My New Backpack!

Ava's backpack finally made it.  I love it and, more importantly, so does Miss Priss. The minute I took it out of the box she wanted it and would not take it off. She screamed bloody murder when I made her take it off for bedtime.

Now she can carry her junk around!


Work in Progress

For my twelfth birthday, my parents surprised me with new bedroom furniture.  It was such a good gift and I have always loved that furniture.  It's time for me to pass it down to my beloved daughter, but it needs a facelift.

After getting married, to save money, we used the armoire and desk in our bedroom.

{The picture is from our first home in seminary.}
{the armoire in our spare bedroom}


I stained the desk a dark espresso.  I love the finished product.

The hardware was a BIG problem that I didn't see coming. Apparently, the holes for the pulls are 3.5 inches apart which is REALLY hard to find. The other problem was that the armoire has the same pulls, but the holes are only 3 inches apart for the pulls. So, I had to find pulls that matched that were made in both 3 and 3.5 inches. There were only two choices and none that could be ordered, but I am pretty pleased with the outcome.

The next road block: The armoire had these ornamental pieces of metal on the knobs. I never realized that the manufacturer had drilled an extra hole in the drawer to stabilize the piece so it would not move. For the drawers that require knobs, I had to fill the hole with putty and then I will get my trusty power sander and sand it flush with the wood. I hope it works.

Here is a picture of the holes on the armoire drawers. I only need the middle one. The other hole does not go all the way through the drawer and it is off center. It has to be fixed. The only other option was to use that ornamental metal in some way and I just could not see that working if my goal was to modernize and update this furniture.

I've still got a long road ahead of me, but I look forward to the finished product!


Are you sick of those high paid teachers?

I, for one, am sick and tired of those high paid teachers. Their hefty salaries are driving up taxes and they only work nine or ten months a year.

It is time we put things in perspective and pay them for what they do...babysit!

We can get that for less than minimum wage. That's right...I would give them $3.00 an hour an only the hours they worked, not any of that silly planning time.

That would be $15.00 a day. Each parent should pay $15.00 a day for these teachers to babysit their children.

Then, that's 15 times 25 = $375.00/day

But remember they only work 180 days a year. I'm not going to pay them for vacation.

Let's see...that's $375 times 180= $67,500.00/year

(Hold on, my calculator must need batteries!)

What about those special teachers or those with Master's Degrees?

Well, we could pay them minimum wage just to be fair. Let's round it off to $6.00 an hour. That would be 6 times 5 hours times 25 kids times 180 = $135,000.00/year

Wait a minute, there is something wrong here!!!!

I wonder if legislators have really considered this!

This was e-mailed to me a couple of years ago and I printed it off and put it on my bulletin board. Teaching is NOT what it used to be. Those summers off--that is spent getting professional development hours to keep our licences.

Forget the days of teachers sitting at a desk and barking out orders. Let me paint this pictures for you--I have a classroom of 28 children, 3 of which receive special services, 14 of which English is their second language, and 5 that came to me reading on a 1st grade or below reading level.  I am expected to send them on to the 6th grade ready and equipped for 6th grade level learning. There is no time for sitting! No sir! No Child left behind!!!!

Just a vent session! It seems so unfair that schools like mine and the one I came from are falling through the cracks even after ALL of the efforts to see that these kids achieve success!!!


18 months

Ava Grace is 18 months old today! We took another pic with Lamby. Again, it was ridiculous.  
*Note to self: Try something new with the next kid.

The best one we got.

1-12 months