Happy Monday everyone! I can't believe another weekend has come and gone so quickly. I swear when I start to type the words, "Our Weekend in a Nutshell" I feel like I was just typing them yesterday!!
Even though our weekend went by fast (like it always does), we were pretty productive around here and even had some time to play and prepare for all the fun that's to come this week.
To be honest, my Friday was a total blur. I graded writing portfolios and final exams for about 7 hours straight (literally...I even ate lunch at my desk). But had it not been for Nana and Papa, who kept both kids for me ALL DAY so that I could work at home alone...I would still be grading finals tonight.
Having all that grading done feels wonderful and the kids were able to take advantage of the beautiful day by swimming in Nana and Papa's pool for the first time this year. Everyone was happy.
And speaking of feeling of happy...
While I was grading my student's finals, I couldn't help but think of last semester. It's no secret that I had a rough class last fall and ended the semester feeling stressed and unhappy. I was doubting myself as a teacher and it was all because of one student. I let one student's opinion of me erase all the positive things students have said about me for the last 10 years. I remember submitting those final grades and PRAYING that I would have a better semester this Spring.
And my friends...God totally came through. I lucked out with the funniest, smartest, most hard-working and TALENTED group of students I have had in a really long time. Every semester I get talented students. And funny students. And hard-working students. But unfortunately, all it takes is a couple of punks (or a bitter adult) to ruin the classroom environment.
But this semester...we were all in sync. Our class discussions were always lively and fun and even the most quiet students were coming out of their shells by the end. We laughed a LOT this semester and I never once left the classroom feeling like I didn't do a good job. I was excited to go to work each week and I really missed that feeling. I missed being excited to teach and talk about English because that's always been my passion. This group of students gave that back to me and for that, I owe them all a huge Thank You.
So of course, I was feeling emotional while I was grading their final exams and so when I started reading some of their sweet messages to me, I may or may not have cried.
Just a little.
As much as I would love to write them all out for you, I think I will just share my favorite because it is a quote that I need to remember each and every day I walk into the classroom. One sweet student wrote:
The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.
~William Arthur Ward
Thank you for inspiring me Mrs. Davis
I'm tellin ya...that just made my week. Or my entire teaching career :-)
So I was on cloud nine come Saturday. I had all my grading done, I felt loved by my students, and I had a fun baby shower to look forward to. Eric's cousin is having a little girl so I decided to bring my little girl with me to the party.
Actually, that was everyone's idea. So Dana brought my sweetie Nia and Eric's cousin Becky brought her sweetie Annabel.
The girls were SO cute at the shower and when Annabel told Addie that she was going to have a new baby sister soon, I thought Addie was going to immediately turn to me and say that she wanted one too. And that would NOT have been good because I did have bursts of baby fever while I was at that shower. Having Addie ask me for a baby might have been too much for my mommy heart to take.
But she didn't ask me for one. In fact, when I was putting her to bed that night I even asked her what she thought about having another brother and sister and she said, "No. I don't need another baby. I already have Blakey."
So that pretty much seals the deal, friends. Eric's complete. Addie's complete. Blake's complete (unless there's a chance I can give birth to Lightening McQueen or Mater). And truthfully...I am complete too. But just don't ask me that while I am around newborn diapers or teeny tiny onesies :-)
So the rest of our weekend was pretty much filled with chores. We brought the camper home to start getting her prepped for the weekend, I managed to survive my 6 mile run (barely) and Eric and I got our flowers planted and our garden ready. But I did manage to sneak away for a few hours today to go to lunch with my Mom. We have been wanting to celebrate our launch with a "business lunch" so today we grabbed our planners and went to Egg Harbor. It was DE-LICIOUS!
While we there, I got a really funny look from the older couple next to us when I took a picture of my food. When you think about it, it is pretty ridiculous. I mean, who the hell cares that I had soup and a sandwich for lunch? No one. But what this old couple doesn't understand is that if I want to blog about it later for whatever reason, I am going to be pissed that I didn't get a picture.
You all get it, right? Those of you who blog understand the importance of picture taking. But I guess to the non-blogger, my photo stream would be one random collection of nonsense jumbled in with some family pictures. Haha! Oh well. I like looking at a picture of my tomato bisque!
Well that's all I have for you tonight friends!! Be sure to ENTER MY FABULOUS GIVEAWAY if you haven't already, and stay tuned for my 100 Days of Summertime eBook review that is coming next!