miss. Cutter...did you go to college to teach social studies?"- a girl (I am only teaching writing, science, and math this year). "yes, I taught it last year" - me...."Well then, if someone was mixed, would they have been a slave or not?". The same girl was reading "Meet Addy" and kept coming up to me today and telling me that she did not understand slavery...and thought it was ridiculous.

Another girl- "how did people skin colors become different shades?" After I explained about different races having children, she told me that she understood that but how did they get that color...I mentioned how different continents had different skin shades, she continued to ask me how though...I even went into the whole Adam & Eve...Noah and his sons...even the Jesus loves the little children, red and yellow, black and white...anyways she still wasn't completely happy...but she understood that that was just the way they were made...
Oh, and during that conversation, one other girl mentioned it was because of skin disease...just like Michael Jackson...

Anyways...never a dull moment, and I always have to be on my toes....

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

4 Boys, 4 Girls, and 4 Dogs...






This past weekend, my friends and I went camping up in Brevard North Carolina again. This time it was much warmer than our 17 degree adventure last time. The lows were only near 35 instead. As my title says it was four of each of us, with the dogs always keeping things interesting. We visited Dugans again (although it was a newer, much bigger place), camped at the same spot (the most beautiful spot), had a wonderful breakfast (this time including pancakes), went on a 5 mile hike, ate PB&J's on top of John's Rock (just like last time-we did remember the water bottles this time), and even ate downtown Hendersonville like last time (this time we ate at West First). It is always exciting to get aay from the "world" and just not havea clue what time it is or anything else. We all were exhausted when we got back to Greenville, but obviously we all agree that is was an mazing trip. My brother Tim even ventured out and came with us. I never thought I would be such a camper, but it truly is a great experience. Who knows, maye we will do this more than once every

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

NGU...Big Time!!




Back in the Fall of 2002, I moved to South Carolina to attend a small Southern Baptist college names, North Greenville College. Almost seven years later, it is now a University and has grown immensely. Basically when I first arrived, the closest Wal-mart was a good 25 minutes away and the closest resturant around (besides The Thai and I) was Waffle House. Since my parents recently bought a house in Traveler's Rest/Taylors area, my mom told me that a few new buildings were being built on campus....to our complete surprise our very favorite bagel place form the Midwest moved into TIGERVILLE!!! This is no joke, Einstien Bagels is across the street from my once tiny college. Anyways, my mom and I had lunch in Tigerville the other day, and I had to capture the sight with my camera, if you are ever in town, check it out. They truly have the est bagels!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Blake turns TWO!







We all had a wonderful time celebrating Blake's 2nd Birthday. He is such a sweet little boy, I could just eat him up. This little boy is OBSESSED with any type of sports, go figure. As you can see his basketball cake and baseball cookies (Joy did it again). Anyways, It truly has been amazing seeing this little guy turn into such a ham, he loves to get people to laugh, and has such a easy time wrapping himself around anyone's finger. I cannot wait and see how he turns into a little gentleman as well as a sport fanatic....Trust me, I will be there to cheer him on through many basketball games, etc. Love ya Blakester!!

My Southern Snowman!



You don't get the chance to put together a snowman very often, but when you do...you have to take the oppurtunity to do so. Anyways, basically....I made one very tiny snowman, just to say I made one. And here it is....Enjoy!