1 // Hoping everyone is off to a fantastic 2017! So far, the children are still waking before the sun so it doesn’t feel all that different from 2016.
Here’s hoping their New Year’s resolutions to stay in bed til 6 (at least, but I’ll take it) are just off to a slow start.
2 // Reading You’ll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein, and recommending it to anyone else who is looking for something sharp, witty, and honest but only has five minutes to read between playing Power Rangers and the demands of Report Card Season.
3 // Looking for a copy of my next read, The Strong-Willed Child (kidding, kind of). Alex is as cute as a button, but also as ornery as they come. Word on the street is that it comes with the territory of being a second, but he really isn’t helping to make my case for a third. Favorite hobbies include kicking his door to express his disdain for afternoon naps, waiting impatiently by the snack cabinet, and trying to sneak up the bunk bed ladder. But then he snuggles up next to you and flashes those big brown eyes, and you temporarily forget that he’s been a tornado of crazy since 5AM.
4 // In amazement of my four-year-old who is beginning to read! This is the part where I gush about my special little snowflake child because he’s obviously the
first ten millionth four-year-old to do this.
He knows a fair amount of sight words, and he’s getting confident enough to try sounding out new words. He’s known his letter sounds since he was three (thank you, Endless Alphabet) but getting him to use them to read has been, well, a task. His knee-jerk is to say, “I can’t do it” when, in fact, he can– he’s just stubborn (not sure where that comes from) and has some anxiety about trying and being wrong (no idea- er, wait- did I just describe myself?). Trying not to be That Mom- or worse, That Teacher Mom- because he’s four and he should really only be worried about deciding which episode of Ninjago to watch. But as long as he wants to practice reading on his own, I’m not going to get in his way 🙂
5 // Searching for this sweater in every color because it’s amazing. There are more colors in store than online, like a cobalt that gets all the heart eyes (and is one of, like, two jewel-toned items in my closet so you know it has to be good).
6 // Registering for two grad classes this semester, and looking forward to sleeping again sometime in May.
7 // Recommending these tech tools for teachers! Readworks Digital is leveled by grade, Lexile, and F&P. It allows you to create classes and assign texts with quizzes that are aligned to CCSS anchor standards that it scores for you. Other tools we are using all. the. time. (besides Google Apps for Education, obv) are Epic!, Formative, and Padlet.
8 // Binge-watching Designated Survivor (in an attempt to fill the political-suspense-drama void left by Man in the High Castle) and counting down until Z: The Beginning of Everything and The Handmaids Tale are released. Can’t. Wait. Also, the absence of my social life is obvious and sad.
9 // Sharing this recipe for chicken corn chowder that I could eat every day for the rest of this winter. It’s a hodgepodge of several other recipes I’ve found, and is enough for maybe six people..? Literally dump everything in the crock pot on low for six hours, shred the chicken, and add the heavy whipping cream like ten minutes before you’re ready to serve it. So good!
10 // Ready to take on the week, and leaving you with this, because Friday is real life and we all keep moving forward.