Archive | August, 2011

Rockin Missy Mack

26 Aug

We have these little rewards the kids get at school for being good at school. We call them Rockin Rewards Missy Mack got her first Rockin Reward on Tuesday (that’s day two, people). The rewards go in a bucket for each grade level. Each morning at assembly, the principal draws a name from the grade level buckets and the kids come, shake her hand and get a certificate to pick a friend to sit with or lunch or go to the front of the lunch line.

Missy Mack’s name was drawn from the kindergarten bucket. We were so happy and so proud.

Here she is having her special lunch.

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Then when I picked her up, I found out she had to be spoken to for talking while the teacher was talking and at gym she did a series of actions that had the coach rolling with laughter.

She fell while running laps and instead of moving out of the way, she laid there and continued to be road kill getting trampled on all the while fake crying so loud the coach can hear her over the stereo. When coach goes to help, Missy Mack jumps up and acts like nothing happened. No tears, nothin. Then, once coach gets 30 kindergarteners all spread out across the gym in their spots and begins teaching, she looks up and Missy Mack is just spinning around in circles not listening to a word the woman is saying. The only child. Spinning.

So much for being Rockin.

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Day Two- Wordless Wednesday

24 Aug

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The First Day of Kindergarten

23 Aug


This is it! The very first, first day of school. Kindergarten. It is big. I know emotionally this is a big day, a big freakin deal, but I guess the 14 years I have been in education have tainted me. I wasn’t sad. I wasn’t nervous. Maybe it is because I didn’t didn’t have to drop her off and drive away. Maybe it was because I have shared a few margaritas with her teacher before. Maybe it was because entering kindergarten for Missy Mack it meant she was closer to me than she has ever been before. I was excited for her. She was excited. She was ready.

Mr. Mack, however, was not excited. He was on the brink of tears and an almost mess. He held it together though. He was sad. He was engaged, he was protective, he was sweet.

Here is how the day started: we all woke up early and Mr. Mack made a special pancake breakfast like his mother did for his first days of school.

Then we all went to school together.

Then the chaos began. 491 students and their parents in our cafeteria. Awesomeness. Craziness. But first we need some photo opps. Outside the classroom, in her line, with her buddy from preschool (which I am happy to say is the only friend from preschool in her class this year!), hanging up her backpack, blah, blah, blah….

Remember the chaos? Pictured here:

Then, Mr. Mack became obsessed with this dad with a great mustache and sunglasses. He took a series of pictures of him.

Awesome. There are actually more pictures, I just figured you got the point.

Here is the boss lady telling all the parents, after they pledge it is time for them to say buybah, buybah…. teachers will take the children to class to learn and parents will skedaddle. Mr. Mack wasn’t a fan of this speech even though he knew it was coming.

Missy Mack had art today, where apparently she asked every other minute if it was the end of the day yet. Here is her first piece of art from art class.

She said she did something in art she had never done before, a tree, a strawberry and a mouse. I guess that is what she learned today. That and rules. She also said she made 3 best friends, but she doesn’t know their names.

She cried at the end of the day. I went to meet her at the pick up spot and she let it all go. She wasn’t ready to leave. She didn’t want to go home and so she was going to cry about it. Everyone was all worried about it, but I knew she would get over it soon and that she was tired. She never really cries unless she is tired. Kindergarten wiped her out. Then when we entered the building, where we were met with a hysterical young lady who lost her watch. Hy-Ster-i-cal! Which, caused Missy Mack to cry and panic more. It was so dramatic. A snack made it all better.

Mr. Mack arrived to pick us up and she indulged in a few more photos. Sort of.


and one with her teacher.

Another funny story, at one point I stopped by her room to see if the teacher needed any help, which is typical for a support teacher to do for kinder teachers on the first day. I helped the kids open their snacks while she helped them get packed up and reviewed with them how each one was getting home. I noticed that Missy Mack’s dress was unbuttoned from the bottom button up to her tummy and her shoe was untied. She was a mess. I fixed it.

Also, after all the drama about resting on towel and not being able to bring kitty to school, turns out Missy Mack was the only kindergartener who actually rested. HA!

Mr. Mack took us for dinner (early), where he indulged both of their needs for celebration for making it through the day.

Fried ice cream. They struggled to share. The sweet waiter brought cherries to make the picture look better.

Happy First day of Kindergarten Chickadee!

Side note, I am dog ass tired and my cute Toms wedges made my feet hurt. Sad choice for the 1st day. I know they will treat me better the next time I wear them.

Meet the Teacher Kindergarten

20 Aug

Friday was the first day of me wearing the parent hat and the teacher hat at the same time. Honey and Pops returned Missy Mack the night before and we got to see all the haul from her week away.

Then I got up to meet a parent for coffee and then the whole family joined me at school later. Our meet the teacher is in the morning. I went into the teachers class and signed up for Valentines treat and a couple of other things.

I just trusted Mr. Mack to handle the rest while I stayed in my classroom to greet my students and families. It was so good to be around kids again.

Thank goodness my mom snapped a few photos because I forgot.

Meet Missy Mack’s kindergarten classroom:

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Missy Mack found her spot at the table and her three cubbies.

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The teacher has a closet that she has turned into a reading nook so Missy Mack checked this special spot out.

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Then they headed into my room to witness the questions, families and students stopping in. My classroom has come a long way from the 20 years of crap I inherited 2 years ago. Year 3 is good stuff.

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While I worked the rest of the day, Honey and Pops took Missy Mack to get her gear for her first year at Ballet Austin! We are so excited. Missy Mack did a little try on session for us.

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Mr. Mack made us a lovely dinner.

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Those are scallops, goat cheese and pesto on bread.

I found some gems of Missy Mack on my mom’s phone.

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Today is our last day of summer and we are going to do our best to make our kindergartener feel special.

Last night, we were reading some stuff from her teacher to her and it seems Missy Mack is most worried about rest time. They bring a towel to lay on and they may not bring toys or pillows. This news sparked giant fearful tears. Missy Mack desperately wants to rest with kitty and feels a pillow is necessary.

Maybe Monday will not go as smoothly as I had hoped.

All Sad and Lonely

18 Aug

On Sunday, we met Honey and Pops halfway to hand over Missy Mack. She went to stay with them since I have to go to professional development and I don’t have childcare. My mom is calling it Camp Honey. Mr. Mack and I woke up sad knowing we were handing off our baby. Missy Mack was excited and my heart was hurting.

Monday we went to work and so did Missy Mack, destroying Honeys house, just like she does to her playroom everyday (except this week).

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Mr. Mack and I had a double date at the famous Uchi that night. We were given gift cards during teacher appreciation and we went during their ‘social hour’ keeping it semi-affordable. This place was amazing. We trusted our waiter and after each bite, there was a collective moan and eye rolling. I have never had such an awesome meal. We had so much fun!

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The next day, this truck arrived at my school for a hamburger lunch.

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During my training, I began receiving these photos.

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Look at how pleased she is with herself.

Then we heard that Momma to the A’s had her sweet baby boy so Mr. Mack I headed to the hospital to meet the new baby.

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Tonight our pathetic asses are sitting on the couch in our pjs on our laptops watching bad tv. Missy Mack went to an overpriced aquarium and Chuck E Cheese.

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Tomorrow, our baby will be returned to us so that she can meet her kindergarten teacher on Friday morning.

Turns out we really need her in our lives.

I have a theory…

15 Aug

I have a theory that when using a public restroom, it is best go in the first stall because fewer people pro ally use the first stall.

I have a theory that if you don’t let you mind wonder all scenarios of a situation, then the worst outcome might come true, but if you acknowledge that it could be possible, it most likely will not happen.

I have a theory that if you spend as much time as possible avoiding the work that you need to do, it makes the actual task you are avoiding take less time.

I have a theory as soon as you come to terms with the way life is, life changes.

Popsicles and Wine

13 Aug

This week my two indulgences at the grocery store were Popsicles and wine. Not just any Popsicle and not just any wine.

I got these Popsicles.

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Pomegranate popsicles with vitamins and antioxidants. 70 calories. It practically health food.

I got this wine.

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A box of wine. Not franzia box wine. Good box wine. Does it exist? It does. 3 bottles in one box. It is awesome. It is there on the counter whenever I want it. Dangerous and yummy.

What little treats do you indulge in at the store?