Friday, March 31, 2017

sol17 #31: perfect timing

I did it. I actually did it. I blogged for 31 days in a row. Yes!

This challenge came at the perfect time for me. My blog had been asleep for almost two years, and I needed something to help bring it to life again. I can confidently say that the dust on my writer hands has been brushed off and I'm eager to share more.

This challenge also ends at the perfect time. Spring break begins at 3 today and we are off on a  family vacation to North Carolina. I'm planning to disconnect for a few days and have some major QT with my husband and son.

I'm looking forward to writing more and making connections with other bloggers through our comments. It really is a whole different world that left me feeling calm, confident, and ready to do more. :)

woo hoo!!! 

Thursday, March 30, 2017

sol17 #30: making a list is on my to-do list

We leave for North Carolina on Saturday, and I've been running around this week like a chicken with my head cut off trying to get ready. I'm at school late tonight for P/T conferences, so Jim texted me earlier and asked what he could do to help (sweet man). I mentioned a few things and told him I had a millions lists. Ha!

He told me to send him my lists (I keep them all on my phone) and he would help. He texted me back a few minutes later and told me he put them all in an app (wunderlist). I downloaded the app, he shared me on the lists, and he checked things off! Now we can both see the lists and check things off as we go!


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

sol17 #29: knock, knock

I hear two soft taps on the glass window of my classroom door. I look up from my group to see a fifth grade student that graduated from my Reading Room a few months ago. I smile and motion for him to come in. Thinking he is asking to borrow a book or just sit and read for a few minutes, I'm surprised when he asks me,

"What level was I at when you saw me?"

I sat for a minute thinking about how to respond. I was hesitant to give him his level (I don't like giving these out without a meaningful conversation about it), but I knew where he was going with this, so I told him.

He smiled and told me the level he is at now and we talked about how much he improved: 2 1/2 years of growth in just over a year! Absolutely amazing.

I've known this student for a few years. He struggles in a lot of areas personally and academically, so having this shining moment with him was special for both of us.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

sol17 #28: baby pictures

I've been back at work for 4 months now and this whole working mom thing is getting a bit "easier" to juggle. I knew that some "firsts" would happen while I was at work, but I wasn't prepared for how I would react.

Jim and his mom brought James to a doctor's appointment this morning and they went out to breakfast after. Around 9:30, Jim texts me a picture of James sitting in a restaurant high chair for the first time!

Of course, I smiled from ear-to-ear, but also felt a little sad that I wasn't there to witness it. I know, I'm crazy because it's just sitting in a high chair, and not his first word. But still, I wanted to be there!

Maybe it was a good thing that this "first" was something as little as sitting in a high chair. It's mentally preparing me for other firsts that will happen while I'm at work.

Thank goodness that my husband gets to see it and I get a sweet picture or video. :)

Monday, March 27, 2017

sol17 #27: chapstick addict backfire

In my typical Monday morning rush to get ready, I sprayed some fabric freshener on my spring coat and threw it into the dryer to freshen it up (#toobusydoingeveryoneelse'slaundrybutmyown). After a few minutes on the med/high heat setting, I opened the dryer door and saw my pomegranate chapstick rolling around with my coat.

I held my coat up, and after a quick inspection, noticed a few splotches of melted chapstick on it. Ugh... Into the washing machine it went.

Note to self: start checking pockets.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

sol17 #26: saving the earth one plastic bag at a time

I'm almost embarrassed to say that up until today, I've never brought reusable bags to the grocery store with me. I've been trying to be more conscious about reusing and recycling, but for some reason, whenever I leave for the store, I always forget our stash of cloth bags.

Before I left for my usual Sunday morning grocery run, I refilled the dog's water. The closet where we keep the reusable bags is right next to the water bowl, so as I was setting it down, it reminded me to grab the bags.

As I was unloading my cart at the cashier, I proudly handed over my reusable bags. Normally, I walk out with 8-10 plastic bags of groceries for the week, but all of my groceries fit into THREE of my cloth bags. Yes, three. I couldn't believe it! They didn't need to bag my eggs separate like they do with the plastic, or double bag my juice/milk containers. Everything fit so neatly into my sturdy reusable bags. Voila. I will be sure to bring them with me every time!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

sol17 #25: therapy

To me, one of the most relaxing things is taking my baby for a walk. There's something therapeutic about pushing the stroller, quietly talking to James, and hearing the various sounds in our neighborhood.

Last night, we took a long family walk and it was the perfect way to spend our Friday evening. It was 70 degrees, a nice breeze was blowing, and there were so many people out enjoying the weather. We strolled by the park, watched some kiddos climb trees, and pictured James playing on the swings in a few short months.

James, thank you for helping me slow down, relax, and take in my surroundings. <3