Friday, April 29, 2011

Its Friday (technically Saturday)...and its random

My how the tides have changed...staying in on a Friday night? I guess that might have to do with the fact that I braved some classic college socializing last night which always means not going to bed til after 3am. I remember when it was SO uncool to stay in on a Friday in high school...HA!

Because my last post was so depressing-turned-happy-yet-serious, I figured I owed it to myself to write a more light hearted one so I dont feel like such an emo.

Rooms and I are in watching How Do You Know...I'm not sure how I feel about it. Im kind of confused. I guess it doesnt help that i've been checking email and surfing the web mindlessly.


Easter weekend was SOOO great. Friday we all went to the Good Friday service, where Mom did part of the message..so weird still yet so great. Saturday Mom took me and Catherine shopping. Catherine is my little sister, who's first name is Stephanie but I started calling her Catherine a few years ago. Weird, I know.

For those of you not fortunate enough to be familiar with Shoe Gallery...it is FABULOUS. Not only do they have an insanely fabulous selection of shoes, such as these Steve Madden cuties

 
They also have adorable clothes...some of which we actually saw at boutiques later that day. I am obsessed with this designer they had...Ya Los Angeles. Rooms also became obsessed with some of their stuff but at a different store in her hometown an hour and a half away...SUCH cute stuff.

Sunday was busy! I worked in the preschool room at my Mom's church (the one she works at) and then went to the 11:00 service at the church I grew up with with sister & brudder! Dad went to the earlier service like a weirdo...we can never agree on going to the same service anymore. The joys of growing up.

We had the entiiiiiiire family at our house for Easter lunch/dinner and it was DELICIOUS per usual. We have been having both sides of the family over for Easter every year for I dont know how long. I dont know what I will do when we all REALLY grow up and start to go our seperate ways. Altogether it was such a great weekend...no one fought, or even got frustrated with each other which is sadly a huge feat for the five of us, haha.

Not very spring-y...but this is the most recent picture of all of us from Thanksgiving. Sophie Bear is so cuuuute. She matches perfectly :)

I wanted to participate in What I'm Loving Wednesday, but there was no possible way I could have produced anything other than research papers and quite possibly the 784,983,797th reflection of the school year. Not because I wanted to of course...rather out of the fact that I didnt have a choice. So, here is my What I'm Loving Friday

As the rest of the world is loving...I am loving everything Royal Wedding. I cant get enough of the specials, interviews, and replays of this morning's historical wedding. I am also obsessed with Kate Middleton. Like, if-I-go-to-London-I-may-or-may-not-stalk-her-obsessed.  She is just so PERFECT. And her dress...OH MY GOSSSHHHH. It could not have been any more perfect and beautiful. I can honestly say that I gasped when I saw her for the first time. Weird? Oh well. And their kiss(es)! So cute and so appropriate. I love that they are so willing to please their fans, but not in an over the top kind of way. They keep it classy. And the fact that there was a flyover...I am at a loss for words. I have an odd love for flyovers. Like I said, ob. sessed.

Prince William, Kate Middleton, Kiss

Besides the recent goings-on in London, I am ABSOLUTELY L.O.V.I.N.G. that I will be done with this semester on WEDNESDAY!!! Every semester has seemed to get tougher and tougher, and this one definitely takes the cake. We have all threatened to drop out at least once this year, but we have all made it and will be Cohort, reflections, and not-so-Mini-Unit free for THREE MONTHS. It will quite possibly be the best three months of my life. At least for now.

The end of the semester means the beginning of Maymester, and this year Maymester for me means BELIZE!!! I am so. excited. We leave Hartsfield at 11am for Belize City in TWO WEEKS. I am hoping that internet will be easy to access so I can blog as much as possible while in the Belizean mountains, and then on the beaches of the Caribbean, and not to mention after I snorkle part of the 2nd largest barrier reef in the world. :) 

Something I am not loving, at all, is the horrifying state of disaster that Tuscaloosa, Bham, and parts of North Georgia are in. It is heart breaking. And so crazy to think about, quite honestly. Things like this always give me a good dose of reality and remind me to never take anything for granted. The University of Alabama cancelled final exams and moved graduation to August (the fact that a few of the people I went to high school with are affected by this is even weirder.) It is just so hard to fathom and grasp when it isnt happening to you. One of the girls in my cohort used to go to Bama and said her old apartment is gone. Two of my sisters best friends from high school go to Bama, and some of their sorority sisters were still missing as of yesterday. Heartbreaking and absolutely crazy to think about. I think this link speaks for itself: http://stormvictims.tuscaloosanews.com/before-and-after/

I hope everyone had a FABULOUS Easter! Please continue to pray for victims of the recent southeastern tornados, their families, friends, and anyone affected.

Peace&Love,
Chels

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Just one of those days...or weeks.

This is going to be a pretty lame, honest and maybe depressing post. You have been forewarned.

The College of Education is known for being tough. And I am not even in the notoriously toughest program. Early Childhood is notoriously hard to get into and notoriously hard to stay in. Special Ed is not quite as hard to get into..but I am now convinced that it is just as hard to stay in. The amount of assignments that have been due this week and are due next week are crazy. I am amazed I have been able to pull them off..and with such a lack of sleep too. I am a champion sleeper, and known for it too. My parents were worried about me starting such a vigorous program, my friends were wondering if I could survive on a smaller amount of sleep than I usually do, and I was freaking. out. last summer about what was to become of me. Could I wake up at (what I thought would be but I have now learned to be 5:15am) 6:00 am and be pleasant throughout the day? WOULD I wake up at 6:00 am and be on time for school? I guess this post is turning out to be more of a positive post than a negative one. Because I HAVE done these things. I HAVE turned in every single assignment, on time and made awesome/good/decent grades. Grades that I am proud of. And let me tell you, my college career has been full of grades that I am not proud of. Hence why I am going for the 5th year victory lap. There have also been mornings when I havent been able to drag myself out of bed on time for class or placement, times that I have not used my best judgement. My (patient and understanding) professors can vouch for this.

Anyway, I guess what this post was originally going to be about, until I started typing, was how mentally, physically and sometimes emotionally exhausted I am. I just wanted to vent. Because honestly, I am plum tuckered out. I am tired of using my brain, and I am tired of always, constantly having something to do. I went from having almost ALL DAY to myself and hardly any homework last spring to a full 18 hours plus placement in the schools on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

I have had a hard time the past few weeks after watching Karebear (my roomate) have fun, be able to go to friends intramural games, go to Wing Night, go out on a week night (which we probably havent done since sophomore year) and just straight up HAVE FUN. Granted, she is graduating in less than a month, so she deserves every bit of that fun. It just SUCKS for me. And I have a really hard time not being jealous or selfish about my feelings towards other people having fun. I'll just come right out and say it. Clearly, since I just did.

The College of Education is something I have wanted to be a part of since the summer before I started college, when I registered for classes. I may have changed my major to Art, then back to Education, but its the fact that I ended up back where I started that matters, right? Although the timing sucks right now because I cant go out and have fun with my friends, I am so glad I am not graduating yet and I still have another year to continue getting my act together, being on time for class and school, and GROWING UP. So right now, as frustrated, tired, and sad that I cant hang out with my friends I am...I do feel blessed and thankful for everything that is around me, including my ever-patient roomate who I'm sure ive been a grump to when I cant go have fun with, my parents who are paying a butt-load of money (and are about to pay more...stupid tuition increase) for my higher education (not to mention the victory lap year) and just life in general. I am especially thankful that summer is upon us (ummm really, I dont think I can express my happiness and excitement over this) and on this wee-hours-of-the-morning Good Friday, I am just straight up THANKFUL.

I cannot wait to go home tomorrow afternoon for some R&R and celebrate the fact that He is Risen with my whole family!...then get back to staring at my computer to write a research paper on The Effects of Early Intervention on Behavior and Learning in Children with Down Syndrome.

What I thought was going to be a lame and depressing post didnt turn out so bad. Funny how that happens.

This verse is perfect for my life right now... "In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith - of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire - may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed" -1 Peter: 6-7

Happy Easter, friends!!
Chels

Thursday, April 14, 2011

About High Time

This post was originally titled "Its Sunday, and its random" because I started it on Sunday and then either A) became too tired to finish or B) actually talked myself into doing homework, because its more important than this. I'm gonna be honest and go with A, because lets face it, I most likely did not talk myself into doing homework and I cant remember that far back.

Because I have two weeks left in my fourth and final placement of junior year (or really senior..going for the victory lap next year baby) I figured it was about high time I post about said placement so that I do in fact remember that I was there for 7 weeks. Perhaps this placement is the reason I havent written about it on this here blog, because these kids WEAR. ME. OUT. And miraculously, I have not been taking naps afterwards as I had the habit of doing up until recently. Perhaps I am finally growing up. Lack of sleep = little brain power.

This placement has been the most different from all my others in more ways than one. I am in a 3 year old inclusion room for two hours, and then a t3 year old self contained room for another two hours. What do we do in between? Well, I get there at 7am to sit there for an hour/eat breakfast/chit chat...then from 10-11am my host teacher has planning. So that is another hour of sitting around. Luckily she allows me to bring my laptop so if I dont have anything to do I can do other things. Then from 1-2 we eat lunch/chit chat/waste some more time, and from 2-2:30ish we help with car riders & day care buses and typically leave around 3:30 or 3, if i'm lucky.

I have SO loved working with the little babies, but a lot of my day feels like such a waste of time, honestly. I am, however, grateful for the four hours that I do get to experience preschool special education since it is harder to come by than elementary since kids typically are not diagnosed with an official disability until 2nd or 3rd grade. These babies, however, are most definitely SDD (Significantly Developmentally Delayed) which is what most pre schoolers are diagnosed as since it is too early to officialize something like Autism or EBD (emotional behavior disorder) as the child may grow out of symptoms or the symptoms may change or increase over time. On days that myself and another girl from my cohort are there, there are five teachers/adults for the 8 kids we have, 7 boys and 1 girl. And those five people are not enough. These boys are WILD. My host teacher looked at me one day as she was either reprimanding or pulling the pants up of one of the boys and said "It is HELL when you two are not here" and she is not someone to complain AT ALL. Our sweet little girl is blind and very mentally impaired, so she is much easier to control (when she is not hitting someone next to her or throwing things in front of her across the room.)

The two hours that I spend in the inclusion classroom are my favorite, and I am hoping to be in a primary inclusion setting next year for my senior placement. Inclusion is such a great thing for kids recieving special education services, except for a select few who may benefit much more from one-on-one time in a less crowded classroom. One of the little girls in my inclusion class has Cerebral Palsy, and she is one that would benefit so much more in a self contained setting with more attention on her. When we pull her out to go walk or just to let her have some play time without 5 other kids around her, she is SO HAPPY. She cannot tell us this, but the lack of fussing and whining and increase in smiling and goofing off tells us she enjoys it so much more. The progress she makes is minimal, but I have a very strong suspicion that it is because she is flat out stubborn and just doesnt want to do things that would make us believe she is progressing. She is happiest when she is doing what she wants to do :) Then again, who isnt?

I realize most of this is a bunch of gibberish to a lot of you, but these posts are mostly for myself, so I apologize if it bored you to tears and dont blame you if you didnt read any of it. Ha! There is so much more that I feel I could write about this placement, particularly the kids, but for now, I am going to be the responsible student that I am and start finishing the rest of this paper that is due tomorrow. Again...Ha!

Peace & Love,
Chels

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

What I'm Loving Wednesday!

In another effort (the billionth time perhaps) to avoid doing homework, I am linking up with Jamie (who is another fellow Georgia blogger, and lives in the same town my sister goes to school) for What I'm Loving Wednesday.

This Wednesday I am loving...

That my boys are back in town!!! Braves home opener is Friday at 7:35pm. Unfortunately I am not going to the game, but my roomate's birthday is that day and we will be celebrating that and a big W from the Bravos that evening :) Here is a BALLER video for your viewing pleasure. Said video brings tears (minimal, people...I am not that ridiculous) to my eyes and goosebumps to my skin.


I am loving that spring is officially here...as determined by the INSANE storms that the South experienced Monday night/Tuesday morning. This is truly the most wonderful time of the year...I dont care what anyone says about Christmas. Besides the fact that Jesus was born.


I am loving that my Mom footed the bill for some new spring/summer clothes from the always fabulous and cheap Forever 21 set to arrive Friday or Monday...I am hoping Friday so I can wear some of it that night for Karebear's birthday!

    

And last but not least, I am loving that I leave for the beautiful country of Belize in THIRTY EIGHT days. I plan to blog during the trip, assuming I will have time, and I cant wait to have those posts to look back on.

Photo compliments of Google Image after googling Ambergris Caye, which is where we will be snorkeling while there :) So excited!!!!!!!

Peace & Love,
Chels

Monday, April 4, 2011

Lately...

Well, well, well, look who finally decided to write a new blog post. When I created this, it was in an effort to record my experiences in my Junior year "placements" in local schools here in Middle Georgia during my journey to becoming a Special Education teacher, as well as random ramblings about my oh-so-fabulous life. Ha! No but really, life is so good and I am so thankful for so much.

Spring Break was soooo much fun. It was a much needed week away from school and I cannot say enough how PERFECT the weather was. We got down to Florida Saturday afternoon and immediately changed into our bathing suits at Target (because we couldnt check into the condo until 4) and hit the beach. Each day went pretty similarly, except for Tuesday, when we rented a pontoon boat and cruised around the Intracoastal Waterway and even parked (beached?) the boat on a beach that was part of the State Park..by far my favorite part of the week! Two of the boys and I walked a good ways down the beach, and found/saw a Horse Conch, two horseshoe crabs...pretty sure they were doing the dirty too, a starfish, a TON of hermit crabs, and a stingray!! It was by far my favorite part of the week...I am such a nerd. But totally okay with it. It was easy-ish to leave Saturday because as we were driving home, the week-long monsoon that engulfed the South last week began, and it made it a little easier to leave knowing the weather was going to be crappy.

Back to school the following Monday to take a mid-term and then headed home for Spring Break round 2 ATL style! The school district I am placed in right now had their spring break last week and class was cancelled on Wednesday, so I had three extra days to relax. Sophie Bear and I had a lot of fun going to the park and napping together :)

The next few weeks are seriously going to be insane...I am so overwhelmed and have no idea where to start, which is probably why I decided to write a blog post instead. The end of the semester/year has a whole new craziness to it now that I am in the education program....UGH.

On an extremely exciting and happy note, BRAVES BASEBALL IS BACK IN ATLANTA ON FRIDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! EEEEEEEK! I am so incredibly excited. My Dad raised us watching the games every single night during the summer months and I have been to countless games at the Ted and the old Fulton County Stadium since I was a baby. Not to mention CHIPPER IS BACK!!! I am having a really hard time containing my excitement. I. CANT. WAIT.

Why are baseball players so good looking? McCann is so cute.

Peace & Love friends!
Chels