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Friday, June 19, 2015

Five for Friday..remix

Happy Friday.  I can't believe this is already the SECOND Friday of summer.  It's amazing how fast the summer goes by.  It's also been two weeks since my last Five for Friday post.  Exactly two weeks ago today was our last day of school.  It was a teacher work day so there was a lot of packing up, cleaning, and basically finding a spot for everything until I could go back later this summer and do some major reorganizing.  My last week of school consisted of end of the year celebration, positive behavior celebration, finishing report cards (a story in itself), breaking down my classroom, cleaning up, throwing away, and packing for TWO trips immediately following my last day of school.  It was madness. I always come up with these great ideas that involve me planning my weeks down the second because I truly believe I can fit EVERYTHING in.  It sounded like a great idea at the time but by Friday I had no desire to do anything except go home and sleep! But that's no fun so I sucked it up for a little beginning of summer fun.  So here's my Five for Friday remix..beginning of summer style.
I have amazing friends who truly became my family while I was in graduate school.  I stopped to visit them and attend my "little sister's" high school graduation.  I don't have a sister and neither does Jules so we really bonded during my two years of grad school.  She is smart, funny, creative, and tons of fun.  I'm so proud of her and I can't wait see where her love oceans and sea life takes her as she begins her journey to become a marine biologist! Here's a picture of Jules and I at her graduation lunch.



My first paint night experience! After our graduation festivities we went to a place called Pinot's Palette.  I was so excited because I've heard how much fun these events are but I was also a little nervous because to be honest I don't have an artistic bone in my body.  It's true.  I don't draw, paint, sculpt, carve, build....none of it.  I really wish this wasn't the case but for some reason it just never happened for me.  If you suffer from the same lack of artistic ability as I do have no fear, these creations are simple, fun, and stress free.  Give it a try! The best part about Pinot's Palette is that it is an actual place so we didn't have to squeeze into the back of a bar or restaurant.  It was a space just for painting and I really liked that.  

Faster than you can say Pinot's Palette, it was time to head off to the Cape.  This year marks my third visit to Massachusetts and not only does it never get old I start planning my next trip as soon as I get there.  During the first couple of days my friend Steph had to work so I was left to entertain myself on the beach.  It was a huge sacrifice on my part let me tell you.  Not to mention that it's not quite officially summer there yet so I had the ENTRIE BEACH TO MYSELF! Another huge sacrifice.  I used to think the south was the only place to go for the beach...I was wrong.  Other than the water, which I'll be honest with you was ice cold,  beaches on the Cape are amazing.  Take a look for yourself.  

Every year we split our time between the Cape and Boston.  I honestly can't choose between the two.  They are equally fun and beautiful.  We head to the Cape for a little beach atmosphere and my personal favorite..seafood.  Then we go to the city for some sight seeing, and brewery touring.  It's a lot of fun.

Back to work.  As much as I would have loved to stay in Boston all summer I had to come home and revisit my summer to-do list.  As a first year teacher I was really blessed to fall into a classroom that was already filled with resources, games, activities, and basic school supplies.  Really, it's a huge blessing.  I know some first year teachers who've literally walked into a completely empty classroom where the only thing left standing was a teacher desk.  If they were lucky, the desk might have a broken pencil in the top drawer or a pen that was out of ink and maybe a rubber band and a paper clip.  I don't take my classroom for granted but when you take over a classroom full of 30+ plus years of teaching you're taking on a major clean out job.  I'm still finding files and papers from 1993! I know us teachers are hoarders and you truly have to be but there are some things that just have to go after a while.  I finally finished sorting through about six boxes of files yesterday.  There were many more boxes before them and sadly there will still be more to go through.  My classroom has come a long way in two years and I'm pleased with my progress but we still have a ways to go.

If you've never taken a beginning of summer trip I highly recommend it. You will instantly forget about of the things you didn't get done and your long list of to-dos and you'll come back ready to take on the summer! I like to pretend that I'm a professional traveler in the summer so I'm really excited to spend some time in classroom, take some trips, have time to drink multiple cups of coffee and watch morning news shows.  Cheers to summer 2015! How are you spending your summer?