Celebrate on Saturday

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Ruth Ayres invites us to share our celebrations from the week each Saturday.  Thank you, Ruth, for reminding me to celebrate. Share yours at Ruth Ayres Writes.

1. When I went to the link up page at Ruth Ayres Writes, I couldn’t help but get lost in her beautiful posts.  I love Ruth’s candid writing and the way she honors God.  Thank you Ruth for sharing so much and reminding me to have faith.  I have a lot of changes coming my way, and Ruth’s posts were exactly what I needed to remind me it’s going to be okay.

2.  I’m celebrating the first day of my spring break!  I’m so happy to have some time away to regroup, catch up on some sleep, visit with family and friends, and read.

3. I’m also celebrating surviving my job until spring break.  There was a moment when I didn’t think I would finish out the year, so I’m grateful I’ve made it this far.

4. Today my friend and I are going to orientation for our teaching in China program.  I’m excited to learn more about my upcoming adventure.

5. I’ve been throwing around the idea of a road trip this coming week.  I love the spontaneity of a trip like that.  It’s fun to pull up google and decide where you want to go.

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Ruth Ayres invites us to share our celebrations from the week each Saturday.  Thank you, Ruth, for reminding me to celebrate. Share yours at Ruth Ayres Writes.

1. I took some time today for myself and got lost in a great book.  It was the perfect way to start my day.

2. After having a horrible nightmare about my grandma dying, I called her first thing and invited her to lunch.  Her reaction to my call and her telling me it was the best invite she’s had in a long time made my day.  She told me, “You are like a breath of sunshine for me.”

There were brief moments when she seemed not so forgetful.  I couldn’t help but laugh when she told me she only weighs 89 pounds and then got in her, “How much do you weigh?” question she has asked me for years.  She is obsessed with my weight.  To most people I’m extremely thin, but my grandma has always commented otherwise.  She added in today, “Thank God you are not thin like me.”

It was nice to feel like she was her old self for a few moments, even if it was at my expense.

3. I have one more week until spring break!  I think I can, I think I can.  It feels like I’m going to make it.

4. There’s a wonderful buzz of people in my neighborhood for the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day festivities.  It reminds me that spring and summer are almost here.

5. Several days this week I’ve enjoyed driving with my windows down and blaring a favorite CD and singing along.  This makes me so happy.

6. I finally felt like my students were/are becoming readers this week.  I made some changes to my class and stuck to my guns about what I know is best, and I feel like it’s paying off.  The kids are reading and talking about books, and my heart is happy.  I hope it continues.

Late Saturday/Sunday Celebration

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Ruth Ayres invites us to share our celebrations from the week each Saturday.  Thank you, Ruth, for reminding me to celebrate. Share yours at Ruth Ayres Writes.

It was another loooong week, so I welcomed Saturday with relief.  Although the week was tough, I still have many celebrations.

1. Yesterday I had an opportunity to observe in another classroom at a different school in my district.  The teacher was amazing and her classroom embodied all that I want to do with my students.  It was nice to see things I’ve tried and that I know to be best practice in action and working in her classroom.  Her passion for teaching and the positive results with her students reenergized me.

I excitedly rushed back to school to find a defeated co-worker (she stayed back at school on Friday and had a major fight in her classroom that day and was just trying to regroup when I saw her).  We discussed what I learned and started to develop a plan to implement some changes for Monday.  We collaborated with lesson planning and rearranged both of our rooms to reflect the new family groupings we are going to start.  (I’ve tried a variation of this with my kids before, but  it wasn’t effective.  However, I’m going to give it a chance again with some minor changes.)

2. Today I had my first trip to KidSmart (a store where teachers from high poverty schools can “shop” monthly for free classroom supplies).  Another co-worker and I went and loaded up our carts with great books and supplies.  I was also able to get binders for all of my students, so I’m going to try to help my kids get organized with a new system I saw at my observation.  I know it’s late in the year, but I’m still trying.

3. It’s beginning to look a lot like St. Patrick’s Day at my house!  I live in an Irish part of town that has a huge St. Patrick’s Day celebration. We usually have a party and walk to the festivities with friends and spend the day going back and forth from our the parade to our house.  In preparation for the day we busted out some green decor and straightened up a bit.  It was nice to have another excuse to clean the house, especially because my house has been neglected with all my stress from work.  St. Pat's Mantle

I also like feeling less cluttered and more on top of things at home.  It always seems like this helps my week go better at work when I’ve had a chance to get my house together.  And, I love decorating for holidays.  It makes me feel like a little kid again.

4. I’ve been wanting to find something with my grandpa’s handwriting since he passed away.  I found this necklace on Pinterest where you can turn someone’s handwriting into a necklace.  After I found it, I told my cousin and we thought our moms would love something with their dad’s writing.  So, we decided we’d try to find a card from him and have a necklace made for all the other girls in the family with his writing.  I was so sad when I couldn’t find any old cards from him, especially because I’m usually such a sentimental pack rat.

Recently I purged and threw away a bunch of cards in a feng shui craze, and I was so angry today thinking it meant I didn’t have anything left from my grandpa.  I was most upset because I wanted his writing with his nickname for me.

Even though I was getting frustrated at what seemed to be a hopeless search, I enjoyed reading through other notes from loved ones and felt an overwhelming sense of gratitude for all the love I’ve always had in my life.  I found notes from my grandmas from growing up, and I even rediscovered notes my dad sent me each week while I was away at college.

I called my dad to thank him for these cards, and I continued to thumb through my stack of letters and cards searching for something from my grandpa.  Just when I was about to give up, I stumbled upon an envelope he wrote to me with my nickname, It a bits, on it.

I called my grandma, and she told me she found me in his rolodex under It a bits too.  This made me smile, and asked her to save the “I” page for me.  I think I might frame it.  Envelope from Papa and Notes from Dad

5. I’m also celebrating finding a spot for the puzzle I gave my grandpa a few years ago.  I love that it’s the first thing I see each day when I come home.

Puzzle

Celebrations

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Ruth Ayres invites us to share our celebrations from the week each Saturday.  Thank you, Ruth, for reminding me to celebrate. Share yours at Ruth Ayres Writes.

1. I’ve been excited to celebrate all day, but I haven’t had a second to sit down.  I was bummed when my week turned crazy, and I didn’t get to slice on Tuesday.  So, first I’m celebrating wanting to write and share.  It’s nice wanting to write and being almost angry when something comes up and I can’t.

2. Monday we went to a concert, and as the concert ended the venue started playing music overhead.  I was filled with emotion when I noticed it was my grandpa’s favorite song, “My Way” by Frank Sinatra.  The band was more of a punk rock type, so hearing this song following up the concert felt like my grandpa or something bigger than me had something to do with it playing.  I felt like he was there.  As much as I continue to miss him, it really seems like he is looking out for me.  I’ve had a really rough school year, but since he’s passed I feel like I”m going to make it.  I’m celebrating memories and gentle reminders of him daily.

3. It’s supposed to get bad here again this weekend weather wise, so I’m celebrating the chance at another snow day (or snow week :)).

4. My principal emailed me last minute about wanting to do a formal observation the following day.  Although I was very frustrated about this and had a stressful week as a result, I’m grateful it’s over, and my kids were somewhat on task and well behaved.

5. I’m also grateful that nothing work related seems worth stressing too much over anymore.  I’m grateful that in my grandpa’s passing that life and what’s important has been put into perspective.

Happy Saturday.