Thursday, September 21, 2017

Today was Good

We had no school today because of the Jewish holiday.

I loved my quiet house in the morning.  I loved the slow pace.  I loved all of us being together all day.
There are colds going around.  Coughs.  All except for me.  Thank goodness one of us.  I have to stay healthy.


Earlier this week Anna asked for a new devotional.  She didn't want to order one on Amazon.  "I want to look through them.  It's a touch and feel kind of thing."

So we went to the Christian book store this morning and she was so happy.  Which made us so happy. I mean what 14 year old asks on her day off to go buy a devotional?



We stopped at Christmas Tree Shops?  Do you have one near you?  I think it is a New England store, and it's amazing.  Picked up some goodies for us.





Spent the rest of the afternoon going through family emails/dates/calendars, etc.  Feels good to be calendar organized again.

After Abigail is in bed it's time to plan for my fourth graders.  I love to plan.  And guess what?  It's a Friday, that feels like a Monday!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The School Nurse Called

At 2:00 I glanced down at my phone and saw 3 missed calls. One from Abigail's school nurse, 2 from Scott. There was also a text from him saying "call me when you can". I was on my way to a meeting across town. I pulled over and called Scott.

"Abigail passed out at school. I've got her. We're on our way home."

"Wait! What?"

"She's going to be fine. I'll be home with her."

I called the school nurse who explained the whole thing.

She was outside in PE class running and she passed out. The kids and PE teacher noticed, called for her and by the time she got there she was awake, but a bit disoriented. Abigail says she remembers her heart beating fast and the next thing she remembers is her friends and the nurse standing over her.

She didn't get hurt falling because they were outside.

I am grateful for the amazing school nurse who responded in a minute and knew just what to do.

She took her time, checked her vitals and brought her in when she thought she was alert enough.

Of course I drove straight home to be with my girl.

She rested in the evening and we spent time together.

We no school tomorrow so it will be good to all be home.

I'm not quite sure why it happened. She was hydrated. The only thing we can come up with is the weather and her congestion. It has been so humid here. Not hot but terribly humid.

Our elementary schools are not airconditioned since it's only hot in September and June, the first and last months of school. But on a day like today, AC would have helped.

This happening to her today reminded me of the so many times she was home sick (and not so sick, wink)

Oh how I loved these days (here's one back here)  oh that sweater!

Here's another one

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Milestones for a Returning Classroom Teacher

Tonight was Curriculum Night.  In our town (and in each school) there is one evening that the parents visit the classroom without the children.  Teachers give a presentation about the curriculum for the year, classroom expectations, procedures, etc.

I remember all 9 of my (pre stay at home) curriculum nights.  I was always nervous.  For some reason I wasn't this time even though it had been 13 years since I was in the classroom.

Good things come with age. A confidence in presenting to parents even for 45 minutes just me.

Two days ago I filmed the children explaining to their parents the various parts of the room and the different procedures.  Scott edited all of the clips together and created a movie for me to show tonight.  Instead of me doing all of the talking for 45 minutes the students did some.  It was magic.  The parents loved seeing their kiddos in the movie. The kids love making their clips and I loved it too. I sure wish I could post it here on the blog so you could 'meet' my class and see my room all put together but I can't post them online.

curriculum night

I felt so happy when I drove home tonight for the opportunity to be in these families lives.  I got the sweetest email from our curriculum specialist who dropped in during my presentaion.  I love teaching!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Seems like a year Ago

I am so happy. And so very grateful for this new stage God has brought me to.

And oh so busy. I thought life was full before. Well, it wasn't. Now I'm responsible for 19 fourth graders... their reading, writing, mathematics, on and on.

I used to be able to sit at our dining room table and write my blog posts while Anna did homework. (after Abigail was all tucked in) Now after Abigail is tucked in at 8 (on the dot, if not sooner) I'm still at the dining room table with Anna. This time I'm writing lesson plans for the next day.

I'm really only one day at a time. Sure, I'd like to be all planned for a week but that is just not possible this year. Although I taught for 9 years before my girls in a classroom and 3 years as a reading tutor in the schools, this is so so different. And so much more work (in a good, wonderful way) than I remembered.

It is a whirlwind of wonderful, confused, happy, joyful, anxious, all rolled into one.

I go from 4:30 am til 10:30 pm each and every day. I've never been busier but I've never been happier. Really.


When we got home from Disney I had a short 8 days to set up my classroom before Open House when the families would come to meet me and see the room.

I was trying to remember how to set up a room, what kinds of 'parts' I wanted to have in my room, and it was all so overwhelming.

At that point it didn't feel real. I barely slept, I spent a crazy amount of money for all that my room needed and I enlisted all of the help I could get.

Scott was amazing. Okay, he's still amazing. As an elementary principal he's my 'go to' each and every night for lesson planning, curriculum questions, classroom management, etc. He and I (of course) share the exact same education beliefs and they are STRONG.

Creating a classroom together, helping me plan each night, pulling me off of the floor when I've had too much or am too stressed to think straight has brought us unbelievable close and I am so grateful for THIS new stage of life we are in.

Baby Anna on my hip? Absolutely, I'd go back to that in a heartbeat. Sometimes I beg God for just one day of that. But I can't and I know that. So here I am.

Here are a few snapshots from my phone during those 8 crazy days. We went in a million different directions from store to store, in the classroom for all hours; it was nuts but it was wonderful.

I'll share my 'afters' but here are the 'befores'.

We hung clean, cream fabric for all of the bulletin boards. Then Scott hung yarn so that each student would have their own personal bulletin board. I wish you could see them now!


There were many days that after we spent the whole day in the HOT unairconditioned classroom (and stores) we'd paint all night. Yes, true! We painted bookcases white for a clean, fresh look.


If you've read my blog for more than ten minutes you know that children's literature is 'my thing', so my classroom library was very important to me. I sifted through hundreds of books.


From anywhere I could get my hands on them. All sorted by genre.


We went through every closet, every self. Emptied and sorted every thing!


More clean fabric in the back of the room.


The coat room had ugly shelves so we headed to the fabric store.


And Anna sewed one GIANT curtain.


I have the sweetest tree and picnic tables right outside my classroom door. We had many dinner picnics there in those 8 days.


Bought mason jars and plants, and so so much.


Covered everything ugly with light green fabric.


My little family never left my side.


Freshly painted white and stocked with books my adorable Abigail.


The book sorting went on for DAYS!


We bought area rugs and pillows, lamps and cozy chairs all to make the classroom library a welcoming place to be.


Meanwhile my Dad was in his basement painted a huge moon for me.


And then my Dad met me at school on a Sunday afternoon and hung wooden letters and his amazing moon painting.


Do you see Wendy, Michael, John and 'Peter' (as in Peter Pan) flying over London in the moon? My first read aloud is the unabridged Peter Pan and this is the theme of my classroom "Think of a Wonderful Thought"



We worked every second of the 8 days, hardly sleeping Scott and I. And we did it. Just in time we did it.

Right now my classroom is filled with the energy, happiness and joy of 19 fourth graders. And it is tiring, and so wonderful.

I'll share the 'after' pictures just as soon as I catch my breath.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

A Photoshoot

Really I am done with Disney but these...



I can't not post them. I have a thing now about scoping out an awesome photographer in a state we're visiting. I did it in Hawaii. And I did it again in Orlando. She was AWESOME!

I love photography. I love finding the perfect outfits. I love coordinating color, and pattern and texture. This photo shoot rocked! It was so very much fun! (sweaty in Orlando August heat) but oh so much fun!

I love my family!

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THE END... for real this time...

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