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We have had a pretty good week.  The major news is we had a couple of visits from the tooth fairy.  Joseph had another very loose tooth, and let Paul pull it since Bro. Stoddard wasn’t around to pull it like the last one.  His new permanent teeth look so much happier now.  They have even moved up a bit in the last couple of days.

The next day Josh ripped out another tooth.  Literally.  I had to tell Josh that the tooth fairy wanted him to stop doing that.  If he does, she won’t bring him any money, and he’ll have to eat baby food until new teeth grow it.  Would’t be the yummy stuff, either.  Strained peas, squash, zuchinni, and the like.  He does look cute with the toothless grin, though.  Here is a picture of the cutie-pies.  Joseph is in the yellow, and Josh is wearing red.

 

Since the camera is hooked into the computer right now, here is another picture of the kids on the first day of school.  Josh is on the left, followed by Becky, Joseph, and Adela.

The girls are doing well.  Becky spent a lot of time this week doing homework.  Her teacher sent home 28 pages to be done in 2 days.  I thought she had till Friday to turn it in, but her teacher wanted the packet back on Thursday so she wouldn’t have to grade over the weekend.  That’s hard when she sent it home on Tuesday instead of Monday!!

Adela is a happy little girl, and mommy’s little buddy.  She got to go to lunch with mommy and some piano teacher friends on Friday.  They think she is the cutest, best mannered little girl, and spoiled her with ice cream and apple pie for dessert.  She is very patient listening to all the grownups talk shop for so long. 

I am doing fine.  It is still rather exhausting to come home and teach a full load of piano students after teaching school, but it was a tiny bit better this week.  I think the hardest part is realizing that I’m not nearly as good of a piano teacher as I usually am.  I’m not very motivated, and have work hard to stay patient with the kids. 

Paul had an interview on Friday that went very well.  We are hoping he gets offered the job.  He seems to be the only one they have interviewed so far.  They said they are going to interview some more people and get back to Paul within a couple of weeks.  If he gets another job offer, they want to know so they can make a decistion faster.  He only has 2 more weeks left at his present position, so we are praying that something comes through in a couple of weeks.

Well, that is about all.  We hope everyone has a fantastic week!

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Hi, Everyone! 

It is way past due for a family update, so here goes!

Joseph has had an eventful day.  He has 2 permanent bottom teeth growing behind his baby ones that stubbornly won’t come out.  Well, he has been wiggling and wiggling, and today in Sacrament Meeting his tooth really got loose.  There was about as much excitement in that front row as would be in the delivery room with an expectant mother.  Well, Sacrament ended and the tooth still remained hanging by a thread, and our sensitive little boy wouldn’t let us or him pull it out.  So, off to Primary, where Joseph’s teacher, Bro. Stoddard, turned into the hero of the day. Joseph let him pull the tooth out.  Bro. Stoddard said he didn’t think he had pulled it out, and Joseph didn’t think so either, but there was the tooth in the paper towel!  We are SO happy, and tomorrow we are going to bake cookies for our wonderful primary teacher/dentist.

Josh has a cute little grin now, too.  We have the opposite problem with Josh.  A tooth will be just slightly wiggly, and the next day he will rip it out so the tooth fairy can come.  He is missing his right upper and lower front teeth.  Unfortunately, he doesn’t want to be a jack-o-lantern for Halloween.  Josh is also doing incredibly well in school, both academically and behavior wise.  His teacher said sometimes Josh will start to cry and melt down.  She calmly informs him that he can do that if he chooses, and she will go call his mom to take him home.  Then she just walks away, and Josh calms right down. 

Adela is doing great.  She is loving her dance class.  There is a girl from our ward, and the sister of a couple of my piano students in the same class.  They have a lot of fun together.  Adela is also in preschool 2 days a week.  A group of 5 moms rotate teaching.  I am in the current rotation, and teach on Fridays, and my friend Lybi is teaching on Tuesdays.  It is a lot of fun for Adela and the kids.  I have also come to the conclusion that I am very glad that teaching preschool is not my calling in life. 

Becky is doing great as well.  She finally has a permanent teacher at school.  Her original class had 40 students in it.  They added another class, and Becky was switched into the new one.  They had a long term sub that Becky really enjoyed.  Two weeks ago the new teacher started.  Becky likes her and she seems to be doing a good job with the students.  Becky is also keeping busy with piano.  Her teacher has assigned her a Chopin Prelude and a Mozart Sonata.  She has about half of the Chopin down, but had a hard time learning the Mozart.  We managed to get the first line hands together this week.  It was quite a process, but Becky was very proud of herself once she got it down. 

I am now going into my 3rd week of teaching school.  The director of the school that I worked at when Becky was little gave me a call and asked me if I was interested in teaching there again.  One of their teachers had gotten a full time job in another school, and was only able to give a week notice.  They needed someone to fill her spot.  She was teaching psychology for kids, a writing class, an earth science class, and Spanish.  I told Kathy, the director, that I would be fine but for the Spanish.  I know a bit of Spanish, but am in no way even close to fluent.  She called a couple of days later asking if I could do it if they found a Spanish speaking aide.  I told her I might could, but good luck finding someone to come in for an hour 3 days a week! 

Well, the next day, a Thursday, I got a message from the secretary of the school saying they needed my teaching certificate, fingerprint card, and application that day or the next so human resources could process my paperwork and get me started.  I was in a bit of shock.  I hadn’t realized I had actually been offered the position, and I certainly didn’t think I had accepted!  To top everything off, they wanted me to start the following Monday.

There was a problem, though – I didn’t have my teaching certificate yet.  I had let it expire in the midst of Josh, Joseph, and Adela.  I was too busy dealing with diapers, bottles, sleepless nights and just trying to stay somewhat sane to worry about my teaching certificate.  So, I drove down to Phoenix that next Friday to get a $60 substitute certificate until my real one came in.  Unfortunately, the rules have changed, and I need a 3 credit hour course on how to teach non-native English speakers before I can get my certificate.  I thought that paying $185 and taking the 2 mandatory tests to prove I know what I learned in college would be enough to at least get a temporary certificate, but not so.  The gal at the Dept of Ed that was helping me put a flag on my file, though.  When they got the application I had sent in and the $120 nonrefundable certification fee, she had it sent to her desk, and she in turn mailed it all back to me, money order and all.  She was such an angel for doing that!  So, now I am taking an on-line class to fulfil that last requirement.  It was $328, but at least I can do it on my own time.  So many people blame the education system and teachers for society’s problems.  I guess this is their way of making us pay for it.

After that adventure I went to the district substitute services to get my paperwork processed.  Terri, the gal in charge there was so grateful I was able to take the position, as it was a hard one to fill.  It is part time Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, and only pays $45 a day.  I was telling her what a bummer it was that I had to start as a sub until I got that dang class done and a real teaching certificate in my hands.  My babysitting costs are $25 a day, plus gas and taxes.  I would be bringing home about $5-10 dollars a day.  I was going to tell them on Monday that I would do it until they could find anther sub, but it really wasn’t worth it until I could be hired as a teacher.

Well, Friday late afternoon, I got another call from Kathy, the director of the school.  It seems as Teri from sub services was another angel working on my behalf.  She called the director of Human Resources, and told him about the situation.  He gave her permission to pay me full teacher’s pay as a substitute.  I was so relieved!  I think they were, too.  It would have been a tough position to fill!

So, after all that, school is really going well.  Adela is staying with Aunt Lori while I teach on Mondays and Thursdays.  Tuesdays, Paul takes her to school and picks her up, at least until he finds another job and doesn’t get work at home on Tuesdays any more.  The kids I teach are wonderful, and I only have 1 boy that really annoys me.  We are coming to a bit of an understanding, though.  Even the Spanish class is fine, and I don’t need any help for it.  It is really basic, and forutanetly I have excellent pronunciation, and have effectivley fooled the kids into thinking that I know what I’m teaching.  As long as the book is in front of my, I’m fine.  😉

I have had a hard time adjusting to the schedule.  I am exhausted, and feel like a walking zombie much of the time.  Between teaching school, preschool, and piano, my college class, the kids, and the house I have been stretched rather thin.  We are anxiously praying that Paul finds a job very soon.  Once he does, I will be able to drop most of my piano students in January.  It will be nice because I will be able to do most of my teaching while the kids are at school, and have time with them in the afternoon.  I was planning on doing that next year when Adela started kindergarten, but this dropped into my lap. 

Well, that is about it for the exciting lives of the Layton family.  We think of you often, and you are always in our prayers!

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