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What is next to check off the list?

Ahhh the never ending feeling of what next. I spent time today revising my lesson plans for next week. I realize I was crazy to do so many weeks ahead of time. I tried to get the whole month of Sept done, but then when you get to the end you realize, what was I thinking?

I’ve had to tweak the schedule of my classroom and move things around to make it work for all my students. I am still working on what things do I do twice to make sure most of my students get the activity and which ones do I say… oh well you missed because it wasn’t your day at school.

The same feels for life at home. I am trying to figure out a schedule to get things done. I want to get most of the cleaning and shopping done during the week, but then that leaves me little time for me. I had a whole year of being home and there are times already where I miss those quiet moments that I had during that year. I feel like I’m either trying to cram in things for work or cleaning or doing some other things that needs to get done before the boys get home. Then it is homework, dinner and evening activities.

I need to remember to carve out those “me” moments in life. The fact that Richard and I get up at 5:30am and workout helps. I start the day doing something healthy for me, but then life gets busy to get everyone off to school and work. There is a bit of time in the mornings before I leave, but often times I find this filled with bits of this and that. I need down time. I realize that I have only been teaching officially for 10 days and things will smooth out. I realize that I know what I need and I just need to make it work. But for now, I’ll keep the feeling of what is next? And then check it off the list!

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September 11th

Yesterday I mentioned that I would share info about my school life today. I am not avoiding it, but felt that this post was more important.

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Every generation has a date or two that you just understand that this is a day I will always remember. For me, September 11th is one of these dates. I was at work. Working as a teacher I didn’t have access to tv or internet while the day was going on. This meant I was in the dark about life outside my classroom.

I dropped my students off in the cafeteria for lunch and still was not clued in that this day was anything different than the other days before.

I walked into the room where we had lunch. It wasn’t a true break room, but more a walled off area inside a classroom building. When I walked in the first thing I noticed was that the tv screen was not tuned into the school channel, providing the clock that everyone in the school followed for the daily schedule. There was a tv station on. It took me a good few minutes to process what I was seeing.

Attacked? What do you mean? Why were planes flying into buildings? What is going on. I had entered the room around 10:45 by this time all the planes had crashed. They were just getting out word about the Pennsylvania crash and all that entailed and then the towers began to collapse.

I can remember standing there as my fellow kindergarten teacher arrived. I can remember thinking…. what’s next? There was fear. There was a need to figure out what we could do? Do we go on with the day as planned? Will the school go on lock down? Will the parents tell their children what was happening?

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We decided as a grade not to tell the children what was going on at that time. It would have to be addressed tomorrow. We would need to be ready to squelch fears. We knew some parents would say nothing while others would tell too much. We knew that some families would show fear and others show strength. We needed to be calm. We needed to be honest. We needed to talk about the heroes. We needed to talk about standing united. We needed to show the children the even in times of great tragedy there is great strength.

Each year as time passes that clear details of that day get a bit fuzzier. But, that movement in time when I walked in and saw the tv on and the buildings on fire will never change. I still try to show children that whenever things go wrong we need to look for the heroes. Look for the people running towards danger instead of those running  away. Say thank you to those who help us stay safe.

So today, I had my class dress in red, white and blue. We learned to say the Pledge of Allegiance. We talked about today being a day to be “Proud to be an American”. While I do not teach my students about the true meaning behind 9/11, I will always have them honor the date.

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Rainy days and Mondays

Today was much better at work. I felt like I had a better groove going on. I was concerned that the kids would all be off because of the rain this weekend and today. They came in and were ready to work.

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This weekend we had SO MUCH RAIN. It didn’t stop until today. We have water intrusion in our basement. Colby came upstairs yesterday and asked if having water in the carpet was an issue. Ummm yes! And the worst it was right near our electrical panel.  UGH! Richard ended up staying home from work today in hopes of getting it fixed, but at this time we are still waiting for the people come back.

Life is always interesting. And you never know what will happen.

Stay tuned tomorrow for some school info. I think I’ll share with you the poetry we are doing each week as well as some of the projects we are doing that week.

 

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September

It’s September! It doesn’t feel like September when I step outside the door. It feels like August. This year has gone by so fast and in some ways I’m not ready for it to move at the rate. Hard to believe that in a few short months we will be talking about the holidays and the end of the year.

Today was my last day in my classroom without students. Tomorrow my students and their parents come in to see the classroom and meet me.  I  feel very comfortable working with the aide I have in my class this year. I feel like we will work well together. I’m excited to see the process of this school year going forward.

I know life is busy for everyone. I’m just ready to get into my new routine. I’m ready to be back to blogging. I’m ready to share my new pieces of my life with you. I just have to figure out how much and what pieces.

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Cleaning schedule

It’s Tuesday! I love long weekends, but I also know that it means that I now have 5 days of work to fit into 4 days. I slacked on housework last week BIG time. I did get a few things done, but I need to work on creating a new schedule so that everything gets done on a regular basis. This is my idea for now:

  • Monday- floors- vac, sweep, mop
  • Tuesday- bathrooms
  • Wednesdays- groceries
  • Thursdays- sweep, iron
  • Fridays- nothing or make up items missed

I figure laundry will happen as needed. I typically dust every other week or so. I try to clean the kitchen nightly. We will see how this works out.

Do you have a weekly cleaning schedule? What have you found works for you, and your family??

 

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Ready for the new school year?

It’s hard to believe that the summer is almost over. There are often times when I wish the boys went to school all year long. They do so much better when they have a routine. Then there are days when I am so happy that they have summer break. I love the slower moments of life.

Today the boys got up, had breakfast and then went downstairs. They are playing with hot wheels cars. They take control of the fire stick, but that is fine. They don’t always play well together, but when they do it is nice. I enjoy the easy relationship they have together. They certainly are best of friends and worst of enemies. They have a natural relationship together. They are both strong willed and that shows in ugly ways at times, but I wouldn’t change in either of the boys.

We have kept up some routines, schedules and expectations over the summer, but also loosened up some of them too. I like that as they get older they have more independent times. We are getting to the phase in their lives where they balance is shifting. They need to make more and more decisions on their own. They need to be more responsible for their choices, actions and forward movements in life.

So many times it seems that parents want to keep their children younger. They want to shelter the children. They want to stay in control of the choices and decisions that are made. That is not the way that Richard and I parent. We want the boys to have a firm grasp on reality. They need to understand choices and consequences now before those wrong choices could land them in more trouble than an apology can fix.

So am I ready for summer to be over? Yes and No. Am I ready for the boys to grow up? Yes. I love seeing the changes in the boys. I am excited to see what the next change will be. I’m excited to see the growth and development in all aspects of life. Going forward into the next grade of school is a huge step in the development process… so bring on 6th and 5th grades. I’m ready to see the changes it with bring in their personalities, development and all around self. (Not that I’m ready to start the whole get up and function in the mornings)

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Different way of looking at things

There are so many things in life that could frustrate and upset you. You could feel like things will never workout the way you expect them to. You could feel like the cosmos are going against you.

I look at my backyard and realize that I should be frustrated. The clover has taken over. Now granted I know that I haven’t done a ton to improve the quality of the yard. I can’t get mad at the yard when I don’t put the effort into making it look the way I wish it looked. I get it!

But, then I look again! Now I see that the clover has attracted butterflies, bumblebees and bunnies (sorry I didn’t get a picture of Easter or Peter that’s what we call the rabbits who visit out yard). So it isn’t all bad.

Some times what you have to do is look at life from a different angle. You have to stop and reflect on the positives. Now I’m not saying that I’ll never work on getting rid of the weeds in my backyard. Just as I need to work on working out to improve my health/physical shape. Just like I need to keep working on my relationship with the boys and with Richard, all things take work, but doesn’t mean that they are bad. It just means that sometimes you have to look at it from a different angle to see the good parts.

Take the time to realize that even negative moments help you grow as a person. Take the time to stop and breathe and realize that there isn’t totally bad, just as there isn’t total good.  Look for the butterflies and bees…. they flit in fast and are fleeting, but they are there.

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Your “Hard Thing”

My post earlier today, coupled with a conversation I had at dinner with the boys got me thinking…

When you talk about grit, you are talking about the thing that you are passionate about, the thing you work hard to achieve.

So I got thinking about myself. I know I have grit and passion about teaching. I’m always learning and changing as a teacher. I believe that that you have to constantly grow and improve in teaching. There are always new methods, ideas and ways of disseminating information.

But, what else am I passionate about? What is the thing that I enjoy? I realized when I was talking to the boys about finding that thing for them that cooking and baking would probably be one of those things for me. How did I figure this out?

I was talking to one of my sons about the fact that when he was young he was good at playing sports, but never put in the effort to get better. When you are passionate about something you don’t settle with “good enough” there is always a way to get better, stronger, faster, whatever… but you are never good enough. And that good enough isn’t defined by anyone but yourself.

So what is grit? it is the that push, the drive, that desire to not be good enough at something.

So my friends…. have you ever thought about it? What is your hard thing? What is the thing you keep pushing yourself to do more in? What is your passion?

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Beach Body Bandwagon

Happy Monday morning! I’ve been up and going since 5:30am so I feel like it’s time for lunch and it’s only 10am. A few weeks ago I contacted a friend of mine who is a coach in the Beach Body program. I have quite a few people on my Facebook that are Beach Body coaches, but the one I contacted was a co-worker in FL that I got along with well and knows me the best. So while many people have been on the Beach Body kick since 21 Day Fix became popular I fought joining the craze. I did P90X years ago and loved it, but it was soooo long. I had a hard time fitting it into my day. Then when they started 21 Day Fix I was turn off by the limitations of the foods and trying Shakeology.

Fast forward to the end of June/beginning of July. Richard and I started talking about heath and fitness. We decided it was time for a change. We were spending a lot of money on a gym membership that we got to once a week if we were lucky. Yes, I know I could have gone more often since I don’t work, but I wasn’t motivated to go. I didn’t like going there on my own. I liked it even less when I had to drag the kids along. When we first joined I went almost every day. We used the pool and the boys could workout and then play video games in their youth room. The club changed in a variety of ways. They changed ownership. They began renovations. They closed the youth area and mixed the tweens in with the younger kids and took away the child size fitness equipment. We had the kids go and take their kids workout class, but they were still not allowed to use the cardio equipment, even though they’d been trained while in the youth zone or the weight area even thought they took the kids lifting classes. I was over it! So on Sunday we turned in the paperwork to terminate our membership.

So I decided to contact Katie and get onto the Beach Body bandwagon. They have just started a new program called Liift4 which is a combination of weight lifting and Hiit. My Beach Body box arrived on Saturday. I tried the chocolate Shakeology on Sunday and was surprised how well it filled me and how good it tasted. I haven’t played with the flavor combinations much yet, but it should be fun to try. I’ve had access to the on-line videos since I signed up. On Friday the boys and I tried out 2 of the kid/family friendly workouts. Today Richard and I began the pre-Liift4 workouts. We will do that for two weeks, since Richard is traveling next week, and then jump into the real program.

I do hope that this program helps me find my motivation. My goal is to slim back down, get stronger, healthier and feel more motivated to work out again. I want to feel good about myself when I get moving each day. I know that the energy gained from working out is worth it. Now I just need to keep moving!

So you might see a slight change in the foods I post about. You might here me talk about working out a bit more. But, just know I’m making these changes for me… and that is what’s important!

 

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14 years

Wow two days in a row you get two posts from me!

14 years ago today I was in the Florida Mall. How do I know this? 14 years ago today Richard and I got married in the lobby of the hotel in the Florida Mall. We have been through a LOT in our 14, well actually 15 years together. I can not imagine anyone else by my side during the good and bad, the happy and the sad, the calm and the chaos.

Richard and I are only only husband and wife, we are best friends. I love the fact that we balance each other out. We don’t complete each other since we are both complete people, but instead bring out the best in each other. We recognize each other’s strengths and aren’t looking to change each other.