Saturday, October 15, 2011

October Craft Update

To occupy my time and distract my thoughts, I have been crafting a lot this month. With the help of my friend Amber, I finally opened my sewing machine that I got for Christmas. She had to show me how to thread the bobbin, and the machine, but I can now say that I know how to use it by myself.

We picked up a pattern and attempted to sew a skirt. At one point I may have unpicked the same part 5 times before getting it right. But in the end, I had a skirt and I was very proud to say that I made it. I wore it to church the following Sunday.

Next up was a craft found on pinterest. We first found the pattern for these cute baby shoes, and then decided to make a dress to go with it. The first shoe took 3 hours, but the 2nd was quickly completed. (After that I made 2 more pairs, in a lot less time. But I do have issues with being able to make the 2 shoes look identical though.

Our next craft was for ourselves and Halloween themed. We spent the afternoon pinning lots of pieces of material to a spray painted pool noodle. Please ignore the ugly door. One day we will repaint it.

Today I put together these candy corns with yarn. I love a simple project that doesn't take much effort or time.

Stay tuned, I am attempting to put together a quiet book. I'm working on the first page this week and hope to do a page a week until Christmas... or until I give up. Haha!

Friday, October 14, 2011

School Days

Once upon a time on pinterest I saw some fall leaves. They were made of crayon shavings. I have TONS of crayons, and we needed an art project to show off at parent teacher conferences. Well, making 28 leaves with an iron in your classroom is basically a disaster. I had to have the kids use sharpeners to get the shavings and somehow they can sharpen a pencil, but a crayon is a lot harder. I feel like it would be a great project for a mom with 3 kids, but not for a teacher with 28 students. (They did turn out cute, but this year will be the only year my students make crayon shaving leaves...)

This last week I got 3 new students, I now have 31 students!!! My 31st student's name is Jayden. I now have 3 Jaydens. At the beginning of the year all of the 3rd grade teachers had 31-32 students on their lists. I only had 26 students show up. Since August I have gotten 5 new students. So I finally have caught up to the other teachers, and won't be getting the next new student!

Here are a few funny things my class has been saying in regards to church...

A cute boy in my class who was in the "developing incident" has been spending a lot of time with me during flex. (Flex is the last 1/2 hour of the day where all of the kids pick an activity, and the teachers can hold back a small group of students to work on math or reading.) Every day his watch would start beeping at 2:00. One day I asked him why his watch went off everyday. He said that he had set his alarm so that he knew when church got out on Sunday. "Church is SOOOO long and I can't wait to get out, when I hear this alarm I get so happy."

I had 3 boys at the back table for a reading group. I was introducing a new book to the kids and we had just learned that the main character had lived a long time ago, was in the woods, and his name was Joseph. One boy turns to the other and says, "I know who it is, it's Joseph Smith, he is from the Book of Mormon." The boys had a discussion about how one thought it was and the other thought it wasn't. The 3rd chimed in listing a few other people who are in the Book or Mormon. We came to the conclusion that it was not him.

And last but not least, we were doing a math assignment together as a class. I was doing each problem on the projector for all of the students to see. Before I started I told them I would be helping them and that it would be WISE for them all to pay attention. One boy bursts out, "I know a wise man, he built his house upon the rock and not the sand."

It makes me happy to know my students are going to primary and church, but I also wonder if they are as naughty for their teachers there as they are for me. haha.

A little bit of this & that

Wow, it has been forever since I have posted but life is just crazy and that's my only excuse. Here are just a few things that have happened in the past month.

Conference weekend was a great weekend. My parents were in Italy so Andrea, Ayrika, and I went to the Trolley for dinner. It was fun to have a girls night, but we also had another person join us. Ayrika is taking a class at school that you have to take a fake baby home for the weekend. She had to feed, change, and burp the baby all of the time. When we went into dinner her baby started crying and Ayrika got so embarrassed and went back to the car to get the baby to calm down. Andrea and I were laughing so hard, poor Ayrika.

After we went to JoAnns's along with everyone else in Spanish Fork that night. We bought some material and spent the rest of the night making headbands. I had to stop after only 3 because the glue gun burnt my fingers a little too much. We tried them on Ayrika's fake baby....

The next week was parent teacher conferences. I was at school for 12 hours, 3 days in a row. I was dead by the end of the week, I am so glad we don't have to do that again until February. More about my class later...
Bob's parents came into town for the weekend. We went to the BYU Spectacular and watched Brad sing with the Men's chorus. The next morning we went to the Mount Timpanogos Temple with Brad, in preparation for his mission to Bulgaria. We stuffed our faces at Tucanos afterwards. And that night we went to the BYU football game. It was a late and chilly game, but I am glad we were able to go especially when we were there to see them win. It was a quick and busy weekend, but we loved every second with Bob's family. (While just trying to download my pictures, I realized that Shannon and I had swapped cameras at the game. They are both so similar. Ooops!)

We found out that our 3rd month of clomid didn't work. This month we did an IUI with the clomid. (IUI is where they take the sperm, clean it so you only have the best, and then inject it around the time of ovulation.) I was so disappointed when it didn't work out. I am trying to be more optimistic this month, and also more patient. This month my Dr. put me on a different drug that will hopefully help with better egg quality. (The past 2 months I got a lot of eggs with clomid, but they weren't the best quality.) So here's to hoping for the future!