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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Flying the Coop

Well, it's that time again to say "bye bye birdies!" Last night, they came to get the chickens from two of the houses. They started at 6:30 and finished about 11:00 last night. Because it got dark early and it was so cold, they were able to start earlier than they ever had and were able to finish in a decent time. So, Kevin started the clean out process today. My cousin, Mark, came down today to help Kevin. Mark's on vacation right now from work, and wanted to come help out. I think he was bored and just wanted to come play. Anyway, they have been working all afternoon and at 6:10 pm, they are still out working. I know that Kevin greatly appreciates the help. It's a long, hard, and smelly process.

I've haven't see this door of the
houses opened before. I missed
that last year.

It looks different without chickens.

As you can see, a few escaped!

Unfortunately for them, their fate will
be the same as those that left last night.

Kevin hard at work.

Merry Christmas!

Yes, I realize that Christmas was last Friday, but I just haven't made the time to blog about it yet. I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas and were able to enjoy spending time with family. We will soon watch another new year come in and a old year go out. This is a summary of our Christmas.

Wednesday, Dec.23rd: We headed to Greer. We were having Christmas in Anderson with my dad's side of the family, Susan, Dan, Tim, and Amanda. Kevin wanted to stop by the lake first to see how much the water had come up since we last saw it in September. Major difference from what it was this time last year. There was almost no water and this year it's over the full stage. Then we headed back up to Anderson to enjoy Christmas was family for the evening.

Thursday, Dec.24th: We had Christmas with my mom's side of the family in Berea at Keith, Felicia and Emily's house with Papa. We enjoyed lunch and spending time together for the afternoon before coming back home.

Emily and Todo

Friday, Dec.25th: That morning we opened presents with my parents. Then some more family came over for lunch. Kevin and I headed back home that afternoon. Friday night, we opened presents with each other and Abby. Abby got a lot of toys and treats this year. She must have been a good little dog.

Saturday, Dec.26th: That evening we had Christmas with Kevin's family. It's normally very loud and kind of crazy with 5 kids and 10 adults, but it was very calm this year. The kids had a good time.

As you can see, Riggs has grown a lot!
He gets bigger every time I see him.

Even though it was very busy, it didn't seem rushed to me. I felt like each day we were able to spend some good quality time with the people we were with. Kevin and I had a wonderful Christmas being able to spend it with family and each other. We are so blessed to both have such loving and caring families!
Christmas Hightlights:
*Kevin's friend, Eric Smith, proposed to his girlfriend, Crissie, on Christmas Eve. Congrats!
*Kevin's cousin, Dave Barry, proposed to his girlfriend, Tara, on Christmas Eve. Congrats!
*No dates have been set yet for either wedding!
*Kevin's cousin, Nicole Phillips, had her baby girl yesterday! She was due Jan.7th, so little Miss Georgia came early! Congrats!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Baby Harter has arrived!

Baby Harter has finally arrived! Addison Grace called "Addie Grace" was born December 18, 2009 at 11:18 am. She was 9 lbs. 2 oz. and 21" long. Both baby and mom are doing great. They are back at home. Congratulations Rhett and Jodi on the birth of your baby girl! She is blessed to have such wonderful parents as you two will be!

You can view pictures of Addie Grace at this website: The pictures will be up until the 2nd of Jan. http://www.bellababyphotography.com/login
password: addiegrace1218

I thought this was a really cool website to post baby pictures. I have never seen this before.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Christmas Break is Here!

No, we didn't see snow yesterday or anything close to it, but it rained enough that I had to get my boat to drive home from school. However, in Greer, it was a different story.

11:15 am yesterday, I was singing and jumping about, because my Christmas break had begun. The kids were all gone and I was free for the next 2 weeks. I called my dad after the kids were gone and found out that they wouldn't be able to come down to visit yesterday because they had gotten snow, sleet, and lots of it. The roads were really bad. I talked to my mom this morning and she said that it had snowed all night, but they were planning on come down today. The roads were clearing up and it didn't seem too bad to travel.

Last night I watched two holiday movies that were very good. One was on the Lifetime channel called "Holiday Switch" and it was about this girl that married her high school sweetheart, had two kids and were happy, however they didn't have a lot of money and were struggling to make payments on their bills. She went out shopping and ran into her old boyfriend (the one she dated before her husband) and he was very rich and successful. She started feeling like she had made the wrong choice. One night she went into the basement to do laundry and her a voice coming from the washing machine, opened the door and crawled through. Taking her to an alternate world where she was married to the rich guy instead. What she found out was that she still wasn't happy having all the money because her rich husband had cheated on her with the woman he was married to in the "real" life, and she realized that the life she did have was pretty great. She ends up getting back to her normal life and is very happy. The lesson she learned was that you can have everything in the world but if you don't have love, you have nothing.

The second movie I watched was called "The Nativity Story" it had come out about three years ago, but it was about Mary and Joesph. It was Biblical correct for the most part, but it was interesting to me because Lee had just preached about this last Sunday. But what it showed was how difficult it was for Mary and Joesph to bring baby Jesus into the world and the hardships they had to go through. They were shunned by family and friends from the beginning and had many trials apart and together. But it all worked out for God's ultimate, wonderful plan. I highly recommend both movies if you have a chance to watch them.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

A Visit From Santa

This morning I was in the middle of teaching math, when who wants into my classroom....but the jolly guy himself...Santa! I was just as surprised as my kids were I think. I was standing near the wall that has the door to my classroom, but I was behind a cabinet, so I couldn't see the door. I heard the door open, and when I looked around to see who it was, Santa comes walking in. He went around and spoke to each one of the kids. (Their expressions were priceless! They were shocked at first, then had the biggest grin on their faces; even those that for the past 2 weeks had been saying that they didn't believe in Santa were grinning from ear to ear). Santa got to my last row of kids, and asked one little boy if he had been good. His reply was "no, I've been naughty... never a truer statement had been said. This particular little boy has driven me in sane along with everyone else, he has been very, very naughty. (He was one of the ones that got suspended last week). Santa told him that he had better be good because Christmas was coming. Then, Santa gave me a big hug and left to head back to the North Pole.

Tomorrow night they are calling for freezing rain, sleet, and possible snow flurries here. I won't hold my breath. My parents are suppose to come down for the weekend tomorrow. My dad's birthday is the 21st, so Saturday we were going to celebrate his birthday. Hopefully, the bad weather, if we get any, will hold off down here and in Greenville and anywhere in between until they can arrive safely.

Tomorrow is my last day before Christmas break. Yippee!!!!! The kids leave at 11:30, but they start calling buses at 11:15. We have a Christmas program and our class Christmas party (which a few naughty boys will be doing work instead of joining in on the fun). So tomorrow, should be a short and fun day for all.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Expect the Unexpected

This morning Lee started a series at church and I wanted to share with you what he preached on this morning. It was something that I was able to really identify with and I have a feeling that some of you will be able to as well.

*Luke 1:26-38

-When God shows up unexpected there's fear, overwhelmed, and anxiety. (Been there before?)

-The unexpected scares you. "Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be" -Luke 1:29

-What unexpected assignment has God given you that has scared you?
-sharing the gospel with a friend
-giving when it doesn't seem like you have enough to give
-a career transition
-foreign mission field

-Expect the unexpected with God and do not be afraid...
"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David's throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever". -Isaiah 9:6-7

-The unexpected overwhelms you "How will this be," Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?" Luke 1:34

-The unexpected sometimes leaves you with a sense of inadequacy and impossibility.

-It's not what you believe, but Who you believe in that makes it happen.

-The unexpected moves you to action. "I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered. "May it be to me as you have said." Then the angel left her. Luke 1:38

"Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I. Send me!" Isaiah 6:8

As humans, we like to be the one in control. I like to be in control. I am the person in control in my classroom and when things start to get out of control, I get overwhelmed and do what I can to get the control back. Just the same as in my life outside of school. I like to have a plan for everything and for things to go in order, step by step. But being a teacher we have to learn how to be flexible and to expect the unexpected, just like in other areas of my life. Something Lee said this morning was "that when something unexpectedly happens to you, it wasn't a surprise to God, He planned it". He will calm our fears during a time of anxiousness and uncertainty. He is above all and will help us through whatever unexpected task or challenge that is thrown our way. We just have to remember to have faith in Him. He is never out of control and will control whatever is going on in our lives. It's hard not to worry or stress when life gets off track or when you are unsure as to what the future will hold; whether is the short future or distance future. We have to remember to pray for God's help in remembering that He will take of it and will take care of us. My past experience is that God always shows up and shows out unexpectedly and it always ends up being far better than I could have imgaine.

"For nothing is impossible with God." Luke 1:38

Thursday, December 10, 2009

And you wonder why I'm crazy?!

Wednesday was a whirlwind of a day for me at school. It all began.......

8:30 am-During math, my students were working in groups comparing kilograms to pounds. One group had 2 boys and 2 girls. Boy 1 got made at boy 2 because boy 2 had knocked the weights off the scale. So boy 2 told boy 1 to do it himself. Boy 1 started throwing weights at boy 2. So boy 2 started pushing boy 1 and they kept going back and forth until I saw what was going on. I questioned both boys and sent them to the office. I questioned my girls to find out what had gone on. Both boys stayed in the office for about 40 minutes, then returned.

9:15 am-In the mean time, boy 3 and a girl were getting into a fuse, and the girl was in tears (this had been going on for awhile with these two) so I sent the girl to the guidance counselor to talk it out.

9:30 am- Boy 2 asks if he can go to the bathroom. Yes, I say. He returns, then my phone rings. It's a first grade teacher, telling me that boy 2 was in the bathroom throwing wet toilet paper up onto the ceiling (which for those that don't know, it sticks and stays on the ceiling, doesn't come back down). She told me that she told boy 2 she was going to call me and call Mrs. Selvey (the principal). So I question boy 2 about what happened in the bathroom and informed boy 2 that he had not gotten off to a good start to the day.

9:30-11:40 am- continue to have problems with boy 2 and with a few other students having to constantly remind them to sit correctly in their seat, stop talking while I was teaching, stop chasing one another around the classroom, do their work, stop playing around....etc, etc, etc.

11:40 am- boy 3 comes back to me from resource. He tells me that boy 4 needs to come with him to the resource room to get his ring back that boy 3 had stolen from him. (boy 4 wasn't at school on Tuesday and boy 3 find a ring of his and took it and put it in his book bag, without me knowing). So, off both boys go.

11:50 am- boy 1and boy 5 get into a fight at recess. Both boys are hitting one another, punching each other, boy 5 body slams boy 1 onto the ground (mind you, it had rained that morning, so they are on wet sand), then both boys are rolling around on the ground fighting. So, I, along with another 3rd grade teacher, go running over to them. They stop when we get there. I walk both boys to the office, asking them "what in the world were you thinking?" and asking for them to inform me of what started this fight. Boy 5 tells me that boy 1 was messing with him and wouldn't stop, so he hit him. Boy 1 said he didn't do anything or say anything. (boy 1 never starts it or does anything, but always seems to be guilty...hmmm....) I told them I was very disappointed in them and that I was not at all happy with them.

12:15 pm- Lunch: realize that boy 3 never came back from the resource teacher but boy 4 did. I ask boy 4 what happened, and he said that boy 3 got into trouble with the resource teacher. So I sent boy 4 to get boy 3 for lunch. He comes back and tells me that boy 3 is in the hallway with the resource teacher. I go out there and the resource teacher tells me that she's taking him to the office, because he stole the other boy's ring, was playing with it during her class. She didn't tell boy 3 to come get boy 4, so he lied to me as well, boy 3 came to get boy 4 because he wanted him to get into trouble because he threatened boy 3 because he stole his ring.

12:20 pm- Lunch: I have to get onto boy 2 about playing fighting at the lunch table. Tell him to stop and he continues, so he gets moved to a new spot.

12:30 pm- Lunch, leaving lunch and Mrs. McCormick didn't get to eat lunch.

1:00 pm-lining up to go to library, I have to get onto boy 2 again, this time I tell boy 2 that I'm calling his daddy. I take the kids to library, and boy 2 and I go to call his dad. Left a message. Send boy 2 back to the library. A few minutes later, boy 2's dad calls, I inform boy 2's dad what had happened that day (the dad works at the high school and is a football coach). Dad informs me that he will be over there in 20 minutes. Dad comes and gets boy 2 and they go to the parking lot to "talk", then dad brings him back.

1:45 pm- In the office, with my two other boys, and boy 5 asks me if they are going to get a write up. I say yes, I just haven't had the chance to write one yet. So, I start to fill it out for both boys.

2:00 pm- Pick up class from library (had planned on eating lunch during this time, but didn't get the chance)

2:30 pm- Mrs. Selvey calls the students that got a write up to the office everyday at this time to deliver their punishment. She calls " Boy 1, Boy 2, Boy 3, Boy 5, and boy that isn't in my class". So, 4 out of 5 of the write ups for Wednesday came from my class. The other boy was a third grader in a different class.

2:45 pm- Kids leave, thank the Lord! Results....
-Boy 1: 3 days suspended due to it was his third write up for fighting, so he will be back on Tuesday.

-Boy 2: 2 days of after school detention, Thursday and Monday, cleaning bathrooms.

-Boy 3: 2 days suspended for minor theft charge.

-Boy 5: 2 days suspended for fighting.

3:00 pm-Mrs. McCormick gets to enjoy her lunch, sit down, and listen to sounds of an empty classroom.

Today was a very enjoyable day and probably the first day in a very long time that I actually enjoyed being at school and teaching. A very pleasant day. And tomorrow will be the same. Monday won't be too bad with boy 1 still out. But then, Tuesday....trying to hold down the fort until Friday. Also, Friday being a half day and Christmas program and class party, boy 1, 3,5 have lost the chance to go to the program and party and boy 2 the program. I have 6 days left of this madness! Thankfully I have 2 days off before it begins again.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Christmas Time is Coming

I have 9 more full days and 1 1/2 left until Christmas break. All last week, it was crazy! It was a full moon everyday. The students were very talkative and excited. They were trying to calm down after their days off from Thanksgiving break and with Christmas just around the corner.....with 18 students.......yeah.....it's hard to keep things quiet. Friday, was actually the best day that I had all week. I guess by then they were tired; normally Fridays are pretty loud, because each day of the week, they get more and more worked up. We did have a little chat Friday morning about even though Christmas was coming and we had two more weeks of school before Christmas break, we had much to learn and we still needed to follow class and school rules. (I know what a mean teacher, but hey, I have to survive it too.) Last week, the students thought that they could just do whatever they wanted for some strange reason. Anyway...enough about school.

I am so thankfully for the weekends. I was able to sleep in this morning. Kevin came home at lunch and made me get up off the couch and work. :0) He helped me clean the house. After, he left I sat back down again to enjoy some more tv watching. Saturdays, watching tv, is my way of de-stressing from a hard week, and since we don't have any kids yet, it's very quiet and I can enjoy watching tv movies (I know one day that will change), just Abby and me. I did go to the store and do some school work, like grade papers. We both watched the SEC and ACC championship. I was so hoping that Florida would win, but let's face it, they just didn't play well at all this afternoon. I'm taking a break from the ACC game and I hope that Clemson pulls out a win. It's half time right now and they are 17-13 GA Tech. I also hope that Texas looses tonight too. It's been cold all this week and I'm glad. It finally seems like the holiday season that it is cold. My mom said that they were calling for snow in Greer, today, but they didn't get any. I so hope that this year when it snows, it will stick and I will get a day off from school to play. An item that has been on my Christmas list ever since I was a little girl was to see a white Christmas, to wake up Christmas morning and the ground to be covered with snow. But normally in the Greenville area, our snow comes in January-March. Our biggest snows normally come in March, crazy isn't it? Some areas out west and up north have already begun to get snow. Maybe this year we will get lucky with a good snow, you can always hope.