Today my oldest leaves to go to the state Stuco convention. This is the first time she has ever left for more than one night and is traveling hundreds of miles away from home...well, without it being at her grandparent's house. She will be staying with someone that I have never met, and even though I know that she will be well cared for, I can't help but worry. Will she remember to use her manners? Will she be safe and respectful? All of these nagging feelings come up. I know I have taught her well, and have seen the way she behaves at school, so I shouldn't worry so much. She will be in good hands with her advisor, and is going with a great group of students. So why does a small part of me dread her leaving this morning? I know she would say, "Mom, chill out. I'm going to be fine." Logically I know that. My heart just wants the best for her though, and I think that is where I am torn. I won't be there to take care of her if something happens, and I have to trust that she can handle whatever life throws her way. That trust is a big step for this momma, though. A big step indeed.
My baby brother Ben turns 35 today. He shares his birthday with Dr. Suess, which I've always thought was appropriate, since Ben is the epitome of Oh! The Places You'll Go. He has always had a very adventurous personality, and has never been afraid to try new things.
My brother and I haven't always gotten along. My mom says it is because we are so much alike...I'm not so sure about that Our interests have never overlapped that much. As kids, we spent so much time fighting...about nothing really. He always had a better relationship with my sister, the middle child and peacemaker. Now that I'm a mom and have three kids of my own, I see my own kids fighting with each other about nothing too, and have to wonder if they will end up like my brother and I. He lives in Wyoming and I'm in Missouri, so we don't get to see much of each other at all. I wish that we were closer in distance, so that we could participate in activities together. I hope that my o…
Saturday is here! A day usually spent running around, completing all of those errands that don't get completed during the week. It is also the day that I bring in the school bag, park it by my chair/ bed and then find as much busy work as I can to avoid actually grading anything in said bag. Does anyone else do this? As a language arts teacher, I often have so many papers to read, but no desire to do so. I'll wish I had on Sunday, but Saturdays aren't for school work!
I did make it to the gym this morning and walk/ran a 5K! I have never been a big exercise person, so actually having the desire to be at the gym before 9am is huge for me! I always feel a sense of accomplishment after completing a workout. Hopefully that sense of accomplishment will carry through to all of the other Saturday chores that I need to accomplish today!
Well, I'm off... running errands and fighting crowds....enjoy your Saturday!
Today starts the Slice of Life challenge. I introduced my students to the classroom Slice of Life challenge as well, and I was really happy to see how many of the kids were excited to try this. I think that they were more willing to try this when they found out that I am doing the adult challenge along with them. I had planned to have my students add their posts to a classroom blog, but unfortunately it is blocked on our school servers, so I had to come up with plan B. Luckily, I think plan B will work out better for the majority of the class anyway. I asked my students to just write for 10 minutes...about anything. I found that many of the students were more willing to do this if they could use a journal instead of blogging online...but I understand why. Sometimes just the act of physically writing something and having the option to draw and embellish is freeing. For my more artist students, I even said they could draw comics and cartoons. . As long as they are practicing wri…