Friday, August 12, 2011

Blessing in Disguise

New year. New school. New grade.

Unfortunately, I was a part of the DISD budget cut MESS because I was the last one hired at my school. I thought my life was over when I received a phone call that I was being "let go" from my current position. All I could think of was "BABY ON THE WAY.. HOUSE BEING BUILT!" We can not afford all of this on one salary. But thankfully.. God was definitely looking down on me because I received another job a few hours after being let go. Talk about an emotional roller coaster! I now look at my lay off as a blessing in disguise. I am teaching a grade I have always been interested in, 2nd Grade, and I am teaching my favorite subject, Language Arts! Although I am going to miss seeing my old kiddos and co-workers at Peabody, I am very eager and excited about working at Botello Elementary! My classroom is still a work in progess, but here are some pictures of what I've done so far!

This is my bulletin board in the hallway. I am going to write the student's names on the stars once I get them.

This is the view looking in from my door.

This is the front of my room where I will do my whole group.

Here is my calendar board.

Here are my lockers.

This is my computer area. I plan to put up student work on the bulletin board.

This is the view from the computers.

This is my Daily 5 board.

This is my literacy/reading area.

And thats all I have for now! :)

Friday, August 5, 2011

6 Months

The baby's growing steadily, having gained about 4 ounces since last week. That puts him at just over a pound. Since he's almost a foot long (picture an ear of corn), he cuts a pretty lean figure at this point, but his body is filling out proportionally and he'll soon start to plump up. His brain is also growing quickly now, and his taste buds are continuing to develop. His lungs are developing "branches" of the respiratory "tree" as well as cells that produce surfactant, a substance that will help his air sacs inflate once he hits the outside world. His skin is still thin and translucent, but that will start to change soon.