I have completed two of my eight weeks of full time student teaching. It has been going very well and I am loving it! It also leaves me feeling exhausted and with no motivation to do anything of much else other than take care of my family, go to bed, and then wake up to do it all over again. Hence the lack of blogging going on over in these parts.
But today is the first day of our mid winter break, one full week of no school. I still have a seminar and a meeting to attend at my college, a résumé and a cover letter to compose and lots of lesson plans to write but…
So last week I asked Cody what breakfasts he would like to eat over break. During the school week our typical breakfasts consist of a variety of the following: yogurt, English muffins or toast, cold cereal, and fruit. Cody is our big breakfast eater and prefers a hot breakfast to a cold one. Here is what he came up with:
As you can see the teacher in me made him write out his menu, my excuse for this was so that I would not forget his requests not so that he could practice his handwriting. Yesterday, per his request, I created an omelet bar. It was a huge success!
As I cooked, Carter, who has really gotten into arts and crafts lately, had been at the breakfast table using markers to draw this great picture of me standing in a field next to a tree. I look a bit like a blue faced turtle but at least I am a happy blue faced turtle. The blue is groundwater, and if you look closely you can see the grass’ roots reaching for a drink.
When Carter’s omelet was ready for him to fill, he loaded it up with shredded white cheddar cheese and cut up little smokies. As he was eating, he exclaimed, “Look momma, my white cheese is blue now!” Apparently the white cheese that he had carefully loaded into his omelet, little handful by little handful, had turned blue from the marker that had not quite made it onto the paper but had make it most plentifully onto his little hands.
Blue cheese. So if you happen to find yourself as a guest at our house and Carter offers you blue cheese, consider yourself warned. You might not be getting what you expect.
i love the list so much and you are almost to the finish line!
I hope I can raise him to be a master list writer just like his momma! 🙂 One foot in front of the other and suddenly I am almost there, I can’t believe how quickly all this has gone by.
I hope your week (relatively) off is grand! I’m on my fourth day off now, and all this not-running has been rejuvenating.
So far it has been a great mix of hanging out with the boys and actually getting some great lesson plans down on paper. We are celebrating Dr. Seuss day on the 27th and I have several fun Seuss activities put together.
Glad to hear you are getting some rejuvenation. Slowing down and taking some time to do little is so healthy.
Lucky you- next is easier week for you. 🙂 How I understand your feeling during weekdays. I have the same ‘routine’, which is wake up, family, work, family and bed. I hope that feeling to be exhausted will not stay forever!
Enjoy your week off from students!
I think the level of exhaustion I am feeling stems from how new this routine is for me. As a teacher, I am always “on” – on the move and constantly thinking – it is tiring. I imagine I will find a balance and things will smooth out. Perhaps not for a while, but I trust that it will come. I hope your routine is punctuated with lots of family filled weekends and vacations to recharge and renew.
Aww, so cute! I love blue cheese, but will never think of it the same way again!
I am rather fond of bleu cheese myself, but blue cheese…I don’t think I will try it. 🙂
Opps! It looks like I transposed some letters there! LOL!
At first I thought he actually ate bleu cheese and I was suitably impressed. LOL
It must be nice to have a bit of a break, even though you are busy. I hope you enjoy your time off.
Oh my, not my Carter. He would never eat something so exotic as bleu cheese and I am actually surprised that he was pleasantly surprised by the blue cheese in his omelet. I think he was sad when I made him go wash his hands and I picked out the most blue of the blue cheese.
The break is nice. I am actually dropping the boys off at their babysitters for three hours today so I can work on my résumé (I have not written one in 8 or 9 years!). I think it would be hard to focus on writing such a thing with the general chaos that floats around in the house with the boys around.
Glad to hear student teaching is going well. Not surprised. And I love Cody’s note.
Thank you. Student teaching is quite consuming and very draining. It is also so much fun and makes this journey seem somehow much more real than it ever has.
One of the main reasons I started blogging was to capture the little bits and pieces of my boys’ childhood that would otherwise get lost in the passage of time. Blogging has turned into much more than a simple “e” version of a baby book for me, much to my surprise. I don’t get to put as much time towards it as I would like, but I enjoy it when I can. Cody’s note is a great little reminder of how quickly they grow up and I am glad to have it here to look back on.
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