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YMCA Member of the Year

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Yep. That's me! My branch's member of the year!

I got the phone call today telling me that I had been nominated and the trainers had picked me as the winner! It made my day! So I need to write a little bit about my journey (I'll post it here for feedback) and then on Saturday at the Christmas party I will be presented with my framed certificate!

So...That's all, folks!

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WORKOUTWITHPAM 12/14/2012 8:58PM


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LIVEDAILY 12/13/2012 6:06PM

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Congratulations!! All of your hard work has been noted and appreciated by others! I know you feel SO proud of your accomplishmnet! Keep up the great work!!

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CARLA-216 12/13/2012 3:41PM

    That is so awesome, Jess! Well deserved - Congratulations!
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LYNSEY723 12/13/2012 11:38AM

    emoticon That is so cool!!! That us such a great reward for all of your time there at the gym - and a nice reminder to keep going!

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ROSINVN 12/13/2012 2:58AM

Congratulations!!! It's great that they are appreciating you and the effort you have put in over this last year!!!! Once again congrats emoticon

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THE_SHAKESHAFT 12/13/2012 1:18AM

    Nice work!! Congrats :)

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LIBBYL1 12/12/2012 10:49PM


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WARMSTRONG2 12/12/2012 10:48PM

  Wow, congratulations!

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Snow day and other things

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Yesterday at school we had a snow day! Not real snow, of course. That would be silly. No, we had fake snow, made from compressed soapy liquid that was sprayed all over the bottom court. I don't have pictures, so you will just have to picture 200 children after a giant washing machine exploded. It was so, so much fun. There were TV cameras (we didn't make it on TV though) so the boss said we were to look like we were enjoying ourselves. I take my job very, very seriously, so of course I had heaps of fun! I had no choice! I was putting 'snow' in the kids hair, giving them sudsy high fives, and generally having a good time. I had the senior students putting suds all down my back and, since they were covered, trying to give me hugs so I would be covered too. The juniors kept rubbing 'snow' into my tummy, since they couldn't reach my hair to get me back! It was awesome, and the kids had a ball.

In other news, the kids all wrote letters to me today. They were instructed to write a letter about their year, what they learned, their favourite parts, etc. Only a few finished, but one girl wrote "I always hated maths and thought it was hard, but you made it understandable". Well I teared up right there in the computer suite! I need to add that to my CV! The others didn't want me to read theirs today (I think they want to give them to me on the last day) so I said I would print them out and they can turn them in later.

Today was prize giving. My babies got up and accepted their certificates for their achievements. I was so, so proud of them! The looks on their faces when they found out what their prize was for... Priceless. Another tearing up moment. I feel there will be a lot of those in my near future...

So I am having a busy eating out week
Thursday - Birthday dinner with my ex
Friday - Birthday dinner with my friends
Saturday - Birthday lunch with the grandparents AND mums birthday dinner (our birthdays are on consecutive days).

My birthday is a free day... anything I want to eat I am gonna eat. That birthday brownie is MINE. Other that that I am planning on sticking to my ranges and making sensible choices. Can't let one day derail the whole week!

Whew, you're all up to date!

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COLETTEISGREAT 12/12/2012 3:59PM

    I love that the kids wrote letters to you! Those will be cherished!

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LYNSEY723 12/12/2012 3:06PM

    Such a wonderful week for you! emoticon emoticon

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CARLA-216 12/12/2012 1:41PM

    So much fun with the "snow"! And very awesome that you've made maths understandable for that girl. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JSTETSER 12/12/2012 5:58AM

    What a great day! I will have to repost my story about "flakes" soon.
Have a great day. Let it shine!

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TCANNO 12/12/2012 4:01AM


Keep it up

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AMSPARKER 12/12/2012 3:56AM

    Thanks for bringing me up to date! You know, you sound so happy with your life right now! I remember a few short weeks ago (or has it been months??) when you were in the midst of making those difficult life choices...well, you've come a long way, baby!! And I'm sure you're also planning for your trip! Enjoy all of the positives you've got going on! Hugs

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Busy Bee

Monday, December 10, 2012

I've been making certificates! Each child in my class is getting one Friday.

The certificates congratulate the kids for surviving the year with me (as a first year teacher they were my guinea pigs) and have a wordle. To create the wordle I got the kids to write their name on a piece of paper, then they had to give leave their paper on their desk while every other child in the class wrote nice things about them on their paper. I then input all the words from their paper into wordle.com, and ta-da! A personalised word cloud for each child. Just in case that makes no sense, and example is below.

Cute, no? I have laminated them so they last. I hope when they are having a bad day they can look at them and remember that they have lots of awesome qualities, and that they are good kids.

It is my birthday on Friday, so we are having a relaxed day. I am taking in a cake, we are going to do arts and crafts, and then watch movie. The good thing about my birthday being during the last week of school is that I can actually have a lax day with the kids and it is OK. It wouldn't fly in June!

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LIVEDAILY 12/10/2012 10:14PM

    The certificates are nice! This is your last week of school?? When did school start for you, and when does it start again?? It's SO different from the states!

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CARLA-216 12/10/2012 3:54PM

    That's a great and thoughtful idea! I think you are an awesome teacher!

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LYNSEY723 12/10/2012 1:39PM

    That is so awesome!! Love it!

Friday sounds like a great day! emoticon

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BUSYGRANNY5 12/10/2012 7:24AM

    Great idea! Enjoy!!!!

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JSTETSER 12/10/2012 6:13AM

    What a great day to appreciate your class.
You are a teacher with real class!
Have a great day.
When does your school year end?

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 12/10/2012 5:55AM

    Totally cute! I have never seen that website, thanks for sharing. I know the kids will love thier certificates! Have a great last week of school!

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TJCADDO 12/10/2012 3:48AM

    What a way to make each student feel special and recognized for qualities they possess.Sounds like you are going to be one of those memorable teachers.

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Wearing shorts in public for the first time since I was 12

Saturday, December 08, 2012

71.1kg and wearing shorts! Yahoo!!

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CARLA-216 12/10/2012 3:53PM

    WooHoo! Looking mighty good doing it too!

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AUSFAM 12/10/2012 3:03PM

    And looking good! :)

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TEACHFIRST268 12/9/2012 12:40PM

    I can totally relate to this! I haven't braved shorts in years. Maybe this summer I will.

Congrats! You look GREAT! I'll bet you feel great, too!

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KAYATLANTA2010 12/9/2012 7:27AM

    You look totally great in shorts!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 12/9/2012 6:16AM

    Way to go! Looking great! I know what you are talking about it, I haven't worn shorts for ever either...maybe this summer. Way to ROCK THEM!

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BETHANNGRAY121 12/8/2012 11:20PM

    Yay! Looking good! Beautiful!

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KRISTEN_SAYS 12/8/2012 8:25PM

    awesome! great job!

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X5X52000 12/8/2012 5:51PM

    emoticon You look great!

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SLIMMERKIWI 12/8/2012 5:35PM

    What's that song .............."Sexy Lady" ???? - LOL!
You look A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!


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LILLEAN 12/8/2012 5:10PM

    Wow you look amazing emoticon

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DIET_FRIEND 12/8/2012 4:53PM

    You look great in those shorts! If you live where I do, you'd find a way to wear shorts a lot! I was in shorts as recently as yesterday. I want to look as good as you do when I wear them next year!

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Action World

Friday, December 07, 2012

Before the storm hit we managed to have a ball at Action World. I can only share the photos of me, and the children's faces have been covered for privacy reasons.

"Smile, Miss Bubble!"

Move over, kiddos! It's Miss Bubbles turn!

"Don't take a picture of me struggling to get out of the air bag!" - Sometimes they don't listen!

"Will you verse me, Miss Bubble?" I won!

Hmmm... The kids weren't the only ones who had fun!!

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    So glad you had a great day!

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LIVEDAILY 12/7/2012 8:50PM

    That looks like awesome fun!! What kind of storm was it that hit?? Just a really bad thunderstorm, or something worse?

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LYNSEY723 12/7/2012 2:51PM

    Looks like a blast!

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