Wednesday, February 25, 2009


My bribery is working so well! Last week I went shopping and spent an insane amount of money on toys for my students in order to "motivate" them to behave. Really its just bribery but I don't care! It's working!

At this point, my two high-flyers are competing for a semi-truck full of Hot Wheels. There are about 20 Hot Wheel cars in it, and I seriously saw these boys go speechless when I showed it to them. Their mouths actually fell open. Its like the equivalent of showing me a box set of ER and Beverly Hills 90210.

These two boys are working to earn points, and the one who has the most will get the truck at the end of the week. Thinking ahead to next week, I went to the store today and bought two Bakugans. These are the strangest boy toys that I have been exposed to but they are the coolest things for 8 year old boys right now. Believe me I know.

I'm such a softy though, I already feel sorry for the one that isn't going to win. But, he is aware of the rules and chooses not to follow them, so I guess I need to toughen up.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Great things

You know when someone does something great, loving, sweet, and unexpected for you? You can't help grinning from ear to ear, laughing, and telling everyone about it! That's how I'm feeling right now!

When the Lord brought back the captive ones from Zion,
We were like those who dream.

Then our mouths were filled with laughter,
Our tongues with joyful shouting...

The Lord has done great things for us;
We are glad.

Psalm 126:1 - 3

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Won't take much to beat me

I've seen this game on two blogs now so I went ahead and gave it a shot. I'm a little ashamed of my score! There were some states that I had no clue where to put! So I challenge you to beat my score and come back and tell me what you got!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Its never been so obvious...

...that I am supposed to be a mother of girls. Maybe even teach only girls. I am a girly-girl to the extreme.

Today I had to go shopping to find some toys to (bribe) motivate my boys to behave. I have three boys in particular that make me want to pull my hair out and run screaming through the hallways.

So as I wander through the toy aisles I'm just shaking my head. I mean, who can find these things fun?

Luckily, Wal-Mart had a sale on all kinds of boy's toys, so I racked up. I have a Hot Wheels semi-truck, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles figures, and some other stuff that I have no idea how to pronounce.

I have a feeling the boys are going to be drooling tomorrow!

PS - Don't feel bad for the girls. I got some cute art kits for a dollar each for the girls.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Deep thought for today

- Beth Moore

So many of my issues stem from pride. I'm too prideful to admit when I'm wrong. I'm too prideful to show weakness. I'm too prideful to share my pain...

So, Beth Moore is right. When you can let go of that pride, it is a blessed relief!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Toby's 2nd star appearance

Welcome to Toby's 2nd Video Debut. Well I guess its not a debut if its the second but oh well. A few notes before you watch the video:

  1. I apologize for the high-pitched baby talk. My poor future children.
  2. This is my first attempt at trying to edit two videos together so forgive the amateur-ness.
  3. Romeo is my mom's dog that Toby pretends not to like but secretly they are best friends.
Now prepare to see the cutest little doggy ever.

Toby 2009 from Katie B on Vimeo.

Here's Toby's first video.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Details about my Thailand Trip

Photo by Paknam Web

As my summer in Thailand is getting closer and closer, I've been interested in getting as much information as I can about the place I'll live.

This website shows pictures of Krabi. If you have a second just scroll down and look at the pictures. I can hardly believe I'll be living there!

And here are some pages that describe what teaching in Thailand is like. It is exactly as I remember it from my last trip.

Average Day in a Thai School

Thai School Part Two

Finally, here is my "official" job description. I cannot tell you how excited I am. I was eating my oatmeal yesterday morning when I opened it up and I actually started jumping up and down. Toby was really confused.

We need an adventurous person willing to teach English on a high school campus located in Blaypraya district of Krabi Province. You will work in a school of about 2000 students located about 40 kilometers outside of the city of Krabi. You would be expected to teach English, do class planning, and cooperate with the department head for English. The school will provide the curriculum but your imagination will be the ticket to fun with the Southern Thai. Use music, songs, games, or drama in teaching English. As the Thais are curious about customs in foreign countries, you can present a Christian viewpoint on the holidays celebrated in America. Inside the classroom, evangelistic opportunity maybe limited. But outside the classroom, share your testimony and Christian beliefs during leisure hours with students and fellow teachers. Extend your influence with students by being involved with after school activities such as sports, drama or special interest clubs. As friendships develop, you will be invited to visit the students in their homes during school breaks thus offering you a chance to get to know them on a more personal level. As you get to know the personality of your students & teachers, develop a way to clearly explain your faith and the basic tenants of Christianity in simple terms. As God leads, interest the Thais in wanting to know more about God & possibly start a cell group. The missionaries will follow-up. You will provide a detailed list of names & addresses.
The only part I'm worried about is the "adventurous" part. I'm not exactly adventurous but I guess if I wasn't at least a little bit crazy I wouldn't be going on this trip anyway!

Here's a couple more details about the trip (I'm posting this for myself, too, because I want to be able to look back on this!)

From the missionaries I'll be working with:'ll be doing, very similar to your days in Trang. The difference being that you'll be in a much smaller town and with very, very few Christians. But what an opportunity to share and begin leading a few students and teachers on the journey to salvation!

You will live in the town of Blai Praya, a town that we work in 2 days a week. No, the city is not like Trang. It is a small town. We asked the school to provide you with a place to stay and lunch meal. If they give you more it will be a bonus. I think that housing will be teacher's housing. It has internet at the school. The teachers are excited about your coming. There are about 5-7 teachers who teach English. The high school has about 2,000 students. Teachers and students may want to invite to their homes or on tours. This may be to your advantage and promote good relationships for the Gospel. We will go to the school and make sure what all was agreed upon in their committee meeting and let you know more later.

You will want to bring some money for food. Food costs from about 50B to 200B a meal depending on whether you eat Thai or Western food. So that will be about $30-40 a week depending on what you eat and how much you eat. For example a Whooper Meal is about 200B. (The baht is running about 34 baht to a dollar right now.)

On the weekends you will want to come visit us. Our province is a tourist destination. It has a river, with caves where prehistoric artifacts were found, Muslim island, and fish farming in the river. About 18 kilometers from where we live is Ao PraNang which is a beach town. There you can swim, get boats to go snorkeling, and eat western food (Burger King, McDonalds, Subway, Pizza Co., & Swenson's Ice Cream). It will be more quiet while you are here because it is low season, but there will still be European tourists here.

Like I said, jumping up and down!!!

Valentine's Day

I can say that you've never truly experienced Valentine's Day until you celebrate it with 24 seven year olds. It was the most glorious, romantic, and thrilling day.


But, on the other hand, I was told I love you in so many ways. I got TWO bouquets of tulips (which happen to be my favorite flower) and one was actually purple (which is my favorite color). I got tons of candy which I promptly passed on to my grandpa who doesn't have to worry about his hips. I got a pickle jar filled with candy and crystal light?! I got 24 carnations to represent my 24 students. My grandparents bought me this cool bamboo plant thing. (I love plants!)

And this morning I got an actual Valentine's delivery!

This was from my dear mum. I feel like pretending I'm British because I'm watching Notting Hill.

So cute and yummy too.

And if you think I'm feeling sorry for myself on this Singles Awareness Day you'd be wrong. I've got too many loves in my life.

Here are some awesome posts that challenge me today about Valentines.
A Huge Perk of Singleness
The Bewitching Day

Friday, February 13, 2009

Lunch Conversations

"Ms. B, my nose is bleeding a little bit!" little girl says.

"Okay, just get a tissue and hold it on your nose. You'll be fine."

"I think its because I've been picking it a lot right here," she says, putting her finger up her nose.


Said in a sing-songy voice with a huge grin: "I'm drinking milk and eating cheese!!!! And I'm lactose intolerant!"

"Doesn't that mean your stomach is going to hurt?" I ask innocently.

"No! It means I'm going to be farting A LOT!!!"


"Ms. B, I had really bad diarrhea last night."

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

I'm Back!!!

OK, I finally got my computer back! Best Buy had it for about 3 weeks. Then I got it back and was so excited. 1 day later the motherboard died. So I had to give it back to them for another 2 weeks. So now I'm back and will hopefully get back into the blogging habit! I have missed it.

As you can see, I'm a little out of touch with the bloggy world. I have almost 500 blogs to read to get caught up!

Thanks to my mom for keeping me updated with little Harper. I'm so happy and grateful that she is home and healthy. My mom copied and pasted Kelly's blog and emailed it to my work email so I could know what was going on!

I will be back soon!