Monday, May 25, 2009

Some new things

It's 11:21 p.m. I need to be responsible and go to bed, but it's hard to make myself because...

SCHOOL'S OUT FOR THE SUMMER!

And really, for the rest of my life, if I want. :)

It's such a good feeling to be done. Aaron and I went to KC to visit his family this weekend, and now we're back. I have nothing ahead of me in the next month except for wedding planning. Well, that's not exactly nothing. But it kinda feels like nothing when compared to lesson planning, grading, and disciplining.

So many exciting things are happening. We've had several fun showers lately. It's overwhelming how generous people are. It's hard for me to not get wrapped up in the acquistion part of it all. When Aaron and I initially went to register, we tried to be very careful about what we scanned. No wild waving of the gun. "Do we really need this item?" we asked. But the line between need and want is so very thin, and the American line is waaaay different than the rest of the world's. My downfall has been an enticing feature most registries have: online modification. I've added a few more things with the easy mouse click. Aaron says he needs to change the registry password so I can't do any more damage. I think he's right. Anyway, we are so blessed by people's gifts, but I'm struggling to maintain open hands. I want to remember that none of it is really mine, and that in a few years, we might be packing our bags for India or South America and leaving it all behind anyway.

This cute picture comes from one of the aforementioned showers. Baby Drew was the only boy allowed. :) Three generations! I love it!


Another very exciting thing that recently happened was that we got to see inside of our house! The previous owners are in the process of moving out, so their stuff is in some of the pictures. This is another area where I feel overwhelmed by a good gift. Aaron and I are moving into a house with no rent payments due to K-life, and our awesome landlady is letting us pick out new paint colors and a new countertop. Wow. We have been frequently reminding ourselves that this is not the norm for a newly-married couple, and that once we are done with K-life, we will probably live in a studio apartment or something. Yet another reason not to fill the house full. :) Here are some pictures:


The kitchen.



This is one of my favorite parts of the house--the French doors! This view is from the guest room/office looking out into the living room. There's my handsome almost husband. 25 days! Holla!

Finally, the living room looking into the dining room. I love how open it is. It will be great for K-life meetings. And I also like the three windows all together in the dining room.

So that's a little peek at our house. Maybe I'll put up some new pictures when we paint. I really am going to bed now.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Classroom moments

Today I finished explaining the grammar lesson to 5th grade and directed them to their homework pages. "Okay," I said. "Let's get crackin'." I walked over to my desk, and one of them said,

"Uh, Miss Casey, no one says that anymore. Let's get crackin'."

The others quickly chimed in, verifying that my verbage is indeed obsolete. Then this was the doozy. "Miss Casey, we're going to remember you as the young teacher who sounded old," the same girl added. "You say a lot of things that sound old."

I just about lost it. So much for thinking I'm the hip cool teacher. Apparently I'm an old lady in a 24 year old body.

Oh, they're so funny. The things that stand out to them. A few months ago, another fifth grader walked in to my classroom before school. I still had my coat on, which that day, happened to be a red Columbia jacket. I usually wear my nice black coat to school, but this was a Friday, and I was dressed down. "Is that coat new?" she asked.

"No, I just don't wear it very often," I answered.

"Well, you shouldn't. I don't like it."

"You don't?" I said, trying my hardest not to laugh.

"No. It makes you look like a cowgirl or something."

And then she turned around and left. You know, now that I think about it, I haven't worn that coat to school since.

Haha. I will miss these guys.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

We're so close to the end, and I'm lovin' and hatin' every minute. We have 7 or 8 days of school left, depending on how you count. They feel very long in one way, but will I miss this? On my crazy days? Or maybe even a little on my sane days?

Teaching. Phew. I probably need to write some sort of reflective essay come May 22. But for now, golly, I think it's summed up pretty well by saying it's the hardest job I've ever had. Even harder than that one summer job that I LOATHED. I was a switchboard operator for the hospital, and I had to memorize a gagillion numbers, and if I did something wrong, it really mattered, because it was a hospital! My best job ever would have to be serving ice-cream in Lake City. I loved that job. Shout out to Di, Sarah, and Kyndel!

The official countdown is as follows.

Days of school left: 7 (We'll go with 7.)
Days until I get married: 39 (In the thirties! Wowie!)

What are you counting down in your life right now?
(And do you think it's bad to have countdowns? The bad thing being that it keeps us from living fully in the present?)