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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

What a way to start the day

Well it seems that I haven't had that many blog worthy stories lately, but today I do.
At our school every morning, we do a morning run.  The staff think it's important and worthwhile and some of the kids do too.  From what I'm seeing and hearing, it's a chance for the kids that excel in running to show off and the rest of the population to take a walk and chat.  It is what it is. 
So I am standing waiting for my class to come in and a grade one student from another class is first in his class to get back (he did a shorter version of the run), and says hello.  I turn to say hi and find him pinching his crotch.  I ask him if he's okay does he need to go in.  No he says.  Okay so I turn back to watch for my kids (as we are using the run this week to collect names of the fastest kids for the district track meet).  Then I hear running water. Water splashing.... my mind is slowly becoming aware and going through the possibilities....there shouldn't be running water, the field is almost dry... then it dawns on me.  Yep the little dude has pulled himself out of the his jeans and is standing there peeing!  I said his name, but didn't want to approach him.  Instead I called out to the principal who was knee deep in kids and pointed behind me.  She yelped a little and ran over to him.  By then he'd finished what he needed to do.  I guess when you gotta go, you gotta go. 
A couple of things I pondered at the end of the day: 1.  How bad is it that a kid would rather pee in a puddle in front of the whole school that give up the coveted position of first in the line after the run?
2. I wonder how many kids played in that puddle over the course of the day?
So that' s how my day started, with a smile.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Happy National Scrapbook Day!

A whole day devoted to scrapbooking, that's my kind of day!  I am currently in my room, trying to decide where to start first.  I am also following an event on Big Picture Classes and looking through posts about today.  So much going on in the online world. 
Yesterday (well really the whole week) was a trying day in the classroom.  After dealing with tantrums, trying to get to the root of the problems with 2 of my superstars, I had a frustrating conversation with one of the parents at the end of the day.  Apparently her superstar is terrible at home too, and she has no answers only concerns.  I made an appointment to meet with her next week so that we can work together to get her child through this year.  I usually use the parents as a jumping off point when I'm looking for ways to help the kids, but when the parent has nothing to offer, it starts getting really difficult.  We'll see what comes out of the meeting.  I already have a few ideas about classroom rearranging and incorporating even more positives into his school day.  Today, though is about scrapbooking.
One of the bright spots of my week though, and what helped me get through yesterday, was the birth of Lily.  She was born on May 5th and I got to meet her yesterday at the hospital.  The parents are so proud, looking a little tired, but so happy.  I'm so happy for them.  Yes, I actually held her for quite some time AND she didn't cry!  Here's the proof:

The happy family

There are some of you out there that are wondering if I want a baby now.  The answer is still no.  I enjoy holding my friends babies, but it does not create a deep longing for me to have one of my own.  Especially when I hear about 40 hour labours and other horrors of the delivery process.  Yes, yes, I hear the argument "it's all worth it in the end, and it's different when it's your own" etc but I just don't buy it.  I want to hear from the women that don't think it's worth it, that don't look upon the pregnancy and delivery as a "joy that only women can have".  I know those women are out there, they just can't speak up because society wouldn't take kindly to that kind of honesty.  ANYWAY....
Welcome to Lily, I can't wait to watch you grow up!  I am often so far away from my friends' babies, but at least I'll have a little time with her.  At least until Mike and Heather move back East. 
Well off to scrap for a long time!  Have a great day.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Spring is finally here.

Spring has finally come to the North.  We only have a little snow left in our backyard, although we seem to have a series of ponds back there now.  The days are getting longer with it not getting dark until about 9:30 or so.  It's nice, although sometimes I lose track of time. 
The kids have been all over the place this week.  Some have been testing their wings with some new attitude borrowed from older siblings.  My special 4-pack have been in fine form this week.  2 have made trips to see the principal, one cannot stop talking and the other is doing everything he can not to work.  It's been SOOO fun this week.  Enough to make me want to drink.  I didn't.  Yet.   Friday is here tomorrow.  Thank goodness.
I have been listening to books while I scrap which is a great way to kill two birds with one stone.  I listened to Ken Robinson's The Element.  I really liked it.  I'm pretty excited to be able to go to DC to see him this month. 
I also just finished listening to A Cup of Friendship last night.  A very good look at expat life in Kabul.  I found it very interesting, and the characters were believable, which I also liked.  I have a few books on the table this weekend, although I will be scrapping on Saturday so I'm not sure if I'll be able to fit them both in.  I am reading The Book Thief for our book club, I am not liking it so far, but we'll see.  I also have The Postmistress lined up.  I have found that making a list at Goodreads as helped me keep track of what I want to read and also it gives me lots of great ideas of what to read next.  I like easy. 
Around the house, we have been picking away at little things.  Mostly cleaning up inside and out.  I picked up two rose bushes last weekend and can't wait to plant them.  I am waiting though because the temperatures are so unpredictable.  I don't want to kill them right away.  We'll see.

Signs of life in my garden, my Bee Balm is coming back.

This is across the street.  The snow finally went away and these were underneath!  They were spinning and everything.
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