Saturday, October 25, 2008

Elizabeth is on her way!!!

We just got a call on Thursday night and Ed is scheduled to pick Elizabeth up this week! He'll leave on Monday morning and return on Friday night! Her official Cincinnati arrival will forever be on Halloween! We are a flurry filling out final paperwork, getting things notarized, and just plain old excited!!!!! Ed will be able to see her as soon as he arrives and she will spend all of the week with him, but if all goes well the adoption will be officially complete on Thursday evening. Keep them in your thoughts and prayers as anything goes in Guatemala!

And yes, this means I will be all alone in running the building all of this week. Who would have thought they'd leave me in charge so soon.....NOT ME!!! :)

Friday, October 24, 2008

Fine Dinning

B and I were suppose to attend a Pumpkin Carving Party last night at one of my Elementary buildings. His Daycare called at 5 and said that B had thrown up twice and wasn't looking so healthy. Don't mothers hate when their babies are sick?
I called home and let them know we would be arriving and it turned out to be a special event. Unc Kelen was coming over for dinner with Catee. Nana had made a yummo Rachel Ray meal, and the table conversation was great. B just cuddled on the couch resting and adding various "I'm gonna get that" to the different commercials.
The evening was winding down, the conversations were dwindling, and then all of the sudden we hear B bellow "UNC". Kelen responded, there was a pause......B finishes "Will you come wipe my butt?" We laughed and Kelen didn't even flinch. After their time together in the bathroom, you know with toddlers this bathroom time is simply honest and valuable. B asked Unc "What's wrong with your face? It's scratchy". Kelen informed him that he was growing hair on his face and B might some day too. B thought this was the "funniest joke" Unc ever told and laughed for sometime.
Family dinner time is AMAZING!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Assistant Principal? YES, THAT'S ME!

What a whirlwind of a week. Friday the 9th I was offered an Assistant Principal position and accepted. Monday I was informed that it would be my last week in the Middle School. Not a lot of time to pack and adjust, but now that it has passed I'm glad the goodbye's didn't stretch out longer!
I packed on Monday and Tuesday then my fantastic siblings came and picked up the boxes while I participated in parent conference meetings. We informed the students about my departure on Tuesday afternoon. It was difficult and was my first session of crying. There were students crying and others just worried what the new team name would be (as the team leader our team has been called Team Weathers for three years now).
Wednesday was my first experience at Evendale Elementary. They weren't prepared for me so I received no office, no welcome, just hellos, and odd looks. I get the feeling this is a very tight group that will have to learn to trust me before they share anything or welcome me. I'll keep you up to date with this process. I'll be at Evendale Monday and Wednesday each week. One item I helped with was the "ghetto dictionary" as no one in the building knew what "twerk" or "get your booty on" meant. My experience at the Middle School made me prepared for those terms...maybe they'll need me after all! :)
Thursday had me traveling to Sharonville Elementary for my first introduction to their staff. It happened to be Bosses Day and they actually gave ME a gift. I moved my things into my office and was on my feet. We toured the building and I was introduced to each classroom. I was the district representative in an IEP meeting, assisted with Lunch Duty, was assigned a committee to run, given Data jobs, and ran all day. One of the preschool classes invited me to read to them this month and another came and gave me a piece of apple pie! A great treat since lunch was non-existent! My introduction was fast and furious, but the day went quick...being a girl who likes to eat I'm just gonna have to figure out where lunch plays into the day.
Friday was the most difficult day of all. My group of girls hosted a farewell breakfast. It was another crying event when they presented me with a gift and a speech about how proud of me they were. Let's just say their gift was very generous and my wardrobe will benefit from the addition of some principal outfits! The kids arrived and were cute all day giving me hugs, sending me pictures, and handing over gifts. I received a pack of Sharpies (they know I LOVE them), several teddy bears, and a basketball. It's amazing how they show their luv. At the end of the day we they threw a party: food, entertainment, and the like. One group played their instruments for me and another wrote a rap and performed it. I wish I would have gotten on video. We ate, hugged, and were merry. I sent them off with home made cookies and a chocolate eyeball telling them I would be watching them.
Such an emotional drain, leaving is hard, but this new adventure will be amazing! I have high hopes that I will love the new position and working at the Elementary Level. I'm ready!!! Stay tuned and be patient as I make this transition....the body is going to need to adjust.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

I know!

Well Nancy, here it is an update. You may be the ONLY person who reads this but making you happy makes me happy so here I write.
The race? An amazing experience! I never in a million years thought I would walk 13.1 miles and enjoy it. It seems a bit sadistic to enjoy something that made you have diarrhea in a port-a-potty and puke relentlessly...but I did! The 16 weeks of training, walking rain or shine, vacation or not, morning or evening made me feel strong and determined. The race made me feel accomplished. I can honestly say I have never been as proud of myself as I was on that day; September 20, 2008!
*To see pictures go to
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Not to mention the bug has bit. I now have joined a running group. Lots of people, most importantly my sister. We meet up twice a week and I've started running/walking. The goal was first just to loose weight....oh that goal has been around for nearly two decades; but now the goal is to continue to feel as good as I did on the 20th. Strong, accomplished, successful! We'll race the Thanksgiving Day race and will shoot to finish in under 1 hour twenty minutes. Last year it took me 1 hour 40 minutes.
Interview! Today was the big day. I finally made it to Central Office for my interview for the Assistant Elementary Principal position. I had a writing assignment...hand written that is. It took me about an hour and a half. I felt like I did a thorough job. The question portion lasted about 50 minutes. I left feeling hopeful and comfortable. We'll see; those interviewers don't really let on (don't they call that a "poker" face)?