A Little More At Home!

Today was REALLY cool! I started the reading series that I LOVED to teach in my previous district with my fifth graders! I had SO MUCH FUN going back to the basics and really teaching reading again! I need to remember to send a huge Thank You Note to the big-wigs in the district who financially supported the curriculum! I felt a flashback to the year 1995 when I first taught the series, and remembered how much TRAINING goes into getting the curriculum delivered appropriately to the little people. They were getting it though, and I was SO PROUD of them!

Ah, today I felt a little more at home by teaching the series again!

*grin*

Life.
Is.
Good.

I Made A Deal

Dear Family,

Yes, it is true that I wore an MU shirt to school today. BUT, it was only because I made a deal with one of the little people. Please do not kick me out of the family. Tomorrow I will be back to wearing Crimson and Blue!

Love,
Shortone

Laura!!!

I'm pretty sure that every time Laura comes to see me, I post about our visit. Laura was here less than 24 hours, but it was a WONDERFUL addition to my break. Out of nowhere she called yesterday morning and said she was thinking about coming to see me! I was SO EXCITED!

The thing is it's great to have a friend like a Laura who LOVES the Prayer Room and IHOP-KC as much as me. Last night we went to service together, and it was SO MUCH FUN to have someone beside me in worship. We have such similar hearts toward the Lord that we were there from 6pm-11pm, and it felt like ten minutes! It was SO much fun!

Of course, my favorite part was when Matt came out to lead worship! It was AMAZING! I was closer to God at the end of the night than I was at the beginning, and it was because God used Matt!

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, what a WONDERFUL way to end break!

Jay is laying at my feet asleep. THAT'S the best way to end break!

*grin*
Life.
Is.
Good!

Tired

I am thoroughly enjoying this break. Okay, well, now that my migraine from last night is over, I am thoroughly enjoying this break. I went to be super-early last night due to the migraine, so I was up super-early this morning. On one hand I was bummed because I didn't sleep in. On the other hand, I got plenty of sleep, so it's all good.

I spent the morning cuddling with Jay and watching made-for-TV-movies. I LOVE days like today when I get to begin the day VERY slowly. Jay loved it too, as he is a cuddler!

I spent the afternoon/evening cleaning house. My house wasn't in horrible shape, but I will admit I needed to dust in a MAJOR way. At this point, the house is the cleanest it's been since I moved in! *grin* Now I am ready for my favorite older brother and parents to come see me tomorrow! Woop!

Jay and I did enjoy a walk this afternoon. We're limited on decent weather days, so I try to make sure we have one every chance we get! It was fast, as he was cold, but it was fun anyway!

Tonight I have been relaxing with Jay. It's weird to think that we're already on Friday of the break. It's going by ENTIRELY too fast! *grin*

I find myself tired tonight. I was up early and had a BUSY day. I look forward to tomorrow with the family! *grin*

Life.
Is.
Good.

Thankful

Today I have contemplated all the things I'm thankful for. After all, that's what today is all about, right? The most bizarre twist on it all is that I've been the most thankful for today. I am INCREDIBLY thankful for headache medicine. I started my day with a headache, and it grew to a full-blown migraine by the time I returned from our family thanksgiving celebration. If you have never had the migraine headache experience, you are one blessed person! I came home, let Jay out, let him back in, gave him a rawhide chew, and plopped down on the couch with the heating pad and slept. Jay eventually climbed up to cuddle as I slept. I woke up with him beside me. My head still aches, but not like it did. I am blessed to live in a day and time when medicine is available to alleviate pain. I could have been born in a day and time when medicine was readily accessible like it is today. Fortunately, I was not. *grin*

My other huge blessing today was receiving "Happy Thanksgiving" greetings from people via text. A couple of them came from people that I didn't expect to hear from, so that was a HUGE blessing.

One of the expected ones stated, "I am thankful for our friendship and the beautiful fragrance that is coming from your life." Where's the LOVE button for that one? *grin*

Yep, I am one blessed gal who has a lot to be thankful for!

*grin*

Life.
Is.
Good.

Semi-Productive

Today I was semi-productive, but was able to rest too. I enjoyed sleeping in, which was a highlight for me. I love to sleep, so that part was REALLY nice! Jay and I lounged around and cuddled this morning. I LOVED that! My favorite kind of days are the ones where I can slowly begin the day. *grin*

This afternoon I went and took care of my car tags. I had been dreading the joyous experience because it always takes so much time. Today I was pleasantly surprised when it only took about 30 minutes from start-to-finish. I was prepared and took a book for my wait, and I felt a huge weight lifted as I walked out with my little stickers for my car.

Tonight I put in a bad movie and worked on Christmas Cards. I still have quite a bit to do, but it was good to get ahead of the schedule on the card craziness. I turned off the movie, and am glad I do Netflix. I would have felt ripped if I had paid full-price for that movie!

My highlight of my day came via text from a friend. She told me, via text, that I am one of the blessings that she will share tomorrow at her family's Thanksgiving Dinner. I was/am touched. I am one blessed gal.

*grin*

Life.
Is.
Good.

Dear Grandma and Grandpa!

Dear Grandma and Grandpa,

I have thought about you a lot today. I know you're up in Heaven with Jesus, but I wanted to take a moment and write you tonight.

I remember being a kid and coming to your house to play with Tinkertoys. You remember the tin can full of Tinkertoys that Scienceguy and I loved? Dad told me tonight when I was over at his house that Uncle Leon actually gave that to him, but I obviously don't remember that part. I do remember looking forward to going to your house and playing with them, even though I wasn't great at it.

Today, as you probably already know, one of my students used those Tinkertoys in a project. Not all of them, obviously, but several of them were used. He LOVED the Tinkertoys, and truth be told some of my other students did too. I kept telling them about playing with them at your house, but they didn't really get it. And, that's okay, I did.

I was thinking today that those Tinkertoys have blessed a lot of kids over the years. I have had them sitting in my closet, collecting dust, waiting for my chance to have kids and have them play with them. And while that hasn't happened yet, some of my students liked them a lot, so I think I'll let them play with them sometimes too. (You wouldn't believe how hard some of them will work to earn time with those things!)

Anyway, I just wanted you to know that I am thinking of you and I miss you a lot.

Lots of Love,
Shan

Post #800

It is SO HARD to believe that I am on my eight-hundredth post! Wow! I have come SO FAR since I started blogging. I began this blog in March 2006, and this has definitely become a favorite hobby of mine. I have pondered what to type all day, wanting this to be a memorable post.

I was thinking this afternoon about Thanksgiving coming up this week. Over the years I have done several posts about what I'm thankful for, but tonight I wanted to post about Jay.

In the last chapter of my life, the one I now call The Beech Road Experience, I experienced loneliness in a way no one should ever live this side of Heaven. It was the hardest thing I have walked through.

Going from Beech Road to where I'm at now, a lot has changed. A LOT. I NEVER experience loneliness anymore because of my furry little kid. He's the BEST best friend I could ever ask for! Sure, I'm still waiting on a spouse, but I tell ya what, this guy loves me in a way that EVERYONE should be loved. While he's never actually vocalized "I love you", I know he does. He shows me daily how much he cares, and we have a lot of fun together.

Today I was laughing at him as he scooted out from under the bed! I was folding clothes in the guest bedroom, and he felt the need to go underneath the bed. He moved out in such a funny way, I started laughing at him! He just came out with the tail wagging wanting to be petted. It was GREAT.

Right now, he's asleep at my feet! I LOVE IT!

I am thankful for the furry kid. I have heard it over and over again that dog is man's best friend, and for me, it's true!

Thank You God for Jay. And thanks to the family that blessed me with him. It's the greatest blessing I have been given as an adult!

*grin*
Life.
Is.
Good.

Waiting for the Shuttle...

Tonight I arrived at FCF late because I had a WONDERFUL dinner with a friend. Being late for FCF is never a big deal, because it's part of the culture to come-and-go at any time. After driving around the Blue Ridge Parking Lot, I went to the Overflow Lot to ride the shuttle. After parking the car, I walked over to the shuttle stop and waited.

I was standing there on my own, and 5 young men came over and stood by me. The following is what was said:

Guy #1: Hi
Me Hi, how are you?
Guy #1: Fine, you?
Me: Great.
Me: Hi, (Guy #2) how are you?
Guy #2: Fine, you?
Me: Hi, I'm great.
Guy #3, walks by and says; Hey, how are you?
Me: Great, how are you?
Guy #3, Fine.
Me: Great. Hi, (#4), Hi (#5)
Guys: How are you?
Me: Great.
Guy #3: Your leg's not great.
Me: Pause. Pray. Pause.
Me: Yeah, it is. It's a gift from God. See, I teach Special Education, and my students can relate to me in a very special, unique way, because of the limp. I've talked to God about healing, and have told him if He wants to heal me, He can, but I would rather keep the limp, because He has used it repeatedly in the lives of so many people. The limp is a gift. The only time it bugs me is when people judge me because of the limp. Some people think I have limited cognitive ability, but I don't. I have an average IQ. I live on my own, pay my own bills, and drive my own car. So, the leg is great.

To which the guys just stared at me. Silence. Then one guy said, "Wow."

GO GOD! THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKIN' ABOUT!

*GRINNNNNNNNNN*

Life.
Is.
GREAT...WITH THE LIMP!

God Always Knows

Tonight I went and spent some amazing time with a new/old friend. Sometimes in life we have slip-ups with friends. I think after my Beech Road experience, (Where I learned more than I can ever explain in a single post, that's for sure!) I learned the value of second chances. Over the Summer, God told me that SuperMom (A friend here in town.) would be my friend again. Last Spring, we had a bit of a miscommunication, and I prayed over it, and walked away. I told God at the time that I wanted time to heal things, and it did. When He told me this Summer that we'd be friends again, I was cautiously optimistic. Tonight, I was glad I was open to His leading. She's an amazing Mom, reaching for the things that are right instead of turning to the things that could hold her down. I am so proud of her!

Hang in there, SuperMom! I am praying for you!

*grin*

Life.
Is.
Fun.

You Wouldn't Think....

...that a CD would make such a difference, but it does!

I have been praying for some new music lately. It seems like when I buy stuff and don't think much about it, it's not what I need at that time. These days I really ponder and pray before I spend my hard-earned money on music. It's been several months since I bought something new because I have really been enjoying "This Is Our God" by Hillsong United. Last weekend, I realized it was time for something new. When I realize that, I turn on K-Love Radio to see what new stuff is available for purchase. Today I realized the new Chris Tomlin Album was released last week. I almost felt weird because I ALWAYS know when his new stuff is out, but I guess the HIllsong Music was what I needed. *grin*

Tonight I have LOVED the new Chris Tomlin music. Ah...............while there's nothing quite like a new book, there's also nothing quite like a new worship CD to draw me nearer to God.

Love.
It.

*grin*

Life.
Is.
Good.

Reading Fun!

Today I was reading with my fifth grade students, and I realized how much I enjoy reading with students. We're reading the fifth installment of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series. I find myself looking forward to that group everyday because they are ALL engrossed in the book. I also enjoy it because we LAUGH as we read the story. It's a lot of FUN!

*grin*

Life.
Is.
Good.

Way to Go!

I used to think that I wasn't very creative. I mean, if you ask me to draw a picture, I draw stick figures ALL THE TIME. My students laugh. (It's not that funny!) I also had a friend once that could make the coolest bulletin boards ever, meanwhile, I always bought the store-bought ones because I couldn't think of anything creative. Between the bulletin boards and the stick figures, I thought I wasn't very creative. What I have discovered recently is that I am creative, just in a different way.

A little while back, I was praying over something, and the Lord spoke to me that I was to take over a project for someone. At first I was a little perplexed. I mean, it's not like you can go up to someone and say, "The Lord told me I am supposed to take over YOUR project." So, I prayed some more, and went in to meet with the person and simply offered to help. When the gal in charge of the project heard my offer, she asked if I would be willing to take it over. I just grinned. She went on to say that I was the answer to her prayers, as she is too busy to do the project this year. *grin* I just told her that I was glad to help. In my mind though, I did a happy dance because I LOVE IT when I'm an answer to someone else's prayers.

Over the weekend, I finally got around to doing the first part of the project. I started working on it, and found myself REALLY enjoying myself. It took about 3 hours on Saturday, but in the end I was REALLY proud of the work I had done. I looked at the project and realized how creative I am, it's just not with paper or pencil tasks. I thought that was really cool.

I emailed her the beginning of the project and checked email a few times, hoping to hear "Way to go!" I still find it amazing how I can be 37 and still care what approval I receive from certain people. I have a feeling that never ends, this side of Heaven. When I went into work today, there was an email today, and she said she "love, love, loved it!"

I was SO EXCITED to hear that!

God taught me in a lot in the project, and it's only in the beginning stages. I learned that I am creative in my own way, and that I shouldn't compare myself to others. (I think the comparing deal is a challenge this side of Heaven, daily.) I also learned that at the age of 37, I care what others think. Obviously, not what everyone thinks, as you have to choose the right people with your heart. But in this case, I cared.

It made me think a lot today, as my students cared what I thought about various things throughout my day. And, I consider it an honor to be someone that others care what I think. I pray that I am responsible with that.

Kinda cool if you ask me.

*grin*

Life.
Is.
Good.

Friendships

This morning I got up and headed to go drive shuttles. Slim had said last night that he had plans this afternoon so he couldn't hang out. Which was fine, I had homework to do. So, after driving a little while this morning, Slim invited me to hang out with him this afternoon. I said, "Sure." We went to IHOP (pancakes) and had great chat time. It was a lot of fun. It feels so good to be cultivating friendships here. Slim is one of the happiest people I've ever met. Truly happy. I am blessed to have such a happy, Godly friend, in my life!

Now, I guess I should get my homework done that I've been putting off all day!

*grin*

Life.
Is.
Good.

A Good Day

Today was great. I slept in, cuddled with Jay, cleaned up, cuddled with Jay, walked Jay, cuddled with Jay, went to FCF, came home, and cuddled with Jay.

The highlight (second to cuddling with Jay today) was walking out of FCF tonight. (FCF was GREAT!) As I walked out, I saw Slim was driving the bus. I am always glad to see Slim. He's such a happy guy! Anyway, he opened the door to the bus as I was walking up to it, and the passengers (there weren't many, but this still was neat to me) yelled, "Jesus Loves You, Shortone!"

I grinned ear-to-ear.

It feels good to be at home with friends here.

*grin*

Life.
Is.
Good.

Anita Renfroe

Okay, I will openly admit, I have been living under a rock. I feel like it's a rather big rock actually. A little while back, I heard an ad on K-Love Radio for a Christian Comedian, Anita Renfroe, who was coming to the KC area. I will admit, the idea kind of appealed to me, but I didn't go for whatever reason at the time. (I think I had something already scheduled for that night.) Well, the ad they played on K-Love made me laugh, so I went into my trusty little NetFlix account and found three DVD's available. I reserved them all.

The first one I saw was "Momsense" and it was pretty good. I am not a Mom, so it wasn't as funny as it probably was for real Mom's, but it did make me laugh. I was glad I had reserved it.

Today I had a rather character-building day, cancelled all plans for this evening, came home, and put in the next Anita Renfroe DVD that was waiting for me in my mailbox. I had already decided that tonight was a night that I needed to just chill out and cuddle with Jay. The DVD, titled, "It's Probably Just Your Thyroid", was a little over an hour, and it really made me laugh A LOT. I highly recommend it for women of all ages! (Sorry guys, it's mainly for gals.) It has really lifted my spirits and made me grin a lot!

Now I think I will watch the KU basketball game and read my new book!

*grin*

Life.
Is.
Good.

Another Podcast *grin*

Tonight I had Sign Language Class in Independence, so I listened to another Louie Giglio podcast that I had on my ipod on the drive there and back here. I realize I just said this last week, but it really is true, I LOVE HOW GOD KNOWS WHAT WE NEED AND WHEN WE NEED IT! Tonight the message talked about self-talk and how sometimes when we're in a battle, not only do we need to pray to Him, but we also have to take authority over our own lives and SPEAK into that. I realize I can't do the 60 minute podcast justice, but suffice to say, He met me right where I am tonight. I do spend massive amounts of time praying, but I don't always take time to speak into my own life things that I'm hearing and feeling. It gave me a new perspective, so to speak. *grin*

Once again, I am in awe of Him.

And, I love that.

*grin*
Life.
Is.
GREAT.

A New Book!!!

I went to school today looking forward to getting a new book that I had ordered. At our Book Fair a little over a month ago, I ordered the new Diary of a Wimpy Kid book! It came out yesterday, and we received them today. I am SO EXCITED to have the new book!

I walked down the hall reading the book, and kids got a big kick out of it seeing me walk down the hall reading. I laughed as I walked by them, and they were staring at me. I plan on beginning the book as a Read Aloud on Friday.

There's nothing quite like a good, new book!

*grin*

Life.
Is.
Spiffy.

Fire!

Okay, before you flip out, there wasn't a fire. Okay, well, not one that affected me. I have a small story to share. (You knew that was coming, didn't you?)

Tonight I got home earlier than usual to walk Jay. With the sun going down earlier now, I make it a point to get home and walk the furry kid. The evenings are rough if he doesn't get his usual walk. *grin*

So, tonight we were doing our usual walk, and I saw light coming out of a bush across the street from where we were walking. I thought that it might be a lighting system since it was almost dark at that point, but I saw that it was fire. It was small at the time, but it was a bush on fire. The bush was right next to a town-home just like mine. Meaning, four families live in homes that share ONE roof.

My initial thought was the burning bush story in the Bible, but I knew that wasn't the case at that moment. *grin*

I stood there a moment and wondered what to do. There were lights on in the house that had the bush on fire, and I looked at Jay. I knew I couldn't take Jay over there to tell the people, so I tied him up to a fence by where we were standing. I crossed the street, looked at the bush, and went up to the porch.

I rang the doorbell, and waited for someone to come to the door. I am pretty sure the guy who answered had looked out the window before answering the door because he ran past me to put the fire out. I calmly said, "Were you aware of this?" To which he replied words that can't be repeated on this blog. He wasn't aware of it, I'll just put it you that way. He ran and grabbed a water hose and put it out. I walked back across the street, got Jay, and we continued our walk.

As I walked, I pondered. God knew that bush would be on fire when I walked by. God also knew I would stand there and debate about what to do. (I've seen so many NCIS episodes to make me ponder if I should be involved in anything that might be suspicious.) God also knew I would go up to that porch and ring the doorbell. God also knew I would walk across the street, get Jay, and walk on.

I didn't know any of that prior to my walk.

God used me to stop a four-family-town-home from catching on fire. He could have chosen anyone. But He chose me.

That made me smile the rest of the walk.

Some of you may think that God doesn't care about the details of our lives such as a walk with the dog, but I honestly believe He cares about EVERY detail of our lives.

He can use anyone and anytime.

Today, He chose me.

*grin*

Life.
Is.
Amazing.

Talk About Perspective...

So this morning I got ready for work and headed out the door, earlier than usual to make it to a meeting I had before school. I turned out of my neighborhood and started toward school. As I came upon the road construction area, I noticed something very unsettling. I couldn't see! Okay, well, I could see, but it occurred to me that I didn't have my glasses on! I started laughing, and then started praying. I debated about turning around and going home, but I didn't want to be late for my meeting. So, I went to school.

I started the day as usual, and the lack of glasses didn't affect me very much in my meeting. Everyone got a kick out of it when I told my story. Rockstarpara offered to take me home to get the glasses, but I refused. I didn't think it would be a big deal.

At a little after nine 'oclock, I went into a classroom for my typical school day, and then my eyesight became a problem for me. I was also beginning to get a headache, which is never a good thing. As it turned out, Rockstarpara and I wound up in the same classroom because of a switch in schedules, and I asked her if she would drive me home. She said yes.

We cleared it with the correct people, and she brought me back here to get my glasses.

Once I put them on, I realized how much I take for granted my glasses, as well as my eyesight. Things were no longer fuzzy, and I could see things with clarity.

It brought to mind one of our chorus's at IHOP-KC. We sing, "Give me eyes to see, and ears to hear."

I silently prayed as I went back into my classroom that God would give me eyes to see my students. And within that, I would continue to treat them as He does.

Talk about perspective...all because I left my glasses at home today!

*grin*

Life.
Is.
Good.

Why, oh why?

Yo, Humans!

Jay here. Shortone has been so busy lately that I've been living in that crate A LOT! Today she got home from shuttles and took me for my first walk in several days. She apologized for not walking me lately, and we did our usual walk! It was fun! Then we came home and got in the car and went several places. It's been a while since I've been on a road trip! It was AWESOME!

We got back here, and Shortone was busy doing laundry and such. I just followed her around the house. I didn't want to miss anything important!

After she ate dinner, she turned to me and said, "It's your turn!" I had no idea what she meant and I was SO EXCITED that I was hopping and dancing around as we went into the upstairs bathroom and she got 3 towels out and a bottle of that weird-smelling-stuff. She took off my collar and it hit me...I HAD TO TAKE A BATH!

I tried to escape, but she had already shut the bathroom door before I realized what was happening! So, I just sat there. I mean, I figured that if she couldn't pick me up, then I wouldn't have to have a bath! Unfortunately, I have lost weight, so she was able to pick me up and put me in the tub! Then she said that I smelled! Me? Smell? Really, I didn't smell bad! I smelled like a dog, which is what I should smell like!

So, I stood there while she got me wet and put that smelly stuff on and then rinsed it off. I didn't move. I just wanted it to be OVER! She worked fast, which made me happy!

Next thing I knew, she was letting me out of the tub-thingy and using a towel to try to dry me off! Why do humans do that? I mean, I can shake it off faster, so why put a towel on me too? She worked hard at it, and was really nice through the whole thing, but I just wanted out of the bathroom!

Finally, she said, "Okay, go." She opened the door, and I was FREE! I ran outta the bathroom and downstairs! I mean, she could change her mind and make me do it again! That would be awful!

Since then, she has given me a bone and told me that I did a "good job". I like the bone, and after that experience, I deserve it!

Well, I think I'll get back to my bone!

Have a GREAT night all!

Love,
Jay

Speed Stacks!!!

On Wednesday, I was taught the full cycle of Speed Stacks. As I shared the other day, Speed Stacks refers to a cup game played by many children (And adults I am sure) in tournament competitions. Prior to Tuesday of this week, I had never really learned the game. In fact, I had never actually seen the game either. So, I was curious.

I will also admit, I can be very competitive too. So, one of my little people finished their work on Wednesday so that he could teach me the game. We had a lot of fun laughing as I kept messing up on the game. It isn't hard once you learn the pattern, but if you don't know the pattern, it can be a challenging.

So, today was a long day for some of my little people. So, I made a deal with them. IF they got all their work done, then we would have a Speed Stack Competition at the end of the day. Needless to say, all the work was done on time! *grin*

The top scorer came from a fifth grade boy who did the full cycle in 39 Seconds.

I came in third with 44 seconds!

This is only the beginning. I plan on practicing more and more as students get their work done correctly and on time!

Make note: I was good and didn't bring the cups home to practice. I thought about it, but didn't do it!

*grin*

Life.
Is.
FUN.

LIfting My Eyes Up!

I find it amazing how God ALWAYS orchestrates things in such a way that we ALWAYS know that it is Him at work. Tonight on the way to my Sign Language Class, I listened to another podcast that featured a sermon by Louie Giglio. If you've been a reader of the blog for any length of time, you know that podcasting is somewhat new to me. I have heard the term for years, but it wasn't until this past May when my brother gave me an ipod that I got to experience a podcast firsthand. And, now I listen to at least one sermon a week.

Some of you are thinking, "Really, you're in the midst of IHOP-KC, and yet you're listening to Louie Giglio's stuff from Atlanta?" Yep, you betcha!!! IHOP-KC is incredible, but I will admit, I am not encouraged in the Lord like I am when Louie preaches. He preaches right where I'm at, every time.

Tonight's sermon talked about lifting my eyes above, regardless of what is happening in my life here on Earth. He talked out of the Psalms and reminded me that while circumstances here on Earth may not change over night, standing firm in the Lord and keeping my eyes up above instead of on the situations here on Earth is what I'm called to do today...tonight. While it's not earth-changing, it spoke to me right where I'm at with the Lord tonight.

I am in awe of God tonight because of that. He knew I would need that sermon right now, in the season I am in right now.

LOVE. IT.

*grin*
Life.
Is.
Good.

November 3!!!

Every year I pause and thank God on this day. Well, okay, I pause and Thank God for a lot of things each day. But November 3rd is special to me because it is my younger brother's birthday!

Scienceguy is an amazing teacher, husband, son, and brother.

I am proud that Scienceguy is my brother. I am convinced I have the BEST younger brother EVER!

Happy Birthday, Scienceguy!!! You are my hero, in ways you don't even realize!

I love ya!
Shortone

Speed Stacks

This morning I entered the building and our P.E. teacher was outside the gym waiting for her first class to show up. She said, "Good Morning" to me and I inquired as to what they would be doing in P.E. today. She said they were doing "Speed Stacks." I paused and said, "I have never seen that, can I come in today?" She said sure.

I went in and I was introduced to a game with cups. Our P.E. Teacher showed it to me, but I honestly didn't have a lot of time to really learn it. I was interested in it because when I was in college we played "The Cup Game" at conferences and I LOVED that game. I plan on going in before school and learning it tomorrow. She said that after they end the unit, I can borrow the cups and challenge my students to do it. I see a lot of kids motivated to work so that they can play me in the Speed Stacks. I'll let you know what my beginning time is tomorrow, and we'll see how much I progress this year.

I love it, as I'm always looking for motivational strategies to use with the little people in my world!

*grin*

Life.
Is.
Good.

Laughter

Today the highlight of my day was reading a book with a student. The young man is a boy who doesn't enjoy reading, and I'm on quite a mission to change that. So, we made a deal that we would read one chapter in his book and then he could take a break. We got to a really funny part in the book and we were both laughing pretty hard because of what happened in the story. I realize it loses a little bit in translation, because you sort of had to be there. For me though, it was really cool, and it was the highlight of my day.

*grin*

Life.
Is.
Good.