Hello valuable readers.
I know that I have been MIA for a long time. I needed to step away. I had got to the point where my blog was more work than enjoyment and that is not what blogging is meant to be.
When I began blogging the first time, the Blake was a year old and Colby wasn’t even born. The reason I started that blog was to put down on “paper” my thoughts and feelings. It was an outlet to talk about the challenges of being a stay-at-home mom. I wrote about the good, the bad and the ugly of parenting two under two. I got to a place where I didn’t need my blog at that time and walked away.
When we moved to PA, I reinvented my blog. I kept the same title, hence the mommy part. I wanted to talk about what it was like to uproot two tweens to a city, a state, a part of the country that was foreign to all of us. It was a place to talk about the struggles and joys of the move and adjusting to our new environment. Then again, life got more normal and I felt like there were some who put different expectations on what I was writing. So again I walked away.
Now I’m back. This time I am totally focusing on me. There will be less and less posts about the boys and our day to day life. In January, I am started a personal journal through the book Present Not Perfect. I will just this thought process as the jumping off point of my posts.
Yes, there will be random recipe posts. (If you follow me on I/G, you may have noticed that I do a lot of I/G stories on cooking and baking). Yes, there will be some book suggestions. But, my goal is to stay in the moment. I will not make this blog stretch formulaic. I will post when I feel the need to post. I will not when I don’t.
I am taking back my blog for mine, not what I feel is the exceptions of others.
Oh and yes… I will go back to reading other bloggers blogs. I have missed reading the lives of those who I have followed on a regular basis. I hope you understand why I stepped away and I hope you decide to check out the new version of my blog.
I’m taking a break from my blog hop for the day. You can go back and read my posts here, here, here, here AND here. Also go check out AJ at A Petite Slice of Life and Alley Bean at Spectacle Bean to see their posts on my blog hop. Are you ready to join in the fun? Please join in and post on my blog hop topics… it’s fun to go on a trip down memory lane… or talk about your children starting school…. or even you teaching or going to college now!
But I wanted to take a break from the actual blog hop topics to tell you about my actual first day of school! I went back last week for teacher prep week and then this week we had our meet the teacher nights… today we started school!
I revamped my whole room, I almost always do this… I guess I don’t like things being the same? So here you go… a peek into my room. Oh and the day went better than I expected. Let’s see what tomorrow brings!
The last two days found me driving around from school to school. Yesterday we went to the middle school. We spent time walking Blake’s schedule, practicing locker combinations and just getting accumulated to the new school.
Today we went to check out Colby’s class. He already knew where it was and it is actually the same teachers Blake had last year. I really wanted to go so we could get his supply list.
While we were there, Colby discovered a few people who would be in his class this year. He has other friends in his biome (collection of 4 classes who travel together for lunch and recess). We stopped in and chatted with the librarian. The library is always a place my sons love to hang out.
Blake saw a few other 7th graders and found out that he knows a few people who will be in his class as well. This was a big relief to him. Up until that time he hadn’t found anyone who was working on the same rotation schedule never mind the same classes.
Over the years, I only had a few moments where I was concerned about the boys starting school. I was NOT the mom crying while dropping off for pre-K or kindergarten. All the grades moving forward while in FL were fine. I had moments of concern more in wondering who would be in their class and would there be someone there for each of them.
When we moved to PA, I was concerned about Blake going into 5th grade. Colby was entering 4th, which is the major transition age in our school district. There are three elementary schools that service children K-3. Then they all transition to the upper elementary school for 4th-6th. This meant that while some children would know each other, there would already be a mixing of students from different schools. Blake was entering when the mix up was already complete.
This year, Blake is entering middle school. I hope that he has a better middle school experience than I had, or Richard for that matter. These years are so tough. It is such a personal transition for all the kids. I just want him to feel comfortable in his place. To find an activity to get involved in. To have people to sit with at lunch. To feel safe in the hallways. To be confident enough to show what he knows and not too cocky that he tries to outshine. I hope he continues to have a love of learning and begins to figure out what he wants to do with this knowledge going forward.
So we went back to the middle school today and practice opening his locker again. We went under the premise of bringing in his school supplies, well his binders anyway. We will spend the first part of the week adjusting to the new sleep schedules (he will have to wake up at 5:45 to be ready for the bus).
A week from today. I will send him off on the bus to start middle school… I just hope I’m ready.
I’m sitting here staring at a my blank blog post screen. I’ve tried typing a few times, but nothing sticks. Today is the boys last day of camp.
On Monday, we start into the get ready for school mode. This means that we stop sleeping in during the school week. It also means getting back to a consistent bedtime. The boys go back to school on Aug. 22nd and I go back on Aug. 26.
I sat down today and started shifting the themes for my classroom around. This year I am going to have a Fairy Tale each month. We will use this as a jumping off point for an engineering challenge as well. I am also working on making my explore time more than just adding in blocks and dramatic play. I am going to incorporate art exploration, more loose parts play and board games. A few of the professional development classes discussed the importance of creativity and young children. While I want my students to have some academic exposure, since they will be going into kindergarten after my class, I want to increase their outside the box thinking as well. Last year I had must do and may do areas in the room. This year we are going to have discovery stations and explore stations. This will allow the children to do the more structured learning during the discovery time and then the imaginary/creative learning during the explore times.
I’m not sure how this will all work out, but it will be worth trying. I’ll keep you up dated as we continue to try out new and exciting activities in the classroom.
Our backyard has had two weeks of transformation already! The first week found the stairs and wall installed. See pictures here. This week found them installing the actual patio and the fire pit. It’s not totally done, but it looks more like the final project now.
Two years ago today our lives took a huge change. Two years ago today we walked out of our Florida home for the last time. That was the first home Richard and I purchased together. That was the home my sons came home to from the hospital. It was where they took their first steps and said their first words.
We had so many memories in our home in FL, but we are making so many more memories here in PA.
The boys have learned how to mountain bike. They learned how to ice skate, sled and make snowballs. They have joined a theater group. They have grown and matured in so many ways.
Our family has spent a lot of time enjoying life and growing together. We are out in nature hiking, biking, kayaking, and so much more. We have visited many different things that the city and surrounding areas had to share with us.
A lot has happened in the last two years.
But, no matter how much we change…. we are family
So today was finally nice enough for them to start working on our backyard. They arrive this morning and dropped off 3 loads of blues tone pavers. By the end of the day we had about 8 pallets of different types of stone in the backyard.
They removed the grass in the area we are putting the patio. Then they began working on removing the “hump” in our backyard.
These are exciting changes. We can’t wait to see how this all turns out.
That is it… the end of May. The end of another month. I feel like 2019 is flying by this year. Can you believe we are getting ready to start the 6th month of 2019?
May was a busy and fun month. June brings Colby’s birthday, Blake graduates from 6th grade (moving up to middle school), the last day of the school year for the boys and my parents’ 50th anniversary.
Oh wait that is all in the first week of June. After that the boys go to 2 weeks of theater camp. They are doing Camp Rock and then Peter Pan. We will go to the dollar movies. Go mountain biking. Go to the library. Sleep in? Enjoy the slower pace of summer.
I enjoy having a mix of planned and unplanned days. I like the combination of structure and freedom that summer brings.
I hope that June brings heath and and happiness to all. What are your plans for June?
The Road Not Taken
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
I first learned this poem back when I was in high school. I had to memorize a poem my sophomore year in high school and this is the poem I chose. When I originally picked it I didn’t realize how meaningful it would be to me for years to come. That year was a major year of transition for me. I changed high schools (going into my junior year) going from the public school to an all girl Catholic school. This was a decision that I look back on and say it was a turning point in my life.
I went to a small college. I wanted to be a big fish in a small pond. Then went straight into grad school and got my Masters Degree in a year.
Every time I have had to make a decision in my life on what is best for me, I try to reflect on is this decision what is best for me. I can’t get wrapped up in the well everyone is doing this so I should too. Sometimes it is the more traveled path. Sometimes it is the easier path. But the choice has to be what is right.
So next time you have a decision to make remember this line:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
(I took this photo on a hike in North Park last night, it’s not a yellow wood, but it works…. ish)
When I woke up this morning it felt like Friday. I even started to wonder why the alarm hadn’t gone off at 5:30am for our workout. Then I remember… oh it’s only Wednesday and that is our rest day. Not sure if I appreciated the fact that it was the rest day when I was originally thinking it was Friday.
But…. it is May. May is a crazy busy month for our family. My birthday, my mother-in-law’s birthday, my father-in-laws birthday, my in-laws anniversary… mother’s day…. teacher appreciation week and so much more! Plus this year I have a preK graduation to plan for too. Good golly May is busy.
Plus next week the boys start mountain biking again. Colby has his final chorus concert. We have middle school orientation. Blake visits the middle school…. oh and Richard is traveling. We will survive!
Well, the boys just came home from school. The weather is beautiful. Time to relax before I start making dinner.
I hope you had a great day.