Has definitely NOT kept the doctor away the last
several weeks month and a half. Since the start of the year our house has seen the flu, strep, and most recently an intense case of Hands, Foot, and Mouth Disease (hereto referred to as HFMD and in no way related to hoof-mouth disease which only affects animals), this is one exhausted momma! I am fervently praying that my 18mo old, T, will heal up soon so that we can move on from all the yuck.
I have sorely missed posting and am excited to get back to it as I am headed towards several new goals in my professional and academic career– beginning my thesis!! But first a couple of updates on a few goals I made for myself back in…November. Wow. That took a second. My first goal was to drop 15 pounds. Yes, the eye-rolling for the cliche can commence. I did not meet this goal, but I did implement a few new habits for myself such as making it a point to drink as much water as humanly possible during the day and to cook at home healthy whole meals. My second goal was to de-clutter the house. I am SUPER excited to say that I actually was able to accomplish this! Mostly. At least I have an awesome start. Almost every room in the house underwent a major change. Both the our bedroom and the living were rearranged and completely de-cluttered, my sons’ rooms were organized for their play, and the kitchen was reorganized as well. This did NOT happen over night. It’s actually taken me about 2 months to get all of that work done, and it was SO WORTH IT! My third goal was to start a new Christmas tradition. I had wanted to take the boys to volunteer somewhere, but this simply didn’t happen. Instead, we started a very simple and easy tradition. We sat down and read the Christmas story straight from the Bible on Christmas Eve. It was sweet and simple, and didn’t require a lot of effort. I know that the more years we do it, the more special and core it will become to how we celebrate our Christmas holiday.
The next big step in my academic career happens in four weeks: the Faculty Panel Exams. In my degree plan, this is the exam that allows me to proceed to begin my Thesis Prospectus. It’s an oral exam about half an hour long covering the nine core classes of the Museum Science degree plan with a Pass/Fail grade. It’s a lot of material to review. But with the right time management and diligence, it will be done! Once this is completed (and PASSED), I can officially move on to my thesis proposal. In the fall I’ll “start” my thesis and hopefully be ready to submit and defend it by May 2016. No big…right??
In the meantime…
I’ve started teaching preschool music classes for two different preschools. Let me tell you– it is SO MUCH FUN! I’ve been very blessed with two separate programs (one on Mondays/Wednesdays and the other on Tuesdays/Thursdays) that give me a lot of leeway to design and implement the programs as I see fit. This is also a huge responsibility. I have been researching teaching styles, repertoire, activities, curriculum, any and every infant-preschool-music-related thing that I find. That being said, if YOU happen to know anything or have any wisdom in this area to share– don’t be shy! I do have about a year’s worth of experience prior to this and I’ve been teaching private music lessons for several years as well.
A quick note before I head off for the night– the blog is going to be undergoing some structural changes over the next few weeks that I believe will really benefit the organization and help me stay on topic with providing encouragement and help to other academic parents of faith out there. Stay tuned!!