Monday, December 15, 2008

Why I want to teach History and Social Studies

Rob found this article today that really just reiterates why I want to teach History and Social Studies (which includes Geography). Follow this link and you can read it too.  

It just tells me that not only do people need to have a better understanding of the world around them, or should I say "the blue area around them". But also a reason WHY they need to better understand the world around them. 

Rob went so far as to say that if you don't know where America is then you can stop being his friend. I'm not going to go that far, because I want to help you, but be expecting a lot of laughing on my part... at you... before I help you. (the laughing would all be out of love, not hate.)

Also, if anything should be learned from this article it should be that more educated people should participate in these polls (even if 63% did know where America was on the America only map) and that we should be spreading the word outside of America that America is really that big continent at the bottom of the world that is usually represented in the colour white. 

Thursday, December 11, 2008

A poem by Syndey, I call it: I Stay Up Late

I needed a piece of notebook paper so I  got a page out of one of Sydney's notebooks next to me... Inside I found this amazing piece of poetry (Which isn't her first, she actually writes them fairly often, but i usually don't see them). I thought you would enjoy it too.

Chicks are yellow.
Bricks are heavy.
Are you sick?
Bibles are thick.
What are tricks?

I stay up late.

Yep, she is pretty amazing (and she does stay up late quite often)!


Thursday, December 4, 2008

Birthdays and Deathdays

I am have a conundrum in my head about this post... do I start with happy news and end with sad OR start with sad and end with happy?

I think I have figured it out...

Today is Sydney's 7th birthday!! Sydney calls today her Birthday, Birthday. Which means that this is the day she was born as opposed to tomorrow when we are going out to dinner with family for her birthday and Saturday when she is having her friend birthday party. I just love her words. 
With all of these parties there will definitely be pictures up later.

Today we also found out that Rob's grandpa passed away. This is very sad and he will be very much missed. It is weird how when this time comes you feel sad because he is gone, but mainly because there were so many stories he had that we will never get to hear.

We did get to have a very nice Thanksgiving dinner with him, last week, and he was excited about being there.
When we told the kids about him Sydney asked why he died and I told her, He was really old and sometimes your body gets tired and wants to...(here and couldn't think of the word to use and Syd finished the sentence) "retire." Just that little word made it all better for her, I think, and they are doing fine (for now).

So, there you have it, I started and ended the post on a happy note. 
Enjoy the rest of your day!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

It has been a while

As my title says it has been a while since I have blogged and I don't feel like doing work so I though I would blog. (at least it looks like I am doing work)

Over Thanksgiving I wanted to write a little about what I am thankful for (a little cliche, I know) but I didn't get the chance. But, being that Thanksgiving is just a holiday and not the only day that we can express our Thankfulness, I am going to do that now. 

To begin with I am so thankful that I have an amazing family that is supportive and loving and is there for me. It isn't often that a person has not only one family (my biological family) but also an in-law family that is AMAZING and MY family. Next, I'm thankful for being able to follow my dreams. Having a baby when you are seventeen doesn't always make it easy for one to continue on with their dreams, but thankfully I have! 

Side note: this is starting to sound very cheesy... I think it is because I am listening to TBTL's day before Thanksgiving show and they are playing cheesy dedication songs.

Of course, I'm thankful for my husband, he is just amazing in so many ways!, and my kids. They are just the most brilliant, bestest children EVER.

Now, I'm going to stop the cheesy'ness. 
I am thankful for flushing toilets, hot water to bath in, underwear, the internet, Netflix, books, craft stores (specifically Ben Franklins), free speech, Oscar (my green chair in my office), and finally for people... what would I do without something to watch when I am in places where there is nothing to do. 

Thanks for reading my ramblings.