Thursday, May 28, 2015

Jett at Work

Jett had to visit me for a few minutes this week at work and he settled right on in.  He needed to watch Thomas on my computer and talk on my phone.  He also needed me to push him in circles a couple of times in my desk chair.  


Cullen's parents aren't fortunate to live close to both grand children but they make up for it in getting to have frequent long weekends with Leila when her parents go out of town or have plans.  This past weekend we had a sudden dinner invite and they were kind enough to keep Jett for a few hours.  Jett and Leila don't play together much, but these sweet pictures made me laugh to see how they play.
 Leila is always shy when we are around.  She sits quietly with Cullen's parents and just kinda observes the tornado that is Jett Boy.  He is demanding and likes things his way.  

I know it makes Cullen's parents' hearts happy to see them together and enjoy observing how different these two really are.  Maybe the summer will bring more time for them to play.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

CDL Practice

It is a rare occasion I get to practice my bus driving techniques.  Friday, I was able to drive students on to campus and back for graduation practice.  My oh my....we made it in one piece.

Class of 2015

I spent my Friday night at my fourth Lafayette Graduation.  These sweet students were freshmen when I interned at LHS in 2012.  I missed watching my first class of Pontotoc babies, I student taught, walk across Warrior Field, but I relieved it in pictures posted via social media though.  Mid graduation Cullen texted me that Jett had gotten sick and most likely had the virus.  Thankfully by the time I got home he was better and playing and it seemed to be only something he had eaten.

Friday, May 22, 2015

28 Month Update

Jett is a Wild Child.
His hair is unmanageable and I can't bring myself to cut it just yet.
He wears a size 7.5 shoe and 2t clothes.
He can say and repeat just about anything.
This week in Walmart he told me he needed to potty.  I questioned him and he told me quickly it was 'an emergency'.  I was shocked and sure enough he did need to go.
He loves candy which means anything sweet he can find...but when you give him a soft peppermint he tells you he needs four.  He doesn't bargain well.
This week I noticed he is much better at making complete sentences.  I asked him if he wanted a grape and he said, "No, thankyou! I don't want one"
He is tricky at getting what he wants.  He loves to be outside and when we tell him no, he says he wants to put his shoes on.  We tell him no, and he says, "but I 'wike' them".  So we cave and put his shoes on and then he says....'dis way' and eventually leads us outside.
Jett Boy has moved past watching Thomas and Friends constantly.  We now love Mickey, Donald, and Goofy.  It is a much loved changed.  He loves Mickey's Hal-Ween (Halloween), The Boys (Huey, Dewey, & )Louie, and Merry Christmas.
He loves his stroller and enjoys walking with my mom and me on afternoon strolls through town.
He will eat pizza, chips, fruit, chocolate milk, hamburger, steak, and a lot of other foods.  Oh and he LOVES Bacon.
He is great at making a mad face and then says, I not mad!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015


We are barely surviving May! Our sitters have been sick, school is in testing mode, I'm teaching a night class, and Cullen's work is super busy. The Pollards are making it but it is day by day! Our systems are loaded with caffeine and we are pushing through!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mother's Day

Mother's Day was super low key this year.  We didn't do any major family gatherings, we didn't have big plans, we just were together.  Mom and I started the day with a walk, headed to church, Cullen and I kept the nursery, and then went to lunch.  Jett is to a stage that he doesn't love to pose up for pictures so this is the best I got from the day.  

Thursday, April 30, 2015

April iPhone Dump

Viva Las Vegas

By a random stroke of luck my district sent me to Las Vegas.  I've joked for years I would love to go, and this year it finally happened.  We had extra money that needed to be spent on administrative travel, and I set about to spend it.  We stayed at Caesar's Palace.

We enjoyed some pretty great restaurants.  We at at Jasmine inside the Bellagio and watched the fountains.  We ate at Lavo in the Venetian and saw the boats.  We at Sushi in Caesar's Palace and hit up the Starbucks every chance we got.
My friend's mom told me to take half as many clothes as I thought and twice as much money and she was so right.  It was crazy expensive and I'm thankful I was there for work, I was tempted to buy outlandish purchases.

 The scale of everything is what blew me away and the attention to detail.  I loved staying at Caesar's.  It was massive and I'm sure there was so much more I didn't even get to see.  My intern from last year, now my colleague was my travel partner.  It worked well we were both early in to our administrative careers so we could attend Leadership Now.

 A highlight of the meeting was actually getting to meet the Dufours.  They were super kind.

 Yes we managed to hit the pool in the afternoons and that might be pinnacle of the fun that was to be had.  We were in bed each night by 10.

 We did happen upon Mariah Carey one night as she made her entrance in to the Palace.  It was unexpected but super exciting.

Leadership Now 2015

By a stroke of good fortune my district sent a colleague and me to the Leadership Now conference in Las Vegas. In an even greater stroke of luck we were able to snap a picture with the Legend, Rick Dufour. He's the guy who started the idea of professional learning communities. He has written a gazillion books and has made a fortune on promoting his ideas on effective instructional practices. I was in awe!