Superbowl XLIX

I heard next year they are ditching the Roman Numerals because Superbowl L just looks dumb.

The Superbowl is admittedly my 5th grade students’ only point of reference when I talk to them about Roman Numerals. Hmm.

I asked the kids what they thought of Sunday, if they watched the game. The following is a sample of their responses, followed by my own.

“I didn’t really care who won but I knew that I had to watch it because everyone at school would be talking about it…I am being very critical about this but I shall go on. I didn’t watch the commercials but I bet they were funny. When the commercials came, that was my snack, bathroom, and my drink break.”

“The Super Bowl was awesome for me because I loved the commercials…One of my favorite commercials was the Bud Light one where the guy gets to be Pacman in a giant version of Pacman.”

“The funniest commercial was when this kid wanted some doritos and the guy wouldn’t let him so the guy told the kid he could have them when pigs fly and the kid made a jetpack and the pig flew so the kid got all of the doritos.”

“Richard Sherman CRIED at the end of the game poor sportsmanship :(”

“Then I noticed the countdown of of 4rth quarter 10..9..8..7..6..5..4..3..2..1 I started screaming like YES YES BEAT SEAHAWKS. CHAMPIONS PATRIOTS YES!!! I slept good overnight.”

“The super bowl is a big, big, big, big, big, big game.”

“The super bowl was awwwwwwwsome because the Patriots won, KARMA BABY!!!!!!!!!!!”

“I think that the end was a little weird cause when they were getting ready to throw the ball they got in a huge fist fight.”

“The Super Bowl was exciting! My mom was saying stuff like “Oh come on you should have caught that.”

“To me the Patriots are kinda like the Chargers, annoying to watch and kinda cocky sometimes.”

Personally, I think the SuperBowl is fun to watch because it is a cultural phenomenon! It was the most watched show in history, if the TV speaks the truth, and a great point of reference for classroom conversation. What I don’t appreciate are the stories that 16 teens were rescued from sex trafficking and dozens of pimps were arrested. Big games like this always increase the numbers of people trafficked, and I wish we could have the excitement without the terror of trafficking.

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Married Life

Nathan and I have both experienced a lot of, “So how is married life?” questions lately. Here is my attempt at an answer.

10428020_10153188454521509_206670464167112029_nI moved. I left my keys in my apartment the morning of the wedding and didn’t look back. That right there has been an adjustment. My new home has felt like just that, home, for months. Still, fitting all my stuff in and feeling like it is just as much my place as my husband’s is…sometimes tricky.

Today was supposed to be the first day back in a “routine” that involves the students we both have missed this Christmas break. A winter storm cut short that normalcy, though, with an early out. I’m ready for routine. Right now there are so many times I’m just not sure what to do. But that’s nice, too. I think I need lots of time in this season of transition into life alongside another person.

As I read over this it sounds so negative. But I am so excited to be married! I wake up so thrilled to be with my closest friend, and Nathan can attest to how much I bother him throughout the day because I am so giddy to be his wife.

We’re together. We’re happy. We’re transitioning. Not everything is easy, but it’s worth it.

Just some thoughts on married life from someone who has been married a whopping 10 days :)

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Responses to the Protests–written by 5th grade students

I think these responses are very similar to the responses many adults have–students are confused, students want to defend the police, students want to say that all should be treated fairly, etc.

“It doesn’t matter what color skin black or white .

God didn’t want this

and people know that, but sometime they just forget.”

“I think that the police just got a little out hand thats what I think b/c people are all mad.BUT the people are just stating their opinion.But why are they stating their opinion just keep it to themselves. Thats why all this protesting is about.So if your involved just stop its not fun or good to do.”

“I think that black people should be treated equal. This reminded me of Martin Luther King Junior when he protested. Did the officer say that if Michael would have been white then he would not of shot him? Is the police officer lying to people to be a good reputation? Does the police officers family think that it was right for him to shoot Michael? Does Michael’s parents think that he should be shot because of what he did? I want to find out more about this article.”

“I don’t really care about the protest. I don’t really care about why the officer shot Michel Brown. All I would do is forget about.”

“I think that the officer should be punish because of murder and that we should have a new act that black people should be treated fairly and that the officer should be fired.”

“Why did the police shoot Brown? Was it because he was black? Was it because he did something bad? Who knows.”

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Wife or Servant? Some thoughts.

nathan panda shirt

By 8 am today I was fighting tears. And then at 5 o’clock I cracked. And Nathan came. And he helped. And I can’t even tell you how much I love him because it is beyond the words that I have. The only things that come to mind are cheesy as can be.

Like he’s my other half. And his love is a drug.

Like I said, cheesy.

24 days, folks, till I take on that little word with a lot of meaning–wife. Or, as Nathan might call it–servant :) Ha, he wouldn’t mean it. But really, a servant. I commit to a life of serving this one other person who also commits to serving me, and together we serve others. It’s a big commitment. I’m pumped.

And also stressed. I recognize that worry and trust do not co-exist well, but I’m trying to trust God and I continue to worry about all that needs to be done. It’s never-ending. Even after the wedding there is the process of changing addresses, email addresses, insurance information, my name, bank accounts, and a plethora of other things.


Just some thoughts…

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A Prayer for Strength


I can do so much. Make a paper turkey. Love my man. Type a story. Design a unit around informational (AKA persuasive or opinion) writing. Love 60 kids like they are my own. Sit in a bus that is as loud as a cannon. Stay awake during the symphony. Stay warm in the cold. Make pasta. Casseroles. Cut vegetables. Bake brownies. Plan a wedding. Keep track of 5 email accounts, 2 bank accounts, 500(ish) passwords. Get along with 2 families, both from a distance and yet in 2 different states. Dress appropriately (again ish). Talk with the most Christian of Christians and discuss alcohol with naysayers for hours. I can type at 125 words per minute, pray as I write, write poems, teach poetry. I’m tired.

Lord, I need rest. Rest from the chaos. But I’m not sure I will get rest away from chaos. I must seek peace in the storm. Seek rest in the chaos. I must try. I must keep going but also allow for much needed mental sabbath as well as physical.

Did I mention consoling the kid almost as tall as me who threw up all over my classroom and needed his mom? Ya, I can do that, too, without batting an eye.

God, give me strength, so that I can seek peace. I would ask you to give me peace, but that’s not yours to give anymore. You always offer it, if only I run to your arms. So give me the strength to get there.

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5th grade dreams

“My dream is to be a soccer futbolista.”

“My dream is to go to college and be a hairstylist.”

“I will start a big farm with my cousin, so I will go to some fields and he will go to the other fields. It will be great! I drive the Bobcat so I am pretty good with it in the yards. Nothing will stop me from farming!”

“My dream is to be a football player or a director of Scooby Doo”

“My dream is to be a cop and save peoples lives. But I also want to be a baseball player and help the poor. But what I really want to be is a doctor and keep people good and safe.”

“I want to be a teacher. I want to go to see the eiffel tower. I want to be a harder reader.”

“My dreams are, you know I don’t really dont know yet. But probly be a doctor, teacher, electrician…or a coach.”

“Another dream I have is to get a hold of J. K. Rowling’s new book on Harry Potter”

“While following your dreams you will discover things you haven’t known before. My career dream is to become a 5th grade teacher.”

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1st Classroom party and day of conferences=success

Realizing that I even made it to the end of the week alive is exciting. The fact that I have a smile on my face may just be a miracle. Here is a recap:

Report cards due
Painting with kids
Can Drive
Extra Recesses
Fall Party

…and that’s just the school stuff! I also managed to make it to the post office, bank, and automative place between 3:30 and 4 today. Now I’m back at school processing the week.

Report cards weren’t too hard to get ready since I enter them into a system online, but all the last minute assignments to grade definitely make for a lot of “home” work. I don’t think I’ll ever be too old for that.

Conferences made for a 13 hour day at school, but I really enjoyed meeting with parents that I’ve only spoken with once before, or even not at all. One sad thing I noticed–only 2 of my 9 conferences last night were with parents who were both still living at home with their 5th grader. One great thing I noticed–I love the diversity in our school, and even enjoy using translators in conferences!

My kids’ weekly highlight (even over our fall party): extra recess with high school boys. Who knew how cool teenage boys were? My students earned it by bringing the most cans in the can drive. One kid emptied his house cabinets with about 50 cans brought in one morning.

Fall party: Wow. I have to admit that I was dreading it, but it turned into a great chance to hang out with my kiddos and see their creativity as they decorated pumpkins provided by awesome parents. I wish I could show you all my pictures, but I’m keeping the pics with students’ faces off the web.

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Some of the finished ones!

Some of the finished ones!

One of my kids' families has a bit of a knack with balloons! Sure does make a party fun!

One of my kids’ families has a bit of a knack with balloons! Sure does make a party fun!

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