Sunday, September 30, 2007

More sickness!

Well after school on Friday Nick got sick. So to the dr on Sat morning we went. He has croup and an ear infection. He has to take an antibiotic and a round of steroids. He is so hoarse he doesn't have a voice, temp of 103, and has slept or laid around all weekend. so not like him. Helen and Dave are going to keep him tomorow. He can't go back to school until he quits running a fever. Caroline is not running a fever, but her cough is horrible and keeps her up at night. Hopefully we are almost done being sick around here. John and I are both ready for a break from the sickness.

I got the best goodie box from Aunt Mel on saturday. Stuffed with these and these. Also some chore cards she designed for me. I suggest you all check out her website and order teacher gifts, holiday gifts, and the notepads. I don't write on anything else. Thanks again Aunt Mel.

Hope you all have a good week. I will be heading back to work tomorrow to my job that I love! We are also off fri, mon, and Tues. For inservice and parent/teacher conference.

Oh yeah! the kids got their first report card friday. The both did great. Here are the comments (which I thought were great) Nick: Nicholas shows a great love for learning and is always anxious to share new knowledge. CAroline: Caroline is progressing well in all subject areas and is an enthusiastic student.

That is all from here. Have a great week.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Well here is your post!


John and I have been passing a virus back and forth that has kicked my butt this week. I finally went to the dr yesterday and she gave me an antibiotic and told me to rest. Caroline woke up with it in the middle of the night. Temp of 102.6 and nasty cough. I took her to the dr this morning and she can't go back to school until she is fever free for 24 hours. Which could be 3 to 4 days.

My first week of full time work was great, but tiring. I love the room I'm in, the teacher, and the kids. I'm across the hall from my kids which I love. Friday night we had our first family movie night. Not much fun for the adults, but the kids had a blast. We ended up on the playground with Dietrich, Logan, and Nicole. The boys played soccer and the girls played on the playground. I'll let you in on a little secret....I heard through the grapevine that Caroline has a boyfriend and it is either Dietrich or Logan. Logan's mom overheard them talking while they were in the salon getting her hair done. Isn't that funny. I am not ready for boyfriends I can tell you that for sure.

The weekend was very quiet bc I wasn't feeling good. The kids played outside and helped John in the yard. The rest is history. Sickness! That is all that is going on here.

Monday, September 17, 2007

We are alive!

It is 9:40 and I'm still sitting at the table trying to get blogs checked, girl scout forms organized, and figuring out what I'm going to wear to work tomorrow. I absolutely LOVE my job, but let me tell you it is a lot of work being a full time working mom. My days are non stop until late at night. It has been very good for me though. It makes me smile when my kids walk by my door and smile at me during the day. Especially when they are being so nice and quiet and behaving so nicely.

We had a great weekend. We went on our first hike at Bernheim forest. The kids could not stop talking about how much fun it was. Caroline kept saying "this is the best day ever". I got some great pics. I will post more about Bernheim tomorrow bc it is a funny story.

Other than that we are running around like chickens with our heads cut off. But loving every minute of it. I will update more later. We miss you all and love you!

Thursday, September 13, 2007


is all I can say. I have never felt more at home in a job. Yesterday I was in a Kindergarten class and that was great. I loved it. I had several kids say "I like you Mrs. Potts." They are so excited and eager to learn.

I found out today where I will be everyday. With Mrs. Armstrong's 1st grade class. 1st grade is a lot different than kindergarten but still fun. I was only there a half a day today bc I had a dr apt this morning that took 3 hours. The dr said my leg is healed and I don't have to wear the cast anymore unless I run or play tennis.

Sorry for the short post tonight. It is very busy here and has been a major adjustment for all of us and it has only been 2 days. Hopefully next week will be calmer and more organized.

PS Nick played ball tonight so I think he is on the mend. His chest is still hurting a little, but he can swing a bat. What else is important?

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Ready, Set...Oh my goodness!

(This is kind of dorky, but all the big scrapbookers tell you to take your picture like this. I think I need to lose the stripes behind me, but it is all I have right now. This was taken Monday when I worked at school in the morning. So I think this is what my morning and I will look like as a full time employee.) I know kind of cheesy.

Here I go! I start work Wednesday morning. I accepted a long term sub teaching assistant position last week. They told me to be prepared to start next week, but today at orientation they told me to be there tomorrow. I can't believe it took so long then all of a sudden I'm working the next day.

Ok if you haven't figured it out this post is mostly about me. Our "family" plan since the kids were born has been for me to go back to work when the kids started school. Well, that day came August 13. I started looking for a job back in the summer and thinking about what I wanted to do. I had come to a point in my life where I could do almost anything I wanted. Wow! Did I want to go back to insurance, be a photographer, or try to get a job at the school. I chose the school bc it would allow me to be on the same schedule as the kids and still give me my favorite season off SUMMER. The school has teaching assistants in all kindergarten and 1st grade classes. Other classes only have them if they are over ratio. I had to take a paraeducator test and I passed. That is all that is required to be an assistant. This type of job will enable me to be at school with the kids each day and be on the same schedule they are. If they are off I will be off. It is what we call around here a "dream job." If you know me you know 2 things: 1) I have always wanted to be a teacher and 2) I can't stand to be my myself. Well, #1 has worked out. I have obtained a teaching assistant position for this school year. #2 is something I need to work on and plan on working on it.

I have to admit I have spent the last 4weeks crying and being sad bc the kids weren't here instead of taking that time for myself or doing productive things around the house. So now as I sit here I could kick myself for not getting so many things done. Hind sight is always 20/20 isn't it?

Right now I am feeling so many different emotions. I am scared to death, very excited that I actually got my "dream job", and very intimidated. I have been out of the full time work force for 6 years now and I'm intimidated about being a full time working mom of twins. Very active twins too! I'm worried about getting it all done and still enjoying every moment. At this point in my life enjoying every moment with my kids and family is the most important part of life. If you know me you know I feel like I missed out when the kids were babies bc of depression, and the busyness of having 2 babies. Melanie will tell you I used to complain about things that I would give almost anything to do now. Like feeding bottles, baby food, changing diapers, rocking or just holding a baby, chasing a 1 year old, etc. Learn from me and enjoy every minute of it for every day you have bc it goes very very fast.

Hopefully this year will be great and next year will bring a permanent full time position with tuition reimbursement so I can achieve my dream.
So now that I have rambled on forever I will tell you Caroline started piano lessons today and she is very excited about it. She came skipping out of the room and asked when she could come back. Nick is still very sore from his fall. I was very proud of him when he decided on his own to not play ball tonight. (you know he is in pain to not play ball). I am very blessed to have 2 children that love school! I tried to keep Nick home yesterday and he wouldn't hear of it. I don't think I have ever seen kids that love school as much as mine do. They still have a couple of kids that are crying every morning when their parents drop them off. I am very thankful mine are not. They made the transition to school easier for me by loving it.

Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers. Ready, Set...WORLD HERE I COME!

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Ok not a good day!

This weekend has been very low key. John and I have both still been feeling bad. Nick has had a little of it too. Caroline is her normal self like always. Which isn't good when you don't feel good.

Nick started the day off good by going to play golf with Daddy and Grandpa. I picked him up after about 10 holes and we came home. I was fixing lunch and we were all going to cuddle up together in the living room and watch Fox and the Hound when Nick fell in the bedroom. He proceeded to walk a few steps into the hallway and then fall in the floor. He fainted, peed in his pants and it took me what felt like forever to wake him up. Once he did wake up he wouldn't talk and wasn't crying like normal. What little noises he was getting out Caroline told me his throat was hurting and he couldn't breathe. I quess that is one of the great things about twins. Once he could talk he repeated what she said. Weird huh? Then I found the pee and I totally freaked out. I called the pediatrician who said I needed to take him to the closest er. So off we go in our lounge around the house clothes.

He had xrays of head, neck, and mouth and a ct of head. All came back ok. He is fine now, but this throat is still sore and we have to wake him every 4 hours tonight. I can officially say this is the most scared I have been. After going through all of this he told me he was trying to get something off the bed and fell and hit is throat on the nightstand. Ouch! Which the dr said probably knocked the wind out of him which caused him to faint. I never want to go through that again.

Here is the only picture I have taken all weekend. The er gives balloons and stuffed animals now. Hopefully things will get back to normal around here this week.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Ball pictures!

The Pitch
Theres not much to do out here!
This is what ball players do isn't it?
The slide!

Great pics from ball tonight. It makes for a long night for John and me, but he loves it. Enjoy!

Great news!

Just a quick post as we head out the door for ball. I will probably post again when we get home, but I couldn't wait to share the very good news I received today....I was offered a permanent sub position at the kids school. Whoo Hoo! I'm so excited I could bust. They have several classes that are over ratio which means those rooms need a teaching assistant. I will be in the same class everyday for the entire school year. I'm nervous about going back to work full-time, but excited too! It has not been easy being at home by myself. I will be on the same schedule as the kids which will be great.

Still some stomach bug stuff going on around here, but hopefully it is almost over. That is all for now. Hope you had a great day!

Monday, September 03, 2007

We made it!

Thru our first official day off school. John and I have been sick this weekend so not too much has gone on. I did take the kids to the pool today where it was extremely over-crowded. But we did have a good time meeting up with kids we hadn't seen in a while and playing with others we see often. I think the potts' clan as a whole is glad cooler weather is on the way. John and me are still not feeling 100%, but I am better than he is. That is a first I think. Hopefully tomorrow all will be normal around here.

Here are some great pictures I got today. Enjoy them.

I'm loving (very much) the new camera. Takes great pictures. Next time you visit the above pic will be hanging in my kitchen. It is one of my very favorite. Hope everyone had a great weekend.
OH...I have ordered some notepads and notecards from Here. They are the best. These are the only notepads I use. I"m thinking of teacher gifts to order from her if you have any ideas. It is always nice to have unique ideas. If you have any ideas let me know or you can share with Giggles & Co if you choose Here.
OH one more thing: If you knew me you would know I love chicken n dumplins from Cracker Barrell, but I only eat the small dumplins (not the large) and always tear the chicken apart before eating. Try to figure that one out!!!! Made you lol didn't I????
Have a great week!

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Happy Labor day!

Well not so happy around here.... I have been sick since Friday. My mom was supposed to come visit this weekend, but didn't bc I wasn't feeling good. JOhn took the kids to the pool and came home sick himself. Yuck...Yuck..

We invested in a new camera finally. I think John got tired of listening to me complain about loosing mine in the creek. I'm totally lovin' it (what little time I've gotten to play with it). It is this. I can't wait to print pics to see how they look. Here is a pic of Nick I got with it.
HOpefully we will both be feeling better tomorrow and actually get to enjoy one day of our long weekend. I want to try out my new camera.
HOpe you are all having a good weekend.