2015

I have been busy, very busy.

5 kids and a full-time job has kept me from writing.  Just as the year was beginning, I was speaking with a co-worker about my hopes for the new year and one of them was to find my way back to this blog and make time for writing again.  It makes me happy and it serves as a great release.  So, here I am, full of good intentions.

It is easy to get caught up in the musts and forget about the cans.  I must prep lunches, show up each day to teach 16 beautiful first graders, take my kids home from school, wash lunch containers, prep dinner, run kids to soccer, make dinner, clean up dinner, wash a couple loads of laundry, look over the next day’s plans and spend time with Scott.  I can wake up early and make a warm breakfast.  I can write a note to a co-worker saying thanks for support they have given me and our school community.  I can send a message to Scott telling him a love him and mention positive things about my day.  I can text my mom and tell her I love her and miss her.  I can play a game with the kids when we get home.  I can carve out time for a workout.  I can text a friend to check in.  I can tell my kids I love them and tell them they make me happy.  I can write on this blog.  I don’t always try to do the things I can.

Happy New Year and here’s to thinking positive and doing more than we must.

Update & Photo Dump

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Life is constant.  We are busy, to say the least.

The boys and I are 3 weeks into a new school year at Central Park School for Children.  I am teaching 1st grade and loving it!  I have the most amazing group of learners.  Working full-time, as a lead teacher, makes life full but I am enjoying it.  I am learning how to manage home life and more work.  I miss being home, but I have a peace about teaching at CPSC.  Yes, I am tired, but I am very thankful to be an active member of the learning community at our school.  There is so much to look forward to each day.

Kalen started 5th grade and Brayden is now in 3rd.  They are adjusting and enjoying the newness.

We are fostering to adopt a five year old diamond in the rough.  He has been with us since July 18th.  He stayed with us several weekends this summer to see if he would be a good fit for our family.  We all weighed in and decided to help this little guy out.  He is a little ball of joy.  He loves life and is very active, as are we!  He has some baggage, but don’t we all?  We are thankful to be able to love him right where he is in his life right now.

Madelyn, Kalen and Brayden are starting up soccer (we spent 8 hrs on the soccer fields today).  Julian is about to start high school, Maddie 7th grade.  Scott is revving up for another school year at Elon.

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Maddie was a part of a Collage Project at Duke School this summer. Here she is the night of the culminating event. This is her moose puppet she made.

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First day of school for Brayden, 3rd grade.

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Scott and I waiting for Maddie’s presentation for the Collage Project.

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July 18th. N came to stay. 🙂

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First day of school, Kalen, 5th grade.

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Kalen & Brayden

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Julian Jeremiah, awaiting Maddie’s performance.

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N practicing his numbers with my mom, not long after first meeting her. 🙂

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Kalen’s amazing fish

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Me this summer on a date with my Scott at one of our favs, Remedy Diner in Raleigh.

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Madelyn’s owl

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Some of my students right after lunch one day, during quiet time.

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The first week in my class. I love first grade!

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Last week, my dad took our whole family out for pizza and to a Durham Bull’s Baseball game. We had a blast. Maddie got her face painted.

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Brayden pointing out something to N at the baseball game. N had a ball that night!

Summertime

It is finally feeling like summer.  I have been done with work for a week now.  I have been able to enjoy life at home with the kids, have some poolside relaxation and even take care of a foster kid.

We had the opportunity to provide respite care for a five year old boy last weekend.  He was unlike any foster child we have had come through our door.  He showed us he is an extremely capable child, full of life and a very good communicator.  Oh, and he is very bright.  He does have a very sad start to life.  We are hopeful for him.  We enjoyed our three days with him.  It had been a year since we had had any placements.

I have some news.  I mentioned in a previous post that I will be teaching 2nd grade next year, that has changed.  I am able to teach 1st grade and even keep most of my students from the kindergarten class that I took over for.  I am very excited about this opportunity and already planning for it!  I go back in the beginning of July, as we are a year around school.

For now, I am going to enjoy The Fault in our Stars, an amazing novel, fun and meaningful family time, sunshine and good food!  Yay for summer!