Check out the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge.
I’ve been waiting for the perfect week to use this photo since the first week I started the Weekly Photo Challenge.
I think this is it:
This week’s challenge made me realize that these days I mostly use my camera for special events, holidays, and family get-togethers.
When the kids were little, I took pictures all the time…..of everyday life.
Those are the priceless pictures.
Just candid shots.
The ones they did not pose for.
No funny faces, no peace signs, no bunny ears, no fake smiles.
They just lived their little lives and I snapped away.
Those photos are natural and real.
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Sticking to my commitment to post pics of the kids for the Weekly Photo Challenge, here is my idea of near and far.
I love Tweedle Ian’s short little legs and his arms reaching high as he chases Tweedle Dee up the beach.
He is near.
She is far.
7 years later, they remain such opposites in every way.
He’s wild and loud and she’s quiet and reserved.
She is the dreamer.
He is the doer.
She is the unexpected witty remark.
He is the punch line you totally see coming.
How can two little bodies have such different spirits
yet both be so very much like me?
A little twist on the traditional definition of a free spirit…
Here are Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Ian running wild and free and full of spirit,
trying to catch bubbles on the 4th of July in 2007.
Just like a bubble, I know I can’t hold onto them forever.
I have to let them soar.
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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).
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.
I think I need to make another copy of this pic and hang it up somewhere at home. Just as a daily reminder.
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.”
Mom, this isn’t neat!
Who would have thought that dressing up and getting lots of candy could be so wrong?
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.