Hallelujah, Praise the Lord, it is Saturday.
I made it!
Today, I’m thinking about Texas and praying for everyone’s safety! A lot of people have asked about my twin and her family . . . they are safe in the Dallas area.
Wow. What a super duper fun day!!! My teammates and I totally scrapped all of our plans and had a Solar Eclipse Day using this fabulous resource from Simply Kinder.
We had inside morning recess because of the eclipse, but it honestly didn’t matter. My kids were SO INTO IT! We made fun head bands, watched a couple of videos, worked on a mini book . . . and then I took each student outside (one on one) to actually see the eclipse.
It was THE COOLEST THING EVER.
Thanks to my teammate, Heather, I had special glasses that were completely safe. So safe, in fact, that when I tested them out, I oohed and aahed over the eclipse, and then proceeded to walk into the door because I forgot to take the glasses off, and I was basically blind (and stupid).
Heather told me that her students’ reactions to seeing the eclipse was priceless and IT SURE WAS.
They couldn’t get over it. Some were absolutely silent and I had to ask if they could see it (they could), other students said things like “COOOOOOOLLLLL!!!!” and some said “I didn’t know it would be like that!”
We were all in awe.
Then, magically, I started taking pictures of them with their head bands on and then I figured out that this day is going to need to be remembered so I took a bunch more pictures so that I can include this in our End of Year Slideshow.
It was seriously A GREAT DAY.
So . . . um . . remember how I said I was all about Yoga and how I was going to do Yoga Burn for the next twelve weeks and do it six times a week and get taller and leaner and stronger and healthier?
I was just kidding.
I wasn’t serious.
I was serious.
For a minute.
But then my grandma passed away, and when I went into my office to begin my Yoga, I could not get out of my own head. It’s so quiet during yoga. You’re supposed to focus on your breathing and empty your mind and blah blah blah . . . I wanted to get out of my own head and my sadness and the tiredness I was feeling from being emotionally drained and I couldn’t do it while doing yoga.
So I stopped the yoga and walked on the treadmill instead.
And I watched a reality TV show which totally got me out of my head and I felt better.
And now that school has started . . . I have no time. I have no time to watch all of the shows that I want to watch so I have just been walking on the treadmill and watching TV then.
In the morning.
Because knowing that I can go watch an episode of Bachelor in Paradise will get me out of bed. That’s not sad, either. That’s motivation, people.
PLUS. I got an Apple Watch. And it is SUPER motivating. I’m keeping track of the steps and miles that I’ve walked, and the active calories that I’m burning, and it really makes me want to close all of my rings. I mean, if I know I’m going to have a lazy day (probably like today), then I don’t even wear my watch, otherwise it tells me to stand up or breathe or something and I’m like leave me alone, I’m resting and recovering from being a first grade teacher at the beginning of the year, thank you very much.
I was walking twice a day. Before and after school. Because I wanted to close all of my rings (that’s an Apple watch thing). So I was getting in six miles a day on the treadmill and then walking approximately 5 miles a day at school – NO JOKE – and logging about 22,000 steps a day.
This is not an exaggeration or me swinging my arm back and forth while sitting on the couch. I know someone who does that and his name begins with an S and he lives in my house.
I think it’s because our campus is so huge and I walk back and forth to the playground four times a day, plus I only sit down to read a story. Half the time I’m teaching, I stand up or stand on my head or dance or act like a lunatic to make sure I have their attention so that probably counts, too. I also like to do Go Noodle with my kids . . .
Now I’m *just* walking in the mornings and trying to get 5 miles in. I can’t run so I walk for about an hour and 20 minutes at 3.5 miles an hour.
I feel so good when it’s over!!!
And I just watch TV and walk and walk and walk and walk and there you go.
Maybe I’m motivating you??
I’ve motivated Steve on accident because now he’ll hop on the treadmill for a half hour when he gets home from work because we can share our Apple watch information and now we’re in competition.
🙂 🙂 🙂
I usually win.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE my new T-shirt!!
It was a back to school deal on Jane.com and now it’s gone. It took FOREVER to get it. I ordered it at the end of June and I just got it this week. It is no longer available, but sometimes it pops up. I follow them on Facebook and now I’m kind of obsessed with everything on their site.
This T-shirt is currently available and it’s customizable, too! I LOVE IT and I’m ordering one of these, too, because I’m crazy.
You have to order fast, though, because it’s on the “Ending Soon” tab. So hurry!
The book “We Share Everything” by Robert Munsch cracks me up because of the pictures of the teacher.
The teacher is floating on air. She is surrounded by flowers and birds and happiness. The next couple of pages has her actually FLYING as if she is Mary Poppins.
This is me.
In the morning.
My mornings are TERRIFIC.
We sing and we learn and we’re quiet and we follow directions and I think how lucky and blessed I am to have this class of mine.
I love life.
Life is great.
Look at my little schmoops.
We come in after lunch and I feel like this:
The afternoons have been HARD.
HARD HARD HARD.
We talk and talk and talk.
We have a difficult time following the directions the first time.
We are loud.
We are WILD.
I look at them and I feel as if I’m in the wrong room and I don’t know where my little morning schmoops went.
According to my teammates, I am not alone.
I am about to get real.
Like Really Real.
I have a couple of students with heart breaking stories.
And it is killing me.
And I am sad.
I am heart broken.
I am emotional.
I am a wreck.
I am trying to control situations that I can’t. God is God and I am not. I am struggling with that. I am struggling to remember to pray for His strength throughout the day. I just get busy, I think I can do it all, I try to do it all, and then I fail.
I am afraid I am failing my kids, these particular students, my team, the parents, and on and on it goes.
I hit a wall yesterday (and last Friday) where I was trying not to cry in front of everyone and trying not to cry about stupid things because it’s not the stupid things that are getting to me. My internet being down is not a reason to cry.
I know that.
But everything makes me want to cry.
And I’m not someone who cries easily and especially in front of other people. I just don’t.
But yesterday, I cried in front of my assistant principal and then again in front of my teammate. And then again to Steve.
And last Friday, I cried while getting my hair done.
I think it all boils down to two things:
I am tired.
And I can’t control things.
I’m using this weekend to rest and recover.
I’m going to binge watch something on Netflix.
I’m going to take a nap if I feel like it.
I’m going to pray and be quiet.
I’m going to trust in the Lord who placed these kids in my class for a reason.
And I’m going to remember that we are all in this together.
Leaving all sorts of love to all the teachers everywhere!!!
PS I am fine. Really. Please don’t bring me a casserole.