promping v. 2014

If it’s Spring then it is time to promp again here under the Big Top. Such is the life of raising a family of five circus clowns growing up much, much too fast. Actually this will be the last promping time for awhile. I imagine that when Daniel is old enough and if he chooses to go to prom that it won’t be such a big deal as it is now…and truthfully my girls are much, much more low maintenance than some peers…thank goodness. Still, I won’t lie, I do live a little bit vicariously through my girls’ proms because that wasn’t one of those things I got to share with my Mommy Dearest even if I did have a boyfriend through high school…that dang “no-dancing-because-it-is-a-sin” thing that he and his family ascribed to.

Oh well.

But this year’s promping is again all about Jodie…her Senior Prom!

There was the dress shopping.

It MUST be a burden to be a hanger that every single dress one tries on looks absolutely perfect. I’m going to keep telling myself that. These were part of her top 4. Wait for it…the winner is coming.

But horrors! A monkey wrench in all the promping.

A tumbling mishap at dance earlier this week which she tried to tough it out until yesterday when she could scarcely lift her arm. That could be a problem. Xrays ruled out a broken clavicle but it was determined to be a sprain of ligaments connecting her clavicle to her shoulder joint so the good doctor recommended no dancing for a week and to wear a sling to keep her arm in a neutral position.

I know, first world problems.

Still, we pressed onward because it is promping time.

Who else would be doing hair and makeup besides big sister? Really?


Actually this is the only picture with the sling. We made a deal and yes, against medical advice, she went sling-less to the prom promising to be careful. I’m not worried. Her shoulder and collar bone are quite sore still and she has limited range of motion so there won’t be any throwing her hands up in the air because she can’t. Plus next weekend is a big dance competition so with the exception of tonight, she is motivated to follow doctor’s orders. Besides, this dress…

…with a sling?


Aren’t they cute?

They’re just friends which is okay because promping is so much more fun with friends.




homework help

Sometimes, when you find yourself stuck, you’ll take any help that you can get.

Word searches can be hard. I mean you can be staring and staring and not see that last word on the list even though it is literally right in front of you by the tip of your pencil. Sometimes a fresh pair of eyes helps.

I see a word…right here. Do you see it?

Glad I could help.


do good for the kindest and the sweetest

I hesitated for a moment sharing this but, well, it is a need that will not be met any other way.

iPad for Learning!

My students are excited to use technology in our classroom! When they see an iPad their faces light up!

My classroom consists of Mild/Moderate Special Education Students. They are the kindest, sweetest students. They make teaching such a joy!

My students have their own personal learning struggles in all academic areas, but try so hard to achieve. They strive to learn!

I would like to continue developing new learning centers in my classroom. Adding centers with iPads would be so exciting! Today’s students learn with technology and we need to keep up with the latest technology! The iPad center would offer a new way to develop language arts and math through the multitude of applications out there!

Adding an iPad to our classroom will make learning more exciting for my students. I know they will feel so proud to have a classroom with an iPad learning center. They will look forward to using the new technology daily.

Many of my students don’t have the resources at home to have Internet access, computers, or other technologies that could help them achieve. Having access in our classroom would give them academic benefits as well as exposure to technology they may not have at home.

This project will benefit Daniel’s class! If I was queen of the world, they would have an iPad Air for each one of the kindest and sweetest 4th, 5th and 6th graders that I know. Mrs. Bradshaw is truly a talented and passionate teacher with a heart for each and every one of her students. Yes, Daniel is fortunate enough to have access to technology at home but he is the minority in this special ed class at his school.  From now until Sunday, January 26 any donation will be 100% matched! The added bonus is all who do donate will receive personal thank yous from the kindest and sweetest students around…including Daniel.

I have shared in the past how it seems that the special ed class always seems to get what is left over and is often counted out. My readers came through years ago with a school fundraising project that won the special ed class the ice cream party…much to the surprise of the PTA. I would love to see something like that happen again except this time a couple of iPads in Mrs. Bradshaw’s class.

Thank you!

letting my heart be light

Won’t lie. Since Thanksgiving, and all of it’s feelings, up until now, the holidays have pretty much sucked.

It has.

It could be worse. So much worse. Still the fact remains that December has mostly been not much fun at all for me. Of course that does wonders for one’s mood. But one afternoon while sipping some tea from a mug from a Christmas past, I was gently reminded. Easier said than done this letting my heart be light, I know. Still I was going to try doing my best to focus on the excitement of my preteen aged son who desperately still wants to believe in Santa, the joy of receiving holiday cards from family and friends (few though they may be) and the excitement of children ready to sing their little hearts out at their school’s holiday concert…

Hazel’s very first school concert! And while she seemed to be looking everywhere for her family, I tried my best to get a good shot of her.

Easier said than done if people in front of us insist on standing through most of the concert.


This letting my heart be light is harder than it looks what with views like these. I get y’all want to see your darling child because Hazel’s family wants to see her just as much as you two. But it’s okay. No one behind you two really wants to see anything but the back of your heads.

I literally counted to ten because it’s the holidays, I’m trying to let my heart be light, it’s Hollie’s birthday and this is Hazel’s (and some 300 other students) moment. So finally I got up, walked to the front of the multi-purpose room, waved to Hazel and got this shot.

Seriously adorable reindeer, aren’t they?

They are.

Having got the shot, I quickly moved back to my seat in the way back and listened to the rest of the concert…what I could hear because EVERYBODY needed to listen to this lady’s LOUD running commentary of all the shopping she has left to do, her grown children’s adventures and woes, how she just can’t shake this smoker’s cough bronchitis and the fact that she couldn’t hear those kids singing.

Letting my heart be light…letting my heart be light…letting my heart be light…

I’m trying. I swear I am really trying.