Well let me just say that a lot can happen in three weeks! As you can see by the picture, I have my glasses and I've gotten used to them. I wear them all day and everything is so much clearer!
We received the "Formal Application" from CAS and will begin the next step in the process to adopt. We have a lot of questions to answer and then we have to get physicals, background checks, and fingerprints, and then references and send everything in by December 20th. There's a lot to do and very little time, but we'll manage. We have the long holiday weekend to work on our packet and get it ready to be sent back to CAS.
Probably one of the most exciting things that has happened in the last three weeks is that I was nominated for Teacher of the Year for my school. I found out that I was nominated about a week or so ago. There were nine others nominated and I was just flattered to be included with some of the wonderful people that were nominated. Then yesterday, my principal told me that I was voted Teacher of the Year! I was absolutely floored. It's the most humbling honor and it's still surreal to think that I was voted TOY by my peers. It doesn't seem real.
I didn't tell anyone about it yesterday, but I did tell Steve and he was so excited- he posted a tweet about it on Twitter and that's linked to Fb and then people that I work with that are also his friends, they saw the post and then they started commenting to me. Before I knew it, everyone knew. Today when I went to our leadership meeting, my principal announced it to everyone and then she announced it on the announcements for the morning... and then she posted it on Bb.
My team mates decided to make me a crown (the green one that I'm wearing in the picture) and they presented it to me at the end of the day. The fourth graders all came into the hall to watch them present it to me and they clapped and cheered. It was very cute!
So now... I'm not sure what happens, but I have been told that this is just the beginning. I have to fill out a bunch of forms and "toot my horn" and then my information goes to the county. From there it could go to being Wake County Teacher of the Year (not going to happen) and then from there, North Carolina Teacher of the Year... and then National Teacher of the Year. Again... not going to happen, but it's still a HUGE honor to be recognized and awarded the title!
Enough for now... I'll be back later to post more on what's going on. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and it'll just be me and Steve. I have to think that this will be the last Thanksgiving with just us! It makes me very hopeful and eager to enjoy this holiday together!