Friday, October 19, 2012

Day at North

Today, the girls were off school, but I wasn't. Bobby had to work, so they spent the day with me at North. Now that they are old enough to do that, it's so much easier. Here's a schedule of our day:

Before school:
Bought donuts from the Gateway kids
Went to one of the science rooms to see the animals.
Got to feed the turtles Larry and Curly (Mo lives somewhere else) some worms for breakfast

1st Hour:       
My plan hour; several students in j-lab and we looked up our Honey Boo Boo names on a              nickname generator.

2nd Hour: Newspaper
I talked with students, girls cut out out pictures of Taylor Swift, colored them and decorated a folder.

3rd Hour: Com Arts 3 (Junior English)
We were in the LMC computer lab. Girls played games on the computer, a student helped them get their headphones working so they could listen to music with their games.

4th hour: Com Arts 3 (Junior English)
Still in LMC computer lab. Girls getting bored with computer, did some rolling around on the chair with wheels and started bugging me about when lunch was.

5th hour: Lunch and Advanced Publications
We went to the Sculpture classroom to look at the creations. We looked at finished ones and talked with my students about what they were currently making. Girls most impressed with a cheerleader's Hello Kitty sculpture and a male student's bear without a head. We ate lunch, then a student showed them how to do Gangam style correctly--if you haven't watched Gangam style, google it--and we watched a bunch of You Tube video's.

6th hour: Com Arts 3 (Junior English)
Back to LMC. More videos and playing on computer.

7th hour: Creative Writing
Back in my classroom, girls colored and got to witness a student freak-out on his project partner and use some language I would rather they not have heard yet.

It was a fun day. I didn't feel 100% and was afraid they'd be a nuisance, but they were fine. The students were super polite to them, although I heard 85 times "Is it Take Your Child to Work Day?" and "Is your daughter taller than you?"

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Girl Scout campers

I've been remiss in updating my blog for almost a month. I go to it almost every day, to use the links over on the side, and think everytime, "oh, I need to update!" and don't. Well, I am now.

A couple weeks ago I took Macy's Girl Scout troop camping for the weekend. We camped Friday and Saturday night, went on hikes, ziplined, and rode horses. We stuck all the kids in one tent, and the other leader and I slept in her camper. It was heavenly.

These pictures are out of order, but that's fine.

Macy and one of the horses in the barn.
Macy and her horse, Diaz. She LOVED horseback riding. She forgot to pack pants, and was mad at me that I made her wear her pj pants. She wasn't allowed to wear shorts.
I was towards the front of the group, so I would turn around and try to get pics of the girls when I could. We were in our group of 9, along with a few other people. The girls did GREAT. We had a minor freak out by one girl early, but the other leader dealt with it and I didn't find out until later.

This was breakfast Sunday morning. We had yummy breakfast burrito's, then did a short devotion about creation.  I love knowing the parents well enough that I can do a Bible lesson with them, and the parents don't freak out.

Here are the girls on a hike Saturday night.  These girls LOVE to hike (well, some of them did and the others quickly loved it as well.) They hiked so much. By Sunday morning, I was so exhausted and they wanted to go on another hike. I sent them off on their own so I could sit and put my feet up!

On our hike Saturday afternoon, we arrived at the overlook over the Missouri River. There was another couple there. The woman approached me, and said, "We just got engaged. Can you please take our picture?" I looked at her closer. Tears were in her eyes, and she was shaking. They had literally just got engaged! The girls and I made a huge deal of it for them, and took a bunch of pictures for them. The rest of the trip, the girls kept saying "That was so romantic!"
Saturday after lunch, while waiting to go horseback riding, the girls did an old-fashioned activity: hay bale jumping! Some were nervous, but by the end, all but one were jumping.

Macy jumping...
Saturday morning we woke up EARLY to get ziplining.  Here's the girls getting ready.
Macy ready to zipline
Ziplining... She had been waiting FOREVER to do this, and was so excited. It was over in about 5 seconds. I would love to take her on the one of the really long ones sometime.

Here's the group picture of the girls. I have known these little girls since they were 5, and they are 10 and 11 years old. I love them like their my own, and they even annoy me just like they were my own. :)

It was a fantastic weekend with the girls! They have been asking when they can go again. I told them to let me rest first.