August 19, 2013

Classroom Preparation - Day 1

Oops, let me back up a bit.  I guess I haven't blogged for almost a month now and A LOT has happened since then!

About a month ago I decided it was time for me to get back into teaching.  I always knew I would, but I didn't know when.  I wasn't really expecting for it to happen yet.  But I really missed it.  I was working part time for my brother and realized that the office environment just isn't for me.  I am absolutely meant to be a teacher, no doubt about it.

So I looked to see what school districts I could apply to sub.  I figured I'd sub for a year and then apply for full time jobs next year.  I just happened to see a 3rd grade opening.  The opening closed two days later and I hadn't touched my resume or any other documents since 2009.  I crammed, got everything done, and submitted my application.  I had an interview last Thursday and was offered the job Friday morning.  The moment I got off the phone with the principal, I started bawling.  I have waited a long time to have my own classroom.  To do what I love.  To feel completely happy and proud of myself.  I already had an amazing life, but this is the last thing that I wanted to complete that.  So in that moment, all I could do was cry.  I called Tyler right away and started crying again, haha.

Things are definitely about to change.  The kids will obviously be going to daycare full time.  I will be getting up at 5:30 every morning since I have a 45 minute drive one way.  Tyler will have to go in to work a little later and drop the kids off at daycare.  Our time together as a family at night will be even more precious than it is now.  I will miss the kids so much, but this is what is best for all of us.  I am lucky enough to have the option to work or stay home.  I have been very blessed to stay home these 2 1/2 years.  But now is the time.  And I can't help but think it is meant to be.  I applied for many jobs out of college, had interviews, and never got a full time job.  I did plenty of subbing, but always wanted my own classroom.  Now, after being out of teaching for over 4 years, I got the first job I applied for.

I have so much to do to be ready for those 3rd graders on September 3rd.  I can't even explain to you how much there is to do.  I mean, there is a lot to do for any teacher to get ready for the first day.  But throw in the fact that I have less than two weeks until our open  house, this being my first classroom (of my own), and the teacher before me leaving everything in the room.  Everything!  The room is full of junk and is so dirty.  Today was my first day in there and I was completely overwhelmed.  I didn't even know where to begin.  I started by taking all her bulletin boards down.

Front of the classroom (smart board is off to the right)

My teacher area

Old bulletin board

I don't have an actual wall - we have one of those room dividers.  Doesn't make for very nice looking bulletin boards.

Every drawer, cabinet, and desk looked like my one junk drawer. 

Took a picture of the before so I can appreciate the after later :)

So this is where I'm at right now.  Blank slate.  Ready for a new start!

Those annoying things are coming down from the ceiling.

Clean counter - Yay!

I took four giant garbage bags to the dumpster today.  I found dirty socks, hair ties with hair stuck on them and many other random, disgusting things.  I'm hoping to do a lot more cleaning tomorrow.  I'm going to take my camera each day to document the process :)

And since it's been so long - here's a little update on the kids...

They are awesome!  Kyla is talking so much and is just hilarious.  She was going potty really well for a few days, but now she's back to diapers again.  We're not going to push it until after the two weddings that she's in in September.  She still is a major Mama's girl.  Bedtime has been a little bit of a struggle lately as she likes to get up out of bed and turn her light on and off.  She is doing really well though and she makes us laugh every day!

Kase turns one THIS Saturday!  Can you believe that?  We're having his party on Sunday, which will probably be very laid back since I have so much to do this week in the classroom.  I don't think he will mind if I don't go all out.  He has two new teeth in the back.  I missed his 11 month post and think it would be pretty silly to do it at this point.  He got his first haircut and looks like such a stud.  Shawna over at Girls Just Wanna Have Fun was sweet enough to meet me on Sunday to take his pictures.  She posted a few on Facebook and I love them.  Can't wait to see the rest.  Kase is so close to walking.  He can get about half way across the room and then falls.  He loves to steal Kyla's toys.  They wrestle each other for toys all the time.  Kyla eventually wins, but give Kase about a month and I think she might be in trouble.  They are so funny!

Please forgive me for the lack of updates.  Life has been pretty hectic, but I wouldn't trade it for the world.  Hopefully I will be back later this week with some updated classroom pictures!


  1. congrats!!! so so exciting!!! I cant wait to hear all your updates

    we gave up potty training for now goal is by her 3rd bday so I have a full year!!

  2. Congrats on the new job as a teacher, so exciting!!!
    Kase's one year pictures turned out adorable!

  3. congrats on your new teaching job! I've always loved seeing the different ways teacher's decorate their classrooms! I can't wait to see the final product!

  4. Wow, talk about timing! How exciting! I was a teacher and it really makes a huge difference having your own classroom. I hope to see how you make it your own! Good luck!

  5. Congrats Amy... how exciting! Good luck getting ready for school!!

  6. Congratulations!! That is awesome, you are going to be a great teacher!! :)

  7. Congrats!! So excited to follow you on this journey! :)

  8. Looks GREAT! I'm a little jealous! We are going to home school so I won't have a room of my own.... but I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to teach someday or make a room to home school in at home! I love this!

    I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! Check it out!