Thursday, April 30, 2009

April 30: Girl's Day Out

My mom, Kim, and I took the day to hang out with Lauren, her mom, and her sisters. Lauren had a final that morning, so we didn't meet until lunch. We met at Mimi's Cafe where I got to hear a lot of funny stories about Lauren from Somer, Kayce, and Reghan. We then went to get pedicures. I also got a french manicure done. I love getting pampered, but I can guarantee the nails will only last a week or two. It's worth it for a wedding though.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

April 29: Lauren's Day

Lauren went through the temple to receive her endowment today. We all raced down to Draper after school to be able to be there. Going through the temple for the first time can be a very overwhelming experience. We all told Lauren not to try to remember everything she saw and did, but to focus more on the feelings she had during the session. I love the feeling in the temple, and being there with our families was special. After the session we went over to Elaine's house for dinner. We finally got to meet Lauren's sisters Reghan and Kayce who came from opposite ends of the country for the wedding. Only a couple more days now!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

April 28: Biggest Loser

Tuesday nights are for the Biggest Loser. The show doesn't need to last two hours every time (thank goodness for Tivo), but I love to see the transformations people go through. I was talking to a friend of mine and we were trying to decide which trainer we would like to have if we were on the show. I love Bob and I think I would want to do well for him. Jillian is tough, but I think that could be good for me too. She would make me mad enough that I would work hard to prove to her that I could do it. Whoever the trainer, people who stay for a while always make amazing changes. I know all of them don't keep it up when they leave the show, but those who do are so inspiring.

Monday, April 27, 2009

April 27: Maniac Magee

Maniac Magee is probably my favorite book to read with 5th graders. Jeffrey "Maniac" Magee is an orphan who runs away and ends up in the town of Two Mills, PA. Two Mills is divided into the East and West Ends and people are separated by race. Maniac, so named because of the amazing feats he performs on his first day in town, is blissfully unaware of the tension between black and white until he is forced in the middle of it.

I love all the discussions we get to have with this book. If you haven't read it, I recommend it. There is a good message for everyone, regardless of your age.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

April 26: Family Wedding Shower

We had the Adamson wedding shower tonight. My aunt Cindy had us all over to her house tonight to celebrate Mike and Lauren's upcoming wedding. The theme was grocery/kitchen. We were asked to bring a recipe to go along with our gift. Mike and Lauren are going to have the most well-stocked kitchen after all their showers. It was a fun night with so many of our extended family coming to celebrate.

I can't believe the wedding is this Saturday. This is going to be a crazy, wonderful week for our family. I'm so excited for the happy couple!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

April 25: Back to High School

UEA held their annual House of Delegates at Alta High School this year. That is my alma mater. I got the strangest feeling of deja vu going in there. I haven't been back since I graduated 13 years ago (wow, I'm old!), except to watch my brother play basketball a few times. Sitting in the auditorium, eating in the commons, walking the halls, it was all surreal.

A-L-T-A Alta Hawks are here to stay
Our black and silver in the sun will show them that we're #1!

I wouldn't go back to being a high school student for all the money in the world. I have a lot of great memories, but that time of life is not worth repeating. Way too much drama! It was fun to take a trip down memory lane for a little while today though.

Friday, April 24, 2009

April 24: DEA Card Night

I am in charge of putting on a card night as a membership activity for DEA three times a year. (That's the Davis Education Association, not the Drug Enforcement Agency, in case you were wondering.)

This time I did all-occasion cards. I design four cards and get the supplies ready for people to put them together. I usually get between 12-18 people who come and quite a few of those are regulars. I've been doing this for a few years and its pretty fun. I like designing cards. Tonight Tracy came with me. She is leaving Ogden District to come work in Davis. I have to say I think she is making a great choice. I love working in Davis District.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

April 23: Teacher Appreciation

This week has been Teacher Appreciation week at my school. The PTA does amazing things for us all year long, but they always outdo themselves on this week. There were big posters in the hall, treats in the faculty lounge every day, flowers from our students, manicures during recess, and a big luncheon at the end of the week. It was a wonderful week!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

April 22: Happy Birthday Tracy!

Today is Tracy's birthday and we went out to dinner to celebrate. We ate at Texas Roadhouse. It was good food, but the funnest part was when they sang to Tracy. They made her sit on a saddle and they yelled out her age to the entire restaurant. I thought it was very entertaining, but I don't think Tracy loved it. I know where I won't be going for my birthday!

Tracy is a great friend. I am so blessed to be able to work with her. She is a hard worker and she is always prepared for everything. She and I have a lot of common interests which makes her one of my favorite people to hang out with. Thanks for being a wonderful friend Tracy!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

April 21: International Peace Gardens

This was part of our fieldtrip yesterday, but I thought it deserved a post of its own. I remember going to these gardens when I was in elementary school. We went to have lunch after the Symphony. It was a nice day and we got to walk around the gardens for a while. They didn't look wonderful, but maybe that's because it's only started to get warm. The kids had a fun time running through the different exhibits regardless.

Monday, April 20, 2009

April 20: The 5th Grade goes to the Symphony

We had our annual fieldtrip to the Utah Symphony today. I love this fieldtrip. We get all dressed up, sit in plush chairs, and listen to great music. We got to sit in the balcony on the side this time, we had a great view of all the musicians and their instruments. I wish I took the opportunity to go to more Symphony concerts. I admit I don't think about it much. I should though; I love classical music. I hope my students now have a greater appreciation for how enjoyable these kinds of cultural events can be.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

April 19: Let's swing!

Swinging is the essence of childhood.

Pumping your legs. Leaning back. Jumping off. Doing underdogs. Twisting the chains so you can spin fast.

Why don't we swing as adults?

Saturday, April 18, 2009

April 18: Sarah's getting married!

Today was Sarah's bridal shower. It was really fun to have Sarah's family and friends come to celebrate her. There was lots of food, presents, and fun, but no cheesy shower games. I am so happy for Sarah and Joe! They were the most unlikely couple when they got together, it surprised us all. But they are so cute and happy together, it now seems like they've been together forever. I can't believe they are getting married in a month!

Friday, April 17, 2009

April 17: Chocolate bowl fiasco

Tonight Tracy, Krissy, and I attempted to make chocolate bowls for the shower tomorrow. Oh dear! I don't know what we did wrong, but we ended up with chocolate everywhere. The idea is that you blow up balloons and dip them in chocolate and then when the chocolate cools you pop the balloon and have a fun bowl left. That is not how it worked for us. The first balloons we tried popped as soon as we dipped them in the chocolate, sending chocolate EVERYWHERE. It was on was on the walls, on us, on the windows, on the floor. We were laughing so hard we could hardly clean it up. We tried cooling the chocolate a little before dipping it. That stopped the balloons from popping and we were able to dip them all. Unfortunately, we still didn't end up with chocolate bowls. When we popped the balloons the chocolate didn't detach from the balloon and they crumbled in on themselves. Oh well, what can you do? We made a valiant effort, but the pudding ended up in real dishes instead. We are going to have to ask Sister Jensen for a lesson on how to do it correctly. (Maybe we should have done that in the first place!)

Thursday, April 16, 2009

April 16: Shopping for a bridesmaid dress

Lauren told us we could all find our own bridesmaids dresses for the wedding. Her only request was that they be black. You wouldn't think that finding a simple black dress would be that difficult, but it is. I've been online and to several different stores. Today I finally decided to put pieces from two different dresses together and call it good. Now I just have to find shoes...

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

April 15: Planet Obiwakinobi

I know, it sounds like something from Star Wars. (Maybe it is, I really wouldn't know.) In my world it is a science activity I do with my students. We've been talking about heredity and animal adaptations in science. This is an end-of-unit activity to see if the kids can show what they've learned. We pretend we have landed on a new planet and we have to catalog the animals we see on the planet. The kids have to draw a picture of an animal that has specialized structures to live in its environment. They give the animal a name and write a poem about it. I love seeing what they come up with!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

April 14: I-Pod illiterate

I'm not really into the whole MP-3 player thing. I do have an i-Pod, but that's only because my sister wanted a new one and I bought her old one. In the year I've had it I have not added one song to it. My sister and I have similar taste in music, so I just keep playing the same songs she put on it. I have no idea what would happen if I plugged it into my computer. Would I lose all that is on it? I'm not in any hurry to find out. Maybe someday I'll want a new song enough to try it.

Monday, April 13, 2009

April 13: Leaders worth following

Tonight we had FHE at the Hanson's. Bro. Hanson is 1st counselor in the bishopric. He works with Bishop Jensen, Bro. Myers, Bro. Swenson, and Bro. Adams. We have such an amazing bishopric in our ward. They are all wonderful men who do everything they can for everyone in the ward. One of the neat things about being in a leadership position in the ward is getting the chance to meet with them on a regular basis. They truly care about each member of the ward. They all have such different personalities, but they work together really well. Their wives are also incredible. They really help us a lot in Relief Society. It is a pleasure to work with them. I'm grateful for their love and support. I hope to be like these people when I grow up!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

April12: Happy Easter

Easter Sunday is a special day to celebrate Christ and His atonement. It's easy sometimes to focus on the fun of hunting for eggs or eating Reese's pastel eggs, but Easter is so much more than that. I'm grateful that the Gospel teaches us it is important to remember Christ's sacrifice and resurrection more than just once a year. We take the sacrament every Sunday and we can pray for forgiveness daily. I am so grateful for my knowledge that Christ rose from the tomb and that He lives and loves me. I hope I can better apply His atonement in my life.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

April 11: Sugar Cookies

My friend Emily inspired me to make sugar cookies today. I have a great recipe and I love to make them, but it is a long process so I only make sugar cookies once or twice a year. This time I made egg and bunny shaped cookies. I ended up with so many I was giving them away to family, friends, co-workers. I ate a few myself too. Yum!

Friday, April 10, 2009

April 10: Coloring Easter Eggs

I haven't done this in years! I invited Shannon and Tracy over tonight and we colored Easter eggs. This wasn't the kind of thing where you just drop the egg into the dye and let it sit for five minutes. There was some definite artistic talent coming out of us. We had all kinds of pictures and designs on our eggs. We used crayons, q-tips, paper towels; we mixed colors and daubed paint on. It was so fun!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

April 9: Random Cupboard

I was cleaning the kitchen today and I thought I should write about the most unusual feature of my apartment. I have a random cupboard in the middle of the wall in my kitchen. It doesn't even match the other cupboards. I've noticed that this isn't a feature in the apartments around mine, so I've wondered where it came from. Who decided they need more storage space so much that they put a cupboard in the middle of the wall? I'll never know. I guess it's nice to have the storage, but it does make sitting around the kitchen table a little difficult.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

April 8: The Blue Castle

While laying in bed today I decided to read one of my favorite books. I love to reread books I enjoy, and The Blue Castly by LM Montgomery is a book I have read many times. Montgomery is an author I love and Valancy is one of her best characters. Maybe I should be grateful I have an excuse to stay in bed and read. I just wish I didn't feel crummy while I was doing it.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

April 7: I'm Sick!

I crashed today. I am in bed with a cold. What kind of luck is that to get sick on Spring Break? I only hope this doesn't turn into a nasty respiratory problem that many of my colds do.

Monday, April 6, 2009

April 6: Spring Break!

Today is the first day of Spring Break--Hooray!

This is definitely one of the perks of being a teacher. A week off is just what I need right now! Today Michelle, Jodi, and I went downtown to The Gateway for the afternoon. We met at California Pizza Kitchen for lunch and saw Race to Witch Mountain at the theater. What a fun way to start the break!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

April 5: General Conference

I love listening to Genereal Conference. It is such a great spiritual boost every six months. I usually try to take notes while I listen so my mind doesn't wander. Today, though, we worked on making a few dozen invitations while we listened. I know I didn't get as much out of it as I could have, but I Tivo'd it so I could listen again at home. There were some definite messages that came out of this conference, I can't wait for the Ensign to come out so I can study them more.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

April 4: Adventures in St. George

  • Listen to Conference

  • Eat lunch at Paula's

  • Walk in Snow Canyon

  • Buy card making supplies

    • Watch most confusing movie ever made (Duplicity)

    • Eat dinner at Pizza Factory

    Friday, April 3, 2009

    April 3: Road Trip!

    Tracy, Krissy, and I set out for St. George today after school. We are taking advantage of the General Conference weekend and staying through Sunday. Our goals are to relax, listen to conference, and get invitations made for Sarah's bridal shower. I love hanging out with Tracy and Krissy, they are two of my favorite people to talk to. The drive went pretty quickly until we hit snow outside of Cedar City. We were all relieved that it was gone by the time we hit St. George. We are staying at Tracy's grandparents' condo. It's going to be a fun weekend!

    Thursday, April 2, 2009

    April 2: Graphing the Class

    Every Thursday we create a bar graph as a class. I pose a question to my students and they graph which of four choices they would pick. Some of the questions come from a unit we are studying, some are about holidays or seasons, some are about activities the kids enjoy. After kids put their choices on the graph we analyze it mathematically and discuss the topic. It is pretty interesting to see the popular choices and hear the kids' reasoning for the things they pick.

    Wednesday, April 1, 2009

    April 1: Underground RR Quilt

    We are studying the Civil War in social studies right now. This is one of my favorite units to teach. We actually spend a lot more time talking about the issues that caused the war than we spend learning about battles and generals. One of the topics we deal with is slavery and the Underground Railroad. We learn about how abolitionists found all kinds of secret ways to get slaves out of the South, including using quilts as a secret code. Today I showed my class the quilt I made (out of fabric) showing different quilt blocks that were used as signals, then we made a class quilt (out of paper) for an art project.