what should I do? I thought this might happen, I would find a site that I love and become obsessed with it. Well, I am a little(I mean a lot) addicted to the okay seriously blog I checked out off of Adrienne's blog. This chick is freakin' hilarious! I would like to hang out with her!! I also envy her blog, which is hard because I got into this blog thing to share the happenings of my family with other friends & family via the Internet. However, as I read okay seriously I want to rant and swear and talk about the stuff that really matters...Grey's Anatomy and The Office! I am feeling a little torn! Check out her funny stuff!!
Wow, what a weekend. The weather was beautiful for October. Now, as much as I enjoy cool fall weather, I love warm fall weather! The kids were outside all day Sunday. We picked pumpkins and cut down corn stalks. Our pumpkin patch turned out GREAT this year! We had plenty of large pumpkins and tons of little pumpkins and gourds.
Owen went to the Mississippi River Museum for a drama thing with Jenni. He got to play a frog! I was so excited, he kept the face paint on all day. After that he and I went on a nature walk to the pond. Really, there is nothing more fun than a hike with a kid so obsessed with the outdoors. He is just so happy the entire time, and showing me all sorts of cool stuff.
Sophia went to Wal-mart with Summer...meaning she got a new baby! I had to put this picture of her with the pumpkins on. I think she looks adorable. She had a lot of fun picking the little one and loading them into the wagon. She is so sassy and so much fun at this age.
Friday and Saturday "The Stauffachers" were at "The Compound"! We played game and drank a little bit...or a "lont". Listening to Jed put the letter N in every word he says is about the funniest thing ever!! Maybe you had to be here.
I am so tired! I have worked only two days this week, but I am completely worn out. Besides that, my first couple of days with UWEX have been great. I think I am really going to like this job. It is completely different than working in the school, but I am having a great time getting to know the ropes of it. I have eaten at two Senior Citizen meal sites this week-which is a interesting experience. The folks love to see you and hear what you have to say. However, when I realized this may be the only decent meal they eat a day, I hope that I'd brought helpful information. Working with this age group is really going to open my eyes. Some of these people are struggling a lot and they pretty much go unnoticed. It is sad...I hope I can make a difference!
Here is Sophie...playing like a maniac in a paper box...she seems to have no problems being in, out or upside down in the box. Lately, I have been having "box" troubles of my own. The idea of being outside of the box or "comfort zone" is not as fun as it is when you are 2!
Friday ends my work at the elementary school and I am starting to feel the anxiety of the whole situation. I am not really sure where I am supposed to be on Monday morning or how much I will miss the kids I have been working with for the last 5 years. This switch is right for myself and my family, but it is scary to actually go through with it.
I have been looking so forward to the new job, I don't think I actually thought about ending the old one. With the end of the old job comes the end to relationships that have become very important to me.
Not just the children I've helped, but the co-workers I have grown so close to. Helping kids learn to read, or hearing words come from a little girl's mouth for the first time, yes those are things I will have a hard time leaving. However, the following are the areas I'm not sure I can handle leaving behind just yet...Who will listen to my insane "problems" and laugh at my "too crazy to be made up" OCD stories? Who will I make fun of for their lack of computer skills? Will I ever find someone who understands my mother issues the way Gerianne does?? I doubt it!
Am I ready to be outside of that box?? I am not totally sure, but I am excited about what lies ahead. So, although I am leaving this job for a better one; I could have made no better friends than those made at DES and for that I am grateful!
Since the weather is so nice today, we decided to take a MULE ride to Calamine.
The 6 mile trip took about 35 minutes, but it seemed to go fast because of the beautiful views.
We hung out with Mom, Jed, Jenni & Jared, and Summer. The kids rode their bikes on the "church street" and played with the cat.
On the way home we were out running a storm. Sophia fell asleep despite the bumpy ride. It was a relaxing October day.
Well I finally did it. After seeing and loving Adrienne's cool blog, I decided this is better for me than myspace! Now hopefully I can figure it out without spending hours on the computer...I may be calling that girl in Milwaukee for pointers.