Monday, September 21, 2009

First steps

Ever since Aliza's 15 month check up, we have been practicing walking everywhere. She went from holding on with two hands and stumbling....to holding on with two hands and walking with more confidence......to holding on with one hand and walking better...to taking her first unsteady steps today! We have been frequently saying, "Aliza walk to Mommy!" to which she often replies "No!" but today she did! We didn't capture her actual first steps on tape, both of us were so shocked she complied we didn't have the camera ready, but then we went in for round two. (Sorry about the camera angle, I have no idea how to rotate it and I wanted her feet to be visible!)

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Then, that night at dinner, she continued to learn about utensils. Here she is, working with a spoon:

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Flat out

Back to school.....

I always forget--I don't know why I always forget this seeing as how I am now in my tenth year teaching--but I always forget what back to school is like. How it hits you like a ton of bricks. You hit the ground running, your to-do list is a mile long and you don't have time for anything. Certainly no time for blogging. Most definitely no time for reading or commenting on other blogs. Barely time to eat these days.

Like right now? Right now I have a messy kitchen to clean, a load of laundry I should have done over the weekend that I didn't do, two loads of Aliza's laundry that I haven't managed to sift through, bills to pay, and a slew of other minor household related things that I am pretending don't exist. And for school I have an open house presentation to prepare, two sets of papers to correct (how are those piling up already!?), a math unit to re-vamp because my kids are NOT getting it, two parents to email, some random paperwork to fill out on special ed kids in my class, conference forms to create and post, a website to update and---well.....the list is seriously endless. I cross one thing off and add two more lately. And don't even get me started on grad school. Somehow I have to come up with an amazing project to do that satisfies district and building and state requirements and get it all done fast because my deadline is sooner rather than later.

So. I wasn't actually posting to complain. I was posting to say that yes, I am in fact still around. And I will come back and blog, complete with cute pictures, soon.
Just as soon as I catch my breath.
Pinky promise.