Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Catching Up

*Thankfully, I am on the 2nd week of the final quarter of this school year! It has flown by! It is nice to have a fresh start with grades. Our Spring Break isn't until April 7, so I am looking forward to that! I will be teaching one final year at Christian Academy, Lord willing.

*Dustin is loving his classes and working really hard. He gets up pretty early with me and goes strong all day. We love our morning coffee, morning hugs and we're on a long-lasting blueberry bagel-with-cream cheese kick. One of the most interesting classes he is taking this go round is Christianity and Science Fiction, a brand new class at Southern. Besides the neat content, (which is really intersting and very relevant in a culture that takes many clues about God from what they read in books or see at the movies) it is also cool that he gets to read science fiction for class. Sometimes, he's even assigned movies to review. What a nice change of pace from his other classes! This summer, he'll be diving into his first Hebrew class. Whew!

*Mom and Dad Butts came last week for a visit. We had a great time. We visited The Louisville Slugger Museum, The Frazier Arms Museum (we saw a slave ship, fencing, and much more), and The Pie and Ice Cream Kitchen. We had a lot of yummy meals together... and we also took lots of driving and walking tours. Of course, it was also a great time to celebrate the Resurrection of the Savior! Oh, and we are the proud new owners of 2 plants, a Peace Lily and an ivy. We lovingly named them Bert and Ernie. They are doing well. They said to tell everyone hi. Pictures to come...

*I discovered that one of the greatest joys of teaching is not appreciated until at least a year in. It is one of my biggest day-brighteners to see my "old kids" in the hall. I had about 12 hugs yesterday from Conner, Lydia, Annie, Jessica, Rider, Nate, Chad, etc. It is incredibly fun to bump into them and catch up. They were a special group. Go... send a letter to an old teacher right now. They'll love it!

*My "new kids" are doing well too, despite their teacher. =) I'm currently teaching them how to research using the note card system. They are researching their assigned president. They are working really hard!

*It's still a tad chilly outside. We are really ready for spring. The other day, we had some nice weather and I just smiled all day long! Long winters here make spring seem extra wonderful. I can hardly wait!

*I was recently pointed to a great grocery store called Meijer. Their amazing produce is all from local farms and cheap. The only drawback is that it's kind of out of the way. It will be worth it to make the little trip from time to time. It's terrific. All of their generic grocery items are really good, too. Check it out, Louisvillians.

*Yesterday, a little boy at my school that I don't know at all said, "Hi, Mrs. Butts! Wow. That is a REALLY funny name" and he preceded to laugh out loud to himself as he walked off with a huge smile. Our name comes in handy... it makes people smile and it's a good conversation starter. Who knew?


Kristy said...

What a great post Jamie! You are such a great teacher--I am not surprised those kids love you. :) Glad you had a great time with your parents too. Things are great here. 21 weeks--19 to go! I love you and miss you!

Kristy said...

P.S. Thank you for your comment. And for the card. I am feeling great--praise God! I have lots of energy and am thankful to be in that "nesting" stage. :) Love you!