Monday, September 26, 2011


Saturday marked the beginning of our cheer season with a parent showcase.
This is kind of a dress rehearsal and a chance for parents and friends to see all the squads from our gym.
Can't wait to see them perform at competitions!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Writing Activity

We are loving the Elephant & Piggie books by Mo Willems. Our library just got some new ones, and I snatched them up so my kids could read them first.
They are so simple and yet the kids love to read them.
During our writing time today, we did our own graphic writing.
Here's my attempt.

Here's one of my students' work.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Weekend Pics

Josie turned 10 in August, and this weekend we took some pictures to commemorate her 10th birthday.
Here's our green-eyed beauty.
Time really flies! It's so hard to believe she is so grown up.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Back to School...again!

Today we went back to school after 9 days off.
We still had lots of kids absent as many of our families (students and staff) are still displaced.
Every student wrote letters and drew pictures for the firefighters, law enforcement and volunteers who have made such a difference in our community.
I love seeing kids' work and hearing their words.
Their insight often amazes me.

Saturday, September 10, 2011


Today was a good big plumes of smoke over our heads. The smoke was still in the air, but not billowing black clouds. Many evacuated areas are being opened back up for people to return home.

I took this information from Facebook. It gives an idea of how much "firepower" it is taking to get the fires contained.
This is what was up in the air today: The 11,000 gallon DC-10 Air Tanker supported the firefighting resources again today. Total Aircraft resources on the fire include: 4 Single Engine Air tankers (SEATS), 4 Black Hawk Helicopters, 1 Type One Helitanker, one DC-10 Air Tanker, 1 Type Two Helicopter, and 1 Type Three Helicopter. And the California Interagency Incident Management Team 4 was deployed this morning.

It was a good day--maybe I'll unpack my car tomorrow!

Fire Images

Yesterday was a scary day for us. We have been out of school all week because of the unpredictable wildfires in Montgomery, Grimes and Waller Counties.
We have been fortunate that our neighborhood has not been threatened or evacuated, but so many people have not been so lucky.
Every morning, we wake up to a fairly calm situation, and every afternoon, the winds kick up and things change rapidly.
Yesterday, parts of Magnolia city limited were evacuated, and we packed up my car just in case. Thankfully we did not have to leave.