What a crazy couple of weeks i've had! Lots of new stuff going on. I officially started teaching the week before last and I have just been having a blast. I teach a total of 8 classes (4 classes each day that alternate A days and B days, with one planning period). I teach 6 Social Studies elective classes and 2 reading/writing classes to both 7th and 8th graders.
I cannot tell you how great going to work has been. The kids are doing great, i'm doing great, and Kyle loves me actually bringing home a paycheck for the first time in our 5 year long marriage! LOL It feels SO nice to be able to have adult conversation every single day!!! As a stay-at-home-mom, that was something most of us never get. I love my kids, and love being around them, but I can just tell that it's time for me to move and grow outside of that life. Teaching is great-you have 4 months out of each year off WITH PAY! LOL I love that I can be home by 4 and have supper cooked, the kids cuddled, and then have the entire evening for family stuff. It's a good thing we all go to bed at 10 p.m. :)
I had been very worried about the kids, and me being gone until 4 pm every day. But-by the time they wake up (9ish), eat breakfast, play for a couple hours, eat lunch, and nap (2-4) I am home. I don't even think they realize i'm gone, so no separation anxiety issues in this family :) Chase is still nursing 1-2x for a few minutes in the evenings, but i'm hanging on to it. I love nursing, even if it is for 5 minutes a day :)
But-seriously...it's hard work. Teaching is NOT for everyone, but I can tell it is definitely my calling. I LOVE it...I get excited over the little things, and sometimes lay awake at night thinking of ways to introduce mummies or latitude/longitude! LOL
Now-I know you really want to know about the kids, so here goes: Taylor is a brilliant genius. Seriously. She has found a love for my SchoolHouse Rock dvd and now knows what nouns, verbs, pronouns, adverbs, and adjectives are! It's crazy! She is recognizing words and is starting to read some short words.
Chase is still my baby...I can't believe how big he is getting. He's around 25lbs, but doesn't look like it to just see him. He's solid though :) He is running and climbing and jumping and really acting like a toddler. When we go to the park, he is fearless. he will climb the TALL big kid playsets (the ones that are like 8 feet tall with ladders and big tube swirly slides) No baby swings for this kid!
His new favorite thing is to imitate whatever he hears. (Usually animal noises and names) He loves his kitty cat and harrases her constantly (see the video below) He is starting to get a little bit more vocal each day. Still likes to sit and just take everything in... It's amazing how different my 2 kids are! I can just see his brain working and the way he thinks and problem solves. Things like puzzles and blocks and all that fun stuff.
Well-i'll have pictures soon! Park, kids, and my CLASSROOM!!! I am so proud of it...I've worked hard cleaning it and painting it. It was in a room that hadn't been used for 3 years, so you can imagine. So, keep on the lookout for those!