Monday, March 21, 2011

Big, big moon and other Roof news

Friday night we were lucky to have a visit from Grandmomma and Poppa! We hit the town and then headed down to the Folly Beach Pier to see what was supposed to be the biggest moon in 20 years (notice its hugeness in relation to Joe and Lucy). Well, I guess the joke was on us because it ends up Saturday night was the night for the big moon. Oh well, it was still a beautiful night down at the pier!

So, what else are the Roofs up to? Well, Paul and I are in the midst of planning our annual anniversary trip (9 years this year). We are off to Iceland and Norway for two weeks! We are pretty excited about this big adventure. What brings us to such interesting places, you ask? Why facial hair, of course! Isn't this what decides most people's vacations? Or am I losing perspective here? Hairy dudes or not, I am looking forward to two kid-free weeks in foreign lands! Let me take an opportunity to sum up the previous 8 years of trips (this will be a good test of my memory:

  • Year 1: Savannah, GA
  • Year 2: Las Vegas, NV
  • Year 3: Flagstaff/ Sedona, AZ
  • Year 4: Grove Park Inn, Asheville, NC
  • Year 5: Jackson Hole, WY
  • Year 6: Athens, GA
  • Year 7: Anchorage, AK
  • Year 8: New York, NY
  • Year 9: Iceland/ Norway!!!
On the work front, Paul continues to teach at Charleston Southern University where the students just love him. He was nominated for teacher of the year this year, helped to coordinate the SC sociological meetings, and is going to teach American Popular Culture in China this summer. I have experienced a lot of change in the work environment over the past several months. After several months of chronic medical issues, my boss had retired (she was the Associate Vice President for Accountability, Accreditation, Planning, and Assessment), the Director of Assessment position has been vacant for over a year (and there wasn't much going on for the two years before that), and in a related area the College has been searching for a Director of IR. All of this "flux" means there is a never a dull moment at work and we are meeting plenty of new people through the interview process. During this period, my remaining teammates and I have had the chance to work more closely with the Provost's office and that has proven to be a very positive thing to have them get to know our office better and to get to learn more directly from those of the talented people in that office. We have also filled the Director of Assessment position recently with a very talented woman who will start in April. Through some interesting work I am doing on a project affiliated with The Center of Inquiry at Wabash College, I was extended the opportunity to become a "Teagle Scholar". This is a great professional development opportunity for me where I get to attend events as an assessment consultant for other schools completing Wabash Studies similar to ours. I can pick and choose as many or as few events I would like to attend and all my travel is covered by the Center of Inquiry (I believe through funding from the Teagle Foundation, hence the name). I have only been able to attend one event but it has is proving to be a great opportunity and I look forward to future events. I was also able to attend the AAC&U (American Association of College and Universities) conference in San Francisco last month which was a great opportunity as well.

Matthew is 3 now but continues to hang on to babyhood with every ounce of his being. Some of it is adorable, like the way he sucks his thumb and rubs his ear (or these days, preferably my ear) or crawls in to bed with me in the mornings to snuggle. Some of it is a bit frustrating, like his complete and total disinterest in potty-training. But, whether I want to hug him to bits or pull my hair out, I know that all this shall pass and someday and I'll feel sentimental about the whole kit and kaboodle. So, for now, we are trying to discourage the tantrums, encourage the use of words and remind him whenever we can that he is such a big boy. One day it will all fall in to place and he'll want to use the potty, won't pop out of bed every 5 minutes, will eat his veggies, and will ask for what he wants instead of whining. And then he will probably leave for college!

Katharine is several months in to being 5 and is truly becoming a girl now, not much little left. She is very independent about what she wants to wear and how she wants her hair done (or, more often, not done) and, occasionally, likes to test limits. But, 90% of the time, she is an absolute angel. She helps with Matt, loves to read, and loves to be with us. Lately, she tells us that we are the best mom and the best dad in the world. I immediately tell her that she is right and she is very lucky to have ended up here but inside I am thrilled that she thinks we are so great; it has to be a sign we are doing something right.

I was recently given a copy of "Deceptively Delicious" by my very health-conscious mother who knows my kids aren't the biggest fan of vegetables (and for Matt, fruit). It is a cookbook that has come up with some very creative ways to hide fruits and veggies in recipes by using purees. I have tried two recipes so far with rave reviews (mac and cheese with cauliflower puree and french toast with sweet potatoe puree). I can't wait to try some more - it takes away a big dose of parental guilt to sneak a bit of healthy goodness in to my babies! (And Paul and I for that matter!).

1 comment:

MamieL said...

Loved hearing all the updates! Sounds like everything is going so well! Hope you enjoy your trip to Iceland. And can't wait to see you all in June! Mamie