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Photo of the Day – March 24

I love wildflowers, especially flowers that find the most unlikely places to grow.

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Photo of the Day – March 22

View from the shore of the St. John’s River.

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Photo of the Day – March 21

“I got you,” says Pudge the cat.

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Photo of the Day – March 19

I took my son to the zoo yesterday and got this wonderful little image of a squirrel monkey.

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Photo of the Day – 3-18-14

Photo of the Day is a flower found at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, where my son and I will visit tomorrow.

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Catching Up

Has it really been two months since I blogged? I feel so lazy. Truth be told though, I’ve been super busy. Teaching has been an adventure, to say the least, and I find it hard to keep up with grading all the projects. Currently, I’m on spring break and I still have 160 projects and 110 quizzes to grade. Here are some of my Middle school and Elementary school students’ work.

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In addition to my busy school schedule, I have to mention that my photography business has really picked up. I have a wedding, a new born session, a maternity session, an album design, and three religious ceremonies that all need edited and uploaded by the end of next week.

And with all that on my plate, I’m taking tomorrow off to take my son to the zoo. It’s been raining the last few days and tomorrow’s forecast is 75 and sunny, so we’re taking advantage of it.

Speaking of my son, he’s growing like a weed. He’s 18 months old now, weighs over 25 pounds, and is about 34 inches tall. He is super smart too. He’s running now and his vocabulary is ever increasing. He’s become obsessed with the show Little Einsteins. So obsessed in fact that he wants to watch the shows over and over, all in a row, and he starts crying when each episode ends. He’s also learned that he can watch it on the computer and if he clicks the mouse the next episode starts.

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He’s still very active though. We think it may be time to buy him a riding toy.

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He still loves to read too. We’ll go through his entire book collection (30-40) three times before he gets tired of it.

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He has a thing for trains now too. We had to pry him away from this set at Toys R Us (resulting in a complete meltdown), but we did surprise him with his own train set when we got home. He’s played with it for hours on end and takes the engines with him everywhere.

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All in all, this has been a very full two months.

To be or not to be…

While Hamlet’s famous line contemplates life or death, mine is referencing a way of life. For the past eight years I have wanted to be an art teacher. After finishing my BFA in 2008, I started sending my resume out every time I heard of an opening in a three county radius. I have kept every rejection notice. I have been rejected over 80 times. So why do I keep at it? Hope. Want. Need.

Coming from a poor family, I was always taught to work hard and to always have hope. I want to be in a classroom, making a difference in kids’ lives. I need a higher paying day job in order to make ends meat. I used to love my current job, but lately because of my boss it has become nothing more than a paycheck, and a small one at that. A first year teacher makes about $10,000 more per year than I do. With that, we would no longer be living paycheck to paycheck, and we would be able to afford to have another child.

I have my resume in six schools currently. And this time, I am VERY hopeful. Why? Because this time, the county art coordinator knows I exist. And even better…he wants to meet me and view my portfolio. I owe this to my college photo professor. She knows him, and I thank her tremendously for putting him in touch with me. So wish me luck this week.

Photo of the Day – Nov. 5th

Today’s Photo of the Day comes from one of my favorite places. I love sitting under the old live oaks. They are my favorite part about living in the south, ok, no snow is my favorite part. But the trees are a close second.

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Photo of the Day – Nov. 2

I love the symbolism behind this shot. Sometimes you just need to stand out from the crowd. On a sad note, we have to have the tree these crocuses surround removed because a fungus is killing it and there is no way to save it. I’m not quite sure where my crocuses will be moved to yet.

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Photo of the Day – October 22

Today’s photo comes from historic St. Augustine. I’m so lucky to live by such a historically rich city. This is the Lightner Museum, which used to be a hotel.

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