Thursday, May 26, 2005

Oh Happy Day!

I can't believe it...the kids are gone...the school is quiet...and I'M FINISHED WITH MY FIRST YEAR OF TEACHING! Can you hear the excitement in my typing? Today was a short day...but a fun day. The kids signed yearbooks, said their heartfelt goodbyes and also brought little presents for their teachers. I think I wrote, "Have a great summer!" at least a hundred times on yearbooks.

I always love watching kids give someone a present. They are sooo proud of the present they bought and get the biggest grin on their face as you're opening it...It's so sweet to watch. Some of my presents included gift cards (always a favorite!), teacher pins (like the ABC ones), a "tranquility fountain", candles, jewelry, and flowers. But let me just say that I raked in the chocolate...godiva, dove, hershey...you name it. The kids knew I loved chocolate. I might not tell my class that next year...it could save me five pounds... What about you other teachers out there? Any other exciting end-of-the-year presents?

Another of my favorite presents was a rubber-band bracelet. All of the kids are wearing these colored bracelets...like the Lance Armstrong ones...that say different messages on them. Well this little girl got a green rubber band and wrote the words, "I love Mrs. Cope" on it. I thought that was pretty cute...

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I'm going to be an aunt any day now! We're just waiting... Hollie is dilated, effaced and having contractions. She's not in the hospital yet, but it could be any day now. We're just waiting for the call. I can't wait to see Riley Lyn Reese... Isn't that a precious name! I'll let you know when it happens...I still can't believe my brother will be a dad. Let's all say a prayer that he doesn't pass out in the hospital room...

5 comments:

tine said...

we're waiting anxiously here too! jack can't wait to meet his new cousin!
i'm so glad that you are going to get a break...congratulations on making it through your first year of teaching without a nervous breakdown! i love you and hopefully will see you soon when yall are here to see riley lynn

Molls said...

Jenna...congratulations!! first year flies by...my 2nd year flew by even more! it's crazy.
well, here in the ghetto the gifts get pretty interesting.
last year for christmas, i got a used tube of clinique lipstick and a half empty bottle of perfume. awesome! what do you say when you open that up! i think she stole it out of her mother's bathroom. so sad but so grateful! my gifts usually come from the hispanic dollar store. you know how middle school kids are...they don't give gifts.
tine, where are you! get on that blog and write me another fabulous passage! I MISS YOUR WRITING@ love you jenna!

Lauren said...

Jenna,
Congratulations on finishing your first year. I know you are releived! Miss Riley Lynn will be in my prayers. You and Matt will have so much fun!! Blessings to you and your sweet family.

jodyreese said...

You have finished your first full-year of teaching...let me say how very proud of you I am! Your children were very blessed to have you there, just as your dad and I have been so blessed to have you as our daughter!! Now comes summer...yea!!! Teaching is great because you get to do what you love and you get closure (you know...ending one thing and knowing you get to start over with "Next year I'll do better"!!) and a few weeks of summer. Can't wait to see you! Mom

Leah said...

YAHOO! Congratulations, Jenna. Doesn't it fly by?! You did a fabulous job. No wine gifts this time, huh. I was laughing during O too.