Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Mr. Rubik and his stupid cube!!!!!


for my birthday my wife bought me a Rubik's cube Revenge, it is a 4x4, not the sissy model you see to my your left. i have been working on this thing since my birthday which was mid August and have finished one side only to have it totally destroyed while finishing another. the directions are pretty helpful because they give you algorithms to use to solve pieces to the puzzle but that is just the beginning. so i wondered who else out there that reads my blog (the two of you) ever had a Rubik's cube or currently do have a Rubik's cube and do you still play with it or has it sat collecting dust somewhere? let me know!!! oh yeah good luck!!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Quotation Monday

I stole it....the idea that is from a friend of Sarah's from college whose blog i frequent quite a bit! I am going to try to post a new quote from something i read, heard or made up and ascribe to someone who is also made up (not really). I will not always give an intro but i did feel it necessary for this first one and yes the quote is from a previous blog but as i sat in a local BBQ restaurant and read this quote that was actually hanging on the wall, i was moved even more by what it states!

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

Theodore Roosevelt

Thursday, August 14, 2008

School days...school days!!

Every and I mean every first day of school my dad would come into my room and i would assume my sisters and sing the school days song. i don't know where the song came from or who even sang it but i think his dad sang it to him and from that point i don't know. anyway, today was my first day of school and i was very optimistic as i met new students, saw students from years past, etc. have i ever told you all how much i love being a teacher? well if i have not, i do! but this is not about that. tomorrow is Maddy's first day of school, our little girl is going to spend all day at school, now Maddy is tremendously excited, she loves school and learning and was very excited about the Promethean board in her classroom (her teacher gave us a demonstration and let some of the kids use it at orientation). If you don't know what a Promethean board is, ask a teacher or go to www.prometheanworld.com and you can go to video showcase. ok... ok ill tell you that it is a tool for teachers that uses an interactive video board and video projector but allows teachers to perform all kind of functions from extensive and advanced math problems to simple pattern and logic problems for Kindergartners. i am very much looking forward to Maddy's first day and would love to take her to school but because we are not at the same school her mom will get to take her. i know what is going to happen, Sarah is going to bring her in and Maddy will run off to play or talk to her new friends, i thank God everyday she is able to make friends with someone she does not know! Sarah will want to linger as most first child parents do when their first goes to school. Pray for us both, i know my mind will be wandering to what Maddy will be doing instead of where it should be....in my classroom. i am so excited that Maddy is getting this opportunity before we head for Guatemala and if our timing is matching God's this may be her only year in American elementary or schools for that matter. we don't know what God holds for us as to a time-frame in Guatemala and are not really concerned with it either. pray for Maddy as she makes new friends, and more than likely talks about Guatemala. pray that she will be able to tell her friends and teacher why we are going to Guatemala. thank you ahead of time for your prayers. peace of Christ to you! oh yeah, i still don't know if i will sing this song to Maddy tomorrow morning, i want her first day of school to get off an a good start and not with her daddy "singing" to her first thing!!!!