In February, Matt was approached by his administration about applying for the Presidential Award of Excellence in Math and Science Teaching. This began six weeks of him working over time (with some help from me) to get his entry ready. This entailed videotapes, letters of recommendation, samples of student work, etc. Then we sat back and waited to hear.
In March, Harrison was accepted for a research study for his GERD. We were able to get some amazing medicine which helped him feel better and keep most of his food down. This made me soooo much happier!
In June, Matt began teaching summer school for the second year at Math Journeys in Little Rock, along with taking another 6 hours of grad school. We also received word in late June that Matt was chosen as a top three finalist for the Presidential Award. This is a HUGE honor and I am soooo proud of him!
In July, my little girl turned 3! We celebrated with a family party and I'm still amazed at how fast she is growing up! She's such a sweet little girl and I love being home with her each day.
In August, Matt started back teaching for his third year in Cabot. He also started taking another 6 hours of grad school. Additionally, Matt began the extensive work complete his National Board Certification -- something that only 2% of teachers nation-wide have! He'll put in over 500 hours before the work is complete and sent in to be graded! Additionally, Madeleine started preschool for the first time and has had such fun learning and making lots of new friends.
In November, Matt and I were able to slip away for a weekend in Dallas. We had a blast doing some early Christmas shopping for the kids and getting some MUCH needed rest. Matt even got to experience the Cheesecake Factory for the first (and definitely not last) time!
December was a super busy month for us! Harrison spent a good portion of the month sick with croup and ear infections, but other than that is still his happy, joyful self! He turned one on the 22nd and I can't believe how fast this year has gone! Harrison has been absolutely pure joy from the first moment! His bubbly, laid back personality charms everyone he meets -- and the dimples help too! We celebrated with a family party, which he throughly enjoyed! Additionally, Matt reached the 1/2 way mark for grad school -- and he's got a 4.0! I'm so proud of him! Santa found our house and Christmas was a blast - Madeleine is already talking about next year. :)
All in all, 2007 was a wonderful year for us & I hope for your family, too. And, since I'm a numbers person, here's a quick review of our year in numbers.....
5......number of words Harrison knows
11....average number of hours Harrison sleeps!
14....weeks Madeleine survived without a paci this summer
18.....hours of grad school Matt completed
47....gallons of ice cream eaten
8,941.....books read to my babies
12.....books I've read for me
2,191.....number of diapers used
9,122...."I love you's."
224.....trips to gym
401.....pots of coffee
18, 257....hugs and kisses