Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Happy Birthday Son #3

Hoppy Birthday My Leap-Year Kiddo!!

Doesn't he LOOK like a 7 year old?!?!?!

It only comes around every 4 years so I'm going to shout this from the roof-tops...
okay, the blog-tops...

Happy Birthday, Drew!

I love you!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

The Sunday Edition

Outside my window... night-time winds. It's supposed to be up to 70 mph winds tomorrow. I guess it's getting ready. The day here was fabulous today, though. We had the doors open all afternoon and loved it. Steaks on the grill after church really made the house smell good too.

I am listening to .... the office clock and the silence. It's LATE around this old casa.

Favorite things from this week ... Reading My Side of the Mountain with my class. They are loving it. They can hardly wait to talk about it and defend their ideas and thoughts. It's wonderful and everything I wanted it to be for them. I adored having the three day weekend, taking care of the pups, and surprisingly enjoyed my Science Observation. My kiddos are so immune to visitors that they tune them right out. They sure showed off their 'scientist' behavior though. Proud of them. The observers were very impressed!

I am thinking ... That I have SO MUCH TO DO. No, I am not overwhelmed. Not at all. Good thing I am calm on the outside. I am trying to fool everyone. How's it working??

I am grateful for... date nights. My phone. Friends. QT. EZ Grader. Lists. Mopped floors. Bookcases. Savings accounts. Birthday boys. Leap year day. (Happy Birthday Drew-boy!) March and the Madness AND the Miracles!! Happy Birthday Paulie....Stamps and snail mail.

I am listing ... things to copy at school tomorrow. Lesson plans, sub plans, science lessons, a poetry unit and SmartBoard activities for teaching ordering decimals. That's the school list. I have lists everywhere. I wish I was more organized. I was definitely standing in the wrong line in heaven when they were passing out the Organization Gene!! I got in the big-butt line. Oops.

I am creating ... relationships. It's fun to watch them develop this year.

Plans for the week ... I feel like a broken record - - it will be a crazy-busy week, but the highlights ahead will make it fun!! I can't wait to: call #3 Son on his "7th" birthday!! Leap Year day, it is. Love that kid!! Call #2 Son on HIS birthday!! Wow, 2 good-looking birthday-boys in the same week. They loved sharing birthdays when they were growing up. (Can't believe that it will be March at the end of the week - -) Meetings, classes, teach decimals and teach them well - review, run like my hair's on fire and stop eating goldfish cheese crackers!! NOT! We go to see WICKED this Friday night. I am so excited!!! I bought a Wicked Witch Journal from Barnes & Noble this past week to get ready - Thanks, Lesa, for the recommend. I LOVE journals. It's almost Spring Break......

Have a fun week!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Three Day Weekend

L.O.V.E.D. it!
Three days of weekend.
Can we have this every week, please?!?!

Today was a hard one back in the ol' saddle though, I'm sad to admit.

Puppies woke me at 3:30am
(We're grand-dog sitting - they look innocent here...they really are!)
Teacher-worries kept me awake the rest of the night.
I'm wondering, did I really have a weekend?!?!?

A little retail-therapy at the bookstore has me sleeping (or at least, wishing for sleep) in style!! It's SOOO soft and I look sassy.

I'm cuddling up with The Color of Water by James McBride for BookGroup this week. Will she finish?!?!? Thursday comes fast....
I finished a wonderful book, Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick on Sunday. Wow! I saw the movie Hugo, based on The Invention of Hugo Cabret, but I had never read the book. I was hoping to get it at the library but put myself on the hold list for this one in the meantime. I'm sure glad I did. I loved it! Wonderstruck thrilled me!! I was enchanted with how powerful the pencil drawings were and how the two stories roped me in right away. The book is king sized - serious weightlifting is required for reading in bed!
I finished Murder of a Wedding Belle, a Scumble River Mystery by Denise Swanson this weekend also. This book was a lark, a recommendation from a gentleman I met at a festival last weekend. It was fun to read something that someone else so enjoyed. I thought of that nice man each time something humorous happened.

So I'm functioning on 3 hours of sleep and what the heck am I doing up??? I am determined to keep myself up as long as I can so I will sleep through the night regardless of whining puppies and teacher-worries! There's something to be said for exhaustion!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Weekly Update - B.U.S.Y.

Saturday morning in one of my favorite places!!
The city library!
I student's Art work!!!
On display for the month of February!
We all feel so famous!!
In 4th grade we are celebrating Arizona's 100th birthday!!
It's a BIG deal.
Salt Dough maps to study the regions,
a parade,
a flag raising this Tuesday,
songs, histories, and more!!

(I love it that my students took some of these photos...
I think it will be a new class job. That way I don't have to remember to do it!)
Map skills....vertex edge graphing, following directions, measuring...
Math & Social Studies in one!
We're almost done.

If I had to choose a word for the week it would be B.U.S.Y.
Gosh, will there ever be a week that I don't say that???
Next week looks just as crazy - maybe crazier. Ack!!!
Remember the commercial, "Calgon, Take me away.." ?
That's how I feel.
Maybe I just need a bubble bath.

Ok, enough grousing. Now to bring you the Sunday Edition....

Outside my window... A majestic Spring morning. It was 82 degrees yesterday and although the forecast is for scattered showers and 69, you can't fool the trees, sky and birds! It's a rock-star morning outside. Wow. I love an Arizona February!

I am listening to .... KBAQ classical/baroque this morning. It just felt right. I love it when something comes on that I really know. Jase enjoys it when he hears a song he recognizes from Loony Tunes. Do they still use classical music for cartoons? Is watching Cartoon Network in my future?

Favorite things from this week ... A trip to the Poisoned Pen to hear author Deborah Crombie and meet Cathy from Kittlingbooks!! It was GREAT. I had to be very detective-like and use my Sherlock Holmes-keen tools of observation and detection. I listened for her husband's English accent. Gosh, even counting my cute man, there were only about 8 men there. That did make my job a tad easier. I must admit I was a little slow that night as we had visited our favorite pizza place, Grimaldi's, before attending. can you spell 'food coma'?!?! Nonetheless, meeting one of my blogging Super-heroes was a blast. What a great team she and her husband are. The author...well she was truly an added perk! I foresee a new addiction. A fun visit with Sara, my teammate from my old school. We filled the afternoon and early evening with sharing and stories. Thank you Starbucks for having iced herbal tea for me to drink on your patio. (I am so NOT a Starbucks person but Sara is. They do have a great patio for visiting though!!)

I am thinking ... about schedules, priorities, freedom, wants, needs, desires, time, lists, plans....big thoughts for my little brain this morning.

I am grateful for ... text messages from my daughter, a daughter in law who texts me with camp questions and advice - gotta love that!, following the inspiration to leave my old teaching position and stretch my wings, QT drinks, my in-laws, comfy blankets, fans for sleeping, basketball to fill the football void, friends, reading, Ted's Hot Dogs for lunch with my best buddy-Rich, books in my mailbox, freshly mowed grass, Tide detergent, music, and an electronic gradebook!

I am reading ... The same books as last week, but about 10 more!! I think I have book A.D.D. I went to the thrift store yesterday and found even more to bring home. "Houston, we have a problem!!" The cool thing though, I found a book I have been looking for since 2000! You should have heard my quiet celebration. I am also finishing the book Focus by Mike Schmoker for a Lit discussion at work this week. Okay, that one is a must do. BUSY week.

I am listing ... items to get for the trek this summer. More books to trade on PaperbackBookSwap. New books to add to my ever increasing TBR list. More house projects to finish AND begin!

I am creating ... lesson plans, sub plans so I can attend a mandatory workshop, new Science unit lessons, nice neat piles of folded clothes (ahhh...I love finished laundry!) mental images of clean and organized spaces. I KNOW they exist in Martha Stewart's world but not in mine!! I am trying to channel them.....ohmmm....

Plans for the week ... Science classes (again!), Valentine's Day dinner with J&K, Arizona's 100th birthday bash/party in class, Trek meeting on Thursday and a Saturday free day with my honey. I am also fondly contemplating President's Day!! Yahoo!Thank you George and Abe for having birthdays that we can celebrate with a holiday. Thanks for being men of character and conviction.

Remember, it's Love of Reading Month. Go celebrate!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

The Sunday Edition ---Super Big Bowl Day

I would call this the SuperBowl Edition but I understand the NFL might come after me, so....I will call it the Super Big Bowl Day instead~!~

My days of making a big spread and having all the kids to watch the game with me are pretty much over. Sad! Rich is NOT a football fan but will encourage me to make our favorite snacks and spend the day/night enjoying the big game. (Gotta love that man!) So today I am getting a few goodies out, grabbing some papers to grade while watching and a book or two to keep by my side for comfort and I will hunker down to watch the Big Game. No. Other. Plans.

Outside my window... Gorgeous weather!! Cool, crisp mornings and delightful blue skies with a high in the upper 60's. I feel like a cat as I travel from sitting in one sunbeam to the next! We store up memories of this kind of weather so we can make it through July!!

I am listening to .... Pandora and my "musicals" station. I am getting ready to go see Wicked in a few weeks and I am determined to be in full voice!! Love my Pandora!! My kids at school love Pandora too. I keep it on much of the day and they call it their "brain music!"

Favorite things from this week ... A wonderful, spontaneous Saturday with my honey. We went on a journey south to a Gourd Festival and enjoyed the talents of many. The day was beautiful and full of good talk and new discoveries. I met a gentleman from Berkley who recommended a light mystery series that so far is delightful. What a fun chat with him! J&K came for dinner this week - GREAT memories, talk, and laughter! This week we made Salt Dough maps of our state in class. 33 different versions of the same recipe of salt dough amazed me! (Evidently we need to really work on following directions with parents too!) One kid ran out of flour for his recipe so his uncle told him he could substitute cake mix. His dough had sprinkles of pink and blue throughout!! (I guess his cake mix was a 'funfetti' variety.) By the end of the day his dough was swelling and growing - the baking soda in the mix was working. We had an interesting science lesson with that one - and we sent the dough home at the end of the day - unused! Gotta love 4th grade.

I am thinking ... about hobbies and talents. I've had my time to be 'creative' and have participated in quilting for 25+ years, needlework, crafts, boutiques and more.... now I don't want to do any of that but just enjoy people and reading. Some question whether that is a good use of time. Is it? That's what I'm thinking about.

I am grateful for ... relationships, Arizona winters, slippers, goldfish crackers, curiosity, comfy sweatsuits, 7-layer dip, yellow, Google calendar, my Droid phone, texting, the library, and family!

I am reading ... Still working on My Side of the Mountain with my class (they are loving it!!), Denise Swanson book entitled Murder of a Wedding Belle, House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz, and listening to Daniel Silva The Messenger. I have a few other books in different stages but this will cover it for now...haha!

I am listing ... Three lists - one for school, one for home and one for personal. Each list is long but dividing it up helps me focus. Why do I keep forgetting this simple step?!?!

I am creating ... space.

Plans for the week ... My plans for the week are so LONG that I am just going to concentrate on one day at a time. I am MOST excited about meeting Cathy at Kittlingbooks at the Poisoned Pen this week. Her work on her blog is amazing and I check it regularly. I love her Weekly Link Round Up and her Scene of the Blog. She helps me feel connected even though I spend so many hours at work. It feels like I am going to meet a Super Hero! I am also excited to go to the Pen 2 more times to hear authors speak. A trip to the Pen always means a trip to Grimaldi's for pizza too! Yahooie! (That's Arizonan for "I can't wait!") It's getting to be Tucson Festival of the Book time and the authors are pouring in! Yippee! So, although my week is jam-packed with everything to do at work and at home, this is what I'm planning....