Saturday, October 25, 2014

Saturday Snapshots

This week was better. It still had it's intense moments, but we are moving on to bigger and better things. My co-teacher and I had a training on Tuesday, so I had to get everything ready for my sub on Monday afternoon. It is so much more work to be out than it is to actually be at school. Luckily, the training was actually pretty good. We got to have lunch out and we were given some free stuff for our classroom. Woo hoo!
My best friend, Heather, moved back to Texas from Georgia last week. I hung out with her a bit last weekend and then we had dinner together on Tuesday night before she headed back to school. It's nice to have her back in the same state and time zone. Now I can just drive a few hours to visit her instead of having to get on a plane.
The weather this week has been absolutely beautiful. I'm not sure it could really be much nicer. I'm trying to really be SO thankful and soak up these days because we only get about 12 days that are beyond wonderful. All of the other days of the year are either ridiculously hot, too cold or rainy. I might be overly fond of beautiful days and hating on yucky days a little too much, but so is life!
I started reading this book this week. It's written by a boy who has autism. A friend of mine let me borrow it and I'm so glad she did. I'm learning a lot about kids who have autism and how I can better help the students that I work with.
We did a sink or float experiment on Friday. My kids loved it! We looked at several different objects and then my kids got to vote on whether they thought each item would sink or float. Don't add up the votes for each object. It's obvious everyone didn't vote every time, but we were tight on time and making sure each student voted wasn't the point. Then we put each object in a tub of water and they were blown away by which items floated and which ones sunk. It was great fun to watch them be amazed!
After using our pumpkin in the sink or float experiment, we put potting soil in it. We're going to see if it will grow! I'm praying there aren't a ton of ants in it when I get back to my classroom on Monday. Fingers crossed!
On Friday night, I hung out with my sister, niece and nephew. We ate pizza and watched movies. This little frog is so sweet!
We celebrated my cousin's first birthday today. It's crazy to think that she's already a year old! I enjoyed catching up with family and eating cake!
While the rest of us partied, my littlest niece did this. She's a party pooper!
My next hurdle is to finish putting in report card grades and to hang my travel pictures on the wall. One of those items HAS to happen and I would really like the other one to happen. We shall see!
I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Saturday Snapshots

This week was crazy! I am SO glad it is over. It began with parent teacher conferences, was filled with meetings and ended with me feeling a little less bogged down. There is still a lot of ridiculousness happening at school (not with my students), which I hope will be better in coming days, but I'm thankful that we are past this past week. Praise Jesus!

Last weekend, we decorated pumpkins. Little miss was clearly having a blast!
I put her initial on the back of her pumpkin.
This has been my prayer in the past weeks because clearly the hard things that I'm dealing with aren't going away, so I'm having to change my thinking and pray that I will be braver and more compassionate and more patient. Yes, the dreaded patience. This life is hard though and I need all the help I can get!
I decided to be the donut fairy at school on Friday morning. After our crazy week, we needed a sweet little pick me up! It's fun to share some donut happiness.
I had to be out of my classroom for a half day on Friday morning because I had to go to a meeting. I'm sure my classroom was crazy. It's never easy to be out, especially for meetings.
In the afternoon, we decided to go outside for sneaky recess. It was necessary for all of us to unwind, enjoy the day and play. We traced our hands with chalk and my kiddos colored their hearts out. So thankful they're forgiving when we're out.
I spent some time today holding this precious one. After going to a craft show this morning and enjoying some time with my mom, sister, nephew and niece this afternoon, the others went to do other things while I got to love on her. Such sweet snoozing!
I hope you've been having a great week. If you're dealing with hard things like I am, I am praying for you to be brave too! Hope you have a happy weekend!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Saturday Snapshots {On a Monday}

Life has taken over and I hardly have time to update this little space. It's kind of sad really. Last week was full of IEP meetings and planning for conferences. Luckily, we had parent teacher conferences today, so that's over with now. Praise Jesus! 

My sister, niece and nephew came over last Sunday to play. There was lots of swinging, so we could soak up the beautiful day!
This cutie has developed such a little personality!
I have eaten way too many candy corn over the past several weeks. Yay fall!
This past week was Pink Week at school. We all got this sweet treat from our office staff. It was a great surprise!
I love, love beautiful mornings!
After four years of teaching, I was given my first apple by one of my students. So cliche, but so sweet!
While walking last week, I was blown away by this sight. Rays of sun are one of my favorite reminders of God! So thankful for reminders of His love for me!
I'm hoping and praying for calmer days at school and shorter to-do lists. We shall see how this week goes. I hope your week is wonderful!