I Survived!

These are the exact words I said as I left Dunbar on Friday afternoon.  It has been the LONGEST week ever, but I think we’re off to a great year.

This week, I had my kids write an essay about themselves.  It’s an easy way for me to get to know them, but it also lets me assess their writing.  And, I’ve gotta tell ya, they are all over the place for me this year.  I have some that need help getting what’s in their head to come out on paper and I have others that write better than I do!  I’m going to have to get really creative with my lesson plans to be sure.

I already have some kids that really stand out (some for good reasons and some for not so good reasons), but this year, I don’t want to lose focus on those middle kids.  As a kid, I was one of those middle kids.  Smart, but not a genius.  Quiet and never got in trouble.  Always did my homework and never caused any problems for anybody, but none of my teachers ever seemed to really see me because they were busy doting on the really smart, good kids or were disciplining the bad ones.  So, one of my (many) goals this year is to not lose sight of the middle guys.  I’ll let you know how it goes.

One week down!

Catching Up

Aggghh!  It’s been FOREVER since I’ve blogged and I could give a ton of excuses like the end of the school year was really crazy or I’ve been really busy with my family, blah blah blah.  In reality, I’ve been terribly undisciplined in most areas of my life and blogging has been one of them.  I’ve just let it fall to the wayside.  However, now that summer is here, (FINALLY!) I can settle down and make blogging part of my routine again.  Which hopefully will be helpful since the summer is always a den of laziness and undiscipliness (is that a word?).

To begin, Bennett is WALKING!  WHAT?!?!  He took a few steps last Wednesday for the first time.  He is just shy of 14 months, and everyone kept asking me when he was going to start walking.  This can be really trying as a parent.  I knew Bennett would walk when he was ready, but it’s hard sometimes when other parents tell you their kids started walking at 8 months or right at their first birthday.  It is so wrong to compare, and I know this, but it’s just inevitable when you’re a first time parent and have no idea when kids are supposed to reach these milestones.  I just had to keep telling myself that he’ll do it when he’s ready.  He’s just like his daddy–he has to figure it out in his head before he tries it.  And apparently the day he figured it out in his head was a Wednesday.  There you have it!  (I would post a video, but that costs money.  Hint hint, wordpress, people want to see Bennett walking.)

Let’s see…what else has happened?  Oh!  My 8th graders were promoted and we had a fun week planned for them including a field trip to the park and a promotion ceremony.  I’m really going to miss this year’s 8th graders.  They were so fantastic–a group I know will go on and do some really cool things with their lives.  It makes me proud to be able to say that I was their 8th grade teacher way back when at Dunbar.  I hope they look back on their years in middle school fondly.  Goodness knows I sure don’t!  Middle school was rough…  Sometimes I can’t believe I willingly reenter that world on a daily basis.  How narcissistic of me…

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This past weekend, we spent some time with my dad’s side of the family at our Thompson Family Reunion at Lake DeGray.  It was great to see family I only get to see once a year.  It’s nice to get caught up with everyone and hear what’s going on in their lives.  I love how different family is from each other, but we’re all connected in this weird concoction.  It’s kind of interesting to see what conversations take place and which relatives have changed the most throughout the year.  Some years, there will have been a death and we’ll be missing someone and some years, a new baby is born or someone gets married and there’s someone new to get to know.  It’s the endless cycle of life.  And now I’m getting way too deep about family reunions.  Here’s some pictures of Bennett riding the tube for the first time.  I think he liked it!

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Now, I think we’re all caught up to the present.  Today we took Bennett to Wild River Country.  The water park is literally 5 minutes from our house, so we figured it would be worth it if we got season passes.  At least we hoped so.  They have a little kiddie area with some toys and water buckets that dump water on your head when they fill up.  (I guess that’s fun?)  I wasn’t sure how Bennett would fare after his reaction to the splash pad at Keagan’s birthday party (oh yeah, my niece Keagan, turned 2–yay!).  Let’s just say he was more than annoyed by the water in his face and screaming children everywhere.  But, he LOVED Wild River Country!  (thank goodness)  He played around in the kiddie area, floated the lazy river with us, and slapped at the waves in the wave pool.  We had a really good day today.  I think it completely wore him out because he slept for 3 hours this afternoon!  Woo-hoo!  We will definitely revisit.

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