Category Archives: (Worth a 1000 Words)

Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban

This post serves multiple purposes:

1) As my entry for the Weekly Photo Challenge

2) As a recap of my first week back to school

3) As a personal reminder of the good life I am living

This is a mural on a building in downtown Cleveland, very close to Progressive Field. I captured this pic while we were having a “Meal on Wheels” (i.e. eating a packed lunch in the van before heading into the stadium).

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I wonder how many people working downtown see this mural each day and can’t help but smile.

This is also a framed 8 x 10 pic sitting on a shelf in my classroom. I thought it was a good motivational piece for my students.

Speaking of happy….

It is Saturday and I couldn’t be happier.

I slept in until 8:00 today. After a whole week of getting up before sunrise, this is by far the best thing about this week.

Actually, despite a mini-almost-meltdown on Thursday afternoon, I really did have a good week.

I survived two days of in-service and the first three days of school. Enough said.

I accomplished the task of filling out forms and sorting through beginning of the year paperwork for Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Ian. Every year I wonder how parents who struggle with reading or spelling, or who do not speak English, feel about this task. I sometimes feel like I don’t have a grip and then I think of how overwhelming some parents must feel when they are slammed with multiple forms and school fees. I remind myself how fortunate I am to have an education, and therefore, a job that allows me to write $50 checks without panicking about the grocery bill or the gas budget.

I embraced the changes that were thrown my way.

  • My new schedule – While many people hate change, I have found, and posted about the fact that I kinda like it. It was like I was in a new building this week. I have some new teachers to work with. A change of scenery. A different perspective. A fresh start.
  • My new classroom My beautiful new classroom with my fabulous new round tables. They are the envy of many teachers in my building. I love my room…even when it’s 90 degrees outside and 85 degrees inside.
  • My Resource Room – What an interesting and fun mix of personalities at multiple grade levels. I am excited to take on this challenge.
  • Block scheduling – 84 minutes with the above group gives me so much more time to expand and do fun activities. So far, I have no trouble filing the time.

I balanced work and play. Eleven miles total on my bike. Two very long games of frisbee with the kids. Two parents meetings. Three sports practices. A high school football game. A birthday party for my step-mom that included outdoor-dining at Danny Boy’s and a trip to Menchie’s for frozen yogurt. A lunch date with Tweedle Ian at Pizza Hut.

Next week brings 5 days of school. Can I do it? Five whole days?

The weekend is going too fast. I have a lot more resting to do.

And lesson plans.

And grocery shopping.

And laundry.

I think I need to make another copy of this pic and hang it up somewhere at home. Just as a daily reminder.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Merge

There is nothing easy about this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge.

My first reaction was to just skip it. With school starting next week, I have too much on my plate to think about something this difficult.

Then I remembered it is a challenge.

And then I realized that the obvious was right in front of my face….the “merging” of families.

Here is an artsy shot of Tweedle Dee and Delilah at the park this past spring. They wanted to do a “photo shoot” while all the boys played at the baseball field. The girls are only 8 months apart and were both 12 at the time. Working with teenage girls at school, I know we are so lucky that they get along so well and have gotten so close in the past year.

This was their favorite shot of the day. It represents their friendship, their “sisterhood” and a “merge.”

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Wrong

Trick-or-Treat?!?

Mom, this isn’t neat!

Who would have thought that dressing up and getting lots of candy could be so wrong?

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Tweedle Ian was not scarred for life after wearing this costume. Once he realized chocolate was involved, he was fine.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth

The Weekly Photo Challenge is something I look forward to every Friday. It provides a break from my regular teacher talk and with school just around the corner, it feels more pressing than ever to savor every moment.  I’ve made it a personal challenge to relate each theme to my kids.  Looking through old photos reminds me of both the good times and the bad ones. It also reminds me how much we all have grown.

Their smiles are my sunshine.

Their tears are my rain.

My love will help them grow.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Purple

It took me less than 10 seconds to know exactly which picture I would use for this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge.

This is Tweedle Dee when she was 2 1/2.

Now this Purple Princess is about to start 7th grade.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

I have really enjoyed participating in The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenges.

Sometimes I know right away what photograph I will use. Other weeks, like this week, when the theme was “inside” I took the time to go back into some pretty old pics.

Looking back through old photos is bittersweet. The kids were so little, so innocent, and so silly. All those memories are forever inside my heart.

This memory still makes me laugh.

The girls were literally in the dog house. They did eventually make room for him, but this pic is by far the cutest of the shots.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreaming

So many interpretations of dreams and dreaming this week. My interpretation:

Sweet dreams, Ellie Cat.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Movement

Few things say “movement” more than my 9-year-old Tweedle Ian. I had oodles of photos to depict his constant movement from basketball to baseball to playing in the yard. This boy never stops.

However, I love the irony of this photo taken in Corolla, NC two summers ago. He is still and the water is moving all around him. He reminds me of a sorcerer commanding the movement of the ocean.

Every time I look at it, I want to say, “That’s right buddy. The whole world can be yours.”

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting Moment

This afternoon we looked through old scrapbooks from when the kids were babies. Their half brother was born on Monday and they are kind of obsessed with babies right now.

I was happy to look through the albums with them, but sad to see how much they have changed.

They are growing up too fast. Captured here, almost seven years ago, a fleeting moment.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting Moment

This afternoon we looked through old scrapbooks from when the kids were babies. Their half brother was born on Monday and they are kind of obsessed with babies right now.

I was happy to look through the albums with them, but sad to see how much they have changed.

They are growing up too fast. Captured here, almost seven years ago, a fleeting moment.

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