Friday, June 28, 2013

Five for Friday {Last Friday in June!?!}

Oh my.  It's the last Friday in June.  Where is this summer GOING???  It wouldn't be a big deal except we go back July 31st so....yeah.  I haven't gotten nearly as much done as I had hoped!  I better get to rockin' that to-do list!!  :O)

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My husband has been chaperoning my daughter at camp for the last two weeks.  Why him and not me?  Well, it's a camp he went to as a child and it has to do with music, so it's a better fit for him than me.  I mean, I love listening to music, but I can't read it, play it, or sing it, so I leave that to them!  Anyway, our 13 year anniversary was Monday and he drove down an hour and a half to surprise me and wish me a happy anniversary!  He could only stay for lunch and then make the drive back, so it was super sweet for him to do all of that!!  :O)

(Have you played with the app called PIP Camera?  It's super fun!)

Since my daughter has been gone, we've spent a good bit of time at the pool.  My littlest is 2 and just finally started jumping in on his own.  Check out this video!  He says, "I jump!" as he jumps and then my 4 year old says, "We did it!" (this was their first time trying to jump together) and so my 2 year old says, "We did it!"  Soooo cute!  (I'm videoing and that is my mom in the pool.)
My 4 year old will not swim without a belt that keeps him afloat.  I've done everything I know.  Any suggestions?  He could do it if he'd try!  He's just terrified of "sinking".

 Stacia and I went to a staff development on writing Wednesday.  It was all day.  It was a lot of sit and get.  We heard the guy who's in charge of the department that grades our state's writing tests explain how to teach kids writing.  We saw him take kids through how to write a paragraph.  Basically, I got out of it that kids need a lot of modeling and questioning in order to add the kind of details they need in their writing.  I mean, it was helpful but really looooooooooooooooong.  I wish I had more to share with you about it...
 Then, yesterday, Stacia and I met up at school with the brand new, fresh out of college, teacher that will be teaching 4th with us next year to help her get an idea of what to start with.  I think all it did for me was throw me in a tailspin realizing how much we have to do right out of the gates and how much I have NOT done as far as planning.  I'm pretty sure the new teacher is wondering why I am in charge of our grade level...thank goodness Stacia kept a level head and went through everything without terrifying her (because I was so busy worrying and terrifying MYSELF).  Thanks Stacia!

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Have a great weekend!


  1. Happy Anniversary and THANK YOU for all of your help this week!

    Coffee Cups and Lesson Plans

  2. Happy Anniversary! Isn't it great when your grade-level partner helps you keep a level head! I'm sure you are a fantastic leader...we all get stressed at different times!

    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

  3. Swimming tip: My son was the same way. I realized it was the size of the pool. It was a little overwhelming. I took him in the jacuzzi (without the jets on) and taught him in there. He was swimming away in no time. Soon he was begging to swim in the big boy pool (without any devices!!) Good luck!

  4. You go back to school July 31st! Yikes! Better make summer slow down!

    The Polished Teacher

  5. Happy anniversary! How nice that your husband drove back to celebrate!
    Conversations in Literacy

  6. Aww, happy anniversary - how sweet of him! I'm heading down to San Diego tonight for 2 days without kids to celebrate mine with my hubby 17 years. Happy summer my friend!
    Traditions, Laughter and Happily Ever After

  7. Happy anniversary! When our 2nd graders take swimming lessons, they literally throw them in the pool if they won't get in and refuse to let them use any sort of flotation device...sort of harsh but they do learn to swim in a week.

    Literacy Spark

  8. WE DID IT!!!!!!!!!!!!! <3

  9. Your husband driving to see you for your anniversary is the sweetest! Have you ever thought about leaving the floatie your son uses at home "by accident?" I taught swimming lessons and found that playing Ring Around the Rosie helped them attempt the beginning of going under water. They are with a bunch of friends and it feels safer some how. I realize he can go under already but this may give him the confidence he needs. Just a thought! Enjoy your weekend!

  10. Happy Anniversary! That was very thoughtful of your husband to drive down - shows that he's a good guy! And don't freak out about your son. He's only four. My little guy (he's 19 now) wouldn't get in the pool unless the water was warm enough - he freaked out in colder water. So I'd go with the jacuzzi idea that Stephanie had. I remember hearing, a long time ago, about how places teach little ones how to swim by making the water bathtub temperature. But like many other things, he'll come around eventually. He's just not quite ready yet. But he WILL get there!

    Keep breathing! It's all good!

  11. PUFFY heart LOVE your blog. Found you through caffeine and lesson plans grade level link up! A follower for sure.

    1. Too funny the cut and paste option went silly on me ;(. Meant to put in my blog link!
      Rock Stars At Work

  12. Happy Anniversary!! Your hubbie sounds like a keeper:) That video is just absolutely adorable!! I think they are doing GREAT in the water for ages 2 and 4!!
    Fourth Grade Flipper


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