Gratitude ~ Day 22

Today, I had the privilege and pleasure of joining my kiddo on a field trip to learn about pioneer life and Native Americans.  Despite the light rain, it was a fabulous day and I learned a lot.

We had a great time running around trees, jumping over puddles, shaking cream to make butter, and creating our own bead bracelets.

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Perhaps, the funniest part to me though, was finding Calder’s lunch in my pack when I got into the car.  I quickly jumped out of the van and waved down the third bus which was about to follow the other two in line to head back to school.  Thankfully, I caught him and left the lunch with the driver!  A quick text to Calder’s teacher and I knew he would be set to eat, while I finished up a few errands in town.  Crisis averted.

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Gratitude ~ Day 20

I’m so thankful for great teachers – who not only introduce my children to words, sounds, letters, books, numbers, and skills, but who also watch out for potential allergies and follow up with emails later that evening to check on my little loves.

I’m grateful to call most of these teachers not just colleagues, but friends.  And I’m so grateful that sometimes, when you have a good book and talkative parents, this is what happens in the hallway after school.

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Gratitude ~ Day 11

Last night, the kids were enjoying a leisurely dinner long after G and I were done and feeling ready to crash for the night.  I wrote out the 5 jobs they needed to accomplish (choose clothes, go potty, brush teeth, pack lunch, put on PJs) and let them know that we would be on the couch ready for books when they were finished.

On one hand, I felt a little bad because they were left to their own devices.  On the other hand, I think it was really good for them.  It was early enough that we could let them dawdle and take their time, and our only reminder was, “Are you done with all the jobs on the list?”  Plus, Garth and I got to snuggle and I even dozed off for a bit while he played on his iPad.

The next morning, I found these adorable notes!  The English teacher in me, is pleased as punch that Calder is picking up the genre of the lunch note (date in upper corner, name, note signed XOXO!).  It makes it worth printing, cutting, and writing little notes in their lunchbox TOTALLY worthwhile!  I also LOVE that he opted for the word “grand” which is totally like him!

Seneca’s note was COMPLETELY done on her own as well!  I will say it was the source of a bit of morning drama as Calder was displeased with the numbers along the top, which she tried to scribble out, which them caused frustration because it was “scribbly” – but all those complaints aside, I love that they are discovering words and language and expression.

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I might seem that this is plenty of gratitude for one day, and yet for me it’s just the beginning.  Today, I was able to travel with five fabulous ladies to spend the day at IKEA, where the laughter was as plentiful as the deals on a few great finds including a few Christmas gifts!  To top it off, we returned just in time to collect kids from school.  Upon arriving home, they persuaded me to retrieve their snowgear from the attic and they spent the better part of an hour playing the “snow” that had fallen in the backyard!

While they played, I worked to surprise Garth with homemade lasagna now that I have the correct version of the recipe he has come to know and love!  The timing was impeccable (which is unusual for me!).  We were ready to eat, just as Garth arrived home from his first middle school basketball game.  It was a delicious end to a fabulous day!

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Quote of the Day ~ January 28th

Just after breakfast, C offered up this little quote of the day.  I asked him to write it down so I wouldn’t forget it (there have been a few that I should have posted, but promptly forgot them as they were said en route to school or something).

Here’s a direct rendering of what he wrote!

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With this crazy weather we’ve been having – mid-60s one day and mid-teens the next, it’s been hard to predict whether or not we’d actually get a snow day this year.  As I zonked out last night, bleary-eyed from the incessant grading of papers and projects just submitted last week I offered up a silent prayer that we would, in fact, have the day off.

The anticipation was enough to wake me earlier than usual.  Ironic, I know.  As we watched the list grow, we saw our district name appear.  And then, we noticed the “Open” next to it, when all the other district names said “CLOSED.”  A quick screenshot captured the moment as we laughed at how cruel that would be.  Thankfully, it changed to match the others and I offered a sigh of thanks.

I wish I could say I’m completely done grading, but I’m not.  I am much closer and I think the kids enjoyed time drawing, reading, wrestling and making mud pies and secret concoctions out in the rainy wintry drizzle.

Quote of the Day ~ January 9th

On our way home from AWANA tonight, we were chatting about what the kids learned.  Sis was sharing her “God loves you” hearts with everyone in the van, and Buddy chimed in with this little gem.

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It was the perfect way to belly laugh our way out of a long day of meetings and appointments, commitments and a few “grumpy bumpys” that tried to take hold.

So thankful for the little slices of humor God allows to squeeze into our days!