Monday, September 13, 2010

A Summer to Remember

The other day I shared that I had over 1000+ posts in my reader.  
Yeah. I know.
There was a time when I would begin to shake just looking at all those posts and while many times I would contemplate hitting that "mark as all read" button, I never could do it.

I'm getting better though.  
I no longer feel that I must read every post.  
Lately I will skim the first couple and then mark the rest as read and move on.  However I always find that when it comes to Steph's posts, over at Adventure in Babywearing that I always get hooked on the first one and then continue to read and read. 

This time I read all 16 posts that I had missed in the past few weeks and honestly I could probably link to all 16 on my weekly Sunday Stars post.  But, her post on her hair, being a minimialist, and having a whole lot of stuff on her mind really resonated with me. 

Now before I begin, I should probably state a disclaimer saying that I am in no way comparing my minimalism to Steph's minimalism.  I confess to liking "stuff" especially in the form of new technology, clothes, shoes, and purses, a bit too much.  While I am trying to make better money decisions, my kids did start back to school with some new outfits and book bags, I had a few new outfits {had to have something that fit, but lets not talk about that} with new shoes, I am addicted to my Droid, and am doing some decorating in my house.

However, my minimialism has more to do with my time.  The past few summers I felt that I wasted so much time behind the computer screen.  Blogging it seemed was consuming way too much time and before I knew it summer had come and gone and I couldn't really tell you what we did.  So this summer I decided that the screen was not going to dominate my summer.  

This summer I took the time to stop and just enjoy being.  My family didn't go on big trips, spend lots of money, or sit in front of the screens all summer.  Instead we hung out at the beach, went fishing and crabbing, rode our bikes, picked peaches, explored new areas while geocaching, and just enjoyed being together.  Our days weren't overplanned, but instead we followed our noses and did what we wanted to.  We took time to see what was around us and enjoy what our town had to offer. 

When we went back to school and people asked how our summer was, I could honestly answer that it was truly a perfect summer!  Our days were filled with fun and I think memories were created that will last for a long time.

This is life.
We must get out there and live it.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Happy Bloggy Anniversary to Me and My Chocolate

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Today is my 4 year bloggy anniversary.
It is also my 1376th post.

That's a long time and a whole lotta words.

When I first started I know hubby was thinking, "hmmm I wonder how long this will last" as I am the queen of running full steam with new hobbies and then dropping them by the wayside a few weeks later when I get bored. But lo and behold blogging has stuck and I still enjoy it today {most days} as much as I did four years ago.

I can't believe how fast those four years went by.  I spent some time this past weekend reading some of my posts and looking at all the pictures.  If you have never went back to read your own blog, you must. It is amazing to see how you and your writing has grown.  I blog just for fun and the biggest purpose for my blog is to have a memory book of sorts to capture and record the moments that are sure to escape my mind.  After reading some of my posts I realize that there is much I have already forgotten {for some of the posts that is probably better} and it was wonderful to have this memory keeper to take me back in time.

So excuse me while I pat myself on my back and maybe even share a glass or two of some bubbly with me, myself, and I.  Of course if you want to join us we will gladly celebrate with you too cause after all your comments do contribute to my chocolate success. 

So cheers to Mel's Box of Chocolates,
Some days were long, but the 4 years most definitely have been short.
Here's to another 4 and many more...

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Another Example of Time Going Fast

When I started this blog way back in 2006 my first real post was all about Dylan starting Kindergarten. This year he is in 4th grade. How did that happen?

And now it is Zoe's turn to start Kindergarten.
Today is the kids first day back to school.
This morning we all put on our new back-to-school outfits, the kiddos strapped on the new backpacks, Zoe and I grabbed our lunches {Dyl prefers the cafeteria}, and we are off for the first day of the 2010-2011 school year.

Dave is doing his daddy duty of going to daycare with Zoe to watch her get on the bus and then following it to school so he can escort her to class and snap pictures for me.  {That's the downfall of being a teacher, you always miss those school events as you are busy making them happen for your students!} 

Out of the three of us, Zoe is most definitely the most excited.  According to her, she has been waiting years to go to school and can't believe she can finally go.  She is most definitely ready for Kindergarten and will give the teacher a run for her money I'm sure.  She is eager to learn and I have no doubt within the first month will be reading on her own as she is sooo close after begging me to help her read all summer.

Dylan is not quite as enthusiastic as his little sister, but he is looking forward to being with his friends again. I can't believe he is at that stage already! He's most definitely not happy about getting up in the morning and getting dressed though since according to him he is more of a pj guy and spent many days in them this summer.  I think he just may be a little more excited than he is letting on though as he was up bright and early ready to get headed to school.

Me?  I'm as ready as I'm going to be I suppose. I think every teacher wishes they had a little more time at the beginning of the year to do this or that or maybe it is just me and my OCD.  But I'm pretty ready.  I'm definitely looking forward to starting a new year which I'm sure will be full of surprises.  I can't wait to meet my new students who I will share the year with and watch them grow to become middle school students.  Of course, starting the school year also means you are one day closer to summer vacation too, right???

So off to school we go.
It's going to be a good year.
I can feel it!!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Happy Labor Day!! Whatever that means.

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The other day when Dylan asked when we had to go back to school, I told him the day after Labor day.  The next question was, of course, what's Labor Day? Do you know I couldn't answer him? Some teacher I am. 

Now I wasn't totally clueless.  I mean using semantics I knew that it had to do with working.  Plus since it is a holiday then that would mean a day of relaxing and celebrating.  So putting it together, I told him that Labor Day is a day for relaxing and celebrating because you work so hard all the rest of the year. 

But, then I started feeling some mommy guilt.  Here I am celebrating a holiday that I don't even really know why I'm celebrating.  So Google and Wikipedia to the rescue.

According to Wikipedia:
Labor Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the first Monday in September (September 6 in 2010).
The first Labor Day in the United States was celebrated on September 5, 1882 in New York City.  It became a federal holiday in 1894, when, following the deaths of a number of workers at the hands of the U.S. military and U.S. Marshals during the Pullman Strike, President Grover Cleveland put reconciliation with the labor movement as a top political priority. Fearing further conflict, legislation making Labor Day a national holiday was rushed through Congress unanimously and signed into law a mere six days after the end of the strike.  All 50 U.S. states have made Labor Day a state holiday
The form for the celebration of Labor Day was outlined in the first proposal of the holiday: A street parade to exhibit to the public "the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations," followed by a festival for the workers and their families. This became the pattern for Labor Day celebrations. Speeches by prominent men and women were introduced later, as more emphasis was placed upon the economic and civil significance of the holiday. Still later, by a resolution of the American Federation of Labor convention of 1909, the Sunday preceding Labor Day was adopted as Labor Sunday and dedicated to the spiritual and educational aspects of the labor movement.
Traditionally, Labor Day is celebrated by most Americans as the symbolic end of the summer. The holiday is often regarded as a day of rest and parties. Forms of celebration include picnics, barbecues, fireworks displays, water sports, and public art events. Families with school-age children take it as the last chance to travel before the end of summer recess. Similarly, some teenagers and young adults view it as the last weekend for parties before returning to school, although school starting times now vary.

So there you have it.
Now that we know what we are celebrating, it is our American duty to go enjoy it.  

What are you doing to celebrate today?
Picnic? BBQ? Parade? Tell me all about it.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Back to My Real Job

This week was my first full week back at school although technically I guess it wasn't a full week because I did have today off for a four day weekend and I did go back last week so it wasn't my first week back, but anywho...I'm back to work!

Back to school time is always bittersweet.  
The mommy part of me is sad that the summer is over.  I enjoy being with my kids, going to the beach, hanging out on the boat, spending days at home in our pj's.  The summers just seem to keep getting better and better as the kids get older and we can do more with less effort on my part. They can get themselves ready and packed for the day and we don't have to take snacks, drinks, extra clothes, and all that other stuff. I know before long though they are going to want to fill their days with camps and activities with their friends so it's a great in between time.  It was a fabulous summer and I'm sad to bid it goodbye.  That's the bitter part.

But on the sweet side of things, I love my job.  I enjoy going back to work and setting up my room.  Organizing the classroom with clean desks, bright white boards, sharpened pencils, new crayons, and fresh notebooks make me happy. And don't even get me started on all the fun office supplies...bright color pens, stylish file folders, snazzy paper and binder clips, post it notes.  Love it!  Then there are the students of course.  They come in ready for a change and honestly looking for some structure.  Before long we are in our groove and I get the priveledge of watching them grow throughout the year. Awesome.

I can't wait to see what this school year brings.  
One thing I know I can count on though is no dull moments with my 5th graders.

Ready or we go!!

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