Full time…


Right before Thanksgiving I found out that I could apply for a full-time job that I am highly qualified and I love doing.  I heard that my home (school) district that I have been substitute teaching in is hiring classroom aides in the middle school; I put my official letter of interest and application in ASAP.  Monday before Thanksgiving I went into the middle school and had an interview and got offered the job on the spot within a few minutes of the interview. 

My first day working as a classroom aide was yesterday.  As I was arriving to the school for my first day and I said hello to the principal that hired me I got offered a different job than what I originally was going to be starting.  For now, I am working as a general classroom aide.  After the winter break in a few weeks I will be working as the classroom aide in the behavior support classroom; which is a job that I am extraordinarily excited to do.  Hopefully, things will go as planned and I will be switching over to working in the behavior support classroom; things tend to not always happen as planned in this district.

So for now, I am working in math, social studies, and science classes in fifth grade, sixth grade, seventh grade, and eight grade.  It is challenging and a little overwhelming at certain times but I am learning a lot and am excited to be working in my home (school) district!


Happy Turkey Day!


Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  This year my husband and I decided to take a trip to Gettysburg, PA for Thanksgiving weekend.  We used to always spend the day of Thanksgiving driving to multiple people’s houses starting the day (and spending the most time) with my mom.  My mom passed almost 2 years ago; a story for another day… Thanksgiving is just not the same without spending time with my mom so we decided to go away this Thanksgiving…

Last year for Thanksgiving we had just moved into our home so we decided to spend the day unpacking.  This year we had decided to go to Gettysburg, PA (a place we had meant to get to for a weekend getaway over the summer but did not make it over the summer). 

It was a very nice weekend away spending time as a family.  My son’s favorite part of the weekend was when we took him on a bus tour of Gettysburg battlefield.  Every time he sees a bus now he screams “BUS!!”

Say Cheese!

Today we actually (and finally) got our son’s school pictures back!  The pictures were taken about three or four weeks ago and we have been patiently waiting.  I love getting the pictures back after picture day (this is is second picture day at daycare)!  It’ll be fun having all of the pictures to look at each year to see how he grows and matures.

I do not like the basic head shot picture but I love the two different poses in the Fall themed background.  I would post the pictures to show you what I am talking about; however, I do not post my son’s name and pictures with his face on this blog to help keep his actual identity safe from crazy people on the internet. 


Just trust me, the pictures are adorable!

24 Hour Bug


My last post was the day I got the phone call from daycare saying my baby was sick.  Luckily, it was only a 24 hour bug and he is starting to feel SO much better. It was a rough couple of days because I had also caught the bug around the same time so I was recovering at the same time as he was recovering. 

We are now better and starting to eat real food and not just food related to the B(anana) R(ice) A(pplesauce) T(oast) diet.

Now, it is just all about getting him to get back to normal eating habits before Thanksgiving in a few days. 

Yucky Bug!


Today I got the dreaded phone call from daycare right before naptime… My baby is sick… I told the teacher that I would be there in 10 minutes so that he could nap in his crib comfortably and assess before it gets too late if a doctor appointment is needed or if a quick phone call would suffice.  Luckily, a phone call sufficed…

He has a tummy bug and he needs to cut out ALL dairy for a little bit and go on the B(read) R(ice) A(pplesauce) T(oast) diet until he is starting to feel better.

Hopefully this tummy bug does not last too long… I hate when my baby is sick. 

Shell and Tree

Recently our son has started labeling everyone by name… Mommy, Daddy, Mom (grandmom), Dad (granddad), Sarah (teacher at daycare), etc.  This morning he added two new names to the mix; Shell (Great Aunt Michelle) and Tree (Great Uncle Dimitri).  They came to visit this morning and he tried it out calling over to “Tree” when he wanted his attention and “Shell” when he wanted her attention.  He has to add a few syllables to each of their names but it was obvious that he was talking to them and asking for them after his nap this afternoon! 

I cannot wait to hear all the other names that he’s learning!




Brand new table and chairs; not quite in place yet.


A few weeks ago we found a really nice (and decently priced) table and chairs the perfect size for our son.  We had some other things bought and today was finally delivery day!

The table and chairs got delivered while my son was at daycare and I happened to be home from work.  Upon entering his playroom late this afternoon my son was excited to find a brand-new table and two chairs perfect height for him!  He ran over and exclaimed, “chair”!!

It was absolutely adorable how excited he got.  He immediately sat down at the table and started playing and reading at his table. 

I am sure this table and chair is going to be getting a LOT of use.

Happy Birthday Hubby!


Today was relaxing and fun.  It is my husband’s birthday and he didn’t want to do anything crazy… He wanted to just relax and have his parents come over and visit / hang out.  We were able to show his parents all the new work that we have gotten since the last time they were over (we now have a side deck and a front porch)! My in-laws came over after naptime and spent some quality time with us playing outside and going to dinner. 

It wasn’t a fancy day but it was a quality day.  My husband’s mom even made him some yummy homemade cupcakes to celebrate his birthday!

Where did Thanksgiving go?


Today I went to the local Walmart and went looking for some board books to buy for my son.  It’s best to just tell you the exact conversation with two different Walmart employees (I posted this on Facebook too)…

Me: Do you have any Children’s Thanksgiving books anywhere?

Employee 1: Ummm… I know we had Halloween books. (As she goes off and checks)

Employee 2: Try in the book section.

Me: I already looked in the book section, none are there…

Employee 2: Maybe we don’t have them out yet…

Me: You are already putting out Christmas stuff…

Employee 2: Try the book section.

Me: I already did.  There are no Thanksgiving books there.

Employee 1: We don’t have any more Halloween books but we have Christmas books out!

Thanks, but I was looking for Thanksgiving books!  Where did Thanksgiving go?  There used to be Thanksgiving decorations / books out in stores between Halloween and Christmas.  Now, there is no Thanksgiving stuff out…

We’ll be ordering a couple Thanksgiving board books from Amazon before Thanksgiving this year so that we can teach our son about the holiday!