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Maternity Pictures

My blogging friend Brooke from Silver Linings was a perfect pregnant angel and was willing to take maternity pictures for me. I think that she did an astounding job! You should accolade her along with me and check out her blog!
Here are some of my favorite pictures!

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Confessions of an 8-month Pregnant Woman (35.5 Week Bumpdate)

Dress: Wal-Mart (4 years ago, NOT MATERNITY)
Holy crap! I only have about a month left before Rhys is due! Time has gone by so fast!
Cravings
– Chocolate Milk
– Frozen Peas
– Mango-flavor
Side Effects
– Feeling hot. It is constantly in the 90’s now, and my apartment has no AC (just ceiling fans), but I’m still so hot! Thankfully, school is over because my classroom’s AC unit was broken!
– Braxton Hicks contractions. I’ve had them 3 or 4 different times the past month.
– I’ve had a hard time getting off the floor.
-Exhaustion and having to pee.
– Thirsty!
–  I feel like I’ve strained my hips. But, mom says that’s just the muscles, ligaments, tendons, etc. getting ready to stretch for the birth.
Do I look 8 months pregnant in this outfit? I don’t think I do. But, I promise you the due date is a month and 3 days from now!
I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about my pregnancy. I’ve been very lucky compared to others in a few different ways, but sometimes I’ve been a bit jealous in others.
– I’ve only put on 25-30 pounds during this pregnancy. I can still fit into a lot of my shirts (some of which I might have to pack away as “maternity” after I give birth from stretching a bit) and I don’t look very pregnant. People can’t believe I’m 35 weeks along and say how lucky I am. They also say that from the back, I don’t look pregnant. But…then I hear stories of how my friends get free things, or to skip lines, or complete strangers help them carry things because they look pregnant (and are pregnant). No one but my husband or my family has offered anything like that to me.
– I’ve had numerous friends who have recently given birth and either there was some complication with their baby or their baby passed away. As with any mother, I felt so bad for them, cried for them. But, I also worried about Rhys–what if that were to happen as well. Then, I’d feel guilt–my doctor said I was having a “text-book” pregnancy.
– I thoroughly miss running. This is the perfect time of the year for morning or evening runs and I can’t run with this big bump!
– My visiting teachers (a pair of girls in your LDS church congregation assigned to visit you every month and become friends, etc) moved away. Typically, it’s the visiting teachers in our congregation that hosts baby showers and I haven’t met my new ones yet…which means I may not have a baby shower with my friends. =(
– I’m so thankful that Brooke from Silver Lining is willing to do my maternity pictures. But, Brooke, I’m apologizing here and now–I suck at taking pictures. I never know how to pose or what my face looks like!
– I don’t like feeling useless. Part of our teacher-work day on Friday was to help move boxes and small furniture to the gym because our classrooms are getting re-carpeted over the summer. The custodial staff was going to move the desks, bookshelves, etc. All of a sudden, we heard over the PA for our principal to go to a classroom ASAP because it was an emergency. The rest of us wondered what had happened. Well, another teacher is due in November. I don’t know all the details or the cause, but she had passed out for a bit. She was fine a few moments later and very responsive. But, after that, all the staff started to worry about me. They wouldn’t even let me lift a transparency projector! It’s less than 20 pounds and I’m very strong and in great shape, but they wouldn’t let me. I appreciate their concern since I’m giving birth in less than a month, but I hate feeling like I can’t do something and have to rely on someone else.
– Salt Lake City is hosting a FantasyCon the first weekend of July (the week before Rhys is due). I am a huge fantasy nerd! Not only do the panels look super interesting, but John Rhys-Davies (Gimli from LOTR and Mordecai from One Night With the King), Sean Astin (Samwise Gamgee from LOTR), Billy Boyd (Pippin from LOTR) and about half the dwarves from The Hobbit will be there! We are getting tickets for all 3 days and praying that I don’t go into labor there!

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

How I Spent My 1st Day of Summer Vacation

I was going to do a lot today, but that didn’t happen.

was going to dress nicely, do my hair, and put on makeup.
I’m wearing jeans and t-shirt, hair up in a bun, with no makeup.

I was going to cut and freeze fruit, plan the week’s meals by looking through the recipe books I have, put away the washed dishes, and sweep. 
I only cut and froze fruit.
I was going to do some indexing because I love doing it.
I spent about 5 minutes on it before I got bored.
I was going to organize and plan my summer schedule for getting unit plans ready to sell on my Teachers Pay Teachers shop (check it out, I already have some items up).
Then I decided I wanted to read.
Well, I grabbed my book and it’s sitting next to me, but that’s as close as I got.
I was going to take pictures of myself in my “lazy-day, I’m done teaching for the summer, and I don’t really look 8 months pregnant in this” outfit and do a post on “Confessions of a 8-Month Pregnant Woman.”
I decided to read old blog posts instead.
I was going to take a nap to rejuvenate myself.
I got distracted by funny youtube videos.
I was going to have a tasty, healthy tuna salad for lunch.
But, I’m hot and pregnant, so I had a bowl of icecream instead.
I was going to take a picture of me eating the icecream for this blog post to emphasize my point of being lazy on the first day of summer break.
And then, before I knew it, the icecream was eaten!
I will make dinner tonight for Justin and me–ravioli and veggies.
I will go on a walk down Center Street with Justin after dinner. I’ve been asking him to do so for weeks, as we are hopefully counting down the days until we move…hopefully there’ll be good news to share with y’all on Monday about our housing situation!
I will have the previously mentioned post for tomorrow after I take real pictures of myself.
I will get maternity pictures done next week, thanks to Brooke @ Silver Lining!
will go to the Utah Core Academy to improve my teaching skills, learn more about the Common Core, represent my school, and get points toward my level 2 license, but, I will only go to 1 instead of the 3 I signed up for.
I will do a lot this summer because I won’t have a part-time job for the first time in my life and if I don’t, I’ll go crazy.
But, I will also take everyone’s advice and RELAX since I am giving birth in 5 weeks. Hence, the reason I felt ok being lazy and eating icecream today.

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Baby Bumpdate–32 Weeks

3 more weeks of school! Then, only 5 more weeks until our son arrives!

Dress: not maternity!! Wal-Mart Bella Bird Collection (super amazingly cute modest inexpensive clothing!)
Nude Heels: Payless

Side Effects
-Constant, constant peeing. Every time I move position, I have to pee.
– Rhys loves to kick me. Sometimes he vies for my attention when I’m trying to give it to my students.
– Shortness of breath.
– A little bit of motion sickness.
– Back aches.
– Sore legs and feet.
– Headaches
– I’m sooooo hot! My classroom thermostat is on the fritz and it’s really stuffy. Also, at night, I wake up to kick off my blankets.
– I definitely feel pregnant. I feel like I’m almost waddling and that there is definitely something protruding in front of me when I walk. It’s also really hard to roll over or get up.
Cravings
– Food that’s ready to eat–AKA, food I don’t have to cook–AKA fast food.
– Chocolate milk
Other Things
– I had a lovely Baby Shower with my relatives (I’m still hoping to have one for friends). We got a lot of cute clothing for Rhys.
– The Morrell girls were kind enough to get us a stroller, carseat, and swing. My parents were kind enough to get us a crib.
– I’m ready for Rhys to come, but at the same time, I’m a little apprehensive.
– Sometimes I get apprehensive about this summer: being a mom, giving birth, finding a house, maternity leave, etc.

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Understanding PreTeens

A couple of weeks ago, Bonnie wrote this post about  21 Things Parents Should Know About Their Teenagers.  I was reminded of a guest post I had written over the summer and decided to actually post it on my own blog as well.
Teaching has taught me many things about my curriculum, about the school system, etc. But, I feel that it has prepared me for the time my own children reach their preteen ages. While Bonnie focuses on older teens about to graduate, I focus on 12-14 year olds in schooling. But, there is a lot more than just teaching them how to read and write. We also have to understand them as well.
1) All misbehavior is a positive attempt at attention.
A prevailing classroom management (as well as now parenting style) theory is called Love and Logic. It tries to focus on the positive side of children, understanding that there is always a reason for their misbehavior, always something on their mind that they are scared, frustrated, nervous, or unsure about. This theory calls for us to “kill them with love.” Be understanding, err on the side of mercy. They want to be heard. Repeat what they said, “You said you feel anxious when I kiss you as I drop you off because it’s embarrassing. Ok, I’m sorry. How about this, you give me a kiss before we even leave the house, so no one sees.”
2) They want to prove themselves.
Preteens aren’t teenagers yet. They are still children, but are stepping into adulthood as they begin pubescence. They want to feel accepted. They want to feel like adults. They want to show you they are smart. Give them that opportunity, whether it be with (school) assignments or responsibilities at home. But, don’t micro-manage.
3) They are smarter than you think.
Again, they just need an opportunity to prove themselves. Find what they are good at and let them know! Help build their self-confidence. They are actually very bright, but when told, “No, do it this way” or “You are bad at math, so you are dumb” or “You don’t do well in standardize testing so you’ll never get anywhere,” they stumble and fall. Always, before telling them something is bad or wrong, tell them something they did right and well. Again, don’t micromanage–give them options to use their talents in and the result will surprise you.
4) They are still children, and thus, still need repetition.
Just because they think they are adults, doesn’t mean they are. They still need repeats of instructions. They still need drills. They still need practice. They are at the stage in life where quality is surpassing quantity, and they need to focus on that.
5) Give them time to be creative.
I played with Barbies until I was in 8th grade. I ran through my backyard with a blanket on my back pretending it was wings. I wrote a short story on one of my state standardized tests rather than a 5-paragraph essay. And now, I feel I am very creative. Creativity is a dying part of human society, especially in the schools. All we do is focus on the test. Focus on grammar, on math, on analyzing books. But, we need to let be creative. I strive to include creative writing into my school work. I also try to have them color at least once a week (either with a paragraph analysis or a poster presentation or a collage). It is very important to exercise the right brain as much as the left brain for growth of preteen mentality and knowledge.
6) Preteens are pack animals.
They truly are. They would rather sit and talk with their friends then sit down quietly and work. This is probably the biggest problems in the schools when it comes to classroom management. So, I always try to incorporate at least one partner/group work a week. This can be done at home, too. Let your kids hang out with their friends, let them do extracurricular activities, be part of sports or clubs, host parties. They thrive on a social life.
7)They are absolutely hilarious.
Because they are still developing physically, emotionally, and mentally, preteens can be some of the funniest people in the world. This can happen both purposefully, and not. So, if they are purposefully trying to get a laugh out of you, indulge them–give a guffah or a chuckle. If it isn’t intentional, just smile and make a mental note…then share it on your blog! Check here for some silly, but sometimes inspiring things my students say in class or in their writings!
What other secrets to understanding preteens have you come up with?

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.