I am a rock star! I made it! And I still have all of my hair and my fingernails.
I got some new running walking shoes. My other ones were at least ten years old. I’m not kidding. They were so ugly and so old that I just decided to stop walking. I just woke up one day and said I shall not walk any more in these ugly shoes and I bet they are actually harming me, too, and I went back to sleep. Walking on the treadmill can be hazardous, ya know, especially if you do not have the correct gear.
I love my new walking shoes. And I got up four out of five mornings this week to walk on the treadmill. I also did sit ups. In fact, I use the oldest abs workout in the world called ABSolutely Fit by Kathy Ireland and each day is a set of five different exercises, so I’m not just doing regular sit ups. Sometimes, I’m sitting in a chair and pulling my legs up over and over and I want to kill Kathy Ireland for this kind of reverse sit up thing, but at the same time, I pretend I’m on the video and the camera is focused on me so I have to look like I am not in pain and I can’t give up, either. It’s a little self-talk thing I do.
AND, you’re not going to believe this, but while I walked on the treadmill, I also lifted weights.
Which means I basically cannot walk, laugh, or lift a glass of wine because my entire body is sore.
I introduced pattern blocks this week for centers. This pattern block set is from Crayons and Whimsy and I highly recommend it! My kids went crazy over these cards! There are four levels of difficulty so it was awesome to differentiate for my kids and to actually see the kids pick and choose the cards that worked for them. It wasn’t a lot of work on my part is what I’m saying. 😉
We did this activity whole class so I could model the expectations for this center. This was a QUIET activity, people. They were all engaged, focused, and totally happy to be working on these mats. You know it’s a hit when they all ask if they can have another card. I have my eye on the Zoo Cards next!
This is a former first grader of mine.
He came by our school with a friend of his who had to drop off something for a sibling. He asked the secretaries if I still worked there and then asked to come on back to my classroom. They didn’t let him because of safety issues (and I think that’s a school wide policy and not just because of his sheer gigantic size), but the ladies said they would ask if I would come up to the office instead.
Well, I was in class.
I know. Imagine that.
They let him know when my recess was and he left.
AND THEN HE CAME BACK AT MY RECESS TIME!
LOOK AT THIS GUY! I totally remembered him. He was such a sweet, respectful, smart little boy. He just graduated, is college bound, and is going to play football. He is six foot six and wears a size 17 shoe. He tried to tell me that he was taller than me when he was in first grade, but I am here to tell you right now that not one first grader has ever been taller than me. Some have come close, including this kid, but it has never happened.
I imagine it will when I start shrinking, but for now, NO.
We finally got to see the Pageant of the Masters last night. It was absolutely amazing and freaky and crazy! We went with three other couples from our small group and had dinner first at the Lumber Yard. It was a restaurant and not an actual lumber yard, which was a big relief, let me tell you, because I was starving.
It was an awesome night out and I am happy to report that I stayed awake for the whole thing and only fell asleep in the car on the way home.
I mean, hello? It was the tenth day of school and a Friday.
You Know It’s Back To School Time When . . . is going on around Instagram.
This is mine.
Surely I’m not the only person who does this? It’s not like my husband questions everything I buy . . . it’s just that sometimes I go overboard and he doesn’t need to know.