I just wanted to say thank you for the concern.
I'm sorry that I went missing on ya!
I was in a little bit of a funk for a while and blogging just got away from me. Then I went to Maine for Christmas (more on that later) and when we got back my computer decided to die on me. I'm able to use Kevin's every once in a while, so I will try to check in as much as I can.
There really isn't much exciting going on at the moment. My boss decided to have me split my class into two groups and open a second classroom in the mornings. It's a positive change and it's giving me a chance to try to get more organized about the way that I approach things. Unfortunately, enrollment is down and that means reduced hours- which means that I have even less time to accomplish the things that I am supposed to. Gotta love it!
Oh, and the woman who has been working with me for the last several months decided that it was a bit too much for her to handle, so now I have a new co-teacher to train. My new co-teacher has been with the company for a few years, but this is her first real experience with the preschool program. Her first day is tomorrow...should be interesting!
Our trip to Maine was nice. We drove (19 hours each way with a 3 year old and a dog...yes, we are insane!). Ciara actually did amazingly well, especially considering the fact that she had very little to keep her occupied. Fortunately, she shares her Mom's taste in music and seemed content to groove to my ipod.
I finally got to meet Jovey! She's adorable. Ciara was a lot more interested in her cousins this time around, but she still has trouble figuring out why Niesa doesn't act like she wants her too sometimes. It was great to get to spend time with all of my family. I miss them a lot.
Christmas morning was especially nice. I was hanging out in the kitchen talking to my family when we suddenly noticed that it was my Mom, my Dad, Ray, Mary and me (and Niesa and Jovey), and that everyone else was still sleeping. I think that's probably the first time that's happened in about 10 years. How funny that it should happen to be on Christmas morning. Mom made pancakes, and we sat around and chatted like old times.
I also had the opportunity to spend some quality time with Mary. I love that we can finally hang out together without it turning into WWIII. I honestly can't even remember the last time that we had an argument. I never thought I'd live to see the day that I could say that!
Leaving was especially difficult this time around because Ciara has gotten old enough to become attached and she started crying and telling me how much she was going to miss Nana. It broke my heart.
I have pictures to share, but I can't find the software CD for the camera to install it on Kevin's computer. I'll upload them as soon as I can!
The only other news is that Ciara's birthday is rapidly approaching. She finally gets to have an actual party this year! We decided to set up a party at Build-a-Bear for her. She and 5 friends will get to spend about an hour creating their own personal stuffed animals. I'm pretty sure she'll love it. Now we just have to figure out where to go for lunch and cake because they don't have a food license there. Oh...and we need to figure out the guest list as well. So far Ciara's not much help. It's especially sticky for me since all of her friends are in my class. Narrowing it down to 5 kids without insulting anyone could be tricky.
Ciara is desperate for some attention, so I'm going to have to go for now. I promise that I will not stay away quite so long this time though!