Monday, December 31, 2012

12 Grapes at 12...and Here Comes 2013

     I had a very interesting year and it all started with a New Years tradition I picked up while in Spain. I was fortunate enough to be able to ring in 2012 in Madrid and they do things a lil different then we do. Here's a lil history on the 12 Grapes

Me and my grapes in Madrid
For a long time, Spanish people have had a traditional custom of celebrating New Year's Eve. On the last day of the year, the 31st of December, they wait until twelve p.m. Everybody has to have twelve grapes ready to eat when the clock starts to chime. It is traditional to eat them as you hear the clock from Puerta del Sol in Madrid chiming.
This tradition started in Spain because one year when there was a big grape harvest, the king of Spain decided to give grapes to everybody to eat on New Year's Eve. 
Start on January 1st with an empty jar.
Throughout the year write the good things
that happened to you on little pieces
of paper. On December 31st,
open the jar and read all the amazing
things that happened to you that year. 

     So for each grape that you eat you are supposed to make a wish for the coming year. I can say that not all of my wishes came true :( But hey I still have a few hours left to this year so who knows??
 So I'm sadly not back in Spain for this New Year's Eve but I will be carrying on the grape tradition and have my 12 ready to go at midnight. I'm also going to start something new that I hope will turn into a tradition of mine, a jar of goodness (Or at least that's what I'm calling it).

I totally stole the idea from Pinterest and it seems I'm not the only one. I was reading my cousin's blog (You should really check it out, she a great writer and very inspiring mother of 3) A Moment with Bri and she as well found this great idea on Pinterest...What can I say, great minds think alike.
 So I'm super excited about giving this a try and can't wait to review next New Year's Eve all the good things that highlighted my 2013.

As always my year in review is best done through pictures. It was a very good year, as always. I got to go to some exciting new places, saw a lot of changes and added a few things along the way.

1. Started my year off Great! I got to bring in the New Year in Madrid and see a little bit of Spain, not near enough but enough to hold me over till I can go back. I met some new friends and got to add Spain to the list of "Places Been."

2. I turned 32 and saw another year of my life as I embarked on new adventures for another year.

I decided for my Birthday party I would teach some of my coworkers how to make a ceramic mug. Teaching pottery to these few adults was harder then a whole semester of pottery LOL!!!

We all had a good time and some didn't do half bad...a few found that pottery was NOT their thing (Heidi haha)

3. We did or annual St Patrick's Day Parade...Always a blast and Heidi especially made this one memorable haha!!!!

 I caught my cabbage 

All of us with our cabbage!!!
4. I taught my first semester of pottery and my first full year of art classes. Sadly I had to do it without Danielle :( This year completed my 4th year at South Plaquemines High and pushed me over the burn out year for teachers. It was a really good year for us at SPHS with lots of changes, some good so not so much. We saw a lot of changes in staff and sadly some of my buddies left. Though they can never be replaced we did get some replacements. We also saw the dawn of the new things that drove some of us crazy, like: SLT's, Common Core, PGP's and a new teacher eval system (the jury is still out if this is going to be good or not). But overall a good school year.

I had so much fun with my pottery class they were an awesome group of kids.
My pottery Class!

Our students against teachers dodge ball game...I didn't last long haha!!
(For some strange reason my legs look really funny in this pic haha!!!)

This was our last pic we all took together as SPHS teachers. The two on the ends left to pursue other things. I realllllllllllllly MISS them!!!!!!!!!!!

              We took part of Dot Day at our school

5. I survived my first Prom without Danielle. I was super excited at how well it came out. Totally wouldn't have been able to pull it off without Marlane, Heidi, and Courtney!

It was also my lil Brothers Sr Prom.
Every girl has her day haha!

6. I did a first for me this year, I got really brave and brought High School kids to Europe! Yep, you heard me right, I brought 15 people out of the country. It was an amazing trip!!! I got to go to a few places that I had not been to and got to spend some awesome moments with some really great students. I did learn a few things from this trip. 1. Not everyone is meant to travel. 2. Never do the night train with 15 people!!! Correct that, NEVER do the night train period haha! 3. Kids can be bribed with ice cream  (Gelato) even out of the country. 4. I have really good kids! 5. I kind-of thought it was cute when they stated calling me Mama Latham LOL! 6. For some reason security really likes to search tall white guys...maybe it helps balance out their search quota and makes them appear to not be racial profiling?? 7. There are some very interesting people riding the subways in London. 8. Getting 15 people all on the same Subway car is very interesting to say the least!!! 9. I can take kids out of the country and not lose anyone (A big plus for the parents I'm sure). 10. No matter how much you plan something is going to happen to change those to go into it knowing that and just plan on the plans changing :)

It was my first time in Merry Ol London

I got to see Mona in Person!!!!! An art teachers must...even if she is a all hype haha

Loved Paris!!!!!

We climbed to the top of Notre Dame...what a view!

 I climbed a lot of stairs with these kids

About to board the night train!

Had fun in Italy!!!!

7. I also got the privilege to apart of my friends big day. Courtney and Tom tied the knot in June, just a few days after I got home from Europe...haha it was a wild few weeks!

We all had a good time and everything was as beautiful as I thought it would be

8. I also got to enjoy a great summer off (one of the BEST perks to being a teacher!!!!) and spent a lot of my time with family and friends and the bayou. We got in some great fishing trips and even spent a weekend out in the bayou...such a fun trip!

9. I ran my first 5K...well ran and mostly walked haha! We did the color run this year and had a blast!! We have already signed up to do the next one

10. And by far the best thing that happened to me this year is that I got to spend another year serving my Lord. I thank Him for all of the days of the year and pray that He will bless and use me in this New Year. I hope that I will learn how to serve Him more and to not ever take my salvation for granted. I want all of my years that I look back on to be years that have glorified my heavenly Father. I pray that God will use me at my job to be a good example and light to all of those that I have contact with. I pray that this year will be a great year and that God will anchor me more deeply in my Faith, revive my Hope, and teach how to really Love as He has loved me.

~Till Next Year :)

Thursday, November 29, 2012

"A Project That Needed Tweaking..."

  So I'm a huge fan of You've Got Mail, it's by far one of my Favorite movies!! I Love that quote when Tom Hanks ask Meg why she didn't meet her internet guy and she tells him that he had a project that needed some tweaking and Tom's response is, "Some tweaking? A project that needed tweaking.... Yep he's married..." HAHA!!! After doing a little internet dating myself I tend to be as optimistic as Tom.
     But all that to say that I have been doing some tweaking of my own...I made some small tweaks to my blog! I was going to jump on board with the whole pre-made templets but I'm just not ready yet. Plus, I really love the picture that is apart of my title and I haven't found one of these pre-made templets that would work with it. So I played around a bit and made some changes myself....What do you think?

     So I'm super excited about the fact that we only have two weeks till exams week. This is one of my favorite parts of my semester. The kids will start on their final projects and the last project is where they will have to do research on a famous artist and then choose one of their paintings and recreate it but on a non-traditional surface. Last year I had kids that painted on old laptops, stools, tv trays, ceiling tiles, drift wood, a guitar, and even a mannequin. Students will then present a power point on their artist and their art work to go with it. I'm excited to see what some of my students bring in to paint on. Some have already started laying out some ideas and they're pretty cool.  Here are some pics of my kids from last year.

Painting away on that tv tray

Haha they were a fun bunch!

My classroom stool

Well, I hope you have a great Friday! I love Fridays! It's as if the day is just great because we all know we get the next day off. Even on the craziest Friday's, they are way better then say a Tuesday haha! 
So Happy Friday!

~Till Next Time :)