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Month: March, 2011

Great reads!

So I spent the past 48 hours holed up in bed with a 103 fever, sweaty chills, unproductive coughs, and endless excruciating headaches.  I have no idea how it happened, but this bug knocked me off my feet, I’m usually fairly immune to common colds and germs, but this one was a wicked one.  Thankfully, my super awesome husband was there to rescue the weekend.  He ran my errands, even took M toy shopping for a birthday party she was going to, (of course, along the way he had to buy her a thing…or two…but you pick and choose your battles, you know?) made me his famous fruit salad (my cure-all, I swear it can help grow back a limb) to give me that vitamin boost, and when I thought I was ok enough to take M to the party today, he insisted that I stayed home to relax & feel better.  Is he awesome or what?  To boot, I had promised my friends two things…one was to help W pick up the cake from the bakery before coming to the party (since it was closer to me than for her) and another was to help K watch lil Caleb at the party since she was not going to be able to make it to the party…so just because I’m sick, doesn’t mean I can’t keep my promise!  So J had to do all my bidding for me…and he even took pictures!  I love you, baby! I know this sounds sappy but even in my sweaty, matted hair, booger-snotted appearance, he still looks at me like it was our first date…heehee, he rocks.

Ok, I’ll spare the sappiness – so while I, for one, hate wasting time.  I put my iPad to good use!  I downloaded a few books (for free!) and actually discovered I have a new favorite author! Anyhoo – her name is Nicky Charles, I would totally post a link here for her site, but her ‘site’ is a freebie Goggle’s site and it’s got a hot sweaty guy on the front banner…SOOO…as this is a more…kid friendly blog, I will not post her link here. But you can Google her. Her books could be downloaded to your readers or on pdf format.  The Mating was her first book, awesome read – there are some flaws in it, like the ‘heroine’ in the story is not very strong. She totally fits the damsel in distressed category, but great story, her second book The Keeping is also pretty awesome. The ‘heroine’ in this story is MUCH fiercer, she is a spunky ball of fire and cute!  BUT keep in mind, these are paranormal romance novels, so if this is not your cup of tea, then don’t bother.  I’ve had many debates on Twilight or the Sookie Stackhouse series, so if it’s not your thing, don’t read it but don’t talk trash about any other person’s talent on writing.

Well, it is almost 2am and I need to get M to school in the morning then I have my last day at Eden, since I had to call out on Friday. I did not want to spread my nasitness, whatever it was…or is. I’m hoping by morning, I will be a-ok again.

Hope you had an awesome weekend!


Do I have to leave?!

For the past few weeks, I have been observing classrooms at Eden Institute.  It is a requirements for my Ed Psych class this semester.  At first, I thought I had a shoe in and figured this would be a breeze, I can just observe at Madison’s school, after I drop her off, I can just go into the older class and observe, then pick her up afterwards.  Easy breezy!  But then I decided that I’m just cheating myself.  My ultimate goal is to teach in special ed, observing a Catholic school will do nothing for me.

So, I contacted Eden Institute in Princeton, NJ – I met with the their Assistant Director, who is an amazing lady – and I’ve been there ever since. The first day, I found myself wishing I hadn’t chose special ed. It pulled at my heartstrings, while observing the middle classroom, there were a few times where I wanted to excuse myself so I can run to the bathroom and cry. These beautiful kids were just so sweet, so innocent, and yes – they had behavioral issues with the baseline of Autism, but they pulled at my heart the very first day. By the end of the next observation class, I was confident to say “this is what I want to do, no doubt.” I spoke with a few of the teachers and most of them said mentioned that their original intention was not special ed, but once they got in, they loved it. The love they share with those kids are priceless and words can’t describe the bond they have.

Well, tomorrow is my last day there…and again, I want to cry. Because I will miss the kiddos and teachers. They have been more than helpful and it was such an awesome time getting to know some of the teachers and hearing their side of the story. Of course, it’s not rosy days all the time, and there are moments where I’m sure if I were in their shoes, I would be very stressed out. Their work is under-credited.

Here is a video from their site:

I have had the honor of meeting some of those awesome kids in the video and some of the amazing teachers in there as well. I will be pretty sad tomorrow saying good-bye to them, I just hope I can be a big girl about it and hold it together.

Last night, I ordered them some yummy stuff from Popcorn Factory, hopefully, they’ll get to enjoy a yummy treat. The kiddos LOVE snacks!

I will miss Eden Institute, even though it was a short amount of time in comparison – I have grown attached and will definitely miss them.