Sunday, April 01, 2007

Spring Fever

Spring is here, and she has brought lots of good news!!!

The regional supervisor of my foster agency here has gotten me all but about $120 of what should have been paid to me for all of the sibling visits Olivia has had. I've never asked for payment for any of Braeden's or any others, but with Olivia's brother being so far away and even meeting halfway being 1 1/2 hours away, plus tolls, I knew the money would come in handy for gas, tolls, food, etc. Hopefully any visits we have from now on will be taken care of the right way the first time.

Tuesday I received "the call" from the principal of the school I interviewed at. I taught for four years at a 3rd-5th grade school, which I loved. I love having one class all day, getting to know them, etc. I was moved three years ago to the middle school, where I am now. They didn't need the three self-contained teachers that were at my former school, and I didn't have seniority. I've worked hard where I am, but my heart is not in it. I don't like having kids for 42 min. periods. I don't like middle school student attitudes. I don't like the negative atmosphere of the building I'm in. So when they posted an opening for a third sp. ed. teacher back at my old school, I applied, was interviewed, and was told Tues that they would like to "hire" me for the position!!! It will be official Thurs after the board meeting. I'm THRILLED!!!!

Braeden had preschool screening the other day. He doesn't need the "academic" aspect of it, he is too smart for his own good sometimes :), but he really could benefit from the structure half a day. He will most likely get in, strictly based on the fact he was a foster child, but if there happen to be 30 kids who qualify due to developmental delays, he would be edged out. It cracked me up because of course I know all the people screening him. One would come out and tell me he took off on the tester, another friend. Then another friend was the one to "debrief" me. Rather comical. When they asked him life skill type questions he said: Q: What would you do if you were thirsty? A: Drink milk Q: What would you do if you broke something? A: ??? He didn't know! He's never really broken anything, except the bread plate he threw at Cheesecake Factory! :) The kicker though was colors. Yellow is his favorite color. He LOVES yellow, it's all about yellow! He, of course, identified every color, except yellow!!! Too funny!

I've sold my fridge, micro range hood, and oven. They will be picked up Mon and Tues after Easter, as my new appliances, plus dishwasher, will be installed on Wed or Thurs!!! So excited! I can't wait to have a dishwasher!!!

I guess that's about it for now. We LOVE the warm weather and are so happy to be getting out for walks. Hopefully it's here to stay! :)


Julie said...

I love good news- that sounds wonderful! All of it! yippee!

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I am a single mom to four amazing kids; each of whom just happen to have been adopted. The first three were adopted through foster care, and we just completed an international adoption from Haiti. Our family has grown through adoption and I am all the more blessed to know each of my children. I worship a mighty God, teach Special Ed, love bargains, and am inspired by Pinterest... come along with us for the ride!

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