Friday, June 29, 2012

Garden Update

We FINALLY have our whole garden planted.  End of June + 100 degree heat....just hoping that the water bill doesn't kill us.

Here are some pictures.
This is where we planted the canteloupes
 A visitor!  Anyone know what kind of turtle it is?

LO and her onion!  She played with it for a long time.  I had to pry it out of her hands.
 I dug up some potatoes!  I put the baking soda box so you could have a size reference!  AMAZING
 Hubby watering the tomatoes
 I don't think the potato plants appreciate this heat.  :(
 LO was not ready for the water to be turned on...still wanted to play in the garden.

So there you have it, we are growing stuff!

1st Class Done!

So my June class is officially over!  We turned in our final projects on Wednesday and Mallams said she would have our final grades by I wait.

Wednesday we had the discussion I was kinda dreading...vaxcinenes.
As a former school teacher, Mallams has seen a lot and I respect her opinions on a lot of things....vaxs not so much.  It is her beleif that all people should be vaxinated and the religious exemption should not exist.  I stayed after class to discuss my opinion and see if she was just generalizing.....well, she wasn't.  She listened to my opinion, but did not budge in hers...oh well.

My opinion is this:
People should be educated before making a decision...any decision. 

Having yourself of your child vaxcinated is a decision that should not be taken lightly and just going with the norm is not an excuse for poor behavior.  I understand that many people, even most people should be vaxcinated...they are in contact with unhealthy people, they have unhealthy lifestyles, they travel worldly, they have compromised immune systems, they eat like crap.....the list goes on, but those are the most obvious to me. 

My husband and I have weighed the pro's and con's of this decision, done extensive research, talked with an abundant amount of health care professionals and holistic practicing people and have made the decision that is best for my vax.  It's right for us.

A friend of mine (let's call her SillyHair) works for a public health organization.  She has a 2 year old son (SillyMan).  SillyHair made the decision that is best for her family and follows the recommended vax schedule.  It works for her.

My MIL choose to delay vax for hubby and her 2 other sons.  It worked for them.

If you want to have this discussion and don't know where to start, here is a link to one of my favorite blogs.  Brookie-lee is a WONDERFUL source of information.

At the end of my discussion with Mallams, she understood my decision and said that she respected me for doing the "foot work" and weighing the consequences for both options.

Anyway, time to get ready for 2 NEW classes starting Monday!

Thursday, June 21, 2012


I am so proud of myself.

Last night, I put in a replacement zipper to an awesome pair of pants!  All by myself, I hand stitched the zipper in.  I have been wearing them now for 5 hours and have taken many trips to the bathroom and the zipper is still in and doing great!  SO EXCITED!

Originally I had planned to buy a zipper and pass off the pants and zipper to my mother-in-law (we'll call her MIL, just 'cause) see she sews...a lot and has for YEARS, so I thought it would be easy and better quality work in the end.  WELL, I decided Tuesday that I wanted to wear these pants for my "teaching" in my PE for the Classroom Teacher class....well, that's today, so I fixed my pants on my own!

School update:
Above I mentioned I am "teaching" today.  It is the first time I have had to "teach" anything in 5 years (since I left my para-educator job) I'm kinda nervous.  It will be fine, but still.  Here is my "lesson plan"....what do you think?

TATS Lesson                                                                    Ruth Godwin

Nutrition                                                                           PE 401 - Mallams

Kindergarten level

Health Education Standards:

Students will demonstrate the ability to use goal-setting skills to enhance health.

Students will comprehend concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention to enhance health.

Performance Indicators:

Identify that healthy behaviors impact personal health.

Identify a short-term personal health goal and take action toward achieving the goal.

Health Goals:

I will choose habits that prevent heart disease & prevent cancer.

I will eat healthful meals and snacks

Supplies Needed:

Cut outs of food                      Tape                            Dry erase markers

Scissors for students              Paper plates                Crayons

Classroom Set up:                Groups of 4 

White Board:                        1  chart

J Healthful             /               L Not Healthful


1.               Start with T chart

      A.        Hold up food cut outs 1 at time

                  Kids identify foods

B.              Ask “What do healthful foods do for us?”

            Help us grow, help our brains grow, fight disease, make us strong

C.              Ask “How do healthful foods do all those things?”

            They have vitamins

D.              Ask “What do not healthful foods do to us?”

            Make us feel icky, can lead to disease

E.               What do not healthful foods have?

            Lots of sugar, lots of fat, lots of oils

F.               Each kid place food in T chart

G.              Ask “Need any changes?”

2.               Worksheet #1

      Color foods, trace #s, X out not healthful food

3.   Worksheet #2

      A.        Draw 4 healthful foods you want your family to eat this week

      B.        Cut out and glue to your plate as a reminder

      C.        Have each kid report their family goal

                         ,           ,           , &        this week because they are healthful foods.”

4.   TEST!

A.              Heads down on desk: Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down.  Name foods.

B.              Heads up: Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down.  Show foods.

5.               HOMEWORK!

      Take your worksheet and plate home.  Share with your parents the health goal on your plate.  Report back!

***If particularly rambunctious group:

TEST can be done outside.  Place J Healthful and L Not Healthful signs on basketball goals, have kids start in center and run to the correct goal when shown a picture of a food.

I'll let you know how it goes.

One other School note: I got 98% on my midterm!  I am now missing a total of 3 points out of the semester.....not including the teaching assignment and the final exam!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012


Accountability: (according to
the state of being accountable, liable, or answerable.
Education . a policy of holding schools and teachers accountable for students' academic progress by linking such progress with funding for salaries, maintenance, etc.
Who are we accountable to?
I'm accountable to God, my daughter, my husband, my friends, school teachers, family members and my boss (let's call her IceQueen).

What are we accountable for?
I'm accountable for my actions, my words, my reactions, my temper, my attitude, my output at work and my lack of output.

Why, you ask, am I writing about accountability?
I was sent an interesting e-mail by IceQueen today about time accounting.  She wants to know what I am doing for "chunks" of time and for whom I am doing it.  Do you suppose answering that 90% of what I do during the day is in some way for my daughter?  I don't think she will realize that I am #1 not kidding and #2 not going to change my reasoning for what I do and when I do it.  Yes the time sensitivity of IceQueen's stuff is taken into consideration, but if Hubby calls or MissDee calls, I'm gone, no thought to it.  Guess that's why I'm where I am in life and not wearing the HUGE crown of the IceQueen.

So, after considering all the accountable things I have done today at work, I think her real question is: "How much have you done that I can bill for?"  After all, it always comes down to the money.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

School Update

School is great!

I am really enjoying being back in the swing.
I am taking  "PE in the classroom" M-Th evenings 4:30-6:30 only in June.  We are 1/2 way!  It is VERY easy, for which I am grateful.
Yesterday the teacher said "you are the only freshman listed in this class".  EXCUSE ME???? FRESHMAN???? What?  So I gave her my education career story, many of you know it, so I won't bore you.  She was surprised that PE 401 was the class I would choose to jump back in after 9 years.  Well, I think it was a good choice, it's quick, easy and has very little new information, just new terminology.  Whatever.
Monday is our midterm. 1/4 of our grade.  So I have printed the study guide and filled it out.  Yesterday before school I was making my notecards to study from, and was asked by one of the not-freshman blond bimbos "You still study like that?"  YES I do, and if you want to question my method, maybe we should wait until the scores are back!  She made me really MAD.  What really irritates me about her is that she will be molding children 2 years ahead of me (if she can get a job, which I have my doubts).

Pumping on my way to school, give me purpose and forces me to leave work behind and focus on school.  It's nice, I think I missed my pumping in the car...who would have thought that?

Turns out that my financial aid was not available to me until I was enrolled 1/2 time.  Well because I had not taken any classes for the 2011-2012 school year, I had to have 1 semester of 1/2 time...6 hours.  So no big deal.  EXCEPT the PE class is only 2 credits...who knew?  So now I am enrolled in 8 hours this summer.  How did we go from 2 to 8, you ask?  2 = PE, 3 = online PoliSci, 3 = online Web Design.  Imagine ME in a web design class, that's pretty icky looking.  It starts in July, so I will keep you updated.

Flag Day

Did you know that June 14 is always flag day?  

Woke up this morning and saw my neighbor had replaced his NASCAR flag with a good ‘ole red white & blue!  It was a great way to wake up.

Then driving to work I passed the “Avenue of Flags” sponsored by a local Lyons Club.  All those flags blowing in the wind made me wish I was a bird that could also appreciate the wind.

Anyway, here is a neat poster for a celebration a city had in 1917.  So neat.  Just makes me proud to be part of this crazy country.

This is also the day the Army celebrates its birthday.  Every year they have a big cake at all the bases.  I have seen pictures and hear about the celebrations all over the world, that’s neat.

Anyway, happy flag day!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

New favorite Blogs

So I have 2 new favorite blogs.

Little Momma is so cute and funny.  It is written by a friend from highschool's wife.  She's a hoot and the pictures are fun.
Here's a link.

Letters to my ex is a guilty pleasure.  People write letter tot heir ex and then e-mail them to the admin who posts to the blog.  AWESOME!  Some people really need to move on and others really...really you were with that type of person????  Hindsight is a wonderful thing.
Here's the link.

If you want to write a letter to your ex....send them to and the admin will post.


1st Royals game of the season

So my boss (we'll call him "Sir") bought 4 tickets for the Royals game last Saturday and only ended up using 2, so he gave us the other 2! 

Let me start by saying we LOVE the Royals....we are true fans, no matter the score, we stay until the end (most of the time).  We only get to see a few games a year (2 or 3) so we really treasure the moments.  For those of you wondering, yes the Royals overall suck...but they are the hometown team and we go to see the game.  After all, I couldn't do ANYTHING they can do...even slow-tubby-Billy is SUPER fast compared to me and miss-the-ball-Hosmer hits 1,000 times better than I can....imagine, me standing at home plate and a 6'5" gargantuan man launches an itty bitty baseball at my head at 100 miles an hour....YA RIGHT!

So anyway, we went to the game....90 degrees at least.  My hip was not in the best of moods, and I was trying to lug a 30 was an event.

We made it to our Section 411 seats (almost nose-bleed) and about 5 minutes.  Then we decided we should least until the game started.  So we moved to the TOP of Section 411..yes nose-bleed. BUT we were in the shade!  We choose the absolute TOP of the seats because there was a little area of concrete with no seats that would be perfect for LO to play....if she was in the mood to play which she was not.

The game was at 1:10...right after lunch and during nap we nursed...then be bounced, and finally she slept!  She slept from the National Anthem through the 4th inning!  Then we decided, it is time to leave, cranky-short-napped child was SO ready to play on the ground and wander on her own.  So we left...unusual for us.

We went tot he lower level and checked out the "nursing room" which has a sign labeling the room"cart access"....strange.  I had heard through FB friends that the room was a storage closet and still had paint cans and tools laying around.  Well, I am happy to report this is not the case!  The room was beautiful.  3 lazyboy style chairs a curtain for privacy and a TV to watch the game...PLUS it was air conditioned!  Maybe next time we will use the room...doubtful.

Here are pictures from the game.



Monday, June 4, 2012

mixed emotions = school is starting

School starts today so I am having mixed emotions about the whole deal.  These emotions make me a bit crazy, and I'm sure I act a bit crazy because of them....just ask anyone.

I start with so much excitement, I can barely contain it!  The idea of going back to school is so life-altering and has so much potential for my future plans...awesome!  Then I go to, FREAKING OUT SCARED OUT OF MY MIND....ahhhh homework.  What do I do, work all day, go to school in the evening, come home and PASS OUT...when do I hold my child?  When do I snuggle?  When do I nurse?  Do I pump?  Do I not pump?  All of a sudden I am worried....the health and well-being of LO is the most important; after all that is why I am going to school, right?  I keep reminding myself, it will be ok, tomorrow will come and this part of my life (school + mommyhood + work) will end and because of it I will be better off.  Calming, relaxing emotions develop and take over!  Now I'm back to excitement!

I brought my pump just in case I need it.  10 1/2 - 11 hours away from LO is probably too long not to pump, so it seems the pump and I have rekindled our's short term though...only June.

Welcome to my roller coaster :)

So school starts today. 
Here's my plan for the next 4 weeks Monday - Thursday:
Work 8:30-3:30 (I didn't get to work until 9:00)
Get to campus 4:00 - find classroom and a comfy bench - knit
Class starts 4:30!
Go home (probably after 7:00)
NURSE, NURSE,'s how the evenings work in my life.

Hopefully I will have limited homework (after all it is a summer class....)

Good thoughts and prayers flowing to my hubby who will probably need them as he will be with LO alone from 5-7....aka "CRANKY TIME".

It'll be ok, it'll be ok......

I'll report tomorrow how it went.