Monday, March 28, 2011

In the Mail!

Today I mailed my National Boards portfolio! This little ol' box doesn't look like much. However, it cost $2,500 and took me around 500 hours and nearly 1 year to complete.

It contains nearly 129 pages of writing and artifacts (which is more than my master's thesis--which was only 52 pages) that (hopefully) prove that I'm an excellent teacher.

However, all of my hard work will pay off when I earn my National Boards certification and get a 12% pay raise!

Over the last three months, Tal has watched Savannah for 6-8 hours every Saturday and Sunday, so I could write at Panera or McDonald's. He's also done all of the cooking, grocery shopping, and laundry. Tal has sacrificed golfing, yard work, and watching sports, so I could work on National Boards.

During the next two months, I'll be studying for the National Boards assessment, which is a 3-hour writing test that I'll take on June 9. 

In November, I'll find out if I passed my portfolio and asssement!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Friday, March 18, 2011


78. That's how many shrubs and trees our new house has--plus 6 or 7 more along the property lines that might be ours, too. Tal has his work cut out for him.

As a foreclosure, our house was vacant for at least 6 months before we bought it in December. As a result, the yard was not maintained most of last year. The bushes and trees are overgrown. Many of them have grown together. At least 3 or 4 need to be removed. 

Tal will be making many trips to the yard waste recycling center!   

Accident Free

This cute kiddo wore the same outfit all day yesterday! For the first time in 6 weeks, Savannah didn't have any potty accidents. What a big girl!

Thursday, March 17, 2011