Monday, September 14, 2009

Jen's Update

It has been awhile since I have blogged. I have several pictures to put on -- so I need to just sit down and do it. I thought that I would take a minute and journal my thoughts on the 2009-2010 school year.

First of all -- this is a very DIFFERENT year! I knew it would be though. In the past I have been the kind of teacher that would work until there was a good stopping place or until the job was done. I would make sure that I was over prepared for my lessons the next day. I had plenty of time to get home since Joe generally would get home after me anyway. That is not the case this year. I have a {{VERY CUTE}} responsibility at home now. Once 3:20 hits -- I'm out the door. There will always be tomorrow. I feel like sometimes I'm hanging on by the skin of my teeth. I wish I was more prepared ... but I just don't have the time to be. I feel like sometimes I have LESS time now that I have a prep period. I do LOVE my prep though!!

The other thing that makes this year difficult is the district, or legislature, has taken away so much for teachers. Morale is low. I don't want to work hard because 1) I don't feel valued and 2) They know that they can take away and take away and the teachers will still do all of the work. Well this one has decided not to. I feel like they are going to be losing good teachers because of decisions that are being made.

I am about 99.9% sure that this is my last year. I want to stay home with my baby Jace. I want to be able to take him to swim lessons, or walk him to preschool (OR Drive since I am SURE he'll be going down to his Auntie Char's Pre-School!). I want to play games, walk the dogs, learn lacrosse, and just be home with him. I don't wan't to be gone when he learns how to walk. I don't want to be the SECOND one to notice that his tooth has broken through. I want to be home. SO I've decided to start pushing my Stampin' Up more. I even have my first workshop (in like 4 years!!) next month. I hope it just skyrockets. It would make me much more comfortable staying home -- but even if it doesn't we'll work it out. I know that next year that is where I need to be. It just makes it tough for this year.

SO that's my life so far. My boy is adorable. My husband is great. My house is a mess. :) Everything is just ... normal!


Jess and Jen said...

Well, hopefully the students and parents appreciate you even in the darn legislature doesn't!

I hope you can work everything out to be at home with Jace next year!

Joanie said...

Sweet Jen, you will never regret the time you spend at home with your baby(ies)! I know this year will be hard and long... but just keep your goal in sight!

Buck & Ashley Higgs said...

I am not sure I like reading this blog! I am going to miss you so much if you aren't at SoJo! Who is going to open someone's door when they throw up on themself?

Mom and Dad said...

Well, Jenny, I am so glad you are enjoying being a Mama!! You have so many wonderful plans. Your little kiddies are lucky!!
Kids have lots of teachers, but they only have one Mom and one Dad! Your little Jace is so lucky! Love ya!!

Bouchizzle said...

Well FiRsT Ashley ... you crack me up. Second ... this JENNIE feels like she is an irreplacable MOM and an irreplacable teacher. A piece of SOJO will be missed without me there. AND A piece of me will be gone without SOJO in my life. BUT ... for soon to be obvious reasons ... it is time for me to leave.

Sarah Elizabeth said...

A tough decision, but that happy little man of yours is soooo worth it and will not be there forever. And let's face it, the education system, as delightful as it is these days will ALWAYS be there. So, enjoy the plumpy monkey while you can. Delightful cherub anyway!