Monday, December 14, 2009

Wordless Monday... :)

haha, so i know its supposed to be wordless wednesday but i wanted to post some pictures, but don't have time to write a post because, lets face it...im a loser who goes to bed at 9. :) and its 9:15. so here it goes...oh, and it wont be wordless either. bahaha

My sweet niece! she is so precious!


After we dominated Florida at the SEC Championship...yes, i know...im a little late.

Both team's bands played the National Anthem


Take a look at that awesome score. :) Can I get a ROLL TIDE??


Some of our friends after the game! Still on cloud nine! This was right after Dad asked if we HAD to leave the dome?? haha.


Last but not least, I LOVE THIS PICTURE OF US!!! :)

Countdown Update: 6 days! only 6 days til Christmas Break! wahoo!

Monday, December 7, 2009

please pray...

the last few days i have had so many emotions i don't even know where to start. thursday morning i was teaching reading when the teacher across the hall came over crying and told me to come outside. i knew something was terribly wrong, i was shaking as i walked to the door. and the moment she told me the news, is a moment i will never forget. one of our precious 2nd grade teachers died in her sleep on Thursday morning. When she didn't show up for work, the office called her and her sweet 5 yr old little boy answered the phone. he told our office lady that he couldn't get his mommy to open her eyes. :( it breaks my heart to think about it. we don't know what happened yet, we are waiting for the autopsy to tell us anything. i just can't get over the fact that she was at school wednesday, perfectly fine and healthy- i passed by her room while she was teaching math and i stopped to listen to her sweet voice teach- and now she is gone. she was so good with those precious kids. she had such a soft tone, hardly ever raised her voice. and those kids adored her. when me and lauren were placed at cottondale our junior year of college, she was lauren's teacher. so, needless to say, lauren was heartbroken too. she was such a great mentor and friend. my first week or 2 of school, she came to check on me every day after school to make sure i was okay. i know God has a purpose for this, i just have to keep reminding myself of that. it breaks my heart to know that her son will have very few memories of his sweet mommy. her son was her whole world and i hope people tell him that when he gets older. i just still can't believe that i won't see her sweet smile every day. she was such a kind lady and she will be missed by so many. i know for a fact that she is in a better place, so it gives me peace.

so, thursday and friday were pretty awful. however, saturday was pretty freakin awesome!!!! dad and i got to go to the SEC Championship game and it was so awesome! i am so glad i got to witness history being made and so glad i got to be there with my dad! i will post pictures when i have time to upload them on my computer. we stayed for like 30 minutes after the game and dad looked at me and said, "do we have to leave?" haha....i didn't want to either!!!! we were in the nosebleed section and halfway into the Florida section but as molly told me, "i don't care if you're in the toilet section, at least you're there!!" hahaha..couldn't have put it any better!!!! they were actually good seats because you could see everything! after the game, we got home to my moms amazing chili waiting for us! it was soooo yummy! and i got to spend time with my sweet friend melissa. :)

after a wonderful saturday, i had to drive back early sunday for the memorial service. it was such a sweet service, perfect for her. it was a hard day saying goodbye to a sweet friend, but again i say, i know she is in a better place, which gives me peace.

well, i'll leave you with these pictures because i havent uploaded mine from the game yet.....
Revenge is so sweet :)




BAHAHAHAA!!!!



ok-update on the countdown....11 more school days until Christmas Break!!!!! :)

Sunday, November 29, 2009

its been awhile...

sorry its been awhile. ive been a little out of it. i got my wisdom teeth out on monday and have been laying low ever since. i am still not back 100% but im doing okay. this has been a horrible experience. you take for granted eating! i thought i would be able to eat on thanksgiving....negative. i swallowed my lasagna whole! i still can't open or close my mouth all the way and my speech is still not normal. i really don't know how im going to teach tomorrow....time to get creative!

well, monday i got them out at 8am. mom says we were back in the car 45 minutes later! the dr. came in about 3 minutes after i sat in the seat, talked to me for a second about the medicine he was going to give me, then stuck that IV right in. i HATE getting my blood taken/getting an IV. it gives me the creeps. needless to say i was squirming! after he stuck it in he says, "here comes the good stuff!" and withing seconds i was a goner. i don't remember much about waking up and getting to the car. I remember sitting in the wheelchair and the nurse walked away and i thought i was going to fall out of the chair! when they got me in the car mom says i did some weird things and tried to boss her around. :) i don't remember this but i wrote her some notes on a piece of paper ordering her where to get my prescription filled, how to drive, and where the pharmacy was! :)

monday was fine. everyone told me i wouldn't even remember the first day because i would be out. negative. i think i was awake more than i was asleep! some of tys family came over to visit and i felt left out in his room so i moved to the living room couch. :) tuesday was worse....the pain medicine they gave me made me sick so i quickly stopped taking it. it was advil and tylenol after that episode! i also got lightheaded in the shower. i was seeing stars so i had to sit down and my mom had to help me finish my shower. i have never felt more helpless! the rest of the week was fine, just PAINFUL. my mom/tys mom/ty took very good care of me. :) thanksgiving was sad. i was determined to eat my lasagna.....so i swallowed it whole pretty much. ever since thursday ive been eating semi-normally....just not chewing....sucking and swallowing. :( im really sick of it and as soon as i can chew again, im going to be a happy girl!

i don't think i stepped outside for like 4 days straight so yesterday i sat outside for awhile watching tys family put up their infamous Christmas decorations. they go all out and i LOVE IT!!!!

anyways, no pictures for this post. i refused to take any pictures this week....even though ty's sister and dad took pictures of me on their phones while was sleeping. anna tried to get some pictures of me on thanksgiving but luckily i escaped them everytime. :) all i did this week was watch movies and tv so not much to take pictures of. i have loved the Christmas movies that have started to come on this week. :) i love this season!

well, back to work tomorrow, hoping my 1st graders don't make too much fun of me. i did tell them i was getting teeth pulled out and it was going to hurt really bad. however, i figured i would be totally fine by the time i had to go back....negative. hopefully, tomorrow won't be too out of control. please say a little prayer for me. kinda hard to teach when you can't talk normally or alot. it hurts when i talk alot!

oh, my niece had her baby dedication last Sunday so I will post those pictures later on this week. She looked like a princess. :)

Hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving! oh and Roll Tide! Nothing sweeter than beating Auburn in the Iron Bowl. :) Alabama played a horrible game and Auburn played the best game of their season...and we still beat them. i love it! :) Sorry Auburn fans, that was my one "rub it in your face" moment. the end. :) Alabama 26 Auburn 21

17 school days until Christmas Break. :) Not that im counting or anything......

Thursday, November 19, 2009

survey time

1. What time did you get up this morning?
I woke up at 7. I got to sleep in today because I had a meeting all day! :)


2. How do you like your steak?
I think Medium - last time i ordered a steak and they asked that question, I looked at Ty and he answered for me. haha.... don't like it well done but don't like red juice coming out of it!


3. What is the last film you saw at the cinema?
hmmmmmmmm i really couldn't tell ya....sad. i think it was mother's day and we went with ty's family but i have no idea what movie it was. i was traumatized that day because it was the day after graduation and my roommates had just moved out. :( i cried the whole way back to tuscaloosa that night after the movie!


4. What is your favorite TV show?
favorite? there's too many. grey's anatomy, private practice, friends, so you think you can dance, house hunters, and im always up for some full house re-runs. oh and call me a dork but i kinda like reality shows. :)


5. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
probably new york or boston- even though i LOVE the south.


6. What did you have for breakfast?
rice krispies


7. What is your favorite cuisine?
macaroni and cheese!=)


8. What food do you dislike?
peas suck. (if you're in my family, you probably just laughed!)


9. Favorite place to eat?
Olive Garden or Red Lobster


10. Favorite dressing on a salad?
Ranch


11. What kind of vehicle do you drive?
1992 Jeep Cherokee - can't wait to get a new car but will be sad to see the jeep go....


12. What are your favorite clothes?
sweatpants and a tshirt :)


13. If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Italy!


14. Is your cup half empty or half full?
half full - or i try to look at life that way :)


15. Where would you want to retire?
wherever my family lives


16. What is your favorite time of the day?
when i get home from school and eat my snack and finally get to sit down and relax :)


17. Where were you born?
In Atlanta


18. What is your favorite sport to watch?
Baseball


19. Are you a morning person or a night person?
night! all the way! mornings are evil


20. Do you have any pets?
my parents do - static (the dog) and an evil cat named tiger


21. What did you want to be when you were little?
a teacher....guess things worked out :)


22. What is your favorite childhood memory?
Playing outside all the time with my sisters and friends in our neighborhood. we played outside ALL the time! we even had bases painted on the street because we played kickball so much in our culd-i-sac (spelling??)


23. Are you a cat or a dog person?
dog!


24. Are you married?
nope, not yet. maybe soon? we'll see.


25. Do you wear your seatbelt?
Always. Always. Always!


26. Have you ever been in a car accident?
2 fender benders, once wasnt my fault, once was. i was waving to a friend then hit the car in front of me and couldnt stop laughing! the guy probably thought i was a complete idiot!


27. Do you have any pet peeves?
ummm yes....whistling, when my kids hum in class, burping, stupid drivers, when my kids tattle, when my kids say they "didn't do it" when i know they did, when my mom is right, paying bills....etc.


28. What is/are your favorite pizza topping(s)?
sausage


29. Do you have a favorite flower?
roses-yellow with the pink trim.


30. Favorite ice cream flavor?
vanilla!


31. Favorite fast food restaurant?
chick-fil-a


32. How many times did you fail your drivers test?
past the first time with flying colors....take that all you people who say im a crazy driver!


33. From whom did you receive your last email?
Umm ... let me look ... Steve Olejnicak!


34. If you could max out your credit card at any store, which would you choose?
hmmmm probably target


35. What are you listening to right now?
the tv-Reba's on :)


36. Who was the last person you went out to dinner with?
does lunch count? i went to lunch with my teacher friends today.


37. What time is it?
3:32

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

welcome back!

Molly is back in America and I am so excited! She got back on Saturday and I cannot tell you how excited I am that I can pick up the phone any time I want to and text her or call her. She called me this morning at 6:30 just to say good morning. OHHH how I have missed that!!!! You take for granted being able to talk to your best friend. When it is taken away from you, it sucks. Molly has always been my sanity in this sometimes insane world and when I have my meltdowns, she is the one to bring me back to reality. I have had many meltdowns since she has been in Germany and there were many times when I picked up my phone to call her and then realized I couldn't!! :( I will never take for granted talking to a best friend ever again! Not to mention I lived with her for 2 years and not being able to go lay in bed with her and chat kinda sucked as well. Anyways, this post is dedicated to my molly ann who is back safely in America! :) I love you to the moon and back!!!!

Here are some of my favorite pictures of our college life together....

This was when we got to see Kenny Chesney up close and personal on his Keg in the Closet College Tour at the Jupiter in Spring 08



The day we graduated from College....May 2009. We've been friends since 5th grade when she asked me to sit by her on the bus so this day was a big one for us!



This was in April 07 I think! We went to Lake Guntersville with our guy friends and checked out the Volunteer Fire Station. :)

Tubing on Lake Guntersville

Our favorite place to be....a baseball game. April 07 (i think)

Right where we belong-in front of Cinderella's Castle - Spring Break 07

One of my favorite pictures of us (and emily) on Spring Break 07

My 21st Birthday Toast with the roommates! August 08


Shooting Range!!!!! August 07


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

it's the most wonderful time of the year

Today was the day that got me in the Christmas mood! I am now fully engaged in all Christmas festivities. I don't know what it was about today, but it just happened. We didn't have school today so Lauren and I met at zoe's for lunch. If you've never been there, you need to go. They have the BEST chicken salad ever. I noticed today that they had egg salad sandwiches, which I am definitely without a doubt trying next time I go. If you know me, you know I love eggs. Any type if egg, every way you can make an egg, I like it. Anyways, after our splendid lunch, Lauren and I went all around Tuscaloosa shopping for Christmas presents. The first couple of places we went were duds. I found nothing....I was getting pretty frustrated but at the end of the day, I ended up getting some stuff and I feel accomplished. It is November 11th and I have quite a bit of Christmas shopping done! I usually do alot of shopping on Black Friday but this year I am getting my wisdom teeth removed on the Monday of Thanksgiving Break so I might not be up to going shopping this year. Plus its the BAMA/Auburn game so even if I do feel like getting out, I'm going to Auburn. AND we do not get out of school until December 23rd (that's our first day off) so I'm not going to have any time before Christmas to buy any presents. At target today I found some cute Christmas towels for my kitchen. =) I also put out my snowman coffee mug. These are my first two Christmas decorations. I have a tree but I think its at my house in GA so it probably won't be going up in the apartment this year. I just love Christmas. I love being with family and friends. I love the smells, the music, the food, the fun, everything about Christmas. I love the story of Jesus' birth, I love how nice everyone is, I love the decorations, the lights, the candles, and I love church in the Christmas season. There's just something so wonderful about this season. It might not even be Thanksgiving yet, but I am totally in Christmas mode. I cannot wait to do Christmas activities with my kiddies at school! We are having breakfast with Santa one Saturday in December and I cannot wait! Brings me back to my childhood....good ole Milford Elementary. We always had some Christmas shenanigan with Santa, crafts and food! :) ahhh, memories.

Here's a picture of my first Christmas decoration of the year. Not that anyone will see it other than Ty, and maybe Lauren, and you of course. I took a picture of my kitchen towels but my phone wouldn't send them to my computer so maybe I'll post a picture of that later when my phone decides to work......
:)

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

something in the water

so my kids were INSANE today. i think there was something in the water they drank this morning to make them so crazy. they have been so good lately. and then today, they were out to give me a headache from the moment they walked in the door. im apologizing now to all my former teachers who had to put up with me (not that i was a bad kid, i was a suck up!). however, i think times have changed and "listen to the teacher" and "follow directions" dont really mean anything to kids! however, if i EVER disrespected, disobeyed, ignored my teacher, or misbehaved in any classroom....my deepest apologies go out to the teacher. i feel your pain. there were times today i just wanted to jump out the window and run. far, far, away. luckily, i know everyday is not like this and hopefully tomorrow will be a better day. and maybe some more sleep tonight and some good praying will help my patience. good news-tomorrow is thursday. then the next day is FRIDAY!!!! yay :)

ps-i really do love my job. it was just one of those days......

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Halloween

I've never been really big into Halloween. It was fun when we were little....my memories of Halloween consist of mom making our costumes from various things around the house, my sisters and I walking around our neighborhood getting all the candy we could, then coming home to an amazingly good bowl of chili (which my mom made every year on Halloween). Her chili is the BEST! Anyways, I have good memories of Halloween, I just haven't been really big into it since I got into high school. I always had a cheerleading competition on Halloween in high school so I just remember spending every Halloween there and then coming home to chili and passing out candy to the trick-or-treaters. In college, Halloween really means "who has on the sluttiest costume?" If you know me, thats not really my style. My roommates were always really into it and ordered their costumes like 5 weeks before Halloween. haha...anyways, they got me to dress up one year, and I'll admit, I had fun. Anyways, now that I'm working with children, I had to go back to my childhood and get excited about Halloween. Ty's grandmother gave me this awesome light up Halloween decoration for my classroom and I've had a pumpkin in there all month so my kids loved that. I promised them awhile ago that if they were good, we could carve the pumpkin. So, of course, the second they walked in the door on Friday, it was "Ms. Alfano, are we going to carve the pumpkin?", "Ms. Alfano, you said we could carve it!", "Is it time to carve the pumpkin yet?" I was thinking, "Oh no, what did I get myself into?" I've never carved a pumpkin before!!!! Ty's first question when I told him I carved the pumpkin was, "you sliced your hand open didnt you?" haha...he has no faith in me! Anyways, after lunch...the adventure began. They were so excited they could barely handle it. I told them if they got out of hand, they would have to put their nose in the corner (which a couple of them ended up having to do....) and I also told them they couldn't get to close (fearing the knife my slip out of my hand) and they had to stay seated. They were good for the most part.

First, we drew on the face, I just did a generic face...next year I might get more scary.

Next, I cut the top off and let each child come scoop out some guts......Then, I cut the face out. It was harder than I thought and it took about an hour to get it all done but they loved watching me do it! I was trying to pop one of the eyes out and it shot out and hit me in the face...they loved that. :)




Lastly, I put a candle in it (shhh...don't tell. No candles allowed at school!) and turned off the lights.

Disclaimer: no kids were harmed in the carving of our pumpkin.


Friday was also pajama day.....talk about crazy kids. pajama day AND the day before Halloween? We were just asking them to be crazy. I wore my hello kitty pj's and pretty much all my kids wore their pjs! It was so cute. Anyways, I survived the day and I had a great 1st Halloween with my 1st class!

This weekend Ty and I went to Birmingham and I got to see my niece and nephew in their cute outfits. Before you see the pictures, please forgive me for their outfits. Now, I am their aunt, so of course I'm going to say they are cute...because they are. However, if I had my way, they would be WAYYYYY more adorable in ALABAMA attire. :)

Aren't they SOOOO cute?

Happy Halloween!!!!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

clearly, im a chef

i made broccoli and rice casserole tonight and it was SOOO yummy! I got the recipe off of the rice box. I am so proud of myself! Anyone who knows me knows that I am not that great of a cook. I used to help mom in high school make dinner but then I got to college and had a roommate(s) who spoiled me for 4 years and cooked for me all the time. And to add to that, Ty cooks for me all the time....so basically my amazing cooking skills have been pushed aside. Anyways, i know this is probably not a hard recipe and you are probably laughing at me because I am really excited about a simple dinner but it was yummy and any new recipe I make, is another one down. :) I have started to collect recipes and I have quite a few so far. I've been cutting them off of the back of boxes, searching on foodnetwork.com, getting some from people's blogs, and I'm going to start cutting them out of magazines. Then, by the time I get married and HAVE to cook for someone else, I will be prepared....or semi-prepared at least. My mom on the other end of the phone line is also a must =).

I am so so so tired this week. Its 8:40 and I can barely keep my eyes open. There's something about 6 yr olds that WEAR ME OUT! I think I'm going to go shower and go to bed so I can rest up. I just wanted to share with the oh, 4 people who read my blog that I am clearly a chef now!!!!!!!!

Monday, October 26, 2009

weekend recap

This weekend, Ty and I attended TWO weddings in one day. It was a busy busy day to say the least. Ty was such a trooper. :) I missed the Alabama/UT game and if you know me, this is a BIG deal, so these weddings had to be pretty important for me to miss that game! My friend, Lauren, got married at the Club on Saturday and Ty's friend, Chase got married in Leeds at the Sonnet House. Luckily these were only about 30 minutes away from each other and we had plenty of time to get from one to another. We even had extra time in between and Ty got to go to Bass Pro Shop....which is like a kid in a candy store. I think that made his whole day. haha. Anyways, both weddings were beautiful. Lauren's wedding looked over the whole city of Birmingham and it was GORGEOUS! And the bride looked stunning! The whole wedding was so "Lauren" as we kept saying! Perfect for her. And Chase's wedding was gorgeous as well. Theirs was at this big white house in Leeds. The backyard (where the wedding was held) was stunning. It was sunset, there was a fire going on the stage, and the scenery of fall trees made it perfect. I've never really wanted an outside wedding but that wedding was so pretty, it made me want one! Of course I could never get married during the fall though....because of football season. =) If you noticed, both weddings were OUTSIDE...and I pretty much was frozen from head to toe by the end of the night. Ty tried his best to warm me up ;) but it was just sooooo cold! I love weddings so Saturday was just wonderful!!!!! Sunday we literally laid around ALL day, which was perfectly fine with me!!

I had my gall bladder scan today and it came back clean...which is good news! Just still frustrating that no1 knows what was wrong with me! Oh well, no news is good news, right?

So, these days I pretty much live by myself. I don't think my roommate has spent the night here in 5 or 6 weeks. I don't mind it most of the time but I get lonely sometimes and I miss my old roomies so much! It's just nice to know that someone else is here at night, esp because the projects are RIGHT across the street from me. And I would love to talk to an adult when I get home from school. If I don't see Ty at night, the only people I have talked to all day are 6 and 7 yr olds! I really like her but she's just never here. EVER! Anyways, my apartment needs to know soon if I'm living here next year or not and I don't know what to do!!!! Help!????

This weekend is Halloween and I really want to carve a pumpkin....I keep telling Ty (for the 2nd year) that I want to carve a pumpkin and everytime I tell him, he laughs. We never carved pumpkins when I was young (or not that I remember), so I really want to! Any tips to try and get Ty to carve a pumpkin with me?????

sorry this post was all over the place, but you just got a little glimpse inside my scattered-brained mind. :)

Happy Monday!!!
My handsome beyond handsome date for the weddings!!! :) this is only the 2nd time I've ever seen him in a suit...and my oh my doesn't he look cute!????



Beautiful Bride!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, October 19, 2009

photo catch up!

so i finally uploaded pictures from Jeri's homecoming and also from this past weekend! We played South Carolina this weekend and my friend Stefanie cheers for them so I got to hang out with her all day on Saturday...starting with an amazing bagel breakfast from Panera...my favorite :). Stefanie and I have known each other for quite awhile, starting with playing on the Sharks softball team in elementary school! We then went on to cheer together at Due West, then the Harrison JR. Program in middle school, and then on to cheering at Harrison and Stingrays in high school. We have always stayed close through the years even though she was a year younger than me. We don't get to see each other often so I always LOVE spending time with her.

Here is Alyse, Me, and Stefanie at my high school graduation party...seems like ages ago!

Here is the Varsity cheerleaders my Senior year...Stef is in there somewhere.

Watching her get ready on Saturday made me miss cheering so much. After I didn't make Alabama, I learned to let it go. I had to. It was my WHOLE life for so long, I really didn't know what to do without it. But I had to learn. And it was hard! Very hard. For most of my freshman year, I never watched the Alabama football games, I watched the cheerleaders, jealous that they were getting to cheer and I wasn't. Anyways, over the past year I have looked into coaching alot. I got offered a middle school job but couldnt take it because I couldn't promise the lady I would be in Atlanta (this was before I got a job). I really really would LOVE to coach...hopefully I will be able to someday!


Back to the weekend...Saturday was SO fun....I havent been able to go to a game since our first home game. I was sick the other 2 home games! :( The game wasn't until 6:45 so we tailgated all day and walked around Sorority Row to see all the lawn decorations. My dad came and spent the night with me so that was fun too! Karlie (my cousin) and I about froze at the game but we had a blast...even sitting in the nose bleed section! Sunday Dad, Ty, and I went out to lunch before I had to babysit....the twins are getting SO big...FINALLY walking! YAY! However, I've been babysitting them since they were just months old...and never have had to chase them around that big house. That was challenging! I would follow one, then turn around and the other one was gone.....then find that one and couldn't find the other! Luckily, their 5 yr old big sister helped me out. :) Anyways, all in all...wonderful weekend! It was much needed after a horrible Friday. Started off with a kid getting hit in the face with a book which busted his lip and blood went everywhere. Then, my kids were crazy people after lunch and i MIGHT have lost my temper on them...which in turn gave me a headache. And then, to top off the day....a kid cried for 45 minutes at the end of the day....he was still crying when I left him in the bus line. ugh! Just imagine trying to hand out snack to 16 1st graders, teach a short social studies lesson, and then get 16 kids ready to go home all the while having a 6 year old laying in the floor crying and whining the WHOLE time....I tried to tune him out but I just couldnt. blah! Anyways, Here's some pictures from the past 2 weekends..... =)

How beautiful!! I cannot believe she is a senior....

My amazingly beautiful little sister and I!



Look who decided to show his face on the Quad Saturday!


Stef and I all bundled up tailgating..it was freezing!


Babysitting Ingrid, Zeke, and Xander on Sunday! Here is Zeke smiling and Xander not wanting to have his picture taken!

Zeke loves the camera

Happy Monday!


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

melt my heart

so the first months of school are over...and i will admit, they were hard. very hard. nothing could have prepared me for being a teacher. NOTHING. not one class, not one practicum placement, not one day of internship. nothing. i kept waiting on someone to walk in and tell me what to do...because that's all i knew. but no, thats not what happened. i had to realize it was MY classroom, MY time, MY kids, and MY responsibility. and what a responsibility it is. making sure that all 16 of them get the best education possible. not to mention its my job to make sure they can read. thats the most stressful aspect of 1st grade if you ask me. math not so much....and i love math so i love teaching math...its a breeze to me. but making sure i teach every one of them how to read...now thats stressful. i have been trying SO hard lately not to stress....and i have gotten better, i really have. but those first months were hard. i was so stressed all the time...trying to make sure i am doing everything right. not to mention all the paperwork that is associated with being a teacher. i have PILES of paper on every desk in my room. my desk, my small group desk, shelves, and a random table i have in the back of the room. there is paper EVERYWHERE! and so many papers to fill out! if there werent paperwork, id be a happy teacher :). and on top of all this, i was pretty much sick the whole month of september it felt like. and i got so stressed because i didnt understand why i had to be so sick right when i started this new job. my principal was so understanding which i am so greatful for! anyways, after all the hard days i had, i feel like i have come so far. my kids and i have finally settled in with each other which feels so good. i know all their issues, problems, what makes them happy, what makes them mad, how to get them to behave, what to bribe them with, what makes them laugh, what their favorite subject is, and so on! i have learned SO much, i can't even put into words. nothing before actually doing it would have taught me how to be a good teacher. nothing. i just had to learn it myself. and i still have SOOO much to learn. i know each year will get easier and easier, which i am looking forward to.

anyways, this week i had a "melt my heart" as a teacher moment. it was one of those moments that only teachers know what it feels like. it made me realize how much i love being a teacher and how much this is the PERFECT profession for me. so, my horrible kid....he is so bad. but he is one of those kids that you just HAVE to love. his smile makes my heart smile. his laugh makes me laugh. he is so bad, but so precious. he makes me so angry but i just have to love him. i know he doesnt get any love at home and it breaks my heart. he tells me EVERY day, "i luh you" (translation, i love you). anyways, his big brother who is a 3rd grader was reading to our class yesterday afternoon and he (my kid) was whining about something, distracting everyone. so i quietly told him to come over to me and he sat in my lap and laid his head down on my shoulder and sat there the whole time and listened to his brother read. i just held him and rubbed his back to calm him down. needless to say it made my heart melt. i dont know what it was about that moment but i just love those moments. :)

well, i know this has been long but i just have to say what a GREAT weekend i had last weekend. i went home and it was jeri's homecoming. friday night i met my parents at harrison for the game. ohhh the memories!!!! i felt so old. it was kinda sad. when did i grow up? i mean seriously, i feel like last year i was a senior in high school. crazy how time flies. anyways, saturday we did the whole homecoming thing with jeri and i also got to spend time with jessica which was wonderful! we went and got a pedicure, which was much needed. ty says its a waste of money but i think it was a pretty awesome treat for myself! saturday night me and mom and dad ate dinner in front of the big screen watching football. it was simply amazing. relaxing and spending time with my wonderful parents! oh and not to mention BAMA won saturday :). oh and we're #2 now!!! sunday i got to see old friends at church which always makes me happy. all in all, a wonderful weekend! i am looking forward to this weekend too....bama's homecoming game...i get to see my friend stefanie who cheers for south carolina, and jessica might be coming!

2 days til the weekend...

happy hump day!

(pictures of jeri's senior homecoming will be posted soon!)

Thursday, October 8, 2009

my 1st field trip!

today went amazingly well! praise God! I was super nervous. I ended up only having to take 2 kids with me....the rest were divided out between the wonderful parents who went with us! I had 2 boys and one of them is my most challenging student. He was so good today and we had LOADS of fun! the pictures will tell the story of our day....oh and Christen, Luke, and Aubrey joined us for a couple of hours! :)

look at that precious face.....

Luke and Aunt Kat on the train!

before going in!


worn out.....

in the petting zoo...


ohh bunny ears.....



Wednesday, October 7, 2009

off to the zoo

tomorrow the 1st grade is off to the zoo. my kids could NOT stop talking about it today. im pretty excited too :) i am kinda nervous because this will be my first field trip where I am the only one in charge! ahhh...please pray for me. mom didnt make me feel any better when she said that they lost a kid on a field trip when we were little....ah. i told them today that if they took their name tags off tomorrow and they got lost, they were goners...bahahaha. i think they actually believed me. but seriously...im kind of terrified of losing one...or two. thankfully ive got some parents going so they will help! nonetheless, im gonna be prayin hard tonight.

last weekend was WONDERFUL. and i mean WONDERFUL! it was so relaxing and ty's mom stuffed us with some lovely food! as always :). i just love his family...i am so blessed! ty and i played tennis on saturday...its his new obsession. he thought i was going to suck but he said i did better than he thought i would :). i did hit the ball over the fence into the other courts more than once. oops! tennis is a hard sport! i have wanted to learn to play ever since my uncle passed away last year. he LOVED tennis. all he ever wanted us to do was play tennis....we use to get tennis rackets for Christmas from him. i think he was smilin down on me on saturday :). hopefully ill get better if ty ever decides to play with me again!

so ive been trying to de-stress my life. apparently im too stressed....even though i don't feel like i am. however, i have had some big life changes over the past couple of months and i probably am stressed. my kids are a little crazy but i have started not raising my voice at them....to keep me from going insane. and it has worked lately! :) we've had a good past couple of days. and i dont have headaches when i leave school. i have also tried REALLY hard not to worry about the little things. if you know me, you know i worry about everything. im not sure why, i just do. so, im trying not to. i know whatever it is, God is going to work it out. he ALWAYS does. so if anyone has any tips on having a stress-free life...i'd love to hear them. every night i try to read my devotional for teachers...its been wonderful...very helpful for teachers! its very encouraging and i feel like every time i open it, i read exactly what i need to hear. its wonderful :)

okay im done babbling...ill leave you with a picture from this summer.....

casey, ashley, and i after tubing one day....gahhh i miss summer....



Thursday, October 1, 2009

back from the dead

so, im back. i feel better now! i was really sick...it was pretty awful. apparently just a bad case of the stomach bug...whatever. its over and i cannot thank the good Lord enough. i am such a baby when im sick!

school was not fun coming back to today....paperwork, conferences, re-scheduling missed conferences, wondering what my kids learned the past 3 1/2 days, wondering where everything was, cleaning up my horribly messy room...etc.

so i had my first parent/teacher conference today and i actually felt like a good teacher after this one! the mom said that the little boy hated school last year and dreaded going and now he loves it this year (not that its because of me, but ill take the credit!). then she said that she saw him with his eyes closed the other day in the car and she asked him what he was doing and he said, "i'm praying for Ms. Alfano because she's been sick and i want her to feel better!" ---ahhh...melt my heart.

i really did miss my kiddies....as much as they get on my nerves sometimes....i felt so lost without them these past few days!

so...LOVING THIS FALL WEATHER! ahh, it makes my heart smile. i wish i could sit outside all day everyday in this lovely weather. as much as i love summer and all that comes with it....i LOVE FALL!!!!!!!!! thank you Jesus for this beautiful weather. :)

well, not much to update about...been cooped up in my apt since last week. this weekend me and ty are going to trussville...yay! rest and good food :) his mom kinda spoils me so i love going there!!!!

ill leave you with a picture of my sweet little angel of a niece!

i was at christen's yesterday and it about killed me that i couldn't play with her or luke because i was still sick!!! :(



Wednesday, September 23, 2009

sick :(

please pray for me. i have been sick lately and teaching is pretty much the worst job ever when you feel bad. my poor kids...i know i have been grumpy but i tried to explain to them today that i felt bad and for them to think about how they feel when they are sick and thats how i felt! anyways, i went to the dr yesterday and im waiting for some lab work to come back so hopefully we'll figure out what is wrong....the dr said it could be a stomach ulcer.

my parents and sister are coming saturday and i CANNOT wait to see them. my mom is the only person i want to see when i am sick. i am still such a baby. i cried today when i heard her voice. something about your mommy is comforting when you are sick.

so, anyone know how to upload videos? i really wanna post that one of luke from sunday! help!

so i have become completely obsessed with praying for this little girl from arizona who has brain cancer. she is so beautiful and she is only 5 years old. They found out in June that she has brain cancer when they went in for hand tremors. I usually look at her caringbridge site at least once a day to find updates about her situation. She is about to start her 3rd round of chemo, which they say can be the most difficult. I dont have kids so i do not know what it is like, but from what other people say, the love for your children is so deep. i can only imagine. what i cant imagine is what it would be like to watch your 5 year old child die of cancer. her chemo has been working so far and her tumor has shrunk so that is good! i have been praying for her and i really want you to as well! her parents are so desperate for people to pray for their daughter. thankfully, they are believers so they have hope that God will heal their daughter. i really can't imagine what it would be like to go through that kind of pain and not have a relationship with God. anyways, here is her website...please pray for her! her name is kate. I know i dont know her, but she is so precious, i just cant not look at her website and pray for her. she was supposed to go to kindergarten this year....hits me close to home. please please pray for her!!!!!

2 more days til the weekend :)

Monday, September 21, 2009

ohh rainy monday...

i hate mondays, and i hate rain....today was a rainy monday. not a good combination. i didn't get out of bed until after 6 because i really just couldnt! i wanted to lay there all day and watch movies and snug in my bed! too bad i am now a big girl and i had to go to work. i thought my kids were going to be CRAZY today because rain seriously makes them go insane...however, much to my delight, they were fine! i had 2 out so that might have had something to do with it. anyways, they were pretty sweet today, which i always love! i think i swam to school today....however, i cant complain considering my hometown is pretty much under water! poor cobb county!! praying for them! thankfully i think my house is okay, just some water in the basement. my little sister doesn't have school tomorrow because so many roads are closed and so many houses are flooded! crazy! i hope the rain ends soon. yes, its nice for a day at home full of watching movies in bed...however, not when you have a job and have to go to work! boo! we had our first day of art today and we have to go outside to get to the building. i think we walked through ankle deep water trying to get there. of course my kids couldnt just walk through the puddle, they HAD to jump in it. of course. i didnt even try to yell at them, whatever. they are kids. they're gonna do it whether i tell them not to or not! so i let them jump. yes, im a horrible teacher. lol. anyways, after art we had a little adventure. we were trying to get back inside and slithering right by the door was a baby snake! one of my little babies noticed it and screamed, "ahhh, snake!!!!!!!" then i freaked out and said ahhhh lets go this way....well this didn't work because every single one had to get up to the front to see the snake. gahhh...rain, puddles, then a snake! what next? after that they were wound up! then i heard alot of "ms. alfano, ms. alfano - that was the 1st real live snake i have ever seen!!" lol, did they know that gross thing could have bitten them? even thought it was cute (i have to admit)...snake = snake bite = poison = death. okay, maybe a little overdramatic but i am in charge of 16 little ones, i have to be paranoid!

after i got home from school i sat on the phone with my insurance company for forever...wanting to know why they wont cover my medicine. and do you think i could actually talk to a live person? no, of course not. i pressed every button imaginable and couldnt ever get that stupid robot voice to stop talking! all i wanted to do was talk to a person, not a computer robot. is that to much to ask? finally, i hung up on that stupid thing.

then i was on the phone with my bank...checks ordered a month ago and i still havent gotten them. they have been re-ordered like 3 times. do they know i got bills to pay?? UGH!

i then laid in my bed and watched house hunters instead of going to work out. i seriously need some help getting myself motivated. i just cant seem to get myself to the gym after school each day. i WANT to, i really really do. i love working out. but after teaching all day? its the last thing i wanna do. anyone have any tips to help me get motivated??? i need help!

yesterday i got to babysit my niece and nephew while my sister and her husband cleaned up their new house. i hope i was of some help! me and ty did the best we could. all i did was snug with aubrey and ty played with luke. aubrey LOVES to snug, and so does aunt kat! :) so thats what we did all day. and i LOVED IT!!!!! i was a happy aunt yesterday! luke is getting so big...my favorite thing that he says now is "roll tide!" ---it sounds something like that...lol. now granted, he does say war eagle too...boo! what a confused little boy he's gonna be! i havent uploaded my pictures from yesterday but here are some i took on my phone..

i have a video of luke but i cant figure out how to post it! anyone wanna help?