Thursday, September 10, 2009


Today I was teaching my math group about "even groups" like a precursor to division. I told the little boy I was working with, "The popsicle man gives you 4 popsicles, but says you have to share them with your brother. How many will you give him so you both have the same. So it is fair." He divided the popsicles and gave himself one and made another pile of three. I told him that doesn't look fair and his brother had more than him. He replied, "well Mrs. Mattoon, if I eat too many popsicles I get a tummy ace so I just want one." You can't blame him for being so smart. Sometimes these kids are so clever. So then I asked him what he can eat more than one of. He replied, "cheese." so I changed the problem. "if you had 4 pieces of cheese would your brother get three?" he said "heck no" and divided them evenly. Man I love what I do!

Monday, September 7, 2009

East Idaho State Fair!

We decided to get out to the fair this year!! We didn't go on any of the rides but we walked through all the animals and saw horses, pigs, and rabbits. But not just any horses, pigs and rabbits but enormous versions of these animals. People wonder why i am terrified of horses. It should be pretty obvious when you see how absolutely gigantic they are. They could trample and kill anyone at will. I wanted to see some of the little boys in my class show their rabbits for 4-H but we missed it. It was a great time at the fair for some cheap entertainment. Clara and I supported the Tiger Troops (boy scouts of america) by purchasing some yummy elephant ears and travis went with a burger and fries and the rest of our elephant ears. It was a great little trip.

Yesterday was also a great day. Clara is now all moved in and adjusting to Rexburg. My mom left early sunday morning with my brother and we were sad to see them go. Thanks for everything!! We love you.

Also clara brought her camera and i found a couple more pictures from our seattle trip to share. Enjoy!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Ahh the life of a teacher!

I love love love Special Education. SO i always knew i liked it but now i know i love it. It is the most rewarding thing i have ever done. (mind you i am not a mother yet) but it is just so much fun.

A funny story to share. Today one of the little boys in my class was sad. I asked him what was wrong. He said he had to go to the dentist. I said "you don't like the dentist" he replied saying "my grandma gets mad when i go to the dentist" i asked why she gets mad and he said "cuz i bite the dentist" I laughed so hard my stomach hurt. I could just picture this snaggle tooth little 2nd grader sitting in the dentist chair. Ha ha.

My sister will be here tomorrow and i can't wait. I love my family!

We have successfully been on a spending FREEZE for the last 2 weeks. Travis got laid off and no one is hiring... i wonder how long buying nothing will last... i am so proud of myself honestly!

A funny question for people who pay electric bills. How do you conserve energy... i was not pleased with my energy bill and would like to cut back. How do you do it? i mean other than turn the lights off when your not in the room and don't use the heat?

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

My new Niece!

I need to show off my wonderful amazing niece KayleeAnn. She didn't come when we were home!! i was way sad. But here she is in all her cuteness!!