Saturday, November 13, 2010

Busy. Busy. Busy.

Let me preface by saying sorry...I know this post is a little late and a little long.

October was a busy month, but it was also a very exciting one for the Rogers household...

1. BIRTHDAYS. Miles' turned two on October 6!

During October we also celebrated Michael's, Mamaw Judy's, Cousin Hannah's, and Uncle Jody's birthdays!

2. COMPLETION. I completed my Master's on October 15! :)

3. FALL BREAK. October 15th also started Fall Break. Since Michael and I are both teachers, this is a very exciting time for us. We really enjoy being off at the same time. We did not want to take a long trip because we have such little time to be home with the boys, but we did ask Matthew what he would like to do over the Break. He said, "I want to go bowling at the Bowling Factory!" That was definitely a request that we could honor. We made a deal with Aunt Nise...if she would watch Miles for a few hours, we would take her girls bowling with us.

Matthew LOVED bowling! He did really well too. On some of his turns he didn't even use the gutter guards.

Hannah had an interesting form...she threw her ball as hard as she could at the gutter guard. It would bounce from guard to guard and 95% of the time the ball hit right in the middle. We have no idea how she did it. We bowled 3 games...I beat Michael 2 out of 3. I think everyone had a great time!


4. PUMPKIN PATCH. We have taken Matthew to the pumpkin patch every year since he was 1. However, this was the first year we have taken Miles. He LOVED it! Matthew wanted Grace to go with us, shocker! :)
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Matthew and Grace rode the "Cow Train".

Miles did not want to ride, so we just watched.

Everyone enjoyed the hayride.



Everyone picked a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch.


Miles was so excited to have a pumpkin. It just made his day. He talked about his pumpkin for days!

Hurray for the Pumpkin Patch!


5. GRANT. I teach special education at Waterville Community Elementary. My first year at WCES I started a campaign to raise money to fund a Handicapped Accessible Playground. We have done a letter writing fundraiser, many building level fundraisers, and written a variety of grants. For 3 years straight I have written the Healthy Community Initiative Grant through the County Commission and money from the sale of the hospital. I was notified on October 28th that I was awarded my grant! The $23,000 from the HCI grant will allow us to complete out playground project. We are planning to install in February! I will post pictures as soon as I have some.

6. HALLOWEEN.

October was a busy month, but it reminded me how lucky and blessed I am. Life is Good!

Friday, November 5, 2010

2 years ago...

My baby turned 2 on October 6. 2 years ago I was admitted to the hospital on a Monday morning at 12:01 am to be induced. The nurses said, "Since your first baby came so easily, your little man should be here by 8:00 am." Miles had different plans! I was in labor all day. The nurse came in around noon to check on me. She said that the anesthesiologist was in the building and I should go ahead and get my epidural. I was not hurting bad, but I decided to go ahead (just in case)... Epidural #1 did not take. I still was not in pain, so I decided not to try again. Around 4:00 the nurse came in and asked if I was ready to try the epidural again. I was unsure, but my sister told me to try again, in case I needed a C-section. Epidural #2 did not take. A different anesthesiologist came in and tried a third time. Finally, it took! Good thing, because at 6:30, Dr. Child's came in and said that I need a C-section. The cord was caught around some part of Miles' body. Every time I had a contraction, his heart rate was dropping. I was prepped, wheeled into the OR, and within 4 minutes, I gave birth to a "bungee jumper". At least that is what Dr. Child's said, because the cord was wrapped around his feet. :)

I cannot believe it has been 2 years already. He is growing so fast.

He LOVES Veggie Tales, so that was the theme of his birthday party. He was so excited to see Bob and Larry on his cake.


He was also very excited when he opened Buzz and Woody toys!

He is so different from Matthew and doing so many new things. I love every new stage and I know that each day brings some new adventure and experience for my little family. Life is good.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Back to School!

It's August and that means school! I know, I know. School has been back in swing for about 3 weeks now, but things are just now calming down enough for me to blog about it. Last year Special Education received some money from the government. We were able to order new materials and equipment for our classrooms. This was probably a once in a lifetime chance for me... All of my things did not arrive until the middle of May, so I really was not able to fully benefit from them last year. I was really excited about the start of school this year. I went in early in the summer and arranged my classroom. These are a few of my new "toys"...

My Promethean ActivBoard. This piece of equipment is AMAZING! I cannot imagine teaching a single day without it. It is very interactive for my students. They are able to touch the board with the ActivPen and it works just like a mouse. Because I teach special education and have students in K-5, my board is adjustable in height. I can raise it for my taller students and lower it for my smaller ones. I also have an ActivWand, which is basically a long ActivPen, and an AcitivSlate, a portable tablet that is connected to my board and I can use from anywhere in my room. These pieces of equipment aid my students in wheelchairs with using the ActivBoard.


In this picture you will see two of my new goodies. First a 32" flat panel TV, fully equipped with a Nintendo Wii and Wii Fit, for Physical Therapy Purposes! I did not order these, but all the CDC classes in the county received them. I thought that was pretty cool. Second, a SMART Table. This is basically a table that is a touch screen computer. Students are able to stand around it and touch the table top to interact with the computer program. It is very neat. I did not order this piece either, but I am very excited to have it!


This picture is all the storage units I ordered. I am very OCD when it comes to organization. I like for everything to have a place and for it to be labeled. I was SOOOOO excited to get these pieces of furniture. I feel so much more relaxed and at ease knowing that everything has a proper place! I also use the small storage bins for centers for my students. Each student has 4 bins that have centers practicing skills specifically chosen for that child. I LOVE IT!


In this last picture you will see my 4 brand new computers, 3 of which have touch screen monitors! These computers are sitting on my new computer desks. My students love computers and I have so many programs that are created to assist in teaching special needs students, now I have computers that will run fast enough for us to use them!


In that last photo you also see my behavior management bulletin board. The Accelerated Reader theme at our school this year is "Reading Road Trip". Everything revolves around transportation. I have always used the colors Red, Yellow, and Green in my behavior management systems, but this year, I actually get to use a red light! I think it turned our really cute!

I am SUPER excited about this school year. All of my new material and equipment is making my life easier and my teaching more exciting! Come visit anytime and I will give you the actual tour! (It's more exciting in real life :)

Saturday, July 10, 2010

I'm Lovin' It

Our church began a new Bible School curriculum, Engraving Heavenly Truths, a few weeks ago.  EHT focuses on the Bible and less on coloring and cute activities.  By the time our children graduate from High School, they will have studied through the entire Bible 4 times!  The program also has flash cards that students take home to study with their parents.  I LOVE this part of the program the best.  I think that parental involvement is important in school, so why should it not be more important in Bible school?  We have officially started this curriculum for students first grade and up.  Matthew is in the 4 and 5 year old class, so he is not participating in the curriculum.  I was extremely impressed with Matthew's teacher, Sandy Caylor, when last Sunday he came home with home made flash cards.  She took the time to make flash cards for all of her students that have some of the same facts on them as the flash cards in the EHT curriculum.  She has been studing facts with them also, because Matthew came home from class knowing how many books are in the Bible, the two main divisions of the Bible, and what the word Bible means.  On top of being impressed, I was thankful that Matthew has such a loving teacher that cares so much about him and his soul. Michael and I are both teaching EHT.  Before the curriculum started, we, as a group of teachers, decided upon some goals for our students during the first quarter.  One of the main goals is that every student will be able to recite the books of the Old Testament.  When we decided on this goal, Michael and I thought it would be a good idea to start working on this with Matthew.  I am happy to say that he now knows the books of the Old Testament.  When he says them, he sings them, but I can recite them and he can pick up where I leave off.  As he gets older, we will definately work on just reciting them without singing, but for now...I'm loving this...

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We are so proud of him!  Life is good.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

My Little Fish

My boys LOVE to swim.  One of Miles' first words was pool.  Miles has always been fearless when it came to the water.  Matthew was a little more conservative at first, but lately he embraced his inner fish.  He said he wanted to swim without his floaties on about 2 weeks ago.  Since then, he has been swimming non stop.  He is now swimming underwater!  My boys amaze me every day... 

Matthew the Fish

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Miles the Fish

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Family Vacation 2010

We went on out Annual Rogers’ Family Vacation to Helen, GA with Michael’s family. Matthew and Miles were so excited to spend an entire week with their cousins.
Matthew loving on Brodie.  I wish he was this sweet to his brother!  :)


Hannah and Brodie


Grace and Matthew working a puzzle.  


Miles and Brodie playing behind the blinds! 


But their favorite place to play was inside the TV cabinet.


Yummy popcicles.


The favorite hangout for the week was definitely the pool! As soon as the kiddos woke up in the mornings they started asking when we were going swimming.



It is suprising how exhausting a "relaxing" vacation can be!  We had a blast, but we were definately ready to come home.


Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Tuesday, May 11, I came home from work to find Miles with a fever. I gave him Tylenol, but his fever would not break. At 6:00 it was 103.8. At 8:30 it was still 103.2. I called the night nurse and she advised that we take him to the ER because the fever was not responding to fever reducer. So, of course, I called my mother. The only thing worse than taking a 1 year old to the ER, is taking Michael to the ER with me. He is worse than any child. He has to push every button, open every drawer, and is extremely impatient. So, Michael stayed home with Matthew and mom went with me to the ER. The doctor was a little puzzled. Miles had no other symptoms, only a fever. She suspected an ear infection, but could not see his ear drum because he had a wax build up. She instructed the nurse to clean his ear out so she could get a better look. The nurse came in with a WATER PIK. You know the thing that you clean your teeth with? Apparently that is what they use. So, the nurse begins to clean his ear. Some wax comes out. They check his ear and say that there is more wax. The nurse starts to clean again. Miles is crying a little, then, all of a sudden he begins to SCREAM and blood start pouring from his ear. The nurse acts like it is no big deal. He turns Miles over and begins to look in his other ear. Meanwhile, the blood is still pouring out. After a few seconds I asked if that was normal. The nurse then says, "Ummm, I think I better get the doctor." I thought I was going to pass out. I literally had to sit with my head between my knees. It was a very strange feeling for me. I do not have a weak stomach, nothing like that ever bothers me. I guess it was blood coming from my baby. The thought still makes me light headed...Ughhh. Anyway, the doctor came in and said that Miles' ear drum had ruptured.
Well, because there was so much blood pouring out of his ear, the doctor STILL could not see his ear drum. Therefore she wanted to rule out every other infection to make sure his fever was because of an ear infection. In order to rule out every other infection they had to…well…TORTURE my baby. First they had to catheterize him. Yeah, that was fun. Then they had to draw blood, so they started an IV so they could also give him some antibiotics. By the time the night was over he screamed every time the doctor or a nurse opened the door. We had to stay at the ER until the bleeding slowed and his bag of antibiotics was empty. They gave us some antibiotic ear drops and then sent us home with instructions to see the pediatrician on Thursday morning and an Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) doctor on Friday. We got home from the ER at 6:00 a.m. I took a shower and went to work. Yeah...you read that right, I went to work. Michael had already taken off and I had two IEP meetings that day...so he stayed home and I went to work. Besides I would be taking Thursday and Friday off for doctors appointments. (Side Note: Michael and I were suppose to go to Dollywood on Friday. Due to our sudden change of plans, Michael took Kyle instead!) I was a wreck all day. Every time I talked about the experience I cried. I could not wait to get home and hold my baby. 

This is the picture Michael sent me at school to let me know that Miles was feeling better.  I have never been so happy to see him smile.
Miles' ear began to drain bad, so he got another antibiotic shot at the pediatrician. The ENT could not see the ear drum for the drainage. The ENT did say that most likely Miles had a really bad ear infection and the wax was keeping his ear drum from bursting on its own, so when they cleaned the wax away...it ruptured. That fact does not make the experience any less horrible, but anyway.

This is a picture of Miles' ear draining...Kinda gross.


The ENT said that 95% of the time ruptured ear drums heal on their own. So, we have to go back on the 7th to check how it is healing. He also said that Miles may need tubes so this does not happen again. (I would do anything for THAT to NEVER happen again!)
Please pray for good news on the 7th, because I want to keep my my baby smiling like this...

Monday, May 10, 2010

Brain Dead...

I know it has been a while since I posted last. I am totally brain dead right now. Between writing papers and writing IEP's, I have no brain cells left for writing blogs. Sorry. I promise to get back on the band wagon soon!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

A fever again?!?

Matthew is sick, yet again. I feel like he is always sick. He has only been well for maybe a week! I get so frustrated with this part of being a mother. Matthew is running a temp of 103.4. No other symptoms, just a fever. I do not want to be THAT parent. You know, the one who runs their kid to the doctor every time he sneezes. I don’t feel like I take him to the doctor that often, but I have a hard time deciding when is the right time. He could running a high fever and feel horrible, I take him in and...NOTHING. Just a virus. He will get better on his own. Sometimes I take home and three days later he develops more symptoms and I have to take him BACK to the doctor. On the flip side, Matthew has a nagging cough at night for 3 weeks, nothing else, just a cough. I finally end up taking him to the doctor for dehydration because he stops eating and drinking, and guess what! He has had walking pneumonia for 3 weeks! WHAT!?! I felt like a horrible mother. I just feel like I NEVER make the correct choice. I wish there was a magic meter that said, "Ok...now take him to the doctor."
Matthew is not a “sickly” child, but since he has had pneumonia, they say he is more susceptible to get it again. I am always afraid that I will wait too long and something little will have developed into something serious. Sometimes I just feel so helpless and unsure…

Saturday, April 17, 2010

All Aboard!


Today we celebrated Matthew's 4th birthday. I cannot believe that my baby is going to be 4 in a few days. It seems like just yesterday I was pregnant with him...
I was so happy to be pregnant. I will never forget the feeling. All my life I wanted to be a mother. We tried to keep the secret from our families until we went to the doctor, but I could not contain myself. My pregnancy was fairly smooth, no sickness, no pain, if I had not seen the ultrasounds and my clothes weren't getting tight, I would have not known I was pregnant. Then in February I was diagnosed with Preeclampsia and gestational hypertension. In March, the Monday after Spring Break, I was placed on bed rest. That lasted for a little over a month. The first week, bed rest was very nice. I was so tired, but after the first week, I was tired of laying in bed! Seriously, there is only so much TV one person can watch. (I watched 3 seasons of Dawson's Creek!)
After I was placed on bed rest, I became "high risk" and went to the doctor 2 times a week, every Monday for a check up and ultra-sound and then Thursday for a stress test. During one of my ultrasounds, the technician noticed an irregularity in Matthew's heartbeat. I was sent straight to the hospital for monitoring. The next morning I was sent to the ROC, which is the high risk doctor at Erlanger. My doctor told me to prepare myself for the possibility of an emergency delivery, just in case. By the the time, we got to the ROC, the irregularity had almost fixed itself. They said that we would continue to watch it for the remainder of the pregnancy. After this scare, I did not got to the doctor by myself anymore.
On Thursday, April 20 I Michael's mom took me to the doctor, just like normal. My blood pressure was extremely high when I got there. The doctor asked me if I was ready to see my baby. I said, "Definitely!" He told me to go eat a good lunch, then go to the hospital. Judy and I went and ate at O'Charley's and then went to the hospital.
Because my blood pressure was high, they were going to induce slowly. They did not start my pitocin until Friday afternoon. I was expecting labor to be much more painful. All Friday night, the nurse repeatedly came in to ask me my pain level. I kept waiting for it to get much worse, so I kept saying..."Maybe a 2." Finally, the nurse said that there was no way. My contractions were off the chart, but I was not feeling them. We figured out that I was having back labor. Still not as bad as I had anticipated.
Saturday morning Dr. Hunter came in and said, "I hope you are ready because you are going to have a baby today." She did not give me the option of not getting an epidural, because of my blood pressure. I am thankful for my sister. I do not think Michael would have made it through the epidural. Finally it was time to push. I pushed 3 times and I had a baby. :) The entire experience was much different, and easier, than I expected. I was blessed to have a wonderful doctor and terrific nurses (one of which was Courtney Brose! Thanks Courtney) by my side the entire time.
I still remember every event just like it happened yesterday. It makes me sad to think that Matthew is going to be 4. I always think, "I love this stage. I want him to stay this age forever." However, with each new stage, it only gets better.
Ok...enough reminiscing. Now for some birthday photos. Matthew is going through a Thomas stage. He got a Thomas train table for Christmas and choose to have a Thomas birthday party.

With work, master's classes, VBS planning, EHT training, Special Olympics, IEP's...I did not have time to make an elaborate cake, so I settled for cupcakes.

I was pleased with the way they turned out. I think they looked really cute.

Matthew received so many wonderful gifts. Mimi and Pop Pop gave him tickets to go see Thomas at the TN Valley Railroad (pictures to follow) and Mamaw and Papaw gave him tickets to the aquarium!

Every time I asked Matthew what he wanted for his birthday his response was a new basketball and soccer ball, so that is exactly what he got. Aunt Terrie, Uncle Mark, Drew, and Bryce gave him a new soccer ball and shin guards for the upcoming soccer season. We gave him a new basketball. He was so excited!

Happy Birthday to my Big Boy!
Life is Good.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

We have been blessed with two extremely good sleepers. We we convinced that since Matthew was such as good sleeper, there was no way Miles would be. Boy were we WRONG! Miles loves his bed even more that Matthew. When Miles is ready for bed, he lets you know. We are actually a little worried about vacation this year because Miles will only sleep in his bed. I don't know how we got so blessed.
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Life is Good.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Hoppy Easter!

Easter was so fun this year! Matthew was excited about everything and was able to fully participate and realize what was going on this year. He enjoyed dying eggs and was able to do a lot of it on his own. Both of my boys love stickers, so after we colored the eggs, we decorated them with stickers galore!

I had to help Miles just a little, but he had just as much fun.

We hosted an Egg Hunt for Michael's family. We hid a total of 124 eggs for 5 kids (two of which are 1 year olds and could care less!) They all had a blast!

Miles was not interested in hunting eggs. He only wanted to swing. I did trick him into picking up an egg so I could get a picture. (Right after this was taken, he threw the egg across the drive way! Good thing it was plastic!!!)

I am in LOVE with the boys Easter outfits. They are so me. I kinda pushed Michael to his limit with them though. He is not a huge fan of dressing up shorts, or the Chuck Taylors, but I thought he was going to have an aneurysm when I pulled out the hats! He had to admit that the boys looked pretty darn cute. (Uncle Kenny nicknamed Matthew "Matty'O Brien").
I was unable to get a good picture of the boys together wearing their hats.


The boys with their Easter Baskets!


These are a few of my favorites!




Candy Monsters!



Life is Good.