Wednesday, December 29, 2010

2010 in Review

2010 was a huge year for my family! The whole year was truly about Isis. I woke up 9am New Years Day with my first real contraction, so she was the first thing I thought about in 2010 and I'm sure she will also be the last thing I think about this year. It's also the year I graduated college. It's the year Lewis and I both were stretched to the limits of our love, patience, understanding, humility and perseverance. I can say with all honesty that this was one of the best years of my life. I never knew I would hurt so bad, be so scared, cry so much, but ultimately love so deeply. The struggles have been incredibly challenging, but they have also been what have produced in me an honesty and sincerity about who I am and who I want to be. I am confident in my role as a mom and I'm proud of myself and my family for how far we have come! What wonderful memories I will carry with me now from 2010!

It was also the first year that I really took blogging seriously and made some great blog friends! I wanted to share some of my favorite posts from 2010!

What's Been Surprising & I Thought of One More - Two posts where I shared the new discoveries and challenges after having my first child!

We started Sleep Training! And then she Slept Through the Night!

14  Steps to an Easy Baby - Everything that saved my life those first couple of months.
Ah, Sleep!!! - Isis finally started sleeping 12 hours at night!

Baby Stuff I Can't Live Without - Love these items!!

I walked in my college graduation.
Let's Hear it For the Parents Who FEED Their Babies! & It's all About Perspective - My perspective as a mom started to mature and develop.

This was a big month because it's when I got my new blog design!
Isis had her first Father's Day!
I revealed that we had Isis without maternity coverage & I gave some tips on how other people could manage that.
I started sharing my blog tips, like How to Efficiently Read Blogs and tips For the Newbie Bloggers!
Finally, I love this post where I shared how I'm a True, Authentic Mom.

I shared some things about myself in a Blog Bash. Later in the Blog Bash, I shared about my BFF, Diana!
We started getting food from our CSA this month.
I started the 31 Days to a Better Blog challenge with the SITS girls!

I kicked off my guest blogger birth stories with my revamped description of Isis' birth.
I had another guest blogger week with New Mom Tips!

My blogging slowed in September because I started student teaching. Breastfeeding really changed for me at this point.

Lewis and I had our 6th anniversary!
Isis turned 9 months!

I had some deep thoughts this month.

I've decided to simplify.
We got ready for Christmas & then we had a wonderful holiday!!

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Monday, December 27, 2010

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Oh, what a cheesy post title! But this Christmas was the best Christmas I've had in a long time! It was so relaxing and fun and everything was absolutely just a thousand times better having Isis there to enjoy it all! She is such a ham! She was just cheesing at everybody and then she'd giggle and laugh and wave and if people laughed at her, she just kicked it up a notch! I don't think we're going to have any trouble with being shy! Anywhere she goes, she's laughing and waving at everyone just like she did with family around the dinner table!

I got a Nook for Christmas from Lewis! I've been reading so much over the break. It was the perfect gift!! I also got Glee Season 1 and I've been watching it non-stop ever since then. Isis got some cute clothes, some bath toys and one of those tables she can stand and play with. It was a really great Christmas! Her favorite thing was ripping the bows off all the gifts. She also prefers the gifts that are in bags so she can pull all the tissue paper out and then crumple it up! I swear she got more gifts than anyone and her favorite thing to play with was the tissue paper!

My favorite thing was that Isis got to spend time with my grandfather and Lewis' grandmother. These years together will be so precious and I was happy that everyone was able to be together!

How were your Christmases this year??

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Thursday, December 23, 2010


 Our first Christmas is just a good night's sleep away! I have loved this season so much! There's just something about watching your (almost) 1-year old play around on the floor next to a Christmas tree! It just really gets you in the Christmas spirit! Isis is at such a fun stage right now! I am loving that! She isn't quite walking yet. She just doesn't seem interested in trying it on her own. She'll get there. But she's so cute!

All our gifts are purchased & wrapped & under the tree! We bought a new Christmas tree this year because our Charlie Brown one from last year just wasn't going to cut it. You definitely don't want a tree that looks on the verge of toppling over with a baby in the room!

I'm excited about the next couple of days!! I look forward to sharing some Christmas pics!

I hope your holiday season is just wonderful & that you get to spend plenty of time with family & friends!

Merry Christmas!!

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Saturday, December 18, 2010


I am officially finished with student teaching. I am so excited, it is unbelievable! I had the most incredible experience. While I don't think it would be appropriate to say too much on a blog about my specific experiences, I can tell you that I had the most wonderful group of 23 kids to join me in my journey this past semester. I was in a 4th grade classroom and I was nervous about it at first, but I ended up just loving it! I'm not sure now whether I love Kindergarten or 4th grade better!

I have also been given the opportunity to do a long term substitute position in a 5th grade classroom at my school. A teacher is going on maternity leave for 12 weeks and I will get to sub in her class for the duration of her leave. I am really excited about this as well! Not only will it be a great experience for me before I start my first year of actually teaching in my own classroom, but it will be so fun to get to know another group of students! Not to mention, the paycheck will be a wonderful addition to our bank account. It has been so hard not contributing a paycheck for the last year! Although I'm not one of those "let's go blow all our money when we have a lot" kind of people, one thing that I have cut back on over the last couple of years when I have been finishing school and then not working is dyeing my hair!! So below is the new look I'm going for in January. I'm having to cut bangs because my lovely post-pregnancy hair loss fiasco has now caused me to have little bangs because it's finally growing out! But I've got to cut my long bangs to match the short bangs because it just looks weird right now! I'm also doing the dark red/auburn color.

So here's what I've decided after my long and difficult semester: I need to SIMPLIFY!

As most of you can tell, I really dropped the ball on my blogging. I guess my big plans for being organized and prepared in advance were just a total bust. Sorry, Adriel! I had great tips on your blog for being a working mom & a blogger, but hey I'm human. It just didn't work out like that. I was struggling just to get the dishes done day to day. Thank goodness I have the most wonderful husband!! Lewis did so much for me this past semester!

Maybe my new obsession with watching Hoarders has also contributed to this, but we are clearing out a bunch of stuff from our house this weekend (despite the recent ice storm in our area - I literally cannot get my car out of our driveway). I'm also going through my Google Reader and unsubscribing from several blogs so that I can just really simplify my life. Most of my mom blogs are staying, but a bunch of the others are getting cut. I have so missed blogging and I need to really find a way to keep it up, but I can't keep up the pace I was doing last summer while I'm teaching. I think this semester, it just seemed so overwhelming to try to even come close to that, so I just did the bare minimum.

I have so many things to tell you all over the next few days!! 
I'm going to go into more detail on the blogs I'm cutting because I realized it drew up some more philosophical ideas on my part. LOL. 
Then I have to talk about the fact that Isis is almost ONE!! 
I need to recap my blog year. 
I met some new great moms at a group my church does & I want to share! (One is even a blogger!) 
And I have a few other tidbits that are brewing in my brain since reading through my Google Reader! 
Plus I just finished the most amazing books & I need to share.

See you soon!!!

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Thursday, December 2, 2010


Where has the time gone??? Seriously Isis is 11 months old today!! I can't believe it!! I'm so excited, but at the same time, I was over at Dear Baby today (as I am everyday) and Melissa totally reminded me that Isis' birthday is in 1 month and I have completely dropped the ball on planning her party!! I know when it is and where it is and who I'm going to invite, but I have yet to purchase invitations or decide on what we're going to do!

It'll definitely be pretty low-key because it's really more for us than for her. I don't want her to get too over-stimulated, but I'm also just excited to spend some time with friends and family celebrating our sweet girl!!

I love Melissa's idea of using Good Frau for invitations. I love that you can customize them exactly how you want so that your invitations look just like what you want and don't look like anyone else's. I think that's great! (Seriously, she's the master at finding great Etsy stores!)

I also think she has fabulous gift ideas for Christmas. Since I've been student teaching & not working, we don't plan on having a big Christmas this year because we just don't have the resources, but our families have picked out some great things for Isis & I'm excited about those! Although I did think this idea of the IKEA crawl tunnel was pretty amazing - and only $19.99!! I may have to put that on our list!

What did you do for first birthday parties?
Any great themes or party ideas?

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Monday, November 22, 2010

FTM has questions!!

Okay moms (& dads) I've got some questions!! We are approaching Isis' first birthday so things are changing with her! Her little body is just growing & growing & she keeps moving from milestone to milestone! So here's where I'm wanting some input & different perspectives/strategies.

When did you switch baby to a forward facing carseat? We are waiting to 12 months, but I'm wondering how many people kept them rear facing & for how long.

What was your strategy with transitioning to a cup/weaning from the bottle? Isis has taken sippy cups with water since 6 months old, but we tried putting the formula in a sippy cup & she HATED it.

Also, how did you transition from formula to milk? And at what age was your baby fully off the bottle?

When did your baby transition to just one nap per day?

What is your feeding schedule like after 1 year? Like when do you do solids, snacks, what does night time look like? Like dinner at 5, snack at 7, then bed? Stuff like that. How much milk do you do and when?

And Isis has all of a sudden decided she's going to be a picky eater!!! She's previously eaten everything from broccoli, peas, carrots, sweet potatoes, tofu, beans, rice, parsnips, chicken, strawberries, papaya, pears, prunes, apples, etc. And now, ever since she stopped eating pureed food & started eating pretty much all finger foods, she won't eat ANYTHING. She will eat graham crackers, salmon sticks, vegetable tots, bread, cheerios,  banana, grilled cheese & tomato soup. And literally - that's it. We keep trying new things every night. Pastas & things like that. She did eat beans & rice at the Mexican restaurant the other night. So what strategies did you have for feeding picky eaters?? Or just for finger foods in general? Did this get better once they stopped drinking formula & started doing mainly finger foods?

Thanks for your help!!! I have 12 days left of student teaching!! Yay!!

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Saturday, November 13, 2010


I think it's strange how certain songs can really affect your mood. Music has always been really important to me. For as long as I can remember, it has resonated with my life. I've always been able to describe how I'm feeling using a song, a melody or a lyric. I have loved to find that perfect mixture of songs that would speak more clearly than I could about how a certain experience or moment or time period felt to me. It started with mix tapes, then cds, now it's playlists. No matter what the format, music just affects me. Especially now, for some reason.

I think it's because I'm at the precipice of a major turning point in my life. I am 4 weeks away from becoming a certified teacher. Although as a teacher, you sign up to be a lifelong learner, the foundation of my education will be complete. I will be a real grown-up - complete with husband, baby, mortgage & now student loans. I'm not going to apologize again for slowing down my blogging over this time period, but rather just tell you how incredible this semester has been. I've learned so much & I really believe I've grown in so many ways. There is a long-term sub position in the spring at the school where I've been student teaching. I'm being considered for it & would love the opportunity! But either way, I finally feel completely ready to have my own classroom, my own students and my own place in the education world to really accomplish everything I want to accomplish. 

I've been thinking lately about all the experiences that have led to this point in my life. So many successes and failures. Isis is in the midst of learning to stand on her own and maybe someday soon to walk. I feel like she is also at a precipice in her life where she's about to dive headfirst into childhood - no longer a baby. She's had her share of falls during this time and as her mother, I've had to hold back sometimes because you just want to prevent them from falling every time. What I've learned, though, is those moments when she fell & I didn't rush over were the moments she learned how to flip over & jump right back up. I'm amazed at how resilient she is & I hope this is a character trait that she keeps throughout life because I won't be able to prevent her bumps & bruises, whether physical or metaphorical. 

I would love to believe that she won't make my mistakes. I would love to believe that I will be able to prevent a lot of her pain. The truth is that I won't. And sometimes I don't know if I really want to. While I'm sure it's hard to believe (ha), I've made some really poor decisions at different points in my life. There were definitely moments when almost everyone I knew was disappointed in me - which paled in comparison to how disappointed I was in myself. To say that those moments weren't unbelievably painful would be a lie, but I can say that my moments of brokenness instilled in me a desire to recover - a resiliency, if you will. 

I read a quote one time by Ernest Hemingway that said "the world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places." This has been true in my life. My brokenness has made me stronger than I ever thought I would be. There are still many areas of my life that will probably be broken before I'm done here, but I've found God to be faithful in His promise that "even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." (Isaiah 40:30-31 - emphasis mine)

I'd like to believe I'm soaring. Or at least that I'm about to.

And I'd like to believe that when the time comes that Isis will make mistakes or face dark moments or brokenness, that I will be strong enough to love her & encourage her, but allow her to deal with it & heal & one day to soar on her own.

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Sunday, October 31, 2010

My 10 month accomplishment!

Today was my final day of breastfeeding with Isis. We made it 10 months & I think that's pretty fabulous! I wanted to breastfeed to 1 year, but I mentioned before that when I started student teaching, there was a significant drop in my supply. After less than a month of student teaching, Isis went from exclusively getting breastfed to taking 1 bottle a day, then after a couple more weeks 2 bottles a day. I stopped nursing her at night about a week ago and today was the last time I nursed her in the morning. I wasn't producing much, so Isis & I had a little chat this morning & we were both just done. It had been a struggle to get much of anything the last couple of weeks.

So 10 months!!

I'm proud of myself. 
It was hard, then it was easy, then it was hard again, but overall I have been incredibly happy with this experience & I look forward to breastfeeding my future children for as long as possible!

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

An Etsy Christmas!

Yes it's October & I'm thinking about Christmas. I've been thinking about it since June, really, but I've held it in until now. I am uber excited about Christmas this year! Christmas with a (almost) 1-year old is going to be so fun!!! I can't wait to show her all the Christmas lights & let her taste the yummy food that she will hopefully be able to eat at that point! We are still having a hard time with some table foods. She just doesn't have many teeth & seems to also have a sensitive gag reflex, so it's a slow process. But I'm excited for her to get some gifts & tear off the paper. She'll get to play with lots of family members that don't get to see her all the time & I think she'll love Christmas trees & snow! There is just so much to look forward to!!

And while the gifts part of the season is not the reason nor should it be the emphasis of that time, I still find myself looking forward to it because with Isis, there is just never an end to how excited I get about seeing her play with a new toy or learn a new skill with some new thing we introduced! Right now I'm excited about getting her some sort of toy she can sit & ride on! But I've been looking at Etsy & there are so many fabulous things & there's no way I will ever have enough money to get them, but I'm really considering doing as much of my Christmas shopping on Etsy as possible! So if I normally buy gifts for you, be ready!!!

Here's what I've been loving lately...

I love owls! This owl doll is so cute!

These ABC 123 letters & numbers would be so great for Isis!

I have high hopes for Isis' hair growing more after she turns 1, so these clips would be so cute when we need to pin back some bangs!

This is simple, but these car seat strap covers would be great in our car!!

I love this hat!! So cute & it'd keep her ears warm in the cold!

These petal shoes are so fancy!

I'd love some ISIS name blocks!

And finally, I think this Bag of Bags is so great with different colors & textures! Plus I can teach her how to play corn-hole later!!!

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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Isis' 9 Month Update

I realized the other day that I haven't shared an update of what's going on with Isis now! I really am seeing the growth spurts. There will be weeks when I'm like, "it feels like nothing is changing & she's just never going to do that" (whatever it seems like everyone else's babies are doing). But then, one week she'll just start doing 5 new things without any trouble. It's crazy!

Here are a few highlights:
  • At her last doctor appointment at 9 months old, she weighed 20 pounds exactly & was 27.25 inches long.
  • She now says mama & dada (when she feels like it) & to the right person.
  • She can pass objects from one hand to another.
  • She can pick up food & put it in her mouth. She picks it up with her thumb & forefinger, but then uses her whole palm to put it in her mouth. It's adorable.
  • She stands holding onto things & pulls herself up easily.
  • Sometimes she cruises between the ottoman & the couch or between a standing toy & the wall.
  • She holds on with one hand while standing, but hasn't quite been ready to let go & stand on her own.
  • She crawls. A lot.
  • She drinks from a sippy cup, although also likes to just bang it on the table & shoot water everywhere. (We don't use the sippy stopper thing.)
  • She bangs objects together, takes them out of or puts them into containers, she looks for objects when you hide them, she plays peek-a-boo with some objects like putting a burp cloth over her head.
  • She is quite a talker. She will combine syllables & uses inflections & seems to want to say certain real words. She loves playing with this little brush & we always say "brush" when we give it to her & now she will look at us and go "bru."
  • She has a stuffed animal giraffe named Geoffrey from Toys R Us & she likes to talk to him & give him kisses.
  • She gives kisses now which is my favorite, but sometimes she doesn't want to & she makes hilarious faces when she's trying not to give you a kiss.
  • She still eats a lot of baby purees. That's one thing we are working on - getting her to eat more finger foods. But as for baby purees, her absolute favorite is the Chick Chick Happy Baby meal.
  • She will eat these finger foods: cereal puffs, cheerios, crackers, small pasta pieces, macaroni & cheese, small pieces of bread & little pieces of cheese. I've also fed her some mashed potatoes, broccoli casserole, pasta salad, cottage cheese, applesauce & various fruits cut into pieces. She even tried tofu & seemed to be okay with it!
  • She does have 2 teeth on the bottom that are finally through the gums & making their way in! But they're still not helpful with actually biting foods yet.
  • Here's our sleep schedule on weekdays (generally) for those of you who are interested in that: 7am - wake up, 9am - nap (1.5-2 hrs), 2:00pm - nap (1-1.5 hours), 7:30pm - bed. So she's sleeping about 11.5 hours at night & taking about 3 hrs of naps per day on average. Sometimes it's a little less, but not usually any more.
  • We are still breastfeeding first thing in the morning & before bed at night. She takes formula twice a day. She eats solids 3 times a day.

That's about it I think! Overall she's doing awesome & yep I already can't wait to have another one!!! I'm not gonna give away all my secrets, but we are going to start trying again in less than a year!!! Party!!!

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Sunday, October 10, 2010


Camera Flash!
I sometimes wonder if everyone questions themselves as much as I question myself. There are lots of things about me that I find myself wondering if it's just me or if everyone is like that, but questioning myself is a big one. I question everything. Almost every conversation I have will be played out in my head over & over for the next few days. It's a constant ongoing process of wondering if I said the right thing, did the right thing, have planned the right thing, etc. Is this working? Am I happy? Am I doing what is best? Did I just stick my foot in my mouth again? It's unbelievable.

There are pros and cons to this for me. On the one hand, as someone who places my life & faith in Jesus, you would wonder why I would question so much. Is it worry? Am I showing a lack of faith? These questions alone can creep up on a regular basis & keep me constantly investigating the state of my heart & mind. 

On the other hand, it's a form of accountability for myself. No decision is taken lightly. Everything has a deeper meaning for me. With my conversations, I'm constantly questioning if I said the right thing & is there anything I should take from this to apply to the next conversation? Were my words the best possible words for that situation & conversation?

Yes, it's absolutely tiring.

As a mom, this has become amplified for me. It also was a source of great distress for me in the beginning. I had thought & investigated my decisions on pregnancy & birth for so long before even becoming pregnant. You can ask my best friend - I had made the decision to try for a medication-free delivery years before I even got pregnant. Then when all of a sudden, everyone had an opinion about it, it sent me into a whirlwind of questions in my own mind. Is this the right decision? Have I not taken something into consideration? Am I not cut out for this? What if I can't do it? What will people say then? Is it okay that I want to do something different than the "norm"?

Then there comes the parenting decisions which are all made with great thought & investigation when possible. And still, you have parents who took the time for thought & investigation & came to a different conclusion. At first, that sent me into a big questioning mode for myself. Am I wrong? Have they seen something I didn't? Am I not making the best choice for us?

A couple of months ago, I decided I was done with that. What I realized was that while everyone may not question themselves quite as much as I do, they all - particularly moms - are taking time to think about & decide what is right for their family. I take such comfort in that. The "big answer" is not the final decision, because that can vary from family to family based on individual needs & beliefs. The "big answer" is in the investigation. When it comes down to it, a mom or dad who will take time to really think about what is best for their child is the successful mom or dad & the successful family. The rest is just details.

As a blogger, I find it incredibly comforting & incredibly challenging to read blogs from such a diverse group of moms (& dads). I find it comforting to read about other moms who are thinking & struggling & really diving into making decisions & figuring out what is right for them. I love seeing how things work out or how they don't because it's great to see lots of perspectives because you never know what will work for you. I've taken tips & advice from all kinds of different moms through blogging. Some have worked & some haven't, but it's been so great to have an endless source of information from experienced people! I also find it challenging because I'm constantly shown different perspectives. This has never been something that scares me. I have embraced information, debate, different sides to different ideas because even if it's different than mine, it's great to hear perspectives you may not have thought of. People have risen arguments (maybe not in the form of arguments, but the same effect) that have caused me to rethink what we are doing & maybe take things a different direction. And that's okay. Because a mom who is not flexible & open to change or the possibility that what they are doing may not be working, is a mom who is going to have a tough time maneuvering the ebb & flow of life with kids.

So I guess I am writing this to say thanks, moms! Thank you for being true to who you are & where you stand. Thank you for presenting opinions that are different than mine. Thank you for presenting both your successes & your failures. I truly believe that these first few months of motherhood for me have been so much greater because of your input. I hope I'm able to offer something useful, if only just one more perspective in the midst of many.

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Wish List on a Day Off!

Today is Lewis' birthday. He took off work Wednesday, Thursday & Friday of this week because I'm also off on fall break. Today we decided to have our babysitter keep Isis anyway so that we could have a day together just hanging out without a baby like we used to! It's crazy because we haven't had a day alone like this since before Isis was born!! Of course I ended up cleaning & organizing most of the morning, but now I'm just laying in bed watching a movie! In the middle of the day!!! Because I can.

But I'm also catching up on blog reading & thanks to Adriel's new Photography series at The Mommyhood Memos & then all Jhen's beautiful pics at From Here to Eternity, I'm thinking about the fact that I badly want a DSLR camera. It's my #1 wish list item for Christmas. If I got nothing but that, I would be so happy! It's like the gift that keeps on giving!

I really want a Canon Rebel xti, but I'm open to other suggestions. I also heard good things about a Nikon D40. But here's my question, since most of you are taking fabulous pics for your blogs...

What kind of camera do you have??
What do you like about it?

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Some moms are crazy!!

I just absolutely cracked up!!! This is hilarious!!! Moms really can be crazy! Although, I have to say, I did some of the things the crazy pink lady was talking about, but I definitely don't think that what I'm doing works for everyone. It's not a competition. That's one of the biggest things I've learned since becoming a mom. We are all SO different. Every mom is different. Every baby is different. What works for me can be recipe for disaster for another mom & baby! I don't understand why we can't just let each other do what we do. We are all just doing the best we can to raise healthy, happy kids! In the beginning, I felt such opposition to what I was doing because I guess some of it was different. I'm not really sure, but I found myself needing to defend my decisions. You can probably see some of that in my earlier posts. But now, I'm just doing what I can. I've learned what works with Isis & with our family & that's really all I can do!

Thanks Lori for sharing this on Mommyfriend!! It really made me laugh a lot!

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Monday, October 4, 2010

Let's Make a List

I apologize to those of you for whom this post will be incredibly boring (which is all of you), but I felt like if I made this list & posted it on my blog, I would have some accountability to myself to actually get it all done! And most of this needs to be done this week, but not all of it.

Things I need to buy:
Green candy for cupcakes (if you know where I can find these, let me know!)
Orange cupcake liners
Silly Bandz
Pens, Markers, Highlighters
Christmas Gifts (yes I start way early)

Things I need to do for school:
Solo Week Plans
Formal Lesson Plans (2 of them)
Reports for Mon. night class
Standards Portfolio
Lesson Plan reflection
Unit report
Organize notebook

Things I need to do in general:
Call financial aid office
Pay 2 bills
Blockbuster online
Clean (kitchen, bathrooms)
Organize (bedrooms, living room)
Go through clothes
Christmas cards (again, I start early)
Flu shot for Isis
Calendar through January

Things I've got going on this week:
Monday night - dinner w/ my fam for Lew's birthday
Tuesday - Flu shot for Isis, then lunch with Laurel & Tina
Wednesday - Lunch & shopping with Courtney
Thursday - Day home with Lew for his birthday, then Vampire Diaries @ night with Diana
Friday - Gap Outlet?
Sunday - Lunch w/ Lew's family for Lew's birthday


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On the Move

Life is moving so fast.

10 days ago, Isis couldn't pick up a small piece of food & get it into her mouth. She could pick it up, but then she'd drop it continuously in the process to try to get it close to her mouth. She also couldn't fully pull herself up to standing. She was still getting used to crawling. 

10 days ago, I was fairly confident in myself as a teacher. I was still in the beginning of my student teaching experience. I wasn't quite to the point of looking for jobs, but I was excited about the possibility.

Now here we are & Isis started putting food in her mouth one day like it was no big deal - like it had never been a struggle. She pulled herself to standing & now will cruise between the ottoman & the couch. She can crawl across the room quicker than I thought possible. 10 days!!

I am still fairly confident in myself as a teacher, although I went to a seminar where I saw an absolutely fabulous teacher & I was pretty much completely intimidated by where I'm headed in my life. This woman was amazing & I really hope that one day I can teach like that. I am suddenly finding myself in dire need to finish my resume because there is a Kindergarten teaching position available mid-year right now that I could apply for & possibly start in January! It's in the county I want to work in & at a school I would love. If I want any chance of even interviewing, I suddenly need my resume finished & my letters of recommendation & portfolio together ASAP. 

So fast.

It's fall break & I feel the need to slow down, but suddenly realized that there isn't much slowing down anymore. In the midst of everything going on with student teaching & all the work I need to do to prepare to fiinish that as well as apply for jobs, I still desperately need to really clean my house & it's hard to fit that all into nap times because now that Isis is just moving & standing & getting around everywhere, I have to focus constantly. Yes, that was one big run-on sentence (hello 4th grade teacher in me), but that's where I'm at right now.

And you know what...

I'm LOVING it.

This kind of craziness is where I really show what I'm made of. It's always been like that for me. When things start to seem crazy, I bear down & get some junk done! So off I go.

Super Mom is on the move!!!

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