4 Acres

4 Acres
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Friday, September 14, 2007

School has gotten the best of me and I have neglected our blog!

WOW! It is hard to believe that it has been 3 weeks since I last posted. So much has gone on since then.

First, we celebrated Rando's birthday. Somehow he always manages to get a whole weekends worth of celebrations (but he deserves it)! On Thursday, the 30th, the two of us enjoyed a quiet dinner at Texas Roadhouse. On Friday night, we enjoyed a Braves game with his parents. We had a lot of fun. It was his parents first trip to Turner Field! His parents were able to spend the night. Mrs. Acres spoiled us with a cake and all!

Tito and the Gunshow - Live (The guys who wrote the Mark Texiera tribute)

Enjoying the game

Rando's parents after their first (and hopefully not their last) game at Turner Field

I returned the favor and ordered fireworks for Rando's birthday. Wasn't that nice of me?

Rando's birthday cake - Those of you who know me well, know I didn't make it. I never even think to buy birthday cakes.

Saturday, Rando went to lunch with his parents and then we watched the first UGA game at the house and relaxed. Sunday, we went to Fogo de Choi with my family to celebrate Dana, Adam, and Rando's birthdays. We ate enough for a week. We also saw Yunel Escobar and Brayan Pena (pictured below). The valet parking guys said that Edgar Renteria was also in the restaurant. We have learned the Braves love to eat meat because three years ago when we went we saw Julio Franco.

Brayan Pena at Fogo de Choi - Notice our dinner in the window!

Labor Day, I enjoyed one last hot day in the pool and then we cooked out with my family.

The last week and a half have been a roller coaster ride. First, I was honored as a finalist for teacher of the year which was a BIG surprise (our wonderful Media Specialist won). Then, we learned we were losing 4 kindergarten teachers and 4 kindergarten parapros (along with 6 other staff members). First, it looked like it wouldn't be me. Then, it looked like it was possibly going to be me. Finally, I learned that I was safe by only 13 - 15 days. My interview date was May 14th and one of the other teachers interviewed the end of May. It is so hard to see our friends have to pack up and leave. Two of my closest friends, Leila and Chrissy both had to leave kindergarten at Magill. Leila has to go to a new school. Chrissy will be able to stay at our school in another position, but it is said to be temporary. I am praying that Chrissy will be able to stay. She is my biggest encourager at school, and we do so much together! I know watching the news it does not seem like it is a big deal, but when you watch your friends hurt and have to wonder what is going to happen next it is a big deal.

This coming week will be hard as we transition. I will get new students on Thursday. Please be praying for all of the Gwinnett County teachers affected by the under projection. Even though all were promised jobs many are not working in positions they feel comfortable in. Some teachers will now be working in schools across the county and away from their own children. There are also a lot of students who are having to move to new classes. This can be scary for many of them - especially our young kindergarten students.

I hope you all have a wonderful week!