Tuesday, February 24, 2009


So, usually I enjoy eating lunch with adults. I spend all day with children, so when lunch time comes, lunch is usually a break from the mundane and the conversation is quite good. Today, the topic of "guns" came up and we discussed the 11 year old who shot his stepmother, well, I was corrected at lunch, it is his Dad's girlfriend, in the head while she was sleeping.  The woman was 8 months pregnant.  Then we started talking about guns...

I think my first mistake was thinking that I'm a good parent.  I stated that Dougie WOULDN'T HAVE ACCESS to guns.  The boy who shot his stepmother, I'm sorry, Dad's girlfriend, was given the gun as a GIFT for Christmas.  That would never happen in my house.  The conversation turned to wether or not my husband was a hunter and/or paintballer.  I told them that he was, but that my children wouldn't have access to his guns...apparently, I didn't make that clear.  Nik's guns aren't even kept at our house.  They are kept in a locked safe at his father's house, in the basement.  I made another mistake when I stated my distaste for AirSoft guns and what they teach children and then it happened. 

The one thing that I can't stand being told. 

The one thing that makes me roll my eyes and just stop talking.

The one that that I will never say to another parent.

"You say that now, just you wait..."

Ummm...NO! I wont wait.  I'm a good mother and I've already made the choice. Dougie WONT have guns.  If he chooses to hunt with his father, he'll take a gun safety course BEFORE he is allowed to go and he wont have HIS OWN GUN.  I wont buy him a paintball gun or a bbgun.  I'm too afraid of what might happen if he isn't responsible enough to have one or his friends aren't responsible. I WONT change my mind.  

End of Rant.

Teacher Post

I'm at school right now, teaching Science for the first time this year. I love Science. I'm starting with my electricity unit, which is SO much fun. It's completely student driven and self paced. The kids do about 10 experiments with a battery, light bulb and foil ribbon. The first experiment is my favorite. I give them all their supplies and tell them to light the light bulb. The trick is...I don't tell them how to do it. They have to figure it out themselves. Once they figure it out, I FORBID them to help other groups. Almost always, someone tries to help. My favorite part of the experiment is when they start figuring it out. Here are some of the things my kids have said during this experiment:

"Look, Look! I got it!"
"I think my lightbulb is broken, I can't get it to work."
"Mrs. Starkey, it's so hard not to want to help somebody."
"Why is my battery getting so hot?"
"Eric, Eric, Look! I got it to work!"

I love my job. Today has been a fun day!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

4 months!

Kate is 4 months old...she used to sleep through the night, but has recently stopped and now we are going on week two of her not wanting to sleep AT ALL at night. We'll see how it goes tonight, since she had shots today.

Here are her 4 month stats...

Height: 24 3/4 inches
Weight: 14 lbs 15 oz.

She's chewing like crazy and blowing raspberries like there is no tomorrow.

Sunday, February 15, 2009


Kate's getting SO big. Since she'll be 4 months next week, we decided to try cereal (of the oatmeal, variety). We wont give it to her everyday, and we don't give her much...just enough so that she can practice to eat with a spoon! Enjoy the video below!

and enjoying her bib!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

I completely agree...

The punishment should fit the crime.