Tuesday, August 28, 2007

I Belong in London!?

You Belong in London

A little old fashioned, and a little modern.
A little traditional, and a little bit punk rock.
A unique soul like you needs a city that offers everything.
No wonder you and London will get along so well.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Back To School! And Memories of my own...

School started this week for all of the kids this past Wednesday. I can not believe that I have a Junior in Highschool, a Middle School 8th grader and an Elementary 5th grader! Where are the years going?!!!

But this blog is about me not the kids- I also went back to school this past Monday, but not to take classes, but to help in them. I am working at the intermediate school that the boys went to and Mckenna will be going to next year.
Lava Ridge only has 6th and 7th grade students! I know really weird, but that is the way they do it here in Southern Utah.
I am working with the resource kids while they are in classes (1st through 4th period,) just making sure that they understand the questions, can find the answers and just finish the work. So, I am an Aide to these kids. One of the kids I know really well, he is really a smart kid (like most of them!) but he just can't transfer the info from his paper to his brain the way most kids do. So, I have been helping him to work it in the way that makes sense to him. There are a few "low" students that have trouble spelling, finishing work and that stuggle with the subject, but on the whole the kids I work with are highly intelligent and are bored with the school process, they want to be occuppied more than most, their minds wander while the teacher is talking, but that is because it is not enough going on for them.
Two class periods (5th and 6th,) i work in a classroom of my own teaching study skills. Okay Mom and Dad quite giggling, that is right STUDY SKILLS. I don't have any students yet, supposeably I will be getting a student tomorrow in 5th period. The other aide that does this same thing has 1st through 4 and 7th period. I am interested to see how this will work since she has computer time during 6th and will be in the room while I need the computer also. We will see.
I think that helping the resource kids is especially important to me since I might have had to do the same thing had they had such a program when I was in school.
I had my mom sit in class with me the last half of 4th grade. Funny thing about that, I didn't really mind that she was there since she was one of my best friends at the time, and the kids loved her and so they didn't tease me about it (well, at least not that I can remember.) Then in 8th grade (we moved to Salt Lake from Orem,) I had to have each teacher sign a note on a computer printout card for my parents that stated I had turned in my assignments, homework etc... I wasn't really crazy about turning in the homework. I would do it and then not turn it in. It seemed to me just a bunch of busy work. Why couldn't they just let me take the notes, take the test and be on my way. Why couldn't I just keep socializing with my friends? WHY? Indeed! I have ofcourse realized that the homework is necessary to instill the needed information (kind of the repetition process,) for the test you were taking.
While the kids I am helping don't mind the work, they are easily distracted and I too was the same way. I mean in 8th grade, Chris Perez could be running his hand through his hair or pretending he was playing his trumpet, and it would distract me! (hey, I am listening to the Police- it reminded me of Chris- he loved the group!) Could be that he was way to cute for his own good, and I was too naive to realize that I was too young looking to ever be considered to be his girl. Didn't matter to me, I still would get distracted. There were a few times when we got kicked out of class because we were talking too much. Okay, only in German class where if had we been using German we wouldn't have gotten into trouble, but alas we were using english and it was very noticeable!
Maybe I got distracted because I am my German Grandma in miniature, I loved to talk, (okay dad- I'm a yenta!) I love knowing what is going on in other's lives- some times just for purely entertaining purposes- i think it is the counselor part of me to wanted to know the most- i wanted to fix what ever was brothering people! These kids don't have that problem - yet. I mean it is only the 2nd week of school!
Whatever the reason for the purpose of the notes, the not turning in the homework and not paying attention in class, I totally relate to these kids and want to do whatever I can to help them get the most out of school, so the don't regret school later in life like I do!
I hope that this will be a successful year! Here we go!!!

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Disclaimer: Don't worry Sharon- I am not telling anything!

How many people were waiting with baited breath for this book? I believe it was in the millions. I preordered #7 so that it would be on my doorstep first thing in the morning! Well, first thing to some is midnight, to the UPS guy it was 11 a.m.! Okay, Okay, I will give the UPS man this- how can he deliver all books first thing in the morning- but seriously- i really wanted to read that book a few chapters before i was sitting in a car driving to Posey Lake.

Well, honestly- I still had book 5 and 6 to read (which i had read many times before,) before starting book 7 because I decided I needed a fresh prespective of the other two books. The goal for me was to read book 5 before seeing the movie, but i still had 2 chapters to go when we went to see the movie. The movie was good, but to me the books will always be the best!!

(this was written July 21st)


So, I finished 5 and 6 while i was on our little week vacation- the last two chapters of 6 at Diana's house while everyone was golfing on WII! I can only take some many video games, then i need a break...

I started and read the 1st chapter at Diana's that same night and then had to stop since I didn't have a book for the last part of the trip. When I got home Devin was already reading the book and so I confiscated it for 1 1/2 days, then gave it back when I was finished- and finished I am!!

Crazy thing is that after talking to my friend I realize that I missed a few things, so I am going to read book 7 again. But here is the catch- I am starting the whole series to the very end to get the continuous story. So I guess that will take a while, but I am up to the challenge on the times that I can find- now that we are getting ready for school to start!

Sharon- will you reach Book seven before me?! Here is my challenge! Are YOU up for it?

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

SPT - it's too darn hot!!!!

AHH So. Utah, lovely in the winter, spring and fall, but the summers are unbearable and this summer is the worst! Our family has been avoiding it like the plague because it has been in the 100's!

Boulder Mountain... This is such a great view and so serene, sorry the picture is so blurry but Matt was driving while I took the picture!

Last week we went camping at Posey Lake, Hiking at Calf Creek and wandering through the creek at Deer Creek!

Cattails at Calf Creek- They remind me of the 4th of july- when dad would use them to light the sparklers!

The kids at the Lower Calf Creek Falls, this was the middle of the hike, the hike was 6 miles long, 3 up, 3 down. If we had been smart we would have packed our lunches to the falls and not just water, but this was a beautiful respite to a very warm hike.


WARNING: Crazy fisherman
If you spot him beware, he is armed with flyrods, bait and a crazed look in his eye, last seen driving a personal water raft at Posey Lake.



This week I spent time with my sisters Sharon and Diana! We played WEII, Went to Liberty Park water area, hiked with the kids in Albion Basin and then I came home stayed in the Airconditioning safety of Church.

The water park at Liberty Park is a really neat place, it is based on the different water creeks throughout the wasatch moutains, Big & little cottonwood canyon, millcreek, city creek, etc...
I took pictures of it hoping that maybe one day the City of Santa Clara could incorporate something similar in the downtown area. Yes, i would like to help make the City more beautiful than it is starting to look. We already have a splash pad at the top of the heights, but a little water area down town would be fun too. Here is Mckenna modeling 2 year ago styles (we didn't know we would be going to water areas, so she used an old suit that we were giving to Kiara.) in the coolest place at Liberty Park, enjoy:

Ahh, here are a few familiar faces:


Today with our friends the Hunts, Mckenna and Matt and I drove up to the mountains and went Horse Backriding in the rain. I was really fun. Did I have my camera today? No! But I am hoping to get a copy of all the pictures my friend took since the Pine Valley area we went to was gorgeous!

*In two weeks we will be going to Lagoon in Salt Lake and then the kids are headed off to school, so we have to take advantage of the cooler areas of the state as much as we can!

I think the first two weeks of July we did a terrible job of keeping cool, Matt and I went to Las Vegas for our Anniversary- it was 114*s, then Kyler had All Star's (where they became the 13 year old State Champions,) and so we were in Cedar City where the first afternoon was very cool and cloudy, but the next 3 days were in the high 90's!

Kyler and two of his teammates after the game!

So I think that we did a great job of keeping cooler after that-- What do you think?