We had a lot of fun this month. Early in the month we took Alex and Leo with a few friends to the Omaha Zoo. They seemed to enjoy the animals and aquarium. Each boy was awake at different times and it was interesting to see them notice the animals or plants. Megan’s parents came for a visit and it was nice to see them for about a week. The only downside was everyone was sick at some point that week. We also took the boys to the band day parade. They really seemed to enjoy the music and kids marching by. We ended the month by going to Alumni band day, although it was cold so we didn’t stay long, and a pumpkin patch.
In school we had Homecoming week last week. That was entertaining to say the least. We also took the boys to the football game Friday night. We haven’t been the best at getting to activities with them but we’ll try harder. Classes are going well. My seniors are doing great in dual credit and I’m getting more comfortable with religion. I’m also taking a graduate level theology course which I’m really starting to enjoy. That has already helped in class, I can only hope the next ones are as good.
That’s basically it for September. The next big challenge is figuring out Halloween costumes.
The biggest thing to happen in August was Megan and me going back to school and the boys going back to daycare. They were not too happy about that for a few days but they’re now liking it again. School started well, there was a bit of shuffling around with my schedule but it looks good now. My biggest adjustment is teaching Religion. I now teach sophomore and junior religion along with my dual credit biology class. It’s been interesting teaching religion, I’m really enjoying it and I hope the students are too. I also changed rooms. My new room is older but it has windows. I’ve taught for 9 years and this is my first time with windows. Being part of the religion department has been interesting also. I had some input on the dedication of the Chapel and got to read at it. We’ve made it to a softball game and a football game already so hopefully we can take the boys to more games this year. We went to the state fair to meet the Donlans and got to see their 4-H projects. We also saw some baby animals. The month ended with all 4 of us being sick but we’re on the mend now so that’s good.
July was a busier month than June but was fun all the same. We started the month by going to my mom’s for the fourth of July and saw some family. Their block has a large party and lights a lot of fireworks so that was fun to see. Alex and Leo also got to go swimming which they really enjoyed. After that Megan and I worked on the back to school packets so they could be mailed out while we were on vacation. After that we headed to Oregon for our family reunion. It was a great time and we saw lots of families we hadn’t seen for a long time. Our kids were only a few of the young ones there and they seemed to enjoy playing with their cousins. We also had the chance to take them tide-pooling and to the beach. Both kids picked up a crab and tried to eat it. They seamed pretty interested in the life in the pools. We also got to see whales and seals while tide-pooling. Alex and Leo also got to experience the ocean for the first time. The both seamed to like the soft sand but didn’t really love the ocean, it was pretty cold. They both did very well on the plane and car rides which made the trip a lot better. Now it’s time to get my classroom ready for the coming school year. Changing rooms means lots more work than normal in August.
It’s a good feeling to be done for the summer. May went well and our classes finished up nicely. It’s different each year to lose the seniors in early May and this class was the first class I taught for more than one year so that feeling was very different. We finished the year in bio and life science learning about the systems in the human body and the students did very well with that. The kids are doing well, most of the time. Leo went to the hospital a couple of times with pneumonia or asthma and now he’s on a new asthma medicine that will hopefully help him more. Alex is doing great health wise and is a nice calm kid. Leo is crawling all over the place and has to be moving. It’s been nice to be home with both of them the last week and their naps are making that more enjoyable. On a side note we bought a van to fit them and the dogs better. It’s been very convenient and make life easier. Here’s a couple pictures and a prayer for a nice summer.
School went well this month. My student teacher is doing well in 6 of my 7 classes and I get to have fun with the seniors. The 7th graders made a map of the US listing endangered animals and are now learning about plants, the 10th graders are learning about phylums of animals and the seniors are struggling through equilibrium constants. As we get closer to May I get to write more recommendation letter but since I only have 14 seniors now it’s been less this year. We also had prom this month and Megan and I got to go to dinner together. It was a bit of a struggle finding sitters since our normal ones were at prom but one of our sitters worked real hard to find a partner and it worked out.
On the family front I got to be Andrew Donlan’s Confirmation sponsor. It was very neat and we made the trip to Lincoln and back one Tuesday night. The boys were very well behaved for both rides and during the long mass. The boys are doing better, they’re over the RSV but still have the small coughs they’ve had most winter. We’re looking forward to spring. They had their follow ups for the ASDs and that went okay, Alex’s is still there but they just want to check it again in a year and Leo’s is partially closed. Again they will recheck his next March. They’re eating “solids” well and we are switching to a normal (cheaper) formula. They seam to be taking it well. Both boys are getting teeth, Alex is wining that race which is good since Leo is rolling all over the place and Alex is content to just be for now. They both enjoy petting the dogs and the dogs seem to be okay with it for now.
The biggest event for February was our stay in the hospital with RSV. Alex got RSV one week and gave it to Leo a day or so later. We tried to keep them separated but that doesn’t really work with twins. When we got to the hospital Alex was pretty bad but turned around quickly. Leo on the other hand took a long time to get better. We spent about a week there with Leo and they are just now getting back to normal. Otherwise it was a good month for us, Alex is growing well and is already in 9 month clothes. Leo is usually in great spirits and loves to roll around.
School is going great, my student teacher has basically taken over and is doing a good job of planning and teaching so I really just have to worry about chem. I do have one major change coming next year, I’ll be teaching religion. One of our religion teachers is retiring and I offered to switch so I guess it’s time to go back to school.
We This month has been eventful at KCHS. Mr. Barnes joined as a student teacher and has been doing very well. In 7th grade we learned about the types of animals and dissected a grasshopper and a starfish. In 10th we studied evolution and in chemistry we’re studying acids and bases. They did a titration this week and all got it correct. As a school we’re finishing Catholic Schools Week. It’s a great time filled with lots of fun days and activities. We went to a movie as a school and today we have an “Olympic” competition between the classes.
Our boys are growing well. They’re 6 months old and started trying solid foods. Leo can roll over now and plays with his feet. Alex is doing better eating solids and likes to stand. All is going pretty well with them.
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In class we studied Mollusks and the students created a cookbook. Feel free to try any of the recipes and leave comments if you want. A few of the last pages were double sided so they second side is in the part 2 file.
Hello all, November was another good month with our twins, Alex and Leo. they are growing very fast and we are enjoying seeing them change. They can be a challenge at times but they bring us lots of joy. I went hunting a couple times with the dogs. Ollie is getting better each time we go. The last time we went he “seemed” to point a downed rooster but Charlie got to it before I could really see if Ollie would lock up. Alex and Leo have cut into my hunting time a little but that’s okay. In school classes are going well. I’m enjoying my Dual Credit Bio class more and more each week and the students are doing pretty well in it. Biology stated genetics which is one of my favorite things to teach and 7th grade is learning about all the different kingdoms. We had a day of service at KCHS the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. It was a good day for our students to learn more about each other and do some service around Kearney. My group went to the Jubilee Center, a food pantry and thrift store to help move things out of storage and restock the food pantry. I think it went pretty well overall. For Thanksgiving we went to my Mom’s house in Lincoln. It was a nice quiet Thanksgiving with just Mom, Jeff, Donna, Jennifer, and Daniel. We saw Kathy and Mikes families a lot in the evenings and some of my other relatives Thanksgiving night. Overall it was a nice, enjoyable time at home. I hope this finds you all ready for the Advent Season and hope you have a great Holiday Season.