September 26, 2012

Happy Birthday Daddy!

Today is my father's 51st Birthday! He is such a great man and I have been able to spend lots of time with him in the last few months. Often times he was actually busy being a good and supportive son to his mother, but those actions made him a good role model and father.

Dad, I love you and I hope to be able to spend more time with you in the future!

I also spent some time during my lunch break making you a music video: enjoy the birthday remix dad :)

September 13, 2012

We love our Dogs.

Today I took Keady and Grissom to a place called Angela's. They are a Dog Grooming/Breeder/Boarder/Doggie Daycare business. The dogs needed to be deep cleaned. I usually got this done with Grissom once a year. They get bathed with this awesome shampoo that makes them smell good for a while and they trim their nails, they play with other dogs and then are lovely all night because they didn't think we were coming back to get them.

I am not sure how I will ever be able to drop off my kids at daycare because I teared up watching Keady freak out as I left. She was so confused and I just wanted to love on her. Grissom, he knew what was up and was chill and ready for some pampering. I think he has a girlfriend there, and once a year they met up to rekindle their love.

Check out these beautiful dogs! Yes, they do get pretty bandannas to wear too!

Aren't they pretty!

This week has been very long for both Ben and me! Basketball has "started" and its over lapping wth football is killing us. I also had my callout for swim team today and started my year long teaching position at "Brandy's Dance Studio". It will be a busy year and I can honestly say that we are looking forward to having the same spring break this year! We are starting to plan a vacation :)

Unitl next time!
September 5, 2012

Happy Birthday Big Girl

September 6th is my little sister's birthday! She is celebrating it by working her first week at her very own big girl job. I am so very proud of her and all the correct life choices she is making right now. Keep it up old lady!

As I get older (and she reminds me each year that I am creeping towards 30) I want her to realize how old she too is getting. Though instead of telling her how CLOSE to 30 she is ... I will remind her how far from childhood she has grown. Let us take a walk through the many childhood photos of Stephanie Jeananne Berhalter.

The young gangster.

She was always more flexible.

Check out that Fashionista pose. She was meant for bigger things.

Somehow she always got the cuter dress.

AND she always spent more time in the corner.
Stephanie, I hope you see that yes, I might be almost 30 years old. I like to see it as I am 4 years aways from 30, while you are around 15 years aways from childhood. I am closer to being old than you are young.... so somehow in my sad little old woman mind... I win.

I love you little sister. Somehow between fights, missing eyebrows, broken arms, cut skirts, missing shirts and convincing you part your bangs to the side and put the eye liner on your eyes and not your lips, you became my best friend. I love you.

Teacher Time

Wow- I can't begin to describe how busy both Ben and I have been the last few weeks. Teaching is taking a lot of time this year due to a whole new technology being introduced to both teachers and students. In the Bluffton School district we now supply each student with an iPad 3 and each teacher has a MacBook Pro. We had to learn how to go from Windows to Apple products. I am adjusting quickly and I find myself helping other teachers a lot! My school website is a hit with the students and helps even me stay organized.

The Superintendent of Education for Indiana, Tony Bennett, visited our school to see a few teachers in action. I was one of those teachers! If you know me, you know that I do not agree with all that Tony supports or does half the time- so when he came into my classroom with his large group of news people and assistants I almost lost it when he was talking over my classroom instructions. I naturally asked him to be quiet as I was trying to teach... with my Principal in the classroom..... and my superintendent.... and the local newspaper all in the classroom. Yes, I shushed Tony Bennett as he was talking while I was teaching. He clearly didn't read my classroom rules before entering.

The full article can be found here and the film below shows some of our students while Tony was visiting. Sadly I am not in the film (I am sure the cut the footage of Tony being cut down to size by a small town teacher.)

Ben has also been very busy- he has four preps (that means he teaches and must prepare for a total of four classes) this is really tough on a teacher! I have two preps! Baskeball is getting started too- so he has football, basketball, new school and four preps. He basically sleeps with his free time and if I am lucky I watch him play (and win) NCAA College Football on his PS3. I got him to to take video of his classroom for all of those who live far away can see! There are no windows :( and today the power went out for about 30 seconds... can you imagine a class full of hormonal students but you can not see them!