Sunday, May 3, 2015

Mom Leader

so this weekend was much needed.  In addition to some high pressure situations at work, my friday began with a true Frankie Heck moment.

The Middle

It all started with our Leadership Awards.

(enter my son here)  
Those of us who have children who are most comfortable half naked and running in the wild, can relate to this story.  These children would rather die than sit quietly in a doctor's office, church pew, or classroom.  I can imagine when given any direction it sounds just like Charlie Brown's teachers, waaaa.. waaaa. waaaa.

I will spend my whole life walking a tightrope of allowing my child to be who he is while also teaching him to conform to certain universal truths.

Any opportunity that I have to come out and watch my children do anything school related is exciting for me (I'm a teacher.  I'm a nerd.  I'm a teacher nerd.)

For a full hour Friday afternoon I attended my son's Leadership Awards where children stand up and recognize two accomplishments and areas of leadership they have accomplished.  I really love it.  For an hour, my eyes teared up as I watched some of my former students proclaim they are 'reading books, learning multiplication tables, showing courage'.  Other students 'made the honor roll, reading counts, the most free throws', others 'can hold their breath, get organized, help their dad repair the car'.  It was really wonderful.  

Then it was my son's turn to get on the microphone.  I grabbed my camera, hit record, and waited to hear what Connor had achieved.  After all, he has worked so hard this year.  

In a clear and beautiful voice my son said... My name is Connor and I show Leadership in Kickball and Boxing.


BOXING!?!?  We don't box, we don't even WATCH boxing.   I knew what he had done.  He was paying attention to the headlines about the upcoming fight and had written that down WITHOUT A SECOND THOUGHT.  (I also question the amount of kickball that warrants leadership.)  

As the children broke into a beautiful song, my mind tapped out.

I wanted to take the mike and say, excusssseeeeeee me WE HAVE ACHIEVED SO MUCH MORE THAN FAKE BOXING.

-what about growing 6 levels in reading!?! in one year
6 LEVELS PEOPLE! DO you know how remarkable that is in a child who struggles in reading!?!  
-what about all of the scriptures learned in church....  (That T&T book is HARD ya'll)
-all the free throws in basketball.....
-the way you taught your sister how to write letters in her name....
-the way you persevere with your HW assignments....
-our first reading test score was a 22 in third grade... a 22.  I didn't know they scored that low. You made your first 100 on your reading test last month. I almost had the whole thing tattooed on my back.

My Cute Son, The Boxer

-what about all the BLOOD, SWEAT, and TEARS..... my BLOOD, SWEAT, TEARS, and PRAYERS (mostly tears and prayers at the same time)

Where are the Leadership Awards for Mothers!?!  

Of course, boxing is way easier to spell than all of the above, so maybe C. has it all figured out.

After  the awards I did what moms do.  I walked over, gave C. a proud hug, and said 'your awesome'.  
Even if he doesn't know how awesome he is, I will spend my whole life telling him.
I have an awesome son and daughter.

Speaking of children with imaginations.  I had the best day with my friend J.  We enjoyed lunch outdoors on a beautiful day.

We then watched a performance at the Twin City Stage:  Anne of Green Gables.  It was fantastic.  I enjoyed the food, the theater, and most importantly a "kindred spirit"!

 Watching this reminded me of why I loved the talkative Anne (with an e), and it reminded me of the wild imagination I had as a child, apparently it is all hereditary.  

this quote is pure Connor

Speaking of other parents who will enjoy the Leadership Awards when the time comes.
Isn't it exciting that a new princess is born?

I am Frankie.

I love this video 

and the little kiss Prince William gives his son, rare for the royals to show affection.

 Last night I dreamed that Mrs. E. and I went to a dinner and Princess Kate was there.  I was explaining to her why she should take weekends off with a new baby.  After the Princess left I squealed in excitement,  'CAN YOU BELIEVE IT'!?!  Mrs. E. forgot to record it all because the iPad went dead and I got so mad at her.

My name is Amanda and my leadership quality is "princess".

Hey Baby George..I have the perfect princess for you (after she gets her law degree of course).

I have to go now.
Boxing Practice and all....

Friday, April 24, 2015

School Blessings

I think everyone has days where they question, is this the job for me?  is this what I should be doing?
Educators everywhere certainly weigh the amount of stress, responsibility, and commitment it takes to do a good job against the rewards of changing the course of a young life.
Luckily, God gives me things to keep me motivated.

This week I was able to join the first grade team during their Dress Fancy DAY!
We all dressed as Prince and Princesses, and then we went to watch the movie Cinderella.
It was great fun!

You all know I'm a PRINCESS fan.

Check out the Dress Fancy Fashion Show:

Lady in Blue

Powder Puff Pink 
and the Prince

Sweet Tea 

Did someone say 80s Wedding?

Hat + Sweater Vest:  Smooth

Snow White

Teal Roses

Love the Boa

Three Piece Sharpness

I never could nab this teacher on the go
loved her skirt (and necklace)

Bow Tie

More Princess 

Fairy Wings

Design for Hair

Teacher Queen and Little King

And to end the week, we had a grand celebration to encourage our Special Olympic Athletes!

Nothing can stop true Blessings!  

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Rockin with the Reptiles

If there is ever an event that could really change another human, it would have to be the birth of a child.  Having a boy (and girl) has certainly changed me, and I like to think it is for the better.

In particular, there are things I never (ever) thought I would do for my boy child. 

I never thought I would:
-cheer for someone named The Flash or Roman Reigns
-spend hours looking for events ending in the words: wrestling, truck, pull, snake
-make a rap video 
-attend many events where teeth are limited and tattoos replace the need for a shirt
-spend an obscene amount of time to keep a pet lizard alive
-make a Ninja Warrior bike course
-make dinner while listening to a basketball hit the side of the house one million TIMES!  
-spend hours writing stories for boys (about topic I know nothing about- football, dirt, monster jam) to get him to READ
-go anywhere in public with someone who looks like:

That is how it is when you are a parent.  Your children expose you to cultures you never realized existed.  
You love them so much one is willing to do many things to see their excitement for life.

Today we were off to the see Reptiles, so they could enjoy The Sechrist Show.

Do you want a pet boy?

Take me home to paradise city...

These vendors lead you to believe that there is little upkeep to reptiles, but DON'T believe it.  
We owned a lizard once and it took an incredible amount of time to feed, heat, and take care of the little thing.

I'll take two in the form of boots please.

I appreciate the few vendors that took the time to answer questions and allow Connor to touch the reptiles.
Many others were rude and ignored him as he bounced up and down with excitement.

  I know he is a hyperactive boy, but what other type of boy or girl show up to these things?!? 

A lady in front of me bought a snake in a plastic cup with a lid and accidentally dropped it in front of my flip flop shoe.  
I screamed "ACKkkkkkkkkk!!!" instead of S***.  I thought I used great restraint.

She told me to calm down.  I told her that was me being calm.

Turtle Ranglin' requires much skill.

Even more skill is needed for turtles that are this size.

The Big Show of Turtles

Connor told the people to be cautious because if this is a spitting cobra, we could all DIE immediately.

Thanks for the warning son.

Albino Python

Mini Gecks

If you want to know how much fun I had, please see the expressions of my daughter (a girl who has to immediately call in the National Guard Armory if a stink bug is found in her room).

I'm outta' here.  
Isn't there a ballet convention somewhere around here?

There is only one reptile we like:

The Unicorn. 

Carlee did enjoy two things:
the "Eas'er Bunnies" and the wooden handmade frogs.  

If you run a stick across the back of the wooden frog, then they make a sound like a bull frog.

Carlee picked out a pink one, but told the lady that she could keep the stick for it.

I have no idea why they were selling sweet bunnies (while pythons surrounded us).

The man told us that bunnies "were easy pets".
(You know like "easy children".)

They were precious.

Connor begged and begged for a snake or lizard.
The closest thing I could allow were these two rubber pets.


I told Darren, the vendor specifically said these animals only eat warm Krispy Kreme doughnuts.

Darren said we had no time for that, 
so I made the hungry turtle stare him in the eye all the way home.

That was the show.
I hope the reptiles enjoyed us.