1. My first fabulous part of the week was last Saturday. My daughters and I always look forward to that day because we go to a huge neighborhood garage sale. SO MUCH FUN. This year, my oldest daughter, Ellie, was in a wedding and couldn't go. My daughter Emily and I found her LOTS of hardcover books (James Patterson, Stephen King...). There is nothing like getting 5 hardcover, perfect condition books for $2! Except maybe getting $50 Victoria Secret sweatpants for $1 (for Emily). I found lots of new manipulatives, toys, and books for the classroom. Usually, I make my girls stalk a house with me because the wonderful woman who lives there is my size, shops at very nice stores (even her garage sale bags are Chico, Eddie Bauer, Loft...), and it seems she buys clothes, wears them once and sells them! My mission is to be there FIRST-so "stalk" is the only word to describe what I do, basically, until she opens! :) This year, she didn't have a sale. :( Still, we had such a great day! We always start at Dunkin Donuts and finish up after the sales at the China Buffet. Christmas in May!
2. Our school always has Grandparent's Day in May. It is a lot of planning, but always one of my favorite days afterwards! I had 57 people in my room this year. It was a bit humid and busy, but it was a very happy place. My next post is going to be about the day.
First of all, I was sitting between my two usual assembly buddies :) . My one little girl is very active and has a hard time sitting for 2 minutes, let alone 90, SO... she was a hoot. She asked me if she could dance for EVERY song. She has only one little sister at home, but kept whispering that every boy she saw was her brother and everyone was her cousin. Then she wanted to dance. "I just really want to dance." "Can I dance now?" "I would LOVE to dance to this one." I kept suggesting that she make her fingers dance in her other hand, which was fun for about 15 minutes, but not enough for 90... I kept thinking that I wanted the kids to LOVE music and love the experience of enjoying music, but instead I felt like I kept reminding them to stay on their bottoms and not bounce in those auditorium seats. You know the seats-- the ones that the kids don't bounce in because they KNOW they aren't supposed to, yet the ones that are almost irresistibly perfect for bouncing!
My little guy on the other side of me spent the last half hour tracing the veins in my hand. If I were on Twitter, I would probably follow that with #howyouknowyouareold. He was so amazed with my veins. Who needs iPads and technology when your teacher has such fun old hands to keep you busy?
I just wanted to laugh out loud when the little boy behind me whispered in my ear, "Is it still morning?"
Anyway, my class was really great, and it turned out to be one of my favorite moments of the week because I had lots of fun memories from it. When I saw this poster, it pretty much summed that morning up for me!
4. My flowers are finally coming out at home!
My little lupine area is blooming. At the house we used to live in, I had a BIG "lupine corner" because they spread and were lovely. At this new house, they are getting started!
This is my little "fairy bench." I love the bleeding heart and forget-me-nots- so did the cat who slept on them on the left side. :( Or maybe I will choose to be positive and think it may have just been a huge fairy! ha.
5. My sweet Ellie and my wonderful future son-in-law Matt changed my header on my blog and made me a button. :) THANK YOU! THANK YOU! I love it! It is a picture of my class running to the playground, holding hands, that I just loved.
Happy Memorial Day! Thank you for visiting!