Thursday, August 27, 2009

A First

Today was a big day for me. I know usually this blog is devoted to the boys and what's going on with them but I'll go ahead and share what happened for me today. Today I taught my very first college level class! I was nervous but everything turned out fine. The class is a masters level course so I had mostly (somewhat) older students, older than undergraduates at least! I have about 25 students and all are female except 2. They all seem nice, so far! This is a picture of the text we are using:

I'm pretty fortunate that my major professor worked it out for me to teach this course, since I have not graduated yet. It's great experience for me and I think will really help, personally and professionally. I never thought I would be interested AT ALL in teaching at the college level but after a long talk with my major professor and expressing to him my concern about taking a full time, 8-5 type job, given that I have two little boys, he really encouraged me to try teaching at the university level. He explained that university teaching is really a lot like being self employed. If you need to leave early or work unconventional hours, you likely can. He explained to me how conducive it is to having a young family. So, here I am, conquering my fear of teaching adults. Who knows where it will lead, maybe no where but if it will allow me to have a flexible schedule for the boys, it may be something I really pursue after graduation. We'll see I guess! Also, the class meets on T/TH so I can continue my position in the lab. I think it's going to be good. The students are not as fun as third graders but maybe they'll do!

Monday, August 17, 2009


Saturday Luke found the portable DVD player and wanted to "watch vieo." So, I got him all set up on the bed to watch it. Of course Nathan was not having that and wanted to watch too. Here is a little of what followed.


Last week the boys and I were having a very uneventful day at home. Here are some pictures of the fun.
Nathan, in his favorite spot, on the table.
Luke, looking so cute in his new shirt from Aunt Leanne...
Luke is mopping for me while Nathan is caught in the act.
Sharing a box of raisins, at least I had just mopped so they probably did not eat too much dog hair.
This was too funny, I took this picture of Nathan against the dark cabinets and he had on a black shirt so it looks like Nathan's head has just appeared.
Waste not, want not...getting the last raisin off the floor.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Shelf Life

Bottles have occupied counter space in our house since May of 2007. First, Luke's bottles and then, for a short time, both the boys' bottles. For the past year, it has just been Nathan's bottles. I'm happy to report that as of today, our counter will be bottle free! Nathan has given them up, without a fight. I can't say that I am sad about this new development. The older the boys get, the more fun we have together. Nathan turned 13 months old last week and it's hard for me to imagine that Luke was not quite 13 months when Nathan was born. Luke seemed so old to me at the time but now I can see that I really did have two babies on my hands! Many people have told me that the first year with two boys so close together would be the hardest. But really, it was not that bad. It's actually gotten harder the more mobile Nathan has become! :) Like every Mom, I think my boys are the best. Even though it's challenging, we really do have a lot of fun together. It makes me wonder what the next year will bring!
(perhaps freedom from diapers!!! dare I dream!!!)